Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 582
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 34
Gots: 90 | 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 BoldRulerVT
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fiddlead IPA served up locally in a pint glass.
Nice light amber color and low frothy head.
Smell is herby, grassy, hoppy.
Tastes delicious, not a hop bomb or alcohol blitz, an easy drinking but engaging IPA. Not as citrusy as other IPAs, certainly not as bitter. An IPA you could enjoy a few of.
Moutfeel is nice and crisp, a little dry on the finish.
Overall, a great beer. Not going for insane ABV or IBU, but going for a well crafted, medium bodied and enjoyable IPA.
Matty Cohen knows his stuff. (501 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright yellow brew lights up brilliantly with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma of lemons and assorted citrus fruit, not much malt on the nose.

Flavor dominated by lemon rind with a medium level of hop bitterness. Rough edge of the bittering hops lends some dimension to this citrus-centric brew. Grapefruit makes an appearance as well, bitterness tingles the taste buds.

Cleans up nicely and finishes with a gentle citrus aftertaste. I would say this beer was a bit one dimensional but I don't think you can go wring with a properly bittered IPA that is drenched in citrus flavor. I caught a hint of dry cracker malt in there somewhere but this one had Lemon Party written all over it. (688 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Loft Tavern at Okemo! Next to the base lodge.

A: Filtered but still good lookin. Golden yellow with a frothy bright white head. Bits of lace and retention.

S: Huge tropical citrus, pine, resin, grass. Love it.

T: Same as the nose. So much flavor. Hops are on point. Really solid IPA. Sticky and tasty.

M: Massive flavor and so smooth. Proper carbonation and super easy to drink.

O: What can I say? Other than...another ridiculously delicious Vermont IPA! Great day of riding at Okemo followed by a great beer. Life is great. (546 characters)

Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ive had this on tap at the brewery, from a growler and at many bars. So long as its fresh, and it always is, the review remains the same.

Pours a hazy light gold color.

Smell is fantastic, floral and citrus hop aromas abound without even a swirl of the glass. Head pour is a solid finger and the lacing is appropriate for the style.

Taste doesn't disappoint after the awesome nose. Dominated by the citrus hops with just a hint of sweet malt in the backbone. Pleasant bitterness with that nice tingle many IPA's whiff on.

Overall I find this to be a fantastic beer. Its on tap all over the area and its just as good at a bar as it is from the brewery. I drink this beer whenever I can. Overall a very underrated beer. (723 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewery has monday $8 growler fill specials of this. $10 other days.
A-hazy golden orange, decent head, unfiltered
S-nice piney & citrus hops
T-nice pine hop taste that isn't overly bitter
M-light malt, smooth, hop bitterness aftertaste
O-I find this on tap a lot of places too and will more than likely get it. Really nice (323 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of the next door neighbor, a fresh 32 oz growler from the Shelburne,VT brewery.

Pours a golden wheat color,nicely cloudy,lively carbonation,1 finger soapy white head that recedes quickly,lacing a solid average.

Aroma: hop forward but not a hop bomb, piney aromas mostly, a hint of grapefruit rind, malts lie below the surface.

Taste is pleasantly bitter, some might call it unbalanced because the malts are in the basement, but that isn't a problem for my tastes. Some grapefruit bitterness starts things off,
then it drops off in a somewhat typical "session" IPA fashion with a crackery, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily hop resins,dry crisp finish.

Overall, a good session IPA that should please hop fans on the drinkability and bitterness level. Sort of one dimensional in flavor, but a good effort and better than many. (854 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
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! (566 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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 (343 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a couple spots around Jay Peak, Vermont.

Hazy muted yellow in color with a soft, luxurious, rocky head that remind me of carbonation from Hill Farmstead.

Smells wonderful. Bright, citrusy, juicy. It reminds me of its world-class brethren in the same state. Its aroma is in the same vein as many of the HF and Lawson IPAs, and could be seen as a baby Heady Topper with lighter malts.

Its flavor is super approachable. Juicy hop flavors (melon primarily) sit on top of clean light malts that almost give you the perception this is a wheat base. The malts are very light but that’s how I like my IPAs anyway. Though, I can see how other people may dock it points for that. It really just lets the hops take the whole stage which deserve it.

Mouthfeel is soft. Very drinkable. Almost no bitterness lingers.

If you like your IPAs on the unbalanced side, favoring to showcase bright citrusy hops, this beer is for you. And it’s definitely for me, too! I love it and want more of it NOW. Hopefully this will make it into bottles sometime. (1,055 characters)

Photo of brewtus
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/21/12

Growler filled less than a week ago

Appearance: Deep orange, with some amber and some gold - slight haze, but mostly clear - pours with a thick, white head - fades to a minimal cap, leaves nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Fleshy and floral citrus, with some pine - not particularly aggressive or bitter-smelling, but it's charming in a gentle way - sweet tangerine and orange flesh - sweet fruitiness but not sugary - malts are very light, pale

Taste: A very gentle IPA, but it works - orange and tangerine flesh - more juicy, sweet than bitter - mild bitterness, which builds gradually - some pithy grapefruit, floral notes - light, albeit resiny pine - malts are very pale, almost watery at times

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, but a bit watery

Overall: Very quaffable, but not particularly outstanding

This beer has a very interesting hop profile. It's almost reminiscent of my dear friend, Heady Topper. Sans the malt magic. Unfortunately, the lack of malts is also a problem in the taste. It's tasty, but just above average. Worth a try, though.

Update (7/28/14)
I picked up a fresh growler at the brewery on Saturday, July 26. And my mind was pretty much blown. When fresh (and for about 2 more days), this beer is nothing short of spectacular. It just fades extremely quickly. Fresh, the hops are extremely lively, with some bright citrus, tropical notes, and some clean, sharp, pithy bitterness. It's extremely drinkable, too. I'm going to average scores from the following:
1 week old scores: 4/4/3.5/3.5/3.5
1 day old scores: 4/4.25/4.25/4/4.25

Update (4/26/15)
Another fresh growler. Either Fiddlehead is getting better at brewing this, or I am losing my mind. Either way, I'm bumping the score up. (1,753 characters)

Photo of duracell
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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... (448 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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! (1,058 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seved cold in a tulip glass at Crop in Stowe, VT.

Pale golden yellow color with a slight haze and thin white head.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy In a east-coast meets west-coast style.

Flavor is nicely balanced towards the bitter with herbal, minty, and citrus character. Malt body is light and crisp to let the hops shine.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and perfectly carbonated on tap.

Overall a really nice surprise from from must be an up-and-coming small brewery. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the northeast kingdom. (538 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (448 characters)

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