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Second Fiddle - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LittleDon on 07-03-2014)
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Can poured into a pilsner glass

Golden orange yellow pours a creamy off white one finger cap. Dense foam with great lacings . Bubbles on the side with a nice stream of carbonation.

Aroma is amazing, fresh , fragrant, strong. Floral hops with hint of pine.

Floral, citrus, pine taste jumps onto your tongue. Bitter aftertaste on the sides and the back of the tongue.

Good , small carbonation in your mouth.

8.2%abv will sneak up on you!

Sent my son to Vermont in search of Heady Topper. He brought me a can of Fiddlehead. Heady Topper is still the King of Beers but Fiddlehead is a noble prince!

WunderLlama, Sunday at 08:25 PM
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Poured into Tired Hands taster.


Appearance is a deep golden orange with a rocky cream colored head which settles quickly. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass.


Aroma is huge on pine, grass, citrus (orange peel, lemon pith, lychee), faint wood, nectarine, and sweet hydro weed.


Taste comes in throwing hard malt blows but quickly turns straight into a hop ringer. This is maltier than heady, slightly more earthy/woodsy, but packing that same citrus punch and subtle pine/tropical fruits. It's quite excellent and has terrific depth of flavor.


Mouthfeel is mediumish bodied with maybe a touch more carbonation than heady topper. Bitterness is pretty aggressive but not overboard. Reminds me of La Cumbre stuff in the bitterness department. Certainly a residual malt sweetness lingers much a la east coast style, but on the restrained end of it.


A great double IPA for sure. There is an obvious distinction between a good and a great IPA. Here it's obvious this belongs in the latter. Would sub this out for heady any day. But there are still others I'd pick over those two.... Funny, as I keep drinking this I'm staring to get some similarities to Double Sunshine as well. Subtle, but enough to keep me intrigued and continue praising this!

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Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.