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Mastermind - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 63
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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Photo of bahnfire
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

bahnfire, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

BoldRulerVT, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Damian, Sep 17, 2013
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4.85/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

JCam9981, Yesterday at 04:42 AM
Photo of mr-jj
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can purchased at Beverage Baron in Barre, VT on my vacation. Date on can is 10/2/14.

Pours a hazy, straw color with a thick white head that had nice lacing and retention. A little paler than I usually see in a DIPA.

Smell is fantastic. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits with some earthy complexity.

Taste was grapefruit, peach and mango. Less bitterness on the finish than I expected.

Feel was a little flat and left me a little disappointed.

Overall, another great DIPA from Vermont that could be excellent with a little more carbonation and bitterness on the finish.

mr-jj, Yesterday at 04:17 AM
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Got some eight day old cans from a friend. Wow. It was so fresh (how fresh was it????) it tAsted like I was drinking from a growler. Color a bit odd, almost creamy white, but unfiltered which is how I like it. Taste lemon zest for sure. Very original, super high end and super easy drinking for 8.1 percent. A real playa in the VT brew games!

hoagzzz, Sunday at 05:28 PM
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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Mastermind from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.