Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPAFuzzy Baby Ducks IPA

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 1,122
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 06-21-2012

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | 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)

Photo of SteveOOO
3.88/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of Moneypenny
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like man sweat. Tastes like swamp water and dirty diapers. Brilliant!

Photo of Stevedore
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler filled in late November. Thanks Matt. Poured into a stemmed glass 12/5/2014.

A- Cloudy, hazy, misty- you get the idea- straw yellow-orange body. Again, very cloudy. Looks like a Hill Farmstead IPA. Appropriately sized two finger white head with good retention time and plenty of lacing. Looks good. [4.5]

S- This beer has an extremely impressive nose. Intense passion fruit, grapefruit and oranges- the unmistakable aroma of Citra which seems to be overdone in brewing these days yet the Citra shines so well here. Just enough grainy pale malt sweetness to balance out the resinous nature of the hops. Ridiculously lush, fresh and juicy. [5]

F- Grapefruit, passion fruit, mango. Tastes juicy and rich. The pale malt stands out of the way the entire time, just enough to keep the hops from being overwhelming. A very nice citrusy and grassy bitterness on the backend that really cleans up the palate and sticks around for a while. This is really tasty. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, soft, perfectly carbonated, smooth and incredibly crushable. The grassy bitterness provides a great balance without getting in the way of drinking this beer. This is very drinkable, no doubt about that. [4.5]

O- One of the best Citra IPAs I've ever had. Overall in terms of IPAs I definitely have a preference for Tree House Julius, especially since FBD has been such a pain to get. But this is definitely worth seeking out. One of these days I'll be able to do this side-by-side with fresh pseudoSue, a beer that this one reminds me of. [4.5]

Final score: 4.60

Photo of BroMcChuggington
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

It's a fantastic beer. Can't give it the full 5 because there are a few beers I prefer slightly more ( THB C-9/Julius, Nebco Ten-er #11). Only had to wait ~75 minutes! Love me some citra hops.

On second taste, I had to adjust my rating down. The reason is I do not care for much malt flavor, and there's some malt action going down on my tongue that kind of distracts me from the rest of the flavorbomb.

Photo of SadMachine
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 1/6/14

A- A massive plume of white foam sits atop a hazy orange/hay-colored body. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

S- The aroma is an initial burst of tropical fruit, especially passion fruit and mango, along with pineapple, followed by lots of citrus. Tangerine and lemon mainly, with some grapefruit as well. Some pine and bready/caramelly malt are also detected. A wonderful aroma!

T- The flavor opens with a lot of the tropical fruit, but that is ushered away by moderately bitter citrus and pine, and then finishes with clean, crisp cracker-like bready malt. This is very well balanced, but I wish the flavors melded a bit more rather than having such a clear cut progression from one to the next. It should be noted that this growler was over 2-weeks old, so it may have suffered slightly from that.

M- The mouth feel is medium, with not much carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O- This may have been negatively effected by the 2+ weeks it spent in the growler, but if so then this beer is truly world class! Some minor flaws such as less of the hop flavors and carbonation can likely be linked to that. Still an outstanding beer!

Photo of ale2thechief
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stopped by j. Timothy's for a few Ducks. Excellent pout into tulip glass. Nice smooth flavor. Better than Gandhi in my opinion.

Photo of QuentinCall
2.82/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Genuinely surprised by this one -- thin, brackish and completely unimpressive.

Photo of thecheapies
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wittyname again! Growler to pint.

Pours a very hazy soap-amber color with a humble topper of white foam. It almost looks a little soapy. However, it does look damn refreshing!

I smell pitted fruits, citrus, and floral hops. Fresh apricot, dried mango, tangerine, and guava. All of this touched by a rather delicate ale yeast that sweetens the aroma with the smell of oily nut flesh. Malts are candid and quite pale. Some sugar cookie mixed in here. Delectable.

Nice acidic twang of hoppy bitterness upfront, but it cleans up quick and finishes with tropical fruits and attenuated citrus. Guava, tangerine, lemon zest, and papaya make up the fruitiness. Floral notes bounce around. Much drier than the aroma would let on. Very clean and zippy. Absolutely refreshing, too. Super-smooth body accented by some sparkling side-mouth effervescence. Sugar cookie from the nose turned into wine cracker in the flavor. Very pale malts with very little wort sugar to spare. Implied sweetness comes from the fruity hops. Dreamably drinkable. A one-after-another kind of beer.

