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: 83 | Ratings: 706
Photo of CayseyW
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange body topped with a thick, creamy head that leaves a generous lacing.
S: Grapefruit peel, orange juice and subtle tropical notes.
T: Soft tropical fruit flavors up front with a late sticky citrus bite. Very juicy beer.
F: I have found slight variation in the feel of this beer. I have tasted it where the bitterness was subtle and other times where it was sharp and biting. This beer is at its best in the former in my opinion. The feel is still nice either way—the carb is always on point and it's always absurdly drinkable.
O: This is the beer that drives a lot of NEBCo's hype. It's not my personal favorite of their's, but I still love it. I also love that it's not always available; I think some of the character of this beer is how infrequent the releases are. It's a world-class IPA and worth the experience to chase it down.

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Photo of SteveOOO
3.88/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is the definition of hype. Have to admit, I got swept up and traveled well out of my way just to get to a bar that had it on draft. Barely found a parking spot.

10 oz pour for an embarrassingly high price. All for a citra IPA the likes of which can be had easily from several other northeast breweries with a lot less hassle.

Not that its not great, but its not even the best IPA made by Nebco.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The Ordinary in New Haven delivered. Served slightly cool in a tulip glass. Comes out a lovely hazy golden color, but with minimal head or carbonation. I've had this before a few times and it's always the same case.

Smell is super potent, like rubbing fresh Citra hops in your hand and taking a big whiff. Everything else takes a back seat (very back).

Taste is just amazing IPA through and through. Pure Citra hop juice. Loaded with citrus rind, lemon, grapefruit, and a bitter (but not insanely so) herbalness. Cracker malts peek out every know and then.

The feel is what sends this beer over the top for me. It's really soft, delicate, and so damn light in the stomach. I had 3 at the Ordinary before the keg kicked. Will seek out again but it is not worth the 3 hour line at the brewery.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - pours an opaque, delicate, glowing orange. Is this where the name comes from? Looks very inviting.

S - tropical floral hops. Smells so fresh and distinctly NEBCO. Slight orange and mild breadiness. Some juicy character.

T - FRESH. The first word that comes to mind. Incredibly crisp and on point. Juicy grapefruit and orange. Crackery wheatiness. The balance in this beer is insane. Going into it, you can't expect to be blown away like you would a DIPA. That's not what this beer is about, it's about concocting the perfect single hop IPA. Hits all the right notes. Exhibits a slightly "hollow" flavor profile that floats flavor around the fringes, like the rings of Saturn, if you compare this beer to a planet. Pushes the flavor to heights you normally wouldn't see in a single IPA. Has a pointed dryness that sucks it all back into the core and ties the whole beer together. Well done.

F - light, but full and infinitely refreshing. Something NEBCO does well. Silky smooth.

O - the quintessential IPA. Nothing more to say other than a fantastically well-done offering from NEBCO.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury, CT
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a ridiculously cloudy, deep yellow ochre. I have never seen a beer that more closely resembled orange juice. The liquid was topped by a small, frothy, off-white crown that quickly dropped to a thin ringlet. Drops of lacing trickled along the glass.

Fragrant citrus and tropical fruit notes came through strong in the aroma. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Really crisp and bright. Super juicy. Loads of tangerine. Good dose of passionfruit and mango. A fairly intense, weed-like quality was present as well.

The flavor profile was definitely more pithy and bitter than the nose. Grapefruit dominated. Ruby red grapefruit came to mind. Slightly sweet. Loads of orange peel. Touch of tropical fruitiness. Mango was noticeable. The beer finished with an intensely bitter, white grapefruit like pithiness that lingered long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style but quite creamy. Frothy and fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine yet zippy effervescence.

Aside from this being the cloudiest IPA I have ever come across, Fuzzy Baby Ducks did not strike me as being all that unique or memorable. Although this is definitely a well crafted beer, I doubt that I would go to great lengths to procure it again.

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Photo of abuono
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours Hazy orange. Taste follows the nose- what you would expect from citra. Lots of citrus upfront balanced by some pine+bitter at the end. So drinkable. Would drink on a boat with a goat wearing a coat.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy pale yellow minimal white head and lacing
S: one of the juiciest smelling beers. Tons of citrus almost like orange juice followed by some great hop/pine aroma
T: follows the nose very well tons of citrus up front very smooth and easy to drink but then has a great hoppy/pine end with amazing aftertaste
F: good Mouthfeel, not sticky but feels a little thin and watery

O: Definitely one of my top 5 ipas. Very hard to get but a delicious beer

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Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, beautiful golden brew, topped by a white head with great retention.

Citra hops are clearly the entire show here, and they are as well represented in this beer as in just about any other. The dank and juicy hops are translated better to the palate than the nose.

