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The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Double IPA.

Added by EPICAC on 11-12-2008

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Photo of axeman9182
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from batch 1 (bottled in December 2011). This one was poured into my Bruery tulip.

The Audacity of Hops pours a hazy, but not opaque light orange, with plentiful tangerine to goldenrod highlights. The off white head approaches, but maybe doesn't reach two fingers in height. Head retention is just OK, but there's a decent amount of lacing coated onto the side of the glass. The nose is a little on the weak side, but there are definitely clove and tropical fruit notes there to appreciate. The flavor profile steps things up big time though. The front end has some candied sugar sweetness, before an aggressive charge of bitterness come through. The back half is where things get interesting though, as phenols, esters, and hops come together to bring wave after wave of flavor coming through. Notes of bubble gum, tropical fruit, light citrus, clove, and a bit of earthy herbs all come through in time. No one sip is exactly like the last, but they're all delicious. The body is nicely dialed in, not desert dry, but tending towards the dry side of the spectrum. The carbonation however, is just a little bit dull. I'm thrilled that CBC is bottling some of their beers now, and only wish I lived in MA so I could have a glass of Audacity of Hops (or any of their other beers) at home more often.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via NBA LIF victory
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A very cloudy, yeasty burnt orange, golden, and light amber. Moderately sized near-white head. Lots of stick left down the glass. A pretty Belgian IPA.

The audacity of hops are present in the aroma at the colder temperatures, but nice, somewhat tangy, distinctly Belgian yeast character emerges more and more as the beer warms. A very nice combination--the two works really well together. The hops have a white fruit, pear mainly, component to them, along with a bit of passion and citrus fruit character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma. This is certainly a nice, hop-forward DIPA style beer, but the yeast is allowed to play the starring role, especially as the beer warms. Moderately bitter. Clean finishing. Nice tangy yeast character up against lots of interesting, expressing hops.

Medium to near full in body for the style. Nearly high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Excellent Belgian IPA--easily one of my favorites, in fact.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy, medium amber / gold tone; fairly aggressive pour yields a solid 2+" head - great retention and lacing. fragrant hops come bull-rushing out of the glass; nice bouquet of floral / pine / citrus... secondary malty notes and a hint of candied sugar.

flavor follows the nose pretty closely. opens very hoppy with some sweetness emerges mid-palate before finishing on the drier, more bitter side. very flavorful with hops obviously showcased but nice cameos by the candied sugar and some spice.

overall i'm incredibly impressed here, maybe my favorite beer to date from CBC.

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011 - batch 1, freshly bottled, purchased at CBS)

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid, frothy head that settles in a dome. Leaves chunky, but spotty, lace on the glass. The liquid is deep gold with a mild orange hue. There's a steady cascade of minute bubbles upward. Mild chill haze.

Like a bouquet of peppery flowers--a beautiful hoppy aroma.

A very nicely balanced IPA. Great malt start and while the bittering hop presence is huge, it doesn't overwhelm. The body is rich but the carbonation is also high. The swallow is a mixture of bitterness and earthy yeastiness. The aftertaste is short-lived given the flavor. Less "Belgian" in taste than American.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh off the bottling line, picked up at CBC tonight.
(batch 1, bottled Dec 2011)

pours a slightly hazy, medium amber / gold tone; fairly aggressive pour yields a solid 2+" head - great retention and lacing.

fragrant hops come bull-rushing out of the glass; nice bouquet of floral / pine / citrus... secondary malty notes and a hint of candied sugar.

flavor follows the nose pretty closely. opens very hoppy with some sweetness emerges mid-palate before finishing on the drier, more bitter side. very flavorful with hops obviously showcased but nice cameos by the candied sugar and some spice.

overall i'm incredibly impressed here, maybe my favorite beer to date from CBC.

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Photo of olfolxholme
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip and a SN IPA Glass

A - Clear and bright golden beer with nice, crisp white foam. Good head retention, especially in the SN IPA glass. Almost no lacing.

S - Apricot. Some Belgian yeast character. Enjoyable. Especially nice from the SN IPA glass.

T - Nice, dry, hoppy bitterness. Mostly apricot from the hops, but some herbal character, too. Malt presence is golden and a little sweet, especially in the Duvel tulip. Very nice belgian yeast flavor. Dry and reserved.

M - Pleasantly dry. Refreshing carbonation.

O - Excellent example of the style. One of the best I've had. I think it's a real challenge to successfully marry big hop character with Belgian yeast. They are both such strong and distinct elements that it's easy for them to be in conflict. But, they did it near perfectly. I'm really impressed with this beer. I also don't usually enjoy apricot anything, but they made me love it. I was not expecting much from this beer but it delivered in spades. Bravo!


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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazed honey color with unbelievable amounts of rising carbonation. Brilliant head. An inch high that laces and retains masterfully.

S-Very aromatic. Hops galore. Tons of floral hops. Citrus and pine too, leaning more towards the pine. Nice Belgian yeast notes too that let you know this is not an American styled DIPA. Excellent smell. Malt is detectable but far behind the hoppy aspects.

