The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
A bit on the dark side for a pale ale, it pours a weathered burnt orange. Depsite the relative darkness, it's kind of a pale burnt orange, though it's still dark enough that it's opaque. The head is attractive while it's there, but lacks retention, so look quick. You'll see a contrasting white lid of small bubbles. Eventually you're left with just remnants up top and a bit of lace.
The smell is the cat's meow. Full of citrus flavors like orange, pineapple and grapefruit, with some pine for balance. I'll put the smell of this beer against any other.
Taste follows suit, though the citric items are toned down a bit and the pine is ramped up. A little bit of a cracker taste as it works it way across the tongue.
Acidic early on with a gentle sweetness, the teeth of the beer greets you mid-sip as the hops start to take over and the piney resin coats your tongue with a lingering bitterness. There's plenty of hoppy bite, but it's welcomed and manageable making it reasonably tame for a DIPA. There's plenty of carbonation to clear your tongue, along with the citrusy acid, but the hoppy oils won't let go.
Overall, this is right up there with the best IPAs or DIPAs I've had. It's got good flavor, is easy to sip, and has a nice kick to it...and the alcohol lets you know it's a beer.
04-14-2013 03:44:52 | More by RickS95
4.09/5 rDev +0.7%
The Audacity of Hops opens to a bright burst of citrusy hops, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, and lemon oil resounding, with lesser notes of dandelion stem, mint, and anise. While the hop aromas are very strong, the 70+ IBUs immediately apparent, there’s also a large Belgian presence that lies just beneath, with bananas and cloves mixing very nicely with the citrusy, fruity, spicy hops. The balance here is very nice, the Belgian and hop notes mingling generatively, whereas in many Belgian IPAs they end up clashing fiercely. These fruity notes are bolstered by heavy orange, berry, cherry, and apricot fruit esters, and the beer is somewhat grounded by an undercurrent of light toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, this is one of the more balanced, potent, and aromatic Belgian IPAs on the market, and while the beer does swing more in favor of IPA than Belgian, there is still enough of the latter aroma to make itself known.
On the tongue, the beer opens with an initial heavy shock of hops, with grapefruit rind, pine resin, eucalyptus, dandelion stem, mint, and anise sweeping across the tastebuds in bitter fury. Against this onslaught, it’s actually difficult to detect the Belgian flavors, the bananas and cloves largely subsumed, as are most of the fruity notes. There’s still a dollop or two of them, however, adding not only banana, but also orange, berry, and cherry. Toast crust, biscuit, and wet wheat add small bits of earthy grounding. The aftertaste is heavily hopped, being largely a continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers on the tongue in bitter remnants for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, and hopheads should certainly seek out a bottle, as the hops are potent and varied, showcasing a powerful array of hoppy goodness. However, the Belgian part of the beer is largely lost because of the potency of the hops, and seems imbalanced because of it. Had this simply been labeled a “Double India Pale Ale,” rather than a “Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale,” there wouldn’t have been such a problem; as it is, the fruity, spicy bananas and cloves seem almost an afterthought. This is not to say that the beer is bad—in fact, it’s very delicious, though likely far too hoppy for the novice—just that it seems mislabeled.
04-12-2013 17:12:41 | More by jondeelee
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
This poured out as a golden yellow color with a white head on top. The retention of the is thin but holds up well. The lacing is sticky, leaving some foam on the glass. The smell of the beer is floral, some fruity citrus notes. The taste is piney, some lemony citrus in there as well with a resin-like finish. There is a very subtle breadiness in there also. The mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation with a lighter body. Overall this beer is pretty good.
03-31-2013 19:32:35 | More by Knapp85
4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a mild golden color with a decent head into my glass. The color just screams "Belgian IPA" to me.
Citrus, pine and spice notes pepper the nose. Very inviting profile. Sometimes these IPAs go overboard on the yeast but not here.
Crisp, spicy yeast combines with an excellent profile of five different hops, which contribute a degree of citrus and pine flavors to the palate.
Lingering citrus and spice notes dominate the mouthfeel.
Very well done for the style. It doesn't hit you too hard with the hops or yeast.
03-19-2013 02:00:46 | More by Brad007
3.86/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-16-2013 07:20:02 | More by popery
4/5 rDev -1.5%
The world of Belgian fruit and spice collides with American hop flavor and bitterness for a surprisingly well-rounded taste that balances with candied sweetness for not only a profound taste, but smooth one as well.
Glowing with its proud golden hue, the beer is lightly hazed and showcases dispersed streams of light and carbonation very well. Streams of carbonation rise to construct a creamy ivory head. With the character of Belgian and hoppy ales, you bet the head character is sturdy, long lasting and laces the beer impressively with each sip.
Bright and citrusy aromas hedge on the complex hop blend that spans the gamut of citrus and tropical fruit with mild herb, grass and pine notes. Confectioner's candy sweetness allows the hops to have a juicier and riper impact on the nose and paves the way for the fruit esters and yeast spices to spring upon.
Fruity taste extends from citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Softer tropical hop notes of pineapple and apricots buffer against pine resins, fresh-cut grass, and herb botanicals. But then a muted ester character of orchard fruits- apples and pears blend into the hops seamlessly; just as the middle palate spices of light clove, coriander, and white pepper extends into alcohol taste and resinous bitterness to close the session.
Medium bodied, but seeming slightly fuller at times with creamy carbonation and residual malt sweetness, the beer rewards the taste buds early on as the weight of the beer seeps into the mouth. But the finish is semi-dry and evenly fades into alcohol warmth and light peppery sensations for a relatively high rate of drinkability.
Where the beer is a justified Belgian-inspired American imperial IPA, it's Belgian character is suppressed and it's Pacific Northwest hop attributes are elevated to the point where if the label hadn't told me that this was a Belgian-type of beer, then I may have missed it and chocked the fruit and spice up to the hops alone.
03-11-2013 17:35:15 | More by BEERchitect
4.14/5 rDev +2%
Clear, dark yellow with a fizzy greyish head that fades fast. If I didn't know better this could be Colt 45 by appearance alone. Nice floral hops and Belgian spice in the nose. This beer tastes much better than it looks, big resinous hops and dry spicy Belgian yeast in perfect harmony. Full bodied with seltzery carbonation. One of the better "Belgian" IPAs that I've had. Well balanced between the hop bitterness and spice.
03-08-2013 00:14:59 | More by biggred1
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
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