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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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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 699
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 06-21-2012)
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Connecticut stand up!

nolear9, Sep 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Pete27lax, Jun 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

420Rick, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Hautacam
4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
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 !

Hautacam, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 22, 2012
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4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

alaimoa, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Hendry, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

OldCrustacean79, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Pahn
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Pahn, Jun 22, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +5%

billab914, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of DNICE555
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

DNICE555, Aug 01, 2012
Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.