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Second Fiddle | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gatch on 07-22-2013

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Photo of goblue30
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid DIPA. Would absolutely drink again. Very hop forward, definitely a beer to drink fresh. My last one was about a month old and was not as good as the first.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really great double IPA here. Very easy to drink for being over 8% and excellent, clean finish. The hops came through very well on both the palate and the nose making this beer a real pleasure to drink and enjoy

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a beautiful hazy orange with a light white head. The smell is citrus and mango/melon. The taste is very nice. Starts off with a very grapefruit citrus flavor and ends with the mango and melon. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for a DIPA but not horrible. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Millerbuffoon for this can. Canned 5-13-16.

A - Pours a very hazy orange gold color with a thick, frothy white lacing ring.

S - Tropical fruit, mango, papaya, and peach.

T - Lots of tropical fruit dankness that starts sweet and ends bitter - papaya, red grapefruit, tangerine, peach and apricot. Sweet most of the way through but changes to citrus and pine bitterness at the very end.

M - Coats the mouth with sweet tropical fruit and creates a bit of a cotton cloth texture on the lining of your mouth.

O - This is a fabulous D-IPA and does not disappoint.

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Photo of Ri0
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Clear, deep golden orange with a 2 finger white head. Nice retention that leaves a thin cap and webs of lacing. The aroma of hops blast you with a punch of floral and pine, grapefruit, other citrus like tangerine, and a few tropical notes. Some aromas of light sweet malt. A nice flavor of grapefruit, citrus and pine followed by tropical notes of mango and passion fruit. The sweeter malts bring up the middle. Finishes with a nice citrus and bitterness. Seems to be just right and the carbonation really fills it out. Finishes with resin and sticky dryness. Delicious IIPA that reminds me of New Glarus Scream.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Hazy gold color with an off-white head. Initial impression is pine hops, tropical fruits, balanced by a little malt. Slighly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Refreshing and smooth. My first offering from this brewery, and I'm impressed.

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Photo of Myotus
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Pearpicker!
Poured at 50°F from a pint can (canned on 11Mar16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 16May16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring. Honey orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of both medium and small rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of mango, papaya, peach, and apricot are met by subtle aromas of white bread, piney hops, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine.
TASTE: Strong piney hop and mild mango, papaya, peach, and apricot flavors first strike the palate. Mild white bread as mango, peach, papaya, and apricot grow slightly stronger. Subtle grapefruit, orange, tangerine and bitter hops finish off.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.

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Photo of jas0n02
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer! Very smooth for a Double IPA. Pours a golden murky orange. Awesome flavor burst of orange, mango, and pineapple. One of the all time greats in terms of IPAs

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Photo of Boccu
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky orange with a nice head. Wonderful fruity with a light hop finish aroma. mango, pineapple, citrus and Carmel to a light hop with a faint light pepper finish. This beer is top notch. Far from a second fiddle.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden color; minimal head. Nice bouquet to the use - fruits and hops. This double IPA is very well balanced with pineapple, citrus and hops. Not overpowering and very easy on the palate. Slight bitters from the hops; medium body. One of the best DIPAs I've had!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OH YEAH. Lucky to be in VT during silent can release. Canned 4/1/16. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Beautiful slightly hazy deep golden amber. 2F+ soapy head, pretty good retention, lots of lacing and a ring.

S: Awesome floral, citrus, tropical bouquet. Lots of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel. Piney dankness behind. A bit of light malt to keep it all together.

T: Fruit bomb up front with pineapple, citrus, mango all working great together. Light malt. Piney and slightly bitter on finish. Definitely a juicy character to it.

F: Medium-bodied, light to medium carbonation. Very well constructed, bitterness and alcohol heat well-controlled and finish has right amounts of dry and sticky.

O: Very worth the side-trip and extra expense and definitely lives up to all the hype.

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Photo of joeren
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

We picked up 4, 4 packs at the brewery on a recommendation. We've already spent a lot of money on 2 cases of Heady Topper and 2 cases of Sip of Sunshine. I should have gotten two cases of this as well. This is one outstanding DIPA with great color and fruity finish with a good amount of bitterness.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. So fruity, loads of mango, pineapple and passion fruit with hints of candy floss and a nice caramel backbone. ABV is very well hidden and goes down with a touch of dryness. So fortunate to have had the opportunity to try it and highly recommended to any fan of the style.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a fantastic scent of floral and hops. For a double IPA it has a modest hop taste with floral and citrus hints. It also sits very well. Similar to Fiddlehead IPA, but certainly hoppier.

