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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

164 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 164
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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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

jschott75, May 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

jamiecoppin, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

anhigdon, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Rhettroactive, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of kmos27
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

kmos27, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Booner818, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Chris00710, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

BRYeleJR, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

2GOOFY, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +0.8%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

WDJersey, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

HollyHops, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

jsh420, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

richj1970, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Bnoise11
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Bnoise11, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +13.4%

Cramerican, Mar 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

chet4, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

millerbuffoon, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

mikefour77, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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
Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.