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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 559
Avg: 4.57
pDev: 29.1%
Wants: 1,177
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

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 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

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 JSweens
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Simply one of the best. If your looking for the juiciest hoppiest IPA out there, this isn't it. If your looking for a PERFECTLY BALANCED IPA, this is the one. The backbone to NEBCOs brews is a force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Prime 16 in New Haven.

Poured a vibrant yellow, just an awesome, perfect color for an IPA. Slightly hazy with a 1 finger white head. Really good lacing on this beer all the way through til the end.

What a treat for the nose! Big citrus aroma, orange comes out big here. Didn't focus on smell too much because I was too excited for the taste.

Perfection. Crisp, clean, refreshing, this is what every IPA should taste like. Big citrus up front (much like heady) grapefruits and orange dominate the taste but the malts are there as well. The bitterness factor is perfect! Not too bitter but just enough of a hop bite that an IPA should have.
Citra hops > anything, wish I could have given the taste a 6.

Mouthfeel is right in line with the best of them. Most drinkable beer I've ever had, could easily have 4-5 glasses of this on a nice summer day. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, perfect for an IPA.

Overall NEBCO really proved how great their brewers are with this beer. Fuzzy Baby Ducks can go toe to toe with any IPA in the world and there will be few, if any, that are better. Loved every second of drinking this and we can only hope it is brewed again next year. Call me bias, a local front runner, whatever you want, but this is just perfection in a glass.

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Photo of ScottieD
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an amazing single hop Citra. Just about perfect in every sense. An intoxicating aroma of citra greets the nose, and the taste does not disappoint. Just juicy goodness that should be sought out by any IPA lover.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a soupy peach-juice color. Off-white bubbles create a cool film atop the brew. Completely murky. Looks like some sort of fruit juice. Impressed by its complete lack of clarity.

S-Wow. One of the juiciest, fruitiest citrus noses I have ever laid schnoz to. Unbelievably ripe and juice-laden. Tropical fruits galore. Even some banana aroma. Thank you Citra hop. Smooth malt of bread and biscuit. Like a muffin with oranges in it.

T-Phenomenal. Like a deliciously bitter orange juice. Tons of grassiness loop around the intense citrus waves. Tropical fruitiness is deep and complex. Perfect amount of bitterness. Long lasting aftertaste. The hoppiness is impeccable.

M-Ripe and juicy. Mellow carbonation. Bitterness that refuses to leave. The body is full and nearly chewy. Grapefruit juice feel. The body is only outdone by the taste.

O/D-This could be the best by NEBCO so far. A lot like Galaxy Pale but the differences between the Galaxy hop and the Citra hop are clearly defined. NEBCO absolutely kills hoppy beers. This is one of the best non-imperial IPAs I have ever had. Hell, its up there with some of the best imperials I have had too. The Citra hop has been mastered here. I can't stop giving NEBCO's beers super-high reviews because their beers are consistently out of this world.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden , small head , which lasts throughout.
The smell of the Citra knocks me out! Fantastic.
The flavor , much like the smell is incredibly citrusy , grapefruit rind, lemony, grassy with just enough malt for the hops to launch off. I don't want to put the glass down.... I want to inhale whenever I'm not sipping. Mouthfeel medium-low , kind of exactly right with perfect carbonation.
Drinkability is off the charts. When this went on tap at my local place, I was there three nights in a row until it kicked.
They now refer to me as the Fuzzy Baby Duck Guy.
Nicely done , NEB !

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Photo of abuono
4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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 MikeM417
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fuzzy Baby Ducks is with out a doubt one of the best single hop IPA's out there. Only a handful of beers can match the smell and look of the ducks. The ones that do, are the beers I seek out. World Class.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been a long wait to try FBD and it is everything I had hoped. Pour that is cloudy gold with spotty white lace that sticks around for the whole glass. Smell really aggressive citrus and some floral. Taste is grapefruit, lemon peel, orange with a bit of grass toward the end of the sip. Feel is creamy with a medium carb and a good body than fully coats mouth leaving a semi dry finish.

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Photo of Hendry
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Out of the blue April release from NEBCO to the delight of their customers: a million thanks to Smutty for braving the lines and for the fresh growler filled 4/16/14 and arrived/consumed 4/18/14.

Gorgeous cloudy apricot pour (there is nothing like the look of an unfiltered IPA), generous two finger Navajo white head that recedes to a nice cap with lacing abound in the Lawson's tulip. Great start.

Aroma is quite juicy and hop forward. My nose picks up clementines and peaches with a nice sweetness about it that faintly resembles a freshly baked cinnamon bun with icing.

Flavors are very juicy as well, with a big pleasant hop blast to the palate without ever becoming overbearing, the flavors linger and you don't want them to go away. As it warms it becomes notably more peachy, and the alcohol is masterfully hidden with just the right abv for the hops to play center stage in the flavor zone.

This is an excellent example of an East Coast style that has been popularized over the last couple of years, and delivers everything I love about a cloudy unfiltered IPA. Outstanding use of the Citra hop, tremendous aroma,taste and mouthfeel, Fuzzy Baby Ducks is a Grand Slam and comes highly recommended by Hendry.

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Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very hazy golden-orange color, with a small white head.

S: Wonderful juicy, tropical aroma I've come to expect with Citra hops. Loads of citrus fruits, pineapple, and mangos. Sweet sweet nectar.

T: Outstading! Very tropical and citrusy, with a slight bitterness, gets better with every sip. Fruity and refreshing.

M: Very light, with minimal carbonation.

O: Tasty and refreshing, NEB did a great job. Really good, refreshing and smooth IPA, This beer is Quacktastic!

