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Mastermind - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 60 | 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 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 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
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1/5  rDev -77.5%

Rgranfelt, Oct 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Schlais, Oct 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

AshlandNacho, Sep 10, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -7.2%

sgn4779, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

buyyourfreedom, Oct 06, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

CBucks12, Aug 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

sourdog, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of skivtjerry
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

Color is straw/light orange. Pours cloudy, almost opaque with the good stuff. Medium head falls to a small sticky ring. Aroma is orange/tangerine/lime with some cannabis and pineapple; a little sweet malt and alcohol in the background. Taste is similar, orange dominates early, then becomes dank and finishes with a trace of hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is like crawling into a hop sleeping bag. A lot like Heady but has some interesting hop character of its own. The only real fault is a touch of hot alcohol - smooth that out and it would be damn near perfect. I want to taste this alongside Heady soon.

skivtjerry, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

williamjbauer, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can.
Very Pungent aroma.
A load of hop flavors but only moderate bitterness.
O: a big hoppy beer with relatively high drinkability.

chinchill, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

jtladner, Saturday at 06:37 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

stereosforgeeks, Today at 02:48 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

1BeerToRuleThemAll, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

acurtis, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 ounce can into a snifter.

A- Pouring from the can, I notice this brew is the color of lemonade. In the glass the body is a golden, cloudy glow with a light, sudsy head three fingers deep. 4.25

Dank and resinous on the nose with a sweet vanilla undertone. 4.25

What's new to me about this DIPA is that while dank and resinous in a big way, it's got a burst if lemony, citrus flavor. I taste a hint of coconut, some slight booze, and sweet notes of caramel. 4.5

Plenty of body here and it's creamy and smooth almost throughout before a pleasantly bitter finish. There's a slight feel of alcohol, but it quickly fades. 4.25

Damn good DIPA all around. Impressive.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 08, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +10.1%

twizzard, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

WineGuy78, Sep 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

whatname, Sep 23, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -9.2%

RAlmeida77, Oct 16, 2014
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1/5  rDev -77.5%

benbazi, Sep 06, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

hooliganlife, Sunday at 06:27 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

bsm789, Today at 04:18 AM
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Mastermind from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.