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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 29
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

popery, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -50.7%

BGsWo22, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ColForbinBC, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -1.5%

EgadBananas, May 12, 2014
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle of this beer. I loved the first one and hope this lives up to what I experienced last weekend.

Soapy bright white head with lots of sticky lace. A bright clear brass colored beer. Head shows excellent retention.

Aroma is fantastic. Actually very complex. A burst of citrus/grapefruit followed by some nice spice and some yeast notes. Then you are hit with a resin like burst of juicy green hops. Very nice.

Yep, I like it as much this time around. As in the aroma, quite complex. Lot’s of yeast character and spice. Black pepper and some green notes. Lot’s of aggressive hop notes with juicy grapefruit again laced with black pepper. The aftertaste is like that of a big fresh DPA with a layer of herbal notes layered on top. Nice complexity.

There is a soapy texture to this and I do not mean this in a negative sense. Oily on your tongue with fresh hop flavor.

Really really good beer. If this is going to be available locally from here on out, this is going to be fun.

Well done!!

Reagan1984, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazed honey color with unbelievable amounts of rising carbonation. Brilliant head. An inch high that laces and retains masterfully.

S-Very aromatic. Hops galore. Tons of floral hops. Citrus and pine too, leaning more towards the pine. Nice Belgian yeast notes too that let you know this is not an American styled DIPA. Excellent smell. Malt is detectable but far behind the hoppy aspects.

T-Audacity is correct. Floral and pine hops assault the palate. This beer boasts one of the grassiest finishes I have come across. High amounts of bitterness. Very herbal. Belgian yeast has the right amount of potency. Malt sweetness sets in but the hops still manage to set fire to the tongue. Nice, nice, nice.

M-Heavy side of medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Sharp but not too much. A bit resinous. Really digging the bubbles. Dry and bitter finish.

O/D-Overall, this is a kick-ass beer. American IPA/DIPAs I find to be far superior than their Belgian counterparts. However, this beer trounces many of the American DIPAs I have tried. Super fresh and super tasty. Seek it out. Gotta try more CBC.

VelvetExtract, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

ADZA, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jaxon53, May 15, 2013
Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

petermethot, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ CBC. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours mirky golden, white thin cap, sticky lace.

S - Bitter hops, slight malt sweetness, tropical citrus. There's a large amount of hops, more then expected, for a Belgian DIPA. Yum!

T - Tropical citrus sweetness, malts, hoppy bitterness, orange peel. Nice dose of bitter hops and the citrus sweetness works well together and neither takes away from the other.

M - Medium body, oily bitter finish, good carbonation.

O - A wonderful Belgian DIPA that I enjoyed very much so. A nice way to end a wonderful trip on the East Coast. I hope to get back to CBC to try some of their other offerings.

Sean9689, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via NBA LIF victory
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A very cloudy, yeasty burnt orange, golden, and light amber. Moderately sized near-white head. Lots of stick left down the glass. A pretty Belgian IPA.

The audacity of hops are present in the aroma at the colder temperatures, but nice, somewhat tangy, distinctly Belgian yeast character emerges more and more as the beer warms. A very nice combination--the two works really well together. The hops have a white fruit, pear mainly, component to them, along with a bit of passion and citrus fruit character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma. This is certainly a nice, hop-forward DIPA style beer, but the yeast is allowed to play the starring role, especially as the beer warms. Moderately bitter. Clean finishing. Nice tangy yeast character up against lots of interesting, expressing hops.

Medium to near full in body for the style. Nearly high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Excellent Belgian IPA--easily one of my favorites, in fact.

ehammond1, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

IdrinkGas, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of piney hops with some citrus and tropical hops, sweet caramel malts, and some light spices and Belgian yeast esters.

T - Starts off with some pine hop with some light grapefruit and bitterness alongside some sweet caramel malt. Through the middle some more bitterness comes through alongside a touch of yeast esters and some lightly bready malt. The finish is big on the pine and grassy hops with some good bitterness and some spices and Belgian yeast flavors.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great Belgian IPA with a good hop profile and a good amount of flavor from the Belgian yeast.

ngeunit1, May 23, 2012
Photo of Dope
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.

Dope, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier VT for $8.99 this past weekend.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy honey soaked copper with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Lots of pepper, some other soft belgian ester, light grapefruit and lemon citrus notes, and a moderately bready malt.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a firm hop bitterness that meshes very well with the belgian yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a tasty take on a DIPA that I would probably drink regularly on draft if it was available at my local pub. Not something I would put much of an effort into trading for though.

koopa, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -26.1%

jenray, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

DarthKostrizer, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kurmaraja, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Davepoolesque, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Kmlund, Oct 08, 2014
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.