Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fuzzy Baby Ducks consumed at Cask Republic

A family outing started with a showing of Blue Man Group at the historic Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover there was beer available. Nothing super crafty was available so I "suffered" through couple Harpoon IPA's. Serving said brew was long time family friend Jaimo. He's a funny guy and handily pours the beer of your choice into classy plastic cups.

The cool part is that we could bring our cold, frothy beverages into the theater to enjoy whilst viewing the show of paint splattering, percussive blue men. This makes the show all the more enjoyable; if you ask me.


After the show, we took a walk around the corner and down the block to Cask Republic. This venue was chosen for it's large selection of craft beer. And by large selection I  mean massive! I've never seen such an extensive beer list. It was impressive and mind boggling.

You would think that when presented with such a list that choosing a beer would be a difficult task. Not this time. Not for me.

I spied Fuzzy Baby Ducks from New England Brewing Company and my mind was instantly made up. It's a beer I've been wanting to try for a long time and have never been able to get my hands on. Well, there it was, in my fat little hand within mere seconds. Spit in my eye and call me happy!

For me, most beers don't stand up to the hype. This one does. It is fantabulous. Among the best NEBCO beers!

Fuzzy Baby Ducks (6.20% ABV) is an American IPA. It was served in an fluted pint.  It was a hazy orange yellow with a nice floof of foam that clung to the glass and left behind amazing lacing.

The aroma is a nose full of tart citrus and earthy hoppy goodness. You know what you're getting when you smell this beer.

The taste was piney, grapefruity, juicy fruity. It was mildy malty sweet but mostly bursting with bitter hops. The balance is good but leans in the hophead's favor.  The finish is crisp and bitter.

The mouthfeel was medium and effervescent.

Overall: excellent.

I tasted at least eight different beers this night (and a Patron Reposado neat) but I only drank one beer (more than once) and that was Fuzzy Baby Ducks. Outstanding.

For reviews on other beers I tasted at Cask Republic - click here

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