Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPAFuzzy Baby Ducks IPA

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 766
Photo of Jsukys
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A standout among so many others that have began to crowd the style. This is OG, if you will (a recipe at least 4 years old as far as I know). Beautifully orange with a mild haze in appearance - like it just so happened to look that way, not trying to be hazy for the sake of in-vogue haziness. Aroma is balanced citrus hoppiness without the sweetness that accompanies many TH IPAs nor the yeastiness of Trillium. It's sort of a distilled representation of the style. Taste follows the nose but introduces a really wonderful creamy mouthfeel that I didn't expect from the appearance or aroma. It's oily in a good way and without being chewy. Finish is crisp with a mild bitterness that reminds you it's beer (a good thing in my book - if I want a fruit smoothie, I'll go to Jamba Juice). For my two cents, this is right up there with my other favorite 'local' citrus-based hoppy beers Julius and Fort Point, but marks out its own unique territory. Amazing stuff and really hoping they can this more often.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Inaugural Fuzzy Baby Ducks in a 12 oz can from the brewery. 3/22/17 tag on the 6-pack
Friggin' cold waiting in line!

Pours a light orange with a 1" cream head that dissipates quite rapidly, not much lacing, slight haziness staying this side of the New England IPA trend
Smells of tropical fruits
Taste is where is really shines (and counts). More tropical fruits, slight hint of pine, typical New England Brewing yeast or malt back taste, which is good...mmm, great balance
Slight tingle on the tongue that lingers, a good creaminess that remains as well
Overall a fantastic IPA, up there with the big boys. More balanced than the current juice trend

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Photo of raspy22
4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really impressed with this beer! Look was a very nice yellowish-orange color, hazy. Half inch head.
Aroma was a very wonderful display of the citra hops! Got all the usual players, orange/tangerine, mango, sweetened pineapple, grapefruit. Very pleasing aroma!
Taste was thankfully close to the aroma with a little bit of malt/pine to even it out. The taste had a bit more balance than the heavy tropical/citrus nose.
Mouthfeel was pretty smooth and sessionable.
Overall, I have to say that this easily ranks up there with the other great NE IPAs that are more popular. Wish they canned this stuff for easier access, but it was well worth the wait and effort! Recommended!

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Photo of rabbott2
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler drank on 2/24/17

L-good head, thin lacing, decent clarity

S-smooth citrus, sugary/candied fruit almost, lots of orange and some pineapple and mango

T-follows the nose well

F-smooth and easy to drink

O-very glad to finally try this. Overall a great IPA and one that has seemed to be consistent for several years now. Packed with so much flavor for a lower ABV.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a healthy finger of effervescent head. The head is pure snow white, and sticks around for a while before finally setting into a thin film that covers the beer like a sheet. Leaves a few random splotches of lace as it dissipates.

The aroma pretty much teabags your face with citra hops. Loads of mango and candied pineapple up front, followed by a healthy wave of orange rind and grapefruit. The back end is piney and earthy, with a subtle dankness. No malt detected. Just hops out the butt.

The taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet, juicy pineapple as well as some orange and mango. There's a nice hop bite and restrained bitterness, before the sweet malt comes through on the back end.

The feel is medium bodied with somewhat lively carbonation. Very smooth, with some loitering bitterness. A bit sticky. Drinks more like a DIPA, to be honest.

Overall, a fantastic IPA that does a wonderful job showcasing the citra hop. I'm well aware of the hype surrounding this beer. Is it overhyped? Absolutely. Does NEBCO make better beers? In my opinion, they do. But this one is still great and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of dms
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't get the hate'n on this beer. "Stick with Hill Farmstead, Treehouse, Trillium . . .
I love em too but this is right there. It's not sweet or floral - doesn't have that sugary yeast taste of others in the category. This is pony and resinous on the backend. It's almost metallic tasting. No one makes an IPA exactly like this. NEBCo carved our their little piece of the pie with this one. There's nothing better. Different and equally good . . . sure. Not better.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Has all the elements of a great IPA with citrus forward smell, great look and best of all nice finish. May rate Coriolis higher but not many other beers.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into snifter, at Widow Browns

This is what i was hoping for when I had GBot earlier in the night.

L. Light orange and full of haze. Nice lacing and big old head.
S. lots of tropical fruit and hops.
T. Follows the nose perfectly. Tons of hops an tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amazing aroma. Citrus big time. Taste is much different. I'm picking up citrus fruits and...Apple..? Pleasantly bitter and drying. Very good IPA. But I was expecting epic greatness though.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A classic. I've been wanting to try this one for years and finally had the pleasure. Very tasty IPA, with Citra as the star of the show. This and Coriolis are probably my favorite from NEBCO.

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Photo of CtSoxFan
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had the pleasure of having this one a few times. When ever it hits a local restaurant or bar, there is sure to be a line of folks waiting to get it.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a few growlers of this and samples at the brewery. Great beer, great smell, smooth hop taste. Very very good but I think they have a few other hop beers I like more. Another great northeast IPA

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

growler purchased 7/1 at brewery.

l 2f head with lacing and ring, good retention. beer is a semi hazy copper

S Citra is always more tropical than citrus to me. I get pineapple and mango first, then orange and grapefruit.

T fruit bomb for sure with pineapple and grapefruit leading the way, with some orange as well. fairly bitter piney and dank finish.

