Fiddlehead IPA
Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #354
Ranked #4,155
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
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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Photo of Gripnrip207
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

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Guinness pub glass.

Look is a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is herbal and bright citrus.

Taste matches aroma, lots of herbs hops with a touch of pithy citrus.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big, sticky, off-white head slowly compresses from one inch. Dense, thick lace forms on a Spieglau IIPA glass. The beer itself is murky, pale gold.

Pine and citrus, though unspecific, are clearly prominent. Hemp smoke, however, is specific. Also noted was some pineapple along with a touch of grass, burnt rubber, and faint cattiness.

The flavor is very bitter, with sweetness holding it from the brink of the gum-numbing level often associated with this style. Lots of citrus pith provides the bulk of this beer's flavor. Orange does come out and begins to focus in the middle. Generally speaking, this is a solid East Coast IPA in its flavor profile. A long, mild finish re-presents the early bitterness.

Soft, prickly carbonation is nice without any astringency. The beer has a full to medium body and a soft-supple texture. Alcohol is as expected.

Aside from its murky appearance, this is an old-school East Coast IPA. I picked it up on impulse after unexpectedly finding it in a supermarket. It went down well on a brilliantly sunny mid-April afternoon.

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a case of 16oz cans at Empire Wine & Spirits in Kingston for $86. My second brew from these guys. Did not like that much, although it grew on me. Very dank & malty taste for me, almost thought that it was skunked, but with a canned-on date of 4/6, that can be ruled out. File this as a classic schoolboy error, as I did not love Second Fiddle, this beer is not that well reviewed, & it was $86. Live & learn.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 4/4/20.

Pours cloudy gold with an inch of white head. Moderate retention and lacing. Piney and dank in the nose. A bit skunky. Medium bodied with an almost creamy but crispish mouthfeel. Earthy pine with grapefruit pith on the palate. Finishes dry with a firm bitterness and lingering west coast hops.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is citrus, starfruit and papaya. A touch soapy with a huge aroma of dank tropical fruit. Really nice. Beer opens papaya, tea leaves and citrus. Juicy in the middle with a pulpy feel. Dry grapefruit finish with a light hop bitterness in the aftertaste. JUst like the aroma, super dank. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Aggressive on the palate and goes down dry with a dry, sticky finish that lingers.

WIth a canning date 4 days prior to the drink date, this is excellent.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint canned on: 4/4/20. Fiddlehead hits my local CoOp in Keene NH!
Opened and reviewed on: 4/11/20

Thick haze within the golden and orange hued liquid. Chunky, white foam recedes to clumpy cover and lots of sticky lace.

The nose has a multitude of fresh hop smells that are very impressive! First is an overwhelming dry earthy and husky stalk style aroma, freshly crushed up hop cones. If you've ever had the chance to pick fresh hops than you can identify with this wonderous smell. Lupalin and green leafy hops, peppery citrus with golden malted grains just sets it off!! Fresh and heady aromatics.

A medium bodied crispy and fresh mouthfeel that eventually becomes smooth while finishing slightly dry.

The fresh or "wet" hop cone flavor is very complex. Like the nose, the fresh lupilin taste steals the show, it's as if the hops were just picked. Dry earthy tones of wheat, malted grains and citrus based fruitiness are all most impressive. A mild, dry wheat and corn husks style taste pops out in the light malty effect as more citrus and stone fruit flavors pass through.

As the can eludes to enjoying at fun gatherings such as concerts, I can say the Fiddlehead IPA has been "that go-to" beer at many concerts for me in the New England area. One fine example was the Twiddle (Vermont based Jam Band) show at Stratton Mountain VT on 3/10/18 called the "snow globe show" Twiddle played outside in 13 degree cold while snowing! My Fiddlehead IpA actually became a slushy by the end of the night!! Good times.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Nordic pint glass canned on 4/3/2020. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a half finger white head that leaves thick streaks of lace as it slowly settles. 4.25

Smell is papaya, pineapple, tangerine, and apricot really pleasant and nothing dominant. 4.25

Taste follows papaya, tangerine, pineapple, upfront with apricot and grapefruit in the slightly bitter finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, fairly soft gentle carbonation, a little sticky not dry, and goes down easy at 6.2% but has more flavor than most at this ABV. 4.25

Overall this is a rock solid beer that I am shocked I never reviewed before. 5 years ago this would have scored higher I bet, but so many awesome choices these days. 4.25

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opaque, just slightly translucent hazy golden. Capped with a fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smells like tart white peach, pineapple, grapefruit pith, white dough, a hint of vanilla.

