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Big Man IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

Big Man IPABig Man IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

149 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%


Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Big Man Ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2000)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light reddish brown with a thin but stable off white lace. Balanced aroma of malt and hops with a faint side of fruity esters. Big malty palate with waves of hop bitterness and flavour. Toasted malt is quite predominate though the hops don’t hold back either with a grassy citric bitterness. Slight alcoholic ester with a mild fruitiness brings things together and shows the real size of this ale.

I’d have to say this brew should be served at Cambridge Brewing more often … I just can’t get enough of it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2002 17:13:02 | More by Jason
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Tawny, reddish brown, with a nice off-white lace. Head suggests that the brew is crisp.

Smell: Fruity, yet mild. Sweet hop aroma with a hint of tangerine, hop floral and leaf. Mild esters.

Taste: Big beer taste; rich, extremely smooth, malty sweet that gets abruptly interrupted by a sharp pungent grapefruit hop flavour "hello!" The flavour lingers, puckers, dries. As soon as the bitterness fades, caramel malt sweetness and an underlying nuttiness line the palate.

Notes: Big and bold, push your taste buds around and keeps in the classic micro Strong Ale style. Well balanced, extremely drinkable, all of which is excellent and rare for most big beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-18-2014 01:35:28 | More by kmos27
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some deep mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a couple of small thick patches of larger bubbles surrounded by a mottled very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel malts with a touch of light fruit sweetness (apple + pear) followed by moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness including some light fruit flavors from the yeast (apple and pear stand out). There are moderate flavors of hops towards the finish which definitely linger - initially it is citrus/grapefruit zest followed by an earthy pine note. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially it is a little prickly from the carbonation but then it becomes relatively smooth and just a touch of chewiness. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: This American IPA is right on the border of an American Strong Ale (similar to beers like Stone Arrogant Bastard)... There is a lot of big maltiness to match with the hop profile turning out a fairly well balanced beer. Easy to drink, I had no issue putting down the 22 oz. bottle by myself. Alcohol is well hidden and this is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:46:33 | More by dbrauneis
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-12-2014 04:43:19 | More by ccurrid
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-11-2014 05:41:27 | More by Booner818
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Chris00710

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-09-2014 22:08:57 | More by Chris00710
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19%

04-09-2014 17:32:36 | More by BRYeleJR
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-02-2014 01:58:47 | More by 2GOOFY
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cambridge Brewing Company - Big Man IPA, poured into a Boulevard tulip.

Look - Pours a cloudy deep caramel amber, real dark, good sized foamy head that dissipates quickly. Chunky lacing abound.

Smell - Rich sweet malt with juicy hops. Bready.

Taste - Big sweet malt with juicy and bitter hops that are definitely resiny.

Mouthfeel - Sticky malt. Heavy-medium bodied with low carbonation. Chewy, bready, and bitter.

Overall - Solid brew, would call this a cross between a Winter ale and an AIPA. Winter IPA?

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 18:00:05 | More by JMScowcroft
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-30-2014 02:49:15 | More by AnitaBrewski
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WDJersey

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-29-2014 03:08:17 | More by WDJersey
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-28-2014 20:30:59 | More by HollyHops
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-28-2014 00:40:38 | More by jsh420
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richj1970

Alabama

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2014 20:54:41 | More by richj1970
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-20-2014 01:44:29 | More by Bnoise11
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes last week at CBC.

A- Dark red body that allows almost no light to get through besides at the edges. Poured into a goblet from the tap and a one finger, off-white head forms atop the beer. Decent retention anda small ring leaves drizzle and spotty lace.

S- Fairly bright hops off the top bring a mix of tropical, pine, floral, fruity, herbal and spicy hop notes. Substantial malt balance with tones of cereal grains, nutty, toast and just a bit of yeast bread in here as well.

T- Malts open up nicely even for an IPA and balance out well with the chosen hops. Hops have a lot of pine and resin feel although there is some grapefruit, floral and earthy/spicy characters. Malts are as in the aroma and balance out the hops just about in equal strength.

MF- Creamy and frothy moderately bodied IPA. Carbonation is at a medium level and the overall texture is smooth. Medium bitter finish. Works with the flavors present.

Good balance of hops and malts with pine and toasted grains joining together. Mouthfeel is my favorite part and helps the flavor shine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 04:11:49 | More by cbutova
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-09-2014 05:28:16 | More by Cramerican
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chet4

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

03-08-2014 21:16:51 | More by chet4
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-28-2014 00:07:47 | More by millerbuffoon
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mikefour77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-24-2014 21:56:09 | More by mikefour77
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Beerenauslese

California

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An IPA that is big on brown malt and hops, sort of in the early west coast style. I suppose a winter IPA should be darker and maltier rather than light and refreshing. I found this beer drinkable, but my overall impression was that it was sort of a harsh combo of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:49:42 | More by Beerenauslese
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-23-2014 01:36:27 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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stript

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-16-2014 17:04:01 | More by stript
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’ve enjoyed every one of the beers I’ve tasted from Massachusetts’ own Cambridge Brewing; glad this one showed up at the bottle shop. Cheers!

Bottled 12/27/2013, about a month and a half before the date of this tasting.

A: Burnt-orange body, slightly hazy, with a thick, foamy head of beige soap bubbles. After about a minute of fizzing and popping it’s down to a half-inch of retention, though some chunky lacing is left in the wake.

S: Well balanced hop and malt complexity gives this nose a deep character, with strong tones of oily, resinous pine weaving in and out of a thick vanilla and caramel maltiness. These two hefty tones play well off each other, as do some supplemental notes of citric hops and fruity cereal (think Fruity Pebbles) from the grain bill.

T: I’m getting the fruit character much more pronounced here than in the nose, especially seeing as it’s the first thing I can taste: notes of grape, melon, and apricot, like what you’d get from a hoppy wheat beer (here’s looking at you, Gumballhead). But what comes next is a subtle malt palate that comes off with an earthy, inoffensive sweetness, a nuanced blend of vanilla icing, cinnamon pastry, and pecan. Finishes with a bright citrus flavor, moderately dry in a lemony hop fashion.

M: Outstanding – the foamy carbonation seen on the first pour provides a wonderfully drinkable froth to the body, a texture that’s enough to set this beer even further apart from your standard IPAs. Light-to-medium body.

O: It’s unfortunate that this beer comes in nothing but a relatively expensive bomber; price and package it like Two-Hearted and this would be a go-to. As far as IPAs within this palate and ABV range, it might even beat out Torpedo – and that’s saying something.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 20:26:48 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.