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Mastermind - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BTVflatlander on 09-06-2013)
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Photo of mriley1984


5/5  rDev +13.1%

What can I say. Fiddlehead has done it again. Another masterpiece dipa. Possibly the best dipa to date. Huge hop aroma. The taste definitely carries over from the smell. Lots of galaxy hop taste in this one. Super excited that they released this in cans.. For all who venture to vt for the monster heady topper, this one is on par if not surpasses the hoppy flavor. Honestly I wish fiddlehead was more consistent with the dipas they put out.

09-07-2013 01:24:54 | More by mriley1984
Photo of Onequarter


4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

08-10-2014 02:38:58 | More by Onequarter
Photo of Ajlvt


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-22-2014 00:19:13 | More by Ajlvt
Photo of twillingthenoz

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-10-2014 21:13:13 | More by twillingthenoz
Photo of BTVflatlander


4.11/5  rDev -7%

Fortunate enough to grab a couple growlettes of this new brew in Shelburne. I was given the impression that this is a smaller-batch brew that wouldn't stick around for very long. This is a new DIPA from Fiddlehead hopped with predominantly Galaxy hops. Should be interesting. Served in a Fiddlehead snifter.

A: Golden yellow, very attractive. Unique for a DIPA.

S: Hoppy--not overly citrus, floral, or pine. Strange.

T: The most alcohol-forward DIPA I've had. Not a bad thing, just unique. It's not quite what I expected it to be, but certainly very good. A bit of subdued citrus hop with high bitterness.

M: Supple.

O: Very glad to have gotten a hold of this beer. I've just missed out on trying Fiddlehead's other DIPAs that I've heard good things about and I think this new brew is further proof that the quality of the stuff Fiddlehead's putting out is very much on the increase. I see them coming to dominate the beer scene in the near future. Grab it if you can.

09-06-2013 17:56:16 | More by BTVflatlander
Photo of 80x2HopHead


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-16-2013 17:56:34 | More by 80x2HopHead
Photo of smanson56

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-22-2014 07:58:21 | More by smanson56
Photo of nh2032

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-10-2013 21:06:51 | More by nh2032
Photo of tgeorgf


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-10-2013 01:24:22 | More by tgeorgf
Photo of Damian


4.46/5  rDev +0.9%

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
Photo of lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -32.1%

01-05-2014 18:25:01 | More by lgmol
Photo of KingdomBobcat


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-11-2014 12:47:03 | More by KingdomBobcat
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.78/5  rDev +8.1%

Fiddlehead Brewing Company - MasterMind Double IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy unfiltered golden thread with an amber tint and a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves an abundance of lacing. Very cool and unique looking brew.

Smell - Sour dank citrusy hops with some melon and some mango/orange. Malts take a seat like they should, but they still complement well with a slight sweetness. Amazing aroma! Perfect!

Taste - Malts intro it with a hint of creamy sweet, then here comes a delicious blast of tropical citrus and a touch of bitter pine that lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter. Malt hot boozy but most welcome. Great drinkability. Smooth. Carbonation level is just right. Medium-bodied. Like eating a hoppy melon or orange.

Overall - We need this!! We need more! Matty has proven time and again that he has what it takes to compete with the major players, in my opinion this is right up there with offerings from Hill Farmstead and Lawsons and even comparable to the great Heady Topper. Bravo!

09-07-2013 21:08:59 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of hillvt4me


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Drank as well as poured from a 12oz can.
Pours a cloudy light yellow hue. The head was moderate.
S- smell is floral and a touch of grapefruit citrus.
T- taste mild balanced hoppy taste, though juicy with floral and citrus notes. Etoh well hidden for 8.1%.
M- mouthfeel was light velvety and extremely drinkable.
O- overall are well balanced, rather drinkable DIPA. Doesn't pack the hop punch of many others; perhaps a nice alternative. Definitely better on the pour than in the can for this guy.

08-21-2014 23:18:00 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of MeganPhillips


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-29-2013 13:27:50 | More by jamesewelch
Photo of BoldRulerVT


4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

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
Photo of Hendry


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

32 oz. "growlette" filled 9/7/13 @ The Brewery and enjoyed the same evening, poured into a tulip glass.

First pour from the growler yielded a half finger of pearl white head, while the second more aggressive pour a solid two finger head that dissipated in just a couple of minutes.Terrific cloudy yellow unpasteurized appearance that I have become fond of, and respectable lacing in the glassware.

Aroma is super piney in the citrus sense, juicy ripe grapefruit and pineapple jump out at you thanks to generous amounts of galaxy & Chinook hops, and the malt is overshadowed just like a well crafted Vermont IIPA should be. There must be some heavy duty dry hopping to get this level of intensity in the nose, especially after warming for 15 minutes.

The taste is a mirror image of the juicy aroma, yet @ 8.1% abv the heat most certainly does not go unnoticed, with a warming in the chest and throat within minutes of consuming the first bunch of sips, but in the scheme of well crafted hop forward IIPAs, this is not a major detractor. There is a notable bitterness brought on by the Chinook hops that has a slight edge to it, but that could be a plus or a minus depending on your individual taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated, solid lingering bitterness.

Okay, Fiddlehead hath proven themselves as a brewery that deserves their place in the pack of top notch Vermont Brewers, yet there is a frustration factor with a great IIPA recipe that is brewed once, and then retired. Mastermind is a world class double IPA in every respect: one that hop hounds should try to get their hands on, yet it is likely to be brewed once only, leaving consumers wanting more of he same, which in a sense, is a shame because something so solid deserves multiple batches and to be shared with your friends.

09-08-2013 05:19:23 | More by Hendry
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-22-2014 00:29:45 | More by BigStein88
Photo of SpasmWaiter


4.21/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 32oz. growlette into a 6oz. tasting glass.

A - Awesome looking pale yellow with the classic unpasteurized haziness. I had a sample of Mastermind and their flagship IPA at the brewery earlier today and the IIPA was actually lighter in color than the IPA. Not sure if that is of any importance I just happened to notice and find it interesting.

S - The hops abound in the smell, very citrusy with strong notes of resin as well. Definitely more on the tropical fruit side of citrus than the typical citrus IPA out there. Very nice.

T - The smell carries over into the taste. The hops take front and center with the flavor, very little malt to speak of, which to me, makes the American style IPA's so great. I just really like all of those hop flavors to be full force and this beer doesn't disappoint. I was told it was brewed with Galaxy hops and dry-hopped with Chinook. Very tasty indeed.

M - Definite warmth from the 8.1% ABV but in no way unpleasant.

O - Overall I reeeally like this beer. I hope that the crew at Fiddlehead doesn't end up retiring this beer as is the case now I so believe. Grab some while you can!

09-09-2013 00:54:46 | More by SpasmWaiter
Photo of bordsox


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-22-2014 18:15:31 | More by bordsox
Photo of Aewachiw


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-21-2014 01:30:32 | More by Aewachiw
Mastermind from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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