The Audacity Of Hops
Cambridge Brewing Company

The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops
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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #11
Ranked #4,918
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops
Notes: Belgian Double IPA.
Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 622 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 4 pint growler, the day after buying, so as fresh as you can get.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark golden, head dissipates, light lacing all the way down.

Smell: Lovely light fragrance. Complex.

Taste: Hoppy, does not come across as a classic Belgian. More like a golden ale.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Rich feel on the front and the hops dominate.

Overall: Rich flavors for a Belgian. I preferred to the Delerium Tremens I drank previously. Very easy to drink, pairs with all kinds of pub style food easily.

Sep 16, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brew pub.

Lots of classic hop aroma and flavor, citrus and pine resin. Good caramel malt presence and solid bitterness.
Noticeable alcohol, but a good warmth. Some interesting ester character maybe?

A great IIPA, I'm glad they are brewing it again!

I had this years ago and remember more Belgian yeast character than I taste now. Perhaps the recipe changed, or just my palate...

Nov 30, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Lacing is bubbly/foamy. The smell takes on semi-sweet qualities from some citrus, peaches, light grass. Semi-bitter light citrus rind and grassy hops. The taste was moderately sweet with a decent balance from the citrus, peach and grassiness. Definitely a dry floral/grassy aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability to it. Carbonation feels fairly low. Overall, initially, I thought this was a Belgian IPA, well, how about that, it’s more of an imperial IPA. Still, I’d have again, good stuff.

Jun 21, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color and equally beautiful bouquet hides the spice that I cannot put my finger on. I had high hopes for this beer (even though it is brewed in Massachusetts), but the unknown slice kills it for me. Many will love this beer, but I wouldn't buy again.

Jun 05, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; <1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing; a lot of bubbles rising;

S: floral hops;

T: floral hops that cross slightly over into soapy in the middle; virtually no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O; not something I would choose again;

Apr 10, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some hues of amber. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have that much audacity compared to other IPAs, but is true to the Belgian IPA style and isn't dominated by aromas and flavors of hops.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 06, 2015
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CHickman from New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/29/2015: Pours cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger foamy bright white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good spotty lacing with rings as it went down, and a layer on top that looked like a photo from outer space of hurricane clouds swirling in a white foamy circle layer on top of the brew. The head from the second half of the bottle was huge, 3 fingers plus and faded very slowly.

Smells of fresh hops up front with piney hops and grapefruit hitting the nose first, followed by floral hops and flower notes, lemon zest, tropical fruit, yeast that's a little funky, spices like pepper, rye and cinnamon, wet cardboard, grains and some wet animal hair. Very nice nose that combines the Belgian notes and strong DIPA hops to give the final product the best of both worlds at the same time. Just enough malt sweetness to balance the hops.

Tastes like it smells but with more malt as the foundation wit Ritz cracker, light caramel and wheat bread mixing in with the piney hops, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, funk, spices including pepper, rye, coriander and cinnamon, chalky yeast, wet cardboard, toasted grains and mild barnyard/earthy notes. The sweetness negated the bitterness and let the fruit, malt and spices make for a complex brew that makes the most of the hops and showcases nice floral and citrus hop flavors and spices. Gets better as it warms, hiding the ABV pretty well the whole time. It ends like strong rye flavors but the overall spiciness is only mid-level and quite enjoyable, making it easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost buttery, with mild carbonation, a medium to almost chewy body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that is mildly spicy which then fades almost clean and dry. A really fine beer.

Sep 26, 2015
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Greywulfken from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well-executed across the boards - pours golden with a faint haze, a few fingers of fizzy foam on top. Orchard-like aromas of flowers and citrus fruits, subtler impressions of lightly sweet caramel malt grains. Taste reveals a distinct Belgian approach - yeasty tingle and tang ride a clean malt bill... Hops assert over time, bringing the Belgian-like qualities into their fold. Medium on the tongue, ample carbonation - soft and citrusy elements wash over the tongue. Quality drinking. Bridges the pale Belgian and American Imperials nicely.

Aug 13, 2015
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice pour and thick head looks pretty in the glass, decent retention. fruity scent with notes of citrus and pine. taste is similar with strong but not overpowering hop bitterness. Surprisingly drinkable for 8%. Overall I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I would buy again because there are better options at that price.

Jul 12, 2015
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garyloveman from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw pour. Nice belgian sugar nose. I love the taste pale maltiness followed by sugary sweetness and a slightly bitter sour finish. Great carbonation. Top five beer for me. Perfect marriage of belgian and ipa.

Apr 25, 2015
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Rich gold color; slightly hazy. Pours with a 2 finger creamy head that dies down leaving an uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and some traces of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich hoppy aroma with scents of citrus. Smells inviting. Made me want to drink the beer!

Taste: Delicious! Slightly acid start progressing to a smooth citrus taste ending with a full flavor hoppy finish.

Feel: Medium to full body. Overall smooth carbonation with a slight tingle. Slightly dry finish.

Overall : Excellent IPA. One of the best that I have ever had. I would love to drink this again! I wanted more!

Apr 22, 2015
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FFreak from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into Willy glasses and shared on the first warm Vermont day of the year.

A hazy bright golden-orange color with a finger of tight, fluffy, pure-white head that leaves huge lace.

Not a lot in the aroma, but some hints of tropical or stone fruit.

Taste is somewhat sweet with fruity hops, caramel malt, and balanced out by just a slight bit of bitterness and absolutely no boozy or Belgian yeast characteristics.

The mouth was really nice, medium-bodied and refreshing, begs for another sip.

