Fiddlehead Second Fiddle

This was the second beer that I had in Ptown. This place was one of my favorites the last time that I was there. This time, it wasn’t so great. The lobster roll was tasty, but the service was rushed…to the point that they put the check down while we were still eating. Unfortunately, bad service was going to be a trend on our vacation.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In January of 2017, our brand new 10,000 sq foot brewery opened for production just behind the tasting room. The added space meant room for more fermenters as well as some much needed upgrades like a laboratory, grain silo, office space, and our own canning line. This expansion has allowed us to increase distribution of kegs and cans within our home state, branch into New York and Massachusetts, and renovate our tasting room (coming soon!). While we do not currently offer tours of our production facility, our knowledgeable tasting room staff is always happy to chat about our beers and the brewing process. Our beer can be found on draft or in cans at over 650 Vermont establishments as well as an increasing number of locations around Massachusetts and New York State. The tasting room remains at the original Shelburne Rd. location, as do countless memories of where it all began.”

Random: After I had the regular IPA on draft, I saw they had this in cans and had to have it.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright golden orange color with no visible carbonation. Unlike many of the IPAs now, the body was clear. The nose was filled with pine and grapefruit rind. The taste was very hoppy with a lot of grapefruit and pine. After a few sips, I picked up tangerine as well. There was a touch of malt at the end. The body was on the thick side, but not overwhelming with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tangerine and grapefruit. This beer was outstanding and one that I would happily consume again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Fiddlehead IPA

In October, Val and I went to Provincetown, right at the tip of Cape Cod. We got there pretty late on Saturday, so when we woke up Sunday, I wanted to go to the Squealing Pig. It’s a pub on Commercial Street that I remembered having a decent tap list. This was the first beer that I had.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘Fiddlehead Brewing Company is a brewer owned business. Crafting approachable, multidimensional beers, while growing responsibly with a focus on the arts and positively impacting those in our communities – one pint at a time.’ Fiddlehead Brewing Company is located just outside of Burlington, VT in the scenic town of Shelburne. Our owner and Brewmaster Matt “Matty-O” Cohen opened the doors on New Year’s Eve of 2011 and since then we have gained worldwide acclaim with our lineup of approachable, multidimensional beers. When we first opened in 2011, we did so with a completely manual 15 barrel system and just 30 barrels of capacity. Within the first month Fiddlehead IPA, the flagship ale, was on tap with at over 50 bars and restaurants in Vermont. With the immediate success, we quickly outgrew the 3,000 sq foot space that was split between retail and production. After the last fermenter was added in 2015, we knew we needed a bigger boat.”

Random: I’ve been wanting to try this beer for years.

The beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with a lot of pine and tangerine and grapefruit. The taste had a lot of pine and bright tangerine and tangelo. There was a touch of pine sap at the end. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again, if it ever makes its way to Jersey or PA.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0