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Cambridge House Big Hoppy - The Cambridge House Brewpub

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Cambridge House Brewpub visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Boto on 12-18-2006

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into an oversized pilsener glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, orange-amber color beneath a frothy, two-finger head of off-white foam that left some soapy lace and a chunky head of carbonation. Some sediment from the bottle floated ambient with the loose carbonation.

S: Musty orange peel, some spicy, herbal grass clippings and a slight, cooked veggie aroma fill the nose.

T: Sweet, candied citrus flavor hits the palate first, backed by some cooked corn and caramel and caramel sweetness. A slightly hot, spicy hop bitterness hits the palate, but pulls a punch with some yeasty twang to mask some of the flavor. The finish is somewhat chewy and boozy more than bold, bitter or overly flavorful.

M: Full-bodied DIPA with the additional mouthfeel of yeast and sweet, juicy malts, albeit a tad musty and mute.

O: I didn't have the highest hopes for this DIPA from a somewhat defunct Connecticut brewpub brewed at a somewhat mediocre, quasi-contract brewery in Holyoke, Mass. (aka Paper City), so in a sense, I wasn't disappointed. There were a few off-flavors and the 10% ABV didn't endear me to the drinkability, but the fact it exists and wasn't a train wreck of hops or booze was encouraging. I'm not running out to buy it agaon, but I might get it if it were on-tap at the brewpub in Granby.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub
1.091 OG
Made with 100% organic malt from British Columbia and a variety of American hops

Deep copper colored with a thin off-white frothy head that sinks slowly down. Big aroma of sweet malt and citrus. Rich flavors of sticky oily citrusy hops, some tangerine and grapefruit. Finishes piney. Never bitter, just very flavorful. A sweetish base of bready malt gives a great base for the hops to stand on. Very well-balanced hops and malt, but make no mistake, this is a hop monster. The 10% ABV is completely hidden, doesn't take away from the flavor at all. A great DIPA.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to goodbyeohio for this growler.
Pours a perfect orange amber with a nice half finger of white.
Aromas are immediately fresh, very fresh hops...citrus and piney.
Mouth gets hit with sweet amber malts and then a big blast of grapefruit and pine oil hops. What becomes most amazing is how fresh the ingredients taste...and how perfectly balanced they are. Often DIPAs overpower you with sweet malts...the balance doesn't work....this one is wonderfullly balanced and there is nothing cloying or sticky in the mouth after swallowing. Just a yearning for another sip.
But watch out...it's 10% but you would never, EVER know it until it was too late.
Good stuff...maybe the best of DIPAs

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Photo of jim102864
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid effort from Cambridge House with this one. A ballsy Double IPA, coming in at 10% and served in a 12 oz snifter glass. Lovely golden yellow in appearance. Somewhat cloudy. This is jacked up with heavy citrus aroma: think oranges and lemons. I detected pear and apple overtones as well. Somewhat chewy yet smooth and still more citrus in the mouthfeel and finish. Lace hugged the glass all along. Served at the proper temperature. Their best beer on tap, bar none. Drinkable, but not something you'd seek out to exclusively consume during a night out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a very large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty malt character followed by a strong caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a strong but not too bitter hops presence comes in. There’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with lines of lacing, over dark but slightly clear cranberry maroon color with a slight orange hue.

Nose starts with a big sweet malt kick, lots of big malts, candy like caramel chewy malts, then hops bring the earthy slightly spicy hop, and a bit of a candied orange peel, smells like it will be pretty hoppy and bitter as well as big and sweet.

Taste, as expected, starts with a big sweet malt flavor, lots of candy and toffee like malts, sweet and a bit syrupy with plenty of caramel too, and the decent amount of sweetness brings some booze as well, warming slightly tingly booze but not overbearing as the sweetness balances. Then hops, earthy spicy hops mostly with a fair bitterness, and a bit of candied orange peel, and some candied hop oils as well., and a slight herbal flavor. Finish is quite bitter, long chewy spicy hop bitterness, bit of herbal earthy hop, more sticky sweet candy malts and syrupy feel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall not bad, very sweet and candy like, quite bitter and earthy spicy hops balance fairly well, and booze is in check as well, but all that being said it doesn't really have much going for it and seems kinda boring and quite hard to drink much of it by myself.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Cambridge House Big Hoppy from The Cambridge House Brewpub
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