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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 600
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 36
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: EPICAC on 11-12-2008

Belgian Double IPA.
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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 600
Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MVotter
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - The Audacity of Hops pours into a chalice the color of ginger ale, with a thick 1.5 inch head.

S - Hops, fresh-hop aroma, grains, bready, grasses.

T - Some tangy/tart-ish hop flavors up front, finish with sweetish back...interesting combo; a nice balance of tart and sweet hops flavoring! YUM!

M - Medium-heavy, very effervescent, just chewy/sticky enough. Dry...nice.

O - Don't be turned away by the fact that this beer is technically brewed in a Belgian style. You will swear it's an all-American IPA or DIPA. Hop lovers will love it. Delicious brew!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AUDACIOUSLY had in a snifter. Bottled on 5/29/13.

Slightly hazy and light gold body, jets of carbonation are noticeable. A white cap that barely sits at pencil width, and does not cover the crown of the beer, sheet of lace left with every sip.

Yeast phenols apparent on the nose: more banana ester than clove. A general soapiness also butts up against the Belgian flare, must be from the hops. The malt is doughy and light, but noticeable. Just a hint of pine aroma as well.

Yeast comes through with the same level of banana esters with just a touch of clove, more sweet on the palate as well. There is a nice bitterness at play at the back of the throat that gives rise to pine and orange flavors. Truly nice finish, the combined finish produces a dreamsicle-like swallow. Much better than the nose!

Nice medium body and good creaminess. More on the dry end thanks to the hop bite on the swallow.

The flavor profile on this Belgian IPA really saved it for me. I was not really excited until I took my second or third sip; then I was hooked. The sweet phenolic flavors mix well with the hop profile presented. Seek this one out! Maybe try to find a fresher bottle than I did though.

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Photo of Omnium
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwaks
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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!!!

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Photo of jujigatame
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  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?

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Photo of jrenihan
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.98/5  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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange marmalade body, finger white head,
great lacing

S: lemon peel/grass, spices, Belgian yeast

T: grapefruit/lemon grass, sweet yeast
long spicy pine sticky bitter finish

M: med body, solid oily/sticky mouth

O: Enjoyed this first CBC sample. Would
like to try more of their beers before
passing judgement.


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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of brewtus
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into tulip. Pours hazy orange with a two finger white head. Smell is tropical fruits, Belgian yeast, pine resin, some green apple. Taste is very fruity, very piney, with tons of Belgian yeast, some banana, some floral spices, slightly dry, amazing balance between the styles, maybe the best I've had. If you're in the area, make sure to try this amazing Belgian IPA. It's got a huge hop profile with a ton of Belgian taste.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yes. This is a Belgian ipa. That much seems certain. It strikes me as somewhat boozy really. There is a definite burn on it and it detracts from the overall experience. If it were toned down a good bit then the hops and Belgian side of things would probably be able to shine better.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark brownish orange color with a half inch of head. The aroma is dank hops, mango, orange peel, yeast and some sourness. The taste is dank hops and mango along with those orange peel and yeast flavors you expect in a Belgian. A bit funky and bitter. Some floral hop notes as well. Hints of grapefruit at the finish. This is a Belgian IPA with a good amount of hop flavor. Mixes both qualities of a Belgian and an IPA very well. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. I didn't know what style of beer this was until afterwards. I basically saw the name with the hop on the label and grabbed it, but I have to say that I am presently surprised by this one. Overall, good version of the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Omer tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: vanilla, spices, tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, bubble gum, bready, and caramel malts.

Taste: This beer is delicious. Same as above with tingly bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, a little dry, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid BIPA. I could drink several of these right now. Will look for more in the future.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-yeasty bread, orange, pine, spices

T-citrus, orange, yeasty bread, hint of coriander and cloves, little sweetness, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, alcohol well-integrated, crisp

O-a nice variation on a Belgian IPA, good flavors

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Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Amber, golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Fair amount of rising effervescence mostly wears itself out quickly. Slight beer ring lacing.

S: Pine resin, orange citrus, and honey.

T: Hoppy, bitter, and steely. None of the sweet characteristics apparent in the nose come out in the flavor.

M: Very bitter but less hoppy, and kind of shallow. Dry finish.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice hue, decent (although short-lived) head, and some adequate lacing. Nose is a very full, great combination of pine resin, with orange, and a syrupy sweetness. Unfortunately, some of the complexities in the nose, do not present in the flavor. Dry and bitter....not much else. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cambridge Brewing Company - The Audacity of Hops - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a slightly hazy golden amber or copper with a nice soapy head. Phenomenal lacing. Rambunctious carbonation.

Smell - Bready spices with hop on top. Interesting mix, DIPA & Belgian-style, both share the stage evenly.

Taste - Citrus hops come in first, then a wave of spicy, bready Belgian yeast. After this a blast of bitter grapefruit hops. Boom!

Mouthfeel - Great drinkability. very unique and enjoyable. The blend is so smooth and really works. In the aftertaste you get the hops but also the sour that you expect from a Belgian.

Overall - Would definitely recommend. Great fusion of styles. Stellar brew that bridges the gap between my two favorite styles.

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.