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Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 618
Avg: 4
pDev: 32.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 103 | 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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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Poured medium yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - A very light nose. Some citric and floral hop aromas and not much of a malt base.

T - Good bitterness up front. Some pine, floral and citric flavours are present. No malt sweetness whatsoever.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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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 Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT

Served in a pint glass, a very hazy golden straw color with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Grassy aroma, citrusy hops. Wet grass in the taste, lemon rind, pine and citrus hops, a bit of funk sort of reminiscent of a saison. Medium body. Just a bit off all over, and I didn't really care for it too much. (Rating: 3.03)

Revisited this again straight from the source a couple years after my initial review, and it has definitely improved. I got none of that odd funk from the first tasting, and the citrus and grassiness from the aroma was more pronounced in the taste, making this more in vein of a traditional IPA. Still not entirely sold on it, but the difference was a noticeable improvement.

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Photo of duracell
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden color with a white head leaving a good lacing on the glass.

S - Mild smell of citrus and piney note.

T - Good bitterness and happy flavors but the malt is far too discrete.

M - Good mouthfeel, relatively smooth but the body is on the light side and the alcohol tends to become a bit overpowering as the beer gets warm.

O - Just above the average, this IPA lacks some malty character IMO. Refreshing but a bit straightforward...

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured repeatedly from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Amber yellow and clear with wispy lacing. Poured with one finger of off-white head on the first pour, and two fingers on the second.

S: Potpourri of sweet, sharp citrus and a lil' bit of berry.

T: Very citrusy. Semisweet, with tart grapefruit and orange notes. Slight bitter pine on the finish.

M: Very smooth. Mildly viscous and dry on the end.

O: Not bad, but IPAs are not my thing. My folks were vacationing in Vermont and brought back a growler for me since they know I'm into microbrews. Thanks folks!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small white head. Not a lot of space in the taster glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Really raw hop pellet aroma. Grassy and green like a bowl of pellets. A bit of malt back there.

Taste - Less coarse hop flavor than the aroma. Still pretty grassy and piney, but a faint bit of grapefruit comes through. Grainy. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very grainy and a slightly harsh bitterness.

Overall - Clean flavor, but that hop flavor is straight pellet. Reminiscent of a much smaller brewery.

Edit: Had this a second time. A larger pour yields a much better flavor.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange with a haze. Thin white head and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine with hints of citrus.

Overall. This was an ok IPA. I would have it again.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a smallish off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, pine, grain, floral notes

T-orange, lemon, pine,floral, lighter malt body with a decent bitter hop finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a decent IPA, a little on the light side and faces some stiff competition in this state

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very light golden color. Head is nice and fluffy. Head retains well. Body is a bit cloudy. Laces well.

S-Hoppy but balanced. Citrus and pine with grains. Fresh baked bread.

T-Balanced with generic hoppy flavors. Bread and caramel balances out the hops. A pretty standard IPA. Nothing anywhere near offensive, but it does not stand out in a crowd.

M-Medium bodied. Not very oily or resinous. Moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

O/D-A pretty standard IPA. Balanced but boring. Hard to set yourself apart in this style of beer.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is not a conventional ipa. apparently leaving the big bold ipas to the other vermont heavy hitters, this new establishment has decided to brew a much lighter version of the style. it pours shockingly light yellow with a minimal white head. the smell of hops is there, nice and fruity, upbeat, and fresh. there is an extremely light malt profile to this beer, almost looks and feels like a wheat beer, but i dont think it is. crystal malts for sure. its tastes pretty good, and id have no problem with a few pints of this, but to me an american ipa must have a bit more body and oomph behind it. all the same, this is a nice beer, making its own space in the vermont ipa scene. i guess theyve got it contracted out all over the state, and the taproom is a cool place with lots to look forward to. a good first offereing from this brewery.

edit: this recipe must have changes some over the years, its much more sturdy and hearty now, but without losing any of its citrus hop resins or drinkability. now a contender with any of them, its wonderfully good!

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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 musicforairports
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, Vt. Served in a pint glass.