This is a fantastic IPA. So happy to have been gifted a full growler of this stuff to enjoy during a trying work week. Cheers!

Photo of bnewall3
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I dont review many beer but this one I had to. This is a non biased opinion even though they are my favorite brewery and easily the best in CT, if not New England. I was also the first person to receive a growler of this!(or so I was told, thought that was cool)

The look of this beer is just a glowing yellow that is mouthwatering.

The smell is pure citra. From grapefruit to lemon, grass, and lime its perfect

The taste is worth saying its the best citra IPA ive had. I run a liquor store and couldn't resist sampling this to customers out of my growler who were worthy of having this. It is so refreshing and light, but full bodied and perfect at the same time. I could drink this beer in the middle of winter, or on the hottest day of the year, which happened to be the day I got it.

Overall I wish this beer was bottled and year round, but I know they cant get the citra hops year round because of the small size of the brewery. Although this will be an awesome treat once a year.

NEBCO just does things with hops/beer i'll never understand and frankly dont care to as long as they keep doing it. I would put this beer up against any across the country anyday. a 10 out of 10 to me, love everything NEBCO does, please dont ever change.

10 out of 10...CHEERS

Photo of Nova1000
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Given to me via fresh growler from the brewery. Not much to say other than the best ipa I've ever had and I've had most of the heavy hitters.

Photo of mushrooms
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

batch 3, 32oz growler filled Saturday, 12/21/13. Consumed Tuesday, 12/24/13.

A - Vibrant orange-reddish hazy body with a couple finger of off-white head. Drops absolutely enormous amounts of lacing all over the glass behind it - the greatest lacing I've ever seen from a beer, bar none.

S - Pine is the first thing that hits the nose, followed by tropical fruit: guava, mango, stonefruit. Bitter orange and lemon as it opens up. Little bits of weed/cat pee. Biscuity malt very noticeable in nose - this is different than prior batch. Pretty unbelievably amazing.

T - Piney and resiny, not normally something I get from Citra. Middle of the flavor is grapefruit, followed by a wonderful fading out of amazing tropical fruit, including a lot of passionfruit and mango. Delicious. Mouth feels "fuzzy" - I imagine this is the genesis of the name. Again, very noticeable biscuity malt. Almost tastes like it has a blonde ale behind it rather than a pale base, there's a lot of malt flavor but not thick or sweet, just flavor.

M - Light and thinner than I'd like. Plenty carbonated. Incredibly crooshable. No cloying sweetness or ashy bitterness left behind, just happiness. Could probably drink a gallon and a half of this in a night easily, and that's not an exaggeration.

O - The King Stay The King.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Bright citrus. Orange. Pithy grapefruit. Grainy cracker malt.

Taste - Orange-y. Very grainy. Slightly toasty. Grapefruit is intense. Builds to a sharp bitterness. A little resiny.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium light body. Crisp.

Overall - Excellent. Drinkable and pleasantly hoppy.

Photo of drinker36
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being an IPA addict and after having read the reviews I drove about an hour to the brewery and picked up a few growlers. Shocked and impressed that NEBco fills a 64oz growler of this stuff for $10. Bravo. And feel free to charge me $15-$18 next time.

Bullet points:

This beer has one of the best smells of any of the ipa's i've tried.

It looks awesome too - golden with lacy, white head.

Tastes good, light and refreshing... and with a mid range abv, it's close to a sessionable beer. It's a little more bitter than I would like, but balanced as other reviewers have said.

Final Judgement:

Fuzzy Baby Ducks is a great IPA. You'd be a quack not to try it if given the chance, but don't "fly" too far south or north to get some... instead buy some of their canned DIPA (Gahndi Bot) or do a trade. It's as good or better. And we can always hope they can or bottle this stuff because the label would be top 10.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New batch from the new place

A) Nice slightly cloudy orange. Foamy head that quickly dissipates.

S) Citrus and floral notes.

T) Love this! Peach, Mango for the sweeteness and it is followed up with some pithy grapefruit zest. Outstanding.

M) Medium carbonation

O) Excellent beer that I wish was brewed more often!

Photo of Tbone2131
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, it lives up to all the hype!

