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Cambridge House Big Hoppy - The Cambridge House Brewpub

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BA SCORE
84
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Boto on 12-18-2006)
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

07-16-2013 02:00:44 | More by DonFrap
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

09-07-2013 04:17:44 | More by SuomiHobbit
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JayPee

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

I'm going to forego the usual appearance, smell, taste with this beer and say simply that it should not call itself an IPA. As a beer it is okay. As an IPA it sucks. The malt completely overpowers any hops that might be in the beer. Are there hops in this beer? I do not detect them in anything near the levels that a double IPA should have.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:28:41 | More by JayPee
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argock

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into an oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $4.29.

A: Copper-red with nice 2-finger light-beige head with decent retention and craggy lacing.

S: Unfortunately, this beer goes downhill after appearance. The aroma is mostly dank and resin but light on all accounts. There is some cardboardy, vegetal aromas as well.

T: The flavor is not much better. It tastes astringent, tea-like, and grassy with too many tannins, like an oversparged beer. There are some dank hops qualities with some resin but not much else. The malt component is cardboardy. Overly bitter but thankfully there are no bad fusel alcohol flavors.

M: Not a bad feel although it is a little too carbonated, but not by a lot. Medium body but the tannic quality is pretty overpowering.

O: This might be an old oxidized bottle, but without bottle dating no one will ever know. Would definitely skip this beer. It tastes like below-average homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 04:16:52 | More by argock
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

12-30-2013 13:30:39 | More by Burkbom23
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a copper amber color with some haziness and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt, toffee, fruity, buttery, some citrus, and orange marmalade.

Taste: Same as above, but the hop bomb bitterness takes over and the malts don't holf up well too.

Mouthfeel: it was tough to get a few sips down. I poured the rest down the drain.

Overall: Pretty dissapointed about this one. I'll let the store owner know that he needs to take the beers off the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 06:29:23 | More by Flounder57
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GuitarIPA

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-17-2013 23:45:22 | More by GuitarIPA
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ThreeLions

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Cambridge House
Big Hoppy Double India Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
9% abv
Split with Hab11

Poured into my Night Shift Brewing chalice. Dark amber cherry color, hue of pink grapefruit
when backlit. Half inch head lingers leaving nice lacing on the glass. The more I drink, the
better the lacing gets. Long lingering legs decorate the sides of my glass.

Low hop aroma, strong maltiness shines through the hops.

Earthy taste right up front. Smokiness? Hops fade away very quickly leaving behind strong
smoky malts. Hops primarily for bittering, almost no flavoring. Complex malt flavor. Not too
bitter. Has the feel of an irish red as opposed to a double ipa.

Decent carbonation. Thick at first, then very drinkable. Not too heavy. This beer gets lighter
the more I drink it. I think I’m just trying to get through it. Feels strong. High alcohol content not
masked well.

Not at all what I was expecting. Probably wouldn’t drink again. Had to struggle to get through this one. The name 'Big Hoppy' had me expecting big hop aroma and flavor but the 'big' seems to have been referring to the grain bill. I felt like I was searching around to find any hops at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:48:22 | More by ThreeLions
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Boomblaze

Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a bomber into my Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a dark amber with a solid 1" head that disapates quickly. The ber is pretty cloudy as well

S - Not getting much of a nose from this one.

T - I get some fruity hops from it, mild grapefruit and citrus and some mild bready malts. There's also a medium alcohol burn on the back end almost barleywine.like.

M - The beer has a nice medium body that is pretty easy drinking if not for the alcohol burn.

O - I feel this beer is more of a barleywine then double ipa just doesn't have those pungent hoppiness to it and has a good amount of malt backing it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:58:59 | More by Boomblaze
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zadams1

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-14-2013 01:11:02 | More by zadams1
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mrskunk

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-03-2013 23:56:02 | More by mrskunk
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Crazy4LegMoose

Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Born on date 5:24:13 poured into a wide mouth drinking jar.

A: Dark opaque brownish orange color with a good 1 finger of creamy off white head. The head lasts throughout the drinking of this beer and produces good lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: On first open there is a good whiff of grapefruit hops that fade quickly into bready thick malt flavors. Hints of toasted bread, biscuits, and honey in the nose with a bit of fruit sweetness from the hops.

T: Waves of bready malts that turn sweet with hints of caramel and honey that blend into the fruity sweetness of grapefruit. The beer fades into a clean sweet finish as hints of honey linger on the palate.

M: Very creamy great feeling beer. The carbonation blends the subtle sweetness of the hops with the thick malty flavor.

O: Reminds me of very good english pale ales I have had in the past. Very malt forward beer with hints of hop fruit sweetness to balance it out. More of an imperial english ipa than an imperial american ipa. Overall a good balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:13:38 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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Hab11

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Double IPA. 22oz. Bomber 9% ABV. Rich Amber to Nectarine color. Great lacing. Difficult nose to describe. Mild hop scent slightly smokey, slightly earthy with a hint of peat. Taste is a bit disappointing when compared to the nose. Bitter up front with a tangy finish. A bit of a dark brown sugar aftertaste. Mild carbonation leaves a light almost non existent feel. Reminds of a better Killian's. Not a first choice beer but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:42:14 | More by Hab11
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-15-2014 01:53:05 | More by ccurrid
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wesley14

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-07-2014 02:25:03 | More by wesley14
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-10-2013 21:07:49 | More by RMoeNay
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Bilco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-19-2013 15:54:28 | More by Bilco
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-28-2013 01:57:50 | More by Goldfishman
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Stidge77

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-25-2013 20:31:32 | More by Stidge77
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-10-2013 04:46:50 | More by JTomczak
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Remdog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-20-2013 01:51:48 | More by Remdog
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-10-2013 20:12:36 | More by Shawnspl
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musicsherlock

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-19-2013 21:54:46 | More by musicsherlock
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:58:16 | More by Gambrinus1184
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:03:02 | More by jlindros
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Cambridge House Big Hoppy from The Cambridge House Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.