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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops

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BA SCORE
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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%


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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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 11:14:01 | More by lordofthewiens
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oline73

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a golden hue. There is a layer of off white head. The smell is hoppy, but there is a strong Belgian spice note. The taste has a nice balance between sweet, spice, and hops. There is a fruity note, the finish is bitter. Lots of Belgian spice here.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:49:24 | More by oline73
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Amalak

New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a pale gold color, it is completely opaque. It has a huge foamy white head and lots of lacing.

S. Very grassy with a hoppy undertone.

T/M. It is a nice hoppy bite, but not overly. It has a grassy undertone. Some fruity undertones with a dark fruit taste. Heavy and full bodied.

O. A beautiful double IPA. A mild bit too sweat, but good overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 00:32:43 | More by Amalak
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch #1, December 2011) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a glowing orange color tending towards golden with two thick fingers of dense white foam. Shows excellent staying power and fades slowly over several minutes, leaving behind sticky webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrusy and grassy up front with some spicy Belgian yeast character. Lots of grapefruit, a bit floral. soft grainy malt base.

T - Firm bitterness up front paired with plenty of grapefruit. The grapefruit maintains its presence from beginning to end, finishing with a fresh squeezed juice bitterness after the swallow. Lightly spicy/peppery in the middle. Mild malty sweetness and graininess underneath the hops. Belgian yeast character is pretty light barely managing to make a presence against the hops.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp and prickly medium/high carbonation. Serious grapefruit juice feel from the intense hop flavors that really leaves lingering flavors of fresh juice well past the swallow.

O - Overall, I'm enjoying this beer. Not much of a Belgian hop character...a bit of estery and spicy aspects, but really subdued. 8% alcohol is really not noticeable...goes down smooth and easy. Intense juicy grapefruit character will likely please some and turn off others, but I like it. Worth giving a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 20:07:43 | More by portia99
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dgilks

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden colour with a nice, white head. Good head retention and some lacing.

Rich, dank hop aroma with the citrus and pine combining with some Belgian yeast notes to give an almost musky aroma. Very nice. Quite sweet.

Sweet malt hits first followed by a musky hop and yeast flavour. Nice mandarin and musk. Good bitterness that complements everything else.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A delicious beer. A nice balance of IPA and Belgian yeast that works well.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 05:58:48 | More by dgilks
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Beerenauslese

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:47:43 | More by Beerenauslese
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:42:59 | More by BarryMFBurton
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 21:08:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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beenitty

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber from CBC.

Had this one on tap and well and brought some bottles back home to Jersey.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with pearly white head, lacing wasn't great but head stays nicely

S: Spicy, like Belgian IPA, followed by hops, like DIPA, smells nice

T: A bit discordant. Starts with spice and bit of grapefruit and belgian yeast, then follows with a bit of juicy fruits succeeded by the bitter hop bite. Almost tastes like two different beers in a sense.

M: Smooth and creamy. Slight bite

O: Had this one fresh then had it again about two weeks later. The hops died down a bit but the finish was smoother. I think this is a really good beer. The fresher bottle I had I think was complex but the two styles didn't really meld IMO. The older bottle was probably more of a Belgian IPA as opposed to Belgian DIPA.

Definitely A for effort, and I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:37:47 | More by beenitty
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear golden copper, with a sudsy head of bright-white foam. This maintains a rich ½ finger sized flare-up when swirled, which dots the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, spicy, and citric, with notes of bread and bubblegum working themselves in here as well. Underlying warmth adds a touch of fullness to the nose.

The taste is fresh bitter citrus and pine, which gives this some bite, while pale malt sweetness helps balance this across the back. Bubblegum, soft fruit, and herbal textures cling to those malt flavors a bit, while that combo of hops and yeast finish this dry with notes of pith, resins, and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick and smooth feeling to the carbonation that has just enough of a prickle to it to bring out some crispness in the body. There is a good bit of slickness to this which keeps that 8% ABV going down VERY easily.

