Fiddlehead IPA - Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 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.
Serving type: growler
10-26-2013 22:28:30 | More by fmccormi
3.51/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-26-2013 20:28:30 | More by Cavanaghty
Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.