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Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Fiddlehead IPA
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BA SCORE
89
very good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of nafredet1
3/5  rDev -24.6%

nafredet1, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of rippy27
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rippy27, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Ajlvt, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

angrybabboon, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of laurastradford
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

laurastradford, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of FrancisT
4/5  rDev +0.5%

FrancisT, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of phishfoolme
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

phishfoolme, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of BeerChanticleer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerChanticleer, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of duracell
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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...

duracell, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of KMcG
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

KMcG, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -24.6%

rderedin, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

claytong, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Dipstick783
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Dipstick783, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

bigred89, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of RocketChimp
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

RocketChimp, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

PretzelsNBeer, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

GennyCreamAle, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of deanhead
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

deanhead, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

VelvetExtract, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

TheRuss9585, Jul 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Focusf111, Jul 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

LCannon4, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Augustine
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Augustine, Jun 20, 2012
Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.