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Big Man IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Big Man IPABig Man IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by oline73:
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oline73

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color, darker than most ipas. Smell has some sweet fruity notes along with malt to back up the hops. More hops in the flavor, but the fruity malt backing up the hops really makes the flavor. Grapefruit hop bitterness in the finish. The head leaves nice lace on the glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 22:35:32 | More by oline73
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-13-2014 02:32:10 | More by vermilcj
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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-11-2014 02:21:29 | More by Drknight
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Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

05-18-2014 03:26:04 | More by Jakep2021
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-12-2014 16:07:35 | More by EgadBananas
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-08-2014 22:08:38 | More by acurtis
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Cath

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-05-2014 14:41:29 | More by Cath
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-05-2014 03:58:06 | More by JoeMans
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jschott75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-04-2014 00:41:19 | More by jschott75
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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

05-03-2014 03:07:23 | More by jamiecoppin
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anhigdon

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-29-2014 13:36:22 | More by anhigdon
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-28-2014 01:20:56 | More by Rhettroactive
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-20-2014 13:14:16 | More by markgugs
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -5.8%

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

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.5%

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

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-28-2014 20:30:59 | More by HollyHops
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Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.