The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 590
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: EPICAC on 11-12-2008

Belgian Double IPA.
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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice pour and thick head looks pretty in the glass, decent retention. fruity scent with notes of citrus and pine. taste is similar with strong but not overpowering hop bitterness. Surprisingly drinkable for 8%. Overall I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I would buy again because there are better options at that price. (315 characters)

Photo of garyloveman
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (220 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (638 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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. (180 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%

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. (406 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4/5  rDev -1%

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. (610 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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!! (825 characters)

Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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 (2,049 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
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! (759 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, lots of bubbles rising to the surface, supporting a thin veil of foam, with some spotty lacing.

Smells of light malt and earthy hops.

Tastes of fruity and earthy hops, with a good bitterness in the finish.

Light body and dry on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

Loaded with fruity, earthy, and bitter hops. (326 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the name, Cambridge, but better yet, I love the idea of a Belgian DIPA. To beer we can believe in!

An imperial IPA with a bit of age: bottled 10/29/2013, three and a half months before the date of this tasting.

A: Pours a bright gold with a body that’s just bordering on pale, but with enough amber in it to keep it looking like an IPA. It’s crystal-clear, though: you’d be able to see right through it if it wasn’t for the wave of bubbles constantly tearing up through the body. The fizz comes together in an eggshell-colored head the consistency of cappuccino froth, standing at a half-inch of dense retention for the entirety of the drink. Thick, chunky lacing makes quite an impression, too.

S: Quite a refreshing nose, one that’s focused on the interplay of tart Belgian yeast and bright hops. Without a clear distinction of where the esters end and the lupulin begins, the nose swells with rose water, white grape, fresh-cut lemon, dandelion, and a touch of tangerine. The scent of wild yeast – a mild, grassy funk in this case – fills out the spaces in between what ends up being a flowery, Sauvignon blanc-type nose.

T: Starts with a shot, an instant hit of complex, estery yeast: bread crust, dry champagne, and lemongrass with a dash of peppercorn. It’s a brisk, uncompromisingly Belgian start to the palate, and it leads perfectly into hop tastes of lemon-lime, cherry candy, and something floral but indistinguishable (an organic, grassy flavor – wildflower?). The palate skips along as such with a brisk dryness, but as it starts to wind down, the American IPA character kicks in. A caramel malt sweetness winds through, bringing the palate gets to a place of near-syrupiness with notes of caramel cream, malted milk, and some grain husk. Thankfully, it ends up as just a side note to all that’s bright and Belgian in this palate, leading to an aftertaste that’s mostly dry and crisp but slightly weighed down with malt sugar.

M: There’s a slick oiliness that many American DIPAs have that I just can’t get into: that viscosity that comes with hop oils on top of caramel malt residual sugars. This beer has that, but only to a slight degree; otherwise it has a spritz of champagne fizz and a body that can be described as light-to-medium, a combination that’s pretty drinkable.

O: I’ll take a hop bomb any day, but my favorite beers in the world are the ones that can take extreme flavors and achieve balance. This beer does that, blending thick, hoppy DIPA flavors with a flowery, estery Belgian yeast character in satisfying unison. To be honest, I’d rather have less American IPA and more Belgian pale, but that’s just my style preference; for what this is – a Belgian DOUBLE IPA – you can’t really ask for much more. Cheers! (2,795 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Straddles a dark yellow/light orange hue with a 1.5+ finger head
S: Wow this screams Belgian which is good, it's got a little funk (brett even?) mixed into the Belgian wheat, spice, hops and tropical fruit notes. Nice complexity
T: The palate has the Belgian yeast/earth up front, followed by soft wheat then the hops kick up the lengthy finish
M: Medium-bodied, bitter, bold, enjoyable
O: What a complex, tasty beer. It truly combines Belgian tradition with a US influence (508 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

real solid belgian double ipa here. belgian yeast gives it a beautiful white head on top of a partly clear golden liquid with lots of rising bubbles. looks lighter than it is. the nose is herbal and spicy belgian yeast with big oils west coast style hopping present. i get a little tropical, maybe pineapple, but the rest is resinous pine type hops, which stand out above a rather bland malt base. the flavor is even better, a beautiful marriage of hops and yeast. furthermore, the yeast has completely fermented whatever sugar was left here, and so a dry and bubbly brew results that drinks dangerously easy for its alcohol strength. the hops are huge and bitter all the way through, but also quite vegetal, adding a fleshy fruitiness to this that works with the yeast. an excellent beer overall, one of the better examples of this often underwhelming style. not for the faint of hop!

edit: the bottled version of this, when fresh, is even better than on tap. i get a way more tropical fruit hopping, like fresh pineapple juice even more than the tap. it honestly reminds me of abner from hill farmstead as far as the hop profile, which is about as high a compliment as an ipa can receive from me. its less west coasty, and more refined than we usually associate with that. amazingly easy drinking for its size, and just a beautiful beer all around. top quality belgian ipa, the only one i can think of right now that i could drink every day and not lose enthusiasm for. cambridge is awesome. (1,494 characters)

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.