Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale | Fiddler's Green Brewing Company

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Fiddler's Green India Pale AleFiddler's Green India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very clear, obviously filtered, fairly pale amber color, topped with a white head of decent size. A bit spotty at times and doesnt really last very long. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is fruity and citrusy. Also, some alcohol is available in the nose as well. Good caramel aromas to back the abv and hoppiness. Maybe even some lemon rind and orange peel in there.

Very nice balance between the caramel malts and hops in this one. Seems a little piney in flavor and some juniper berries. Alcohol is slightly detectable. Not sure of the abv, but I guess around 6.5%. Seems weird to have citrus in the nose and more English flavors in the tongue, but, whatever.

Light to medium bodied with a very dry finish. Formerly, the dry finishes kind of bummed me out, but I am beginning to find that a more redeeming quality. I liked this one. Nothing spectacular but good enough to get the job done. Easy drinker as well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a wispy head. Aromas of fruity apricot and grapefruit, balanced by round maltiness at the end. Taste is crisp, with predominantly grassy and herbal hop flavors. A touch of apricot in the background. Quite dry in mouthfeel and fairly spritzy as well. A fairly tame ipa,dryer and softer than most, but pleasant.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date. The appearance is a medium amber color that is clear and has ample carbonation and bubbles. It is topped by a white 1 finger head that falls to a thin crown. There is very little lacing. The aroma is sweet and flowery as well as sweet and malty; a good combination of both malts and hops. The taste has a pretty decent hop flavor and the hop bitterness occurs in the aftertaste.

For the style, this is not bad and it is fairly easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for my first brew from this particular brewer.

Coppery orange with a dense white head that eases off gradually. Spicy malt scent with pale malt dry-sweetness. A bit too hoppy on the taste: too much floral flavour and not nearly enough malt. Burning, bitter aftertaste that offends as much as it pleases. A bit rich and cream in both taste and body. Better than average, but one can do better.

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Photo of Drew966
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale pours a light orange color, with a white head that leaves a decent amount of lace, from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy as expected, but there seems to be something a little funky or off about it that I can't quite put my finger on. Initially, the flavor is nicely hoppy but with a decent malt backbone that largely remains in the background. There is a fairly bitter aftertaste that isn't quite unpleasant, but yet isn't quite right either. Overall, slightly better than average.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Cary. Poured into a pint glass.

A golden amber body sits below a nice, 1" off-white head. Great retention fueled by an insane carbonation level. Splotches of lacing dot the glass. Aroma has a nice caramel hop note that's quite resinous, fooling me into thinking this was an American, not English, IPA. A touch of industrial polish, some grapefruit, and a bit of vanilla round out the aroma.

Taste exhibits smooth notes of wheat, caramel, hops, sour grapes, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel falls a bit flat, despite the deceptively fervent carbonation. The finish is weak at first, but eventually ramps up into a good, biting hop aftertaste. I can't say I'd go after this one again, there are just too many other IPA's I'd rather be drinking.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle of this- was unsure what to expect since this is the first time I had seen this.

Poured into a standard pint glass-

A- An amber color with some golden hues. Minimal lacing- nothing really- small cream colored head.

S- Smell was of citrusy hops- some grassy/earthy/floral scents.

T- Hmmm. Enjoyable mouthful of hops, quite unexpected. Some sweet (caramel,malty almost) flavors.

M- Sticky and dry, but not to the point where I have a completely dry mouth.

D- Close to being sessionable.

VERY good and unexpected IPA. Will look for this again.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a soapy 2 finger head that dies quick to a small amount of lacing. Smell is very unusual to me. Very floral hops, a small amount of citrus and maybe some strawberry. Smells exactly like a handful of potpourri. Taste baffles me just as much for an IPA. Grassy, floral, again the potpourri. Medium in the mouth. Balanced. Good carbonation. Decent drinkability I suppose. Im very confused at the moment, this does stretch the IPA boundaries but I dont think I will come back to it.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some caramel malt sweetness does itÂ’s best to balance against a rich, peppery hop spice with a leafy, vegetal character and even a nice floral note.

