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Cambridge House Abijah Rowe IPA - The Cambridge House Brewpub

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Cambridge House Abijah Rowe IPA
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BA SCORE
88
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 17
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Cambridge House Brewpub visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Traditional English India Pale Ale brewed with all English malt & hopped with a blend of English & American hops. High in strength, bitterness & aroma.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2005)
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Reviews by Smixam:
Photo of Smixam
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live literally 5 minutes from the Cambridge House, and let me tell you I'm really glad I do - I was lucky enough to catch a brand new batch.

A - Really nice golden amber that all my favorite IPAs seem to have in common. Nice foamy/fluffy 1 finger off-white head that lingers for several minutes.

S - Wow. I'm not generally one to focus too much on the smell of a given beer, but this one is great. It's so fresh, you can just smell each ingredient, namely the hops, as if you were walking through the fields. Really fresh and floral.

T - Excellent. This is my new favorite beer - absolutely perfect summer hop profile - no sour acid taste, just fresh bitters from the hops. Well balanced with a hint of malt at the start, then its just straight hops through the end, and a great clean, dry finish. Really excellent for an IPA, or any style.

M - Again, not something I really had a knack for until this beer came along. No metallic taste at all (something I've noticed in other brewpub beers), nor any alcohol burn. Very dry at the finish, and only a pleasant hop aftertaste.

D - Oh man, you'd better have someone else drive home. Get this in a growler and take it home, because you'll forget that its a 6.8% abv brew after your first sip. Perfect summer session beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BlueHammer
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep orangey tan color, somewhat opaque and cloudy. Had a white head that left nice lacing as I drained the glass. It smells earthy, floral, and hoppy. The taste is of bitter hops. It has a balanced mothfeel with a consistent taste from start to finish. It leaves the hoopy taste on your tongue even after you've swallowed. I love the hoppy bite of this beer, it tastes like a quality IPA should!

Photo of warriorsoul
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to goodbyeohio for the growler...
Pours a very cloudy, worn copper color with a full finger and a half of white head...disappears quickly and leaves some thick lacing that has tremendous cling.
Fantastic smell coming from this one...huge fruity and piney hops, bubblegum, cotton candy, and a sweetness like I have never experienced in an IPA.
The taste is great...perfectly balanced with a crushing bitterness that lasts from first taste to the lingering aftertaste. The sweetness is nowhere to be found, but by no means unbalanced.
Very surprised to see this offering topping 7%, but it will not slow me from killing this growler in a couple hours.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is superb.
A solid beer from a place I need to visit real soon.

Photo of far333
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark apricot colored with a low beige orangey head. Inviting aroma of sweet citrus, not much malt coming through. Flavor is immediately sweet tangerine hops, and this flavor remains consistent through every sip through the entire glass. No malt really. The citrus hops fill the mouth, very smooth, not biting. It only gets the slightest bit bitter in the finish when a sharp orange peel bitter emerges and lingers in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is a little slick, doesn't seem overly carbonated. If you like citrusy hops (and I do) you'll enjoy this one.

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. A mild c-hop taste, and aroma. Golden coloured body that is also somewhat honeyish. A dash of whitish head on top, that also leaves lace down the sides. Carbonation is right there. Served a little too cold. Tasty and drinkable enough, though nothing exceptional. Good thing I did not look at scores first.

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of weiserr
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been interested in this IPA for awhile, and it did not let me down. I don't care where you currently reside in CT, it's worth the trip.

Pours a majestic ruby-red copper with honey glaze sheen. King sized froth pillows that never lose their comfort or support. A curtain of lace engulfs the glass.

The breakfast of champions, finally. They must have tipped the produce guy to get first pick because this citrus blend is phenomenal. Sweet malt character plays the Pippen to the Jordan in this relationship. Can't wait to taste.

If IPAs were like pools, this is the only one I would swim in. Titan, you'll always be my favorite, but my lord, the brewer did an outstanding job of blending essential IPA characteristics perfectly. Pine, floral, and citrus work together like never before. A hop dynamo; this begs for distribution (I'll get to that later).

