Fiddlehead IPA
Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Fiddlehead IPAFiddlehead IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #354
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,157
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
997
From:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  285
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: 111 | Ratings: 997 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by GratefulBeerGuy:
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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 Kinger22
4.99/5  rDev +22.6%
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 +3.9%
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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Photo of firedwarftj
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jesterr44
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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 KMcGrath
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mmart802
4.98/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unfiltered, cloudy look. Strong hops, not to much citrus.

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Photo of Curt3
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of broadway848
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TrilliumFan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

This one seems to be overshadowed by Fiddlehead's DIPAs and all the other great hoppy beers in VT. It's a delightful single IPA with notes of citrus, mango, and fresh cut grass. It finishes dry and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of bobbyhands
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of dbkdev
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Gperson
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Always happy to see it on tap. Never fails to please.

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Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jeffmck09
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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