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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

judkinst, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kwkdmk, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Beerenauslese
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.

Beerenauslese, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

balinor, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kylehay2004, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JothHu, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
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!

BarryMFBurton, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

SpartyJoe, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

tedho21, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Devin84, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

stript, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

NorCalYeti, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

aquazr1, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

twenty5, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

kell50, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

mdube0378, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

bleeps, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

kvgomps, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jklecko2, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

wiltznucs, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

carlitos92, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Straddles a dark yellow/light orange hue with a 1.5+ finger head
S: Wow this screams Belgian which is good, it's got a little funk (brett even?) mixed into the Belgian wheat, spice, hops and tropical fruit notes. Nice complexity
T: The palate has the Belgian yeast/earth up front, followed by soft wheat then the hops kick up the lengthy finish
M: Medium-bodied, bitter, bold, enjoyable
O: What a complex, tasty beer. It truly combines Belgian tradition with a US influence

ONUMello, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 17, 2014
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.