Fuzzy Baby Ducks
New England Brewing Co.

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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #69
Ranked #295
4.46 | pDev: 9.19%
May 08, 2022
Jun 21, 2012
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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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Photo of far333
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by far333 from Connecticut

Golden apricot colored, very slightly opaque, streams of fine bubbles rise up to an eggshell white head of a quarter inch of foam that slowly recedes. Low aroma of citrus, pine, a bit of honey malt riding beneath that gets pushed back down. Firm bitterness, even mouthfeel, finishes a bit tingly. Excellent beer. More like a slightly opaque west coast style than New England.

May 08, 2022
5 by doctorgary from New York on May 01, 2022
4.24 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Apr 28, 2022
4.59 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 15, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Poured orange amber haze with a manilla colored head. Yup, NEIPA.
Aroma mild due to my chemically damaged nose, but I did get some orange and general citrus.
Taste was excellent, all Citra hops with all that goes with it. Citrus, pineapple and maybe mango.
The feel is almost perfect for NEIPA.
Very glad I got to try this, thank you Bill!

Apr 10, 2022
4.5 by McSeal from Connecticut on Apr 09, 2022
5 by dblais from Massachusetts on Mar 12, 2022
4.1 by xungmound98 from New York on Feb 20, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Specialmick from Connecticut

Look...A mostly yellow haze with orange baked in with a small amount of haze. Ample high carbonation
Smell...hoppy citrus and the dank. Fresh grass smell and sour pineapple. Pretty complex for a beer at 6.2% ABV
Taste...orange bitter with a juice feel because of the carbonation. Finishes with a hop boldness with plenty of drying.
Feel...I always find New England Brewing with a real emphasis on filling their cans to the rim with goodness so as no air has even a shot at ruining the well constructed concoction. Same here. More than adequate carbonation with a "pop rock " on the tongue haha.
Overall...First time I have had this beer as you guys say, "in the wild". Excellent as remembered. A memorable beer I plan to revisit as it becomes more and more available. I suggest that fellow BAs, you do the same.

Feb 18, 2022
4.48 by Sellen from Connecticut on Feb 15, 2022
4.74 by strengthdoc from Connecticut on Feb 15, 2022
4.24 by steve8robin from Massachusetts on Feb 10, 2022
4.02 by DaveCash from New York on Jan 07, 2022
3.89 by Jkolls from Ohio on Jan 01, 2022
4.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Dec 19, 2021
4.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Nov 10, 2021
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2.56/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by kalsarikannit from Massachusetts

I don’t understand the 99 point rating - it’s an OK IPA, nothing more or less. On draft in Milford CT.

Appearance is slightly hazy.

Smell is subtle, mostly just standard IPA, with a very slight hint of grapefruit.

Feel is more effervescent than the slight head would suggest, along with some acidity.

Taste, to these taste buds that have been drinking beer for almost 50 years, is just a pretty basic IPA. Not bad, good even for an IPA. But nothing special. Mostly bitterness and some acidity. No grapefruit or citrus to speak of. Nothing ‘wrong’ with it, but nothing in particular to recommend it either.

Either I’m missing something, or the Emperor has no clothes.

Oct 24, 2021
4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jbolger from Connecticut

9/25/21 Can brewed 9/24. Crisp & dry. Citra hops. Modest ABV. Mild haze. Hop forward. Pine resin. The more I drink, the better I like. But World class?

Sep 25, 2021
Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by erosier from Connecticut

Pours a clean, half hazy orange yellow color with a medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down. Smells of sweet toasted malts, nice mix of floral and citrus hops at the end of the nose. Tastes of sweet toasted malts and a nice mix of floral and citrus hops. Not too heavy on either, very nice mix. Crisp, slightly drying, perfect amount of carbonation. This is an excellent beer!

Sep 10, 2021
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4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by natevtaylor

Really hard to beat, quintessential IPA that merges the classic bitter west coast style with the softness of NEIPAs.

This review is based on a can purchased from the brewery 8 days ago, with a stamp from 10 days ago.

Look: The looks are probably the least enchanting, but still stellar. Mild haze, but not too thick. Based on this alone, I'd assume tasty but not this tasty. Walnut wood with a bit of glow. Really nice lacing on the glass, but head disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Grapefruit juice, maybe a bit of tangerine. Fuck does this shit smell dank and delish.

Taste: More grapefruit, but a pine needle slipped into the juicer and contaminated the grapefruit juice in the best possible way.

Feel: Medium carb, but smooth like honey. Not smooth like the over-fluffed beers that are dominating the east coast right now, just right.

