Second Fiddle | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Second FiddleSecond Fiddle

Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Conscious_Palate
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip glass at home-

A: Orange and hazy in glass
S: Tropical citrus and pine
T: The taste is citrus and resin with a relatively sweet finish...
M: Not a soft beer. Big and bitter
O: A nice DIPA from Fiddlehead

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance- Dark orange amber in color and very hazy (almost turbid). Pours a foamy three inch head.

aroma- Right from the start this seems heavy on mosaic with pine and grapefruit but also a sweeter/fruiter smell of berry and orange citrus.

taste- The sweet orange citrus is very prevalent at first along with a mild bitterness. It then switches over to less sweet flavors of grapefruit and pine, leaving a resinous finish. The malt provides a substantial body to this beer, giving it a little bit of chewy texture and helps round out the bitterness. There's definitely a little caramel sweetness to the malt, but it also has a dry breadiness as well.

feel- Medium/full bodied and low/medium carbonation. Definitely a fuller bodied dipa with a chewy texture, but overall it drinks easy enough and is clean enough for a dipa.

overall- Didn't know what to expect from this beer going in, but it definitely did not disappoint. This has a great mix of classic grapefruit/pine hops along with some fruiter "new school" hops that blend really well together. Really wish more of the NE ipas incorporated NW/west coast hops as they add additional flavor and bitterness. The malt and texture of this beer are great as well with the malt providing good flavor as well a soft/full feel. Really good stuff and easily one of the best dipas from Vermont.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 3/31/16 at home from Eric F. It's a heavy hitter in the DIPA war in the northeast. Really nice citrus bitter finish. IPA's and DIPA's are the greatest thing to happen in the northeast America's since the pilgrims.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Look is a slightly hazy orange to light orange brew, with a finger sized head, but significant lacing that sticks.

Smell is hops and fruit, but not predominant like most juicy IPAs.

Taste follows the nose, juice, hops, dank, but balanced. Really well done done DIPA.

Mouth feel is medium bodied.

Overall a great beer. I'd like more fiddle head in my life.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Always a treat to have this one. Once again a perfect taste and feel. Nice smell of dank hops. Very juicy taste on this. Pours a nice bright orange and very smooth taste.

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Photo of j_d_b
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from can into snifter

extremely strong citrus scent apparently even when pouring. nice

head shrinks quickly but foamy bits remain for awhile.

dark orange and opaque. glows a nice muted orange in light.

not a thick carbonation with good robust carbonation bitterness up from that you really feel on the toungue, but not super carbonated or lasting. doesn’t fizz or foam up in your mouth at all. right on entry only

immediate, great citrus fruits and great level of bitterness. less “fruity” and “tropical" than a lot of NE DIPAs and a little more bitterness, but lighter body and not aggressive at all. No strong malt. Finishes with some NE DIPA hop flavor.

The light bitterness and perfect thickness mouthfeel accompanied by a nice citrus overtone and wonderful aroma make this a very nice beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #111
(APR 2016)

Bready, Grainy, Clean, Toasty
It’s a rarity to see an American brewery take on this style and absolutely nail it. The clean, toasty, nutty malt aroma and the fullish body with a fresh grain flavor throughout is a solid start. The hop bitterness is quite noticeable, but even at its semi-aggressive level it’s simply big enough to achieve balance. Layered malt flavors open up with each sip, and Junkyard Pedigree is by far the most interesting and flavorful malt forward beer I’ve had in a good while. [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 4.25 | Taste 4.25 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 4.25

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Photo of ELS
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On my trip to Vermont this was one of the best IPA/DIPAs I had. I actually found it better than SoS and Heady. This slightly orange beer had a burst of grapefruit on the nose and even more grapefruit when you taste it. The only aspect of this beer that isn't world class is the mouthfeel. I thought it was a little thin and a bit too much carbonation. It could have gone down a little smoother. I, however, feel very lucky that I was drinking the beer the day it was canned at Fiddlehead. It doesn't get any fresher than that!

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fiddlehead is definitely climbing the ranks of best breweries in Vermont in my opinion. Second Fiddle is up there with the best IIPA's anywhere. Comes in the ever popular 16oz can.

Pours a light orange, almost tangerine color with a fluffy off white head. Fairly hazy. Aroma is huge with this one. Smells of tropical fruits with some dankness explode out of the glass. Taste is a juice bomb. Tropical fruit juice for days. A little of the dankness from the aroma comes through in the taste too. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation which helps clear the moderate bitterness. This is a well crafted beer and I consider it right up there with the best in Vermont for sure.

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Photo of goblue30
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid DIPA. Would absolutely drink again. Very hop forward, definitely a beer to drink fresh. My last one was about a month old and was not as good as the first.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really great double IPA here. Very easy to drink for being over 8% and excellent, clean finish. The hops came through very well on both the palate and the nose making this beer a real pleasure to drink and enjoy

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a beautiful hazy orange with a light white head. The smell is citrus and mango/melon. The taste is very nice. Starts off with a very grapefruit citrus flavor and ends with the mango and melon. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for a DIPA but not horrible. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Millerbuffoon for this can. Canned 5-13-16.

