Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale - Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a golden orange. Small white head quickly dissapated. Fruity hop aroma, like pineapple. Taste of mild hop bitterness upfront, then fades away. Fine bubbled lace disappears swiftly. Nicely carbonated. Mouthfeel a tad bit watery.Overall a drinkable beer, just not overly excitng.
06-12-2007 22:40:56 | More by dgherm
3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
12 oz single. Amber coloured ale, clear, large frithy off white head, dont look too bad at all. Spicy ,hop aroma OK, slight maltiness in the back. Peppery hop, spicy flavours that start off actually quite strong and nice, but strangely dissapear half way through the mouthfeel, leaving just thin caramel malts then the bitter after taste. Strange! Mouthfeel is rather on the watery side, but not really bad. Overall its a drinkable but not a good IPA.
06-04-2007 13:15:51 | More by Reidrover
3.98/5 rDev +15%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma features a nice array of citrusy hops with just a touch of both malt and caramel. The taste starts out with a smooth maltiness and is quickly followed by a nice long hop bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Overall, this is a very solid IPA that I certainly would not mind having again. It really is a bargain at $6.99 a sixer. Recommended.
05-29-2007 04:41:11 | More by cjgator3
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
Pristine orange with a lively look thanks to all the bubbles jumping off the bottom of the glass. Their destination is an attractive cap that looks like elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange light. I love the creamy rockiness of the crown and the generous amount of lace.
After giving the beer a few good sniffs, I'm not sure why English IPA was chosen instead of American IPA. The nose is comprised of mostly, if not entirely, citric hops from this side of the Atlantic. Orange peel is uppermost and grapefruit contributes as well.
That's odd. The flavor profile favors Jolly Old England. I can't decide if that's because of the softer, more rounded nature of the beer in general, or if it's due to the buttered biscuit taste of the malt and the earthy-citric taste of the hops. I'm thinking Fuggles and/or East Kent Goldings.
At first I was going to say that Fiddler's Green IPA is closer to a pale ale than an IPA... and then I remembered Samuel Smith's India Ale. Actually, this beer tastes a lot like that one, only not quite as well-crafted. As is usually the case, sweetness is favored early and bitterness is favored late. I find myself weakening as the final few ounces approach and will bump the flavor score accordingly.
The mouthfeel is much closer to APA territory. It's still acceptable, though, especially for a beer whose ABV (I'm guessing) should allow it to be sessioned with ease. Thankfully, since this isn't a bitter bomb, palate fatigue shouldn't show up until more than several bottles have been emptied.
This is my 15th Matt Brewing Company beer and is the first one to be granted a flavor score this high. Maybe the brewery should re-think their entire lineup and do whatever they did to make this one so good and so drinkable. If you like English IPAs with an American twist, consider giving Fiddler's Green IPA a home in your glass.
05-23-2007 13:18:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.38/5 rDev +26.6%
Poured a crystal clearmedium amber color with robust white puffy head. Nice lacing prresent.
Smell is a tantalizing mixture of hopas and malt in the perfect ratio.
Taste is suberb, with the underlying malt sweetness and the robust hop character blending perfectly.
Nice and dry at the finish.
Excellent beer at a great price. Very drinkable.
05-21-2007 22:39:02 | More by tgbljb
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
Pours a pale amber with a thin diminishing head. The aroma was of good floral citrus hops with some sweet malts. The taste was dominated by citrus hops with a decent malt backbone. The beer was light and crisp. This is a decent IPA, but far from the best.
05-14-2007 04:25:45 | More by atsprings
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
Purchased from Total Wine Triangle Town Center in Raleigh. The label leaves a bit to be desired and is limited in its information. I would say that the taste is quite good indeed. Pours with a thin head and a golden hue. Very drinkable as its well balanced and not overwhelming. I would recommend this to a friend.
05-01-2007 01:42:34 | More by Caesar1pup
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
Bought a six-pack in Laurel, MD.
A- Poured golden with a slightly off-white head.
S- Hoppy, little malt.
T- Citrusy and hoppy, with a bitter astringent aftertaste.
M- Medium bodied, dry finish.
D- An uninspiring attempt at an IPA, nothing special about this beer.
04-27-2007 00:52:52 | More by cichief
4.2/5 rDev +21.4%
Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch head that dissipated rather quickly, but left good lacing.
Good floral, slightly grassy smell, with some caramel notes. Quite appetizing.
Taste is well balanced, with a punch of hops, and then smoothness at the end.
Mouthfeel is good, not too oily. Something a could drink a few of, and quite often.
I've never heard of this brewery before. Nice surprise.
04-25-2007 22:53:54 | More by kirkhorse
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Utica, New York is a drinkable, probably slighty stronger than average strength IPA that leans on the English tradition. It pours a clear, dark amber body beneath an average-sized head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is fairly basic, but full, with grassy, mildly citrusy, and lightly floral hops floating atop a delicate bed of subtle, softly bready and caramelish malt. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a slightly restrained, fine-bubbled and moderate carbonation. The flavor balances the gently caramel-accented malt quite nicely with the grassy, leafy, and mildly floral hops. Underneath, a solid bitterness anchors it, and it finishes with a bold, lingering bitterness amidst fluttering notes of grassy and floral hops. It's not a knock-you-over-the-head IPA and I can appreciate that. Rather, it's meant to give a little more kick and some more hop flavor to the tastebuds while still remaining fairly drinkable all around. Nicely done.
04-25-2007 21:52:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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