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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

161 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 12
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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mikefour77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-24-2014 21:56:09 | More by mikefour77
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Beerenauslese

California

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:49:42 | More by Beerenauslese
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-23-2014 01:36:27 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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stript

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-16-2014 17:04:01 | More by stript
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 20:26:48 | More by BarryMFBurton
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braican

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-08-2014 15:34:38 | More by braican
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 22:14:11 | More by Monkeyknife
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-03-2014 17:39:47 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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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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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-01-2014 19:10:23 | More by kvgomps
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s35keith

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2014 01:33:07 | More by RummyRedbeard
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Ken_P

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-27-2014 00:38:15 | More by Ken_P
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-26-2014 00:27:58 | More by Dizzy242
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Remdog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-18-2014 02:46:43 | More by Remdog
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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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bmmortale

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-13-2013 17:15:16 | More by bmmortale
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pgrow

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-10-2013 18:13:45 | More by pgrow
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-03-2013 16:38:30 | More by Kmlund
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-26-2013 02:19:32 | More by mjstacker
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HelpMeBloody

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-09-2013 17:15:09 | More by HelpMeBloody
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-03-2013 17:53:49 | More by nmann08
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harsley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-26-2013 16:08:05 | More by harsley
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lucas1801

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-23-2013 10:23:49 | More by lucas1801
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-19-2013 14:43:02 | More by doremite
Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.