Big Man IPA - Cambridge Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +2%
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.
02-10-2014 20:26:48 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
02-03-2014 22:14:11 | More by Monkeyknife
Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.