This was a well done take on a Belgian IPA, with a complex yet balanced profile that kept this smooth and flavorful on the palate despite the occasional assertiveness of the hops. Watch out for this, it's dangerously drinkable for the size.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 17:46:27 | More by Kegatron
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TangTKE402

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Info: Batch #1, bottled Dec. 2011

A: Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass. Hazy, straw-colored yellow, with a tan center, 2-finger, fluffy white head, and some lacing. Pretty to look at.

S: A great balance of hops, yeast, and malt. Front smell is a spicy Belgian yeast, with a bright hop middle and a light banana spice finish. Fragrant like a flower: delicate but complex, and very inviting.

T: Dry, with a touch of spiciness and bread. Bright hop notes on the tongue with some yeasty malts through the middle and a bone-dry aftertaste. Flavors of grass, coriander, rye bread, pine needles, pale malt notes on the back of the tongue. Flavorful, but light, with only occasional hints at it's alcoholic potency, this beer is quite a delight to drink on a hot day.

M: Chewy and grainy in the mouth with a bone dry bite to it. It has a lighter feel than most DIPAs, most likely due to the Belgian influence, so it's nice for hop heads looking for a lighter side of things.

O: A great-tasting beer, that doesn't try to do too much. Easy-going, light and fluffy, but with some great flavors and interesting feel, I would recommend it to those seeking a summertime DIPA. Nice effort, and good product.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 22:09:54 | More by TangTKE402
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle and poured into a tulip glass. A little old, bottled May 29th 2013.

A dull orange and opaque body, with a good glowing tangerine colored edges. Frothy large white head with good clumping and retention. Grows large off the pour nice and even with a creamy appearance and whipped up top.

Nose has some slight candi sweetnees, but a good hop bitter that dominates and is subtle. Perhaps somewhat faded, but quite chewy leafy and almost minty smelling with a little floral kick.

Palate comes with a large hop bitterness. Minty washing front, with sharp finish on the swallow that lingers on and on. Get out the toothbrush it's warm and minty hot. Chewy palate with a very subdued and hammered down Belgian sweetness. THe heat almost translates into a bretty quality which it's not, but it's a very similar sensation. A little light bodied, but the lack of chewy malt depth provides an easy drinking beer on what could be overly hot.

Real nice take on a Belgian IPA and a large hop presence. Enjoyed my first CBC brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:32:15 | More by smakawhat
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a 22oz bottle.

The beer pours a nice hazy bright golden color. There is a nice orangey haze to it. There is also a nice half-inch head that forms.

Aroma is of juicy hops. Delicious tropical fruit notes. Some papaya and some nice passion fruit even. Mango and some pineapple. In the background the notes of Belgian yeast can be perceived. Some nice phenols and chalky fruit sweetness can also be noted.

Flavor is more IPA than Belgian. Strong hop kick starts things off with some nice citrus notes. Some grapefruit and some slight piney notes round out the hops. The nice piney notes go well with the Belgian notes of phenols and some slight spice. This is definitely a DIPA with some slight Belgian notes in my book. It is pretty delicious though. Resinous and nicely hopped up. There is a slight boozy note to it and some good fruit sweetness in the middle of the brew that is rounded out again by some good hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and with a nice dry finish. Overall this brew was a great surprise. It’s nice and hoppy like a DIPA but it has slight Belgian yeast notes and spices. Well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:03:33 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the brewery on 10-15-13

A - Pours a hazed gold color one finger of white head with some thin lacing
S - Big grape and orange juice, some dank pine, a touch of spice, some dank pine
T - Lots of grape and orange juice sweet mango, some caramel malt, definitely some alcohol, very sweet and ripe tropical flavors
M - Big cloying sweetness, big big feel, some alcohol burn.
O - Very good IPA, I dont see where the belgian part comes into play, but I did get a bomber, I'll re review later

Updated: 12-14-13 from Bomber

The aroma is STELLAR, lots of grape, some mango.
Taste has a lot more belgian punch that from my notes at the brewery, but is still good.
Mouthfeel is still lacking, you do get a strong spicy bitterness, and its kinda dry.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 02:16:00 | More by Omnium
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ScarletLady

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Had to split a bottle amongst 4 people...share & share alike and drink it from a plastic up. I was really glad for the opportunity. the nose isn't as hoppy as the taste. Soapy, nicely bitter with a hint of salt on the finish. Somewhat creamy and smooth on the tongue. Drank it a room temp to get the most out of it. So complex my tongue is still riddling it out.

