Spring Training IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Spring Training IPASpring Training IPA

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 155
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 04-18-2007

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 155
Photo of Beric
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap at the brewpub
Served: 8 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the footed pilsener glass crowed with a solid one finger, pearly white head. Leaves good lacing.

Smell: Huge floral and citrus hop notes, without much else to pick up on.

Taste: Smooth hoppiness throughout the sip- first starts quite citrusy and then transforms into a more herbal/floral character. Malts don't add a ton to the flavor but serve to carry the beer across the palate. Finishes on the sweet side. A great IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Got a bit flat at the end.

Overall: A good IPA, but one that fails to distinguish itself from the pack. By no means a bad beer, but a beer that doesn't stand out in the crowd of other CBC taproom offerings. Recommended, but only as a second or third beer.

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Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from bottle, a cloudy orange gold, good cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Very attractive.

S - Faint orange pith, flowers and honeysuckle, hay aromas as well, lavender and a smooth gently citrus bright floral character. Quite light, but coaxing and pleasant.

T - start has mandarin orange, then a wave of more hay and pale malt, cruising florals true to the aim, it doesn't really get elevated much above the malty base though, bitterness develops slowly toward the end. It is definitely meant to be a light refreshing ipa. pick up some of the softer wildflower hop character, melds with some of the citrus sweetness to deliver a pleasing experience, aftertaste is gradually dry, pale malts linger.

M - soft carbonation on a moderate body, soft malty sweetness coats with a slight gentle bitterness that swells a bit toward the finish. Decent finish, but a bit malty all around.

Overall, not an IPA that will blow you away but one that is very pleasant on a summer day. Building floral hop bitterness, mixed with a gentle citrus character. Not an explosive or aggressive hop profile but one that is noticeable. Do get quite the suggestion of hay and wildflowers, it is quite a sessionable ipa that is good to drink outside, whether watching baseball or not.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a nonic pint to a deep yellow with a dense and rocky two finger head that retains well and has good lacing
S: smells of citrus, tropical fruit and a little pine oil. slight sweetness but mostly hops on the nose
T: taste is grassy and floral with some citrus and pine, slight tropical fruit and a hint of malt sweetness. swallow is piney and resinous oily hop goodness with a little citrus
M: this beer sits on the lighter side of medium on the palate with soft and adequate carbonation. the finish on this beer is oily from the hops but in a good IPA way
O: A delicious and well crafted IPA that hails from the wrong coast but could be mistaken as coming from the West.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy, light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts, fruit and earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice poundable less-harsh IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of alexbutler
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Creamy foam which dissipates to reveal a complex lacing on the glass. Darker orange color, but not thick.

S - Nothing overwhelming, but as the label advertises, "wildflowers and fresh cut grass" - meaning to me, a freshness that doesn't over power.

T - Certainly lives up to over stuff I've had from CBC. Very tasty. The mild carbonation eases off to a light finish, and though hoppy, the taste doesn't linger for too long.

M - The taste doesn't overwhelm, but this is a good thing. The I had mine not ice-cold, but a few minutes from the fridge and it tastes superb.

O - Great summer beer. Nothing heavy and very well rounded. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, slight sweet malt, alcohol, slight earthy malt, hint of grass, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, earthy hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cambridge Brewing Company - Spring Training IPA, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a pale mostly clear straw amber with a massive foamy head that retains well. Tons of chunky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is yeasty thin with some fruity hops on top.

Taste - Taste is creamy malt with piney but metallic bitter hops after. Not overly metallic but still not a selling point here.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Sits super bitter pine. Not boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Not horrible, but not great. Wish it was juicy rather than piney. Seems unfinished or rushed. I like CBC in general but this one wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has huge citrus, orange peel, floral.

The flavor follows of that blend of orange peel, grapefruit, floral, a light bready malt, a medium light bitterness on the end.

A very competent IPA that tastes higher than its ABV with tons of flavor.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a clear gold color with one finger of white head.

Aroma of orange, lemon and sweet caramel malts.

The taste was fairly subdued hops-wise with just a hint of baby aspirin along with sweet caramel malts. Light bitter note lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and somewhat dry with a moderate carbonation.

A decent IPA from CBC but not one I'd have again.

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Photo of nataku00
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, probably a bit old at this point. Beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of off white loose foam head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving some light lacing. Very effervescent, many tiny bubbles streaming up in lines along the edge of the glass.

Nose is pretty dank herbal and floral, ripe orange, caramel malt.

Taste is just a moderate dank herbal and floral hop, light citrus peel bitterness, mild yeast ester and caramel malt.

Light body and nicely effervescent. Unfortunately, the flavor is pretty mild.

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale blonde with a huge white head into my glass. Lots of froth there. The color is refreshing for the style as well.

Light and airy with the smell of fresh cut grass. Definitely conjures images of lazy afternoons at the pub with the Red Sox game on TV.

