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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 25
Gots: 34 | 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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-11-2012 00:57:29 | More by brez8791
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-12-2014 13:28:25 | More by twenty5
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-05-2013 02:57:12 | More by illidurit
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nzerbe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-16-2013 13:39:52 | More by nzerbe
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

06-10-2012 16:35:06 | More by vfgccp
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-14-2012 20:36:55 | More by sholland119
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-24-2014 03:14:09 | More by kvgomps
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mikefour77

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-30-2014 22:52:48 | More by mikefour77
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dunix

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-07-2013 14:08:04 | More by dunix
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jschott75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

08-10-2013 16:31:34 | More by jschott75
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-25-2012 02:54:31 | More by t0rin0
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-07-2012 02:00:05 | More by rab53
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

QUITE GOOD; NOT A MUST BUY!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 17:40:52 | More by BeerLover99
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 16:59:26 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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tyamhydrogen

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:09:51 | More by tyamhydrogen
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MexicanSkittel

California

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:12:32 | More by MexicanSkittel
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 23:36:14 | More by morebeergood
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Chelsea1905

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:55:13 | More by Chelsea1905
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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."

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:40:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:14:33 | More by stonermouse
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rmcnealy

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 23:40:07 | More by rmcnealy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:03:53 | More by Thorpe429
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 01:21:04 | More by woosterbill
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Altrurian

New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 22:03:02 | More by Altrurian
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark brownish orange color with a half inch of head. The aroma is dank hops, mango, orange peel, yeast and some sourness. The taste is dank hops and mango along with those orange peel and yeast flavors you expect in a Belgian. A bit funky and bitter. Some floral hop notes as well. Hints of grapefruit at the finish. This is a Belgian IPA with a good amount of hop flavor. Mixes both qualities of a Belgian and an IPA very well. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. I didn't know what style of beer this was until afterwards. I basically saw the name with the hop on the label and grabbed it, but I have to say that I am presently surprised by this one. Overall, good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:02:36 | More by PicoPapa
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
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