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Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 635
Avg: 4
pDev: 32.5%
Wants: 35
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 01-01-2012

This medium bodied American style IPA has an alluring golden glow and beautifully blends three strains of hops. While strong citrus notes ambush your taste buds halfway through the palate, the beer finishes very crisp and dry.

53 IBU
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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 635
Photo of -Rick
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with slight orange hints, a nice white head that stuck around for a bit (pored from a growler). Lots of grapefruit in the nose, and a bit of resinous pine. The taste is very citrus forward. Grapefruit, and orange dominate the taste, a hoppy pine taste is left behind in the after taste. Nice carbonation, a solid mouth feel. Overall, this is a fine IPA. Its not Mastermind or Second Fiddle, but not that far behind.

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Photo of Trapskiff
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Having trouble with this. Had some at their tasting room and it was a lovely, not overly hopped IPA with a good dry finish. Bought two growlers. It has a nice golden glow, smells of lemon and grapefruit with some bread/biscuit. The taste starts with the fruit, but there is an off flavor in the finish that really puts me off. I don't know if it's something with the growlers or what.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Doc Ponds in Stowe on Sunday, 9/27. Pours a nice amber copper color with some haze, decent head that leaves lacing. Nice hoppy aroma on this one, resinous but with a backend of some stone fruit. Flavor follows the nose, it has a decent sweetness to it along with a fairly robust hop note. Very "east coast meets west coast". Overall a bit too bitter for the flavors that come out and the body is heavier than expected. A solid IPA, though, wish I had a change to try Second Fiddle.

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Photo of hardysf
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pleasant color with nice head that last throughout the beer. Had on draft. Beer is well carbonated throughout. Lots of simcoe and mosaic hop aroma. Lost of west coast dankness and pine coming through. Some sweet malt and grain flavor comes through and lingers on the palate. Very well balanced and makes me keep reaching for another drink.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tap, light golden/yellow hues.
Smells a little hop citrusy, sweet bread on the front end.
Taste is lighter, citrus, slight pine flavor.
Really nice mouthfeel, feels lighter than a standard IPA, little lighter carbonation, goes down easy.

I really enjoyed this one, goes down super smooth.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
2.74/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Arvads in VT, served in pint glass. Unfortunately, not my thing. Too much funk and vegetable (almost compost) aroma and flavor for me. Did not sit well.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler purchased at Fiddlehead Brewery on 8/5, poured into Belgian ale glass.

This is sort of the perfect middle of IPAs, not drop-dead outstanding, not disappointing. Could drink it all day and be happy.

Definite hop-forward profile, decent balance. More citrus than floral, just about right at 53 IBU and 6.2 ABV.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange hue with a hazy clarity and a quarter inch, creamy, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus fruit, rind and light, toasted malts. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a biscuity quality and an earthy bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Overall, a decently balanced IPA, but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Mountain View Inn.
I wanted to like this but it was not so great for a few reasons:
- mouthfeel is too thick, sticky.
- hops were pretty much like Simcoe, think DFA60, but not so well refined

Over-rated for sure.

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Photo of 1upstate
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA that I wish had a wider distribution. It's great smell and texture made it enjoyable to drink. We enjoyed a couple of growlers while up that way.

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Photo of mhs413
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great IPA. If you are lucky enough to enjoy a growler of this at the pizza place adjacent to the brewery, you will experience and almost perfectly pairing.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one seems to be overshadowed by Fiddlehead's DIPAs and all the other great hoppy beers in VT. It's a delightful single IPA with notes of citrus, mango, and fresh cut grass. It finishes dry and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes I'm reluctant to review a beer because I know it's just not suited to my palate. This is one of them. Lots of darkness and no fruit. I get pine, herbs, garlic, chive, cannabis and grass. Light caramel body and a bitter finish.

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Photo of munnster76
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good but not great. For a $10 growler it's a no brained but most other ipa are better in my opinion...it's the aftertaste that you are left with a very bitter one which drops it on my scale

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Photo of TBonez477
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not typically an IPA enthusiast but these guys have found a nice balance, not too much hop bitterness but great aroma and citrus flavor. As the weather warms up this is always a go to.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small but lasting head. Leaves a blanket of lace on the pint glass. Very hazy. Dark gold color.

Strong grapefruit and evergreen smell from dry hopping. Pale malt base is also present.

Soft pale malt start but the hop bitterness takes over with a strong black pepper presence. Mid-level body with mildly elevated carbonation. Long straight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick notes:

Beautiful hazy orange brew (pulpy in appearance). Good head retention.

Decent balance of citrus and pine notes from the hops; nice showing from the malt base. Remarkably dry finish; that's what stands out most about this beer.

