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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

163 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
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 stonermouse:
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Neat little find on a local shelf. Didn't even know this was out there. Bottled November 2012.

Pours a hazy, deep amber color. Totally unexpected. Gorgeous pour, just really surprising.

Aroma reveals big malt presence here. Sweet and spicy, a little like General Gau's chicken. Wipes out any hope presence in the aroma. Although, there is a touch of mango or something citrusy, which contributes to the Chinese food impression.

The taste is certainly not a traditional, by-the-book IPA, but it's got something going on. Huge, biting malts, that are a touch metallic on the finish. A bit like biting a penny, but reasonably tasty, if that makes sense. The real cool part about this beer is the amazingly piney hops. They would be a bit harsh without the substantial malts, but this flavor profile is interesting, unique, and quite a wallop.

The flavors clean up almost completely on finish. Not a lot of aftertaste, besides a bit of mild melon rind flavor.

Interesting beer all around. Not really keeping with the style too much, but I don't really care about that. The flavors are just slightly harsh, and not quite in tune with one another, but alone, they are pretty cool.

12-06-2012 02:30:09 | More by stonermouse
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-14-2011 16:38:03 | More by bpfrush
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

07-19-2013 14:43:02 | More by doremite
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Received from Dr. Dogbeer in the Growlerhog edition of Growling at the Moon. Thanks!!

A - Beer color is somewhere between copper and brown. Looks like a glass of iced tea. The pour from the growler creates a pretty fluffy head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Some malt and some more hops. Not a bad smell, but nothing extraordinary either.

T - Overall very balanced from start to finish. I really enjoyed the beer and the taste, but just like the smell nothing jumps out and says look at me...or in the case taste me.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation that stings the tongue a little at the end, but generally good.

D - Despite not being blown away by the taste or smell. I really liked this beer and it was easy to drink. I would drink this one regularly if I had access to it.

Thanks again!!

01-29-2009 02:26:53 | More by dashirey
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-26-2013 02:19:32 | More by mjstacker
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap at the brewpub on 2/21/09. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a hazy cranberry amber, with a thin head of brite-white foam. Good tight retention here, that flares up well, leaving a solid cascade of spotty lacing back. The aroma is very hop forward and most excellent, with notes that are floral, spicy, and citric, along with a sweet undercurrent of caramel and bisquits.

The taste is the reverse of the aroma, with thick caramel notes and toasted biscuits up front giving way to a fierce hop profile that takes control in the back, evening out the profile and ending things with an EXTREMELY dry lingering bitterness that just stays in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an overall sharp and prickly feel that nicely accentuates the hops in this. A good warming touch of the ABV is felt in the body but for the most part, it was nicely hidden.

Wow, I was really suprised by this! While I appreciated the warmth and bready sweetness that this brought to the table, the delicious and fresh hoppy nature of this is what shocked me. This was a fantastic winter style warmer that I was very glad to have tried.

03-03-2009 18:04:17 | More by Kegatron
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beerman999999

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-26-2011 22:30:16 | More by beerman999999
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richj1970

Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-03-2013 16:38:30 | More by Kmlund
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-21-2013 00:35:33 | More by trevorpost
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-28-2014 00:40:38 | More by jsh420
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-11-2014 05:41:27 | More by Booner818
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spark3148857

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-28-2013 02:01:44 | More by spark3148857
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-22-2012 01:45:01 | More by WhitmansNiece
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at Cambridge Brewing Co. Consumed 2/6/10

A) Thin head. Hazy body. Amber in color. Lacing is non-existent, but looks are deceiving with this exceptional brew.
S) Caramel. Floral sweetness. Cascade hops - just a guess.
T) Sharp hop bite up front - wow! Bitter but pleasant with a well balanced mix of malty sweetness. In the middle some mild nuttiness and floral tones. Finishes with the original hop bite that lingers into the aftertaste.
M) Crisp yet smooth. Medium to full body. Definitely some girth.
D) A great brew. I'd definitely drink more.

02-07-2010 01:11:46 | More by u2carew
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a nice looking, bold amber to brown colour with a mid-sized, slightly off-white head.

The aroma holds a nice balance between hops (which are more plentiful than expected) and malt sweetness from the likes of caramel. There's also a bit of roastiness here as well from the malt.

The flavour is quite similar to the aroma but a bit harsher (in a good way). There's sweetness here (maybe even more so than the aroma as a bit of fruit jumps into the mix), but the ruggedness from the malt is nicely blended as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit lighter than expected, but still nice overall.

I dug this one. It was probably my favourite of the brews that I sampled on my latest trip to Boston. Worth a try if you can find it on tap around the city (or certainly at the CBC)

03-16-2007 17:51:00 | More by SixpointJMH
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Reviewed 12/30/12, post delayed due to site maintenance

Note: Batch 01, Nov 2012

Appearance: Somewhere between dark orange and light amber - very clear - pours with a small, off-white head - leaves a nice web of lacing

Smell: Caramelized malts, citrus, and pine - nicely balanced - light amber and pale malts, with crackers and biscuits - big, yet non-aggressive hop profile, with grapefruit and orange flesh, and pine needles - very floral, clean, with a touch of malty sweetness

Taste: Balance, glorious balance - smooth orange and grapefruit flesh, with a touch of oily zest - above-average pine character, with some resin and pine needles - very, very floral, and the medium level of bitterness is tempered by an excellent malt profile - crackery, biscuity - lots of caramel and a touch of toffee - lightly sweet, works very well with the level of hoppiness - fantastically balanced, even in the aftertaste - clean, refreshing

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, highly drinkable

Overall: Big Man, Big Win

This is decidedly not a hop bomb. Instead, this is an extremely drinkable, extremely balanced IPA with a lot of charm. This reminds me of some lovely IPAs brewed in the Midwest. The bomber was easy to finish, but I know I would buy a lot of this if it came in another format. Obviously, tallboys.

12-31-2012 18:47:21 | More by angrybabboon
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

Served in a 14 oz. tulip. Dark amber color with a small head. Aroma of big citrus hops and some malt. Yumm, could just smell this stuff for a while. Taste begins as a great hop smack, well balanced on the finish with malt. Mouth feel is smooth, no preceptible alcohol taste despite the 7%. I just love this taste and could drink a few. Drove 30 miles from my home for this release, and glad I did. Not as in your face with hops as an IPA or DIPA, but delicious; a treat for any hop head; but not for the faint of heart.

12-02-2007 14:14:11 | More by BeTheBall
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-17-2013 19:11:20 | More by BColton1
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ColdOneKev

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-02-2014 14:21:27 | More by ColdOneKev
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Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.