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Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Fiddlehead IPA
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BA SCORE
89
very good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 35
Gots: 60 | 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:
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 1L flip-top growler to the DFH/SN “IPA glass”—growler filled yesterday. Should be in pretty decent condition.

Appearance (4.5): Amazing pour, though the glass definitely helps with that: just over three fingers of pale tan-colored foam rises off the pour, capping a modestly hazy body that’s the color of wildflower honey—kind of an orangey, light- to medium-amber color. The head dies down slowly, leaving a thick cookie of cratery foam on the surface, clinging to one side, and collars of fine lacing all around the glass spaced pretty tightly.

Smell (4.0): Bright pineapple, gummy orange candies, a slight dank character with a little herbality and resin, well-toasted country white bread, and some nuttiness. Smells a little yeasty, which would make sense. A bit skunky, too, but I like it. Relatively straightforward, but very solid and well-crafted for the style.

Taste (3.75): A solid bitterness that’s heavily skewed toward grapefruit zest punches through first, blending in a little pine and resin, and then a bunch of skunky herbal character on the back-end—this is really a solidly bitter IPA, and relatively light on the hop “flavor,” as it were. The malt body is rather dry: dry biscuits, common crackers, dry white toast, etc. It’s got a good, solidly bitter finish that hangs out for a little bit—strongly herbal. Significantly more bitter and not as fruity as the nose would suggest, but solid.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth, lush foaming action throughout the body, tingling lightly here and there before washing out. The body is on the light- side of medium-weight, dry, quenching, and insanely easy to drink.

Overall (4.0): This is a funny IPA, but I always enjoy it (having had it maybe half a dozen times now). I can see why some of us beer geeks might be a little put off, given its nice nose and a palate that’s almost completely absent of the juicy fruitiness everyone’s addicted to these days, but I can also see why it’s so goddamn popular at the brewery: dry, easy to drink, rather bitter with a great aroma, and accessible ($6 for a 1L, $10 for a 2L). If you’ve never been, the brewery is immediately adjacent to a really fantastic pizzeria called Folino’s, and they have a symbiotic relationship: you walk in one door and buy beer (and that’s it—no food at the brewery), and slide in a connecting door to the pizzeria and sit down for some pizza (and that’s it, aside from a salad—it’s strictly a pizzeria, and a damn good one). And in that setting, getting a fresh, drinkable, bitter IPA to eat with some dank-ass pizza, this beer is immensely enjoyable. Definitely keep in mind a good food pairing when you drink this. So, yeah. I’m a fan of Fiddlehead. Check ’em out if you’re in the area.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange with a haze. Thin white head and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine with hints of citrus.

Overall. This was an ok IPA. I would have it again.

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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.