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The Audacity Of Hops - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 25
Gots: 37 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint stein out of a bottle. Batch 02, bottled in February, 2012. Given as a gift that was regifted. :)

A - Beautifully golden, with the last pour being somewhat hazy.

S - Not as much hops as I'd expect... with a bit of the yeasty Belgian Double aroma that I would expect.

T - YUMMY. Well-balanced - malty, hoppy, and very very smooth. Almost no aftertaste. Very impressive for an 8% brew.

M - Full mouthfeel, yet clean and not overpowering.

O - Seek this beer out. Really excellent example of a Belgian Double IPA. The 8% is totally lost until the very end (as it's warmed).

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 23:40:36 | More by natescape
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-10-2012 03:27:21 | More by kree
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-28-2012 21:36:04 | More by rondufresne
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3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into Duvel tulip
Bottled 2011 (it was a gift so I'm gonna drink it anyway!)

A - hazy deep yellow color with frothy white head the dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - bready, biscuits, yeast and a hint of lemon. Perhaps even some tea notes coming through. Think the aroma has faded over time but still nice.

T - once again, I dont think the age has treated this one well. Its drinking more like a hoppy wit now. An interesting amalgam if ever. I really believe this would be a quality beer fresh.

M - moderate carbonation go well with the remaining bitterness. Not too smooth but pretty medium. Not bad given the age.

O - This gets a 3.5 because of the age. I can detect some really nice notes in here but they have faded too much. Not the beers fault but I will try and track down a fresher bottle to revise my rating. Would recommend others do the same. I have a feeling this is an overlooked good BIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:49:25 | More by Momar42
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-24-2012 18:10:56 | More by london1o1
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" custard head of decent lifespan. The body is a hazy light burnt orange color. It smells very strongly of piney and citrusy hops. The taste blows me away with hops just like the smell as well as a nice carmamelly aftertaste. Quite rich and with a long finish. Delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 14:57:19 | More by MoreThanWine
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3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Batch #2)

Appearance: Pours a straw piss golden yellow with a thick haze and a darkening towards the top of the beer making it a golden brown. This is another dehydrated piss-looking beer. The whole thing is slightly reminiscent of apple juice, honestly. The head is small but fluffy with a nice white coloring, and there is a good amount of bubbling which suggests some nice carbonation. There is a very light lacing that slides down the glass swiftly, leaving shaved air-pockets and pinnacles of lacing behind.

Smell: Surprisingly light smelling for something that is named “The Audacity of Hops.” The beer has a nice light tingle of fruity and citrusy hops with the citrus definitely on the back and edges of the smell. There is also a nice spiciness to the smell, and a slight, almost cheesy-bread linger in the back.

Taste: Taste is as light and clean as the smell. A nice hoppy bite with lingering spices and a slight breadiness. There is also a tingle in the taste reminiscent of almost-wheaty pine. I would go as far as to say that the beer initially suggests a stalish taste. Also, in a way the carbonation seems to push away any other tastes that the beer might have. Once the carbonation settles it does seem to give off a slight odd fruity flavor, though, which reminiscent of nectarines.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and crisp on the tongue with a very slight bite from the hops as it goes down, with a light frothy bubbling. It leaves the tongue with a slight cloying feel, which is almost sticky.

Overall: I am little disappointed with this beer, it lauded itself as having a big Double IPA hop flavor with a Belgian flair, but it seems to be quite lacking in the hoppy smell and over powering bite that I expected in a Double IPA. The beer is hoppy, just not as much as I expected. It’s not a terrible beer, but it is nothing special in my book, with an overall feel of underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:49:44 | More by Maxwell
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy, medium amber / gold tone; fairly aggressive pour yields a solid 2+" head - great retention and lacing. fragrant hops come bull-rushing out of the glass; nice bouquet of floral / pine / citrus... secondary malty notes and a hint of candied sugar.

flavor follows the nose pretty closely. opens very hoppy with some sweetness emerges mid-palate before finishing on the drier, more bitter side. very flavorful with hops obviously showcased but nice cameos by the candied sugar and some spice.

overall i'm incredibly impressed here, maybe my favorite beer to date from CBC.

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011 - batch 1, freshly bottled, purchased at CBS)

Serving type: bottle

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New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Info: Batch #1, bottled Dec. 2011

A: Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass. Hazy, straw-colored yellow, with a tan center, 2-finger, fluffy white head, and some lacing. Pretty to look at.

S: A great balance of hops, yeast, and malt. Front smell is a spicy Belgian yeast, with a bright hop middle and a light banana spice finish. Fragrant like a flower: delicate but complex, and very inviting.

T: Dry, with a touch of spiciness and bread. Bright hop notes on the tongue with some yeasty malts through the middle and a bone-dry aftertaste. Flavors of grass, coriander, rye bread, pine needles, pale malt notes on the back of the tongue. Flavorful, but light, with only occasional hints at it's alcoholic potency, this beer is quite a delight to drink on a hot day.

M: Chewy and grainy in the mouth with a bone dry bite to it. It has a lighter feel than most DIPAs, most likely due to the Belgian influence, so it's nice for hop heads looking for a lighter side of things.

O: A great-tasting beer, that doesn't try to do too much. Easy-going, light and fluffy, but with some great flavors and interesting feel, I would recommend it to those seeking a summertime DIPA. Nice effort, and good product.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 22:09:54 | More by TangTKE402
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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Hazy, apricot orange-copper in color. Medium head.

S: I get Belgian yeast and citrus hop aromas.

T: Sweet, bready malt; biscuit yeast; citrus & pine hop. There is an acerbic bitterness that cuts through the rest of the flavor profile, and I can't quite decide if that's good or bad. Odd.

M: Mild bitter hang after the swallow. Good weight to mouthfeel.

O: Good, not as much Belgian character as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No 1 from Dec 2011

A: pours a hazed light orange with a finger of white head. Decent head retention and modest lacing
S: smells of a nice combination of fruity esters from the yeast, some citrus and some floral hops with an underlying sweetness
T: sweet malt, spicy yeast, fruitiness, citrus and some floral hop flavors. aftertaste is alcohol some citrusy flavor and oily hop flavor along with some sweet malt flavor and more estery goodness
M: sharp and prickly carbonation and a medium to slightly light mouthfeel
O: smells great, looks good, and very nice and complex flavor profile. a well done beer that is sure to please

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:26:32 | More by SHODriver
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*Says it was from the February 2012 batch*

A: First impression: Pours a clear pale gold with a semi-bubbly head of white foam. Decent amount of bubbles in the body. Upon pouring the second half: The body is a nicer hazy gold with barely visible pieces of sediment. Looks a lot better than initial impression.

S: This is a double IPA? No, this is all Belgian Ale. The sweet breadiness and yeastiness smell dominates. Little bit of piney hop smell in the back. Not bad, though - maybe a little too generic. A little later: With time the hops start to dominate the aroma. Starts to smell really nice.

T: A sweet yeasty taste with a nice hop backbone. It's not an IPA, but it's still good. I gave this flavor a 4 from the beginning -- but the flavor does get better much like the appearance and smell.

M: A medium body that feels a little rough on the mouth. Nice carbonation. A little generic, though.

O: Initial impression is not great. Over time this beer gets better, but -- come on. It's not a bad brew to begin with. I'd like some more hop flavor -- you start to get it with time. More than any other beer this one gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 20:09:43 | More by C20Percent
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05-26-2012 07:04:16 | More by lalaloveyou
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
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