Crisp and lively feel; eminently drinkable.

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Photo of JGLittle
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

64oz growler filled 2.20.15- Nice Nose, Citra all day. Very nice. Have been looking for this one for a while. Good to cross off the list. Don't need to chase it anymore but would happily drink more.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is definitely the most over-hyped IPA I have ever had.

I am grateful that I did not have to stand in line for two hours for a growler fill of this beer.

Fuzzy Baby Ducks looks great and smells great, but fails to deliver on flavor. It is a pretty basic and straightforward Citra IPA that drinks easy and finishes with more of a west coast bitter than a clean east coast ending.

Back in the day, I could see how the locals saw this as an amazing beer, but in the current state of craft beer, you could find shelf beers that surpass this brew.

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - A punch of citra hops to the face—orange, grapefruit and pineapple most notable in the nose, but also some slight notes of acetic/funk presumedly from the yeast.

Appearance - Hazy yellow/straw color with a loose white head. Impresive from a growler!

Flavor - Palette is full of juicy orange and tropical fruit notes. Surprisingly low bitterness, no lingering sweetness and occasional appearances of a wheat or buttery malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low bodied with a bit of an effervescence. Some hop bitterness with no lingering astringency.

Overall - A citra hophead’s dream come true, this unapologetic IPA has some other subtle nuances that make it unique.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden body with a decent white head. Smell bursts with citrus right away. Very inviting. Taste starts strong with grapefruit juice, orange peel, and maybe even pineapple and then shifts toward bitter pine resin on the finish. Slick mouthfeel with a west coast style body. Really nice IPA that is crushable and flavorful.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Strong tasty hops on the nose with an overall sweet IPA. Finish dies off pretty quickly, but that doesn't take away what a great beer this is.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a straw color with hues of orange coming through as well. a 2 finger foamy white head forms and has good retention. huge amounts of haze and cloudiness to it. completely opaque.

Smell: huge amounts of fruitiness. ranging from passionfruit to grapefruit and orange. quite a bit of resinous bitterness too. slight grainy/malty sweetness.

Taste: opens up with juicy and fruity notes. passionfruit, mango and citrus. after the juicy start things become a bit more resinous and almost spicy to piney. after all the hops a very slight bready malt comes through. no crystal-like sweetness, just a light sweetness to balance all the hops.

Mouthfeel: lighter and refreshing. lingering bitter and hop resin. strong drinkability.

Overall: clearly an extremely well done IPA. amazing range of taste from the Citra, I wouldn't have guessed that this was a single hop. Easily a top tier IPA but there are others out there that I would prefer to this and are easier to get.

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Photo of ChrisInBaltimore
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Drank from a 10 day old growler picked up on a trade in CT this past weekend (Thanks Brian!). This is a really great IPA. Amazing fruity/ floral aroma and wonderfully balanced, fruity, hoppy taste. I think it just loses a little (just a tad) on the finish. Very wonderful beer, but maybe not quite worth it for how hard it is to obain. I actually like Gandhi Bot a little better. (note, I have been drinking Dinner and Treehouse Haze the past few days, so my palette has some major competition). Definitely worth drinking if you can get it and maybe the best 6.2% abv IPA I have had.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy - unfiltered; golden yellow - SRM 7-8: 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: pine and tropical fruit; no malt characteristics - this is all about the hops;

T: tropical fruit up front; pine comes in mid-palate, along with a healthy dose of bitterness; that combination of tropical fruit, pine, and bitterness lasts though the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: this is about as close to the perfect IPA as I've ever had;

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Photo of Stevedore
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler filled in late November. Thanks Matt. Poured into a stemmed glass 12/5/2014.

A- Cloudy, hazy, misty- you get the idea- straw yellow-orange body. Again, very cloudy. Looks like a Hill Farmstead IPA. Appropriately sized two finger white head with good retention time and plenty of lacing. Looks good. [4.5]

S- This beer has an extremely impressive nose. Intense passion fruit, grapefruit and oranges- the unmistakable aroma of Citra which seems to be overdone in brewing these days yet the Citra shines so well here. Just enough grainy pale malt sweetness to balance out the resinous nature of the hops. Ridiculously lush, fresh and juicy. [5]

F- Grapefruit, passion fruit, mango. Tastes juicy and rich. The pale malt stands out of the way the entire time, just enough to keep the hops from being overwhelming. A very nice citrusy and grassy bitterness on the backend that really cleans up the palate and sticks around for a while. This is really tasty. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, soft, perfectly carbonated, smooth and incredibly crushable. The grassy bitterness provides a great balance without getting in the way of drinking this beer. This is very drinkable, no doubt about that. [4.5]