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

To me, this is the ever-elusive NEBCo. offering. Gandhi is great, but it's available relatively regularly. This is the beer that had me thinking NEBCo. could give Hill a run for their money, based on the reviews anyway. As such, I and many others opted to wait for around an hour for a portion of their final keg this December. At $10/2L growler, they've already got Hill beat by far. I must admit I come into this review with Susan in mind, which is my second highest review (4.99) and comes in at $16/2L. I judge this a fair comparison considering their close proximity in ratings and geography.

A: Pale yellow/orange, filtered. Very nice.

S: Hoppy & citrusy, as expected. Lives up to the hype and then some.

T: And the pièce de résistance. Much more bitter than I had expected, not too much so however. The citrus for me comes after the upfront bitterness that is floral and not citrusy. The citrus is significant yet more subdued than I had expected. Not quite as citrus-forward or balanced as Susan. However, still spectacular.

M: Spot-on for an AIPA.

O: Well, although I must admit I'd take Susan over Fuzzy here, this brew is still undoubtedly among if not ahead of NEBCo and Connecticut's best. And, for that alone, they should be immensely proud. I never thought I'd see Hill-esque lines for beer in my home state but I sure enough did. And it was largely because of this beer. If you can get your hands on it, seize the opportunity. Going to savor the 2L I have.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has been a looong time want. Thanks to stillmatic2232, I get half a growler of it!

Any worries that the growler didn't travel well are dissolved by the pour. Pours a hazy, almost opaque orange, with a 3 inch head. Not much lacing in the glass.

Smells like bright citrus flavors (orange + grapefruit, mainly) with some underlying cattiness.

The taste is pretty similar. This tastes pretty similar to most Citra-hopped beers, but escapes most of the pitfalls of single hopped Citra beers. There is a sort of underlying cattiness that I find hard to describe (I will not describe it as cat pee, because I have never drank cat pee). It's more of an earthy cattiness, or something. As the beer warms, the citrus flavors become even brighter- juicy oranges and grapefruits, a little bit of pineapple. The bitterness is mild, but it lingers in your mouth during the whole session. This one gets better the more you drink of it.

Crisp, but slightly sticky mouthfeel. This beer coats your mouth and sticks around. Low carbonation. Very drinkable. The body is light, but almost fluffy in a way. The body and mouthfeel of this beer is possibly it's biggest strength, and it's nearly perfect. At 6%, this is a relatively low ABV IPA- it drinks so easy, with such huge flavor.

This is, unsurprisingly, a great IPA. The dirty cattiness is more noticeable before the beer warms up a bit, and detracts slightly, keeping it from being the perfect IPA. That being said, despite that, this is one hell of a beer.

Photo of garylite
3.32/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So is this a 100 pt rated beer because those that reviewed it as such have never had Zombie Dust, Perpetual, HF Citra. Do the ratings on this site drill down to specific hop categories. IE. Is this reviewed as a 100 pt IPA or a 100 pt Citra hop IPA. Either way I am missing the point. Really good beer for sure. 100 pt really good beer. Not so much.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally! Ending 2013 with an amazing brew...
on tap at coalouse in Stamford, ct. Poured into pils glass. Murky Orange with a bit of white head and tons of sticky lacing. Cant tell you how much I love a murky beer...
Huuuge pine and citrus fruit hop aromas...crisp malty notes as well. Taste is just domination of hops..lots of lemony citrus and a bit of sweet can do hop up front but finishes with a big bitter pine. Really nice balance...some slight biscuit flavor works really well. So much flavor its insane. The mouthfeel is a bit bitter but still amazing. Overall this truly is a fantastic IPA...one of the best I've ever had. im not usually a bitter ipa guy but this just works so well...I'm already back on the hunt for this again.

Photo of jpdubb
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best I've ever had. Thank you NEBCO

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Andrew - thanks. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a thin (1/4") white head which fades to a cap and leaves some spotty lace.

N: Floral and fruity tropical and citrus (grapefruit and orange), faint peaches.

T: Juicy tropical fruits and citrus overtones. Well balanced.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation (growler). Finishes sticky and dare I say soft and fuzzy.

T: A treat and very enjoyable. One day on tap, I can hope.

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

Love this beer!NEBCO always has great beers but this is one their best

Photo of brianlapointe
5/5  rDev +9.4%

best nose i have ever had hands down but its too rare!!!! this stuff is top 5 beers ive ever had

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.