Sgt. Pepper - Cambridge Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
Served from a bomber into a perfect pint glass. 10/18
Pours hazy orange, lighter on bottom. Very light foaming. Fruity and peppery nose. Funky malty taste. Light peppery finish, and really there in the aftertaste. Buzz stays in the mouth.
Pretty good.Perfect for lovely Rita, meter maid. (Where would I be without you?)
11-23-2013 15:25:09 | More by KTCamm
3.94/5 rDev +5.9%
never really had anything like this beer. poured into a wine glass a moderately cloudy pale orange color, compatible with the label on the bottle. patchy white head is all, but it is very well carbonated despite that. it smells like good hearty saison yeast, and a little citrus, but I don't smell much pepper in this at all. the first sip reminds me of nerds candy. sweet, but then you suck all the color off and you are left with that white crystal that tastes like both sugar and salt. sweet and savory, that's how this one starts. it finishes with a whole lot of pepper though, it continues to intensify long after the swallow, a characteristic that is even more pronounced as the beer warms up. a mix of peppercorns maybe, but no chili. still its a little hot on the tongue. the spice goes well with the natural spice from the yeast, a very unique and intriguing flavor experience. light enough to drink a lot of, and bubbly enough. a great first impression for me from Cambridge, who is just recently in the state of Colorado.
11-17-2013 17:49:40 | More by StonedTrippin
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
A: translucent yellow with orange hue, carbonation evident, fueling a thin sustaining head.
S: subdued yeasty and citrus, nothing overpowering to me, some mild cooking-like spices can be picked out (maybe thyme or rosemary)
T/M: up front spiciness (but I do not consider this first taste peppery). Minor tartness and mellow finish, no dry pull. The pepper "sneaks up on you". I don't notice it much in any sip, but after a few pulls, my tongue is tingling from it. It's an interesting sensation. I've had some chili beers before and would say this is a different sensation, but similar.
O: interesting part noted above, I would like to try this beer again. I think it would be an interesting beer to pair with food, as it isn't overly distinctive in itself (other than the interesting build up mentioned, which is just a small part of the beer.
10-13-2013 22:04:23 | More by cjgiant
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Another brewery that contracts out to Ipswich, MA’s Mercury Brewing Company – these guys must be good. Cheers!
Bottled more than eight months before the date of this tasting: 01/31/2013.
A: Golden-amber, fizzy, light haze. Head of soft white fizz with short but lasting retention.
S: A brisk, spicy nose with massive amounts of fresh-ground black pepper. Dry, floral yeast scents compliment with notes of clove tea, lemon juice, and a tart, grapefruit-rind funk. Powerful, intriguing.
T: Stings with a black pepper kick to start and a long-lasting habanero heat that you can feel going all the way down. Tastes of light vanilla, ginger, coriander, and grass are mixed in by the yeasts; malt flavors, on the other hand, provide a subtle backdrop of biscuit dough that thickens the palate. The aftertaste is fruity, mild, and slightly sweet, like peach pulp, with lingering chili pepper heat and a note of sesame.
M: Soft, flat texture, only mildly carbonated when compared to your standard farmhouse ale. Thin for an ale with such an upfront flavor profile.
O: Sgt. Pepper has a solid focus on spice and heat, and if it were only a bit less watery, it would be a miracle of a beer. As it stands, it’s still a wonderful interpretation of all that the peppercorn world has to offer to beer drinkers – who knew a pepper bomb could be so pleasing?
10-07-2013 22:20:48 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.71/5 rDev +26.6%
Poured from a bomber into a nice tulip glass I picked up at Left Hand.
A- Dark golden honey in color with a nice haze. A very big frothy creamy white head that recedes slowly leaving lots of froth on the glass.
S - Getting a nice biscuit malt scent with some spice undertones.
T - Nice complexity in this brew, get malts, spice and of course the peppercorn that give this a nice dry spicy flavor.
M - Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O - Not really surprised at the overall scores as most of the folks on this site are into bigger bolder beers. I like this beer as for a farmhouse it has good spicing but the peppercorn helps bring a very nice dryness to the overall flavor with nice malt hints.
09-28-2013 20:46:23 | More by stercomm
3.59/5 rDev -3.5%
22oz, 01/30/13 (I think)
A: Hazy yellow orange color. Initially full finger of night white.
S: Spice from the pepper. Sweet malts. Might have been a bit old.
T: Spice up front. I thought I would get more pepper ala Saison from this. Sweet and bready.
M: Medium bodied.
09-19-2013 19:05:40 | More by inlimbo77
3.99/5 rDev +7.3%
How this bottle made it all the way to Portland, Oregon's The Beermongers bottle shop I have no idea... but there it was on Monday night (last one on the shelf). Picked up a 22 oz. bottle and opened it/poured to 2 pint glasses earlier tonight. Watched the swarming swifts dining in the skies above our backyard on a cloudless late summer night.
Orange label with a 60s-psychadelic skew, a flowering turntable
A: Deep golden/honey pour, plenty of carbonation, slightly hazy. Head is white, but very short, barely 1/4" of skim, receding to a ring with a swirl of skim. Broken lace rings, ebbing to speckles and dripping patches.
S: The peppercorn add-in is pronounced! Besides its nose-twitching spiciness, there's a sweet breadiness.
T: Liked the aroma, *really* liked the flavor: lots of (expected) peppercorn, especially in the lengthy finish. Just enough sweetness to offset a sturdy rye spicing. Orange-citrus, even some dry apple - pretty interesting fruitiness.
M: Smooth feel, but not a terribly thick one. Rather light, effervescent. Starchy finish.
O: Tasty beer, its reliance on peppercorn gives a very pleasing dry spicing. Refreshing, clean-ish aftertaste. Very good balance, surprisingly 'Belgian' tasting. Would gladly have more - a very good beer to end the summer with!
09-19-2013 03:29:15 | More by msubulldog25
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):
LOOK: Golden, slight haze, creamy white foam head
SMELL: Fresh malts, intense peppercorns, floral hints
TASTE: Firm, smooth, creamy, sweet base, honey, bread, rye, peppery spice, perceived heat, more pepper, and more, and more, and more, and it lingers
This is one hell of a complex beer, brewed with four varieties of peppercorns, rye malt and a Belgian yeast strain. The layering of peppery notes is quite impressive as it builds to a mild heat on the palate with each sip, but without any displeasure. In fact, the pleasure of drinking this beer is only enhanced. The Belgian-y characters pulls it all-together, too. Simply awesome.
09-09-2013 15:54:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.51/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours medium amber with an off-white head that does not last. No lace.
Spicy toasted malt and black peppercorn in the nose.
Toasted malt and yeasty funk up front, some fruit too. Peppercorn flavor comes thru with moderate bitterness and a pepper bite at the end.
Medium body, low carbonation.
Just ok. A spicy rye and peppercorn farmhouse brew. The pepper gets to be too much at the end, and limits the volume you'd drink, or want to have.
09-08-2013 22:01:07 | More by OtherShoe2
Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.