Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
3.86/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
07-08-2013 17:30:54 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
04-27-2012 12:47:44 | More by jlindros
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
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!
06-16-2012 15:27:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.26/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
04-21-2012 23:23:41 | More by Rifugium
3.99/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-10-2013 03:02:14 | More by plaid75
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
Checked out this brewery for the first time yesterday. They also have a 5.2% Amber currently on tap.
Pours a nice bright golden/yellow color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Ultra-fresh too!
Grassy hops with just a hint of pine resin greet the nose. Hoppy but not by too much.
The taste is where this shines: grassy, piney hops upfront followed by a slight amount of buttery malt. It's hop-forward and reminds me of the IPA once brewed by Orlio (the brewer is Matty O, ex-Magic Hat).
The mouthfeel is a treat because the hops cling to the throat, leaving a bit of warmth on the way down.
Hate to be a homer but this is a very nice IPA! I wasn't too big on the Amber but I think I'll be hitting Fiddlehead more for this IPA!
01-01-2012 22:55:47 | More by Brad007
3.84/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-13-2013 01:02:26 | More by GarthDanielson
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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.
02-27-2012 00:42:11 | More by johnnnniee
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
07-22-2013 01:55:42 | More by Alieniloquium
3.08/5 rDev -22%
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.
07-24-2012 01:24:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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