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Fiddlehead IPA | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

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
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
701
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
30.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 701
Photo of Gatch
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Loft Tavern at Okemo! Next to the base lodge.

A: Filtered but still good lookin. Golden yellow with a frothy bright white head. Bits of lace and retention.

S: Huge tropical citrus, pine, resin, grass. Love it.

T: Same as the nose. So much flavor. Hops are on point. Really solid IPA. Sticky and tasty.

M: Massive flavor and so smooth. Proper carbonation and super easy to drink.

O: What can I say? Other than...another ridiculously delicious Vermont IPA! Great day of riding at Okemo followed by a great beer. Life is great.

Update: pickup up a growler at the brewery in December 2015. An incredibly drinkable, consistent, delicious IPA that would be a go-to if I lived in Vermont.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ive had this on tap at the brewery, from a growler and at many bars. So long as its fresh, and it always is, the review remains the same.

Pours a hazy light gold color.

Smell is fantastic, floral and citrus hop aromas abound without even a swirl of the glass. Head pour is a solid finger and the lacing is appropriate for the style.

Taste doesn't disappoint after the awesome nose. Dominated by the citrus hops with just a hint of sweet malt in the backbone. Pleasant bitterness with that nice tingle many IPA's whiff on.

Overall I find this to be a fantastic beer. Its on tap all over the area and its just as good at a bar as it is from the brewery. I drink this beer whenever I can. Overall a very underrated beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewery has monday $8 growler fill specials of this. $10 other days.
A-hazy golden orange, decent head, unfiltered
S-nice piney & citrus hops
T-nice pine hop taste that isn't overly bitter
M-light malt, smooth, hop bitterness aftertaste
O-I find this on tap a lot of places too and will more than likely get it. Really nice

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Photo of Hendry
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of the next door neighbor, a fresh 32 oz growler from the Shelburne,VT brewery.

Pours a golden wheat color,nicely cloudy,lively carbonation,1 finger soapy white head that recedes quickly,lacing a solid average.

Aroma: hop forward but not a hop bomb, piney aromas mostly, a hint of grapefruit rind, malts lie below the surface.

Taste is pleasantly bitter, some might call it unbalanced because the malts are in the basement, but that isn't a problem for my tastes. Some grapefruit bitterness starts things off,
then it drops off in a somewhat typical "session" IPA fashion with a crackery, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily hop resins,dry crisp finish.

Overall, a good session IPA that should please hop fans on the drinkability and bitterness level. Sort of one dimensional in flavor, but a good effort and better than many.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half pint at Pro Pig in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured with a slightly hazy golden colour. Good carbonation, one finger white head and greta lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice citrus. Lot's of mint.

T - Juicy citrus. Pine, grapefruit. Pine dominates.

M - Good bitterness. Good carbonation, liight body, pithy finish.

O/D - A nice IPA. Tasty and complex. Could have a few, but one of the less memorable from the region.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured repeatedly from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Amber yellow and clear with wispy lacing. Poured with one finger of off-white head on the first pour, and two fingers on the second.

S: Potpourri of sweet, sharp citrus and a lil' bit of berry.

T: Very citrusy. Semisweet, with tart grapefruit and orange notes. Slight bitter pine on the finish.

M: Very smooth. Mildly viscous and dry on the end.

O: Not bad, but IPAs are not my thing. My folks were vacationing in Vermont and brought back a growler for me since they know I'm into microbrews. Thanks folks!

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Overwhelming citrus hop profile akin to many other high end Vermont IPAs.

S: Fruit, a bit of grapefruit and general citrus.

T: True to the aroma, the prevailing flavor comes in the form of citrus hops, with little malt presence.

M: Smooth and bright. Very refreshing.

O: A solid Vermont IPA. For the $10 pricetag on a growler and the 20 minute drive to the brewery, this was certainly worth the effort. And, although I won't be going out of my way to return and get another in the immediate future, I will certainly end up patronizing Fiddlehead again.

Update (6/9/13): I must admit, my first impression of this beer was not terribly positive. However, having had it on tap several times since (now that the warmer weather has descended upon us), I have grown more and more partial to this brew. For the über reasonable price tag of $10 a growler, this is undoubtedly the best value IPA out of Vermont and, in my opinion achieves the all important malt-hop balance that so many other VT IPAs fail to conquer.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a smallish off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, pine, grain, floral notes

T-orange, lemon, pine,floral, lighter malt body with a decent bitter hop finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a decent IPA, a little on the light side and faces some stiff competition in this state

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Photo of jbertsch
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a couple spots around Jay Peak, Vermont.

Hazy muted yellow in color with a soft, luxurious, rocky head that remind me of carbonation from Hill Farmstead.

Smells wonderful. Bright, citrusy, juicy. It reminds me of its world-class brethren in the same state. Its aroma is in the same vein as many of the HF and Lawson IPAs, and could be seen as a baby Heady Topper with lighter malts.

Its flavor is super approachable. Juicy hop flavors (melon primarily) sit on top of clean light malts that almost give you the perception this is a wheat base. The malts are very light but that’s how I like my IPAs anyway. Though, I can see how other people may dock it points for that. It really just lets the hops take the whole stage which deserve it.

Mouthfeel is soft. Very drinkable. Almost no bitterness lingers.

If you like your IPAs on the unbalanced side, favoring to showcase bright citrusy hops, this beer is for you. And it’s definitely for me, too! I love it and want more of it NOW. Hopefully this will make it into bottles sometime.

