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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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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

05-03-2014 03:07:23 | More by jamiecoppin
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chet4

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

03-08-2014 21:16:51 | More by chet4
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.6%

02-04-2012 16:50:15 | More by djrn2
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.6%

11-25-2012 14:01:46 | More by Reagan1984
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"He's a big, strong man with a child's mind, don't you take his booze away!" - Dropkick Murphys

@ Atwoods, Sommerville MA. Found an extra $20 that I didn't know I had so I took my ladyfriend out for a beer.

Hazy copper color with a thin white head. Momentary thin skim throws up a few lacey splashes before dying out. Honestly, it wasn't a great pour.

Floral and citrus hop aroma with bubble gum. There's a very faint, mild fruit malt under there somewhere.

I didn't get the citrus bomb that many reviewers described but rather a clean, juniper and spruce bitter. Bubble gum pops up here and there with a piney caramel fade. Hoppy burps that tastes like I swallowed a pine tree.

Odd malt character: I can feel it but it seems to be a tasteless vacuum, almost like a stock ale. Website claims it was made with 770 pounds of malt (the combined weight of three brewers/managers).

Overall this beer seemed to be everywhere and lacked focus. Not a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 18:38:45 | More by donkeyrunner
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

11-24-2012 22:25:20 | More by Massbmx
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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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Jakep2021

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

12-15-2012 05:02:56 | More by Horbar
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at CBC

I was kind of thrown off by this one. Poured a clearish darker amber color with a white ringlet. Aroma was oddly dominated by sweetness, caramel malts, a little brown sugar, with some herbal and floral hops notes in the back seat. Similarly, the taste was fairly sweet, caramel malts, and light fruit essence up front, nearly making me doubt this was a DIPA, followed by light herbal and citrus hops. Hmm. Body was medium and a bit chewy, not exactly what I expect for the style. And at less than 7%ABV, this came off more as an APA or even a beefed up amber ale than an IPA of any kind.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 03:25:47 | More by Rifugium
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-19-2013 14:43:02 | More by doremite
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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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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-02-2014 14:21:27 | More by kjfinnerty
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CJRubes

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-17-2014 20:27:27 | More by CJRubes
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-12-2012 04:48:29 | More by jbertsch
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-22-2013 22:16:12 | More by CypherEnigma
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sil1

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-27-2013 05:16:26 | More by sil1
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-28-2014 00:07:47 | More by millerbuffoon
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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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Burkbom23

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-07-2014 12:19:19 | More by Burkbom23
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Screper

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-22-2013 13:25:04 | More by Screper
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ctrevino

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-02-2013 22:31:43 | More by ctrevino
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dashirey

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Serving type: growler

01-29-2009 02:26:53 | More by dashirey
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Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.