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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPAFuzzy Baby Ducks IPA

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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 615
Avg: 4.56
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: woosterbill on 06-21-2012

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Photo of aleigator
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a big, stable head.

Offers a great, flowery lemon aroma on the nose, creating an enjoyable fruitiness from the get go. While there is not so much going on apart from the profound lemon, its multi layered richness actually convinces on its own. Truly refreshing, with a range between juicy to being crisp - very intriguing.

Has a medium, soft mouthfeel, showcasing the beers pungent citrus greatness in a very mellowed, enjoyable fashion, while revealing enough hop oomph at the same time.

Offers a citrus crispness right from the beginning, soothed by crackery malts and a fluffy aqueous quality. The malts turn a tad sweeter right before the swallow, which is neccessary to balance the fast evolving citraic bitterness, which remains utmost silk on the palate. Finishes clean and soft, with a dry, citrus fruitiness cutting through, establishing a juicy, long lasting aftertaste.

Loved this, while I find it hard to describe, as this beer is entirely focussed on its citrus hoppiness, and that is said within few words. It is perfectly put together though, especially due to its smooth mouthfeel, equiping the citrus with a softness you wouldn't be able to get from biting into an actual citrus fruit, while everything else is there. A flowery quality adds to the complexity of the citrus, keeping it interesting on the palate, while preventing it from overpowering the palate by scaling up too much lime bitterness.

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Photo of W_Des
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange that is very common of the great NE IPAs. The nose is unlike any other single hopped Citra IPA I've had having more of an earthy pine and follows with the fruitiness in the finish. The body is very refreshing with a good medium bitterness and carbonation and it finishes dry and clean.

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Photo of Tom_O
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not all it's cracked up to be but a pretty fantastic IPA none the less. The smell is what really got me. One of the best out there. It's like a floral grapefruit explosion in your sinuses rank this a step above Sea Hag and a couple steps below Gandhi Bot.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good IPA. One of the best out there? Not. I would never wait in line for this like some BAs have done on a frequent basis. It's balanced, it leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass, and it offers a myriad of citrus notes (if that's your thing). All that said, there's nothing about this beer or the brewer that makes me say, "damn, I've never tasted that before." It's been done, and done better. I like your beer NEBCO, but it's not as elusive as you make it seem!

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Photo of jhavs
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the new facility poured into snifter. Fresh. About 10 oz. pour.

A= I would call the color of this beer orange. Has a decent amount of haze and cloudiness with a fairly persistent white head. The lacing clings to the glass.

S= Tons of big tropical fruit smells including pineapple, mango, and citrus scents including rind, zest and juice from grapefruit and orange.

T= Big dank hop flavors, tons of tropical thunder, juicy as can be. Outstanding, was concerned I would be disappointed, I am not.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

O= I think it is probably worth the effort. Hope the new facility makes it easier to obtain. Great beer, meets the hype, glad I could get a growler.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Burnt orange juice. Multiple finger frothy head. Solid sticky lacing. Let's get tropical. Serious tropical nose. Distinct pineapple and other tropics. Great hop profile. Starts with a strong citrus and ends with a mildly dank bitter. Real juicy feel. Medium rare carbonation. Overall, very impressed and pleased with this beer.

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer many times... being within driving distance of NEBCO. Overall, this is one of their best offerings at the brewery. It does not come out often, but when it does, you will have to wait in long lines obtain or get lucky at a bar before it kicks within 30 minutes haha. Look of the beer is a bright yellow, smell is of pure citra hops, taste is anywhere from grapefruit to lemon to lime and so on... Overall super refreshing and light; can't help but crush a few of these pints (if available). Worth seeking out in my opinion, cheers!

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Photo of mrblonde37
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another great offering from NEBCO. Unfortunately, this disappears quite quickly, so you either have to be very lucky, or in the know in order to get a taste. Catch it when you can.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a solid IPA but I don't get the hype. Other breweries are producing similar grapefruit-y IPAs like this that are cheaper and much easier to find.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its is your typical beer Citrusy IPA in taste and smell. Mouthfeel is well carbed and very drinkable. Unfortunately this beer is overhyped. It is a very solid IPA, but I think that its score is reflective of how difficult it is to obtain this beer rather than the actual beer its self. Stick with Treehouse, Trillium, Hill Farmstead, Lawsons, and The Alchemist those are the people brewing the best hops in the world.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hype aside, it's an outstanding alone. The aroma alone sets off fire alarms in my mouth, and is something you could smell clear across the room as soon as the growler cap came off. Citrus, some earthiness, peach, and lychee fruit. Pours a very nice light orange to med gold, but lacks stellar head. Taste is pure citra; lemongrass, light melon, peach, grapefruit rind. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a 64oz growler of this on the 4th. This is right up there with all of the best IPA's. However great this beer is it is not whatsoever worth the VR'S, PROPS or any other bigger stouts guys are giving up for on here.

