Cloud Candy
Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,018
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,115
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 8.89%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
147
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Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: A hazy, deep golden-orange color with aromas of papaya, mango, and starfruit and a smooth and crisp finish.

Double Dry-hopped with: Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 147 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My loving sister Ingrid had a couple of these waiting for me when I came to visit in Massachusetts. They are pretty fresh and pretty tasty.

It pours nice and cloudy with a little fizz. They was some unexpected sediment at the end of the can. The aroma is subdued and not really what I expect from the style (which is often a stench). It tastes first taste. Like most New England's, it's a nice balance of lots of malt and hops tastes. It finishes very cleanly.

Recommended. It's a great example of the style. Thanks, Ingrid.

Jul 24, 2021
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VALIS666 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an impossibly thick orange haze with heavy lacing. Doesn't get any better. Nose of tangerine, papaya, and a darker citrus I can't quite place. Smooth, juicy taste with the citruses mentioned and a hint of pine. A bit sweet, but not artificially. Gentle mouthfeel with a lingering, juicy aftertaste, medium-low carbonation, the type that makes you smack your lips to get more if it. Completely boring packaging, but I do like the concept of cloud candy.

This is one of my favorites right now for hazy, citrus heavy IPAs. Just maybe a bit too sweet.

Jun 24, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this on draft.

Pours a hazy milky orange with a long lived creamy head and some lacing.

Smells of citrus

Tastes of pineapple and mango. Slightly bitter finish.

Medium body light carbonation.

Pillowy mouthfeel.

A very drinkable mild mannered NEIPA.

May 27, 2021
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rorjets from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a snifter. Beautiful three fingered white head with excellent lacing as the beer is consumed. The body of the beer is apricot colored, opaque, with sediment present. A fruity bouquet on the nose, with hints of tangerines, plums and melons. First sip is citrusy, with a bit of grapefruit tang, followed by a bit of bitterness on the tongue.

Feb 21, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We’ve now had this a few times and I swear it’s better every time. This is what the modern NEIPA should taste like. Candy indeed. Sweet fruity finish and smoother than a silky sheet of cotton. My goodness. Every time I see this beer on the shelf or on tap and I end up getting something else I feel a bit guiltily. We know this is a winner, one of the best. Supremely drinkable and tremendously flavorful. It’s mighty good product.

Nov 24, 2020
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vludwig from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice golden color except for slight greyish tinge. Cloudy, not just hazy, but still attractive.
Initial big white head dissipates fairly slowly, lingering and lacing the glass to the end.
Very attractive sweet, tropical fruit aroma like guava and papaya, but also lemon. No defects noted.
Very low neutral malt flavor and considerable lemony flavor, apparently from the hops. Balance is slightly sweet.
Slightly sweet and fruity aftertaste with a hint of warmth.
Medium body and high carbonation result in a fluffy-pillowy mouth feel.
The fruity aroma and flavor are attractive, but as the beer warmed I found the soft, sweet flavors a bit cloying, so you might want to drink this one a bit colder than normal.

Aug 09, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4/7/20, only 2 days old so extremely fresh here

Pours a hazy orange/gold with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head, some lacing

Big tropical pineapple and resiny hops in the aroma, soft smells of lemon and pine

Almost sour in flavor, there's a big tropical vibe here bursting with mango and melon. The hops are no joke here either, bitter and drying but still juicy

Mild carbonation, this is medium bodied and soft on the tongue, veryyyyy easy drinking

Overall this was really good, fresh and more bitter than I was expecting. Refreshing as all hell, I'll definitely get it again

Apr 10, 2020
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acrossman from New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great, solid IPA. Very high on the drink-ability spectrum and a great beer no matter the weather, indoors or outdoors. Definitely one of my go to IPA's, great value as well.

