Double Fuzzy Baby Ducks
New England Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #44
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #527
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 6.33%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
231
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New England Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: An imperial version of the Single Hop IPA brewed exclusively with the beloved Citra hop- lots more of them- which produces flavors of mango, papaya and citrus that is balanced by a biscuity malt finish

IBU’s - 82
Kettle Hops – Citra Dry Hops - Citra
Malt - Pilsner, Biscuit, Dextrose
Yeast - American Ale OG - 17.2
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/23/19

Pours a clouded burnt orange with a dense few fingers of creamy white head; excellent retention dies down gradually to a faded cap and thick collar of foam; tons of lacing both spotty and formidable remain around the glass.

Aroma opens with big honeyed tropical fruit notes, highlighting sweet mango, papaya, and creamy pineapple tones against a balancing herbaceousness; light pine and biscuit malt sit comfortably in the background to round the bouquet’s intensity nicely.

Taste shows a variety of expressive prickly mango, zesty pineapple, and papaya building through sweet herbal tones evolving over time; crisp biscuit has a full, bready density coursing through the profile quietly and again offering a certain roundedness.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with bigger carbonation offering a consistent prickle distributed across the palate; creaminess develops from the mid-palate onward as the carbonation abruptly peaks; slightly oily, but a bittering balance of hops and malt evens through the finish; bare minimum booziness and minor residual sweetness.

Both accessible and bold, this captures such a purely pleasant balance of fruity sweetness, malty density, and hoppy grit; a DIPA to return to for almost any occasion to be easily enjoyed, and another impressive, well-rounded offering from NEBCO.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Jun 01, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here's my OG post for FBD:

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.


Everything stands the same except the sweet tropical components feature more heavy. Perhaps it's the extra (imperializing) sugars that exaggerate the fruit into a mango filled donut I had just yesterday. It still has the doughy, malt flakiness to 'fluff' up the feel and keep it from being a pure NE juice bomb.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to finally try this. First pour of the 2018 Beeradvocate IPA Fest. All I can say is it was yummy but it did not reach the expectations I had. I have not had Fuzzy Baby Ducks in years unfortunately. I think I had the very first batch of it and it is one of my favorite beers of all time. It makes me think that it potentially has lost a step compared to it's competitors judging by this one. Still good, and I LOVE NEBCo but his was slightly disappointing, albeit still better than 3/4 of beers.

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Dec 20, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can: This one pours a murky darker orangish-golden color. There is about a finger of an off-white head that doesn't linger long or leave much lacing. Good nose of citrus and tropical notes. The taste is very good. A good balance of the malts and hops. A bit of a bitter bite, with no real residual sweetness. Citrus, tropical with a slight biscuity taste. Very nice!

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Boto from Connecticut, Dec 07, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

All Citra DIPA that is an overwhelmingly awesome sensory experience. Radiant orange color with plenty of head. Completely overflowing with tropical and citrusy hop flavor. Nicely carbonated, exceptionally well balanced, and very clean and dry on the finish. As good as their other top DIPAs. [5/3/18 can into Becher glass]

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MrRB from Connecticut, May 12, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

love this beer. it is an exceptional beer that gets me excited to drink it every time! New England Brewing Co. is still cranking out delicious beer, but they are sadly being overshadowed some by newer breweries! that's fine! more beer for me! hahah but really keep up the good work NEBCO! love me some double fuzzy!

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Momma_Knapp from Connecticut, Apr 18, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy golden orange with a finger of white head

S - Acidic, pulpy orange juice, melon, berries, lime doughy malts

T - Follows the nose. Refreshing citrus with more lime. Some floral and grassy notes emerge.

F - Refreshing. Not thick or syrupy. Drinks like a single IPA. Tad thin for a DIPA.

O - Great Citra DIPA

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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts, Jan 10, 2018
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4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery in mid-December, 2017. I drank a can of Fuzzy Baby Ducks before this and it was a wonderful follow-up. FBD was bonkers and this is another level. A stupidly drinkable, massively Citra-hopped version of ultra hop juice that they must technically call beer by law. It's hard to write about how good this is. Though I'm mad that I wanna write that it's on the level of Hill Farmstead...because this should be their own stuff. They created it independent of the trends and nonsense of the craft beer movement. Anyway, such an enjoyable few pints.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Dec 30, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewery, then out of growler, then out of can. Appearance is golden, slightest of orange tints, hazy but not full on creamy looking haze, off white foamy head lasts a while and settles into a whispy cap. Leaves clingy lacing stuck on the side of the glass.

