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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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 -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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?

Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.99/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.