Apr 02, 2020
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yuriyt from New York

3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass from can. Pours an opaque orange. I know it's the style and all but not much of a looker in my book. Pleasant floral and fruity aroma. Super hoppy flavor, can't really taste the malt. Very astringent, like someone shook hop pellet crumbs out of a bag right into the can. Somewhat thin body. Don't see myself going back to this one too many times.

Feb 15, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another tasty NEIPA in a sea of similar beers. Seen it before and never thought to try it until I went to a spot where it was the only decent option. Wouldn’t seek out but I dig it!

Feb 10, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with nice white head.
Smell is muted but maybe some orange juice.
Flavor is not intense either. Some pineapple and orange and some tropical notes.
Easy to drink. And somewhat crushable. But nothing pops. Good beer though

Jan 01, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a glass

Fluffy white two finger foam cap, good retention , good lacings

Hazy golden yellow liquid

Aroma of tropical fruits

Taste of tropical fruits

Hop taste, no bite

Good beer

Dec 26, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 9/10/19. Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is lime, orange pith, and pineapple. Medium bodied, slightly sweet, with moderate carbonation. Gets better as i sip it. Easily the best beer I have had from the brewery. Nothing I would rush to get cases of, but a good NEIPA.

Oct 27, 2019
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Glider from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can purchased from the brewery around 3 weeks ago. Pours a murky, hazy orange with a bunch of sediment and a nice cap of foam that turns to heavy lacing. Smell is citrus, orange, and spicy, dense hops with maybe a touch of green onion. Taste is citrus, papaya, earthiness, more savory than I expected with hints of rosemary, decent grapefruit pith bitterness on the back end. Feel is soft with nice carbonation.

This is my third can. One was drank soon after purchasing, one about ten days out, and then this one at around three weeks. The second can tasted by far the best, whether it had to do with age or random taste factors. Today, this hits me as a fairly average NEIPA, maybe a bit more earthy and bitter than some. The last one I had I thought was very good. So overall, somewhere between average and very good, and I would suggest drinking it on the fresher side.

Jun 29, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 16 oz. can with no date shown. Sampled on April 20, 2019.

The appearance is a murky, cloudy looking amber-orange with a long-lasting and lacing-leaving frothy white head.

This may be an older can because at first I am getting a stale barley malt presence with tropical fruits buried below that. It seems like it is moving toward a malt bomb.

Medium and smooth mouthfeel.

Slightly sweet and bready malt taste with a modest fruity hop presence. Mild bitterness. It's faded some but it's not bad.

Apr 20, 2019
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albern from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dirty water orange color. The nose is tangerine with some vague fruitiness that is hard to pin down because it is rather subtle and not aggressive in character. This has the look and feel of a classic NEIPA, lots of haze going on. The beer is quite full bodied, has lots of orange, tangerine, maybe some peach flavors. There is a slight booziness to the beer that comes through as a bit pineappley. There is a tartness here but I'm guessing there is dextrose that adds some sweetness as well. Overall a quite good NEIPA.

Mar 23, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned a week ago.

L -- Pours a deep orange-amber haze with a lively 3.5 fingers of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and lacing
S -- Mango, green onion, woodsy pine, red grapefruit
T -- Mild tropical fruits and a bit of dry earthy woodsiness from the mosaic. The mosaic really shines here, as with all of the mosaic-hopped beers from Mighty Squirrel I've had
F -- Soft and fairly fluffy. Smidge of hop bite on the back of the throat
O -- Surprised and impressed by this one. Whatever crop of mosaic they're currently using is very good

83/100

Mar 17, 2019
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HipCzech from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at the OAK Long Bar & Kitchen (Boston, MA), served in an unbranded IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber gold with a nice head of white foam and rings of clumpy lace.

Smell: Resinous aroma with tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit), citrus, and dank vegetal notes.

Taste: Sweeter orange citrus and tropical fruit fill out a juicy hop profile with some dank notes, light grains and softer bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a creamy feel and softer carbonation.

Overall: A drinkable NEIPA with plenty of juicy fruit, but some unsettled dank notes too.