Feel is chewy, slick, and clean. Wonderful.

I wish I could drink this more regularly, but I'll settle. Believe the hype, and look forward to the fact that it may reach stores, sooner than later. I utilized the web site to e-mail one of the principal owners, and he did suggest it would be bottled somewhere down the line.

Magnificent.

Photo of Hagbard
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a growler one week after the fill. The beer doesn't seem any worse for the wear.

Pours a dark mahogany that transforms into almost an orange when held up to a direct light source. A thick clumpy head forms from an aggressive pour. The aroma is an intense fusion including pine needles, grapefruit, a piercing bitterness, and a strong malt base. The smell is one of the best parts of this great beer. The taste begins with a piney spiciness that makes your mouth water. This is joined by a grapefruity and citrusy fruit element. Both of these tastes are held in check by a very nice malt base that holds back the bitterness. Eventually hoever, the bitterness becomes too strong and bursts out on the tongue in a wonderful way. The finish and aftertaste are both a bitterness that is very quenching and never becomes harsh or abrasive. This is a wonderful IPA from a brewpub making some fantastic beers.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So happy to finally be able to try this one. It has been on my wants list for like two years I think. A fresh growler sent down to me by a most kind BA, I now can cross another one of the list. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses throughout the day, this one was consumed on 06/14/2009.



The pour was very clean, nice deep orange amber in color with a good bit of carbonation streaking up toward the surface throughout the pour. Nice little head of white sitting right up on top let down to a nice bit of lacing across the sides. Crisp, ripe aroma of citrus tears through the air at the very first moment. Lots of pineapple here, orange peel, lemon and a wonderful bright aroma. Fresh hops just roll across the tongue as the bite of resin settles in. Clean taste here, with lots of pineapple and grapefruit leading the way. I wait for it to mellow, to balance, but it keeps on with the huge hop bite. Finally a touch of sweet, biscuit flavor comes in and smoothes it out before it fades away with the last little bit of fresh flavor drying out the tongue at the very end. Delicious, and unbelievably session able, this was a killer IPA, with a smooth, light body and nearly hidden ABV.



Overall worth every ounce of praise it gets. It was super fresh, super flavorful, and just super drinkable, this was literally one of the best in the style I have had in a very, very long time!

Photo of TheMattJones88
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at the Cambridge House into a standard pint glass.

A - A dark golden color with pretty much no head by the time it reached my table. The color of it was real pretty though. Really minimal lacing was left on the glass.

S - It smells like pure grapefruit, with maybe the smallest twinge of an apple in the background? But the grapefruit and hops are by far the stars of this beer. Incredibly sweet smell.

T - It honestly tasted like I was drinking grapefruit juice which faded into a slight hoppy burn at the end. As the drink warmed up in the room a little bit, the grapefruit flavor seemed to mellow out a little bit. I'm used to IPA's having a bit of the grapefruit flavor, but this was just too much for me personally.

M - Average mouthfeel. Good for the style, not thin but not thick and it's nicely carbonated, not too much or too little. Pretty much the standard fare here.

D - It's a little bit too bitter for me to drink down too fast, but it's a good solid sipper.

all in all, I think that it was just too sweet for my tastes, and not at all balanced. But who knows, if you love Grapefruit, and don't want any real malty flavors in your IPA you could have a new favorite one.

Photo of meathookjones
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly murky copper body with a quick rising light tan head that almost overflows. Think rings of lace were left clinging to the glass long after the growler was finished. Big hoppy nose with plenty of piney, floral and citric hops. Light sweet and toasted malts peaked though. Bitter floral hops bite you first as you take a sip with some mild caramel sweetness following. Citric and piney notes covering some toasty malt through the middle. Great dry bitter finish that leaves you wanting more. Solid mouthfeel with plenty of hop prickliness raking at your tongue. Great drinkability here. A great all around IPA that is plenty hoppy but still stays in control.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had with the sampler for my birthday.

