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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 600
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 36
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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 Maxwell
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Photo of PEBKAC
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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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Photo of Momar42
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Photo of jmarsh123
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Photo of SiphonKing
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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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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!

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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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Were it not an obvious reference to a book title, I'd say this was a badass name for a beer. Not that it's bad 'cause it's a reference, it's just not as awesome as it could have been with the innate originality. Regardless, this stuff pours a hazy sunshine amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast, pine sap, light clove, a pinch of black pepper, melon rind, and a hint of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, the yeast and the now slightly-earthier pine jockeying for position, occasionally all-out clashing. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid-enough BIPA, but the yeast and the hops don't fully mesh for me. It's not bad by any stretch, but not something I'm gonna be picking up again any time soon.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Amber, golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Fair amount of rising effervescence mostly wears itself out quickly. Slight beer ring lacing.

S: Pine resin, orange citrus, and honey.

T: Hoppy, bitter, and steely. None of the sweet characteristics apparent in the nose come out in the flavor.

M: Very bitter but less hoppy, and kind of shallow. Dry finish.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice hue, decent (although short-lived) head, and some adequate lacing. Nose is a very full, great combination of pine resin, with orange, and a syrupy sweetness. Unfortunately, some of the complexities in the nose, do not present in the flavor. Dry and bitter....not much else. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange marmalade body, finger white head,
great lacing

S: lemon peel/grass, spices, Belgian yeast

T: grapefruit/lemon grass, sweet yeast
long spicy pine sticky bitter finish

M: med body, solid oily/sticky mouth

O: Enjoyed this first CBC sample. Would
like to try more of their beers before
passing judgement.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Aroma of citrus hops and caramel malt. Flavor of sweet melon, citrus, with a bitter hops finish. Hmm, I thought this was just a regular IPA when I had it, although now I can see how there were some Belgiany notes in there too. Pretty decent.

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Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a orangeish, yellow gold, with some haze. hints of red when held up to a light. a light white 1/4 head, dissipates to a ring around the glass.

Cut grass, herbs, a little bit of white pepper, hay. Grilled lemon. Some very light hop aromas, but maybe musty hops.

I get the white pepper on the back of the sip, with some 1/2 green 1/2 brown grass initially. some citrus zest makes a pass on the pallet but just a slight appearance. A bit of limeon, you know the stuff they make sprite out of.

The mouth feel is good, although it's a cooler evening, it's very refreshing. Not very viscous, or overly hot from the 8%ABV. Not bitter, balanced, and overall pretty good.

I'm very fond of west coast IPAs but I really like this beer over all.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

The bottle is loaded with sediment. I let the bottle sit, and a slow pour got this one fairly clean. It pours yellow with perfect carbonation and a lightly regenerating head.

The aroma is quite muted, but what's there is a little musty. There's a little banana, and some sweet malt, but it's tought to tease out.

There's a lot going on in the flavor here. I'm not yet sure if the flavors are all compatible, but it is interesting nonetheless. There's a nice bitter bite, and a pure, dry grapfruit hop profile. This is the most grapfruit I've ever gotten from an IPA. Banana flavors are also present, moreso as it warms. And, as weird as it sounds, the flavors combine into something slightly nutty, perhaps walnuts. There is also a bit of a medicinal flavor here, but it's easily ignored.

The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, and the flavors coat the tongue big time. I'll still be tasting this in the morning.

This is an interesting brew, and I don't really know what to make of it. I taste a lot of distinct flavors, and when they combine, I get a strange nutty flavor. I suspect that most others won't experience this. Overall, this brew will intrigue you and keep you guessing.

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Photo of tyamhydrogen
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled in December 2011, Batch 1. Appreciate the bottled-on labeling.

A- Pours a 2+ finger head with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Honey golden brown. Moderate lacing.

S- Belgian yeast gives off a little banana. Herbal hops. Not overwhelming. Lighter malts.

T- Sweet malts mix with a tiny bit of fruity hops. Not super complex. Ends with piney bitter hops mixed with a little lingering Belgian yeast. Nothing but the slightest hint of alcohol.

M- Slick. Light-medium bodied for the style. No sticky lingering.

