Beer Review: Rushing Duck 4th Anniversary Brux IPA

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More beer from one of my favorite NY breweries and home of the infamous James the Brewery Cat, this is Brux IPA, the 4th Anniversary beer from Rushing Duck. Brux is a celebration of Rushing Duck turning 4 and a platform to show off their beloved brewery cat. Named after the unique strand of yeast Saccharomyces Bruxellensis, RD added pink peppercorn to give it an even more unique twist. Brux comes in at 7.2% ABV.

Appearance: Very hazy deep orange color with a nice 1 finger head, really great lacing. James is popping out of a birthday cake on the anniversary bottle and is also featured on the canned version, what more could you ask for.

Nose: Nice floral, tropical fruit, musty, white grape, some pine resin, lime, lemon, earthy, mango, pineapple and spicy hop notes. It features Azacca, El Dorado, Mosaic, Meridian hops.

Taste/Mouth: Floral, earthy, spicy and some lemon flavors initially. There are some nice tropical and pineapple flavors as well. You get an interesting spicy peppery flavor through the middle from the pink peppercorns. It is nice and easy to drink for 7.2% ABV and feels medium with a nice bite of carbonation. Finishes pretty clean and slightly bitter.

Price/Availability: This was a one time only bottle for the breweries 4th anniversary but they have since brought it back as a canned beer which comes around every once and a while.

Overall: James!!! Cheers to 4 years of Rushing Duck beers, 4 years of some damn good beers I might add. This was an interesting one, but one I enjoyed it quite a bit. Definitely great depth of flavor that kept me interested all the way through. The Saccharomyces Bruxellensis strain of yeast the beer was named after, along with the pink peppercorn addition and a hop bill full of some of my favorites (El Dorado & Mosaic, hello!) this was a great way to celebrate. They have since brought this one back in cans and made it a bit more accessible by lowering the ABV to 6%. Here’s to 4 more years RD!

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Rushing Duck Consumer Friendly Keg Mover

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Rushing Duck, home of the hardest working brewery cat in the business James the Brewery Cat, is back with a hoppy lager in Consumer Friendly Keg Mover. CFKM is quite the mouthful to say, and type so we will go with the abbreviation moving forward. CFKM comes in at 5.3% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow 1/2 finger head and some great lacing. Basic can with a decal on it, fits the beer.

Nose: Floral, earthy, citrus and lemon. It has some yeasty and even smells a little farmhousy or tart. Malt is present as well with toasty and cracker notes.

Taste/Mouth: Definitely malt forward with the cracker, bready malt at the forefront with floral and citrus hops throughout. Peppery and some yeasty notes, finishes dry and spicy hop flavors linger on your tongue. It actually has a very full feel to it and doesn’t feel thin like a lot of other session beers out there. It is more complex than advertised for sure.

Price/Availability: Cans are a brewery release and as you would imagine they do a lot of kegs of this one.

Overall: It is an interesting take on the hoppy session lager which is a new variant of the already popular session beer which lots of breweries are taking a swing at this style or something along the lines. I was expecting a little more hop forward but it was more of a solid sessionable lager with the malt flavors at the forefront and some nice complimentary hop notes. I didn’t love it but it was well done and I would certainly grab it on draft or drink it again when in the Hudson Valley.

Grade: B-

Beer Review: Rushing Duck Divided By Zero IPA

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Rushing Duck a great smaller brewery located in Chester, NY is making some awesome beers in the Hudson Valley. This is Divided By Zero their Imperial Session, Pale-Black-Indian Pale Ale aka a West-Coast Style IPA. It uses a rotating bill of hops in every batch, this batch is citra and equinox. Divided By Zero comes in at 7%.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a nice glow to it. Small head but some great lacing down the glass. Can art is clever mimicking the terrible blue screen of death.

Nose: Pine resin, mango, tropical fruit, grapefruit and pineapple. Very juicy, lots of pine coming through. A good west coast style nose.

Taste/Mouth: Solid dose of bitterness up front with some citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Good hit of the pine and resin coming from the nose and then finishes dry and bitter. Pineapple is there as well with a nice cereal malt backbone. No heat present, very drinkable beer.

Price/Availability: It is a brewery release and it is $13/4 pack which is pretty reasonable but would feel better at $11-$12.

Overall: A real solid IPA from Rushing Duck who if you get the opportunity to you should absolutely visit in Chester, NY. I could easily drink a ton of these and not get tired of it. I love the rotating hop varieties as well, making each batch a little different than the last. War Elephant is still my favorite RD beer though!

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Rushing Duck Baby Elephant Session IPA

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This is gonna be my first review of a draft beer on the site as I had a 1 liter growler filled at the brewery for this review. It is of one of my favorite local breweries Rushing Duck out of Chester NY. I have for this review their brand new session IPA, Baby Elephant. The name is a play on their incredible Double IPA, War Elephant and although it doesn’t share the same hop bill as you may think, it is certainly the baby brother of the mighty War Elephant. I drank this the day after I got my growler filled  at the brewery and have also had it a few times since fresh from the brewery. Baby Elephant comes in at 4.4% ABV and I am not sure of the exact IBU.

Appearance: Poured from a 750 mL growler into a snifter. Pours a nice 1-2 finger head which dissipates into some really good lacing down the glass. The beer is a great light orange/straw color with some nice haziness to it. Just the right color a session IPA should be!

Nose: Nice nose on this small ABV session, lots of pine, resin and citrus. Especially getting some pineapple notes. Smell reminds me a lot of Stone’s Go To, which is definitely a good thing.

Taste/Mouth: Nice clean refreshing mouth is the first thing that comes out of this beer for me. You get some dry hoppiness but its paired with a good malt presence to back it up. You get some of the pine and citrus from the nose carrying over to the taste as well. This holds true to having the drinkability of a session beer with good characteristics of an IPA shining through.

Availability/Price: This beer, like most of Rushing Ducks, is a draft only. You can only find them in NY as of now as well but a trip to the brewery is well worth it. They keep growler fill prices at the brewery very reasonable.

Overall: Another great offering from the ever growing catalog of RD beers. This is right there with a Stone Go To or a Firestone Easy Jack as far as Nose, Taste and Drinkability. The bonus you get from this one though is supporting local craft beer, hard to think of many other beers I would like to be crushing on a long hot summer day of drinking!

Grade: B+