F light to medium body, light to medium carbonation, very good construction, bitterness runs away a bit at end

O It's very good and everyone likes what they like, but I sense maybe an amount of overhype. I'm not sure what makes this superelite beyond the level of Kane's Hop Lab Citra, for example.

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Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Cask Republic in New Haven, poured into a modified tulip glass.
A - Honey yellow, steady carbonation piles upward into thick white, tight knit cap. Pillowy lacing
clings to the inside of the glass.
S - Orange reduction, unsulfured dried pineapple, tangerine, a sweet maltiness in the background. Wonderful display of late addition hops, Citra on delightful display.
T - Tropical fruit forward, a semisweet start, then creeping bitterness makes its way across the palate. a base of lite malts gently supports this hop centric offering.
M - A bit slick on the palate, initial rollout is right down the center of the tongue. A quick transition offers a bitter kiss. The finish is quite long.
O - Thoughtfully crafted, this is an exercise in tropical hops, not an Evergreen to be had in this offering.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured into tulip glass on tap at Little pub Wilton CT. Nice golden yellow hue with minimal lacing. Candied orange on the nose with a bit of pine earthiness. The malt profile is minimal, the feel lightly carbonated with an even mouthfeel. Initial hop bite, but has a generous juicy profile and finishes smooth with no bitterness. Very easy drinking, almost sessionable little fruit bomb from NEBCO. I really enjoyed this brew!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden orange and apricot hues with a slight hazy body; thin white head and a scant lacing
S: Tangerines, oranges, and tropical fruits on the nose
T: The citra hops shine here and provide the requisite citrus punch; the malt profile is minimal
F: Lightly carbonated and even mouthfeel
O: Nicely hopped, but has a generous juicy profile - certainly helped paved the way for its Tree House and Trillium brethren. Nevertheless, this is a world class IPA that stands on its own.

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Photo of Boto
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fom Brewery: This one pours a hazy golden color. It had a small head and left no lacing. It has a nice nose. Citrus, mango, pineapple. The taste is excellent. Good hop bite and balanced. Citrus, pineapple, mango. As good as advertised!

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Photo of emount91
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful hazy orange, head dissipates quickly. smell is orange peel, orange juice, and slight geapefruit. no malt whatsoever. taste is great: candied orange, dry citrus, that orange peel, and a very tiny malt back end. this one is citra through and through, NEBCO did a great job with this single hop. feel is fuzzy, as I would hope given the name. great great beer. don't know when I'll ever get my hands on this again because I won't stand in that line, but I hope I do one day.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

64 ounce growler poured into a snifter.

Great Beer!

Appearance - Nice gold hue.

Smell - Huge dank citrus nose.

Taste - Perfect Citra hop example. Really really good!

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Great beer! Definitely worth the tick!

Grade (A)

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Photo of BadgerConn
3.92/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank god someone else waited in line in a downpour and not me! Overhyped and didn't deliver. Not a bad beer by any means, but far more pedestrian than people make it out to be.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought it was a very delicious beer but I had no idea what a palate destroyer it was. I asked for a taster of Sea Hag (which I love) for comparison and I almost couldn't taste it. We have a winner!

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Photo of aleigator
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a big, stable head.

Offers a great, flowery lemon aroma on the nose, creating an enjoyable fruitiness from the get go. While there is not so much going on apart from the profound lemon, its multi layered richness actually convinces on its own. Truly refreshing, with a range between juicy to being crisp - very intriguing.

Has a medium, soft mouthfeel, showcasing the beers pungent citrus greatness in a very mellowed, enjoyable fashion, while revealing enough hop oomph at the same time.

Offers a citrus crispness right from the beginning, soothed by crackery malts and a fluffy aqueous quality. The malts turn a tad sweeter right before the swallow, which is neccessary to balance the fast evolving citraic bitterness, which remains utmost silk on the palate. Finishes clean and soft, with a dry, citrus fruitiness cutting through, establishing a juicy, long lasting aftertaste.

Loved this, while I find it hard to describe, as this beer is entirely focussed on its citrus hoppiness, and that is said within few words. It is perfectly put together though, especially due to its smooth mouthfeel, equiping the citrus with a softness you wouldn't be able to get from biting into an actual citrus fruit, while everything else is there. A flowery quality adds to the complexity of the citrus, keeping it interesting on the palate, while preventing it from overpowering the palate by scaling up too much lime bitterness.

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Photo of W_Des
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange that is very common of the great NE IPAs. The nose is unlike any other single hopped Citra IPA I've had having more of an earthy pine and follows with the fruitiness in the finish. The body is very refreshing with a good medium bitterness and carbonation and it finishes dry and clean.

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Photo of Tom_O
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not all it's cracked up to be but a pretty fantastic IPA none the less. The smell is what really got me. One of the best out there. It's like a floral grapefruit explosion in your sinuses rank this a step above Sea Hag and a couple steps below Gandhi Bot.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good IPA. One of the best out there? Not. I would never wait in line for this like some BAs have done on a frequent basis. It's balanced, it leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass, and it offers a myriad of citrus notes (if that's your thing). All that said, there's nothing about this beer or the brewer that makes me say, "damn, I've never tasted that before." It's been done, and done better. I like your beer NEBCO, but it's not as elusive as you make it seem!

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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