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Mastermind - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 63 | 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
Photo of Mipper
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

Mipper, Today at 04:15 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

cd34, Today at 03:54 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

gatheredwaters, Today at 03:14 AM
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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

nollie77, Today at 02:19 AM
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4.68/5  rDev +5.2%

Scarfer_Brad, Yesterday at 11:46 PM
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.96/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to angrybabboon for the chance to try this.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark straw yellow. Head is bright-white and fluffy. Moderate retention leaves a small chunky cap and collar. Sticky sheets of lacing coat the glass. Sticks around for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Ripe tropical fruit. Loaded with peach and tangerine with a small push of mango. Some solid dank/weed aromas as well. Bracing bitterness up front with a juicy fruit sweetness to temper it a bit. Malts are light and slightly bready with some toasted elements and a solid pale malt sweetness. Floral in good measure. Some pineapple and grapefruit rind as well. Hoppy without being too aggressive.

Taste: Weed soaked in fruit juice. Deeply floral with a ton of juicy tropical fruit right up front. Peaches, mango, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, it's all there. A solid punch of pine resin bitterness over bitter flower petal. Malts offer a touch of balance by adding some pale malt sweetness and a slightly bready/biscuity element. Almost sweet on the initial sip before smacking of dank bitterness on the back. Slightly earthy on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slick initial sip makes it crazy easy to drink. Smooth.

Overall: An ode to Kimmich.

It's hard no to compare this to Heady Topper, but it's really not. Crazy drinkable. Flavor flashes and dissipates a bit too quick, but it pulls a flavor profile that reminds me of Heady...this is a good thing. It's not a knockout, but it's damn tasty and worth drinking in its own right.

Goblinmunkey7, Yesterday at 10:58 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

dctriman, Yesterday at 07:13 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

lunarbrew, Wednesday at 11:09 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

baybum, Wednesday at 06:10 PM
Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014-10-21
12oz can poured into a tulip. 10/02/14 IHC is printed on the bottom. Purchased locally about a week and a half ago, transported in luggage back to WA.

Pours clear gold at first, then the sediment gets to work clouding the whole thing up into a yellow gold. Head is medium sized, pale, and dissipates slowly, leaving thick sheets of lacing. Smell is quite notably good, with the gorgeous fruity aromas I'm starting to associate with northeastern IPAs. Citrus, pineapple, juicy. Smells very nice.

Taste is much milder, but along the same lines as the aroma, and very pleasant. More emphasis on pine/citrus rind bitterness, less on the bright fruity stuff. Slow, dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, quite good beer.

snaotheus, Wednesday at 04:33 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

bsm789, Wednesday at 04:18 AM
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Mastermind from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.