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:
#243
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
2,134
pDev:
7.4%
 
 
Wants:
478
Gots:
565
Trade:
3
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Photo of ntanner83
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modest finger deep head, just off-white, even surface, few dimples, retention is good for what’s there initially, lacing starts out as wide sheets eventually breaking into thinner streaks. Soft gauziness to the liquid but nowhere near filmy or cloudy, bright golden color, noticeably dispersed tiny bubbles, like gentle snowflakes just, err, going up. Honeyed nose, tangerine to pink grapefruit and lime, citrus a major component, fresh unbaked pie crust, pine sap, coal tar, starts heading in a dank direction and suddenly stops, this allows the pineapple, apricot, green melon scents to spread some, not fully tropical in nature. Full-bodied, dry mouth entry, almost scrubbing in feel, the carbonation active with more prickle than creaminess. The breadiness more toasty and here the tarriness sinks in deeper. White pepper and a light salinity take the sappy goodness out of the pine notes. Somehow the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus gets pushed back to past the mid-palate, the carbonation churns it away. Papaya, pineapple, green apple to nectarine fruit, here it’s just the dryness which has it come off as not that tropical. Overall, there’s a lot going on and it never loses your attention. That said, could wish for more smooth integration.

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Photo of Pumadog
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was given one by a friend. Loved it. Another friend had one of my all time favorites Sip of Sunshine with him. This was every bit as enjoyable. Both same price. I can’t favor one over the other. They are 2 of my top 3 NEIPA. The other being Focal Banger. Heady Toppers little brother. HT is number 4 for me. I live in Central VT and have easy access to all of them. Second Fiddle will be my go to beer of choice because it’s new to me

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Photo of ThirstyLarry
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Picked-up a four-pack @ Portside Liquors in Plymouth, MA for about seventeen dollars. My second brew from these guys, who I think are new to MA. Solid, if unspectacular brew.

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

Look is an opaque honey orange and poured with 2 fingers of fluffy white head.

Aroma is mainly grapefruit and big pine.

Taste is grapefruit, sticky pine, some tangerine and maybe some melon lurking in the shadows. Has a nice bitter bite at the end.

Feel is hefty. Body is full. Smooth and thick all day. Carb is moderate .

Overall a stellar double ipa. Big grapefruit and pine with a nice malt backbone.

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Photo of pubscout
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm told this outstanding DIPA from Fiddlehead Brewing in Shelburne, VT is very tough to get outside the Burlington area. In that regard--and in others--it compares well with the legendary Heady Topper. Big, three fingered head, incredible nose loaded with citrus and pine and dangerously drinkable at 8.2%, this is an outstanding example of the now-revered NEIPA style. (It also helps to explain why that style is now-revered and wildly popular.)
On the front end, the beer has a pleasant bready character; in the middle, the citrus fruit (tangerine, orange) makes its presence known, along with some pear and pine notes. The back end has a most interesting bitter, resiny, almost wood-like finish that includes hint of more citrus, especially lemon. What was most surprising was how crisp it was. I'm guessing that, like Heady Topper, you want to drink this fresh .
The layers of flavor in this exceptional beer might cause a NEIPA lover to ask, "Heady Who?" (although that NEIPA lover might rightly be considered deranged). Bottom line here is that you'd be a fool to diss HT, and just as much a fool to miss Second Fiddle. Big Props to Fiddlehead Brewing...

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

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

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3.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wesmaze
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of alexsergio
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Canalfisher22
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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4.06/5  rDev -9%
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 2,134 ratings