The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops

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523 Ratings
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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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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

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a tasty and interesting concoction. Like nothing I've had to date. This beer flips the Belgian IPA mutant-style onto its ass and brings us an ultra-hoppy IPA with the Belgian characteristics taking the back seat. The fruity Belgian yeast is there in the finish but a big simcoe-heavy, West Coast hop aroma and flavors dominate, staying on the palate until your next sip. Lots of pine in the taste as well. The 8.5% keeps me from drinking this all night. A must try for hopheads.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into tulip. Pours hazy orange with a two finger white head. Smell is tropical fruits, Belgian yeast, pine resin, some green apple. Taste is very fruity, very piney, with tons of Belgian yeast, some banana, some floral spices, slightly dry, amazing balance between the styles, maybe the best I've had. If you're in the area, make sure to try this amazing Belgian IPA. It's got a huge hop profile with a ton of Belgian taste.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The description is awesome, but I didn't write it down. It's not on the website yet, hopefully soon.

I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about Belgian IPAs. I love the concept, and I've enjoyed most of the Belgian IPAs that I've tried. However, most of the examples that I've had seem to be more like a heavily hopped Belgian Strong Pale Ale/Tripel rather than a true fusion of the styles. The characteristic Belgian flavors still seem to dominate. The hops are evident, but aren't the focus, nothing about them really makes me think IPA.

The Audacity of Hops is what I've wanted in a Belgian IPA. Lots of hop flavor with the Belgian characteristics providing the balancing backbone of the beer. The hops seem like the focus rather than an afterthought. You may disagree, but this is what I think a Belgian IPA should be


The Audacity of Hops pours a deeply cloudy golden. Topped by a thick white head that thins to a film leaving sheets of lace.

The aroma says IPA more than Belgian. The citric and resiny hop aromas are most evident, with a bit of underlying Belgian yeast fruitiness.

The malts start sweet with bready and caramel notes. The center is fruity, with notes of banana. The finish has a yeasty and peppery kick. The hops are noticeable throughout, but really become strong in the finish with nice resiny and herbal hop flavors that linger in the aftertaste along with a pleasing bitterness. Medium-bodied, with a bit of oiliness from the hops, and a good amount of carbonation without being overdone.

Hoppy, but balanced well. Crisp and drinkable. Like I said, this is what a Belgian IPA should be.

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.