Fuzzy Baby Ducks
New England Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #45
Ranked #183
4.5 | pDev: 9.11%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: Our third single-hop beer brewed with 100% citra hops. Big citrus aromas with a delicate dry malt presence, juicy resinous orangey hop flavor makes this beer a treat for lovers of hoppy beer.
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- 12oz can poured into a tulip glass with a lightly hazy golden body and a thick and creamy cap. The white foam peaks up at an inch high with great retention and a gorgeous consistency. Lacing starts with thick blankets around the glass and massive rings forming at each sip.

S- Not the juiciest or most pungent hop aroma but still a very effective and most importantly clean one. Citra brings mango, tangerine, soft citrus, dank, floral and bubble gum/melon aromas and the grains are there just enough to provide light support.

T- The Citra once again is of central importance providing a wealth of different hop flavors with medium overall strength and a nice clean balance. Opens up with mango and melon before leading into lime, grapefruit, dank, floral and herbal hops. Juicy with hints of crackery base grains.

MF- The appearance sort of hinted at this but this is soft and almost luscious, kind of surprising for the style and ABV. The texture is creamy and not quite chewy but very smooth with a high level of carbonation. Ends with a clean floral bitterness.

Citra is a classic and this beer delivers the goods and showcases what you can do with one good hop. Juicy mango paired with soft citrus and floral/herbal hop notes on top of an incredibly smooth mouthfeel.

Feb 18, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Went by the brewery Saturday 11/21/19 and picked up a fresh case. Canned 11/22/19, cold and fresh!
Pours a frothy, slight creamy small head with fair retention, a hazy yellow orange into a clean tulip glass.

Nose brings loads of citrus, fresh orange, tangerine, on top of a nice a nice malt base.

Taste has malts married to tangerine, orange, mango with light bitterness at first. Finishes with low hop bitterness, and plenty of delicious fruity Citra hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Doesn't have a whipped cream head that lasts a half hour. The head dissipates within 15 minutes.

Overall, delicious, friuty, decent head, very good malt bill

Nov 28, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/3/19. Purchased 10/5/19. Consumed 10/6/19, 10/8/19, 10/12/19, 10/20/19?, 10/28/19?, 11/11/19

I've never looked more forward to a beer and I've never been so disappointed in a beer. I had a friend in school near NE Brewing for 3 years but he was never able to get any to bring back home. I've been to the brewery, tried some of their other beers, liked most (some a lot) and bought a growler of one of their beers home. I was just never able to get Fuzzy, so when I finally got it, I was excited.

It didnt deliver.

I poured it into a standard clean pint glass every time. It looks fine, not too hazy, a little amber for NE style but fine. It did have a nice head. I drank it at 38, 43, 48, 53 degrees and above. I drank it before during and after food. I drank it as my fist beer in all but one occasion. I drank it several times with 3 beer friends (one serves part time at a brewery) of different ages who really know beer, mostly IPA's but stouts and sours too. I drank it 3 days old and several times over 5 weeks hoping for something more.

It's not very juicy. It's not very dank. Hop presence is decent but I prefer more evidence of dry hopping. It's a fine beer, a decent IPA, sort of old school style, something I might grab off the store shelf that had been sitting in the store for a few months but not something I'd wait in line for. I don't get the 4.5 (99) and the 44th best IPA anywhere.

I've had several IPA's from both Tree House and Alchemist and a lot of different IPA's from Aslin and Veil in VA and this just isn't in the same class as most of those beers and I am speaking specifically of beers in the 6-7% range to be fair.

Nov 12, 2019
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Jstags3187 from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

honestly this beer is tough to beat. I'll try new beers all the time thinking they're great and then i'll pick up some fuzzy baby ducks and it just mops the floor with them. Great beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 11, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.59/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2-month-old can poured into a tulip. Has to be said: absolutely awesome can art.

Murky but pretty dark-orange-gold body with borderline-turbid haze. Huge, fluffy head of tightly compact off-white bubbles. Excellent retention and remarkable lacing.

Based on the ultra-high ratings for this beer, I'm guessing that the age on the can I'm drinking has taken a lot away from the aromas and flavors. But I have to base my ratings on what I'm actually consuming, and in that respect this is a solid but fairly average hazy IPA.

Aroma profile is malt-heavy, dank a grassy, with subdued tropical fruit and citrus juice notes. A little white wine, some herbal greenery, and a touch of oxidation.

