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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: 1,175
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a gorwler into a plain tumbler pint glass at Durge's.

A: Poured a very hazy, bright yellow color with a two-finger head of frothy, white foam which hung around for most of the brew, leaving some decent lacing.

S: Lots of complex, fruity and funky hop resins; grapefruit rind, a little catty, lemograss and herbal with flashes of peppery, skunk sweat.

T: Big, brash and citrusy palate wrecked by an onslaught of highly acidic hop resins. Loads of sweet, bright, lemony flavors leap forward with very herbal and bitter hop flavors. A slight malt sweetness tries to cut the palate but this brew washes back with a slightly boozy, sharp and fresh hop whallop.

M: Medium-full bodied IPA with lots of sticky hop resins, although the almost wheat-cracker malts keep things crisp and in somewhat of a balance.

O: The 6.2% ABV is not necessarily a killer but the IBUs will surely inhibit your palate for a while. Calling Fuzzy Baby Ducks "one-dimensional" almost sounds like an insult, but I'll say it with the best intentions. Like they took Alpha Weizen and bred it with Sea Hag, this IPA is the bright, crushing IPA for summer that citrusy hopheads are longing for.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a straw color with hues of orange coming through as well. a 2 finger foamy white head forms and has good retention. huge amounts of haze and cloudiness to it. completely opaque.

Smell: huge amounts of fruitiness. ranging from passionfruit to grapefruit and orange. quite a bit of resinous bitterness too. slight grainy/malty sweetness.

Taste: opens up with juicy and fruity notes. passionfruit, mango and citrus. after the juicy start things become a bit more resinous and almost spicy to piney. after all the hops a very slight bready malt comes through. no crystal-like sweetness, just a light sweetness to balance all the hops.

Mouthfeel: lighter and refreshing. lingering bitter and hop resin. strong drinkability.

Overall: clearly an extremely well done IPA. amazing range of taste from the Citra, I wouldn't have guessed that this was a single hop. Easily a top tier IPA but there are others out there that I would prefer to this and are easier to get.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Roguer
4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
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 rodmanfor3
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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 PHBoiler
4.37/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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!

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Photo of davey101
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Winchester, right across the street from NEBCO in the presence of some awesome BA's. Standard pour into a pint glass. Review coming from some notes I took on my phone...hey, ticks a tick!

A - Bright orange hazy body. Small off white head. Not super impressive.

S - Strong citra presence. Orange juice, tropical fruit, grapefruit, lemon and some lightly dank onion. Super juicy fruits with a touch of bready malts.

T - The fruit is all over the place. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemons and limes, papaya, etc. Theres a bit of a grassy and danky onion presence. This is all smoothed out on the finish by some biscuity malt. Finishes dry and bitter with lasting citrus juice flavors. Really refreshing with tons of citrus hop flavors, drinks way too easily. Medium mouth feel.

O - I missed my chance of getting a growler of this, so I was stoked to get to try this on tap. Amazing beer that really highlights the citra hop variety. I hope this gets brewed again next year!

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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.

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Photo of pjs234
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got my growler filled today at the brewery. Day two of the beer's existence.

A - It pours a very murky yellow/orange. Very little head, as just a few bubbles rise to the surface.

S - Smells great. A ton of hoppy citrus aromas. Just a truly great smelling IPA.

T - Taste very much follows the smell. Lots of citrus flavors, hop bitterness. The bitterness is really at a nice level, not too over the top, but just right and it lasts a while.

M - A little on the thin side. Also, it lacks a bit in the carbonation department.

O - Love this IPA. Sounds like it is only going to be brewed once a year, which is too bad. Would love to see this available more often. Would also be great if this was bottled.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden to orange body with straw colored hues beneath the foamy, pure white head, resembling a fuzzy baby duck.

What an amazing nose! Tons of hops, pine, floral, and citrus. The pine and woodnotes are tremendous with grass and possibly peaches, and maybe even apricot.

The flavor is equally awesome with puckering and tangy hops resembling sweet citrus, as well as fresh cut wood with more pine and grass. There is actually a hint of faint bready malt here as well.

Lighter to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation and a just plain awesome sticky, pungent, hoppy finish.

Wow, is this beer good. Awesome stuff. Great flavors and aroma, so fresh and so clean.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler from NebCo. Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. The nose is a big whiff of tropical fruits. Pineapple, guava, mango, orange and a hint of lemon. The taste mirrors the aroma. Juicy tropical fruits with some lightly toasted malts. Mango, guava, sweet grapefruit, tangerine and light lemon. Some piney hop notes at the finish along with some sweet grapefruit. Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Very drinkable with not much of an alcohol presence. Dry. Overall, amazing IPA.

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Photo of Duff27
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Inch tall white head on a dull orange body. Head recedes to a cap and collar. Sticky step lacing.

Smell it through the bag baby! Big citrus notes noticed from a couple feet away.

Orange/slight lemon taste upfront. Big time bitterness on the tail end of each sip. Would guess around 7%abv

Medium mouthfeel, medium yet biting carbonation.

One of the better IPAs I've had in a long time. Could drink a lot of this. Thanks woosterbill!

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of ChrisInBaltimore
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Drank from a 10 day old growler picked up on a trade in CT this past weekend (Thanks Brian!). This is a really great IPA. Amazing fruity/ floral aroma and wonderfully balanced, fruity, hoppy taste. I think it just loses a little (just a tad) on the finish. Very wonderful beer, but maybe not quite worth it for how hard it is to obain. I actually like Gandhi Bot a little better. (note, I have been drinking Dinner and Treehouse Haze the past few days, so my palette has some major competition). Definitely worth drinking if you can get it and maybe the best 6.2% abv IPA I have had.

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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