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Second Fiddle - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%
Wants: 281
Gots: 136 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gatch on 07-22-2013

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Ratings: 799 | Reviews: 91
Photo of Jwburns75
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared to other northeast IPAs I feel as though Second Fiddle is more balanced. This is a very smooth brew, strong hop presence but not overtly bitter or piney. Just really tasty, not playing second fiddle to the big boys at all. Dark copper color, nice creamy, sticky looking head and retains well. Taste is delicious, finishes very strong.

Photo of rongcsc
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a great surprise! From the land of Heady Topper comes another wonderful DIPA. Very well balanced and perfect mouthfeel. The hop attack is somewhat muted but nearly perfect. Well done Fiddlehead.

Photo of goalpucks
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic beer . I'm interested to see how it holds up in a blind taste test against other world-class IPA's. Stay tuned.

Photo of BillyGam
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing zing a kick you in the ass hop flavor

Photo of mtomlins
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden color with a large cloudy head with great retention and leaves tons of lacing. The nose and taste are both very hop forward with lots of citrus rinds, pine and some tropical fruit notes. there is a nice malt profile balancing all the hops, but it is in the background allowing the hops to be the star. The nouthfeel is smooth and round but with enough carbonation it keep it incredibly drinkable. Just a great example of the style!

Photo of calitrie1486
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this was the 1st NE style IPA I ever had I probably would rate it a little higher. It seems to be just a little off on the balanced/ backend side for me, compared to the other IPA's in its class.... But overall a great great brew that I would stock regularly if I had access to it!!

Photo of mickyge
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Next to Heady Topper this was the best beer I've ever had. Smells fantastic piney and orangey. Nice thick head and laced down the glass. Taste was a mouthful, I got citrus and pine notes and a smooth bitterness from it. It gives Heady a run for its money

Photo of Givemebeer
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, slightly hazy. Large frothy white head

S: Lemon, Melon, Mango - tropical fruits and light citrus

T: Hop water. My taste buds were taken over by and oniony, orangey, mango like liquid (simcoe hops?). Not my favorite hop profile, but it oozes with flavor. Exceptionally smooth, I wish it had a bit more of a bite on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Lingering fruit finish.

O: This stuff is like orange juice beer - in a good way. Deserves the hype it gets.

Photo of Phunk97
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly think it's the best DIPA coming out of VT right now.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Devman171 for sharing this one
Wonderful tropical fruit aroma and taste I want more.

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/20 consumed 3/27 from a snifter.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious tropical fruit forward dipa. Minimal biscuit malt backbone. Grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Lives up to the hype.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark orange color with great foam. Love it! A bit more malty than I might like in a DIPA but world-class nonetheless.

Photo of founddrama
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heady Topper is the baseline for VT DIPAs but… though they're similar, there's something about this that's unique and special. Piney and resiny. Huge hop taste, but less citrus. May be my new exemplar what for a VT DIPA is.

Let it wear the crown.

LOOK: A little cloudy. Golden amber but leaning rusty in color. Big airy head.

SMELL: Pine resin over floral notes.

TASTE: Very hop-forward. Citrus notes are muted under the pine resiny flavors. Lingers and really opens up if you let it sit in your mouth for a second.

FEEL: Feels thick, almost chewy. Despite the big head, not big on carbonation -- so doesn't have the bright pop that would go along with that.

Photo of InkedinRi
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double IPAs don't get better than this!

Photo of Brad007
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy golden hue with blonde highlights. This is the only Fiddlehead DIPA that I have not had.

Fresh, juicy citrus comes through in the nose. Mango and grapefruit mainly.

Mango and passionfruit come to mind as flavors. Only Hyzer Flip comes close to this profile.

Clean finish with some burn from the alcohol and lingering citrus flavors.

Second Fiddle has a character of its' own in comparison to other DIPAs, such as Heady Topper. It's closer to Heady appearance-wise.

Photo of humuloner22
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Happy to have received this one on a trade!

Appearance: Cloudy golden haze, decent amount of white pillowy head. Lingers on the side of the glass throughout the pour.

Aroma: Nice earthy hop aroma typical of the region. Decent amount of tropical fruit and citrus fruit notes as well. A very pleasant beer.

Taste: Very well balanced beer, not too better and not too malty either. Citrus grapefruit notes meld well with the earthy hop bitterness. Very smooth and clean finishing, especially for a DIPA.

Overall: One of the most balanced and best I have had, reminds me a lot of Mastermind but amps up the flavor profile a bit more. Still for a DIPA not as sweet as it could be and that is what really impresses me. I wish it was available more often and especially around here, it would be in my fridge all the time. I guess a trip to VT is in order!

Photo of berkshire413
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great body on this beer, its a massive juicy DIPA. So smooth and exploding with great citrus hop bombs. very very balanced, its exploding with flavors yet the bitterness is just right to make it very very drinkable. Easily one of the better DIPAS i have had lately.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice DIPA but a little too malty for me and lacks interest-- plays second fiddle to a lot of other New England DIPAs!

Photo of Mark_
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am impressed with this beer. Not the top of my list but close. And that, my friends, is a good thing.

Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can... this beer pours a fairly deep orange amber color with very good retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. On the nose, there is a lot of sweet tropical fruit, navel orange, and light pine. There's really a huge presence of sweet tropical fruit on the nose. The flavor profile isn't as intense, though it's still pretty pronounced. Also, while the DIPA IS a bit on the sweet side, there's more than enough hoppy bitterness to counter and balance that sweetness. The beer actually dries out pretty well on the finish, and finish is pretty clean and fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish. The beer definitely delivers plenty of flavor. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile. It was somewhat noticeable initially, but the beer seemed to open up a bit and smooth out some as it sat in the glass.

Really nice beer from this new to me brewery.

Photo of braican
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, bright, leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Citrusy and sweet with some great earthy aromas. This is what a beer should smell like.

T: Unbelievably fresh and very sweet, in the best way possible. Huge flavors of orange, tropical fruit, and pine, with a good malty backbone. Absolutely great flavors.

F: Sweet and sticky. Almost no feel from the alcohol. Finishes very clean; the bitterness hits you and fades quickly.

O: I really loved this. The freshness, the huge citrus with the malty balance, the great clean feel, all of it make this a top DIPA in my book.

Photo of zotzot
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When this in a growler, this is great. None of this can crap.
Smells like being whacked in the face with a pine bough.
Dark amber color
Full bouquet.

Photo of Tpain518
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

wonderful dipa. pine with a bitter malt backbone. heady,2nd fiddle,gandhi,julius,green

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a CBC teku. About a week old, so still good and fresh. Nice appearance, medium amber-orange in color, with an inch of healthy white head; good retention and lacing. Good aroma, thick with citrus and pine hops, notes of ethanol and a firm malt base. In the taste, oily hops that didn't quite come through as good as in the aroma, off-balanced by thick toffee malts, and a twinge of neutral alcohol. Not really a malt bomb, the hops were definitely there, but it was just a little too off-balanced, coming off pretty average for the style. Body was medium, mouthfeel was unctuous and a bit stiff with booze at first. Decent overall, but pretty basic stuff...kind of baffling that there's such a hype over this.

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Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.