Big on the tart white peach and pineapple! Follows with huge orange and grapefruit zest and some mango. Fluffy, white dough/sugar cookie malt with a touch of vanilla. Honeydew melon the back end leading up to a bit of moderate bitterness, lingering flavor of grapefruit peel.

Very creamy and rich mouthfeel, medium carbonation, slightly sticky.

A super tasty, hoppy Vermont NEIPA. Excellent

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Photo of jrc1093
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/21/20

Pours a milky haze of dull, straw gold body topped with a towering multiple fingers of rocky white foam; great head retention, thick, cloudy cap, chunks of foam climbing up the glass, thick, tightly-composed rings of lacing circle the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with incredibly dank bluntness, offering a boggy array of wet hay/wheat cracker, fresh, earthy herbs, and accents of potent marijuana coursing throughout; grapefruit zest prepares a sly tartness while orange peel highlights a growing citric tone on the back end.

Taste brings wet hay and subtle weedy tones upfront before a hit of pineapple juice adds a tropical tones beneath an earthy, dank blanket; further notes of dank mixed berries and musty peach come through over the mid-palate, while sourdough bread and lemongrass are unique to the finish.

Mouthfeel presents a body on the lighter side of medium and fluffed with an ample frothing of carbonation, which dissipates softly over the mid-palate; a semi-tartness takes over on the back end effortlessly, bringing a well-levied acidity into the otherwise fluffy grit of the finish.

A (sub-) style bender of an IPA, ultra dank and effortlessly clean despite an at-times eclectic expression along the palate; though far from perfect, this is a practiced exercise in drinkability, a cool and easy approach to malt-hop balance via a uniquely Vermont IPA.

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Photo of arcee
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of the most solid beers I've had! Enjoyed the haziness of the amber color. Very nice citrus notes on the nose. A fresh tasting citrusy blend of hops. Great mouthfeel, and crisp finish. On draft at Smoke Signals in Lake Placid....

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tuckerbox, white river junction, turkish delight. Northern Stage theater great also.
a) Another haze cloud orange yellow body floating a white lacing head.
s/t) So, expected citrus hop, pine, hemp, over white cracker malts. Candied citrus over dominant. Smell less than taste.
f) Thinner than I'd like. Too much like orange juice (as is the common flaw of NE IPAs), too sticky, tho dry.
o) Falling alseep, adds little and too acidic for food experience. Too candy like.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Burlington country club. The beer poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of julian_vt
4.91/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to favorite (medium-light) NE VT-style IPA. I would go as far to say that it's a landmark beer, influencing many other brewers around, and has been around for a few years now. If it's offered, very hard for me to resist. It's bright, but has a medium darkness that provides levity. A touch fruity, piney, and overall a great balance. Great finish, clean and crisp. And at 6.5, it's easy drinking. Although I've only been drinking it for a few years, the taste makes me feel nostalgic for some reason. Maybe that means it will always be a staple of mine in the years to come.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fiddlehead IPA has become my new favorite beer over the last year or two. Fresh on draft at Dunn Geherin's Pub in Newton Mass. 20oz pour, in a Guinness glass, as always. Surface-tension. Aromatic... HEY! Don't be lookin' at my beer like that!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev +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 +9.3%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.2%
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%
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 -3.2%
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 +10.6%
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 -5.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +4.2%
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


EDIT (4/3/2020): Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is temporarily being offered in cans since Fiddlehead can't distribute their kegs to bars. Snagged a whole bunch of stovepipes at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. This is a really solid easy drinking NEIPA that is amazingly reasonably priced -- $10/4-pack of 19oz cans?? Yes, please.

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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 997 ratings