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Cambridge House Abijah Rowe IPA - The Cambridge House Brewpub

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 17
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Connecticut, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2005

Traditional English India Pale Ale brewed with all English malt & hopped with a blend of English & American hops. High in strength, bitterness & aroma.
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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 53
Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange with a beige cap, chunky lacing and good head retention. Hoppy aroma, citrus and herbal, a bit catty, with some caramel character. Medium/low bitterness that grew and lingered in the finish. Notes of caramel, earthy and herbal hops throughout. Medium bodied, solid malt backbone, moderate carbonation with a bit of creaminess to the texture, off-dry in the finish. An easy drinking beer with an English character.

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours almost all head, took four pours to get a glass, after it finally settles you get an amber gold color, thick marshmallowy head thick lacing.
S - Aroma is tart with citrus, grapefruit, caramel malt, candied orange, big floral notes.
T - Taste is very bitter and dry. Big dry citrus bite, floral notes, caramel and bread. The bitterness gets a bit soapy.
M - Overly dry and bitter.
O - This is just too much big bold assertive qualities that are overkill to make this a good IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of LarryV
2.61/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was on the ACBF list but was listed as just their Cambridge House IPA at the ACBF. Seems that Beer Advocate also calls these one in the same.

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Sample cup limits my assessment of the other portions of the appearance.

S-Very bland. Soft maltiness and a diluted hoppiness. Bland as bland gets.

T-The same. Just bland and boring. Almost like one of my buddies homebrew IPAs. The skeleton is there but its merely a loose interpretation of a good brew.

M-Soft carbonation. Lacks bitterness.

O/D-This beer must have gone way downhill since their first batches. This was not what I was looking for at all. If this is Abijah Rowe then its a huge letdown. I may call the brewery to see if this was actually it. If it was said beer, next time I am in CT I may need to revisit it a and give this beer the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.64/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Growler provided by the other Matt. Thanks.

Beer is amber and mostly clear with a thin wispy head that leaves no lacing, carbonation low.

Aroma is the first sign that something is wrong, it almost is solventy and stingy.

Beer is harsh, oddly spicy, the hops have been damaged somehow. Maybe they don't know how to fill growlers there it tastes oxidized, rough, harsh. I drank about 4 ounces and that was it. Second bad English IPA from a growler in as many months. I may never try another EIPA from a growler again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler graciously sent to me by hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

The beer is mostly clear and yellow hued. The head is 1/4" thick and leaves a tiny bit of lacing behind. The aroma brings toast and hops, along with a dank vegetal scent. The taste is a bit disappointing, as I was really hoping for an English IPA I could thoroughly enjoy. Slightly oxidized with a boiled vegetable presence. Medium-thin in body with moderate carbonation. Overall, not a repeat. Perhaps this batch is different than the one folks were raving about, as I just don't see this beer being the top of the style.

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

Bright, medium amber color with modest fine head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Modest herbal hoppy aroma with sweet maltiness vying for attention in the background.

Well balanced flavor with grassy, herbal hops setting off a well rounded maltiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and juicy with just the right amount of carbonation. A bit of bright fruity hops in the middle with a little pepper and a pleasant lingering bitterness.

A refreshing, nicely constructed IPA. Definitely worth checking out! Very easy to drink, especially for the alchohol content.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy apricot nectar color and an inch of a head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Pithy aroma with an underlying cracker malt aspect

Taste: Combines the English and American elements quite well as the hops dominate from the opening, with a combination of earthy and pithy flavors; the subtle undertones of cracker malt add a nice balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely balanced beer that has a rather unique hop profile

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of TheMattJones88
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Walken for sending a growler of this stuff my way - unfortunately I was out of town when it reached me, so the growler is verging on two weeks old. Shared with Dave (d0b) and served in a Dogfish pint glass with an unusual shape.

A - My pour was a lot more attractive than Dave's for whatever reason. Two fingers of dark blonde foam that quickly dissipated down to one finger then stuck around for a while. A bit of spotty lacing. Transparent coppery orange-red body. I'm gonna give this a bit of a break, considering how long it sat in the fridge, although most other reviews seem to be kind of indifferent to the appearance.

S - Big citrus grapefruit hoppiness, with notes of dank weed, grass, pine, and well balanced with toffee and dough maltiness. Even though Cambridge House calls this an English IPA, it smells a lot like a reasonably balanced America IPA. Whatever it is, it smells pretty delicious.

