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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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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by woosterbill on 06-21-2012

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 660
Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Cask Republic in New Haven, poured into a modified tulip glass.
A - Honey yellow, steady carbonation piles upward into thick white, tight knit cap. Pillowy lacing
clings to the inside of the glass.
S - Orange reduction, unsulfured dried pineapple, tangerine, a sweet maltiness in the background. Wonderful display of late addition hops, Citra on delightful display.
T - Tropical fruit forward, a semisweet start, then creeping bitterness makes its way across the palate. a base of lite malts gently supports this hop centric offering.
M - A bit slick on the palate, initial rollout is right down the center of the tongue. A quick transition offers a bitter kiss. The finish is quite long.
O - Thoughtfully crafted, this is an exercise in tropical hops, not an Evergreen to be had in this offering.

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

poured into tulip glass on tap at Little pub Wilton CT. Nice golden yellow hue with minimal lacing. Candied orange on the nose with a bit of pine earthiness. The malt profile is minimal, the feel lightly carbonated with an even mouthfeel. Initial hop bite, but has a generous juicy profile and finishes smooth with no bitterness. Very easy drinking, almost sessionable little fruit bomb from NEBCO. I really enjoyed this brew!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden orange and apricot hues with a slight hazy body; thin white head and a scant lacing
S: Tangerines, oranges, and tropical fruits on the nose
T: The citra hops shine here and provide the requisite citrus punch; the malt profile is minimal
F: Lightly carbonated and even mouthfeel
O: Nicely hopped, but has a generous juicy profile - certainly helped paved the way for its Tree House and Trillium brethren. Nevertheless, this is a world class IPA that stands on its own.

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

Growler fom Brewery: This one pours a hazy golden color. It had a small head and left no lacing. It has a nice nose. Citrus, mango, pineapple. The taste is excellent. Good hop bite and balanced. Citrus, pineapple, mango. As good as advertised!

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Photo of emount91
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful hazy orange, head dissipates quickly. smell is orange peel, orange juice, and slight geapefruit. no malt whatsoever. taste is great: candied orange, dry citrus, that orange peel, and a very tiny malt back end. this one is citra through and through, NEBCO did a great job with this single hop. feel is fuzzy, as I would hope given the name. great great beer. don't know when I'll ever get my hands on this again because I won't stand in that line, but I hope I do one day.

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Photo of Sintech
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

64 ounce growler poured into a snifter.

Great Beer!

Appearance - Nice gold hue.

Smell - Huge dank citrus nose.

Taste - Perfect Citra hop example. Really really good!

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Great beer! Definitely worth the tick!

Grade (A)

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Photo of BadgerConn
3.92/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank god someone else waited in line in a downpour and not me! Overhyped and didn't deliver. Not a bad beer by any means, but far more pedestrian than people make it out to be.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought it was a very delicious beer but I had no idea what a palate destroyer it was. I asked for a taster of Sea Hag (which I love) for comparison and I almost couldn't taste it. We have a winner!

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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
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 beer. The aroma alone sets off fire alarms in my head, 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 agreenman19
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - pours an opaque, delicate, glowing orange. Is this where the name comes from? Looks very inviting.

S - tropical floral hops. Smells so fresh and distinctly NEBCO. Slight orange and mild breadiness. Some juicy character.

T - FRESH. The first word that comes to mind. Incredibly crisp and on point. Juicy grapefruit and orange. Crackery wheatiness. The balance in this beer is insane. Going into it, you can't expect to be blown away like you would a DIPA. That's not what this beer is about, it's about concocting the perfect single hop IPA. Hits all the right notes. Exhibits a slightly "hollow" flavor profile that floats flavor around the fringes, like the rings of Saturn, if you compare this beer to a planet. Pushes the flavor to heights you normally wouldn't see in a single IPA. Has a pointed dryness that sucks it all back into the core and ties the whole beer together. Well done.

F - light, but full and infinitely refreshing. Something NEBCO does well. Silky smooth.

O - the quintessential IPA. Nothing more to say other than a fantastically well-done offering from NEBCO.

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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