Second Fiddle | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
fiddleheadbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Extensively dry-hopped, Second Fiddle is second in name only. Big, juicy and aromatic.

Added by Gatch on 07-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#235
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
2,111
pDev:
7.4%
 
 
Wants:
478
Gots:
557
Trade:
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Photo of PeterPGH
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lkfox
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can from 9/18

Big thick, soapy head that lasts forever on top of a predominately clear orange gold beer.

It smells and tastes really juicy with a ton of tangerine and some melon along with piney, bitter, resinous hops. It’s actually pretty bitter overall so the strong juicy flavor gives it a nice balance. It is a little bit toward the boozy and hefty end of the spectrum, but not heavy or syrupy in any way.

This is a really nice, and fairly unique tasting beer that strikes me as an Imperial Jai Alai. I haven’t come across that before

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Photo of Soloveitchik
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ju53o8nyg9
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rb6951
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wouldn’t describe many double IPAs as crisp but this beer is crisp and delightful with citrus hints and a nice hoppy bite.

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Photo of Noelito76
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lsthwy
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz beer poured into a nonic pint glass canned on the 9/18.

A: Small tight white head that dissipates to a film. Body has good clarity with a deep gold amber color.

S: Lots of resiny hops but some slight sweet hints if grapefruit and pineapple.

T: is a lot if the nose with just a nice resiny Hop feel and some light fruitiness. This beer is juicy but it’s bitter too,.

M: Medium bodied leaning toward fuller with a crisp carbonation and clean finish.

O: I’m not disappointed with this beer at all. It is a resin Hop bomb with fruit undertones. This beer has just the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of Skj
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miketess32
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluesfolk19
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six weeks from canning... Orange haze, perfectly uniform throughout, nice lacing. Smells like melons, taste is a little more piney/dank than expected, but it works nice. Good feel, nice brew

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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hughesm12
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGillicuddy's

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Photo of AdamofSoCal
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beast464
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has resiny, piney hops with a sweet malt background. Taste starts bitter upfront, slightly astringent, quite harsh and resiny. Medium plus body with medium carbonation. I expected much more from this one considering the hype but it's a quite basic DIPA with intense bitterness and not much complexity.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMC43
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CooperBushey
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 2,111 ratings