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Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

399 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 24
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 01-01-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Sammy, Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

acurtis, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Knapp85, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

StonedTrippin, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jason, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

TheManiacalOne, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

jlindros, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

InspectorBob, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

yourefragile, May 26, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

weeare138, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

afsdan, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Kelp, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Windjammer Restaurant, South Burlington, VT.

Poured a hazy pale orange hue with a whispy white cap.

The smell featured a vibrant citrusy hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront juicy orange with a round pale malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty light bodied IPA.

plaid75, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

billab914, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

PEIhop, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

GarthDanielson, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 22, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Needs in Burlington VT.
I was surprised to see a beer from a brewery I never heard of on tap and being an IPA I had to sample it. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks lace everywhere. Smells of citrus and pine with a hint of bread. Taste is what the aroma promised but adds a bit of tropical fruit. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous sticky mouthfeel. Nice inaugural brew from the upstart brewery in Shelburne, I wish them much success.

johnnnniee, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

tobelerone, Jan 08, 2013
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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.