Second Fiddle | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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4.46/5
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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:
#224
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
2,087
pDev:
7.4%
 
 
Wants:
479
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554
Trade:
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Photo of CooperBushey
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Naeblis
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sdm9465
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass

A - Really nice copper/blood red orange, half finger slightly off-white head and very sticky.

S - the sweet baking yeast is up front, sweet flowers, sweet hops, sweet pine, slight dry earth, no hint of booze. slight orange juice and rind, a bit of fresh cut grass and awesomeness.

T - Very bright orange/citrus, citrus rind, really nice bitter, a bit of terrior, baking yeast, very dry malt/grain and near perfect on the bitter/sweet ratio.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium to medium plus carbonation. A steller DIPA for sure. Aspects of East and West Coast meet.

D/O - My kind of DIPA for sure. Has the ease of drink, the flavor profile and the alcohol content. I really like the east meets west with some old world thrown in that this IPA has. Out of the can or in a glass, doesn't matter, awesome. Goes amazing with homemade grilled chicken and man and cheese.

Final thoughts - It was a gift, no idea on the price. Love the plus 8% ABV and really stoked on people continuing the legacy of great DIPAs and IPAs.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RollTide7
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Naughead
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSanger
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of hcproff36
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mromagna
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Very smooth and fruity NE DIPA. Similar but not quite as hoppy as a heady topper. Definitely one of my all time favorites

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

Canned 7/24/18

A: Dark yellow, translucent, thin white head
S: Pineapple, sweet caramel malt, orange, mint, tropical, peach
T: Peach, pine, hint of mint, caramel malt, balanced
M: Medium
O: Very nice balance

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

Photo of PhilFoley
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TravisMason
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gmcmillan67
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into Teku glass; dark amber color not very opaque. Smells and tastes hoppy with a crisp and piney finish. Felt more like a west coast IPA than a typical NE IPA but great feel nonetheless. Would recommend Fiddlehead if you are in the Burlington area good stuff happening there.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour at Pastoral.

Nice, dry, bitter, piney, resiney, citrusy, not sure how anyone could describe it as following the newer hazy/juicy NEIPA style, this tastes like solid West Coast crushable DIPA. For my palate and preferences I definitely enjoyed it, but not quite as much as SoS.

Updated, original BA score = 4.43, new serving can dated 08/01/18 into a tulip

Definitely so much great piney, resiney, dankness. Left original rating unchanged, felt the draught pour I had previously represented this beer tremendously accurate. Great stuff (if you like traditional West Coast IPAs).

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Best I've had tied with Heady Topper. Wish I lived closer to Vermont. New England is killing it.

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Photo of Kevin_ipaking1
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mblack62
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ampsnohms
3.27/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 7/26, opened 8/12. Pours clear amber, no haze, with a thick off-white head.

Aroma of mango and stone fruits. Some pine.

Mouthfeel is smooth but not quite “pillowy,” probably best aspect of the beer overall.

Tastes of caramel malt, mild hop bitterness, some fruit. Lasting caramel malt aftertaste.

Overall, a decent more traditional IPA, but not a NEIPA as others have described.
Recommend it if that’s what you want.

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Photo of HughKelly
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 2,087 ratings