T - Taste is a step down, with less complexity and juicy hoppiness. There is still some pine and earthiness that is balanced by the mildly sweet toffee/bready malts. Plenty of residual bitterness in the aftertaste, which was surprising but welcome.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with a touch of carbonation tingle, and a decent amount of residual stickiness. Well-hidden ABV - I wouldn't have guessed it was this high; figured it was more 5 to 6% or so.

D - The bitterness gets a little heavy by the end of a few pints, but otherwise it's eminently drinkable with the moderate carbonation and ABV. Good stuff, but I'm not sure about all the hype on this one. The growler let out a nice hiss, so I can't believe it's super different from the tap. However, I'll re-evaluate if I ever get to CT to try it out in person.

More of a EIPA/AIPA hybrid than the cited "traditional English IPA", but well worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewpub served in an english pint glass.

Hazy orange color with about a finger slightly off white head. Nice lacing which fades away quickly.

Smells of citrus hops, some pine notes but not overly piney, some nice hops.

They did a very good job with this ipa. The taste is very well balanced. Nice smooth hops with citrus and pine undertones. The hops are very prominent but nothing overpowering. I detect very little malt in this ipa. It's nice and crisp with a dry finish. Goes back very easily. They list a 6.3 ABV for this batch and I can barley sense the alchohol. A solid brew.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark Orange color with a decent IPA head. Some lacing was there but this brew lasted me less than 10 minutes...

This smells like one of the most aggressively dry hopped IPA's I've had. Floral and citrus and a lot of it. This is a very special smell that is a very important part of me loving this beer.

This has the bitterness of a strong pale ale and the hop flavor of a DIPA. Perfect combination in my mind.

Smooth mouthfeel that gives you that "Ahh" moment after you take a sip (gulp?). A beer that can easiliy be put back. Almost 7% are you kidding me? I was very excited for this beer and drank it in a bout 10 minutes. I would have many more with no problem, the buzz is high on it but it is very easy drinking.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Cambridge House Brewpub in Granby, Conn.

A: Poured a hazy, golden orange color with a thin veil of white foam and a lively sense of carbonation about it. Lacing was minimal but a thin ring of foam endured most of the brew.

S: Smells a bit citrusy sweet, with a definite pine and cloven hop aroma.

T: Taste is a little citric and sweet up front, with clean toasted malt and a little spicy clove/citrus taste. In come the resinous piney hop flavors, which seem to cool and flow a bit better becaus eof the lighter base malts. Satisfying and drinkable.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, prickly to the tongue and a little sticky towards the finish.

D: A very sessionable IPA and one that might appeal to the masses as a lighter tasting IPA with full hop presence. The lighter citrus notes do wonders to balance the solid hop agressiveness in the ale.

A great IPA from a local brewpub. I'll have to keep a growler packed with me next visit and take some of this one to go. Now, if only Torrington could get its act together sooner, I could bring home said delicious ale to the masses with haste.

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Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of the best beers I've ever had. This IPA should be the basis of how all other IPAs should be brewed. The aroma and taste are so flavorful and perfect. Perfectly balanced and super smooth and so damn hoppy. I could really drink this all day and night. I hope this stuff can get bottled ASAP!

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Photo of letsgowhalers
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm lucky enough to live nice and close to CBH. It's amazing how many people are drinking this when at the bar. Nice hazy orange color and lovely head that leaves a proper lace. The smell is almost beyond compare-resiney, hoppy goodness abound! This IPA's taste is wonderfully hoppy with enough malt to maintain a superb balance. Each sip begs for another of this dangerous brew. One of the best IPA's around and I really can't recall a better one on-tap. Well worth the trip from anywhere. They have also dropped the "Abijah Rowe" and simply call it Cambridge House IPA now. Lucky for us the beer remains the same.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
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...

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
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.


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Photo of BlueHammer
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally made the trek back up to get me a growler of this...pours a light golden cloudy orange with a moderately fluffy head into my Imperial Pint. Nice light and sweetly citrus aromas come off this one. The hops does not dominate but lets you know it is there.

This one hits the mouth with a that sweet and citric twang that quickly ushers in the hops, first sharp and then dries on the tongue. This one has a medium body that really has a nice creaminess to it. The level of carbonation is near perfect. This is one great IPA. I put it up there with the Smutty IPA as far as quality and drinkability. Wish I lived closer - but at $12 per growler refill, maybe not.

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Cambridge House Abijah Rowe IPA from The Cambridge House Brewpub
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