Really liked it, too bad it isn't available.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 22:02:24 | More by ScarletLady
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle from Batch One, bottled this month so less than three months old. Poured into a Boston Beer pint glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Nice and clear throughout.

Aroma: Brutal onslaughter of pine and citrus hops. This is definitely a nicely dry hopped brew. I might be missing it, but I am not getting much in the way of Belgian yeast although the hops might be why.

Taste: The hops are just are upfront here as the aroma. Really bitter overall, but nice tones of pine, grapefruit and mango throughout. The slightest touch of clove. Great hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and amply carbonated. Right on.

Overall, an excellent IPA with just an insane amount of bitterness. The Belgian yeast was a non factor for me. Just a really nice, bitter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:54:47 | More by Gosox8787
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. Poured a beautiful hazy orange with a two finger head that quickly receded and left some nice uneven lacing and a few splotches of foam on the surface and a ring around the edge.

The smell is pretty straightforward- the citrusy aromas of Cascade hops dominate the nose. Nothing complicated but pleasant.

The taste is much like the smell- nothing complicated but pleasant. Tastes more like an American IPA than a belgian one- I'm missing the yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is very nice- an oily texture thanks to the hops and a light body coupled with medium carbonation makes for a refreshing brew.

This is definitely a solid IPA but perhaps not worth what I paid for out of the bottle. I'm sure at the brewery it's great.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:42:22 | More by Hopdaemon39
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 29, 2013

Beer is cloudy orange with a large white head. Terrific retention and lacing- head lasts forever and just coats the glass.

Nose contains Belgian yeast, lots of floral notes. I get banana as well as tropical and citrus fruit, including orange and passionfruit.

Belgian yeast strikes in the taste, with orange and bubblegum. A bit of coriander. Citrus and tropical fruits. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit bready. Slightly oily.

Overall, quite good. A nice Belgian IPA but not one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:52:50 | More by jrenihan
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Audacity of Hops opens to a bright burst of citrusy hops, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, and lemon oil resounding, with lesser notes of dandelion stem, mint, and anise. While the hop aromas are very strong, the 70+ IBUs immediately apparent, there’s also a large Belgian presence that lies just beneath, with bananas and cloves mixing very nicely with the citrusy, fruity, spicy hops. The balance here is very nice, the Belgian and hop notes mingling generatively, whereas in many Belgian IPAs they end up clashing fiercely. These fruity notes are bolstered by heavy orange, berry, cherry, and apricot fruit esters, and the beer is somewhat grounded by an undercurrent of light toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, this is one of the more balanced, potent, and aromatic Belgian IPAs on the market, and while the beer does swing more in favor of IPA than Belgian, there is still enough of the latter aroma to make itself known.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an initial heavy shock of hops, with grapefruit rind, pine resin, eucalyptus, dandelion stem, mint, and anise sweeping across the tastebuds in bitter fury. Against this onslaught, it’s actually difficult to detect the Belgian flavors, the bananas and cloves largely subsumed, as are most of the fruity notes. There’s still a dollop or two of them, however, adding not only banana, but also orange, berry, and cherry. Toast crust, biscuit, and wet wheat add small bits of earthy grounding. The aftertaste is heavily hopped, being largely a continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers on the tongue in bitter remnants for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer, and hopheads should certainly seek out a bottle, as the hops are potent and varied, showcasing a powerful array of hoppy goodness. However, the Belgian part of the beer is largely lost because of the potency of the hops, and seems imbalanced because of it. Had this simply been labeled a “Double India Pale Ale,” rather than a “Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale,” there wouldn’t have been such a problem; as it is, the fruity, spicy bananas and cloves seem almost an afterthought. This is not to say that the beer is bad—in fact, it’s very delicious, though likely far too hoppy for the novice—just that it seems mislabeled.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 17:12:41 | More by jondeelee
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep straw yellow color with a one finger of bone white, rich foamy head. Head retains nicely leaving ringlets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is all hops! Big citrus, grapefruit and lemon notes. Some grassiness. For a belgian IPA, the spicing is muted - really plays an under current tone and works well for this beer.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of lemon, slight wheat, and then pale malts come through. Middle is mingled wheat and spicing - very very muted so that it compliments and not dominates the flavor. Big, big grapefruit notes come in during the finish with a hint of grass to cut the grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily and slick body.