Flavors follow, as cracked wheat, lemongrass, damp grass, and pine resin are what's most noticeable, with citrus and stone fruit coming in the second wave. A little dry white wine and a fairly dry, bitter finish. The hops in this one have to have fallen off considerably, and a metallic note adds more hints at oxidation. Wet cardboard and not much juice. Just really not very good.

Feel is in line with the look: extremely silky and soft and quite substantial for a 6% beer. Not sticky or boozy at all.

I assume a fresh version of this beer is much better than what I drank. That's a shame.

Oct 10, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can of this. Something I remember trying to get when it first came out but those Connecticut haze boys value this thing on whale tier level.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy murky deep orange hue with a fat two finger white head that fades slowly to leave loads of creamy lacing and a dense creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of bright juicy citrus and peel, decent amount of candied mango and tropical fruit. Flashes of dried fruit as well, tropical fruit leather. Good lighter malt sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice juicy citrus and tangerine. Decent generic tropical fruits, not overly juicy, loads of dried fruit and fruit leather. Very, very soft bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium bodied. With there was a bit more carbonation here to help with the fluffiness.

O - Overall this was a solid IPA. Glad I never gave in to the hype years ago as apparently this is quite accessible now. Really enjoyable.

Serving Type: Can

Aug 30, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Been trying to get this for years...just happened to be driving by the brewery and checked, and they had it! BAM! Love the label, but wish I could remove it easily

Canned 8/09/19
Pours a huge frothy foamy slight creamy medium bubble head with good retention, soapy lacing, hazy deep orange with a little dark reddish tint

Nose brings loads of citrus, juicy orange, tangerine, orange cream notes, with a mild fluffy creamy malt base, little doughy, then tropical with light mango, papaya, and something else I can't label

Taste brings more of the same, malts out front with some grainy doughy malt, creamy wheat, a little chalky mineral though, and a touch pithy, and then hops, juicy citrus, tangerine, orange, clementine, light mango and generic tropical, papaya, maybe even a hint of guava, light bitterness at first, with good balance, a touch salty as some minerals and brewing salts seem to be left over, but super soft and juicy, also a bit of melon and stone fruit notes, drier finish with a bit of spicy hop notes, medium hop bitterness, and lingering juicy fruits, citrus rind, and minerals

Mouth is med bod but super soft juicy, medium-high carbonation

Overall mixed, I had super high expectations and I'm sure this was the top of the world 6-7 years ago, but now it's on the higher end of the pack, still delicious, juicy, good fruits, good base malt, a bit of extra chalky minerals and brewing salt notes that detract a little, but otherwise very good

Aug 16, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a nonic. Canned 7/2/19. Pours a hazy, dull orange with a tight, one inch, bright white head. Nose is fairly subdued - subtle aromas of citrus, pith and biscuity malt with perhaps a kiss of tropical fruit at the back. Taste consistent with nose, albeit brighter and the tropical fruits notes are more pronounced towards the middle and a hint of herbal/medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel if light-medium, with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, tasty and quit edrinkable.

Aug 10, 2019
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Reef from South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery
Hazy gold, three fingers of fine white head, full curtain, cap
Orange, grapefruit, lemon, light floral, grapefruit aromas
Light bitter hop flavors of orange,bitter pineapple, apricot, light pine
Smooth, light medium mouthfeel, dry finish with bitter aftertaste, no alcohol
Strong stubborn carbonation
Full bodied and full flavored
Great IPA

Aug 02, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have not drunk many beers over the last few weeks life has been topsy turvy. I am so ready to get off this roller coaster. Fuzzy duck, like the name of this beer, the can art is awesome. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. The head retention is excellent. The beer's head produced a two finger thick frothy, creamy and airy. The head left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 6 a deep gold color with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. Overall the beer has a beautiful appearance.

The aromas in the beer are bright citrus ( oranges, mandarins, lemons, and grapefruit), toasted malts, biscuits, honey-like sweetness, a touch of herbal, a touch of floral, and a hint of grass.

The flavors in the beer are bright oranges, mandarins, lemons, grapefruit, toasted malts, biscuits, honey-like sweetness, a touch of herbal, grass, bready, and a hint of pine.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and fizzy.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

A bright flavorful beer. The NEIPA beer is on point and so glad I got to drink it. I wish I had a few more of these to drink.

Jul 13, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/24/19

Pours a slightly cloudy golden dark orange body topped with a fluffy, tightly composed white head; excellent retention recedes evenly to a thick cap and uniform tapestry of lacing.