While the balance is merely sufficient, I must say I was impressed with the rich, tasty hop character here.


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Photo of hunteraw
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hoppiest beer I've had since getting back from Hong Kong last weekend - a refreshing change!

Appearance is surprisingly light in color, a light amber, with a good sized head with fair retention and minor lacing. Smell is of big hops - floral, pine, some citrus. I see that this is listed as an English IPA - could have fooled me, I'd call it an East Coast American IPA, from the aroma. Flavor is hoppy, cleanly bitter, piney. As it warms, sweet malts come more and more into balance. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of deathonthemounta
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass
Pleasant strong green hop floral comes off right after you pop the cap. After pouring into the glass the smell rounds out with sweet
malt layered with banana and a soft spice, faint metallic in there too. The head bubbled up a fizzy white and settled to a thin Savannah of creamy foam. A nice mountain range of large bubbles in the foam Savannah from the bubbling carbonation as it sits. Lacing already on the glass where the initial head rose and fell.

Holy cohumulone that hop flavor jumps right up and takes hold, stomping all over the malt and leaving lingering bitter hop flavor that crisps your palate. I'll let this sit for awhile and warm. <15 min> Well not a whole difference when it was allowed to warm a bit. A nice in your face IPA with an interesting spicy black pepper flavor in with the hops there. The malt really doesn't stand a chance here. I like it, but you probably need to be a big IPA fan to enjoy this one. dark gold color with a hint of amber. I'll get it again in singles but not a sixpack unless I'm feeling especially feisty. Mouth feel is nominal, it would be my choice for a summer brew (when I'm not chortling down Russian Imperial Stout in the heat, that is).

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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty average IPA but with enough of a hops blast to keep it interesting. Pours a reddish gold with a medium size head. Some retention and light lacing. Smell is fairly faint but a hint of hops. Tastes pretty good. Some hops bitterness, definitely an IPA. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Usually with an IPA, even if the first impression is that it is a bit weak in mouthfeel, the resiny coating builds up and the mouthfeel appears more rich. Not the case here. Nice dry finish. Drinkability is good. Good hops taste, crisp and fairly light. Not one I would seek out, but a nice session beer / summertime thirst quencher.

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Photo of bboven
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge hop smell as soon as I opened the bottle to pour. Looks a little light in color for an ipa. Appearance suffers because of a very minimal head with no staying power or lacing.Taste is awesome, matches the aroma exactly, they probably us only one hop variety. The best part is the mouth feel, which is extremely dry. This lends to good drinkability, because I immediately took two more quick sips without thinking about it. Might be a dangerous brew that way, eh ;] It seems like this should be a hoppy pale ale rather than an ipa. Maybe the bad reviews of this are because it doesn't seem exactly to style. As a beer you can drink on a hot summer evening [87 right now in NC] it fits the bill. I'd buy a sixer of this some time.

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Photo of TheClassical
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I saw Fiddler's Green being hyped on the shelf with large green signs and exhortations of medal-earning, award-winning pedigree. I grabbed a six pack, eager for something new, when reason grabbed the controls and I decided to try a single in the make-your-own sixers. All I can say after drinking this beer is that I'm thankful I opted for the single.

Out of a chilled 355mL/12oz bottle poured a warm, pale orange brew. The head was solid upon the pour but disappeared into a muddled white mess quickly. The lacing was barely there. For some reason the word "limpid" came to mind. The beer was very clear, and after a minute, the carbonation seemed to disappear and the beer kind of just sat there, inert. I looked closer and saw that there was a steady if minute amount of carbonation. Suffice to say, this one isn't really a looker.

The aroma felt strong with hops upfront, with a small hint of sugar and malt, with a whiff of fruit in there as well. The scent became dulled and almost stale after a while, with a general lingering hop character. Overall, underwhelming.