O: Goes down easy, VERY tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, good representation of style. This is a belgian IPA that I could sit with for a night!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 14:34:28 | More by Jayli
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SHODriver

California

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No 1 from Dec 2011

A: pours a hazed light orange with a finger of white head. Decent head retention and modest lacing
S: smells of a nice combination of fruity esters from the yeast, some citrus and some floral hops with an underlying sweetness
T: sweet malt, spicy yeast, fruitiness, citrus and some floral hop flavors. aftertaste is alcohol some citrusy flavor and oily hop flavor along with some sweet malt flavor and more estery goodness
M: sharp and prickly carbonation and a medium to slightly light mouthfeel
O: smells great, looks good, and very nice and complex flavor profile. a well done beer that is sure to please

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:26:32 | More by SHODriver
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Audacity of Hops
22 oz. brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz. tulip glass

Pours a hazy and cloudy orange color. A nice head forms on top leaving spotty patterns of sticky lacings.

A very pleasant nose with whiffs of citrus (think orange & limes) and baked bread.

Toasted caramel malt backbone with a sweet syrup flavor underneath. Very “bright” tasting with a really nice hop profile with hints of oranges, herbs and a touch of pine. The Belgian yeast is noticeable, but doesn’t overpower this beer. I detect a touch of spice, perhaps black pepper. The 8% is very well hidden too.

This is a real nice change up to the usual double IPA. The Audacity of Hops
is an interesting and enjoyable local beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:24:34 | More by Hibernator
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy light copper pour with a huge billowy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Very interesting. Smells a lot like your typical big IPA. Lots of pine and a touch of citrus (orange?). Maybe a hint of banana in the background?

T: Whoa. Up front it's a big, smooth sweet juicy citrus hit (orange, mango primarily) with just a hint of pine in the background. Then as the citrus fades about halfway through, the pine stays and results in a big bitter pine resin hit. Very long lasting bitterness. Maybe a little pepper in with the pine in the aftertaste. No real evidence of typical belgian yeast that I can discern which is interesting.

M: Medium body, carbonation is fairly high. Big pine resin bite results in quite a drying tingle in the aftertaste.

O: Very interesting Belgian IPA. It's about 90% an american DIPA to be honest. If someone had handed me a glass of it at random, I probably never would have guessed it was anything but a normal DIPA. Doesn't mean it's bad, in fact it's quite good. It's just a very americanized version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 06:11:37 | More by Dope
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden yellow color with a white head on top. The retention of the is thin but holds up well. The lacing is sticky, leaving some foam on the glass. The smell of the beer is floral, some fruity citrus notes. The taste is piney, some lemony citrus in there as well with a resin-like finish. There is a very subtle breadiness in there also. The mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation with a lighter body. Overall this beer is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 19:32:35 | More by Knapp85
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biggred1

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark yellow with a fizzy greyish head that fades fast. If I didn't know better this could be Colt 45 by appearance alone. Nice floral hops and Belgian spice in the nose. This beer tastes much better than it looks, big resinous hops and dry spicy Belgian yeast in perfect harmony. Full bodied with seltzery carbonation. One of the better "Belgian" IPAs that I've had. Well balanced between the hop bitterness and spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:14:59 | More by biggred1
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
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