Hazy straw-golden color, very light. Minimal head and lacing.

Smells like freshly cut grass, lemon, pine.

Taste is clean and sharp, with a nice citrus and floral hop bite. No real malt flavor and very little sweetness. Maybe a little thin.

Light-medium body, medium carbonation.

A decent IPA from Vermont's newest brewery. Easy to drink and tasty enough. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half pint at Pro Pig in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured with a slightly hazy golden colour. Good carbonation, one finger white head and greta lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice citrus. Lot's of mint.

T - Juicy citrus. Pine, grapefruit. Pine dominates.

M - Good bitterness. Good carbonation, liight body, pithy finish.

O/D - A nice IPA. Tasty and complex. Could have a few, but one of the less memorable from the region.

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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 brewtus
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at JAX off of Killington peak in VT. Got a pint of it and of came out light orange with a small head. Smelled and tasted like hops, apricots, and pine. This is hardly the best review ever but I can tell you that this is well worth a try. It's so balanced and drinkable but also has a ton of IPA flavor, nice work.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a filmy, white, clingy head. Nose of pepper, oregano, lemon, and herbal greens. Flavors of pepper and roast greens on the forward tongue, with tart citrus notes and a roasted grain backbone. Spicy and bitter aftertaste, with sweet tones throughout. Clean, slightly effervesced finish. Unique IPA, and damn tasty.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral citrus hops is quite nice and very refreshing. Taste is mostly dominated by nice floral hops notes with lightly sweet malt backbone with nice grassy feeling and medium bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Overwhelming citrus hop profile akin to many other high end Vermont IPAs.

S: Fruit, a bit of grapefruit and general citrus.

T: True to the aroma, the prevailing flavor comes in the form of citrus hops, with little malt presence.

M: Smooth and bright. Very refreshing.

O: A solid Vermont IPA. For the $10 pricetag on a growler and the 20 minute drive to the brewery, this was certainly worth the effort. And, although I won't be going out of my way to return and get another in the immediate future, I will certainly end up patronizing Fiddlehead again.

Update (6/9/13): I must admit, my first impression of this beer was not terribly positive. However, having had it on tap several times since (now that the warmer weather has descended upon us), I have grown more and more partial to this brew. For the über reasonable price tag of $10 a growler, this is undoubtedly the best value IPA out of Vermont and, in my opinion achieves the all important malt-hop balance that so many other VT IPAs fail to conquer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Prohibition Pig.

Big fluffy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with nice sticky lacing, hazy golden orange color.

Nose has plenty of citrus hops, light piny hops with a light herbal marijuana like aroma and even tobacco, light candied orange, light tangerine, and some sweet malts.

Taste starts a little sweet, juicy malts with a pale malt flavor, then hops, mostly citrus with a candied orange, tangerine, and light tropical fruit, some earthy bittering hops. Finish is fairly bitter, candied orange hops, tangerine, little sticky, mostly dry.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hops, malts are a bit too much and too candy like.

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Photo of scotorum
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pint served in a mason jar at The Reservoir in Waterbury Vermont.

a: Dark gold with a light surface foam film when it arrived at table.

s; Pine

t: A pretty strong piney hop bite over medium malt base.

m: Moderate.

o: A fine medium strength IPA, tasty and refreshing, easily the match of most on the market.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Growler sold, poured into a tulip - thanks to diffidentbastard for picking this up to open on NYE 2011!

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a small off-white head with minimal lacing. Nose is hoppy, piney and a bit earthy.

Taste is eerily reminiscent of Heady Topper, a bit less dank but chewy and bitter while still being very drinkable. The Mouthfeel is full and clean with a small bitter bite on the finish.

Overall a really solid start for another new VT brewery!

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had 4oz pour into a tulip glass from growler

A-Hazy golden pour,one finger white head,sticky lacing.

S-Aroma is peach,apricot with a touch of pine and herb.

T-Flavor is earthy,grassy some honey/biscuit notes. Less exciting then the aroma, disappointing.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium bodied,quick dry finish. Good carbonation.

O-Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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