Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Fiddlehead Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 558 | Reviews: 67
Photo of Jwale73
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Daileyg13
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dank, smells like weed

Photo of gcasher
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unique in that the hops had an earthy almost herbal flavor.

Photo of zotzot
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good single IPA
good from the tap or Growler

Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sessionable

Golden yellow

Good beer

Photo of Mmart802
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unfiltered, cloudy look. Strong hops, not to much citrus.

Photo of snilsen13
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of 1upstate
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of chris_pk
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent IPA. Great VT brewery!

Photo of mhs413
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of munnster76
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of TBonez477
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of stephenipa
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour into glass, very light golden brown hue, nice light taste, smoothe after bite. I like this IPA, not overly hoppy but nice balance.

Photo of BradMatton13
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable IPA, first beer i had from this brewery

Photo of Gop
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank at Applebee's, Burlington, vt. Nice that they have great local beer.

Photo of kw_pip
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good pale color. Sweet smell. Light body. Hops forward w sweet and malt tones.

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Gperson
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Always happy to see it on tap. Never fails to please.

Photo of northbayrugger
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Had it at a tasting in Shelburne.. it was fantastic. Theyre going great things up there.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of TJBOtt
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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