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Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 616
Avg: 4
pDev: 32.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 100 | 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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 616
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Needs in Burlington VT.
I was surprised to see a beer from a brewery I never heard of on tap and being an IPA I had to sample it. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks lace everywhere. Smells of citrus and pine with a hint of bread. Taste is what the aroma promised but adds a bit of tropical fruit. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous sticky mouthfeel. Nice inaugural brew from the upstart brewery in Shelburne, I wish them much success.

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Photo of Naugled
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at multiple locations in Burlington VT.

A deep yellow IPA, with nice white head and retention and good lacing.

Wonderful fresh hop aroma, bursting with piney and citrusy notes. They seemed amazingly fresh.

Flavor backs up the piney citrusy aromas, it is firmly bittered and it lingers, but works well with this, there's enough sweetness to balance it. Not malty or caramelly, but just sweet.

Good mouth feel, medium to rich.

Over all a great beer, I was very impressed by it. It easily out shown the other beers they had on tap. Kudos Fiddlehead!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Growler sold, poured into a tulip - thanks to diffidentbastard for picking this up to open on NYE 2011!

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a small off-white head with minimal lacing. Nose is hoppy, piney and a bit earthy.

Taste is eerily reminiscent of Heady Topper, a bit less dank but chewy and bitter while still being very drinkable. The Mouthfeel is full and clean with a small bitter bite on the finish.

Overall a really solid start for another new VT brewery!

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Checked out this brewery for the first time yesterday. They also have a 5.2% Amber currently on tap.

Pours a nice bright golden/yellow color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Ultra-fresh too!

Grassy hops with just a hint of pine resin greet the nose. Hoppy but not by too much.

The taste is where this shines: grassy, piney hops upfront followed by a slight amount of buttery malt. It's hop-forward and reminds me of the IPA once brewed by Orlio (the brewer is Matty O, ex-Magic Hat).

The mouthfeel is a treat because the hops cling to the throat, leaving a bit of warmth on the way down.

Hate to be a homer but this is a very nice IPA! I wasn't too big on the Amber but I think I'll be hitting Fiddlehead more for this IPA!

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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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