Fiddlehead Imperial IPA

Review Date 6/7/2024 By John Staradumsky


I sure do love Fiddleheads beers! Yes I do! The wonderful IPA, then the double IPA, what is that one called? I was sure I couldn’t remember. I was browsing on Half Time’s website for some beers to buy and oh yeah, there it was. Fiddlehead Imperial IPA. And in stovepipe cans, too! I tossed one in my cart, of course.

Then it came time to drink it, and I went to check it in on Untappd. Hey wait! Untappd said I hadn’t had this beer before! What’s up with that? Indeed it was true, the beer I thought this was was actually Fiddlehead Second Fiddle Double IPA. Turns out, Fiddlehead has two Imperial/Double IPAs, which are really the same style folks, but hey, they’re a little different. Fiddlehead Imperial IPA has an alcohol content of 9% by volume for starters, as opposed to Second Fiddle’s 8.2% ABV.

From the can label:

This one is for you Fern Believers. The taste profile you love From our Fiddlehead IPA but with much more swagger.

Our Imperial IPA brings the approachability of our beloved Fiddlehead IPA and its signature hoppiness in a stronger format. Bright, citrusy and piney with a well-balanced delivery.

Fiddlehead Imperial IPA was an insanely good deal at just $3.99 for the 19.2 ounce can. My can was packaged on 01/24/2024.

Fiddlehead Imperial IPA pours to a hazy orange amber color with a thick fluffy white head and a nose of bright citrus and potent resiny pine. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body, fuller than today’s examples of the style offer. It’s very juicy up front with a hint of tropical mango but more juicy citrus. All that segues into lush resiny pine and a lingering bitter finish.

I love it. Please sir, may I have some more?

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned