Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New England Brewing Double Fuzzy

The Stats
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2%
Current Ratings...
- Untappd: 4.41/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.41/5
- RateBeer: 3.97/5

"Bigger is better, right? We figured we'd put that adage to the test. So, we decided to take our FBD IPA and make an "Imperial" version of it and that's just what we did. Double Fuzzy is a bit stronger, a bit heavier on the tropical fruit flavors" and hopefully even more pallet-pleasing. Grabbing two is appropriate."

Pours glowing orange with a hazy body and a finger of white head.

Acidic, pulpy orange juice is bursting on the aroma as are a fair share of doughy malts. Creamy orange sorbet and melons provide a lot of juice and a subtle lime component hides in the back.

The taste is quite refreshing, which I applaud for a 8.2 % DIPA. I immediately think of a fresh glass of orange juice splashing over my palate first thing in the morning. It's full of juice and mild tart acidity, but overall it's an exposition of citrus juices. More of that lime from the aroma is here and at times it pushes its way to the front of the line and shines. Some more honeydew melon and even some berries also come out, but the taste produces some grassy and even floral notes that were absent from the aroma. They are a welcome addition to the party and add another layer of complexity.

The mouthfeel is calm and with good carbonation. It is not that thick of a DIPA and has the body of smaller IPA. Maybe the body comes in a tad thin, but it isn't watery and won't ruin the experience. As I said before, it is refreshing at times which, combined with the body, makes for high drinkability.

Double Fuzzy was an excellent Citra Double IPA. The flavors of the fruit juices, malts, grass, and flowers combined beautifully for a complex, tasty, and drinkable beer. Not a lot to criticize here, so, just go get it!


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