Overall: Easily the best beer I've had in the last year, maybe more. The Double Fuzzy is great when you're in the market for a tad bit more gravity (and have a bit more time to recuperate the next day).

If you're driving by New Haven, check to see if they've brewed it/canned it. The gent at the brewery said they brew it every month or so and usually run out of cans within a few days. Well worth the 15-20 min detour from i95 if you're passing by.

Aug 31, 2021
4 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
4.25 by Boston970 from Connecticut on Aug 18, 2021
4.25 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Jul 04, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

From a 4 week old tin.
Pours a translucent orange hue, topped with thick off-white head with good retention, receding to a film of lace.

Classic citra nose. Tangerine with zesty orange peel, grapefruit , malt. Fragrant and very hoppy.
Sweet malt entwined with massive citrus notes follow the nose: mandarin, grapefruit, meyer lemon lead to more tropical notes of melon, papaya and mango. The pine resin flavors dominate the finish.

Medium bodied with nice effervesence and good mouthfeel.

In summary: a great example of the NEIPA style. Big on the hops but remaining balanced and concentrating a lot of flavor into a beer with a relatively modest ABV.

Jul 02, 2021
4.69 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on Jun 25, 2021
4.31 by JAWS from New York on Jun 21, 2021
3.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
3.9 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
4.37 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania on Apr 01, 2021
4.29 by goleeoh from Michigan on Mar 04, 2021
4 by KingforaDay from New Jersey on Feb 12, 2021
Photo of Nash1189
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Nash1189 from Connecticut

My favorite IPA. Big fruit notes of mango, and passion fruit. Not bitter at all. Easily crushable. Very lucky to live 8 min away from brewery.

I always get it when they release it. Is a great trading beer

Jan 31, 2021
4.07 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Pours a hazy orange color with a think off-white head that sticks around forever and leaves thick lacing.

The smell is dominated by hoppy orange and orange zest.

The taste is slightly bitter orange, orange peel, with a bitter, slightly malty finish that lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation and a bit oily.

Overall, this is really, really good. Probably better than the double.

Jan 28, 2021
Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Big thanks to jrc1093 for this one!

12oz can - dated 12/18/20 - poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at 38°F.

Pours a murky, stained ruddy orange hue, topped with three fingers of dense, foamy, off-white head with excellent retention, leaving a sheet of lacing as it slowly recedes.

Nose: Citra out the wazoo. Massive fresh Citra hop aromas, with orange peel, orange pulp, grapefruit pith, pomello, orange creamsicle, mango skin, drippy, resinous, raw green hops, and a touch of yeast-driven bubblegum, all contained within a simple, grainy pale malt base. Explosive and insanely hop-forward.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with grainy, slightly toasty, flakey pale malt, with a bit of underlying sweetness, parallel to huge hoppy citrus notes - orange peel, grapefruit pith, pomello, and a touch of lemon. There's a tropical touch of luscious mango, and a hint of melon, followed by a big grassy green note, and a subtle overdrive dankness. There's some pretty noticeable minerality that sparkles through as well. The finish sees the pithy notes take over, lending a resinous, chalky-dry bite with a bit of lingering oily bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is pretty fluid and drinkable, with a crisp medium body. Effervescence is fizzy and ample, but very soft and tame, and paired with the unusual minerality, it really lends a bright crispness. The heavy dry-hop, fluffy malt, and hop oils lend additional softness and body, but the finish dries out nicely with some digging bitterness.

Overall: A brilliant showcase of Citra hops that somehow manages to cram an explosion of hop flavour into a 6.2% ABV package. It finds balanced between single IPA drinkability and double IPA saturation. There's a lot of Tree House flavour similarities here, and tge beer manages to borrow traits from multiple IPA styles and sew them together here to create something that feels hyper-refined, while still being incredibly bold.

Jan 13, 2021
4.5 by 46and2 from Missouri on Jan 10, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Lupin from Connecticut

I've had it a billion times but I've never reviewed it and now that BA has nerfed everyone's karma I guess I have to. I guess being a member for 14 years and going to a dozen fests isn't enough.

FBD was that friendly transitional beer between WCIPA and NEIPA for thousands of us and it's held up over the years. Still has that slightly "unfinished" "it's brew day and I'm grabbing growlers" feel to it, but not in a negative way.

Jan 08, 2021
Photo of mycousinvinny
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mycousinvinny from New York

pours Hazy gold,nice 1 inch white head,great lacing
smell Orange, grapefruit, lemon, light floral, grapefruit aromas
tastes nice citrus ,tangerine, orange, mango with light bitterness
overall excellent beer

Dec 31, 2020
4.25 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Dec 13, 2020
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