Overall, this definitely comes across more as a pale ale or IPA than a Belgian-style ale, but it is delicious and I would definitely buy it again.

Apr 06, 2015
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a wellie becher glass.
Pours a light amber, hazey with a nice thick head.
Aromas are mild, some good hop presence and a hint of funk.
Taste was interesting. I didn't pick up a ton of belgian yeast, got a good deal of hops.
Mouthfeel was fine, very drinkable and surprising this is 8% ABV.
Overall this was an interesting beer. Tasty, drinkable and it hides the alcohol quite well. I did pick up some metalic taste in the finish but the friend who shared this with me did not.

Apr 04, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed orange tinged lighter golden with a nice looking half finger almost creamy-like head.Citrus fruits in the nose with a tinge of spiced Belgian yeast although not real big,very citrusy.Mild yeasty notes on the palate with a big burst of the fresh citrus and tropical fruity hops,light earth in the finish.A refreshing beer that doesn't seem to show it's "size",very drinkable.

Mar 08, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very murky orange hue with a finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad, but a little mysterious with all the murk.

Smell: nice funky aroma with just a hint of sourness. The funk must be due to a combination of hops and a saison-type yeast; whatever the proportions, the effect is quite nice.

Taste: funky and earthy, yet bright and not nearly as dank as I might expect a formula like this to be. The combination of brightness and earth really works for me. Bitterness is relatively high, but it's smooth and not rasping. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. It really works for me.

Overall: this is a very fine Belgian-inspired DIPA. I can really get behind beers like this, which are interesting and refreshing despite the high ABV.

Jan 17, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.82/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below:

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded pry-off pressure cap served into a tulip at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live as a Belgian style double IPA per the label. Expectations are average.

Served cold.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide head. White colour. Decent creaminess, thickness, and fullness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Hazy copper. Translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an IPA.

AROMA: Floral hops, pale malts, clean barley, and mild yeasty spiciness. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Floral hops, pale malts, clean barley, pilsner malts, and some mild yeasty spiciness. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Decently balanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, and aptly thick. Suits the taste decently, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: Drinkable but boring. A pedestrian IPA that won't impress the discerning drinker. I wouldn't pick it up again, but it's nice enough. Not necessarily worth trying. Very average.


Dec 23, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, tropical fruit, funk, earth, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit, earth, funk, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the citrus and tropical hops and the Belgian yeast.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 26, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/17/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a stange glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

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

Oct 17, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -14%

Funky spicy, citrusy, earthy. Interesting and complex aroma. Unfortunately, it's probably the most phenolic /band aid beers I've tried. Unsure of age, but it's got a bitter finish.

Oct 16, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4.07/5  rDev 0%

From 09/16/14 notes. Had at the brewpub, been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a hazy bright orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident. Citrus hops, fresh tropical fruits, juicy, fruity malts, oranges, and floral hops. Taste is lightly bitter but bad at all. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall one of their best beers IMO; well worth seeking out.

Sep 26, 2014
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Cloudy bright amber body with bubbly light tan head. Retention isn't so great but nice lacing.

S - Lots of orange rind and some familiar Belgian notes, like banana

T - The flavors really sing. Bright orange citrus hops upfront followed by tangy citrus Belgian notes. Sweet malts follow at the back and into the aftertaste. No banana notes in the taste

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

O - Really great brew. I tend to avoid the Belgians, but this is a nice mix that doesn't stray to heavily into the flavors I typically dislike. Will certainly pick this up again.

Aug 27, 2014
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Granted, this review is on a 5-month old beer, so it's probably going to be a little low.

A: looks a bit more like a witbier with a cloudy yellow base to which a little tan is added. The head is nice and foamy and lasts well.

S: I get a little Belgian yeast, maybe a little hay and lemon, but really weak for a beer proclaiming to be hopped up. I can chalk this up to age a bit, of course.

T/M: starts fairly crisply, with a lemon-based citrus taste, with a mildly floral base (almost like lemon in tea). The later taste is a bit tropical, pineapple. I sort of get the Belgian yeast after the initial taste. In the end I get a little mint, but also a dull taste of wet grass (again, thinking age factor).

O: I almost thought I wouldn't rate this given the fact I wasn't getting the best of it, but wanted to record my thoughts should I get another chance. Even with age, it wasn't that bad, so if the base that remains can be replaced with fresh hops scents and flavors, I could see this being quite enjoyable.

Aug 10, 2014
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of fruit, hops, and yeast. Very enticing.

T: Tasted of lots of light fruit (pineapple, mango, citrus), Belgian yeast, sweet hops, a little malt, and some spices (pepper especially). A little higher hops content than you would usually expect in a Belgian IPA, but this isn't a problem. It's a complex, focused, delectable flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation here, with a hoppy, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A tasty, somewhat unique and American take on the Belgian IPA. Well made and easy to drink.

Jul 18, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/11/14, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy pale golden-yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely, a bit of lace sticking as it settles

S- sharp peppery and spicy yeast on the nose up front with some basement must and faint cheese. The hop bouquet is a mix of fruity and citrus hops, with notes of mango, lemon grass & guava

T- big blast of tropical hops up front with notes of pineapple, mango & pear. Spicy Belgian yeast gives some nice musty notes with flavors of white pepper, coriander and light phenolic notes. More fruity hops on the finish with a linger of orange peel and fresh grass

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy smooth somewhat dry finish

O- the tropical fruity hop flavors worked very well with the spiciness of the yeast. An outstanding Belgian IPA.

Jul 17, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a fluffy, two-finger head of white foam. It smelled of bubblegum, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet caramel, funky bitterness and some pine.

May 19, 2014
The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 622 ratings