The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company
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4.09/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The Audacity of Hops opens to a bright burst of citrusy hops, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, and lemon oil resounding, with lesser notes of dandelion stem, mint, and anise. While the hop aromas are very strong, the 70+ IBUs immediately apparent, there’s also a large Belgian presence that lies just beneath, with bananas and cloves mixing very nicely with the citrusy, fruity, spicy hops. The balance here is very nice, the Belgian and hop notes mingling generatively, whereas in many Belgian IPAs they end up clashing fiercely. These fruity notes are bolstered by heavy orange, berry, cherry, and apricot fruit esters, and the beer is somewhat grounded by an undercurrent of light toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, this is one of the more balanced, potent, and aromatic Belgian IPAs on the market, and while the beer does swing more in favor of IPA than Belgian, there is still enough of the latter aroma to make itself known.
On the tongue, the beer opens with an initial heavy shock of hops, with grapefruit rind, pine resin, eucalyptus, dandelion stem, mint, and anise sweeping across the tastebuds in bitter fury. Against this onslaught, it’s actually difficult to detect the Belgian flavors, the bananas and cloves largely subsumed, as are most of the fruity notes. There’s still a dollop or two of them, however, adding not only banana, but also orange, berry, and cherry. Toast crust, biscuit, and wet wheat add small bits of earthy grounding. The aftertaste is heavily hopped, being largely a continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers on the tongue in bitter remnants for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, and hopheads should certainly seek out a bottle, as the hops are potent and varied, showcasing a powerful array of hoppy goodness. However, the Belgian part of the beer is largely lost because of the potency of the hops, and seems imbalanced because of it. Had this simply been labeled a “Double India Pale Ale,” rather than a “Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale,” there wouldn’t have been such a problem; as it is, the fruity, spicy bananas and cloves seem almost an afterthought. This is not to say that the beer is bad—in fact, it’s very delicious, though likely far too hoppy for the novice—just that it seems mislabeled.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2013 17:12:41 | More by jondeelee
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