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Big Man IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Big Man IPABig Man IPA

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very good

163 Ratings

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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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5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-15-2011 17:02:33 | More by paulmcm
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

01-21-2012 01:30:40 | More by cashbrook
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-08-2011 17:50:23 | More by FrankLloydMike
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Rhode Island

4.98/5  rDev +25.4%

A: bright copper color with a very slight haze has a 2 finger off white very light brown head that sticks around for a bit with a good ammount of lacing

S: hints of caramel and malt with a good hop aroma lots of resin, piney wood and citrus on the nose a good mi. Of hops no alchol detected

T: good malt backbone followed by a good ammount of hop bitterness more citrus and a hint of oak no alchol Tate at all

M: good full body and finishes very nicely very drinkable

O: great beer overall on of the best ipa's that I've in a long time

02-06-2013 16:21:37 | More by smcnulty1981
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

12-09-2012 00:55:25 | More by msondel
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

01-31-2014 17:19:52 | More by s35keith
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark copper color and a sturdy white head that retains extraordinarily well and leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Rich caramel malt and citrus hop aroma

Taste: Starts with a solid caramel backbone; mid-palate, the grapefruit hop flavors emerge and blend together to produce a superbly balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Extremely flavorful and one of the most well-balanced full-flavored beers I have encountered - a triumph

03-01-2007 04:45:47 | More by brentk56
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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-02-2013 20:54:49 | More by dreis
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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-09-2014 05:28:16 | More by Cramerican
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-06-2013 00:25:48 | More by BuzzLitebier
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-29-2012 17:34:43 | More by Streetcore
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-24-2014 21:56:09 | More by mikefour77
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-20-2014 01:44:29 | More by Bnoise11
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-09-2012 21:13:30 | More by HEADYdb
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2012 21:22:22 | More by PEIhop
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-19-2011 05:39:53 | More by CP20
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-09-2013 23:39:40 | More by Apathetiq
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-23-2012 05:00:31 | More by mbs11
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

Pour: Nice pour from cask at the CBC in Cambridge with a medium off white head.

Smell: Great bouquet with nice hoppyness and malt combination. If you like ales you will not be disappointed.

Taste: Great hoppy taste with a smooth finish. Fruity on the palate but not overpowering. Good beer to drink while eating.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with little aftertaste.

Drinkability: Great taste, had it both on tap and from cask. Tasted great on both. If you have the chance to try it you should.

12-17-2007 01:51:34 | More by soundbarrier
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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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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

a: Big Man is a hazey caramel brown color with a few floaties thrown in. It pours with a medium light tan head; decent lace.

s: Big aromas of pine, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Smells fresh and inviting.

t: This has the big piney hop profile of an east coast DIPA, but without the obnoxiously sweet malt backbone. Instead, the malts provide a moderate balance and taste of molasses and maple syrup.

m: The body is crisp and abrasive, with lively and lush carbonation.

d: Huge thanks to DrDogbeer for the chance to try this fantastic brew. I love a fresh, agressively hopped beer like this! I'm almost sorry I shared this one.

03-07-2008 10:49:11 | More by DIM
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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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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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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

NOTE: This is a "Winter IPA" as per CBC's website, not an American Strong Ale as the BA profile states. I've reported this update and hopefully it will get corrected.


Appearance: Pours a deep copper to deep iced tea color with a rocky yet frappy (making up words now!) 2 finger slightly off white (buttery) crown that displays moderate retention and good lace. This unfiltered beer remains crystal clear.

Smell: Nice rich caramel notes and fruity malt notes counterbalanced by Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops.

Taste: Same as nose. Very balanced. I'd give it a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit. So flavorful despite the 6.8% abv. Nice amount of smooth bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: All day and all of the night.

03-11-2011 22:57:47 | More by koopa
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Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.