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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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576 Ratings
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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 34
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EPICAC on 11-12-2008

Belgian Double IPA.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 147
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on May 17, 2015.

Photo of garyloveman
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw pour. Nice belgian sugar nose. I love the taste pale maltiness followed by sugary sweetness and a slightly bitter sour finish. Great carbonation. Top five beer for me. Perfect marriage of belgian and ipa.

Photo of Rico11
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite beer right now

Photo of sprat1960
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Rich gold color; slightly hazy. Pours with a 2 finger creamy head that dies down leaving an uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and some traces of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich hoppy aroma with scents of citrus. Smells inviting. Made me want to drink the beer!

Taste: Delicious! Slightly acid start progressing to a smooth citrus taste ending with a full flavor hoppy finish.

Feel: Medium to full body. Overall smooth carbonation with a slight tingle. Slightly dry finish.

Overall : Excellent IPA. One of the best that I have ever had. I would love to drink this again! I wanted more!

Photo of FFreak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into Willy glasses and shared on the first warm Vermont day of the year.

A hazy bright golden-orange color with a finger of tight, fluffy, pure-white head that leaves huge lace.

Not a lot in the aroma, but some hints of tropical or stone fruit.

Taste is somewhat sweet with fruity hops, caramel malt, and balanced out by just a slight bit of bitterness and absolutely no boozy or Belgian yeast characteristics.

The mouth was really nice, medium-bodied and refreshing, begs for another sip.

Overall, this definitely comes across more as a pale ale or IPA than a Belgian-style ale, but it is delicious and I would definitely buy it again.

Photo of shelbs1202
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is ok, but almost too much. Bitter on the front and the end. Heavy and biting mouthfeel.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a wellie becher glass.
Pours a light amber, hazey with a nice thick head.
Aromas are mild, some good hop presence and a hint of funk.
Taste was interesting. I didn't pick up a ton of belgian yeast, got a good deal of hops.
Mouthfeel was fine, very drinkable and surprising this is 8% ABV.
Overall this was an interesting beer. Tasty, drinkable and it hides the alcohol quite well. I did pick up some metalic taste in the finish but the friend who shared this with me did not.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed orange tinged lighter golden with a nice looking half finger almost creamy-like head.Citrus fruits in the nose with a tinge of spiced Belgian yeast although not real big,very citrusy.Mild yeasty notes on the palate with a big burst of the fresh citrus and tropical fruity hops,light earth in the finish.A refreshing beer that doesn't seem to show it's "size",very drinkable.

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one like many gets better as it gets closer to room temperature. Don't really taste much Belgian yeast but still very delicious.

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very murky orange hue with a finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad, but a little mysterious with all the murk.

Smell: nice funky aroma with just a hint of sourness. The funk must be due to a combination of hops and a saison-type yeast; whatever the proportions, the effect is quite nice.

Taste: funky and earthy, yet bright and not nearly as dank as I might expect a formula like this to be. The combination of brightness and earth really works for me. Bitterness is relatively high, but it's smooth and not rasping. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. It really works for me.

Overall: this is a very fine Belgian-inspired DIPA. I can really get behind beers like this, which are interesting and refreshing despite the high ABV.

Photo of BradMatton13
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid IPA, I enjoyed the Belgian twist

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below:

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded pry-off pressure cap served into a tulip at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live as a Belgian style double IPA per the label. Expectations are average.

Served cold.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide head. White colour. Decent creaminess, thickness, and fullness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Hazy copper. Translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an IPA.

AROMA: Floral hops, pale malts, clean barley, and mild yeasty spiciness. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Floral hops, pale malts, clean barley, pilsner malts, and some mild yeasty spiciness. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Decently balanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, and aptly thick. Suits the taste decently, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: Drinkable but boring. A pedestrian IPA that won't impress the discerning drinker. I wouldn't pick it up again, but it's nice enough. Not necessarily worth trying. Very average.

C

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, tropical fruit, funk, earth, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit, earth, funk, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the citrus and tropical hops and the Belgian yeast.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/17/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a stange glass.

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

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Funky spicy, citrusy, earthy. Interesting and complex aroma. Unfortunately, it's probably the most phenolic /band aid beers I've tried. Unsure of age, but it's got a bitter finish.

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%

From 09/16/14 notes. Had at the brewpub, been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a hazy bright orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident. Citrus hops, fresh tropical fruits, juicy, fruity malts, oranges, and floral hops. Taste is lightly bitter but bad at all. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall one of their best beers IMO; well worth seeking out.

Photo of JAFoley
4/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Cloudy bright amber body with bubbly light tan head. Retention isn't so great but nice lacing.

S - Lots of orange rind and some familiar Belgian notes, like banana

T - The flavors really sing. Bright orange citrus hops upfront followed by tangy citrus Belgian notes. Sweet malts follow at the back and into the aftertaste. No banana notes in the taste

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

O - Really great brew. I tend to avoid the Belgians, but this is a nice mix that doesn't stray to heavily into the flavors I typically dislike. Will certainly pick this up again.

Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Granted, this review is on a 5-month old beer, so it's probably going to be a little low.

A: looks a bit more like a witbier with a cloudy yellow base to which a little tan is added. The head is nice and foamy and lasts well.

