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Second Fiddle - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

761 Ratings
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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 270
Gots: 128 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Gatch on 07-22-2013

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Ratings: 761 | Reviews: 88
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Photo of mattmenas
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely incredible beer. Stood out as the best DIPA amongst some solid competition. I've yet to come across a more enjoyable beer. Nearly perfect.

Photo of gabepesce
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Malty backbone with a smooth feel and some fruity tones. blah blah blah overall a great brew

Photo of BaggedBug23
2.75/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

I felt it was to light of a flavor with not enough impact to the pallet

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Cloudier than the regular IPA. Slight cream tinge to the head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Better hop aroma, too. Citrusy. Nice orange and some pine in the back. Substantial sweet malt backing.

Taste - Grapefruit. Sweet malt and some caramel. Sweetness masks some of the bitterness, but a hint peeks through.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Slick feeling. Bitterness is muted.

Overall - More enjoyable than their single IPA. Just a hop profile and malt balance.

Photo of russpowell
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to markgugs for this one!

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Shhets of lacing , some cloudiness, above average head retention

S: Faint leafy hops, pears, tangerine & breadyness

T: Pineapple, grapefruit in smaller amounts, breadyness, pineyness & little bit of aspirin. More grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, dryness. Finishes with grapefruit, some pineapple, a little bready sweetness, plus piney & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews hoppy, a little warming

Drinks so easy, a stellar DIPA, might need to road trip to VT soonish!

Photo of ricknelson
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second Fiddle has done to Double Sunshine what Double Sunshine had done to Heady Topper.
It has become the Number One beer among my fellow BA buds. All are Vermont brewed beers. But now Second Fiddle is #1; Double Sunshine #2 and Heady Topper #3. Hill's Citra maybe #4.

Photo of Tbub18
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A--Nice orange/yellow color with about a one inch head. Looks delicious
S--Whew! Hops anyone? Incredibly fresh smelling, dank hop bomb in your face. There is a little bit of breadiness but the hops are dominating here--as they should.
T--Grapefruit, pineapple hops bursting, nice malt bread makes this pretty smooth for an 8%. Less bitter finish than I remembered having Mastermind.
M--Medium, just the right amount of carbonation for my taste.
O--Really impressed by this beer. I actually preferred this to Mastermind. When you open the can its apparent by the smell that this is gonna be your typical VT DIPA. Incredible stuff that I look forward to having again soon!

Photo of puboflyons
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the one pint can dated 12/23/2014. So darn fresh on January 1, 2015.

A little cloudy orange pale yellow color with a big white head that lingers and laces. A tad darker and I might have gone with a 5.

The aroma is a 5 with its vibrant floral and citrus hop scents and muted but still noticeable toasted biscuit and pale malts. No booze at 8.2%

Near full body. A slight acidity but that could be due to the intense hop ingredients.

I said intense and I mean intense. Those floral, grapefruit, and citrus hops explode in the taste and take over everything edging out the toasted malts and finishing bitter and dry. Again, no booze. Perfect taste and aroma and well worth the "world-class" overall rating it has received. Watch out Heady Topper.

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A:Looks like my perfect ipa. Nice cloudy amber with a good white head only downside is lacing.
S: The smell although not that strong is pretty amazing. Lots of citrus and hops coming through with a stronger pine and resin after. Downsides are slight alcohol smell and weaker smell overall
T: follows the nose very well. Citrus up front, good hop taste in the middle, with the resin bite at the end. Downside being the slightly to bitter/alcohol at end
F: Very good carbonation almost creamy, very refreshing only downside is slightly dry feeling.

O: one of my top 10 ipas currently

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface by saying that I was very excited to get a chance to try this at the brewery. I am very much a fan of Fiddlehead and think they are the premier under the radar brewery in Vermont right now. And, being a big fan of their last DIPA, Mastermind, I thought I'd love this as well.

A: Dark orange, clearly filtered.

S: Citrusy hops and malt, pleasant.

T: Good malt and hop balance. Pleasantly bitter. Rather well done.

M: Here's the problem. I'm not sure if I got a bad fill or what, but my growler filled same day was completely flat which, honestly, took away from the taste. It's undoubtedly a well done beer, but I can't seem to get past the fact that I spent $8 for two flat pints. I'd be open to trying it again, but I'd taste it first to ensure that it's carbonated.

O: Well done for sure with one fatal flaw: carbonation. If you get the chance to try it--a rarity for sure--I suggest you do. Just keep in mind this experience. Fiddlehead, despite this, is among my favorite breweries and I will continue to patronize them until they give me a reason not to. This is not that reason, just a speed bump.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a slightly dark reddish-orange, very hazy and unfiltered looking, with a one inch head, and lots of lacing.

Smells just wonderful, fruity and dank, with grapefruit, tangerine, and a little bit of pine. Smells like this can was absolutely packed with hop goodness.

This tastes just amazing. I've had Mastermind, and was blown away by it, and this also blew me away. It starts up front with a big pine and grapefruit hop bite, with a little bit of bitterness, with a very fruity and sweet tangerine and peach finish. This reminds me of a fruitier and slightly less bitter Heady.

