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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 560
Avg: 4.57
pDev: 29.1%
Wants: 1,182
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 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.

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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 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 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!

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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 Durge
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very cloudy weak tea colored IPA with a decent white fuzz on top (quite appropriately) and generous lacing to follow. The aroma brings intense citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, whatever, it’s there in spades almost to a sweet tart conclusion but it includes a little bready grain to give a touch of balance perhaps. I love it. The flavor is “grab your tongue”, Hop Stoopid bitter with the continued hop theme along with a grainy suggestion. This stuff is near mid-bodied but the tiny, brisk carbonation gives it a very lively, summer refreshment feel. It’s pretty intense and the flavor settles into a fruit syrup bite that still carries the grain goodness underneath the hop attack. Man I hope NEB sticks with this one. Sea Hag is a pleasant IPA that I’ll always like, but this moves up there with Stowaway as one of my favorite new IPA’s! Bravo Rob!

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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 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 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 woosterbill
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery, poured into a NEBCO pint glass.

A: Cloudy, clearly unfiltered pale orange body with a significant amount of hop particulates floating around beneath a 1/2" head of fine tan foam that quickly fades into oblivion. Not exactly pretty. Matt claimed that this particular log was filled from the bottom of the brite tank and was therefore not a fair representation of how the beer typically looks, but I've got to review what's in my glass and what's in my glass is ugly.

S: Who cares about appearance? This smells INCREDIBLE. Pure, heady Citra goodness. Fruity as hell (grapefruit, mango, grape) and terrifically resinous. If you love dank hops, you'll love this.

T: Follows the nose. Rich, delicious, powerful hoppiness. Fruity up front, oily and resinous in the middle, and cleanly bitter on the finish. Not a hint of malt, and yet somehow the hops don't get oppressively bitter. It's both drinkable and intense at the same time. Perfection.

M: Soft, frothy, medium-bodied. Perhaps a bit too airy, but really nice.

O: What a terrific beer! Obviously it helps to get it the day it was conditioned, but I expect it will remain a truly delicious hop bomb for a while. It reminded me of the awesome IPAs from Willibrew - hideous to behold, but magical to taste. I can't wait to go into a beer bar and tell the bartender "Give me a glass full of Fuzzy Baby Ducks, please." You should, too.


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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 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

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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.

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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 DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 day old growler...

Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden color. Fluffy white head leaves thick rings behind

Smell is of a Citra esque cat pee and tropical fruits.

Taste is bitter with that sharp Citra taste (I don't even know if Citra is used, but it sure seems like it to me) followed by some exoctic tropical fruits. Very dank.

It is a relatively dry IPA. It coats the mouth and leaves you wanting more!

This beer is fantastic! Been waiting to tick this for 2ish years, so glad I got the chance!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Sarge3130
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Black Friday bottle share poured from 64oz growler into Iron abbey tulip. Nose is tropical citrus fruits and soft pine. Taste is citrus followed by a heavy bitter orange pith taste. Overall really tasty IPA. Worth trading for, ehhh....

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

A: cloudy - unfiltered; golden yellow - SRM 7-8: 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: pine and tropical fruit; no malt characteristics - this is all about the hops;

T: tropical fruit up front; pine comes in mid-palate, along with a healthy dose of bitterness; that combination of tropical fruit, pine, and bitterness lasts though the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: this is about as close to the perfect IPA as I've ever had;

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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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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.