Being that the weather suddenly became summer like I headed to the store for IPAs. After my questionable experience with Fiddler's Ale a while back I grabbed their IPA only because it was on sale. I hoped for the best but got what I was expecting. Granted I tried this along with Bell's - Two Hearted Ale and Stone - Ruination I.P.A., which were two of the best IPAs I have ever had, I just thought Fiddler's did not cut it.
Fiddler's IPA poured a golden amber with an a head that did not have much in the way of retention.
The aroma was sour and slightly hoppy. There was not much of the expected floral hoppyness that I was expecting and I was really surprised by the sour notes.
The flavor was also just odd and metallic. The flavor of the hops was just flat. If I were to have tried this blind I would have never guessed this was an IPA and probably have thought it was a lager. The beer tasted bready as there appeared to be lager yeast flavors. This IPA was also a little bit sour and finished with a metallic aftertaste.
I did enjoy the good amount of carbonation and the smooth texture of the beer.
As a beer, the problem I had with this was the aftertaste. This was a decent "beer" until the end. The finish was bitter but it was not from the hops. The aftertaste was metalic, noticable and reuined this otherwise OK beer. As an "IPA", this was just not a good example especially considering what I tried along with this.