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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 595
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.21%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | 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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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 595
Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (720 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 MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter. Bottled December 2011.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a thin collar and some wisps, leaving minimal lace behind. Hazy apricot body.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, black pepper, some earthy and herbal hop notes, perhaps a touch of citrus zest. Alcohol isn't totally hidden, mingling with the flavors to give this a sharp bite to it.

T - Taste is a little more smoothed out. Grains, bread, yeast, stone fruits, and only mild earthy hops. Surprisingly low bitterness for the style.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, minimal alcohol warmth, a tad dry in the finish.

D - I'm not sure I would have used this name for a Belgian IPA, but in any case it's not as hop-forward as I was expecting. Still, for the style it's pretty well done and largely enjoyable. (840 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Hazy, apricot orange-copper in color. Medium head.

S: I get Belgian yeast and citrus hop aromas.

T: Sweet, bready malt; biscuit yeast; citrus & pine hop. There is an acerbic bitterness that cuts through the rest of the flavor profile, and I can't quite decide if that's good or bad. Odd.

M: Mild bitter hang after the swallow. Good weight to mouthfeel.

O: Good, not as much Belgian character as I expected. (500 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden copper. Only a tiny head.

Nose of faint Belgian yeasts, pine, and rich hops.

Wonderful in the mouth, with little hint of the alcohol content. Choppy beyond belief - the hops may be contributing to the alcohol cover-up.

The hops are the only story here. Though a Belgian IPA, the Belgian yeasts are really only noticed in the finish, and then they balance out the hops quite well. Despite the astronomically high hop levels, not too bitter in the mouth, but the bitterness is unavoidable afterwards.

One can also discern hints of honey, citrus, pine, and fresh cut grass.

Overall stood beer for what it is - hops, hops, hops and hops with a Belgian yeast. I could probably enjoy it more with a lower ABV. (747 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Audacity of Hops pours a slightly hazy, light honey yellow with a small, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong and has notes of orange peel, clove, pine and citrus. An interesting combination.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with some spice notes and a bitter hop finish. It starts with a touch of Belgian influence with a taste of orange peel, pepper and clove. Malt sweetness kicks in the middle and it finishes dry and hoppy with a flavor of pine and orange citrus. Once gone the orange citrus and clove lingers on the palate.

This beer is mostly an IPA with some Belgian notes mixed in. It's very nicely done. Other Belgian IPA's I've had are more a spicy Belgian beer with a touch of hops. Audacity is more balanced and easy to drink. (906 characters)

Photo of mat
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at The Armsby Abbey at the meet the brewer night. Poured a nice golden color with a largish head which dissipated and left a nice lacing on the glass. Lots of good hoppy aromas, very strong. At first all I could taste was the hops and was really questioning the Belgian IPA classification. As I continued more Belgian yeast characteristics emerged. The drinkability is okay, at 8.5% I really only wanted one. I would love to see this brewed again and bottled. (477 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde bombshell of a brew with a thin white head.

Nose is grainy and acidic. Think we have a bit of the CBC brett going on here...

Flavor is tart, acidic and sharp, but with good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is acidic and aspirin-like.

Overall, this is one tart and acidic brew, but very hop-tastic! (298 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Victory tulip glass. Batch 1, Dec. 2011.

A: Hazy golden yellow. Finger of fluffy bright white head. Good carbonation, tiny bubbles off the bottom of the glass.

S: Shocked to get some Belgian yeast and some farmhouse right away. Masks the hops a bit, but I still get some fruitiness and pine from them eventually.

T: Interesting flavors. You don't get assaulted initially with hops, it's the Belgian spice. This beer lives in the middle of the mouth. Lots of fruity and piney hops. Really bitter dry finish. It's a tasty little beer. Different then other DIPAs.

M: It's medium bodied.