O- One of the best Citra IPAs I've ever had. Overall in terms of IPAs I definitely have a preference for Tree House Julius, especially since FBD has been such a pain to get. But this is definitely worth seeking out. One of these days I'll be able to do this side-by-side with fresh pseudoSue, a beer that this one reminds me of. [4.5]

Final score: 4.60

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Photo of JSweens
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Simply one of the best. If your looking for the juiciest hoppiest IPA out there, this isn't it. If your looking for a PERFECTLY BALANCED IPA, this is the one. The backbone to NEBCOs brews is a force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Black Friday bottle share poured from 64oz growler into Iron abbey tulip. Nose is tropical citrus fruits and soft pine. Taste is citrus followed by a heavy bitter orange pith taste. Overall really tasty IPA. Worth trading for, ehhh....

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Photo of BroMcChuggington
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

It's a fantastic beer. Can't give it the full 5 because there are a few beers I prefer slightly more ( THB C-9/Julius, Nebco Ten-er #11). Only had to wait ~75 minutes! Love me some citra hops.

On second taste, I had to adjust my rating down. The reason is I do not care for much malt flavor, and there's some malt action going down on my tongue that kind of distracts me from the rest of the flavorbomb.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fuzzy Baby Ducks is with out a doubt one of the best single hop IPA's out there. Only a handful of beers can match the smell and look of the ducks. The ones that do, are the beers I seek out. World Class.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Andrew - thanks. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a thin (1/4") white head which fades to a cap and leaves some spotty lace.

N: Floral and fruity tropical and citrus (grapefruit and orange), faint peaches.

T: Juicy tropical fruits and citrus overtones. Well balanced.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation (growler). Finishes sticky and dare I say soft and fuzzy.

T: A treat and very enjoyable. One day on tap, I can hope.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has been a looong time want. Thanks to stillmatic2232, I get half a growler of it!

Any worries that the growler didn't travel well are dissolved by the pour. Pours a hazy, almost opaque orange, with a 3 inch head. Not much lacing in the glass.

Smells like bright citrus flavors (orange + grapefruit, mainly) with some underlying cattiness.

The taste is pretty similar. This tastes pretty similar to most Citra-hopped beers, but escapes most of the pitfalls of single hopped Citra beers. There is a sort of underlying cattiness that I find hard to describe (I will not describe it as cat pee, because I have never drank cat pee). It's more of an earthy cattiness, or something. As the beer warms, the citrus flavors become even brighter- juicy oranges and grapefruits, a little bit of pineapple. The bitterness is mild, but it lingers in your mouth during the whole session. This one gets better the more you drink of it.

Crisp, but slightly sticky mouthfeel. This beer coats your mouth and sticks around. Low carbonation. Very drinkable. The body is light, but almost fluffy in a way. The body and mouthfeel of this beer is possibly it's biggest strength, and it's nearly perfect. At 6%, this is a relatively low ABV IPA- it drinks so easy, with such huge flavor.

This is, unsurprisingly, a great IPA. The dirty cattiness is more noticeable before the beer warms up a bit, and detracts slightly, keeping it from being the perfect IPA. That being said, despite that, this is one hell of a beer.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 day old growler...

Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden color. Fluffy white head leaves thick rings behind

Smell is of a Citra esque cat pee and tropical fruits.

Taste is bitter with that sharp Citra taste (I don't even know if Citra is used, but it sure seems like it to me) followed by some exoctic tropical fruits. Very dank.

It is a relatively dry IPA. It coats the mouth and leaves you wanting more!

This beer is fantastic! Been waiting to tick this for 2ish years, so glad I got the chance!

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Photo of Hendry
4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Out of the blue April release from NEBCO to the delight of their customers: a million thanks to Smutty for braving the lines and for the fresh growler filled 4/16/14 and arrived/consumed 4/18/14.

Gorgeous cloudy apricot pour (there is nothing like the look of an unfiltered IPA), generous two finger Navajo white head that recedes to a nice cap with lacing abound in the Lawson's tulip. Great start.

Aroma is quite juicy and hop forward. My nose picks up clementines and peaches with a nice sweetness about it that faintly resembles a freshly baked cinnamon bun with icing.

Flavors are very juicy as well, with a big pleasant hop blast to the palate without ever becoming overbearing, the flavors linger and you don't want them to go away. As it warms it becomes notably more peachy, and the alcohol is masterfully hidden with just the right abv for the hops to play center stage in the flavor zone.

This is an excellent example of an East Coast style that has been popularized over the last couple of years, and delivers everything I love about a cloudy unfiltered IPA. Outstanding use of the Citra hop, tremendous aroma,taste and mouthfeel, Fuzzy Baby Ducks is a Grand Slam and comes highly recommended by Hendry.

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Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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