Aromas burst with deeply juicy resinous tones of pineapple, papaya, and tropical zest; a beautiful honeyed orange highlights the bouquet upfront; occasionally dense bready spice and corn flakes pop on the backbone to support the deep citrusy sweetness with a deft herbal touch that defines the aroma.

Taste follows the bouquet with plenty of orange peel, orange honey blossom-coated malt, and juicy pineapple; pine and grapefruit combo appear for a citrusy-herbal prickle, while a faint, flaky malt builds, and a slight, cirusy creaminess both ties things together and gives the profile new life entering the finish/swallow.

Mouthfeel shows a body on the lighter side of medium and lifted by a creamy but slightly prickly carbonation; oily resinous tones hold until the mid-palate, where a dense crispness based in the taut balance of malt and hops takes over; well-tamed bitterness peaking near the finish that dries subtly as the crispness peaks.

Endlessly drinkable and packs incredible depth into ~6%; undoubtedly sweet in its fruitier tones, but a calmly balancing malt and bitterness holds everything together effortlessly and brings this brew to the next level; a spectacular IPA for all occasions.

May 31, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago, as there wasn't a date on the bottom of the can. Wasn't sure what to expect out of this as the beer was quite old when I finally cracked it open, and although it wasn't bad, I don't see how it earned the lofty rating that it had on here...

The pour to this was alright as the liquid had a orange blossom hue to it with plenty of white, bubbly head to top it off. Most of the thin lacing was around the top of my pint glass with a few scattered splotches below it. Lots of citrus juice and rind in the nose with some dank, tropical notes and pine as well. It wasn't bad but at this point, I've had so many beers with those notes that this seemed like something else I've had before but couldn't quite remember exactly what. That characteristic was true for the taste as well given how slick, sweet, and somewhat heavy this was but once again, it wasn't anything noteworthy or outstanding to me, as the malt was certainly there but not anything that added or detracted to this beer's flavor profile...

The amount of alcohol in this was typical as well with just enough to give this some heft but not enough to easily felt or detected. A date on the bottom of the can might have helped but as it was, I would love to give this another go with something fresher. A mild, dry hop burn took hold as I finished this off and there was just a little bit of sediment at the bottom of the liquid but as it was, this was a beer that was as prototypical as a New Englad IPA could get...

May 03, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a true hazy orange with two fingers of khaki foam after an eager pour. Head retention is good. Aroma is papaya, orange, mango, guava, pillowy yeast and clove. Tropical fruits are pronounced and sugary. Flavor profile carries more of the same qualities, with papaya, orange, mango, tangerine and guava sitting on the tongue for a long while after each sip. Light notes of yeast, and bready malts round out the flavor profile, but the balance is still very clearly tipped towards hops. Mouth feel is pillowy and creamy with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, sweet, but overly so. It clearly focuses on tropical fruits, but refrains from becoming cloyingly sweet - a refreshing NE IPA characteristic.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Mar 04, 2019
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can, direct from the brewery. First impression was “this is no single ipa”. Tastes heavy to me, lush and potent. Bitter orange rind notes are most noticeable. good amount of bitter lingering... more than I expected. Finishes drier than I expected. There is a strong mineral character, an almost metallic tingle which, for me, takes over too much of the flavor. Here i was thinking this was a juicy neipa but Citra commonalities aside, this is a different animal. Im hoping it grows on me but it feels a bit “one note”. Im not blown away. Im maybe not as “citra-centric” as others so I shouldn’t be surprised that im not gaga over this. I see why people like it but... seems like a lot of hype surrounding this beer. My issue is that it starts exactly where it ends, it feels almost stingingly sharp with citrus... like your tongue is being zapped, but there isnt a depth to the experience... or a nuance to the hop profile... Again, one note. I normally really like single hop ipas but i think ive learned that citra does not have what im looking for, at least not when all by itself. All that said, it is excellent beer.

Nov 18, 2018
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a can into a tree house pint glass
Nose is tropical but not super intense.
Body has a NE style haze but not super dense like some of the juice bombs.
Flavor follows nose.
Nothing super intense. Definitely tastes more like a “beet” on the back end than a lot of these other hazies out there.
Overall very good but missing some of the density.

Jun 27, 2018
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Momma_Knapp from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional IPA that stands out above a sea full of IPAs. Love getting my hands on this beer. Love me some fuzzy baby ducks! This is a beer everyone needs to try at some point.

Apr 17, 2018
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MrRB from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excellent IPA. Finally got my hands on some fresh cans this weekend. Opaque pale orange with a lacy white head. Strong aromas of papaya and a whole range of citrus, especially orange. Medium bodied, smooth textured, and pleasantly dry throughout. Lighter and more refreshing, though less complex, than their DIPAs. Of course that's by design. NEBCO's got the winning recipes.

