The Audacity Of Hops
Cambridge Brewing Company

The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops
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Style:
Belgian IPA
Ranked #11
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,294
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
622
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Cambridge Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops
Notes: Belgian Double IPA.
Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 622 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by sprat1960:
Photo of sprat1960
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rico11
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite beer right now

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Aroma of citrus hops and caramel malt. Flavor of sweet melon, citrus, with a bitter hops finish. Hmm, I thought this was just a regular IPA when I had it, although now I can see how there were some Belgiany notes in there too. Pretty decent.

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Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of biggred1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark yellow with a fizzy greyish head that fades fast. If I didn't know better this could be Colt 45 by appearance alone. Nice floral hops and Belgian spice in the nose. This beer tastes much better than it looks, big resinous hops and dry spicy Belgian yeast in perfect harmony. Full bodied with seltzery carbonation. One of the better "Belgian" IPAs that I've had. Well balanced between the hop bitterness and spice.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of headyhopzhead
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of frosted33
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier VT for $8.99 this past weekend.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy honey soaked copper with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Lots of pepper, some other soft belgian ester, light grapefruit and lemon citrus notes, and a moderately bready malt.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a firm hop bitterness that meshes very well with the belgian yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a tasty take on a DIPA that I would probably drink regularly on draft if it was available at my local pub. Not something I would put much of an effort into trading for though.

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Photo of jimbodude5
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of LCannon4
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of yossarian14
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a tasty and interesting concoction. Like nothing I've had to date. This beer flips the Belgian IPA mutant-style onto its ass and brings us an ultra-hoppy IPA with the Belgian characteristics taking the back seat. The fruity Belgian yeast is there in the finish but a big simcoe-heavy, West Coast hop aroma and flavors dominate, staying on the palate until your next sip. Lots of pine in the taste as well. The 8.5% keeps me from drinking this all night. A must try for hopheads.

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Photo of Drewby
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Focusf111
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SirSketch
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper color and two fingers of tightly packed, white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Everything I love about an IPA. Dank, resinous, grassy hop aroma. Underneath, just a bit of clove and yeast character.

T - Juicy orange, bitter grapefruit and slightly lemony hop taste. The finish reveals a crisp pilsner malt. The hops dominate this beer, but there is still an undeniable Belgian yeast component. Aggressively bitter to the point of being a fault, but otherwise great.

M - Starts medium, frothy bodied and ends dry.

O - I love this style when done right, and this is a great example. Definitely on the hoppy and bitter side, but this combines well with the subtle Belgian character.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle of this beer. I loved the first one and hope this lives up to what I experienced last weekend.

Soapy bright white head with lots of sticky lace. A bright clear brass colored beer. Head shows excellent retention.

Aroma is fantastic. Actually very complex. A burst of citrus/grapefruit followed by some nice spice and some yeast notes. Then you are hit with a resin like burst of juicy green hops. Very nice.

Yep, I like it as much this time around. As in the aroma, quite complex. Lot’s of yeast character and spice. Black pepper and some green notes. Lot’s of aggressive hop notes with juicy grapefruit again laced with black pepper. The aftertaste is like that of a big fresh DPA with a layer of herbal notes layered on top. Nice complexity.

There is a soapy texture to this and I do not mean this in a negative sense. Oily on your tongue with fresh hop flavor.

Really really good beer. If this is going to be available locally from here on out, this is going to be fun.

Well done!!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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