Aroma is citrus, grassy hops, some pine and herbal notes followed by a hint of caramel sweetness. Over ripe tropical fruits take over as the beer warms.

Flavor is blend of earthy, citrus and tropical fruit hops all over a noticeable malt base that has caramel sweetness and toasted grain.

Moderate carbonation, soft medium body.

Very tasty brew,the balance between the hops and malt is nice.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Dec 28, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great looking beer. dank, citric, herbal, smooth, some sweeter malts to provide balance, hit of pine on the finish ties everything together. nice, flavorful and balanced beer. nothing insane but definitely a well crafted brew.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Nov 29, 2017
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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time with this one.
Looks like a typical NEBCo brew, with its burnt orange color...moderately hazy, moderately malty.
To be honest, I prefer regular FBD over DFBD, but I had to try it...and, the can was cool. I think an all-citra imperial just doesn't do a great job masking the alcohol burn. In other words, to compare, G-bot is a much better DIPA.
And, hey, let's face it...I like drinking a beer that my friends don't have or can't get...and, I'm sure I'm probably the only guy in Massachusetts drinking Double Fuzzy this holiday season.
Cheers!

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Packageguy from Connecticut, Nov 19, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange marmalade color woth a strong head that retained for a few mins

S: orange tangerine and a solid malt base

T: mild grapefruit and strong pineapple in this one. A healthy malt base and a clean dry finish. A taste of Light peach and a mild bitter finish.

M: medium bodied with med carb. Super dry and not sweet

O: overall very solid. Had this before and never reviewed / it was due for me to get some as well

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alpinebryant from Connecticut, Aug 24, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, and caramel;

T: tropical fruit balanced nicely with a sold malt backbone; malt fades toward the end, leaving a clean tropical fruit finish; mild bitterness at the end that was long lasting;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry;

O: exceptional;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, May 18, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a nice, white, one inch head over a golden yellow body with nice lacing. Nose of tropical fruit for days. Taste follows, but bitterness comes through and fights the fruit for your palates attention Bitterness wins. A nice feel and overall a fine brew! Thanks to Michael for the hook up!

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bobv from Vermont, Feb 06, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just happened to be at Yarde Tavern Enfield, Ct when they tapped this. I got the first pour into a tulip glass. Very hazy yellow gold with a nice head, decent retention and nice sticky lacing. I drink a lot of Tree House and Trillium and this was right in the ballpark. Creamy juice bomb but with enough balancing bitterness to keep the palate fresh. Liked it so much, I had two more. The alcohol is well-hidden but will sneak up on you. Overall very nice beer. My only caveat is that I had the first one immediately after Alpine Pure Hoppiness, another delicious but distinctly hoppy beer. That may have accentuated the creamy feel and fruitiness of this one.

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KidDoc from Connecticut, Feb 02, 2017
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4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 32 oz growler 1/26/2017.

Pours a crisp golden brown. Flavor profile a perfect blend of citrus, malt and tropical flavors. Not carbonated excessively, but a reasonable, moderate amount. Picking your favorite New England DIPA is a matter of preference, but Double Fuzzy is certainly in the same class as Coriolis, Locust Reign, Dose and the like.

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aqi317 from Connecticut, Jan 27, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to a co-worker for scoring this one for me. 64oz. growler into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

This one's a New England IPA the whole way through but it actually looks like a regular IPA. Filtered crystal clear. Nose is as expected. Citrus, tropical fruit. Real sweet and juicy with little to no hop character. The taste follows through with more of the same. I get hints of cantaloupe, citrus, mango and starfruit. Even for the style, this is on the malty side. Sweet and an almost syrupy finish. Real drinkable. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a little prickly on the palate. Bone dry finish. It makes my lips smack!

