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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 26
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-09-2013 02:50:55 | More by CesarLopes
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-09-2013 01:27:17 | More by The_GrassHOPper
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-05-2013 00:10:07 | More by mjstacker
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4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Audacious? Yes.

Hoppy? Hell Yeah.

Audacity of hops? Abso-fucking-lutely!

Nectar of the greek hop gods!

I won't write you a long ass book about this once in a lifetime hop centric ale. What I will do is tell you it is so laden with hop oils that you can feel the oily viscosity on your palate as it goes down. The malt base is clean and neat and just enough to support the shocking and almost illegal amount of hops in this boozy endeavor.

CBC; a now sincerely loyal fan has been won.

Everyone else. Try this beer. It will earn a well deserved spot on your love list.

Awesome job CBC!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:23:11 | More by Jwaks
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-01-2013 03:21:37 | More by Flashyspoons
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-30-2013 00:31:37 | More by mrchrisray
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-29-2013 22:28:49 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cambridge Brewing Co – Audacity of Hops – Belgian IPA

Bottled 8/2/13, consumed 9/27/13, 8% ABV, 22 oz. bomber to tall tulip

Cloudy light orange. 1.5 fingers of off white head with large bubbles.

Smell is buttery, sweet tropical fruit, some pine and a bit yeasty.

Hops and yeast battle for the top billing. Hops win out slightly by virtue of bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon, spice, some barnyard must, grassy herbs. Tons of flavors popping up on this one. No real sign of the ABV. Bitterness expands when this one hits the back of the tongue. There is a large hop presence but it seems to come in layers. Takes some time to find all of it. Mouthfeel is pretty wet. Not quite thick but definitely full bodied. Rather sticky on the lips. The aftertaste is lingering bitterness, hop resin, some more yeast, and pith. There is a buttery flavor that flashes here and there, sometimes rather noticeably, but it doesn’t feel like a problem to me. There are some hints of the peppery component you’d find in other Belgian pale ales. I’m really enjoying the complex combinations that are presenting themselves. I should not have gone so long between bottles of this one.

This falls right in my wheelhouse with the marriage of IPA and Belgian flavors. I thought it was damn good. I’d have to say that Audacity is to Belgian/white IPAs what Stone SSR is to black IPAs for me. It pushes out the limits of what I thought the style could hold and sets a high mark for others to beat.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:34:14 | More by jujigatame
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New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-21-2013 16:39:52 | More by 2GOOFY
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-18-2013 22:29:32 | More by makeshifty
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-17-2013 03:06:40 | More by Dave_Treat
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-14-2013 12:17:06 | More by IPAchris
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-14-2013 00:40:14 | More by freewill35
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:54:16 | More by TMoney2591
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-06-2013 14:00:42 | More by Kevincredible
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-04-2013 00:55:14 | More by Brendog9
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-01-2013 22:27:16 | More by groleau
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2013 20:55:27 | More by mmmaaattt
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad to see the CBC beers being distributed to Conn. and now available only about 20 mins from my house!

Bomber bottled May 29, 2013...not super fresh...maybe better luck next time I venture to get a few bottles cross the border

Pours hazed lighter amber, real nice looking head, goes to a well developed meraingue (sp?) cap, then leaves all sorts of classy looking fluff, sheetage and lace.

Yeasty, fruity, hoppy, peppery nose. nice.

Love the style and this one hits the note pretty darn well...I get the Belgian yeastyness, the spiced up qualities as well the hoppy IPA character. Well done.

Ample pepper, yeasty ripe fruit notes, super dry biting hops in the finish. Yeasty final pour to boot, with the expected lingering and always enjoyable nutty note.

Great with food. Goat cheese, salad, and some peppery sausage went great with this one..well worth a try...hmm when's the next time I can get to Danbury?

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:51:52 | More by Billolick
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-24-2013 00:13:21 | More by BDeibs
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-22-2013 17:07:58 | More by Hopheadhiker
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-16-2013 02:12:40 | More by Gatch
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
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