O: I like this one. A little different but very tasty. (667 characters)

Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, transparent yellow-gold. Medium cream-colored head. Mix of small and big bubbles. Nice enough. The aroma is an interesting mix of flavors. There's a lot of hops. Quite juicy. Big pineapple and bright citrus with a twist of a floral, spicy noble hop aroma. That part is very nice. Belgian esters and simple malt sweetness round things out. The hops are so nice that I can almost overlook that the flavors don't quite mesh. There's also a bit of booze and a touch of acetone, but I'm still loving the hops. The taste has more grassy and spicy hop flavor and less tropical fruit and citrus. It's not quite as gentle as I was hoping. Fair bit of pepper. A touch more booze. I hate to say it, but I get the feeling that the hop loveliness is hiding a not so great Belgian-style base. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, and there's a definite booziness right at the start of the finish. I like this beer, but I think I'd love it with a cleaner yeast. If they just brewed it as a standard DIPA, I'd probably be happier. That said, the hops are so bright and flavorful that it's easy to see past the flaws. (1,105 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 greenmonstah
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Hill Farmstead belgian tulip

A - Clear golden with a half finger of white head. Medium degree of bubbles rising from the base of the grass. Decent retention

S - Very light clove and banana aromas coming from the yeast. Lightly hopped, subtle grassy and herbal notes. A bit toasty.

T - The aroma on steroids. Hops are herbal and grassy, a bit lemony. Spicy yeast character, bread and clove.

M - Medium in body, with a perfect drying finish. Good carbonation brovides a spicy bubbly pop to the beer.

O - Overall a great beer. The combination of hop and Belgian yeast flavors are very complimentary and quite tasty. Add to that a great feel and you have a very worthwhile beer! (704 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this about 2 weeks ago, finally getting around to posting the notes. This was Batch 3/June 2012 bottling.

Pours a palish orange with some haze. Good puffy white head retains pretty well.

Scent presents some light fruit, straw, yeast, citrus, grapefruit, bready malts. Nice, good balance.

Big-time Belgian yeast in the taste is a bit astringent at first but it evens out very well after some time. Good dose of American hops (earthy, grapefruit, citrus, peach) is backed nicely by saison-like goodness (straw, yeast, grass, crackery malts). Good balance.

A bit foamy on the mouthfeel and a little on the boozy side, but has a full-but-light feel to it.

Definitely liking the lighter saison feel, a nice variety of hops as well. Another great offering from Cambridge. (774 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy golden with a prominent white head. Retention is good, but eventually the head settles into a crown of about a quarter-inch. lacing is wispy and patchy.

S: Pine, grapefruit. Citrus scents of pineapple and tangerine come from both hops and esters. Lightly spicy and chalky yeast aromas, and a touch of clovey/metallic phenol if you search for it. Biscuity malt is just noticeable.

T: Citrus notes play on the palate for a moment before being swept away in a tide of bitterness. Hop tastes at this point are very oily and leafy. Grapefruit bitterness builds. Belgian aspects start coming to the forefront toward the end. Clove and vague spicy Belgian yeast tastes, along with a distinct yeasty chalkiness. Green apple esters are well hidden, but there. Malt starts doughy but eventually dries out and turns more cracker-like. Finishes with ample leafy hop tastes, strong bitterness, and chalky yeast.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very oily from the hops, and enamel stripping. Somewhat creamy, though the high level of carbonation cuts through and seems to lighten the body even further.

O: A solid entry into the Belgian IPA style. More bitter than most, but the Belgian aspects of it aren't completely swallowed up by the bitterness. Body seems a bit lacking, but it isn't too much of a distraction.

Notes: Might benefit from lowering the bitterness just a tad and beefing up the body just a hair. Minor complaints though, it's still a good beer. (1,511 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed apricot hue with a creamy two finger head and similar lacing here and there,the smell is pine,citrus,lemon sherbet,candy and as it warms liquorice and aniseed,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated maybe a little too much and has tastes of pine citrus infused hops,peaches,nectarines,lychee,candy,the lightest hit of toffee malts and finished with a citrus bitterness and overall its nice and hides its ABV very well as i dont get much of the alcohol on smell or taste just wish the mouthfeel had abit less carbonation apart from that yeah id buy it again cheers. (589 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*Says it was from the February 2012 batch*

A: First impression: Pours a clear pale gold with a semi-bubbly head of white foam. Decent amount of bubbles in the body. Upon pouring the second half: The body is a nicer hazy gold with barely visible pieces of sediment. Looks a lot better than initial impression.