Flavor-wise, it's an OK IPA, nothing particularly noteworthy.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ain't nothin quite like getting a call from a friend who just got back from tv and they have a surprise for ya...and best yet, it is a growler of this bad boy along with so e fiddlehead cans! Enjoyed from a heady topper stemless wine glass.

a - classic IPA look. Murky orange, frothy foamy head, tons of spotty lace. My mouth begins to water,

s - dat nose though! Fresh citric hops with a slap of earthiness over natural spring water. There be magic in that tv water.

t/m/o - while this beer may be a bit thin in the mouthfeel dept, it more an makes up in the quench ability. This beer drinks like juice. This is the kind of beer you want to drink immediately following a 5k run cause it gets right at your thirst and satisfies. Beyond that, just a really solid all around IPA. I could live off this stuff. Amazing beer, go get some! Super juicy, one of the best IPAs I have tried.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brewery-filled growler into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out mildly sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a nice earthy hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of TJBOtt
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Very smooth American style IPA. A strong, but not overpowering hoppinness. Very crisp. I grabbed some Mastermind from their brewpub, and I'm hoping it's as strong.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev -4%

On tap at Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne, VT.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and pine, with some orange as well.

Tastes like honey-covered grapefruit, orange, pine, and a little bit of crackery malt. Tasty, but doesn't particularly distinguish itself from other IPAs, unfortunately.

This one is medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. Really, really drinkable.

An excellent start to my Vermont beer trip, but it could definitely be a little more.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Breakwater. Pours a hazy brownish orange color with a half inch of head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is citrus hops, honey, and floral hops. Lightly toasted malts. The taste is citrus and piney hops with some of the toasty malts. Floral finish with piney hints. Medium bodied with a slight alcohol burn. A bit on the dry side. Overall, really solid IPA.

App- 4 A- 4 t- 4 m- 3.75 o- 4 = 3.98

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Photo of djnickelb
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

This is my favorite Vermont beer... one of the few that retains its taste as it warms. I'd take this over other popular IPAs any time. Multi-layered hop flavors, great carbonation and not too boozey. Hope it gets distributed more soon.

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Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +25%

Reading older reviews makes me think this beer has changed over time. I had this on tap at two locations, then visited the brewery twice, and both times shared a 64oz over pizza, then filled 3x 64oz growlers, so I've had lots of it.

Fiddlehead's IPA is my 2nd favorite IPA after Treehouse's Julius. It's incredibly well-balanced, very fruity, and juicy. Break down:

A - Hazy orange unfiltered goodness. Pours with a one finger head if you're careful, or a bigger head if you're not.

S - Starts with grapefruit and some tropical fruit. As the beer warms it becomes much more flavorful and I smell guava, passionfruit, and mostly peach juice.

T - Follows the nose. I regularly drink high IBU (>100) beers, so the bitterness on this one barely registers. Mostly tastes very fruity - sharper citrus when cold, and opens up wonderfully as it warms until it tastes like a juice box. By the end of each glass it tastes like peach juice mixed with other tropical juice.. In fact, my group called this IPA 'Juicy Juice' by the end of the trip. I'm not sure where others get 'crackers', 'biscuits', 'earthly', or 'grassy' as I didn't get any of that at all. Everyone's different, but it makes me thing they've been working on the hop profile with a very positive result.

M - Perfect.

O - A fantastic IPA. If I could get my hands on it, I would always have this in my fridge!

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Served from a growler into a clear, oversized wineglass. Purchased directly from the brewery at Fiddlehead Brewing Co. (Shelburne, VT).

A: Hazy peach-orange amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white, sticky, frothy head with excellent retention and a clumpy collar of thick lacing. (4.0)

S: Aroma stings with grassy dankness at first but pops through with plenty of variety including grapefruit rind, pine resin, and honeysuckle notes. The maltiness is muted but provides some bready and light caramel too. No yeast or alcohol component. A clean, slightly dank but more complex East Coast style IPA with a bit more citrus but still a whole helluva a lot of resiny in there. (4.0)

T: The flavor outdoes the aroma but a long-shot, which is saying something as good as the nose is on this beer. The hops component has a big range of flavors including orange, lime, grapefruit, pine, grassy, herbal, and honeysuckle played smoothly against a light caramel malt backing. The flavor is quintessential aggressive East Coast IPA in that it provides moderate bitterness with a resiny based flavor but it provides so much more with bright grassy, lemon-lime, grapefruit and honeysuckle flavors. Fiddlehead is really pumping out some winners (see Mellow Mike). This beer handles Columbus hops very well - it treads the line of grassy and hoppy without crossing over to weedy and overly vegetal. (4.25)

M: Mouthfeel is slick and medium in body, tending towards light. The carbonation is medium with a superbly dry finish. (4.25)

O: Wow -- Fiddlehead is really hitting them out of the park -- the hops flavors are bright yet and varied without being muddled and the beer doesn't forget about the malt component, which provides ample counterflavor. The feel is on the money too. Another super beer from Fiddlehead -- check it out and buy a half- or full-growler of Fiddlehead IPA or Mellow Mike -- both are excellent beers. (4.25)

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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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