The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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:
Belgian Double IPA.

(Beer added by: EPICAC on 11-12-2008)
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Reviews by oline73:
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4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a golden hue. There is a layer of off white head. The smell is hoppy, but there is a strong Belgian spice note. The taste has a nice balance between sweet, spice, and hops. There is a fruity note, the finish is bitter. Lots of Belgian spice here.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy orange color. A medium off-white head that dissipated quickly. There was a bit of lace.

Funky aroma, earthy hops. A good deal of sweet malt.

Caramel taste, funky. The hops were apparent later.

This was a nice Belgian IPA. Smooth and balanced, fun to drink.

Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cincysig
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Glad to see the CBC beers being distributed to Conn. and now available only about 20 mins from my house!

Bomber bottled May 29, 2013...not super fresh...maybe better luck next time I venture to get a few bottles cross the border

Pours hazed lighter amber, real nice looking head, goes to a well developed meraingue (sp?) cap, then leaves all sorts of classy looking fluff, sheetage and lace.

Yeasty, fruity, hoppy, peppery nose. nice.

Love the style and this one hits the note pretty darn well...I get the Belgian yeastyness, the spiced up qualities as well the hoppy IPA character. Well done.

Ample pepper, yeasty ripe fruit notes, super dry biting hops in the finish. Yeasty final pour to boot, with the expected lingering and always enjoyable nutty note.

Great with food. Goat cheese, salad, and some peppery sausage went great with this one..well worth a try...hmm when's the next time I can get to Danbury?

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jondeelee
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint stein out of a bottle. Batch 02, bottled in February, 2012. Given as a gift that was regifted. :)

A - Beautifully golden, with the last pour being somewhat hazy.

S - Not as much hops as I'd expect... with a bit of the yeasty Belgian Double aroma that I would expect.

T - YUMMY. Well-balanced - malty, hoppy, and very very smooth. Almost no aftertaste. Very impressive for an 8% brew.

M - Full mouthfeel, yet clean and not overpowering.

O - Seek this beer out. Really excellent example of a Belgian Double IPA. The 8% is totally lost until the very end (as it's warmed).

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via NBA LIF victory
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A very cloudy, yeasty burnt orange, golden, and light amber. Moderately sized near-white head. Lots of stick left down the glass. A pretty Belgian IPA.

The audacity of hops are present in the aroma at the colder temperatures, but nice, somewhat tangy, distinctly Belgian yeast character emerges more and more as the beer warms. A very nice combination--the two works really well together. The hops have a white fruit, pear mainly, component to them, along with a bit of passion and citrus fruit character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma. This is certainly a nice, hop-forward DIPA style beer, but the yeast is allowed to play the starring role, especially as the beer warms. Moderately bitter. Clean finishing. Nice tangy yeast character up against lots of interesting, expressing hops.

Medium to near full in body for the style. Nearly high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Excellent Belgian IPA--easily one of my favorites, in fact.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of beenitty
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber from CBC.

Had this one on tap and well and brought some bottles back home to Jersey.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with pearly white head, lacing wasn't great but head stays nicely

S: Spicy, like Belgian IPA, followed by hops, like DIPA, smells nice

T: A bit discordant. Starts with spice and bit of grapefruit and belgian yeast, then follows with a bit of juicy fruits succeeded by the bitter hop bite. Almost tastes like two different beers in a sense.

M: Smooth and creamy. Slight bite

O: Had this one fresh then had it again about two weeks later. The hops died down a bit but the finish was smoother. I think this is a really good beer. The fresher bottle I had I think was complex but the two styles didn't really meld IMO. The older bottle was probably more of a Belgian IPA as opposed to Belgian DIPA.

Definitely A for effort, and I would definitely get this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very interesting type of beer. A double IPA Belgium Style!
The color was consistent with so many other Belgium beers. A bit on the pale side with just a little murkiness. The nose was all Belgium! Could almost smell those wild yeasts being used. But adding to this, was a pleasant aroma of hops It was like having two worlds collide.
The initial sip was crisp, overloaded with carbonation. A Belgium taste with an IPA finish, and the finish was dry, very dry and lingering.
Second and third sips and I take back that carbonation aspect, but instead inject with a spunk live approach
Very interesting beer. I sort of like the name, The Audacity of Hops... To me, that meant that move over Hops, even though I am a DIPA, you are going to taste my Belgium style!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
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