Fluctuation
Equilibrium Brewery

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From:
Equilibrium Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #206
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
97
Ranked #770
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 5.95%
Ratings:
314
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sunday at 01:23 AM
Added:
Mar 04, 2017
Wants:
  15
Gots:
  23
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Departures from Equilibrium are known as fluctuations. It pours a very hazy tangerine color, releasing bright tropical notes of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and lychee with an undercurrent of sorbet and cream. Fluctuation tastes highly resinous and tropical with an assertive yet soft bitterness. We consider this fluctuation to be perfectly unbalanced.
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4.19 by Dmbphoenix from New York on Sunday at 01:23 AM
 
3.85 by stanale from Illinois on May 13, 2022
 
4.03 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island on Apr 23, 2022
 
4.24 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Apr 23, 2022
 
4.5 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Apr 22, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

It's good but maybe the can was old.

Apr 08, 2022
 
 
4.43 by johnny_c from New York on Apr 02, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

grerat hoppy ipa drink slow to get the enjoyment of the hops

Mar 25, 2022
 
 
4.5 by Orny18 from New York on Mar 08, 2022
 
4.07 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by b-ri11 from North Carolina

A very sold DIPA. Immense amount of flavor from the first sip. Very tropical with deep citrusy taste yet far from orange juice. Very comparable to their flagship MC2.

Feb 20, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I am trying a can of this beer while in St. Germaine, Wisconsin for the Eagle River pond hockey tournament. It poured a hazy golden with spotty lace. The scent had fruit peel presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easybto drink with fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Feb 12, 2022
 
4.07 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Feb 05, 2022
 
4.32 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2022
 
4.37 by o29 from Texas on Jan 09, 2022
 
4.09 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jan 02, 2022
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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Canned on: 11-30-21

A - Dark golden tan color with thin white lacing.

S - Dank pineapple, mango, and tropical fruit that's pulpy.

T - Dank pineapple, tropical fruit, peppery spice, slightly green, and spicy fruit rind.

M - Chewy and pillowy soft.

O - This is pretty impressive.

Dec 29, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Limazulu from Idaho

A-like hazy grapefruit juice. Minimal head despite a vigorous pour
S-nice notes of nectarine, apricot, and the malts
T-apricot, nectarine, and orange pith. Below avg sweet, avg bitter.
M-Moderate (-) body, but despite that it has good creamy silky finish
O- not quite up to the hype, but no regrets and worth another try

Dec 29, 2021
 
4.25 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Dec 25, 2021
 
4.63 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Dec 11, 2021
 
5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by fujindemon74 from Pennsylvania

L- hazy pithy OJ, looks awesome

S- sweet tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, kiwi, orange, tangerine

T- follows the nose, sweet & creamy tropical notes, stellar

F- medium full

O- an outstanding example of a DIPA, highly recommended, will definitely purchase again

Nov 26, 2021
 
4.4 by RollDamnTide from Florida on Nov 24, 2021
 
4.25 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Nov 21, 2021
 
4 by hockeypuck from Maine on Nov 21, 2021
 
4.66 by pantz9 from Massachusetts on Nov 07, 2021
 
4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Oct 13, 2021
 
4.3 by smithj4 from New York on Oct 01, 2021
 
4.01 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Sep 14, 2021
 
4.48 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Aug 22, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

CAN
Milky straw with fast-fading white froth that still leaves rings; big mashed mango nose; orange juice, papaya, pine, specks of lemon hard candy, mint, and pineapple sorbet, slight dank to end; soft, and creamy.

4 4.25 4.5 4 4.25

Apr 13 canning date, which puts this at 10+ weeks - not super fresh, but by no means stale. This manages to do two impressive things at once: it’s incredibly juicy, all fresh squeezed OJ + mango smoothie, yet is so creamy that I checked the label for lactose.
It gets deeper as it opens, but more resiny and brighter - StoneTrippin said orange TicTacs, I could see that. And of course it’s not at all boozy, low bitterness, and well-balanced.
The rare NEIPA where you’d have more than one: complex enough to hold your interest yet easy drinking.

Maybe not E=MC2, but top notch. EQ know how it should be done.

Aug 05, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

16 oz. Can
Canned On: May 18 21

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricots, nectarines, peach, melon), pretty nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricots, nectarines, peach, melon), a nice little sweetness, very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. MilkShake! Orange Julius! Addictive!

Jul 08, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

2021-06-23
16oz can served in a shaker pint. Dated May 04 21, so it's six or seven weeks old, which isn't terrible -- but amazing that I found it in Washington at all. Bought it at Chuck's Hop Shop last weekend.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a huge, lasting head, medium carbonation, and some floaties. Smell is bright citrus zest, resin.

Taste is light mango, tropical juice, some of the citrus zest bitterness. Creaminess, almost like a malted vanilla milkshake (makes me think a little of lactose, but it's not listed on the can). Definitely get a little lemon candy flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy. Pretty good beer.

Jun 24, 2021
 
3.68 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Jun 20, 2021
 
4.1 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jun 17, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

No matter how good something is, at some point you want something different. So Equilibrium veers from their normal EQ roots and into a new taste in IPA. With a EQjuice-ish quality, Equilibrium simply can't help themselves. They just don't fluctuate very far.

Pastel and rusty gold in appearance, Fluctuation builds a creamy dense froth while releasing a radiant tropical bouquet. With a background of citrus and melon, hints of orchard fruit adds to the citronella perfume. Sweeter though to taste, the beer's flavors kick off with a cereal, shortbread and sugar cookie quality before the hops take command.

As the hops rise on the middle palate, a more tropical taste ensues. Pineapple, passionfruit, mango, papaya and agave each seem a touch on the younger side while the acidic zing of citrus adds a bright orange, grapefruit, lime and lemon backdrop. Slightly tangy with sherbet-like fruitiness, a sense of fruit punch precedes a bitter balance of herb, spice and green dankness.

Creamy on the front, but trending dry, resinous and peppery in finish, the beer shows more of a sprucy bitterness than is expected for the hazy style. A stern hop bite brings a gin-like character of juniper, pine, fresh-cut grass, cannabis, lemon pepper and a sharp woodsy bite in a slightly astringent prickle on the throat

Jun 16, 2021
 
4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Jun 11, 2021
 
4.5 by rab53 from Washington on Jun 06, 2021
Fluctuation from Equilibrium Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 314 ratings