Fat-Ten-Er #8
New England Brewing Co.

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American IPA
4.33 | pDev: 7.39%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 100% Equinox hops.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 103 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of emount91
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(had a version of this beer that was dry hopped on El Dorado hops, no additional BA entry so I'll leave this here)

pours clear orange/brown
smell is hoppy and a little fruity
taste is identical to scent notes, little heavier on the bitter and less on the fruity
feel is NEBCO

overall decent IPA, though not one that will keep up with the other East Coast juice bombs coming out, probably would go for something else if there were other choices next time.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Hazy deep orange. Almost no head. Smells very dank. Lightly toasty. Tastes citrusy, tropical, and again very dark. Strong bitterness and toasty malts. Medium body and medium low carbonation. A little intense.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 3 day old growler fridged entire time from the brewery into a New England Brewing Co. glass.

Great peach glowing orange body, solid and with a nice hint of shine to it. Head is creamy and makes about two fingers, settling to nice amounts of ring lacing, with even pin head bubble sizes throughout.

Aroma seems a little dead. Mild sensing bitter pine needles, though but very subtle. A bit of citrus orange sweetness seems to peak out as well. Not much distinct malt character.

Palate is pretty solid if not mindblowing. Solid if simple mouthfeel giving an almost mouthwash consistency. Mid palate manages fairly neutral hop bitterness sticking with traditional simple pine and some soily earth flavors. Aftertaste really lingers, and manages to get some herbal and mint like qualities also.

Not bad, pretty solid for the IPA realm.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

IPA with all Equinox hops. Had at NEBCO since they brought it back briefly in late March 2015. Yummy! Update: looks like they have it again in early August. Not sure if this one can be fully retired. Had this next to Galaxy Pale ale again on 8/6/15 and this one is really interesting. It has notes of peat and wood swirling around the dense herbal hop notes. Malts and malt sweetness are barely detectable. Awesome IPA here with a unique character.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16. Pours a cloudy orange with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is dank and citrus hops. The taste is more dank hops with some herbal notes. Light orange peel. Very bitter. Finishes with more dank and resinous hops. A bit boozey. I'm shocked this isn't an Imperial IPA. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Overall, fantastic IPA that seems to be a bit like a Coriolis light.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange with great head that's thick and white. Beautiful lacing with this beer.
S: Big citrus and herbal smells. I get something a little different every time I sniff.
T: All kinds of flavor--citrus, pine and herbs mostly dominate. This is a very tasty beer.
F: A touch too bitter, but I don't mind. This drinks like a double due to its full flavor but it's dry and there's no booziness.
O: The Fat Ten-er beers are some of NEBCO's best, and this is no exception. I love this beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler, enjoyed two days after being filled - my last growler fill as a local Connecticut resident. :(

A: Slightly hazy pale amber body under two fingers of dense, creamy off-white head. It leaves tons of lace, even on my plastic hotel room cup. Lovely.

S: Powerful, complex, and delightful hoppiness. Tons of citrus jumps out of the cup, letting me know even from a distance that this will be a joy. Closer inspection delivers resinous pine, mint, grapefruit pith, and white pepper. It's a bit different with each inhalation, but always enticing. Wonderful aroma.

T: Opens with fruity, piney, minty hops, followed by a distinctive touch of soft NEBCO malt - not sweet in the least, but always present to keep things grounded. The finish, though, is surprisingly bitter, spicy, and even a touch boozy. It's delicious despite the rather harsh finish, but not as drinkable as other NEBCO single IPAs.

M: Soft, lively medium body. Silky effervescence. Terrific.

O: This beer is awesome, but actually a trifle disappointing, if only because my expectations were so sky-high. I'm going to enjoy finishing off the growler tremendously, but I wouldn't quite put this in the league of FBD and Supernaut. I wish I'd thought to try it side-by-side with Sea Hag, and I really wish that I could still drop by to do those kinds of impromptu taste tests at my favorite craft brewery in the country.


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Fat-Ten-Er #8 from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 103 ratings