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771. Fiddlehead Brewing Second Fiddle

Second FiddleFiddlehead makes some great beer and I need to make it to the brewery more often. This is my fourth beer from them and all have been excellent. My favorite so far has been Mastermind but the Hodad Porter and their single IPA were also excellent.

I will compare Mastermind and Second Fiddle as they are both DIPAs from Fiddlehead but they are entirely different beers. Appearance is much darker than Mastermind with a deep orange and small off white head. Aroma and flavor are more herbal, dank, pine versus Mastermind which was more of a tropical/citrus.

Mouthfeel, carbonation, etc were all perfect making this a very nice beer. Only reason I prefer Mastermind to Second Fiddle is the juicy fruits instead of the pine and herbs I get from this one. Both beers are excellent and it really depends on what you life from your hops.  
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 80
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Fiddlehead Brewery
Brewers Description: Big, juicy, Double IPA.

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702. Fiddlehead Brewing Mastermind DIPA

Fiddlehead Mastermind DIPAFiddlehead started canning earlier this year using Iron Heart’s mobile canning unit. I missed their first two offerings; Hodad Porter and Second Fiddle DIPA. Mastermind is Fiddlehead’s third canned beer and the first that went into 12 ounce cans. I was able to find some 4-packs at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski a couple days after they were released from the brewery.

Mastermind pours a vibrant and unfiltered yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Taste follows with big juicy citrus flavors as well as some light earthy/flowery hops. Very mild bitterness, slightly dank and a very well hidden 8.1% ABV put Mastermind right in the middle of my sweet spot for DIPAs.

It is hard not to compare this to Heady Topper as it is a canned DIPA from Vermont. Fortunately it holds up well against Heady and may be easier to find, although that will almost certainly change as the word gets out. If you can find it get it and enjoy. 
Pros:
Loads of tropical/citrus in the aroma and taste
Cons: Would prefer a 16 oz can 
Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Fiddlehead Brewing
Brewers Description: BIG juicy aroma, smooth finish, brilliant color, aaaand 8.1% ABV.

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575. Fiddlehead Brewing Hodad Porter

Fiddlehead Brewing Hodad PorterThis was the second option available when I was at Fiddlehead. While there I heard several people in line talking about how they tried this beer at the Vermont Brewers Festival and really enjoyed it. I knew I was going to bring home a growler of it regardless but it was nice to hear the beer was good before I bought it.

This is a great looking porter, deep brown with a single finger tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is mild with only a bit of chocolate and some vanilla. Not a lot happening there but the taste makes up for anything that is lacking in the nose. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and coconut in this beer but it is not sweet as you might think.

Really impressed with both beers from Fiddlehead and will certainly be stopping there again on my next visit to Western Vermont.
Pros:
Unique flavor and not too sweet
Cons:

Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Fiddlehead Brewing
Brewers Description: As wonderful as last winter had been, it was a long one.  At the brewery during one such blustery cold morning we began  reminiscing of warmer weather and dreaming of sandy beaches and white capped waves we came up with a recipe to merge the two seasons together.  We took a dark beer (more popular in the cold winter months) and infused it with the tropical goodness of roasted coconut flakes and cacao nibs.  Delightfully smooth and dark this is pure beer candy.  And since none of us at the brewery have ever actually surfed we figured Hodad (the surfer term for the guy who drives to the beach with a board on the car, sticks his board in the sand just to tan and pick up Betties) was the perfect name for a Vermont brewery creating a Hawaiian style ale.

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574. Fiddlehead Brewing IPA

Fiddlehead IPAMade my first visit to Fiddlehead Brewery on a trip to Vermont last month and I am glad I did. First they have really nice growlers and glasses. The pint glass pictured actually has little fiddleheads laser etched in the bottom of the glass. Second they make some excellent beer.

I came with a full growler of the IPA and a 32 ounce howler of their Hodad Porter (see my next review). The IPA is a straight up American IPA at a very reasonable 6.2% ABV and 53 IBUs. Nothing over the top about this beer but it is flavorful and easy to drink. Fiddlehead IPA pours a nice orange color with an off white head that leaves loads of lacing (see photo below).

Aroma has plenty of fresh citrus hops, again not huge but very nice. Taste follows with the citrus and a nice sweet balance with almost no bitterness. This beer was quite refreshing and certainly worth making the short trip south of Burlington to Shelburne.
Pros:
Well balanced
Cons:

Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 53
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Fiddlehead Brewing
Brewers 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.

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