Fiddlehead IPA
Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #397
Ranked #4,100
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Fiddlehead IPAFiddlehead IPA
Notes: This medium bodied American style IPA has an alluring golden glow and beautifully blends three strains of hops. While strong citrus notes ambush your taste buds halfway through the palate, the beer finishes very crisp and dry.

53 IBU
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 948
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 7.50 /22 oz draft ($ 0.341/oz) from Uno’s, Plattsburgh, NY. Reviewed 7/22/19.
Age unknown.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Unknown.
Body – Bright orange juice.
Head – Chopped by bartender, leaving a medium density white three mm crown and a thin complete cap.
Lacing – Excellent! As the level drops, multiple unconnected irregular bands of extremely tiny to small bubbles remain.
Aroma – 4 – Orange juice.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins moderately bitter like citrus pericarp with a marked orange juice flavor. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.2 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – Delightful citrusy IPA.

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Photo of Baxterdad
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first beer review. That being said, If this beer is on the list I typically order it. I am no expert ,but I know what I like and I like this beer. It is consistently good. Many other beers vary in taste keg to keg but this is a steady performer. The aroma has been described as mildly "dank". I would clarify that and say it smells like good 420. The taste carries this also but it is very subtle. Overall a very flavorful ale that is more East coast than West coast IPA. It's not a powerhouse IPA but rather one you can easily enjoy multiple times in one sitting.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: draft, cloudy yellow with a lingering white head, opaque

S: citrus and pine

T: sweeter than expected, nice earthy hop punch up front, finish is lingering hops

M: medium

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Photo of Jboch
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Scarlet Oak in Hingham. Beautiful light cloudy appearance. Not overly hoppy and easy finish with a note of fruit at end. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint on draft at Grand Lodge in Killington, Vermont.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange/mangoish color with a big foaming white head. Lots of lace on way down.

Aroma: Lots of fruity aromas. Melon, honeydew, lemon, citrus. Some tropical notes. Pine.

Taste: Follows nose, with a touch more grapefruit and pine. Mango, pineapple. Fruity, flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: Worth sipping. Fairly boozy.

Overall: Very nice IPA. Can compete with some of the big ones like Lawson’s and Heady.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a cloudy golden color. It has a white head that left some lacing. Lighter nose. Citrus, faint pine and some tropical notes. Taste is good. Citrus, pine and tropical hop flavors. Nice!

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Photo of Docscape
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a cloudy light honey. Smells like a mildly dank citrus fruit. Taste has the same light dankiness. 16oz draft $6 at The Fix in Worcester, MA.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's okay but not what I've come to expect from fiddlehead. Not that I've experienced many but they have quite the following and this didn't live up to the hype. Tastes okay and wouldn't scoff if handed another but if it's on the menu in looking to see what others they may have.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a semi hazy bright golden color with a one finger, soapy white head. Retention is pretty average and there are many hanging rings of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is dank grapefruit pith, over ripe mango, tangerine and pineapple. Very aromatic and enjoyable.

Taste is similar, although not quite packing the same punch. It starts off fruity with a little bit of green earthiness and finishes bitter with the grapefruit pith.

Feel is light side of medium and smooth with moderate carbonation coming through on the finish with a little bit of stickiness as well.

Overall this is a damn good beer. A level below Second Fiddle, but I prefer it to Mastermind.

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Photo of Holderness
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap

Standard semi-filtered IPA appearance. Mild tropical aromas alongside pine and earth. Bitter grapefruit rind aplenty in the flavors, offset by bready malts and a touch of pineapple. Fluffy, medium+ mouthfeel. Lasting bitterness on the finish. A nice, crisp American IPA


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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this is a nice IPA but no where near the IPA Mastermind or Double Fiddle are. Nice citrus and fruity malts with a light bitterness, not as much going on here.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one of these on tap at the brewery last summer & am just getting around to putting down my notes in here. A rather moderate & decent blend of citrus & pine with some astringent bitterness; to me this is a good IPA, but not more.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a hazy pale orange color with a foamy one finger white head that left some stringy lacing here and there in a messy sort of way. The smell had some citrus with a sweet grassiness and opening up into some light orange/tangerine aromatics. The taste offered a nice blend between the sweet citrus to the bitter rind-like part of the citrus side. Grassiness subsides a bit and bleeds into the aftertaste. There’s a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable aspect about it. Carbonation feels nice for the style and for me, nothing sharp just enough, and still allowing the bitterness to be the harshness on my tongue. Overall, this was a nicely done IPA that I would have again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap, pours clear gold color with an off white 2 finger foamy head that faded slowly and left great spotty lacing.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, biscuit, caramel and toasted grains. Well balanced with all the IPA basics, it leans towards a session IPA aroma but still smells good.