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Photo of brandonld23
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is by far "the" most overrated beer I have ever come across. This is the only good beer NEBC brews IMO. This should be there staple. Instead it's seahag which is a complete disappointment. Bissell brothers substance is pretty similar. Go get that it's better.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange body topped with a thick, creamy head that leaves a generous lacing.
S: Grapefruit peel, orange juice and subtle tropical notes.
T: Soft tropical fruit flavors up front with a late sticky citrus bite. Very juicy beer.
F: I have found slight variation in the feel of this beer. I have tasted it where the bitterness was subtle and other times where it was sharp and biting. This beer is at its best in the former in my opinion. The feel is still nice either way—the carb is always on point and it's always absurdly drinkable.
O: This is the beer that drives a lot of NEBCo's hype. It's not my personal favorite of their's, but I still love it. I also love that it's not always available; I think some of the character of this beer is how infrequent the releases are. It's a world-class IPA and worth the experience to chase it down.

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Photo of SteveOOO
3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is the definition of hype. Have to admit, I got swept up and traveled well out of my way just to get to a bar that had it on draft. Barely found a parking spot.

10 oz pour for an embarrassingly high price. All for a citra IPA the likes of which can be had easily from several other northeast breweries with a lot less hassle.

Not that its not great, but its not even the best IPA made by Nebco.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The Ordinary in New Haven delivered. Served slightly cool. Comes out a lovely golden color, but with minimal head or carbonation. I've had this before a few times and it's always the same case. Smell is super potent, like rubbing hops in your hand and taking a big whiff. Taste is just amazing IPA through and through. Pure Citra hop juice. The feel is what sends this beer over the top for me. It's really smooth and so damn light. I had 3 at the Ordinary before the keg kicked. Will seek out again but it is not worth the 3 hour line at the brewery.

Edit: Fixed name of the location (5/27/2015)

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury, CT
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a ridiculously cloudy, deep yellow ochre. I have never seen a beer that more closely resembled orange juice. The liquid was topped by a small, frothy, off-white crown that quickly dropped to a thin ringlet. Drops of lacing trickled along the glass.

Fragrant citrus and tropical fruit notes came through strong in the aroma. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Really crisp and bright. Super juicy. Loads of tangerine. Good dose of passionfruit and mango. A fairly intense, weed-like quality was present as well.

The flavor profile was definitely more pithy and bitter than the nose. Grapefruit dominated. Ruby red grapefruit came to mind. Slightly sweet. Loads of orange peel. Touch of tropical fruitiness. Mango was noticeable. The beer finished with an intensely bitter, white grapefruit like pithiness that lingered long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style but quite creamy. Frothy and fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine yet zippy effervescence.

Aside from this being the cloudiest IPA I have ever come across, Fuzzy Baby Ducks did not strike me as being all that unique or memorable. Although this is definitely a well crafted beer, I doubt that I would go to great lengths to procure it again.

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Photo of abuono
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours Hazy orange. Taste follows the nose- what you would expect from citra. Lots of citrus upfront balanced by some pine+bitter at the end. So drinkable. Would drink on a boat with a goat wearing a coat.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy pale yellow minimal white head and lacing
S: one of the juiciest smelling beers. Tons of citrus almost like orange juice followed by some great hop/pine aroma
T: follows the nose very well tons of citrus up front very smooth and easy to drink but then has a great hoppy/pine end with amazing aftertaste
F: good Mouthfeel, not sticky but feels a little thin and watery

O: Definitely one of my top 5 ipas. Very hard to get but a delicious beer

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Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, beautiful golden brew, topped by a white head with great retention.

Citra hops are clearly the entire show here, and they are as well represented in this beer as in just about any other. The dank and juicy hops are translated better to the palate than the nose.

Crisp and lively feel; eminently drinkable.

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Photo of JGLittle
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

64oz growler filled 2.20.15- Nice Nose, Citra all day. Very nice. Have been looking for this one for a while. Good to cross off the list. Don't need to chase it anymore but would happily drink more.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is definitely the most over-hyped IPA I have ever had.

I am grateful that I did not have to stand in line for two hours for a growler fill of this beer.

Fuzzy Baby Ducks looks great and smells great, but fails to deliver on flavor. It is a pretty basic and straightforward Citra IPA that drinks easy and finishes with more of a west coast bitter than a clean east coast ending.

Back in the day, I could see how the locals saw this as an amazing beer, but in the current state of craft beer, you could find shelf beers that surpass this brew.

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - A punch of citra hops to the face—orange, grapefruit and pineapple most notable in the nose, but also some slight notes of acetic/funk presumedly from the yeast.

Appearance - Hazy yellow/straw color with a loose white head. Impresive from a growler!

Flavor - Palette is full of juicy orange and tropical fruit notes. Surprisingly low bitterness, no lingering sweetness and occasional appearances of a wheat or buttery malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low bodied with a bit of an effervescence. Some hop bitterness with no lingering astringency.

Overall - A citra hophead’s dream come true, this unapologetic IPA has some other subtle nuances that make it unique.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden body with a decent white head. Smell bursts with citrus right away. Very inviting. Taste starts strong with grapefruit juice, orange peel, and maybe even pineapple and then shifts toward bitter pine resin on the finish. Slick mouthfeel with a west coast style body. Really nice IPA that is crushable and flavorful.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Strong tasty hops on the nose with an overall sweet IPA. Finish dies off pretty quickly, but that doesn't take away what a great beer this is.

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.