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Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

451 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 28
Gots: 56 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fiddlehead IPA - Tap from "Growlette"

The other day it was my wife's birthday and one of the things we did was go over to Fiddlehead. Our daughter goes to school with the owner's son and it was long overdue. Nice operation he has going there, hard to believe it's only been less than two years.

Look - Pours a hazy golden with just a twinge of amber. Moderate, bubbly head that dissipates at a medium pace. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation. (Latest edit, look is about the same, this latest batch had great lacing).

Smell - Citrus (grapefruit) hops and slight smooth malts, floral, mouth watering and fresh. (Latest edit, this again but a bit more oomph, if that makes sense, super super juicy and dank Galaxy hops).

Taste - Spices with a pinch of malt comes in first, then hops rest on the palette. Super smooth and crisp. (Latest edit, juicier than before, almost has a puckering effect which is excellent)

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter hoppy but not overbearing, casual drinkers would enjoy (as well as seasoned craft drinkers). Alcohol is detectable but it is not overly boozy. (Latest edit, a little warmer than before but also a lot smoother and more drinkable).

Overall - Interesting focus on hops instead of malt or malt blending. Great brew made by a friend, if you are in the Burlington, VT area, stop by and have a few of their samples, they have three different samples at any given time. (Latest edit, this is now one of my favorite beers, the careful ingredient selection has really refined this into an amazing brew)

EDIT: October 13th, 2013

The dankness and freshness of the hops in the latest batch skyrockets this brew for me up to the top of the list, it has been slowly evolving over the past year or so and I now think it deserves a spot at the top of my list.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.