The use of ahtanum and palisades hops makes for a crisp dose of pine and citrus with a good touch of buttery malt.

There's some, if not much hop bite in the mouthfeel. Subtle, yet balanced. Finishes very clean as well.

I like this IPA. It's perfect for baseball season as evidenced by the name. I'd love it on tap.

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear yellow gold with a decent scatter of white fizz on top and a wonderful coat of lacing. The aroma announces a slinky grass hop with a somewhat overwhelmed corn graininess. The taste buds get an instant grassy bite with hay, and more corn syrup grain intensity. It's bright and medium light bodied with a very crisp, refreshing feel. Carbonation is bright but not overwhelming. If you want the crispy IPA to bite you back a little, this one does a very nice job.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spring Training IPA pours a clear light amber with a moderate creamy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet and thick ring around the surface. Clumps of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops and sweet malt. Notes of orange citrus, tropical fruit, and caramel malt are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. Although, it seems a little thin. The flavor begins with orange and grapefruit citrus. Tropical fruit notes move in before a sweet caramel malt balances out the hops. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering citrus and sweet malt.

A nicely balanced beer that's easy to drink. I could drink this everyday.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thick head which leaves a blanket of chunky lace. Settles into a dome. The liquid is hazy, but otherwise a dirty gold color.

Fresh, crisp but mild hop nose. A really understated, but pleasant, IPA aroma.

The flavor starts off mild--a blend of lighter malt and white pepper hop. The swallow features a powerful increase in bitterness quotient--it's dry and closer to black pepper. Neutral body and carbonation. Overall, a classic, typically-tasting IPA.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't see any bottle date, but this is quite fresh. Maybe a couple of weeks.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber. Big, fluffy, effervescent off-white head. Head fades away slowly, leaving thin but decent lacing. Respectable head retention as well.

S: Tropical fruits and lots of em. Mango, orange, pineapple. A little caramel malt?

T: Again, mainly tropical fruits for just a second but with some nice bitter grapefruit in there. Big floral notes. Quite bitter in fact, not much malt to this at all. In fact I can't really even pick out the malt, I swear there's a little salted cracker but I'm not sure. Almost pure flavorless bitterness in the middle and into the finish with lots of flower. Get a strong spiciness in the finish and lingering between sips, black pepper it would seem.

M: Medium bodied, fairly drying.

O: Huh, a very unique IPA. It's sort of an IPA/APA/saison hybrid. Never had a peppery ipa before that's for sure. Hoppy up front, floral in the middle and spicy on the back end. It's not bad, just takes a little bit to wrap your head around.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy honeyed hue. Quite opaque. Head is a medium-sized mass of light foam. Leaves a ton of lacing; really paints the glass.

S-Ah! So this is what Ahtanum and Palisades smell like. Lighter nose of flowers and their stems. Spicy hoppiness too. A balanced nose complete with a rich, gooey sweet biscuit malt and animal crackers.

T-Interesting and quite refreshing. Honeysuckle hops with their bitter stems and even a bit of grass growing below said flowers. A lingering hop spice also complements the flowers, grass and soft apricots. The malt and ooey-gooey and sweetly breaded. I love the hop profile here, its far from intense but its incredibly memorable.

M-Lightly bitter and lightly bodied. Tickling carbonation. Very, very drinkable.

O/D-I loved this. One of the most unique hop profiles I have come across in quite some time. Definitely an East Coast IPA...I loved it. Not your average IPA but I was 'wowed' by Spring Training.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a teardrop shaped glass at CBC.

Spring Training IPA pours a relatively clear One, with just a faint bit of white foam. The nose is fairly floral, and joined by the aroma of fresh cut grass. In short, the beer smells like a spring breeze in a glass, though it is on the subtle side. The beer starts off with some bready malt sweetness. The ho bitterness that comes through next is nice and firm. The finish is largely similar to the aroma, with flowery and grass notes. There's also a light citric edge to the close. The body's not bone dry, there's a little bit of support there for the hops. The carbonation, while not fizzy, has a pleasant liveliness to it. Spring Training IPA is a more subdued take on the style, with a hop profile that's refreshingly different from most on the market.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Atwoods, Somerville MA. Love that bar.

Gold with a friendly white head. Mildly hazy. Good lace and retention despite being pretty humid on the patio.

Peppery hop aroma with a bread and floral undertone.

Taste again features zesty, pepper and grass hop spice. Subtle bitterness for an easy drinking springtime IPA. Very nice.

Don't often have a peppery IPA. I guessed Sorachi but Cambridge claims Ahtanum and Palisades.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by CBC today (19MAY12) for lunch after taking care of some business in Harvard Square. First offering in the glass was Spring Training IPA, in a 12oz teardrop glass for $5.50.

It was a rich golden hue, with a little haze. Carbo was steady, and the head was a creamy white 1/4" layer, ebbing to thinness and leaving good stick. Aroma was a bit grassy and rindy, but enticing. It was fairly smooth, with a medium body overall.