T-Audacity is correct. Floral and pine hops assault the palate. This beer boasts one of the grassiest finishes I have come across. High amounts of bitterness. Very herbal. Belgian yeast has the right amount of potency. Malt sweetness sets in but the hops still manage to set fire to the tongue. Nice, nice, nice.

M-Heavy side of medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Sharp but not too much. A bit resinous. Really digging the bubbles. Dry and bitter finish.

O/D-Overall, this is a kick-ass beer. American IPA/DIPAs I find to be far superior than their Belgian counterparts. However, this beer trounces many of the American DIPAs I have tried. Super fresh and super tasty. Seek it out. Gotta try more CBC.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see CBC bottling so it's much easier for me to get a hold of.

Pours a nice larger fluffy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly with a bit of sticky lacing, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom to reinforce it. The beer is crystal clear tan pale malt colored beer.

Nose is a nice Belgian IPA, a perfect blend of Belgian yeast and floral citrusy hops. A nice fruity Belgian yeast, typical from a Belgian golden ale with hints of Belgian sweet malts. With that comes some nice subtle hops, with some light floral characters, and a bit of citrusy almost lemongrassy like, as well as a bit of grapefruit and I don't mean hop smelling grapefruit I mean real freshly cut ruby red grapefruit. Light saison like yeast spices touch the end of the nose with a kiss of more Belgian yeast. The hops are in perfect balance with the malts and yeast for a true Belgian IPA.

Taste starts a bit malty, and bitter hops this time. A bit heavier than I was expecting from what the nose lead on to be. The hops bring a light spicy taste, with more ruby red grapefruit and the bitter tartness that a grapefruit would bring, a bit grassy and some lemongrass, and a light herbal touch. The malts are sturdy in the base, a nice big Belgian golden malt taste with a light sweetness, hint of booze, and bit of fruity esters that bridge the gap into the Belgian yeast. Again with nice Belgian yeast flavor, light Belgian golden fruity yeast, as well as hints of Saison like spices and esters. As much as I thought the hops were going to get very bitter and spicy, they seem to tease on doing so but don't ramp up like I expected. however, on the finish the hops get a bit astringent, and fairly bitter, with more spicy hops, a bit of grapefruit and grassy hops again, as well as light Belgian yeast flavors and spices. The finish dries quite a bit which accentuates that bitterness, and doesn't really get sticky either.

Mouth is med to full bodied, with good carbonation, and a hint of warming booze.

Overall very impressed with this beer. The nose was a perfect balance of Belgian yeast, malts, and American and Euro hops. The flavor comes on a bit stronger and finishes a bit astringent, but otherwise balanced well and nice hop characteristics. A very drinkable and well balanced beer. They did well on the hops, didn't go crazy overboard like most American style Belgian IPAs that drives me crazy. If you overdo the hops (like Raging Bitch) you don't get any of the Belgian, and it's not even really a Belgian style IPA IMO, just an American IPA with a different yeast that you can't even tell the difference. Anyways, I'm rambling again, thanks for a very well done BIPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 bottled Dec 2011 Wicked fresh :)
Pours a slightly hazy deep straw yellow color with a decent sized head that slowly recedes and leaves marginal lace. Wow this is hoppy! Huge amounts of pine and citrus waft into the air long before I get my nostrils over the top of the glass. Slightly spicy with a hint of green onions and just a touch of yeasty esters. Taste is resinous, pine, citrus, spicy, woody hops with barely enough bready malt to call this anything other than fresh squeezed hop juice. Belgian yeast adds a hint of phenols and a touch of pepper to round out the flavor. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly, prickly, resinous mouthfeel. Finally a Belgian IPA where the yeast funk doesn't hide the hop funk on my palette. Very nicely done.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle Batch 1 dated Dec 2011 into a pint snifter.

A: light yellow with excellent clarity. Thin bright white head leaves decent lacing. Re-fizzes with each drink.

S: strong piny hops up front, some orange zest. Not much malty characteristics on my nose.

T: nice bittery citrus and foresty hops up front. Finishes fairly bitter, there is a decent amount of malt in the background which helps its balance.

M: pretty crisp and well-carbonated.

O: very good IPA, would highly recommend.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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 twelvsies
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to have the opportunity to try this collaborative brew. Hazed yellow in a nice shapely glass, big foamy and very thick and dense head. Rings all the way down the glass with each sip. Smell is just out of control hops. Really smells like when you go to the homebrew store and stick your nose in a pouch of hops. Taste is much the same, totally hoppy, but somehow balanced by a nice caramel malt and a nice fruity Belgian yeast presence. It is almost too hoppy. I can't believe I'm saying that as a lover of all big flavors but it almost tastes more like a hop pellet than the desirable flavors imparted by hops. Still, it's unique and I dig it. Smooth on the palate and really very drinkable. Wish this would be around for longer. A great beer for a great occasion.

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Photo of Brad007
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild golden color with a decent head into my glass. The color just screams "Belgian IPA" to me.

