Spring Training IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Spring Training IPASpring Training IPA

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of alexbutler
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of nataku00
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful head, with nice retention and lacing.

S- Flowery hops, and a very appealing malt aroma are the highlights.

T- A well balanced ipa, not in the sense that the flavors meld together, rather that the malt and hops have a valiant fight in which they draw, and you win.

M- High carbonation is very pleasing while drinking this, medium bodied, maybe a little heavy, but at least it isn't light.

D- Well I had my growler in one sitting, it was delicious, and because the hops were not bitter/citrus centric nothing was overpowering, a perfectly sessionable beer, until tomorrow morning.

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a tan, bubbly, thick head of foam that left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus with muted caramel malt notes.

T - It had a nice sweet caramel flavor with a good deal of spicy hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. I'd love to try it on tap or cask.

Photo of Buebie
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to aerozeppl for sending this my way.

Poured from the growler into a pub glass. A solid white one inch head is formed. Sitting around for a couple of minutes before falling back to leave a collar of retention.
Light streaks of lace drape the glass.
Color is a straw yellow, hazy, resembling a well dry hoped beer.

Aroma of 2 row malt, light breadyness and a touch of sweet grains. Some english ipa likeness to aroma, to so much following the asmerican ipa aroma. Lacking hops at the nose.

Taste if fairly bready too with more 2 row lightly tangy malt flavors. A small bite of citruss hops in a lemon zest fashion. Hops seem to be MIA here too.
A bit of pine as it warmed, as well as a small amount of aspirin and chalky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick, but a tad thin. Carbonation though is perfect, which is always great for a growler thats traveled almost 2,000 miles to reach me.

Overall not impressed with the lack of aroma. However taste is decent. I highly recommend bringing this one up to about 60 degrees before drinking. While it was cold it was a dissapointment. But once it warmed hops were much more pronounced.
I'd like to know what grains were in this. It seems overly 2Rowish. Lacking some depth to the malt character on the beer.

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright golden hazy body with a small white head. The haze gives it a very wheat beer look.

Smell is mild in the bar, but fresh and grainy.

Taste is very very fresh with a very fresh grain and fresh cut grass sort of earthyness. The menu says it uses ahtanum and palisades hops and it really does have a very spring flower sort of new spring ale taste. The 6.3abv is totally hidden, it tastes like its maybe 4. Bitterness is firm and gives a good balance. Ends with a nice lingering hop and grain taste.

An absolute perfect beer for this 50+ degree day in march that makes us think of spring. Great job cbc.

Photo of pburland23
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a nectar-influenced, cloudy honey color; sports a one finger cap that leaves sheets of lace behind

Smell: Biscuity malt with floral citrus tones

Taste: Biscuity malt followed through mid-palate by a sugary tangerine hop; balanced but bitter after the swallow with a fresh floral finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation

Drinkability: Amazingly fresh tasting floral hoppyness; perfect for the change of season as we head into the springtime

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly clouded amber with a white head. Nose is smooth hops with the expected citrus tones. Flavor is slightly bitter with a somewhat strong hop edge that lingers. I am convinced there is an underlying apricot flavor here. It never punches you in the mouth, but it continually caresses the palate. Feel is good with the bubble on my tongue and meaty on the liquid. Drinkable. Though the mature bitter edge seems to detract just a touch. Overall, it's still pretty good.

Photo of hsway
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice orangey straw color with an initially thick, though quickly fading, white head. Some lacing.

S: Piney, resiney.

T: Pine, citrus, with a solid maltiness.

M: Smooth with good carbonation - slightly large bubbles

D: Very easy sipping - like many IPAs, it tends to dry the tongue a little bit, but still very easy sipping.

Overall this was a very well-rounded IPA.

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Spring Training IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
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