A - Pours a very hazy orange gold color with a thick, frothy white lacing ring.

S - Tropical fruit, mango, papaya, and peach.

T - Lots of tropical fruit dankness that starts sweet and ends bitter - papaya, red grapefruit, tangerine, peach and apricot. Sweet most of the way through but changes to citrus and pine bitterness at the very end.

M - Coats the mouth with sweet tropical fruit and creates a bit of a cotton cloth texture on the lining of your mouth.

O - This is a fabulous D-IPA and does not disappoint.

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Photo of Ri0
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Clear, deep golden orange with a 2 finger white head. Nice retention that leaves a thin cap and webs of lacing. The aroma of hops blast you with a punch of floral and pine, grapefruit, other citrus like tangerine, and a few tropical notes. Some aromas of light sweet malt. A nice flavor of grapefruit, citrus and pine followed by tropical notes of mango and passion fruit. The sweeter malts bring up the middle. Finishes with a nice citrus and bitterness. Seems to be just right and the carbonation really fills it out. Finishes with resin and sticky dryness. Delicious IIPA that reminds me of New Glarus Scream.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Hazy gold color with an off-white head. Initial impression is pine hops, tropical fruits, balanced by a little malt. Slighly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Refreshing and smooth. My first offering from this brewery, and I'm impressed.

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Photo of Myotus
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Pearpicker!
Poured at 50°F from a pint can (canned on 11Mar16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 16May16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring. Honey orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of both medium and small rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of mango, papaya, peach, and apricot are met by subtle aromas of white bread, piney hops, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine.
TASTE: Strong piney hop and mild mango, papaya, peach, and apricot flavors first strike the palate. Mild white bread as mango, peach, papaya, and apricot grow slightly stronger. Subtle grapefruit, orange, tangerine and bitter hops finish off.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.

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Photo of jas0n02
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer! Very smooth for a Double IPA. Pours a golden murky orange. Awesome flavor burst of orange, mango, and pineapple. One of the all time greats in terms of IPAs

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Photo of Boccu
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky orange with a nice head. Wonderful fruity with a light hop finish aroma. mango, pineapple, citrus and Carmel to a light hop with a faint light pepper finish. This beer is top notch. Far from a second fiddle.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden color; minimal head. Nice bouquet to the use - fruits and hops. This double IPA is very well balanced with pineapple, citrus and hops. Not overpowering and very easy on the palate. Slight bitters from the hops; medium body. One of the best DIPAs I've had!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OH YEAH. Lucky to be in VT during silent can release. Canned 4/1/16. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Beautiful slightly hazy deep golden amber. 2F+ soapy head, pretty good retention, lots of lacing and a ring.

S: Awesome floral, citrus, tropical bouquet. Lots of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel. Piney dankness behind. A bit of light malt to keep it all together.

T: Fruit bomb up front with pineapple, citrus, mango all working great together. Light malt. Piney and slightly bitter on finish. Definitely a juicy character to it.

F: Medium-bodied, light to medium carbonation. Very well constructed, bitterness and alcohol heat well-controlled and finish has right amounts of dry and sticky.

O: Very worth the side-trip and extra expense and definitely lives up to all the hype.

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Photo of joeren
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

We picked up 4, 4 packs at the brewery on a recommendation. We've already spent a lot of money on 2 cases of Heady Topper and 2 cases of Sip of Sunshine. I should have gotten two cases of this as well. This is one outstanding DIPA with great color and fruity finish with a good amount of bitterness.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. So fruity, loads of mango, pineapple and passion fruit with hints of candy floss and a nice caramel backbone. ABV is very well hidden and goes down with a touch of dryness. So fortunate to have had the opportunity to try it and highly recommended to any fan of the style.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a fantastic scent of floral and hops. For a double IPA it has a modest hop taste with floral and citrus hints. It also sits very well. Similar to Fiddlehead IPA, but certainly hoppier.

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Photo of shaemmerle
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything I want a DIPA to be. Not overly malty/sweet, and lets the hops shine through. Not overly bitter and the ABV is very well hidden. Tons of fruit on the nose and body. Super creamy body and finish. This one hits all the right spots for me. Definitely one I will come back to again and again.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark orange color. Nice lacing and half finger white head. Smell is definitely sweet pine, and sweet tropical. Very sweet resinous hops that make your mouth water. The taste just brings out how much of a big beer this really is. Pretty malt foward, big hop resin with not that much tropical notes. Maybe some very slight pineapple but that's about it. Overall a big, solid DIPA. Wish the sweet tropical notes in the nose carried on to the taste though.

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