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Photo of shaemmerle
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything I want a DIPA to be. Not overly malty/sweet, and lets the hops shine through. Not overly bitter and the ABV is very well hidden. Tons of fruit on the nose and body. Super creamy body and finish. This one hits all the right spots for me. Definitely one I will come back to again and again.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark orange color. Nice lacing and half finger white head. Smell is definitely sweet pine, and sweet tropical. Very sweet resinous hops that make your mouth water. The taste just brings out how much of a big beer this really is. Pretty malt foward, big hop resin with not that much tropical notes. Maybe some very slight pineapple but that's about it. Overall a big, solid DIPA. Wish the sweet tropical notes in the nose carried on to the taste though.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pumpkin orange color. White head with lots of lace.

Tropical with some dankness. Mango and papaya. A bit of grapefruit citrus. Some floral hops.

Bitter and sticky but not overly done.

Very nice dipa.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can was poured into a pint Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, lemons, citrus, tropical, bready, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: The hop flavor is do tasty with nice malt flavors to balance things out. Light tingly bitterness and chewy notes. Very smooth, tasty, and no signs of alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, light tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, delicious, and crushable fir being 8%.

Overall: Got to admit that this is one of the best DIPA'S I've ever had. If I could ever get my hands on another can, I'll enjoy UT as much or possibly more.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Juicy NE hop beer. Nose of citrus (orange, grapefruit). Taste of pine resin but super smooth in drinking. Dangerous for a 8%. Lacking the bitterness you would expect for a DIPA (esp having it after Pliny the Elder). Nice lil surprise from a trade. Definitely wouldn't mind having another pack of this in the future

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Amber with two fingers of nice white head.

Smell: Piney and resinous. There's some bready malt and a citrus element to it as well. It's just not very explosive or potent smelling...no wow factor like I would expect from such a reputable beer.

Taste: Nice balance between malt and hops with a dank, resinous finish. It's lacking that traditional simcoe taste and has a more palate attacking, piney bitterness, but it's not overwhelming. I'm surprised at the amount of malt to this...it's just heavy on the malt and pine. The finish is a tad bitter for my liking.

Feel: You can tell it's a double,there's definitely some body to it that distinguishes it from a single. There's moderate carbonation that implies its strength.

Overall: Maybe it's just because this is 5 weeks out at this point, but this didn't blow me away as I had expected to be. Will have to re-review a fresh can.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very cloudy golden amber color with a huge, fluffy bright white head. Retention is amazing and there are a ton of webbed sheets of lacing. Smell is outstanding. Fruity, piney and dank. All the staples of a great IPA. Taste is the same, but a little more balanced than the smell would lead you to believe. Feel is perfect. Very soft and pillowy with a little bit of bitterness, but still sooo smooth. Overall this beer is top notch. Did a blind tasting with this, Heady, SOS and Lambo Door, and this one actually came out on top. It has that piney dankness that the others lack, but still manages to be so soft on the mouth feel. World class!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L-Pours more amber than gold with a huge 2 inch plus frothy white head. Lacing is excellent and lasting.
S- Rather than the over the top citrus in alot of DIPA's from Vermont, this one is much more Piny and dank.
T- The taste follows the nose in that it is more pine than citrus. Rather than being a hop bomb, this beer is far more balanced and easy drinking despite the 8.2% abv.
F-The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carb. The pine dankness really lingers on the tongue.
O- This beer is one to seek out if you like more balance in your DIPA than Heady or Sip. The dankness is also something that sets it apart from it's compatriots. It's well worth seeking out if you can get it.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Opaque orange color with finger white head, fades slowly leaving soapy lace. Big juicy and piney hop aroma. The taste of this brew is a cross between juicy citrus and resiny pine hops. The pine wins out with lots of dank bitterness through the sip and dry finish. Just enough caramel malt backbone. Medium, very soft mouthfeel. This is a delish bitter IPA.

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Photo of HopfordBeerham
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another one of my favorites from Vermont! Definitely on my top 10 beer list. It has amazing bitter hop flavors with a subtle malt background. Drinkable? YES! Wish I could get my hands on this stuff more often. Thinking about moving to Vermont, just so I can have access to beers like this on a consistent basis. Salud!!

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have drunk this side by side with Heady Topper, Pliny Elder, and Sip of Sunshine and this brew is a bit more bitter with hints of grapefruit. I really liked this beer, but several beers ahead of it on my top list. I'll drink it.

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