Fluctuation | Equilibrium Brewery

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Equilibrium Brewery
New York, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 124
Photo of Buck89
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A can dated 2/1/2019 poured into a snifter. A very hazy bright golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was strong with lots of tropical notes (pineapple and mango) and a slightly dank undercurrent. The first thing I noticed on the taste was the lack of bitterness. I mean, this was all "juicy" flavors with more pineapple, mango, papaya, etc. There was some resin/dank, even diesel fuel notes as well. Silky and light on the palate. Overall an outstanding beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JdubsNY
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big tropical fruit flavors in this NE DIPA style beer. Each sip reveals something new.
Very resinous, yet completely smooth mouthfeel. Excellent. Equilibrium continues to hit it out of the park.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, luminous orange, with soft, fine head.

Smell is intense and juicy with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and passionfruit.

Taste is rich, juicy and intense. A bit of sweetness and dankness with massive notes of melon, oranges and pineapple followed by a well balanced bitterness and a tinge of licorice on the hop burn.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overall, a superb NE IPA, with perfect taste for the style.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - deep shade of solid orange red. Mango juice. Fluffy head with loads of lacing. Slick and shiny.

S - bright and simultaneously dank. Thick, sweaty mango tropicalia along with ripe peach, cantaloupe, and apple. A fruit bouquet.

T - juicy fruit up front with a punch of.. fruit punch? Banana mango smoothie with touches of bubblegum and cream cheese. In signature EQ fashion, the bitterness comes from the oat presence, exuding an almost sour graininess. Certainly unique.

F - floofy and light, fuzzy to the touch. Medium viscosity and a dreaminess to it.

O - hits hard from juicy fruitiness to tart tanginess. Perfectly unbalanced is what it says on the tin and I think they knew what they were doing the entire time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is an absolutely delicious ipa, and i owe a huge thanks to my brother for sending this one out from new york for me to enjoy! its fully on trend, but so much better than just about everything else out there in this style. its cloudy orange tinted when i pour it, and it holds several inches of thick white head like beaten eggs, stuff and peaky and lasting. no visible sediment but the cloudiness makes it appear quite thick and substantial. the aroma is killer, to me fresh tangerine, orange tic tacs, and even orange soda, canned mandarin oranges too, it would make sense if someone told me they added fruit to this, but i dont think thats the case. its all hops, i just have absolutely no idea which ones could have produced this striking aroma. its even more pronounced in the flavor, which might be the most impressive part of this beer overall. so often with the heavy dry hopped brews they are so aromatic but fade in the flavor, thats not the case at all here and in fact quite the opposite is true. its even more pungent in the taste, orange tic tacs and soda too, sweet for a minute, oily and rich, grounded only by the starchiness of the grain base, and barely at that. this thing is so unique, i cant even guess which hops might be responsible for such a distinctive and interesting flavor, but its awesome. seems like wheat or oats in the malt, maybe both, this is frothy and almost creamy feeling, which is great with all the orange character in this. dry and well carbonated, but i burp these one of a kind hops for awhile after the beer is gone. this was enormously impressive, my first beer from the acclaimed equilibrium. stoked to have gotten to try this one, its really special beer!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Quite different hop profile on the nose with some oniony notes, vegetal, dank, fruity but with some unique notes. Taste follows with fruity notes like melon but also chives and dill. Medium body and carbonation. Tasty and quite unique.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy murky yellow with small white head. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Tangerine, mango, pineapple, and kumquat.
Taste: Tangerine, melon, mango, and kumquat.
Mouthfeel: Thin for s dipa.
Overall: A very good ipa from equilibrium.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can to chalice. Huge thick head, hazy orange color. Big fruit aroma, tropical fruit taste with mango, orange, melon. Incredibly smooth. Amazing juice bomb. Scary drinkable - can't tell at all this is 8%+. One of the best beers I've tasted in recent years.

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Photo of cavedave
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Latest batch, worth mentioning as there have been tweaks and adjustments to this beer along the way, as the wizards of EQ get this beer perfect.

The darkest Flux iteration for sure,tannish orange, very turbid with a few chunks, killer thick two finger off white topper that leaves bas relief lace behind.

Full strength aroma, and then some, featuring, sweet and bitter orange, mango, floral notes, doughy sweet, and other unidentifiable tropical and citrus notes.

Full strength taste, with all the flavors of the aroma centered around some killer mango notes that create a wonderful flavor go around as the beer opens and warms. Just the right amount of pith bitter in the finish to keep this juicy masterpiece on the rails.

EQ's trademark super soft but not watery body, low carb., thick with hops and malt body but super refreshing and easy drinking, and a juciy finish that is clean as a whistle. There is zero alcohol presence.

What can I say except if the rest of the country is lucky their locals will take notice of what EQ is doing and try to provide it to their neighbors like EQ does for us here.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is very good. Having a hard time with the aroma. Not very strong. More of a tropical fruit aroma. Guava, maybe pineapple predominate with some mild piney resin. Nice juicy taste. I get some guava, maybe melon and mild pineapple. Some good bitterness on then end; maybe even a little peppery. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Treehouse is my house brew...so I knows what I speaks of...This is tasty--- Ive liked other EQs like MC2, but havent been wowed before Fluctuation.... All the usual flavors for a NE IPA are there, and then there's a melon, guavaish note that I personally really enjoy---reminds me of an early Curiosity, 11 or 12 I think.....

