Fiddlehead IPA
Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Fiddlehead IPAFiddlehead IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,673
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,564
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
1,071
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Fiddlehead Brewing Company
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  45
Gots
  300
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 1,071 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Peach63 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber with a 1 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine.

Taste is strong grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, pine. Resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Another IPA to try before you die. Excellent.

Monday at 01:39 PM
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Gaslight Brewery in South Orange. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with ample frothing and an aroma laden with sweet citrus and fresh melon. Similar overall flavor profile replete with notes of orange peel. Excellent rendition of the style.

Feb 15, 2021
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VoxRationis from New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Kane snifter glass; canned 01/06/21.
A: Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with solid carbonation and clearing, leaving a two finger, lemon chiffon head, rim and cap retention, and sudsy rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, and pine out front with a more subtle pineapple note as it warms.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Grapefruit, pine, and lemon predominate the flavor palate, but solid biscuit flavor on the back end. Balanced, somewhat subtle bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bespeaks a certain richness.
O: This is my first beer made in 2021. Definitely hits all the right notes for a Vermont IPA. Subtle, delicious, like the relative dryness.

Feb 09, 2021
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So glad Fiddlehead is popping up in NY
now. Really enjoyed visiting that place when I went to Burlington, VT for my anniversary. Great place and amazing beer. Their flagship IPA (along with a few other beers) have made it to NJ. It’s reasonably priced, has a manageable ABV and straddles the line between today’s NE IPAs and the traditional bitter IPAs. I’ll buy this every time it’s fresh.

Feb 01, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can marked CLAPPING 12/28/20 18:29

Pours into my tulip glass a turbid fully opaque straw shade with a great billowing off white head. Good retention and fluffy lace. Great looking beer.

Scent is tropical fruit, tangerines, grapefruit pith, and general citrus and floral hops.

Taste is tropical fruit and citrus with a light crackery malt base and perhaps a hint of sourdough tang. Tangerines. Lemon and lime. Grapefruit. There is a pleasing bitterness. Neither sweet nor overly dry.

Mouth is coating with a slight chalky feel to it and a prickly carbonation.

Great looking IPA with a lot of citrus and tropical hop flavors and a light refreshing malt bill.

Jan 31, 2021
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Crentist from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is underrated. Delicious Vermont IPA that leans a little brown in flavor profile, but packed full of hops, dank bitterness, and a crisp dry finish. Lucky to have it in Southern CT.

Nov 24, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from Vinyl Beer on the UES
NYC. Pours a hazing golden orange with a finger of fluffy white head, nice lacing, smell is caramel malts, hints of pine and citrus, taste follows is orange juice, pine, orange zest, mild grapefruit pith on the finish, feel is medium bodied and creamy. A zesty orange juice treat with a grapefruit kick.

Nov 21, 2020
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can in a clear plastic pint glass. Twenty days since canned.

Cloudy and opaque lemon-orange colored brew with a 1F foamy white cap. A lasting film remains and there's plenty of lacing.

Good American IPA aromas; pine, citrus rind, dank, onion.

Grapefruit, pine, a touch of stone fruits. Citrus hop flavors.

Medium body and a bit tingly from carbonation and hop bite. Dry citrus hop finish.

The 53 IBU drive the brew for all that they're worth.

Nov 01, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprised to find a 4 pack of 16 oz cans at my neighborhood grocer here in NYC. Very fresh. Two weeks old. Pours hazy. Head disappears quickly but you get lacing as you drink. Nose is tropical and dank. Taste follows the nose. I also get pine, white grapefruit pith, orange peel, some malt sweetness, and a bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, but also a little bit chewy. Very tasty brew and easily one of the finest IPA's you can drink under 6.5%. Not as good as their higher abv counterparts like Mastermind or Second Fiddle, but I will definitely purchase another 4 pack even at the steep price I had to pay at $18.99.

Oct 27, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can stamped "TrustFundBaby 9/15/20" to a Nonic at fridge temp.
A body of apricot opaqueness sits below a nice micro-bubble 1" white head that laces nicely as it fades.
Aroma of pine, orange pith, and an earthy mustiness.
In the mouth this beer starts as sweet citrus and almost instantly turns to hop dryness. Unfortunately the finish has a minor hop burn sensation, not bad, but detectable.
Mouthfeel is medium but still leaves a nice tongue coating.
Overall average. I wonder if a fresh one would have that hop burn finish.

Oct 25, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy matte yellow with some dark orange notes towards the vents. Frothy 2 finger light tan head

S: interesting aroma. Dank earthy herbal notes. Pineapple, tart oranges, sweet melon, strawberry, kiwi, and a distinctively yeast note

T: light pineapple, mango, and vanilla sorbet. A touch of pepper spice and grapefruit. Nice bready and crackery backbone. Not too much going on with the flavor but it’s very approachable

M: very fluffy medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

O: as mentioned, not much going on here but it’s a very approachable beer. Easy to drink with no bitterness. Good for people just getting into beer

Oct 19, 2020
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy yellow/orange body with white head

Smell - grapefruit/pine, citrus

Taste - sour grapefruit, orange peel, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit tart/sour upfront, grapefruit and hop bitterness on the back end

Overall - decent if unspectacular IPA

Oct 10, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy head that lasts a long time.

Smells of citrus. Tastes of citrus with a tart hoppy finish that mellows as the glass warms.

Medium body with light carbonation.

I recommend this NEIPA.