O- I found this beer to be alright, but not really something I would seek out again. Considering Belgian IPA's aren't really my thing I'm not surprised. This one seems fairly well balanced, but I would want more hop flavors shining through from anything with "double IPA" in the name.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston this past weekend. Served in a Unibroue glass. Huge white head. Maize color body. Not quite opaque, but not quite clear body. Can smell the hops right up front. Interesting flavor. Hops dominate the mouth, but there is that subtle bit of Belgian sweetness that appears in there to tone down the hops just a tad so I can enjoy it. Very smooth finish. Served in small portions, I could drink a couple of these. But for a hop head, it could be an all night affair. I would consider this more of a Belgian IPA than the way it was described on the menu (to paraphrase) as a Belgian style hoppy tripel. Another high quality creation from CBC though.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strange one this. The looks are great, nice tangerine and yellow with a bit of lacing.

The smell initially is of onion like hops, and then it all gives way to malty and spicy and earthy tones.

Taste is the same as the smell

Mouthfeel is great, and over all it's not bad.

Bit it's an interesting one. Te Belgian yeast isn't that noticeable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright, golden body with a smallish, sudsy, white head.

Smell: While you do detect a light, understated maltiness, it's mostly (an audacity of) hops, with deep notes of pithy citrus fruits, grasses, pine flowers, and gooey resin.

Taste: Starts with faintly bready, crackery malts with a mild, brief sweetness and small zip of rye. This sets you up for the intense hop flavors of white grapefruit pith, crushed pink peppercorns, freshly-mown grass, and distilled pine resin. Very pronounced bitterness as the somewhat delicate malts can only do so much to counter the hops. There are some mild hints from the yeast but, for me, the heavy hop additions have almost completely overshadowed the lesser Belgian yeast characteristics. Finishes as dry and staunchly bitter as one might expect from an audacity of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly a beer for the hopheads out there. It's about as caustic and bitter as I can stand without having to tap out on the mat. Though, having said that, I was happy and relieved this was available in a sensible twelve ounce format, as finishing anything bigger might prove to be a daunting task. Even with the lone twelve ounces, it might be best to share this with a friend. Or as dear Samwise Gamgee might say, "Share the load."

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a fairly-clear light golden color with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some spotty lacing and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some pepper and a bit of Belgian yeast atop a bit of floral hops. Slight earthiness in the background. Flavor is hoppy with some yeast character in the background. A general earthiness pervades. Medium body with crisp carbonation and a moderately-dry finish. Some bitterness throughout. Pretty good.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a cool extra from an awesome easter coast BA'er. Much thanks!

Poured a bright medium golden amber that was non-translucent that appeared to have floaties throughout. Produced a bone white froathy head that reduced to an inconsistent layer afloat the brew. The smells are pretty potent with aromas of hop, grapes, yeast and malt. Having been bottled in December (batch 1), it might be slightly past its prime but still smells pretty refreshing. The tastes are solid and mirror the aromas. A piney hop taste is followed up by the yeastiness of a Belgian beer with a trail of slight, indiscernable malts. Not much citrus with this one. All dark pine here. Finishes up with a bitter bite but is very subdued. The 8% abv is not very obvious and is very drinkable. Glad I got a chance to enjoy this one!


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Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a 668 tulip.

A: Hazy medium-amber body under two inches of frothy off-white head. Great retention, lots of lace. A bit too soapy-looking head-wise, but still good.

S: Really spicy, quite floral, and almost minty. Good balance of hops and Belgian yeast. At times it, strangely, almost reminds me of a Philly cheesesteak - but in a good way. Interesting.

T: Fruity up front, with a mixture of citrusy hops and apple-like esters. Bubble gum, sweet malt, and some alcohol thereafter. Bittersweet, fruity finish. I wish it were spicier, but it's still pretty good.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, with creamy carbonation. Nice.

O: Good beer, if a little weird. I was expecting more from my first CBC bottle, though, given their stellar reputation.


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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AUDACIOUSLY had in a snifter. Bottled on 5/29/13.

Slightly hazy and light gold body, jets of carbonation are noticeable. A white cap that barely sits at pencil width, and does not cover the crown of the beer, sheet of lace left with every sip.

Yeast phenols apparent on the nose: more banana ester than clove. A general soapiness also butts up against the Belgian flare, must be from the hops. The malt is doughy and light, but noticeable. Just a hint of pine aroma as well.

Yeast comes through with the same level of banana esters with just a touch of clove, more sweet on the palate as well. There is a nice bitterness at play at the back of the throat that gives rise to pine and orange flavors. Truly nice finish, the combined finish produces a dreamsicle-like swallow. Much better than the nose!

Nice medium body and good creaminess. More on the dry end thanks to the hop bite on the swallow.

The flavor profile on this Belgian IPA really saved it for me. I was not really excited until I took my second or third sip; then I was hooked. The sweet phenolic flavors mix well with the hop profile presented. Seek this one out! Maybe try to find a fresher bottle than I did though.

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.