Second Fiddle by Fiddlehead

Second Fiddle by Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Tasting: May 17, 2015
Style: Double IPA
Beer #: 745
ABV: 8.2%

Second Fiddle

The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest Liquids have long been held as the triumvirate of the Vermont beer scene. Craft beer pilgrims snatch up their beer as quick as these brewers can make it. Heady Topper from The Alchemist is widely considered the world’s best beer, however there are those that shun its popularity in favor of touting their own regional IPA (see Green Diamonds, Hop, Drop & Roll, 077XX, Yellow Rose and Dinner). I’m a little guilty too as recently I did a side by side comparison between Heady Topper and Lawson’s Sip Of Sunshine only to call it SOS by a nose. Second Fiddle by fellow Vermont brewer, Fiddlehead Brewing Company elicits the same type of comparison. Here again, it’s not hard to find those that prefer Second Fiddle over Heady Topper.

As with any IPA – freshness is key and this sixteen ounce can of Second Fiddle was packaged fifteen days ago. Like its Vermont cousins, Second Fiddle has huge aromatic hops. Wonderful fresh dank vegetive flavor and discernible resin quality. The hop bitterness certainly pales in comparison to Heady Topper or Sip of Sunshine but Second Fiddle’s hop presentation is a mellow grapefruit. I can see why people prefer Second Fiddle. While Fiddlehead’s Second Fiddle is delicious and entirely drinkable, I can’t put it past Heady Topper or Sip of Sunshine. All in all Fiddlehead’s offering gets an easy 95 points from me.

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