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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops

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BA SCORE
90
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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 33
Gots: 65 | 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.
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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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Batch #2)

Appearance: Pours a straw piss golden yellow with a thick haze and a darkening towards the top of the beer making it a golden brown. This is another dehydrated piss-looking beer. The whole thing is slightly reminiscent of apple juice, honestly. The head is small but fluffy with a nice white coloring, and there is a good amount of bubbling which suggests some nice carbonation. There is a very light lacing that slides down the glass swiftly, leaving shaved air-pockets and pinnacles of lacing behind.

Smell: Surprisingly light smelling for something that is named “The Audacity of Hops.” The beer has a nice light tingle of fruity and citrusy hops with the citrus definitely on the back and edges of the smell. There is also a nice spiciness to the smell, and a slight, almost cheesy-bread linger in the back.

Taste: Taste is as light and clean as the smell. A nice hoppy bite with lingering spices and a slight breadiness. There is also a tingle in the taste reminiscent of almost-wheaty pine. I would go as far as to say that the beer initially suggests a stalish taste. Also, in a way the carbonation seems to push away any other tastes that the beer might have. Once the carbonation settles it does seem to give off a slight odd fruity flavor, though, which reminiscent of nectarines.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and crisp on the tongue with a very slight bite from the hops as it goes down, with a light frothy bubbling. It leaves the tongue with a slight cloying feel, which is almost sticky.

Overall: I am little disappointed with this beer, it lauded itself as having a big Double IPA hop flavor with a Belgian flair, but it seems to be quite lacking in the hoppy smell and over powering bite that I expected in a Double IPA. The beer is hoppy, just not as much as I expected. It’s not a terrible beer, but it is nothing special in my book, with an overall feel of underwhelming.

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3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the 4-finger beer bandit for the opportunity.

Open front slit, black cardboard box laden with fireworks & a significant write-up/explanation on the back side. Looks more like a really big New Year's Eve popper then a bottle of beer. :P

A cautious pour into my sampling mug, a stiff dollop of off-white head that eventually melts into a golden wheat colored body.

Smell is intense right off the bat. Not eye-watering hops though. A potpourri of soapy florals & fresh/sharp citrus rind. Orange & lemon oils seem to separate off a little. Invigorating, but a bit overly peppery.

On taste, juicy hops accompanied by sugary malt. Alcoholic, spicy, & a bit itchy. The massive list of ingredients condenses down into a perfumey herbal soap. Plenty of carbonation there at least, accelerating all the resin, & scratching at my sinuses. A lingering, green finish.

Too much of a messy potluck for me to really enjoy. Thin enough to quickly put down that I can see it working on some levels, but really not my idea of good stone soup.

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3.16/5  rDev -22%

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3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into Duvel tulip
Bottled 2011 (it was a gift so I'm gonna drink it anyway!)

A - hazy deep yellow color with frothy white head the dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - bready, biscuits, yeast and a hint of lemon. Perhaps even some tea notes coming through. Think the aroma has faded over time but still nice.

T - once again, I dont think the age has treated this one well. Its drinking more like a hoppy wit now. An interesting amalgam if ever. I really believe this would be a quality beer fresh.

M - moderate carbonation go well with the remaining bitterness. Not too smooth but pretty medium. Not bad given the age.

O - This gets a 3.5 because of the age. I can detect some really nice notes in here but they have faded too much. Not the beers fault but I will try and track down a fresher bottle to revise my rating. Would recommend others do the same. I have a feeling this is an overlooked good BIPA.

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3.2/5  rDev -21%

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

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3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to ActonBrewer for sending this one! Poured from bomber into imperial pint glass... Bottled December 2011

A- Poues a dark golden orange color. Finger of bubbly head comes from a soft pour that settles slowly leaving lacing and nice film behind.

S- Hops are a nice blend of earthy and fruity. Interestingly I get distinct salty, smoked summer sausage. Has some phenolic qualities, but the hops don't dominate as much as I thought it may at 70+ IBU.

T/M- Hops are all of the middle of the palate, mostly bitterness with some supporting grassy and earthy flavors. Phenols come through right before a spicy alcoholic finish. Pretty balanced as far as bitterness on the cracker-y, wheat malt backbone. Well carbonated and a medium body of a Belgian DIPA.

O- Not bad, not amazing. Tone the phenols down a bit and it would be much closer to an A rating. Bitterness was balanced, buy they did have a come-and-go harshness to them at times, tgif I think the alcoholic character added to this.

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3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow/orange with a finger of white head with good retention and lacing.

Citrus with a bit of grapefruit drowned out by the spicy Belgian yeast profile.

Some of the citrus taste carries over, but really this one is dominated by the Belgian yeast strain. Finishes with a rush of black pepper that is way overpowering.

Good mouthfeel and carb.

The yeast strain and intense amount of pepper overpowers anything that may be good going on with this one.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yes. This is a Belgian ipa. That much seems certain. It strikes me as somewhat boozy really. There is a definite burn on it and it detracts from the overall experience. If it were toned down a good bit then the hops and Belgian side of things would probably be able to shine better.

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3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll admit I let this bottle sit a little longer than I should have. It still retains it's Belgian characteristics and yeast profile. Being a one off I would have liked to have it on draft as well. Nice head retention/Belgian lacing. Cloudy body with a spiciness that lingers. Not that hoppy, hints of earthiness(?) (not that it needs to be for this style), but once again it may have been hoppier while fresh. Not much rye character but a little dry in the finish. If you still have a bottle than I suggest you drink it ASAP. IPA's do not age well. I look forward to the CBC this April in Chicago and what it has to offer!

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.