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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -1.5%

duceswild, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of pjs234
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

pjs234, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of headyhopzhead
5/5  rDev +23.2%

headyhopzhead, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of JustinTauscher
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JustinTauscher, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev -1.5%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of semaj
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

semaj, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Brad007, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Pinche_Oso, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

nzerbe, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

popery, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of MAbeerNE1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

MAbeerNE1, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -1.5%

trevorpost, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of biggred1
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

biggred1, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of zoober911
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zoober911, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of ABarthol
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ABarthol, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Kelp, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of thgrayson
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

thgrayson, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Lambocalrisien
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Lambocalrisien, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a golden hue. There is a layer of off white head. The smell is hoppy, but there is a strong Belgian spice note. The taste has a nice balance between sweet, spice, and hops. There is a fruity note, the finish is bitter. Lots of Belgian spice here.

oline73, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

weonfire, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cestlavie, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Mattias, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of jimbodude5
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jimbodude5, Jan 12, 2013
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.