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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

168 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 168
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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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

http://cambridgebrewing.com/beer/seasonal/

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.

koopa, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kegatron, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Truh
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kicked some sand in the faces of some scrawny geeks with this one on 2/7/2007. 16-oz. shaker pour at Christopher’s in the heart of Porter Square.

Just a coverlet of marbled sheeting to try and hide things; almost no lacing, though perhaps this was due to the manner in which the restaurant/bar treats its glassware. Big malt hit on the nose with some background tintinnabulation of plum juice, golden raisins, and maple syrup. Hue is a very deep mahogany with some sun splashes in the lower depths where the glass thins. Hops want to jump on the tongue but they seem to be tamed by the malt that quickly performs a hit-and-run on the palette, hoovering things up and out. Medium body, not overly wrought.

Extremely drinkable and session-worthy; glad to have found it on tap somewhere other than the brewpub. Just wish they would serve something like this at some of their other accounts, like Grendel’s. It will be like discovering Atlantis the day I walk into Grendel’s and see something other than the Amber on tap.

Truh, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mjstacker
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mjstacker, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

BColton1, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Bilco, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of WreckingBrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

WreckingBrew, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of KELPAK
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

KELPAK, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of semaj
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

semaj, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of zahara15
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

zahara15, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

nmann08, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Mjohnson11
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Mjohnson11, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of mdube0378
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mdube0378, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the BP; served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy caramel but settles to a much darker, nearly opaque molasses. Creamy, faint off-white head that clings to the snifter's sides and settles as a milky, bubble-filled sheet. Pindrop lacing with good strength.

Grapefruit and peach notes of sourness; hop resins abound with lots of bright pine. Mild touches of semi-rich caramel in the background. Whaffs of fresh bubblegum.

Burnt floral hops with an intense presence of pine and spruce. The hop character is juicy and oily. The tartness in aroma is nearly absent in the flavor, and is replaced by a slightly buttery, toasted maltiness. Earthy flavors and hints of caramel follow a rough, hop-intensified bitterness.

Almost full in body; creamy, smooth; yet filmy due to to the intense hop character. Very mellow despite some big flavors.

A dynamic and complex ale more reminiscent of a malty IPA. Smooth and unencumbered; thankfully, I chose a growler!

NEhophead, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Johncnh
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Johncnh, May 12, 2013
Photo of dubdrop
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

dubdrop, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of TrevorGW
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Asgard in Cambridge. Dark brown, not much head.

Great clean aroma. Straightforward malt and hops. Bread and pine intertwined for a nice soft smell.

Taste is perfected balanced and wonderfully assertive. Caramel and toffee hints are kept in check by some smooth pineapple notes from the hops. Dry finish is spot-on. The clean and bright flavor masks the somewhat high ABV.

Full-bodied and still quite refreshing.

A really great example of a Double Pale Ale.

TrevorGW, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of BillyBrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting offering from CBC. This brew has a deep copper or ambery-brown colour with a light-tan head and a creamy lace that generates a few rings. My nasal sense was blunted, but a friend told of a hoppy, floral sweetness. A nice big, toasty malt and nuttiness fill the palate and are followed by a mixed bag of hops. This brew is balanced, but the toasty, nutty malt is boss. A deep, medium body with a vibrant hold on the tongue. A big and toasty brew with a touch of the ol' alcohol in it. I imagine this beer best with a complinment of food to cut the malt and alcohol, but a treat anytime. Cheers.

BillyBrew, Jul 07, 2002
Photo of whiterapid
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

whiterapid, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of judkinst
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

judkinst, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of JustinAniello
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark opaque brown with a thin head. Dissipates to a nice lacing that sticks to the sides.

S - Very heavy pine and a light citrus, it is all hops on the nose.

T - Surprisingly much different from the aroma. Sweet roasted malts, light at first, becoming heavier on the swallow. Nice hop bitterness in the finish, with the roasted malt still lingering.

M - Medium body and carbonation, good for the style.

O - A very nice IPA, good malt flavor that isn't overpowered by the hops like in many other IPAs. Went very well with the meal I had, nice winter offering.

JustinAniello, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at deep ellum, in allston, massachusetts.

dark amber with slight haze. nice foamy head which retains for a while, then recedes to a wispy layer. some moderate lacing, with a nice webby top ring after the first few sips, but very little later on.

citrusy hop aroma with a hint of pine. fruity esters peek in for a moment, then caramel from the malt - almost candy-like for a second. whiff of diacetyl? whiff of grassy notes.

taste is hoppy, piney and citrusy with bold bitterness and resins. caramelized malt is still very present and gives a sweet balance. citrus fruit can be found in the hoppy, resinous finish, which again features that bold bitterness. malt still peeks through here as well.

slightly thin, but drinks decently smooth, with some resins in the finish. spritzy carbonation can be prickly.

tai4ji2x, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Chincino
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a Big Man Ale at the Cambridge Brewing Company. It poured to be amber in color.

The aroma was of citrus (lemons/oranges) and earthiness (pine). This beer has high drinkability-could definitely drink more than one in a session.

Big Man Ale is worth a try if you go to the CBC!

Chincino, Jan 25, 2011
Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.