Fiddlehead IPA | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
771
Reviews:
81
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
200
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of MarkSansone
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer really shocked me. Unfortunately I couldn't give it a solid written review because I had no wifi. The aroma is fresh and citrusy/ floral hops. The taste is punches your taste buds with a juiciness similar to Sip Of Sunshine. Honestly would rank this easily in my top 3 IPAs. Starting to think Vermont locals are a little spoiled with their beer considering the rating. Next up is pieces of 8!

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a solid beer all around. Is it the best IPA in Vermont? Definitely not. However, if you want some, a trip to the brewery for a growler fill is a cinch. No lines. Or, just head to just about any local restaurant in Vermont and there's a good chance they have it on tap. Point being, what it lacks in IPA awesomeness, it more than makes up for it with it's availability. Definitely a go to beer when I'm having dinner out with the family.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of citrus fruits and pine with a slight touch of dankness and grassiness. Taste leans more towards pine than citrus. Not much malt to speak of. Finishes very dry with just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfectly medium for the style. Just a solid IPA that I'll continue drinking again and again.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpasseser
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a Growler last year from their brewery in Shelburne VT it had a cloudy golden color an under whelming fragrance for an IPA. Not Hoppy enough for my taste but had very defined citrus notes. The carbonation was weak because it was a growler and I did not consume it immediately. I probably should have drank it fresh but I ordered Pizza from the adjacent restaurant to go.

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Photo of MPhilipLeGassey
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mleblanc25
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of earlholman
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of ejane
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmosey
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skriv
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtk21351
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Picodon
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bobtuffy
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeaton
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crrubin
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fiddlehead IPA from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 771 ratings.
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