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Fiddlesticks | BuckleDown Brewing

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Brewed by:
BuckleDown Brewing
Illinois, United States
buckledownbrewing.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hybrid brings together all of the best qualities of Belgian brewing and American hopcentricity — spicy, hoppy, dry and complex.

57 IBU

Added by TMoney2591 on 07-22-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
55
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
21.32%
 
 
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0
Gots:
5
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 55
Reviews by craftbeerbyob:
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer at Buckledown and it is usually hard for me not to get an IPA off the bat, but Fiddlesticks did just that. It has a great nose and flavor, both full of hops with that distinct Belgian characteristic. I was able to sample all of their current selections and the owners/waitstaff were extremely generous and open. The brewery itself reminded me of Greenbush when it first opened. High ceilings and you smell the beer as soon as you walk through the doors. You can also watch the beer being made right from your seat at the bar. Only 4 on draft right now, but they are all brewed well.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this on-tap at a bar called BlackFinn Ameripub that's up the street from my hotel in Chicago. Served in a standard pint glass, this beer draws a clear, light to medium golden color with nice white head that's about 3/4 of an inch when first served that settles eventually to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass. Has decent lacing. Aromas of some crisp, slightly bready, slightly sweet malt notes along with slightly resinous citrus and piney hop notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with a slightly sweet, sort of bready malt presence that gives way to citrusy, piney, somewhat resinous hop bitterness notes. also has a bit of a peppery spice bite that adds a nice touch here. Has a mainly crisp, slightly prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good way.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice at Haymarket.

Kicking off Bachelor Party-Palooza 2013 with a new brewery, one I was glad to see still pouring at Haymarket. This stuff pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, honey, cracked wheat, orange zest, light pine, a gentle caress of grapefruit peel, and a small smattering of Belgian yeast-borne spice. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit toning itself down and the spices kicking into high gear, particularly the clove. That said, things are still pretty balanced amongst the malt, the hops, and the spices. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid BIPA, nothing earth-shattering, but a nice debut beer, indeed.

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Fiddlesticks from BuckleDown Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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