Dec 29, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mighty Squirrel Brewing Double Dry Hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo 6.5% canned on 9:18. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a finger plus sticky white head that leaves a thick layer of film on the sides of the glass sip after sip. 4.25

Smell is guava, pineapple, tangerine, and a little hint of grapefruit rind. 4

Taste follows tropical all the way, wonderfully balanced with all the flavors balancing one another, really tasty and more pronounced than the nose. 4.5

Mouthfeel is about medium, soft with very gentle carbonation, a little sticky but not dry, and so crazy drinkable. 4.5

Overall a very nice NEIPA, my first time trying this Brewery and this stuff is excellent. 4.25

Oct 04, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 8/22/18
Nice foamy fluffy 1 finger head, great retention and lacing, hazy orange slight rosy hue

Nose mild resin pine dankness, big citrus, generic tropical, grassy herbal notes, candied stone fruit

Taste more of the herbal dank grassy resin notes almost oniony but not quite that far, plenty of citrus, pithy orange grapefruit juice, little mango rind, papaya, candied fruit, lemon zest, mild creamy doughy flaked malt, soft, hops get a little piney spicy late little bitterness

Mouth is med bod, fair soft creamy, decent carb

Overall eh, ok base water treatment and malt profile, but hops were pretty meh

Sep 10, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can . Canned on: 5/15/18 opened on 6/5/18

A hazy and foggy copper/orange and golden liquid. A substantial white foam seems to hover, then spreads put thin. Nice lace. Very active liquid, big carbonation makes for a light, crisp effect? Fat lacing.

A big, tropical fruity hop blend dominates the nose. Papya, mango, spicy mango, peach, black pepper, herbs and grains, burnt wheat....sweet corn style malt scent. Lots going on here from both the hops and malt. As the liquid warms in the glass, the seriously honey-sweet malt aroma's pop out more, dense pineapple scented hops and candy, strawberry rhubarb pie later on.

The feel starts out with a crisp kick, juicy and fresh follows, light-crisp bite, floats around....then another earthy and dry style finish happens. Feels like a lot of oats, and grains in tbe malt with multiple layers of dry hops.

Cloud Candy....The name really fits. The body, feel and texture is certainly like a sip while sitting on a cloud of dry, juicy earthy goodness. Crisp, but fluffy feel and flavor's seem to float around tbe taste buds.

Jun 05, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy but not white with a dark gold color. Good head and better lace in the form of a near blanket

Mild aroma but well balanced. Nondescript pale malt and bittering hop.

Rather traditional American take on the pale ale. Easy to drink, difficult to get too excited about. The one notable difference, I get a warming taste from the alcohol. Moderate body, elevated carbonation.

Jun 02, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Colonial spirits
Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small quickly dissipating bubbly white head. Fruity citrus and tropical with a bit of grassy earthy astringency, Faint bready maltiness underneath.

May 03, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent look-cloudy honey color, 4F head.
Floral, citrus aroma.
Taste is questionable. Could be more pronounced citrus.
Instead a combo of earthiness and citrus and perhaps tropical fruit.
Needs a recipe retweak.

NEIPA. Not sure. Pronounced citrus and tropical fruit is indicative of the style.

Retweak the taste for an excellent beer.

Mar 24, 2018
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alebo12 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A cloudy deep yellow with an inch of foam head.

Aroma: Bright passion fruit and dry mango dominate the nose.

Taste: Surprisingly bright and dry with glorious notes of passionfruit and a touch of citrus (city hops?) balanced with a few notes of mango.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for an IPA. Works very well for this drier NEIPA.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It's not a cloyingly sweet NEIPA. At around 6.5%, it goes down deliciously smooth. I've noticed some NEIPAs around these days that tend to be overly boozy, even those under 8%. Cloud Candy manages to be deliciously fruity and dry without a hint of booziness. The drinkability and brightness is spot on.

Feb 28, 2018
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 147 ratings