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Fiddlehead IPA | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by Brad007 on 01-01-2012

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 680
Photo of Kinger22
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. The citrusy aroma is followed by a bitter starting taste, that transitions into a citrusy burst of tropical flavors to balance the brew. It goes down easy and is great after a day of skiing or hiking in the Green Mountain State.

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Photo of jhavs
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft, 16 oz pour into shaker pint.

A= Hazy, yellow, the head appears foamy and off white, big bubbles that settle to ring around glass. Lacing rings the glass creating line for each sip.

S= Earthy, floral, some citrus rind and zest, a bit of dankness.

T= Hop dankness, citrus, some tropical notes, bread, toasty malts.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= This beer has improved greatly over time, a very good and easy drinking IPA. Flavors are clean and refined but still got that hoppy dank IPA goodness.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

had this on tap at EB Strong's in Burlington VT. overall a great beer... has a very pleasant smell and flavor, and is incredibly drinkable. mainly citrus and pine character, although it is well balanced by malts. quality mouthfeel and super refreshing! I would definitely recommend this beer and I think its a bit underrated.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT.

Pours a clear amber orange color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is very citrusy and tropical, but also slightly floral as well. I get plenty of grapefruit rind and sweet orange, and just a bit of pine to add some earthy bitterness.

The taste starts off slightly bitter, but is immediately taken over by the bright tropical flavors. There's also a subtle, bready malt present that adds just a bit of graininess to the flavor which is very pleasant.

The mouth is medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Slightly dry, but not a lot of lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a very underrated offering from Fiddlehead. It's tropical and juicy, yet has plenty of bitter pine notes as well as a nice subtle malt character to balance out the flavors. It's very drinkable and goes down smooth. Certainly doesn't come close to the standards set by Second Fiddle, but this is still a very fine IPA and one I'd gladly drink again and again.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice example of IPA. Cloudy orange pour with a piny hop scent that follows in the taste. Nice pine and grapefruit taste, with some orange citrus notes and a good bitterness. This seems a well balanced example of the style. Very well done, and I will revisit often.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color, medium head with a sudsy, frothy lace that retains very well.
The citrus aroma hits the nose similar to an orange peel and grapefruit zest. Later, there are some floral tones.
The taste is smooth, clean and balanced. Several interesting things happen with the finish; at times it finishes sweet and citrusy, other times it finishes clean and mineral like, and other times it finishes hoppy and slightly dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter compared to other ipAs; it feels like a really good session ipa. The carbonation is soft but produces a crisp and refreshing feel.
Overall, I thought this was a wonderful understated IPA. Simple, clean, and balanced. A great ipa for those that do not want to be overwhelmed by hops.

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Photo of nwildfire
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the look and smell of this beer; but the overwhelming hops are a bit much for me. The mouthfeel is great, and the floral smells (almost a tart orange in there) are fantastic; but it drinks quite bitter, especially on the finish. I can always have this as a starter at the bar - but more than one is pushing it.

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Photo of -Rick
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -23.1%
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 -2.2%
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 +7.9%
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 +5.2%
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 -32%
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 -0.2%
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 -6%
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 -23.6%
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 +14.4%
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 +14.1%
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 +5.5%
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 -7.4%
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 +2.7%
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 +4.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -6.7%
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 +11.4%
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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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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