Flavor was a touch biscuity, then it was loads of bitterness following. It was a bit herbal, with a good dose of pithy hops hitting the palate. It also had intimations of mint in there as well. Decent overall, and more drinkable as things went along. Prosit!

4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of C20Percent
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Had on-tap Friday, May 11, 2012*

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold color with little head. The color is very nice with some decent complexity involved. The lack of a good head of foam is probably due to the ridiculously terrible pour by the bartender. He showed a great lack of care for the beer-tasting experience. Swirled it around halfway through, and the head develops nicely. Best feature of this beer by far.

S: Again, a lot of the aroma is in the head, and there isn't much here. The bartender described this as grassy, but it's difficult to tell for sure. Very subtle aroma. After the swirl halfway through: There is some earthy notes, but it's kind of like dirt, which is not appealing.

T: An earthy hop flavor that makes way for a flat, bitter finish. The flavor falls off so very quickly, which is weakening my experience. It's difficult to focus/appreciate the beer flavor when it's gone so fast. I like a beer that coats my mouth in hoppy goodness, and this isn't doing it.

M: This beer doesn't feel right to me. Bold carbonation is a risk that sometimes works, other times doesn't. The carbonation doesn't work here - it needs to be dialed down a notch. At times it feels like tonic water. The body is medium to heavy up front, but watery going down. Very weird all around.

O: Not a great beer. And, it be honest, it was poured like crap -- so an uphill battle to be sure. A flat tasting brew, who's only redeeming quality is it's alcohol. I did walk home with a bottle of The Audacity of Hops, but I won't go out of my way to drink from CBC anymore.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the otherside- pours a clear yellow color; visibly effervescent with a 1.5 finger head, good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is fine- pale malt and citrus hops. Nothing exciting.

Taste is consistent with smell- more malt than hops. Pale malt with a little yeast and a little citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is fine as well- light body, moderate carbonation. I won't get this again.

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Photo of pburland23
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at CBC last Saturday. Served in a 16 oz. chalice.

Beer pours a clear copper color with a thin layering of off-white head. Nice looking pint of beer.

Nose is hoppy and floral with a touch of cut grass aroma. Taste is slightly underwhelming. I feel like CBC's Tall Tale Pale Ale is more of an IPA than the Spring Training IPA, which drinks more like a well balanced APA.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall, Spring Training IPA is really good, nice tasting beer, but in my opinion, it's not an IPA and as such my grading of it reflects that.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at peppercorns

Light creamy head of 1 finger fades slowly with very little lacing, over crystal clear pale straw color.

Nose has straw toasty malts, pilsner like, some light grassy and mild fruity hops, bit spicy.

Taste starts with more grassy and light spicy hops, fruity light citrus hops, decent toasty light straw pilsner malts, little creamy, gets fairly bitter and spicy hops come through a bit more, fairly fruity too. Finishes pretty bitter and spicy, bit creamy and sticky but dry.

Moth is med bodied with good carb.

Overall pretty decent not as light as I expected for spring ipa, but a nice malty hop balance, decent hop flavor and light but decent nose.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Peppercorns. While I'm not really a fan of guest lines and would rather support the brewery, I'd heard nothing but good things about this CBC and figured to give them a try.

A - Poured into a standard pint a crystal clear straw colour with a one finger white head that fades to a thin cloud leaving light side lacing.

S - Light malts and light citrus hope notes. Nothing too assertive or in your face.

T - Like the nose there is light malts upfront with big bitter citrus hops immediately following. Mostly all pine and grapefruit but there are some super light tropical notes intermixed.

M - Crisp, dry finish while remaining somewhat juicey. Low carbonation here, this stuff is very easy to drink.

O - Overall, a really nice american ipa. Very subtle aromas. That hint of tropical really messes with me, I want more of it. Its like a tease or something truely great.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Cambridge Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA) on 3/12/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with thin creamy bright-white colored head. This stays frothy on the edges, which retains roughly a ½ finger flare-up, and leaves back a good deal of robust spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, with a touch of spice and pine mixed in as well. Some light tropical fruit and sweet doughy grains add a nice degree of softness here to the nose. Like I said, this feels "soft" in the nose but it's still definitely got some flavor going on here.

The taste is moderately assertive with grapefruit, pine, and pithy rind. Some softer citric fruit notes, like orange and lemon, works with a nice supportive backbone of sugary malt sweetness across the back to help real some of the bitterness in. This finishes with a dry lingering pithy bitterness that fortunately doesn't hang too hard. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm sharp creaminess that expands out. There is a touch of smooth sleekness underneath the sharpness but this is overall maybe a little too prickly with the feel. I will say though that the ABV is well hid and helps keep this drinking decently.

While certainly nothing mind-blowing, I found this to be a completely serviceable IPA from Cambridge, a style that I must say I don't usually find on tap here during most our visits. I'd love to try some other hoppy offerings from here, as this was quite good.

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Spring Training IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
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