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Mastermind - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BTVflatlander on 09-06-2013)
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mikeyv35

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%

Date: 08/27/14
Type: 12oz. can - Awesome, might I add!
Canned: 08/21/14
Glass: Fiddlehead Mason Jar Style Glass

Pours a cloudy palish golden in color w/ a 1/2 finger off white head that leaves nice sticky lacing. Aromas of peach, stone fruits, biscuit, clementine, and white wine. The flavor opened with peach and stone fruits transitioning into white wine while finishing w/ herbal hop bite. Decently lush and chewy mouthfeel, but would like it a bit more so. For an 8.0% ABV DIPA the drinkability of this one is off the charts! I have indulged in it each of the last 3 nights.

Overall, great job by Fiddlehead! This was my first offering from them and I was more than happy with it. I have sampled tons of DIPAs and I have to same this one was different and unlike any of the others I have had in a good way.

08-27-2014 08:44:17 | More by mikeyv35
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DCLAguy11

California

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

08-27-2014 03:25:21 | More by DCLAguy11
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SweetChicken

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-27-2014 00:20:38 | More by SweetChicken
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sbrock22

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Very smooth double IPA. Not over the top hops.

08-26-2014 15:29:34 | More by sbrock22
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rodmanfor3

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-26-2014 04:03:27 | More by rodmanfor3
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MrDave

California

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

08-26-2014 01:52:46 | More by MrDave
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FFreak

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from can into large tulip glass

Appearance is a very light, hazy yellow with a quickly dissipating 1/2 finger or so pure white foamy head. The color reminds me of lemonade.

Aroma is pure hops - lots of citrus, some tropical fruit and a bit of piney and dank.

Taste is very citrusy - mostly lemon and grapefruit, with a bit of dank, fresh cannabis, pine - and basically no bitterness to speak of. A very slight bit of caramel malt shows through.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Full, smooth, and adequately carbonated. Substantial but still very refreshing.

Overall, this is a great DIPA. I feel that it could use some bitterness to get a better balance, as it leans more towards an APA in style.

08-25-2014 18:46:02 | More by FFreak
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ricknelson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.7%

Today 3 of us did a comparison tasting of 4 IPA/IIPA's brews: The brews were New Glarus Scream, Revolution Anti Hero, and Fiddlehead Second Fiddle and Mastermind. Second Fiddle came out on top with a rating of 5.0. Two of us feel it is the best IPA on the scene today. Scream came in a solid second at 4.5. It was a surprise to all three of us because we had not had it before. Great nose, nice color, great taste. Very Solid. Anti-Hero was well liked by all three of us and came in at 4.25. But Fiddleheads second brew Mastermind did not quite live up to our hopes. In at 4.0.

08-24-2014 23:55:36 | More by ricknelson
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bahnfire

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz can to glass

Pours a beautiful bright and hazy yellow. Just how I like my IPA/DIPAs to look. Tons of citrusy hop goodness on the nose. Taste is equally juicy and full of hop flavor. Not much bitterness to speak of, very, very easy to drink. The amount of hop aroma and juicy flavor actually remind me of the first time I had Heady in a can. Not saying it is better than Heady or anything, but to my nose/palate Mastermind provides a similar experience of waves of citrusy hop enjoyment with each sniff and sip.

Second Fiddle was very good, but I did find it a bit malty/sweet at times. Mastermind on the other hand is pretty much exactly how I like a DIPA, bright, light and lots of juicy citrus. Glad to hear they are canning more next week.

08-24-2014 15:56:29 | More by bahnfire
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

08-24-2014 04:08:21 | More by bccrosley
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sourdog

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-23-2014 02:21:05 | More by sourdog
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bordsox

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-22-2014 18:15:31 | More by bordsox
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smanson56

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-22-2014 07:58:21 | More by smanson56
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BigStein88

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-22-2014 00:29:45 | More by BigStein88
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Ajlvt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-22-2014 00:19:13 | More by Ajlvt
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Onequarter

Vermont

5/5  rDev +12.9%

08-10-2014 02:38:58 | More by Onequarter
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

03-11-2014 12:47:03 | More by KingdomBobcat
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-26-2014 19:20:18 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Aewachiw

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-21-2014 01:30:32 | More by Aewachiw
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BoldRulerVT

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a growler into a snifter glass.
Pours a hazy, light golden hue. Cloudy with flavor. The head was moderate to light.
Smells are fantastic. So floral. My nose picked up much more floral than citrus in this brew.
Taste was fantastic and a bit complex. Sweetness, hoppy juiciness, floral notes. A little alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel was very nice and left me wanting more.
Matty-O for all his focus on their flagship Fiddlehead IPA makes these amazing beers to compliment the IPA, Hodad, Mastermind, Second Fiddle, etc... To me these beers are what excites me about Fiddlehead.

01-12-2014 17:56:22 | More by BoldRulerVT
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twillingthenoz

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-10-2014 21:13:13 | More by twillingthenoz
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -32.3%

01-05-2014 18:25:01 | More by lgmol
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MeganPhillips

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

12-02-2013 20:17:19 | More by MeganPhillips
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jamesewelch

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

10-29-2013 13:27:50 | More by jamesewelch
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%

Drank from a 32oz "growlette"
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend Matt for bringing this back from Vermont.

Super cloudy, straw yellow appearance. The liquid was topped by a thin film of bubbly white froth. A spotty curtain of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was super hoppy. Dank and resiny. Amazingly weed-like. Strong tropical fruit notes were apparent. Mango and passionfruit were most noticeable. Quite sweet. Between the fruitiness and the sweetness, the nose reminded me a lot of Juicy Fruit gum. Some subtle, musty, yeasty notes were also detectible.

The flavor profile was quite hoppy as well, but definitely more bitter and resiny than the aroma. Super citrusy. Fairly sweet up front. Candied orange peel came through strong. Lots of peach and apricot notes as well. Touch of mango. Overall, incredibly fruity. The finish was piney, resiny and semi-bitter. The 8.1% ABV became slightly noticeable as the beer warmed.

My one complaint about the beer was the mouthfeel. The liquid seemed a touch flat, albeit somewhat soft and creamy. While I realize that the this was likely due in part due to the fact that the beer came from a screw top growler, I feel like the brewery should somehow be held accountable for this.

Mastermind was the first beer I have had a chance to try from Fiddlehead, and it really impressed me. This is an amazingly flavorful, complex and reasonably balanced DIPA, much in the vein of others produced by some of Vermont's finest. I look forward to trying more offerings from these guys.

09-17-2013 02:42:23 | More by Damian
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Mastermind from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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