The first sip was very flat. A dry hop taste with little bite or character. The taste was very vacuous, with a dull dry bitterness that doesn't follow through. In all honesty, the whole thing tasted watered down; it was the only way I could account for so little flavor. After getting acclimated to the taste, it left a simple and almost annoying hop taste in the mouth, that I was eager to erase with a proper IPA.

Ultimately, there was absolutely nothing special about this beer. Even if you were to gauge this as a training-wheels IPA, it falls short for simply not delivering even a median experience in any category. This is a very safe, bland IPA that will leave anyone fond of hops, variety, or flavor wanting.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Copper color with a finger of head that settles to a ring quickly and leaves a completely clean glass behind.

S- Mmm. Rich caramel malt and spicy, grapefruity hops to balance. A hint of pepper and biscuit. An altogether enjoyable nose.

T- Not as good as the nose, at all. But still good. Caramel up front, with some pine and grapefruit quickly following. The finish is where it goes awry: A strange metallic flavor comes in, mixed with unsweetened grapefruit concentrate. I love hops, and I love hop bitterness, but this is the way bitterness is not supposed to be done. Just keep drinking so you don't have to deal with the aftertaste.

M- Smooth and full-bodied at first, giving way to dryness and intense astringency to go along with the flavors mentioned above. The carbonation is spot-on, though, for the style.

D- It gets an average score... very good nose and good flavor, but the finish... I'll drink the six pack, but I'll go to others for standby IPA's.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so this has been staring at me on the shelves of Total Wine and more for god knows how long, and for some reason I avoided it like the plaque, no idea why just thought it wasnt gonna be good just based on how much they were hyping it up. Went for a couple mixed sixers and finally decided to throw one in and see how it was, I figured what the hell.

Well it poured a very clear, I mean crystal clear golden amber with a small white head that quickly faded leaving behind very minimal film on the top. A slight glass layer of lace streaked down as I sipped but this was again very slight and not particularly noteworthy. Lots of visible carbonation was evident in the many streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom throughout the entire session.

The smell was definatly hoppy, but somewhat muted or watered down. Definate citrus notes could be detected, light orange and tangerice, maybe a bit of grapefruit with a touch of sugar sweetness in the back. Again though it just did not seem like a full aroma, something was lacking. First impression of the taste was the same. Somewhat thin, light IPA, hey maybe this is a light IPA? Anyway, very smooth light feel, decent carbonation with a little bit of a thinness to it. Nice bitter finish, but it just lacked that punch to put it over the top. Nothing really evident, profile wise other then the citrus hops, perhaps a bit of sugar, but just a standard fair light IPA.

Overall I wouldnt say that my feelings were justified in avoiding this, howver it is rather forgettable. I mean it is better then your standard macro, and is totally sessionable, however so are alot of other brews that have a much fuller and more balance flavor. Ehh give it a shot if its around, you could do worse.

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Photo of Shaw
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I have not seen in Florida before. And as a hophead, I can't resist IPAs.

This is a light, crystal clear amber with a white foamy head that reduces to a nice layer of sticky foam in my glass.

It has a nice lightly floral hop aroma, nothing huge, but this is not a double IPA, after all.

The taste is good: Hoppy and bitter -- with flavors grapefruit and resin -- but this ale also has a nice malt balance.

The body is smooth and light, perhaps just a bit watery.

This is a nice bitter IPA and I will certainly drink it again.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden honey color, thin head that dissipates quickly leaving just a thin skim on the surface. Some slight lacing.

Light smell of piney or spicy hops.

Good mouthfeel, crisp, medium body, good carbonation which is refreshing for a warm weather beer.

Strong hop taste, not much balance. Hops are kind of piney, lacking citrus flavor. Very bitter aftertaste.

I love a good IPA but don't know if I could drink more than one or two of these in a sitting due to the aftertaste, not especially hoppy, just bitter.