This was a pleasant light orange-brown beer with a low head, with a lot of lace. Interesting color for an IPA, kind of intriguing.

Aroma was of very citrusy hops. A rather good, balanced nose.

Taste was of bitter hops, with a medium-light malt backbone. Well supported, but could have used a little mor hop depth.

Mouthfeel was good, not too thin, a little mouth-puckering.

Drinkability was quite good... easy to see why this one was a gold medal winner.

Photo of LarryV
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer just doesn't do it for me. Malty with a bland hoppiness to it. Smell is raw, like it needed more time to mature. Bought a bomber of this, after one glass the rest was a drain pour, I just couldn't get past the aroma of this brew - really unappealing.

Photo of ppoitras
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewpub.

First imperial pint pours with a 1/2" white head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with sporadic but ample lacing. Aroma is sweet underneath, but the show is all about the totally dominant fresh green hops character, pine in your face. Taste follows, enough malt character to support the large amounts of flavorful hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very pleasing. Great stuff!

And to think this was only an afterthought fill when I couldn't get Big Hoppy to go...

Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Huhzubendah for bringing over an uber-fresh growler of this. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a nice copper color with a good off white head that sticks around for a bit. Pretty nice head with some sticky lacing as it goes down. The nose is okay, slightly vegetal. Other than that, there are some floral and citrus hops, though those tend toward the background with a bit of malt there as well. The flavor is also slightly like cooked vegetables and there could be a bit of oxidation. Perhaps an issue with their growlering technique, as this growler was a few days old when consumed, taped, and had a nice hiss when it was opened. Aside from that, the hops weren't terribly present. What was there was pretty nice, but it was quite mild, even for something labeled as an EIPA. Feel was moderately bitter with a bit of spice. Moderately-dry finish. Just okay.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer on a recent visit to the pub.
Served in an English Pint glass chilled. The beer arrives with a hazy orange minimal edge layer of off white head.
Aroma is rindy grapefruit and some sappy pine as well with some general "hoppyness" also.
First sip reveals a very fine fizzy carbonation and average body.
The flavor is caramel up front but rolls quickly to hops with pine and grapefruit showing up again. The finish is sticky and bitter and also dries my palate after each swallow. No hint of ABV, an easy drinker. Nice IPA.

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/copper, with modest carbonation, a thin white head, and average lacing. Very malt-dominated in the nose, with a little apple, caramel, and herbs. The taste also revealed a big malt/caramel dominance, with a slightly sweet finish. This beer would benefit from a bigger hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth, and medium-bodied. Sessionable, but again I'd say that it would benefit greatly from a bittering presence to balance out the flavor.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on cask at The Cambridge House, Granby, CT
Served in a 10 oz. nonic

The beer poured a hazy, orangey-amber color with a sudsy looking cap of bubbles that quickly dissolved.

The aroma was pungently hoppy, fruity and sweet. Peaches, apricots, citrus and tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) were rather apparent. Sweet caramel malts were noticeable as well.

The taste was hoppy and robust yet balanced. A touch of malty sweetness appeared up front before the hops took over. Grapefruit dominated the hop flavor profile. Tangerines and orange peel were noticeable as well. Juicy and sweet. Slightly grassy. The finish was piney and resiny - pithy, dry and moderately bitter with a lingering hop aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and somewhat syrupy with a fine, barely noticeable (typical for a cask ale) effervescence.

Cambridge House IPA (as it is now called) is a terrific all-around IPA. I was glad to have the opportunity to try it as a cask ale and would love to sample it again on-tap.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.
Comes to the table a hazy gold with a small white head that leaves lots of lace. Nice sweet caramel and light fruit with aromas of resinous pine and grapefruit pith. The flavor is sweet caramel, light fruits and a touch of diacytyl. Before the resinous citrus pith onslaught commences. Its a touch bitter at times. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. English American IPA hybrid that does neither very well.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
1/5  rDev -74.5%

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Cambridge House Abijah Rowe IPA from The Cambridge House Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.