This medium bodied, with a sweet and crisp mouthfeel, and a medium level of carbonation. It's insanely drinkable, it scares me how quickly I could put down a 4pk if I had it.

Big surprise, another amazing Vermont IPA.

Photo of mtomlins
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Dr_King_Schultz
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The best DIPA I've ever had.

Photo of BillyGam
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 trooperp
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sensational.. Creamy hops.. Wonderful balance.. Incredible in EVERY way!

Photo of Sbboomerkid
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer ever. Most balanced ipa created. Heady was the best until this beer. Unbelievable nose taste will stay with you for hours. Love it

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This VT crafted DIPA is fantastic and I for one honestly don't see why this underrated on BA. Pours an opaque glowing honey tangerine that just makes me think of a fantastic VT DIPA. My first impression of the smell is straight citra hops with simcoe in the background. Citrusy grapefruit and tangerine jump out and are followed by a nice piney resiny backdrop. Taste is just as the smell would indicate- citrusy grapefruit and tangerine up front (Citra) followed by a piney resinous harmony (Simcoe) that makes this brew sit on my tongue in the most pleasant of ways. I honestly don't pick up on much malt at all which I love and it makes the wonderful hop profile stand out all the more. Even with the lack of a malty backbone this beer is not overpoweringly bitter in the least and I must tip my hat to fiddlehead on this one. Truly a hop forward beer and one that I believe should be getting more praise and by no means plays a second fiddle to any DIPA in the area. Strongly reccomended!!!

Photo of GolfandBeer
5/5  rDev +11.4%

A few of us had a blind taste test against heady topper, which we all love, and second fiddle was the unanimous winner! WOW

Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous, completely hazy orange body with thick foam though minimal lacing. Aroma is bursting with Vitamin C, flavor is pulpy and fleshy orange. Bitterness is suprisingly restrained.

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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 mickyge
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
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 cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fourth and final can of this beer, for now. Dated 5/19/2014.

A- Tallboy can poured to a wide tulip glass for reviewing. Fairly hazy deep orange body with a one finger, frothy white cap. Decent head retention but it falls to a creamy ring with some haze over the middle. Lacing is spotty but some webs also stick to the glass.

S- Dank, tropical fruit and citrus hops jump out of the glass. Notes of melon, mango, tangerine, grapefruit and a slight onion/garlic/earthy hint. Clean overall yeast with just a bit of a malt backing.

T- Citrus and pine hops resonate more here especially with the bitterness present but a solid backing of melons, tangerine, floral and apricot notes are right there with them. Juicy and pulpy with the slightest grain and yeast character to confirm that this is a beer, clean.

MF- Medium bodied brew with a fairly chewy, creamy texture building up on the palate. Carbonation is at a moderate level and does enough to accentuate the hops. Medium bitter finish.

Juicy melons, big citrus and dank. A slightly onion/garlic vibe that is found in many hop bombs but here it is subtle and I even like it personally. Flavorful but doesn't try too hard to assault you with a squeezed nectar of hops.

Photo of Ndek
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, great mouthfeel, smooth, a bit of a hop bite but not at all bitter. So well balanced and drinkable, the alcohol is just so well hidden. A supremely made DIPA and one of the best i've had. I could drink this nightly and not get tired of it or too filled up. Hop lovers delight!

Photo of MNishCT77
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. gifted from Dr. T. Kanhsil in late 8/14, canned on 07/10/14, poured into my Gandhi-Bot snifter glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-amber coloration; low clarity (can't read or see through), initial frothy white head settles into 1/4 finger head with some carbonation lakes and mixed sized bubbles; moderate alcohol legs

S: 12/12 - intense pine and resiny hop aroma (like opening an ounce of Simcoe); with moderate citrus, peach and fruity notes; mild malt character and alcohol; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 19/20 - moderate bittenerness right up front; followed by huge juicy pine and resin flavors full up the palate; on the back end, there is a mild sweetness and alcohol; some residual sweetness but not-at-all cloying

M: 4/5 - moderate body (with hop oils and alcohol); moderate carbonation; high drinkability

T: 10/10 - damn near perfect DIPA that hits all the high points for me - super juicy, intense pine, citrus and fruity aroma/flavor; mild VT-ish IPA sweetness but still highly drinkable; reminds me of a more juicy DC Brau OTWOA; this is hands-down the best hoppy beer that I have tried in 2014

TOTAL - 48/50

Photo of Mo_fro
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Great copper color with enough haze that you can’t see through the glass. Nice three finger chunky off white head that recedes in a minute. Small specs of lacing are left stuck around the glass.
S- Piney smell upon opening the can. After pouring in a glass the huge mango smell kicks in and stays there. Also puts off some nice malty notes.
T- Follows the nose really well. Smooth mango and fruity flavors that just flow over the tongue. Slight malt and cracker taste on the finish. No detectable alcohol taste.
M- Feel is slightly heavy, with low carbonation. This beer doesn’t coat the mouth like some other DIPA’s. Just seems to hit the taste buds and go away.
O- One of the better beers I have had in a while. It seems on the mark to me. Flavors all meld well and it leaves you craving more after each sip. Drink ability is high for this one, I will definitely be looking for this when in Vt.

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Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.