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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

170 Ratings

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

Chris00710, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

BRYeleJR, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

2GOOFY, Apr 02, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
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?

JMScowcroft, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

WDJersey, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

HollyHops, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

jsh420, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

richj1970, Mar 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Bnoise11, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

cbutova, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Cramerican, Mar 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

chet4, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

millerbuffoon, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

mikefour77, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Beerenauslese, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

MLaVioletteJr, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

stript, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

braican, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a deep mahogany color (very dark for an IPA) with one finger of rich ivory head. Sheets of sticky lacing left behind.

Faint aroma of ripe fruit, bread, and caramel malts.

Tasted of citrusy orange and ripe fruit with a caramel malt backbone. Finished with a tinge of bitterness.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A much darker and maltier IPA than I expected. It's good but not great.

Monkeyknife, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ColdOneKev, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

kvgomps, Feb 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

s35keith, Jan 31, 2014
Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.