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Photo of brewtus
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at JAX off of Killington peak in VT. Got a pint of it and of came out light orange with a small head. Smelled and tasted like hops, apricots, and pine. This is hardly the best review ever but I can tell you that this is well worth a try. It's so balanced and drinkable but also has a ton of IPA flavor, nice work.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/21/12

Growler filled less than a week ago

Appearance: Deep orange, with some amber and some gold - slight haze, but mostly clear - pours with a thick, white head - fades to a minimal cap, leaves nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Fleshy and floral citrus, with some pine - not particularly aggressive or bitter-smelling, but it's charming in a gentle way - sweet tangerine and orange flesh - sweet fruitiness but not sugary - malts are very light, pale

Taste: A very gentle IPA, but it works - orange and tangerine flesh - more juicy, sweet than bitter - mild bitterness, which builds gradually - some pithy grapefruit, floral notes - light, albeit resiny pine - malts are very pale, almost watery at times

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, but a bit watery

Overall: Very quaffable, but not particularly outstanding

This beer has a very interesting hop profile. It's almost reminiscent of my dear friend, Heady Topper. Sans the malt magic. Unfortunately, the lack of malts is also a problem in the taste. It's tasty, but just above average. Worth a try, though.

Update (7/28/14)
I picked up a fresh growler at the brewery on Saturday, July 26. And my mind was pretty much blown. When fresh (and for about 2 more days), this beer is nothing short of spectacular. It just fades extremely quickly. Fresh, the hops are extremely lively, with some bright citrus, tropical notes, and some clean, sharp, pithy bitterness. It's extremely drinkable, too. I'm going to average scores from the following:
1 week old scores: 4/4/3.5/3.5/3.5
1 day old scores: 4/4.25/4.25/4/4.25

Update (4/26/15)
Another fresh growler. Either Fiddlehead is getting better at brewing this, or I am losing my mind. Either way, I'm bumping the score up.

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Photo of duracell
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden color with a white head leaving a good lacing on the glass.

S - Mild smell of citrus and piney note.

T - Good bitterness and happy flavors but the malt is far too discrete.

M - Good mouthfeel, relatively smooth but the body is on the light side and the alcohol tends to become a bit overpowering as the beer gets warm.

O - Just above the average, this IPA lacks some malty character IMO. Refreshing but a bit straightforward...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Poured medium yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - A very light nose. Some citric and floral hop aromas and not much of a malt base.

T - Good bitterness up front. Some pine, floral and citric flavours are present. No malt sweetness whatsoever.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very light golden color. Head is nice and fluffy. Head retains well. Body is a bit cloudy. Laces well.

S-Hoppy but balanced. Citrus and pine with grains. Fresh baked bread.

T-Balanced with generic hoppy flavors. Bread and caramel balances out the hops. A pretty standard IPA. Nothing anywhere near offensive, but it does not stand out in a crowd.

M-Medium bodied. Not very oily or resinous. Moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

O/D-A pretty standard IPA. Balanced but boring. Hard to set yourself apart in this style of beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seved cold in a tulip glass at Crop in Stowe, VT.

Pale golden yellow color with a slight haze and thin white head.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy In a east-coast meets west-coast style.

Flavor is nicely balanced towards the bitter with herbal, minty, and citrus character. Malt body is light and crisp to let the hops shine.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and perfectly carbonated on tap.

Overall a really nice surprise from from must be an up-and-coming small brewery. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the northeast kingdom.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of musicforairports
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, Vt. Served in a pint glass.

Hazy straw-golden color, very light. Minimal head and lacing.

Smells like freshly cut grass, lemon, pine.

Taste is clean and sharp, with a nice citrus and floral hop bite. No real malt flavor and very little sweetness. Maybe a little thin.

Light-medium body, medium carbonation.

A decent IPA from Vermont's newest brewery. Easy to drink and tasty enough. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Needs in Burlington VT.
I was surprised to see a beer from a brewery I never heard of on tap and being an IPA I had to sample it. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks lace everywhere. Smells of citrus and pine with a hint of bread. Taste is what the aroma promised but adds a bit of tropical fruit. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous sticky mouthfeel. Nice inaugural brew from the upstart brewery in Shelburne, I wish them much success.

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Photo of Naugled
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at multiple locations in Burlington VT.

A deep yellow IPA, with nice white head and retention and good lacing.

Wonderful fresh hop aroma, bursting with piney and citrusy notes. They seemed amazingly fresh.

Flavor backs up the piney citrusy aromas, it is firmly bittered and it lingers, but works well with this, there's enough sweetness to balance it. Not malty or caramelly, but just sweet.

Good mouth feel, medium to rich.

Over all a great beer, I was very impressed by it. It easily out shown the other beers they had on tap. Kudos Fiddlehead!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Growler sold, poured into a tulip - thanks to diffidentbastard for picking this up to open on NYE 2011!

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a small off-white head with minimal lacing. Nose is hoppy, piney and a bit earthy.

Taste is eerily reminiscent of Heady Topper, a bit less dank but chewy and bitter while still being very drinkable. The Mouthfeel is full and clean with a small bitter bite on the finish.

Overall a really solid start for another new VT brewery!

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Checked out this brewery for the first time yesterday. They also have a 5.2% Amber currently on tap.

Pours a nice bright golden/yellow color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Ultra-fresh too!

Grassy hops with just a hint of pine resin greet the nose. Hoppy but not by too much.

The taste is where this shines: grassy, piney hops upfront followed by a slight amount of buttery malt. It's hop-forward and reminds me of the IPA once brewed by Orlio (the brewer is Matty O, ex-Magic Hat).

The mouthfeel is a treat because the hops cling to the throat, leaving a bit of warmth on the way down.

Hate to be a homer but this is a very nice IPA! I wasn't too big on the Amber but I think I'll be hitting Fiddlehead more for this IPA!

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Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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