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2nd Fiddle - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 48
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mini4x on 07-24-2013)
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Reviews by Rheaume17:
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4.71/5  rDev +7.3%

Was lucky enough to grab a growler of this fine brew.

A - Pours a dark orange hue, almost a copper in some lights. Somewhat darker than many of the DIPA's that I have tried.

S - WOW. The smell is amazing. A huge bomb of hops on the forefront. I could literally sit here and smell this beer all day, but what fun is that.

T - The taste is unreal. Hops, hops and more hops. A massive burst of citra and simcoe hops. Great citrus flavors with a perfectly balanced bitterness. Amazing.

M - Excellent carbonation and extremely drinkable. Great lacing.

O - An amazing beer from FIddlehead. Definitely one of the best DIPA's that I have ever had. So drinkable, it's not funny. Just an all around incredible beer. Seriously. Try it if you get the chance.

Rheaume17, Nov 23, 2013
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On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Cloudier than the regular IPA. Slight cream tinge to the head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Better hop aroma, too. Citrusy. Nice orange and some pine in the back. Substantial sweet malt backing.

Taste - Grapefruit. Sweet malt and some caramel. Sweetness masks some of the bitterness, but a hint peeks through.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Slick feeling. Bitterness is muted.

Overall - More enjoyable than their single IPA. Just a hop profile and malt balance.

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Cheers to markgugs for this one!

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S: Faint leafy hops, pears, tangerine & breadyness

T: Pineapple, grapefruit in smaller amounts, breadyness, pineyness & little bit of aspirin. More grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, dryness. Finishes with grapefruit, some pineapple, a little bready sweetness, plus piney & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews hoppy, a little warming

Drinks so easy, a stellar DIPA, might need to road trip to VT soonish!

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Let me preface by saying that I was very excited to get a chance to try this at the brewery. I am very much a fan of Fiddlehead and think they are the premier under the radar brewery in Vermont right now. And, being a big fan of their last DIPA, Mastermind, I thought I'd love this as well.

A: Dark orange, clearly filtered.

S: Citrusy hops and malt, pleasant.

T: Good malt and hop balance. Pleasantly bitter. Rather well done.

M: Here's the problem. I'm not sure if I got a bad fill or what, but my growler filled same day was completely flat which, honestly, took away from the taste. It's undoubtedly a well done beer, but I can't seem to get past the fact that I spent $8 for two flat pints. I'd be open to trying it again, but I'd taste it first to ensure that it's carbonated.

O: Well done for sure with one fatal flaw: carbonation. If you get the chance to try it--a rarity for sure--I suggest you do. Just keep in mind this experience. Fiddlehead, despite this, is among my favorite breweries and I will continue to patronize them until they give me a reason not to. This is not that reason, just a speed bump.

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2nd Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.