I've actually just come off an IF style bulk I started in the middle of the summer. Put on quite a bit off mass. It seams like most of the fat I gain is stored in the lower body since my thighs and ass have grown more than my upper body. That + carb face and constant bloat as well as outgrowing a fair bit off my wardrobe, made me decide to cut down to sub 10% bf and take it from there. I'm around 13% atm. Since my lifts are still very low and I don't have to cut for very long, I don't think I'll lose any strength.
Reason why my lifts aren't higher despite bulking for so long, is that I've done a couple of deloads and a lot of work on flexibility to make sure I learn everything correctly. Didn't start real benching until mid fall and still not able to back squat with good form.