S: I get a little Belgian yeast, maybe a little hay and lemon, but really weak for a beer proclaiming to be hopped up. I can chalk this up to age a bit, of course.

T/M: starts fairly crisply, with a lemon-based citrus taste, with a mildly floral base (almost like lemon in tea). The later taste is a bit tropical, pineapple. I sort of get the Belgian yeast after the initial taste. In the end I get a little mint, but also a dull taste of wet grass (again, thinking age factor).

O: I almost thought I wouldn't rate this given the fact I wasn't getting the best of it, but wanted to record my thoughts should I get another chance. Even with age, it wasn't that bad, so if the base that remains can be replaced with fresh hops scents and flavors, I could see this being quite enjoyable.

Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of fruit, hops, and yeast. Very enticing.

T: Tasted of lots of light fruit (pineapple, mango, citrus), Belgian yeast, sweet hops, a little malt, and some spices (pepper especially). A little higher hops content than you would usually expect in a Belgian IPA, but this isn't a problem. It's a complex, focused, delectable flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation here, with a hoppy, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A tasty, somewhat unique and American take on the Belgian IPA. Well made and easy to drink.

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/11/14, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy pale golden-yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely, a bit of lace sticking as it settles

S- sharp peppery and spicy yeast on the nose up front with some basement must and faint cheese. The hop bouquet is a mix of fruity and citrus hops, with notes of mango, lemon grass & guava

T- big blast of tropical hops up front with notes of pineapple, mango & pear. Spicy Belgian yeast gives some nice musty notes with flavors of white pepper, coriander and light phenolic notes. More fruity hops on the finish with a linger of orange peel and fresh grass

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy smooth somewhat dry finish

O- the tropical fruity hop flavors worked very well with the spiciness of the yeast. An outstanding Belgian IPA.

Photo of Userme59
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only second time having this beer. I had it below average prior, but moved it up to average.

Photo of Altrurian
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear amber body; short white head. Terrific, strong aroma of flowers, limes, lemons, and naval stores. The beer's flavor is subtler than the smell portends. It's more savory than fruity, with a subdued hoppy waft followed up by a cozy afterthought of caramel. The feel is a little pricklier than I was hoping for, but some might call it bright. All in all, pretty darned OK.

Photo of mnrider
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Brown Bomber---->Tulip Glass

A: Pours clear golden color. large foamy white head. A small amount of carbonation
can be seen slowly gliding to the surface. Suitable head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet yeast. Faded floral and pine hops. Stronger citrus aroma. Kind of tropical.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fruits and spices enter first, they are sweet. Second are the hops, they
are mostly piney with a hint of faded floral notes. Bitter. Has a warming alcohol feel that
increases as the beer warms. Medium bodied and surprisingly creamy. The aftertaste is
bitter and spicy.

Overall: Outstanding! But never crosses the threshold to perfect. Not as hopy or Audacious
as I was expecting. The interesting mixture of hops, yeast and fruit flavors make for an
enjoyable double IPA. Has elements of Belgian IPA's.

Cheers!!

Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3/11/14 (purchased at CBC, so just over a month old) into a 16oz Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass...uber fresh!

A- Initial pour reveals an absolutely clear, golden orange color with about a 1/2 finger of a white, tight head with minimal retention (being that the second pour was significantly cloudy, this beer...like most Belgian beers is bottle conditioned). As the eyes are concerned, this is an absolutely beautiful looking beer. 5.0

S- Massively complex with hoppy aromatics dominating! Tropical fruit and citrus notes (pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit) assault first followed some piney/minty resin then (courtesy of the Belgian yeast) hints of banana and clove spiciness. 5.0

T- Although undetectable in the aroma, the pilsner malt comes out of hiding and mingles perfectly with the hops creating a delightful experience. Malty/candi sugar sweetness hits first but is quickly wiped away by a grapefruit rind and pine hop bitterness. Far from astrigent, the hop flavor lingers and rivals any of the best DIPA's on the market. Being that an 8.0% ABV brew is no slouch, the alcohol is completely undetectable...a testament to quality brewing. 5.0

M- The Audacity of Hops finishes quite dry with a lingering piney/spicy bitterness demanding nothing more than another quaff. The carbonation is (dare I say) absolutely perfect. Despite the style, a non-nucleated glass (as I am using) stands to be the best glassware for this offering, as I figure that the dissolved CO2 is b/w 2.5 and 2.55vols. 5.0

O- I had this on tap at the CBC brewpub, yet I agree with fellow BA member StonedTrippin that this is better from the bottle. If you enjoy this style and can score it fresh (after all, the bottled on date is coded in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle), then get yourself 1, 2, 3 bottles...if not a case because this stands to be my favorite in the category...trumpeting Stone's Cali Belgique, Flying Dog's Raging Bitch and flirts with overcoming Lagunitas' A Little Sumpin' Wild. 5.0

Photo of patpbr
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a hazy orange with a small head.
S - hops some grass, but the belgian yeast is most present.
T - Fruit, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, coriander and noticeable bitterness.
M - Medium body and a sweet finish.
O - Nice blend of styles and enjoyable as it warms.

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.