Tastes just like the nose with floral hops, citrus notes, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, biscuit, caramel, light peppery spices and toasted grains. Very easy to drink and session-able.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours hazy, light yellow in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is lemon, orange, and grassy hops. Slightly bitter, juicy, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a very tasty IPA. Good beer that has me curious to try more Fiddlehead offerings.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a clear gold. Nice dense white head. Smell is a little muted, but has some citrus and pine. Taste is a solid pretty classic IPA. NIce beer.

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Photo of zonker17
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden draft pour with a finger of dense white head. Great retention and lacing. Juicy nose that is somewhat reserved, mainly fruit and berry. Even keel taste with nothing over the top. Very crushable.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Skinny Pancake in Burlington.

Pours a murky orange.

Smell is very tropical, loads of mango, lemon and some pine.

Taste is nice and dank. Tropical fruit, mainly mango and pineapple, play on your tongue. Lovely!

Mouthfeel is so good, soft and a bit oily.

This is an outstanding IPA, just great balance, huge flavor and a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy straw color with decent head. Aroma doesn't pop out but still has some very nice citrus hop notes to it. Flavor is similar. Nice citrus hop notes but bitterness is a little aggressive for the rest of the beer. Overall the go to beer that you can count on being on tap most places in VT.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer really shocked me. Unfortunately I couldn't give it a solid written review because I had no wifi. The aroma is fresh and citrusy/ floral hops. The taste is punches your taste buds with a juiciness similar to Sip Of Sunshine. Honestly would rank this easily in my top 3 IPAs. Starting to think Vermont locals are a little spoiled with their beer considering the rating. Next up is pieces of 8!

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a solid beer all around. Is it the best IPA in Vermont? Definitely not. However, if you want some, a trip to the brewery for a growler fill is a cinch. No lines. Or, just head to just about any local restaurant in Vermont and there's a good chance they have it on tap. Point being, what it lacks in IPA awesomeness, it more than makes up for it with it's availability. Definitely a go to beer when I'm having dinner out with the family.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of citrus fruits and pine with a slight touch of dankness and grassiness. Taste leans more towards pine than citrus. Not much malt to speak of. Finishes very dry with just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfectly medium for the style. Just a solid IPA that I'll continue drinking again and again.

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Photo of bpasseser
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a Growler last year from their brewery in Shelburne VT it had a cloudy golden color an under whelming fragrance for an IPA. Not Hoppy enough for my taste but had very defined citrus notes. The carbonation was weak because it was a growler and I did not consume it immediately. I probably should have drank it fresh but I ordered Pizza from the adjacent restaurant to go.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fiddlehead Brewing Co. "Fiddlehead IPA"
on tap at the brewery, via growler fill, on 5 Jun 2016

Appearance: Cloudy deep gold with a bit of an orange-ish cast beneath a full head of creamy bright white froth. Looks like a glass of juice. The head retention is quite good and it leaves jagged, reaching streaks of lace as it goes. I'm not sure on where I stand with these cloudy IPAs but I'm just going to accept it and roll with it - normally I would have dropped the score, but at least this isn't 'milky' like some of them.

Aroma: Surprisingly fairly non-distinct citrus (some clear orange, some muddled grapefruit, perhaps something else), a little bit of citrus pith or chalkiness from the yeast, grass, pine, a touch of a vegetal character (like tomato plants), and browned bread crust.

Flavor: Gently sweetish and crusty-bread maltiness is threaded through with citrusy and softly piney and grassy hops. It's solidly flavored but not overdone. And again, surprisingly, neither is the bitterness! This has a bit of the Northeastern IPA hop character to it, but it otherwise follows the structure of a basic American IPA. It's really quite drinkable with a juiciness upfront, somewhat toasty malt across the middle with piney and grassy raspiness, and then a dry, lingering finish that includes a little bit of all of the aforementioned.

Mouthfeel: The yeast lends a bit of a fuller feeling to the medium to meium-light body, leaving it more "medium" in feeling overall; and the carbonation is crisp but very fine-bubbled, giving it a bit of zest at the outset and more smoothness as it warms a touch.

Overall: Perhaps it's the freshness that's talking here, but I found this to be a remarkably drinkable IPA, and a great accompaniment to the Folino's pizza next door.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. The citrusy aroma is followed by a bitter starting taste, that transitions into a citrusy burst of tropical flavors to balance the brew. It goes down easy and is great after a day of skiing or hiking in the Green Mountain State.

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Photo of jhavs
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft, 16 oz pour into shaker pint.

A= Hazy, yellow, the head appears foamy and off white, big bubbles that settle to ring around glass. Lacing rings the glass creating line for each sip.

S= Earthy, floral, some citrus rind and zest, a bit of dankness.

T= Hop dankness, citrus, some tropical notes, bread, toasty malts.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= This beer has improved greatly over time, a very good and easy drinking IPA. Flavors are clean and refined but still got that hoppy dank IPA goodness.

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