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Photo of brandonld23
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Pahn
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64oz growler into Duvel tulip. Filled this afternoon; beer was released yesterday.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving thick webs of lacing. Pours an opaque light orange that seems to glow yellow. I love this look in an IPA; when I see a picture online of an opaque, nectary IPA like this, I want it to be in a glass in front of me, immediately.

Smell: Citra in all its glory. The aroma of this beer promises an answer as to why beer geeks lust after Citra hop-forward beer. Powerful citrus (somewhere between lime and orange), highlighted by numerous tropical fruit notes with some weed/onion underneath. Biscuit backdrop from the malt provides less balance than mild counterpoint to the huge hop aroma; more of a bonus than anything else.

Pushing a 5.0. Stays powerful and good throughout.

Taste: Straightforward and delicious: citrusy, fruity hops up front quickly deepening with some pungent weed/onion influence, leading to a hit of healthy bitterness that's complemented by a slight toasty malt element. Gets really succulent and resinous, then finishes dry, with a hop aftertaste that changes as it lasts (melon, mysterious tropical fruits, the smell of greenhouses).

With time, the hop flavors open up even further. Citrus remains strong, and the mild weed/onion (more weed) undertone is a constant as well, but a wide range of unexpected and good fruity hop flavors emerge as the beer warms. This beer gives a full display of the potential of Citra hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slightly juicy, but more succulent. Perfect bitterness (above average without being overdone; keeps things crisp). Moderate carbonation. Perfectly dry (solid dryness, but not bone dry).

Overall: This is just a perfect IPA. I'm tempted to make it my first all 5 beer (the aroma could be slightly more complex and pungent, and the look could have a bit better lacing).

If I could forgo drinking every other beer and just have a pint (or two, or more) of this each day for the rest of this record-breakingly hot summer, I would. It is excellent, and exactly what I want to drink in hot weather.

Note, while this review may sound like drunken exuberance, I have only had 1 glass... however, it will be a serious exercise in willpower not to kill the whole growler tonight.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Eli's for the tasting. Pumped to try this one after destroying back at the gym and a nice 2 mile 6 min 30 sec average run. Prepping for a backyard Olympics competition with oldcrustacean (3 rounds 5 minutes a piece in the ring, 3 tennis sets, bench/dead lift/squat competition). I had a nice chat with Rob the NEBC owner while enjoying this one. They are really killing it. Hazy orange body with a nice head and sticky lacing that hangs around. The smell is citrusy tropical hops. This beer is bitter but the tropical notes balance it out beautifully. Goes down so smooth... I thought it had a much lower ABV. Between this beer, the new sea hag formula, galaxy, ghandi bot, imperial stout trooper, and gold stock, this is one of my top breweries.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a hill farmstead tulip, from a big growler, with a very thin head. Beautiful orange hue. Head goes away quickly. It smells amazing, even as I'm pouring it. Very bright citus nose, smells very sweet, too. Grapefruit, orange, some tropical fruits, all the good stuff. Taste follows the nose. So much citra goodness and just a tad bitter to offset some original sweetness upfront. Some floral character in there, as well. Lightly carbonated and thin, goes down easy. Leaves a slight bitter citrus on the tongue after that is just great. This is a very good beer. Reminiscent of some great pale ales. Zombie dust, psuedosue. I could drink a lot more of this.

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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.

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

I was fortunate enough to score several growlers of FBD this holiday season. I'm not sure what to say about this brew; all I want to do is gush. It looks and smells beautiful. The flavor is centered around the hops but remains completely balanced. This is without a doubt the best and most drinkable IPA I have ever had. It has, in many ways, ruined me, because I think about it constantly and wish I had more, but this is the only bad thing to say about it.

The best my kitchen has ever smelled was when I was rinsing the growlers.

If you hear about an appearance by the Ducks you should be sprinting to NEBCo.

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Photo of JGLittle
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 mrblonde37
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
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 BranfordBound
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Taylor8189
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on cask from a local bar.

A- It's awesome. The beer is golden yellow can't even see through the other side. Frothy white head that basically never goes away.

S- The smell is awesome, hops, grapefruit more than anything. Gives you an idea of whats to come.

T- Taste is fantastic, grapefruit takes over here. I think the cask makes some of the malts stick out a bit more as well unless thats just how this beer is. I've never had it any other way than today, from a cask.

M- Feel is perfect. Very drinkable but still holds a nice body to it.

Overall, this beer is fantastic. All of the great elements of an IPA are there. I only wish i could find this in a bottle or regular tap so i can compare it to itself on cask.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could this be one of the best brews ever? Had tons of the initial release, and couldn't wait for it to be brewed again. Had this on tap at New York Pizza in Plainfield. Brought to me in a pint glass, straight from the keg. Here we go.

Appearance: Fuzzy Baby Ducks arrives to the table a Cloudy, almost dull, watered down orange juice color. About a finger of dense bright white foam capped this beer off. Awesome head retention. Plenty of thick lace was left sticking to the glass throughout the whole experience.

Smell: Heavy hops up front, and plenty of them. Faint woody notes. Citrus and pine. Sweet malt is there, but is beaten down by the hops. Very pleasant nose. My discription just doesn't do it justice.

Taste: Hops definitely rule this beer! Citrus fruit and pine really shine in this brew. Sweet , somewhat grainy malt background tries to stand up to the juicy hops, but again the hops rule. Bitter hop bit and dry finish. Can't get enough of this brew!

Mouthfeel: Dry , super slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: NEBCO hits it out of the park again. Awesome drinkability, and great hop flavor.

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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

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
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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