A very solid beer overall. I'd love to try the single version of this side-by-side but this certainly does the NEBCO name proud.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Dec 06, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color. Very hazy in appearance. This is ok. Getting citrus and maybe some pine. Grapefruit pith bitterness. For me, this is missing some sweetness to accentuate the flavors. Very dry. It's good, but probably not worth the hype. Really interested to try regular fbd. Dose blows this out of the water. Pun intended.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Nov 28, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from the brewery. Pours a turbid pale orange color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Huge nose of tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, lime, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. Some grassy and floral notes as well. The taste is the tropical fruits but with some pine this time around. Lots of lime, peach, and tangerine towards the end. Toasted malts and bitter grapefruit finish. Bitter, but very drinkable with only a mild alcohol presence. Oily mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. Add this to the ever growing long list of great NebCo IPAs/Imperial IPAs.

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PicoPapa from Connecticut, Nov 22, 2016
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a foggy light amber color with a half-finger of pure white head. The head is gone in a hurry but settles into a nice halo around the top of the beer. Leaves very minimal lacing.

The aroma is relatively light on this beer. There are notes of orange, pine, freshly mowed grass clippings, and a mild touch of grapefruit. The back end is malty and subtly sweet.

The aroma may have been light and slightly disappointing, but the flavor is certainly not. In fact, this is one of the best DIPA's I've ever tasted. There's a melange of citrus here; Orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and even a hint of lime. Then comes a massive wave of peach flavor. The peach gives way to some bitter, sticky pine, which is held up by a toasted malt backbone. Incredible flavors and incredible balance.

The feel is medium-light bodied with lower carbonation. Incredibly soft and gentle on the palate. Goes down smooth with a fair amount of lingering bitterness.

Overall, an outstanding DIPA that is perfectly balanced. Citra isn't my favorite hop, especially when it's used as a single hop, but when done right it can really bring out some amazing flavors. This beer does it about as right as you possibly can.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Oct 13, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ordinary in New Haven, CT.

This one pours a clear amber-ish orange, with a small head and no lacing.

Smells like orange peel, citrus soaked cut grass, pineapple, and grapefruit.

This is absolutely wonderful, and a definite step up from regular FBD, with a super zesty orange and grapefruit feel, some clean pine, and lots of grassiness. It's super drinkable and clean.

This is pretty light bodied, which works- there's a slight bitterness that lingers.

This is worth the hype- awesome stuff.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Sep 18, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Tip Tap Room, Boston, MA
Served in a cervoise

Slightly hazed, medium amber appearance. The liquid was capped by an inch-tall, tight, creamy, ecru colored crown that quickly fell. Splotchy, patchy lacing coated the glass. As the beer sat, the chill hazed dropped to reveal a nearly crystal clear body.

The nose was bright and citrusy but surprisingly simplistic. Lots of juicy orange and orange peel. Touch of malty sweetness. Bit of zesty grapefruit.

The flavor profile was hoppy and very citrus-forward as well. Juicy orange and tangerine notes dominated. Bit of orange peel. As the beer moved along the palate, the bitterness increased. White grapefruit appeared on the back end. Pithy, grapefruit rind-like notes dominated in the finish. In time, the orange and grapefruit rind notes intensified, as did the bitterness.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was medium bodied and super soft and supple. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that frothed up really nicely on the palate.

New England Brewing makes some excellent hoppy beers, but Double Fuzzy Baby Ducks (and Fuzzy Baby Ducks for that matter) is highly overrated IMO. This beer reminds me of a solid but unremarkable West Coast-style DIPA. It has nothing on the uber juicy, citrus and tropical fruit-forward hop bombs currently being made by New England's best breweries.

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Damian from Massachusetts, Jul 16, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler to glass. Fresh cut spring grass with a sweet and balanced backdrop.
Taste is very balanced that builds with each sip. This is a beer to enjoy a nice full pint

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler to tulip. Golden in color and very clear. Little to no head, not much lacing. Lots of fruit in the aroma, with a little toasty malt shining through. Similar flavors. Very well balanced. Overall, it's a very nice DIPA.

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Lappleby24 from Connecticut, Jul 10, 2016
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4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Strange that I have never been able to track down standard FBD, but I stumbled across the imperial version completely by accident.

Light orange, pungent fruity/citrusy smell. Solid mouthfeel, and phenomenal taste following the nose.

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Psychmusic from Connecticut, May 16, 2016
Double Fuzzy Baby Ducks from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 231 ratings