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Photo of boelker62
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white, rocky head into a wine glass at a BYOB bought from Total Wine in DE
Sparklingly clear light amber body.

The nose is a great indicator to the tase on this brew. Floral hoppiness with little malt backbone. The hops used in this brew are empty in the backend. It seems there are multiple varietals used, as the combination of them ends up being a subtraction of the subtleties of the individual ones.

The initial flavor has a faint sweetness, and a heavy, non-varietal bitterness, that leaves a dry feeling on your palate, and this from a hop head. The duration of this dry finish was oo long for me to seek out more of these.

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Photo of oelergud
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semitransparent orange golden body, low carbonation. Creamy off-white head. Good retention and lace.
Harsh resin hops, fresh grass and mild caramel.
Very powerful hop flavors right up front, abit too much but still ok. Toffee and a hint of roasted coffee. Aftertaste dominated by harsh resin.
Medium body and coating.
Good drinkability. A hopheads IPA.


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Photo of dgherm
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange. Small white head quickly dissapated. Fruity hop aroma, like pineapple. Taste of mild hop bitterness upfront, then fades away. Fine bubbled lace disappears swiftly. Nicely carbonated. Mouthfeel a tad bit watery.Overall a drinkable beer, just not overly excitng.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single. Amber coloured ale, clear, large frithy off white head, dont look too bad at all. Spicy ,hop aroma OK, slight maltiness in the back. Peppery hop, spicy flavours that start off actually quite strong and nice, but strangely dissapear half way through the mouthfeel, leaving just thin caramel malts then the bitter after taste. Strange! Mouthfeel is rather on the watery side, but not really bad. Overall its a drinkable but not a good IPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma features a nice array of citrusy hops with just a touch of both malt and caramel. The taste starts out with a smooth maltiness and is quickly followed by a nice long hop bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Overall, this is a very solid IPA that I certainly would not mind having again. It really is a bargain at $6.99 a sixer. Recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine orange with a lively look thanks to all the bubbles jumping off the bottom of the glass. Their destination is an attractive cap that looks like elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange light. I love the creamy rockiness of the crown and the generous amount of lace.

After giving the beer a few good sniffs, I'm not sure why English IPA was chosen instead of American IPA. The nose is comprised of mostly, if not entirely, citric hops from this side of the Atlantic. Orange peel is uppermost and grapefruit contributes as well.

That's odd. The flavor profile favors Jolly Old England. I can't decide if that's because of the softer, more rounded nature of the beer in general, or if it's due to the buttered biscuit taste of the malt and the earthy-citric taste of the hops. I'm thinking Fuggles and/or East Kent Goldings.

At first I was going to say that Fiddler's Green IPA is closer to a pale ale than an IPA... and then I remembered Samuel Smith's India Ale. Actually, this beer tastes a lot like that one, only not quite as well-crafted. As is usually the case, sweetness is favored early and bitterness is favored late. I find myself weakening as the final few ounces approach and will bump the flavor score accordingly.

The mouthfeel is much closer to APA territory. It's still acceptable, though, especially for a beer whose ABV (I'm guessing) should allow it to be sessioned with ease. Thankfully, since this isn't a bitter bomb, palate fatigue shouldn't show up until more than several bottles have been emptied.

This is my 15th Matt Brewing Company beer and is the first one to be granted a flavor score this high. Maybe the brewery should re-think their entire lineup and do whatever they did to make this one so good and so drinkable. If you like English IPAs with an American twist, consider giving Fiddler's Green IPA a home in your glass.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clearmedium amber color with robust white puffy head. Nice lacing prresent.
Smell is a tantalizing mixture of hopas and malt in the perfect ratio.
Taste is suberb, with the underlying malt sweetness and the robust hop character blending perfectly.
Nice and dry at the finish.
Excellent beer at a great price. Very drinkable.

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