Sep 28, 2020
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gunpwdr from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nose: Notes of piney hops, banana, and guava.
Palate: Grapefruit and citrus on the attack. Piney bitterness on the mid-palate. Grapefruit juice and citrus notes linger on the finish.

Served blind, I get the profile of a west coast IPA with most of the mouth feel of an NEIPA. Would have no issues with this being in my local bottle shop year around but would probably not have any trouble finding a stand-in for this. Would also only reach for this when I want that grapefruit and bitter hop profile.

Sep 02, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a pint can dated 08/10/20. Sampled on August 21, 2020.

Hazy yellow-amber pour with a modest white frothy head.

Intriguing aromas of floral, grass, grapefruit, orange, and other tropical fruits. The barley grain sensation is a lower profile.

The mouthfeel is light to medium and smooth.

The taste starts sweet and juicy with all of those aforementioned hop sensations pouring in at the end. A clean finish.

Aug 21, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a two finger head; excellent retention and clumps of lacing

Smell: Terpene tones with underlying tropical and citrus fruit

Taste: Terpene forward with grapefruit tones building; hints of starfruit and melon underneath; medium bitterness building, with a relatively dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a hybrid IPA here and a good one, at that

Thanks, jpm05401, for the opportunity

Aug 18, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 oz can dated 6/8/20 into a non-descript glass from the house we're staying at this week. Also had on tap a couple times this week. There are slight differences, probably due to freshness. The rating is based on the tap. The review is based on the can.

Pours a very murky, nearly opaque straw color with about one finger of white head. Decent retention, less than average lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, some pineapple and a bit of other citrus.

Taste is juicy enough up front but also quite bitter on the swallow. Tasting some pineapple, a hint of lemon and a bit of orange. Nice bitter pine and resin.

Mouthfeel is fairly soft and wet. Nice bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, it's nice that breweries can still make a juicy beer with pronounced bitterness. I like Second Fiddle better but this is a great beer.

Aug 16, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Murky peach color, big head that lasted reasonably long
S-Subtle citrus, fruit
T-Apricot and Grapefruit, average bitter, slightly above average sweet. Grainy malt seems just a bit off, but not a showstopper
M-Medium (+) body, below average carbonation but tingly enough
O-Well balanced. Solid IPA that doesn't try to overdue any one aspect.

Jul 19, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a good-sized, off-white head of foam. It smelled of melon, peach, citrus and sweet caramel. Sweet fruity taste with peach, melon and orange. Nice toasted caramel backbone with a sharp bitterness.

Jul 18, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a skim cap; OK lacing;

S: pine with grapefruit in the background;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: a very nice cross between a NEIPA and a WCIPA;

Jul 04, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, can't make out a date on the can. Opened 6-14-20.
1 1/2" white head cresting out over the rim of the glass. Good retention, slowly falls to a solid cap.
Rocky and dense foam and thick, abundant lacing.
Opaque orange IPA, looks like the "classic" NEIPA.
Orange, grapefruit, lemon - sweet fruit aroma.
Citrus flavors with an emphasis on peels and oils. clean and lengthy bitterness mid to late.
Nice semi-sweet ruby red grapefruit flavor.
Medium body, soft mouthfeel, low bitterness but lingering. Dry finish keeps this very drinkable.
Drinkability is high, very enjoyable and could have 2 or 3 in a session. Very well done.
Outstanding.

Jun 15, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a matte light yellow color.Thick four finger velvety white head dissipates steadily leaving just a thin layer of foam coating the top of the beer. Completely opaque but not quite sludgy in appearance.

Aroma has notes of peach, papaya, orange, with some earthy dank green hops on the back end.

Taste really follows the nose with notes of peach, papaya, orange, mandarin oranges giving way to a earthy green bitterness on the back end. The bitterness is moderate, but builds on itself as the beer is consumed. that earthyness does take on a bit of an onion-y character, but does not quite taste like onions. Toes a nice balanced line between the more old school bitter IPAs and the newer NE style IPA.

Feel is medium bodied, but still pretty drinkable. Mildly prickly carbonation.

Overall a really nice IPA.

Jun 14, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020-06-13
16oz can served in a sample glass. Part of the Untappd virtual beer festival.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with medium to high head and nice lacing. Medium carbonatio. Smell is fruity and resinous.

Taste is lemon, pine, with a deep bitter finish. Very piny.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, dry. Overall, very nice.

Jun 14, 2020
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Todd from California

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Opaque, hazy, light peach/orange hues. Floral with a hint of soapiness in the nose. Fairly smooth, light, and creamy. Getting peach, mango, stone fruits, dank, orange, onion, bread crust, and grains. Quite earthy and dry with a slight oiliness.

Looks like an NEIPA, but tastes like an old-school New England IPA. Finish could be cleaner and the grainy character is out of place, but overall I dig it.

Jun 13, 2020
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Gripnrip207 from Vermont

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I may be biased, but I love everything about this beer. Spending my college years in BTV, this beer was on tap everywhere. (Remember at 3 needs incredibly fondly). The brewery 5 minutes from some of my favorite fishing spots lead to many post-fishing beers (and pizza). Covid 19 is keeping me from these places, but i’m so thankful it is now available in cans :).
These beer is dummy hazy, and looks the part of a neipa.
Thick mouth feel.
Flavor is what sets this beer apart, very bright citrus notes, with an herbal funk(think wild onions/garlic?). Think this may be due to simcoe hopes.
This may be drawn out, love this beer, love this state

Apr 28, 2020
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