Citrus, pine and spice notes pepper the nose. Very inviting profile. Sometimes these IPAs go overboard on the yeast but not here.

Crisp, spicy yeast combines with an excellent profile of five different hops, which contribute a degree of citrus and pine flavors to the palate.

Lingering citrus and spice notes dominate the mouthfeel.

Very well done for the style. It doesn't hit you too hard with the hops or yeast.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a near-white thin head. Great retention and and slight lacing.

S - Mild citrus, floral, sweet pine.

T - Citrusy, herbal pine, some slight Belgian yeast.

D - Good carbonation, Average body.

O - Nice and light for a Belgian.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" custard head of decent lifespan. The body is a hazy light burnt orange color. It smells very strongly of piney and citrusy hops. The taste blows me away with hops just like the smell as well as a nice carmamelly aftertaste. Quite rich and with a long finish. Delightful beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Straddles a dark yellow/light orange hue with a 1.5+ finger head
S: Wow this screams Belgian which is good, it's got a little funk (brett even?) mixed into the Belgian wheat, spice, hops and tropical fruit notes. Nice complexity
T: The palate has the Belgian yeast/earth up front, followed by soft wheat then the hops kick up the lengthy finish
M: Medium-bodied, bitter, bold, enjoyable
O: What a complex, tasty beer. It truly combines Belgian tradition with a US influence

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Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Batch No. 01) into my CBS snifter.

I wasn't able to get into Cambridge to visit the CBC brewpub during my most recent trip to Boston. But I was glad to see that CBC is now bottling some if their brews.

Appearance: Beer pouts a hazy light orange. Thin layer of clean white head which dissipated very quickly. I think the beer was served a little too cold which affected the amount of head. Anyway, a pretty standard looking IPA/DIPA.

Smell: Big floral herbal hops notes dominate the nose. A hint of spice but pretty much a hop forward smelling beer. I like it. It's not overpowering.

Taste: Spiciness greats my palette before a herbal hops bitterness takes over. I didn't really pick up anything Belgian at first but as I let the sip linger there was some sharp pepper notes at the back of my mouth. The Belgian yeast was late to arrive but it packs a punch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly sticky and resinous. I'm not getting any booziness which at 9.0% makes this a dangerous beer.

Overall: Much more DIPA than Belgian IPA. It's a tasty pour though. Lots of great hops flavor...not overpowering and quite drinkable.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch #1 bottled in December.

Pourd hazy gold with a copper hue. An inch-plus head of dense white retreated to a solid coating on the surface with ringed and tattered lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of grapefruit, pine, cut grass, and biscuity malt. Hints of apples and cloves follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly tacky mouthfeel.

Pine and grapefuit start the palate with a drying, smooth bitterness. Malt is near zero and the beer is bone dry beyond some hints of tropical fruit and apples.

Finishes with piney resins, grapefruit pith, and biscuity malt.

Tasty, tasty brew. With the low bitterness and and dry character, the beer is seriously drinkable as well. In comparison to the original draught version for the Symposium though, this bottled version is a bit subdued in the hop department.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a trade - Thanks Drew

Batch 01 -Bottled December 2011.

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy deep orange with a three finger head that descends into a thick frothy lacing that leaves it's mark as it lowers.

S: Grapefruit Slight citrus/lemon, pine and hops.

T: Slight bitter hop bite followed by grapefruit /slight pine with hints of Belgian yeast and a slight sweetness is in there too.

O: Overall a solid double Ipa with a Belgian twist , Very drinkable and one I would have again..

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Photo of dennho
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2011.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Light golden yellow color. Three finger head didn't last long. Small amount of lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, pine and hops. Very much like a double IPA.

The taste is more IIPA than a Belgian. Tart grapefruit and bitter.

Seems highly carbonated. Dry and bitter finish.

I would definately have this again. I think it's much more IIPA than Belgian IPA, but that's OK by me.

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Photo of patpbr
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a hazy orange with a small head.
S - hops some grass, but the belgian yeast is most present.
T - Fruit, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, coriander and noticeable bitterness.
M - Medium body and a sweet finish.
O - Nice blend of styles and enjoyable as it warms.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad to see the CBC beers being distributed to Conn. and now available only about 20 mins from my house!

Bomber bottled May 29, 2013...not super fresh...maybe better luck next time I venture to get a few bottles cross the border

Pours hazed lighter amber, real nice looking head, goes to a well developed meraingue (sp?) cap, then leaves all sorts of classy looking fluff, sheetage and lace.

Yeasty, fruity, hoppy, peppery nose. nice.

Love the style and this one hits the note pretty darn well...I get the Belgian yeastyness, the spiced up qualities as well the hoppy IPA character. Well done.

Ample pepper, yeasty ripe fruit notes, super dry biting hops in the finish. Yeasty final pour to boot, with the expected lingering and always enjoyable nutty note.

Great with food. Goat cheese, salad, and some peppery sausage went great with this one..well worth a try...hmm when's the next time I can get to Danbury?

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