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Photo of Jlabs
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange right out of the can..looks like the sludge at the bottom of a bottle of OJ
Smell is grassy with some very nice citrus overtones..pineapple, mango and guava..taste is citrus as mentioned before..super smooth for an 8% abv beer, no bitterness at all....easily the best equilibrium beer ive had and one of the best ipas ive had all around..exceptional beer..if you love NEIPA's..seek this out!!

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can w/o canning date info

Typical EQ over the top turbid juice bomb look going on here

Juiced up tropical sniff

Loaded with orange juice, mango, some peppery spice, pineapple as well...full on NE IPA...tropical all the way...more fine beer from EQ, well worth seeking out this and other of their beers

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Photo of triliberty516
4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cold pint can poured into room temperature pint glass. Single digit head that slowly fades into a gentle lacing cradles the glass to the bitter sweet end. Light notes of layered fruitiness fill your nose with each creamy sip. Citrus Crush of Mango infused with layers tangerines, apricots and peaches slowly crawl across your palate flowing into a slight bitter hoppiness. This beer is a Master Piece.

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Photo of bobv
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a hazy golden body with sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit and citrus. Flavors mirror aromas with a nice, mellow bitterness. Good feel and overall, a nice job from Middletown, NY. Cheers! That lacing though, wow!

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me put it to you this way. No longer will Treehouse and Trillium be used in one breath for me, it will now be Treehouse, Trillium and Equilibrium, all in one breath.

There is such depth of aroma on this one that I can't believe that the use of massive amounts of adjuncts are not in play here.

Massive amounts of Lchyee are cumming through in the aroma and taste with an incredible depth of orange and pithy fruits balanced by a significant but extremely juicy and citrus bitterness that never overrules the significant amount of tropical fruit on this beer.

A juice bomb that does not contain any juice!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draught at the brewery. 12 oz. pour in a goblet. It pours a pretty, opaque yellow-orange color with a foamy, milk-white head and amazing lacing that coated the glass and retained its integrity through the pour. This is as pretty a pour as any NE IPA. The nose features lemon, grapefruit, ripe melon, and floral hops. The taste is luscious: lemon, grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, and a touch of vanilla. It finishes with a slight bitterness. There is no strong hop taste. The flavors are fresh and they blend wonderfully. I love the mouth feel: it is creamy, almost viscous, with pleasant carbonation. It's simply a pleasure to drink. Overall, this is one of the best DIPA's I've had in a long time. It's delicious and has the perfect feel. There aren't a lot of reviews yet but I think the BA Score on this one is way too low. This is a World Class DIPA. I wish they had more cans left!

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Photo of Kendo
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the can - no freshness date thereon, but I believe this was picked up at the brewery itself this past weekend. It's now Monday evening, so I'm pretty sure this is pretty darned fresh. Looks like pulpy pineapple juice: milkshake-like tangerine-orange body with a half-finger of foamy white head on top. Some lacing left behind.

S: Sweet tropical fruits - mango comes to mind, with a touch of pineapple. Very pleasant nose.

T: Follows the nose, with mango, pineapple and citrus - of the orange variety, not grapefruit as is usually the case with these types of IPAs. Just really juicy fruits (I'm thinking of those Orange Creme frozen dessert bars that are part ice cream, part orange sherbet), then a touch of grassy or herbal bitterness on the finish. Still heavy on the sweeter side of things, however, though that touch of bitterness does linger in the aftertaste. Alcohol heat felt in the belly and as that familiar soft buzz pretty quickly - no surprise given the 8.1% ABV. Very nice.

M: Creamy and juicy at the same time. Medium to full in weight. Carbonation is pretty much non-existent.

O: Phenomenal example of the NE-style DIPA. Big shout out to my co-worker for providing this can and the opportunity to have a super-fresh beer from Equilibrium down in Orange County (hey, maybe that's why this beer is so orangey!). . . .

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Pours an opaque orange color with 2-fingers of creamy white head. The head settles into a film that rests atop the beer, leaving an asinine amount of lacing as it goes.

You ever been slapped across the face by a mango? That's essentially the aroma here. There's some pineapple and melon, as well as plenty of oranges. But this aroma is a mango Armageddon.

The flavor is delicious, though a bit less balanced than I had hoped. Sweet citrus and pineapple, followed by mangoes and orange sherbet. Very low on bitterness.

The feel is medium bodied with relatively low carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Soft like a pillow. The alcohol is hidden well, and makes for a highly drinkable brew.

Overall, an outstanding DIPA that is exceptionally tasty and drinkable. What it lacks in balance it more than makes up for in flavor. Very well done.

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Photo of cfalls
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

from growler

L - saturated orange, opaque, minimal head

S - pungent mango, passion fruit, lychee, with a hint of honey/floral

T - juice explosion, just a hint of malt, on the sweet side even for the NE style, low bitterness, hint of basil in the aftertaste

F - medium minus carbonation, creamy, almost oily, no burn

O - one of the best beers I've had

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from the source.

This one pours a dark hazy and thick looking orange, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells ridiculous, like freshly squeezed orange pineapple juice, dank weed, crackery malt, and mango.

This is just absurd, there's so much hop flavor packed in here, like fresh squeezed hops, basically. There's wonderful creamy mango and orange pineapple hop flavor, with minimal but supportive malt character, and a nice herbal and green bitterness on the finish.

This has a really creamy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation, and a surprisingly high level of drinkability.

Equilibrium are a bunch of wizards.

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