Mar 06, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into a Fuzzy sensory glass.

Hazy, like a New England IPA... though not quite as hazy. Nose reveals its not quite that though. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, pine and fresh cut grass. A swirl gives additional notes of cantaloupe and pungent hop bitterness. A classic smell. Beer opens citrus, papaya and pineapple with hints of grass, pine and a fresh hop bitterness in the back. Finally! Some BALANCE between the tropical fruit notes and a nice, biting hop bitterness. Finishes cane sugar and grapefruit with a distinct hop film in the aftertaste. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy in the mouth and goes down soft with a dry and filmy aftertaste. Super drinkable.

It's impressive when a single IPA can pack this much flavor. It's even more impressive when that flavor comes with great balance. This is a classic for sure and holds its own as a pre-cursor to the hazy IPA style.

Mar 04, 2018
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange yellow in color. Hazy in appearance. Citrus zest, nectarine and mango. Biscuit malt profile. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Lower in carb. Balanced with all flavors melding together. Not really bursting with flavor, but it's nice. Don't really get the super hype on this one. Maybe the balanced nature of it actually elevates it.

Jan 19, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

"Merry Quackmas" -- canned 12/19/17

Finally!!! Got my hands on some Fuzzy Baby Ducks. Wanna thank the bartenders at NEBCo. for finding a can under the bar and giving me an early Christmas gift. Gorgeous cloudy golden liquid, huge tropical fruit nose. Flavor and feel are lusciously smooth with creamy Citra amazingness. Just awesome stuff. Exceeds the hype from the first sip. Sublime drinkability...this is fizzy, alcoholic mango juice.

Dec 30, 2017
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Translucent straw gold with slight haze and a moderate white head. Light activity.

Smell: Grassy hops with a hint of peach. Light honey malt.

Taste: Hop notes if ripe lychee, peach skin, honeydew, and fresh cut grass. Cracker thin malt.

Feel: Light to Medium body. Moderate bitterness. Prickly carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol. Dry finish.

Overall: A tasty Citra IPA. It’s big and juicy on the palate but strangely mute on the nose. It’s clean and refreshing while also delivering a juicy Citra hop. Tasty stuff.

Oct 31, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at New England brewing company

Poured into a glass , hazy yellow , white foam ring , good lacings

Slight citrus aroma

Citrus , Orange hop taste

Suds up nicely , nice hop bite , lingers well

Good beer

Oct 27, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 12 fl oz can with no canned on or best before date on it. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a nice two finger white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Orange, mandarin, citrus rind, ripe mango, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste: Very nice juicy tropical and citrus fruits. Orange rind, mango, pineapple and pine with some nice sweet malt to balance. Bitterness is mild and restrained.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Wow, just wow. This was just an amazing brew by NEBCo. A really really good IPA that is just up there with the best of them. I would love to drink this everyday. A must buy beer in my book.

Sep 21, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber appearance with nice head that desipates quickly. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of citrus. Taste is more of a balanced hoppy citrus with some bitterness.

Sep 15, 2017
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber Golden color. See a little bit of light through it. Fluffy one in a half fingers off of white head.

Smell: Citrus Fruit orange, tangerine. Biscuitsy, Grainy malt sweetness. Grapefruit peel, pine. Some floral notes. It's smells balanced.

Taste: It follows the nose pretty much to a tee. Upfront your greeted with those citrus fruit notes. Orange, tangerine. Not overly juicy almost leaning toward citrus peel which carries over to the mid palate where you also get those biscuity, grainy maltiness. it's not overly sweet malts. The malt adds a nice balance to the hops. In the finish is where you get the hoppy bitterness. You get that grapefruit rind, piney bitterness along with some floral, herbal hoppiness that sticks to the sides of your tongue.

Feel: Light to medium body. Soft, not a whole lot of creaminess. It's really smooth and balanced. Finishes pretty dry and makes you want to keep drinking more of it.

Overall: I'm really glad I got to try this. It's really balanced between hops and malt. Neither one really out shines the other. This is a good beer, but not the 99/100 it's rated. I have no doubt this beer was deserving off the rating when it first came out. But now with so many great IPA'S out there it's lost a step. It definitely leans towards the west coast style of IPA'S. This beer still though has a place at the table, but just not at the head. 89/100

Aug 31, 2017
Fuzzy Baby Ducks from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1090 ratings