Mastermind | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BTVflatlander on 09-06-2013

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Ranking:
#277
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
1,409
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
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4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can version.
"Lay it Down" 12/07/18
Opened on 12/19/18

Poured out into my heady Treehouse long stemmed IPA glass looking like a milky gold color. A straw golden color with a deep white haze....opaque, but lemmony.... you get the gist. Light and thick!
Creamy foam, with a whipped look, sticky-icky lacing all around. clumps or islands of foam float about like they own the place. The lacing is intricate and abundant.

Dude.. come on! The aroma or nose is unlike any other. Creamy lactose hoppy milkshake! It seriously smells like a hoppy creamsicle. Dense and sweet Mandarin oranges, banana, Fluff and a light golden malt thing combines to make a crazy, smelly and pungent aroma.

Lactose....? Man o man do I love that adjunct. Smoooth, silky easy-breazy texture with a creamy flavor that mellows out the big hops. Soft tones of primarily tangy citrus and tropical fruits, ride slingshot with the golden,grainy earthiness of both the hops and golden-style, pilsner-esque malt. Complexity is high, depth is good, but the true "wow" factor here is the creamy and smooth edge of both hop flavor and mouthfeel.

Man, I'll tell ya, this stuff is one smooth operator!

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Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy really pale yellow color with white head. Aroma has dank and earthy hop notes with some slightly spicy malt notes. Taste is grassy and herbal with a medium bitterness and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium body with medium minus carbonation. Quite good but not really up to the hype.

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4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Supergenou
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow, cloudy, white head, not murky yeast slurry!
S: Huge pineapple, grapefruit, malt sweetness, tangerine, juicy fruit
T: Pineapple, bitter grapefruit, light malt sweetness, hidden alcohol, orange peel
M: Medium with light balanced carbonation
O: Does an incredible job of conveying the good parts of a "hazy" double ipa (appearance, juicy, balanced bitterness, lightly creamy mouthfeel) while also having the best parts of a straightforward great ipa (malt, no yeast burn, hop driven). One of the best double IPAs I've had in a long time and I could drink multiple cans of this

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3.91/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PprBurke
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clake
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPeterson17
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of penguinBOMB
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Juggerr
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of David_Porter
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jallen5076
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EMV
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into an Alesmith tulip

L: Cloudy golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leave a great deal of lacing.

S; Grapefruit and citrus... tropical fruits. Juicy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Dank and juicy... grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Mild melon and more citrus. Medium bodied... zesty carbonation. Bitterness very well balanced.

O: Another super drinkable juice bomb from Fiddlehead. Great flavor... super beer.

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4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Mastermind from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 1,409 ratings