S: This is a double IPA? No, this is all Belgian Ale. The sweet breadiness and yeastiness smell dominates. Little bit of piney hop smell in the back. Not bad, though - maybe a little too generic. A little later: With time the hops start to dominate the aroma. Starts to smell really nice.

T: A sweet yeasty taste with a nice hop backbone. It's not an IPA, but it's still good. I gave this flavor a 4 from the beginning -- but the flavor does get better much like the appearance and smell.

M: A medium body that feels a little rough on the mouth. Nice carbonation. A little generic, though.

O: Initial impression is not great. Over time this beer gets better, but -- come on. It's not a bad brew to begin with. I'd like some more hop flavor -- you start to get it with time. More than any other beer this one gets better as it warms. (1,147 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at publick house in brookline, ma, on april 21, 2009, during the week of the craft brewers conference.

deep straw w brown amber tones. very hazy. creamy head fades to wisps. some thin rings of lace here and there

aroma: lots of fresh pine and grapefruit. passion fruit? bready malt underneath but faint.

taste: fresh pine and grapefruit again, but with more of the rind this time. passion fruit note more apparent. sweet and fruity from the hops and possibly the yeast, into the bready malt with another hint of yeast. bold and resinous bitterness but crisp and lingering.

light body, quite sharp with resins and carbonation though.

bold american hopping is nice, although seems to blunt out the belgian yeast character more than should be for it to still be classified as a "belgian ipa". (801 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that appears to have excellent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a slightly hazy, medium amber which glows orange when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind. Retention turns out to be average. Lacing approaches sheeting at times.

Nose- Dominated by Belgian yeast and spice. Cinnamon, some clove. Lemon appears as well as a part of the aromatic hop profile. Some nutmeg and other allspice spices. There could be more presence from the hops but it's still an enjoyable aroma.

Taste- Initially reflective of the nose. Belgian yeast spice- cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Seems very well rounded and lacks the earthiness/bitterness that can be a little too much in some Belgian yeasts. Some citrus, pine, and resin from the hops but not as much as the name might suggest. The name seems to be more audacious than the hops. However, that it is not to say this is a bad beer; I'm rather enjoying it at the moment. Some juiciness with slight hint of white grape and cherry in the rounded bitter finish. A hint of honey as well. This beer is very well integrated and has lots of balance. It may not live up to its name but that doesn't bother me. It's definitely a solid brew. Some floral and perfume notes as well.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with some notes of syrup in the texture. Good amount of carbonation that works because there is a smooth quality to it.

Drinkability- A nice, mellow beer that has enough complexity to peek through its efficient balance. What's not mellow? The price. Ten bucks a pop makes this one off beer for me.

Overall- Solid beer. Definitely worth a try and a good representation of the style. Just don't expect to overwhelmed with hops because you won't be. (1,788 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy golden copper color with a sizable pure white head that slowly recedes and clings to the glass.

tons of bitter, piney, grassy, herbal hops on top of some crackery malt and s lightly peppery yeast.

very bitter beginning with pine and grapefruit, but goes sweet with a slightly spicy yeast twang before it finishes with tons of citrus hops. a unique mix of hop flavor that mixes in a balance of slightly sweet malts and slightly yeasty spiciness.

medium bodied with tons of prickly carbonation and a pepper spice lingering with the bitterness on the aftertaste.

It's a bit different from many "belgian-styled" IPAs as most are not as over-powered by hops. the belgian yeast is definitely detectable, as is a bit of malt, for an interesting, and tasty beer. (772 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 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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy orange color. A medium off-white head that dissipated quickly. There was a bit of lace.

