Fiddlehead IPA | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
fiddleheadbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Brad007 on 01-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
789
Reviews:
83
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
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39
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

this is not a conventional ipa. apparently leaving the big bold ipas to the other vermont heavy hitters, this new establishment has decided to brew a much lighter version of the style. it pours shockingly light yellow with a minimal white head. the smell of hops is there, nice and fruity, upbeat, and fresh. there is an extremely light malt profile to this beer, almost looks and feels like a wheat beer, but i dont think it is. crystal malts for sure. its tastes pretty good, and id have no problem with a few pints of this, but to me an american ipa must have a bit more body and oomph behind it. all the same, this is a nice beer, making its own space in the vermont ipa scene. i guess theyve got it contracted out all over the state, and the taproom is a cool place with lots to look forward to. a good first offereing from this brewery.

edit: this recipe must have changes some over the years, its much more sturdy and hearty now, but without losing any of its citrus hop resins or drinkability. now a contender with any of them, its wonderfully good!

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral citrus hops is quite nice and very refreshing. Taste is mostly dominated by nice floral hops notes with lightly sweet malt backbone with nice grassy feeling and medium bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Prohibition Pig.

Big fluffy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with nice sticky lacing, hazy golden orange color.

Nose has plenty of citrus hops, light piny hops with a light herbal marijuana like aroma and even tobacco, light candied orange, light tangerine, and some sweet malts.

Taste starts a little sweet, juicy malts with a pale malt flavor, then hops, mostly citrus with a candied orange, tangerine, and light tropical fruit, some earthy bittering hops. Finish is fairly bitter, candied orange hops, tangerine, little sticky, mostly dry.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hops, malts are a bit too much and too candy like.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brewery-filled growler into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out mildly sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a nice earthy hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT

Served in a pint glass, a very hazy golden straw color with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Grassy aroma, citrusy hops. Wet grass in the taste, lemon rind, pine and citrus hops, a bit of funk sort of reminiscent of a saison. Medium body. Just a bit off all over, and I didn't really care for it too much. (Rating: 3.03)

Revisited this again straight from the source a couple years after my initial review, and it has definitely improved. I got none of that odd funk from the first tasting, and the citrus and grassiness from the aroma was more pronounced in the taste, making this more in vein of a traditional IPA. Still not entirely sold on it, but the difference was a noticeable improvement.

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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small but lasting head. Leaves a blanket of lace on the pint glass. Very hazy. Dark gold color.

Strong grapefruit and evergreen smell from dry hopping. Pale malt base is also present.

Soft pale malt start but the hop bitterness takes over with a strong black pepper presence. Mid-level body with mildly elevated carbonation. Long straight bitter aftertaste.

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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap served chilled in a cup.

The color is slightly hazed sunny orange with thick head of pale cream with fine bead. The smell Is hop forward with a citrus aroma with a mild tropical quality. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness balanced somewhat by the malt with a low sweetness and moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with a pleasant hop flavor which has a mild herb and citrus blend with slight malt adding some sweetness to the taste with mild yeast presence. This is a very good IPA solid in every way.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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