Funky aroma, earthy hops. A good deal of sweet malt.

Caramel taste, funky. The hops were apparent later.

This was a nice Belgian IPA. Smooth and balanced, fun to drink. (311 characters)

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, bottled December 2011 on label. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours an almost clear, bright golden orange color with a nice, foamy finger of white foam rising up. The head dissipates rather quickly and ends up as a ring of foam around the glass. Decent lacing is left. What is there sticks but it doesn't completely coat the glass.

The nose is extremely hoppy right off the bat. Big citrus notes, leaning towards grapefruit, orange and, to a lesser extent, some lemon. There is a slight pine note mixed in right after each hit of citrus. When chilled, the hops are pretty much the only thing that come across. It smells like a really big DIPA. As the beer warms a bit of Belgian yeast starts to come out a bit. Even then, it's probably not enough that it would make you realize it's supposed to be a Belgian IPA if it didn't say it on the label. That being said, the nose is fantastically hoppy.

The taste follows with the nose, but the yeast provides more of a Belgian aspect here. Big citrus up front, grapefruit and orange being prominent. The citrus yields to a bit of pine before a slightly spicy characteristic from the yeast makes itself known. There is a nice, slightly resiny, bitter bite at the finish as the beer dries out quite a bit.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer actually feels a bit slick at first and pretty dry at the finish but the mouthfeel always seems to stay somewhere in between.

Overall, this is a really good beer. I'm just not sure it's really a Belgian IPA. It seems more in line with the characteristics of a nice DIPA. The taste is better than the nose at showcasing the Belgian characteristics but both are still really good. So high marks for a really good beer with a half point off overall for not really falling into the style. (1,800 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The world of Belgian fruit and spice collides with American hop flavor and bitterness for a surprisingly well-rounded taste that balances with candied sweetness for not only a profound taste, but smooth one as well.

Glowing with its proud golden hue, the beer is lightly hazed and showcases dispersed streams of light and carbonation very well. Streams of carbonation rise to construct a creamy ivory head. With the character of Belgian and hoppy ales, you bet the head character is sturdy, long lasting and laces the beer impressively with each sip.

Bright and citrusy aromas hedge on the complex hop blend that spans the gamut of citrus and tropical fruit with mild herb, grass and pine notes. Confectioner's candy sweetness allows the hops to have a juicier and riper impact on the nose and paves the way for the fruit esters and yeast spices to spring upon.

Fruity taste extends from citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Softer tropical hop notes of pineapple and apricots buffer against pine resins, fresh-cut grass, and herb botanicals. But then a muted ester character of orchard fruits- apples and pears blend into the hops seamlessly; just as the middle palate spices of light clove, coriander, and white pepper extends into alcohol taste and resinous bitterness to close the session.

Medium bodied, but seeming slightly fuller at times with creamy carbonation and residual malt sweetness, the beer rewards the taste buds early on as the weight of the beer seeps into the mouth. But the finish is semi-dry and evenly fades into alcohol warmth and light peppery sensations for a relatively high rate of drinkability.

Where the beer is a justified Belgian-inspired American imperial IPA, it's Belgian character is suppressed and it's Pacific Northwest hop attributes are elevated to the point where if the label hadn't told me that this was a Belgian-type of beer, then I may have missed it and chocked the fruit and spice up to the hops alone. (1,967 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Union Brewhouse- quite a treat. Served in a thin tulip glass. Pale yellow color but almost had a neon hue to it, with a huge white head. The barkeeps were having trouble keeping the head in check when pouring it. Smells were dominated by the hops. Some light citrus and minty hop aromas. Taste was the same, at first. Then the belgian yeasty flavors come through. Some light spiciness and pepper come through. Very interesting. Drying mouthfeel but the hops come through again at the end for a bit of bitterness. Good beer, very original. (561 characters)

The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.