The Audacity Of Hops | Cambridge Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Double IPA.

Added by EPICAC on 11-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
619
Reviews:
148
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
98
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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2.72/5  rDev -32.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of shelbs1202
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is ok, but almost too much. Bitter on the front and the end. Heavy and biting mouthfeel.

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2.82/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only second time having this beer. I had it below average prior, but moved it up to average.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Batch #2)

Appearance: Pours a straw piss golden yellow with a thick haze and a darkening towards the top of the beer making it a golden brown. This is another dehydrated piss-looking beer. The whole thing is slightly reminiscent of apple juice, honestly. The head is small but fluffy with a nice white coloring, and there is a good amount of bubbling which suggests some nice carbonation. There is a very light lacing that slides down the glass swiftly, leaving shaved air-pockets and pinnacles of lacing behind.

Smell: Surprisingly light smelling for something that is named “The Audacity of Hops.” The beer has a nice light tingle of fruity and citrusy hops with the citrus definitely on the back and edges of the smell. There is also a nice spiciness to the smell, and a slight, almost cheesy-bread linger in the back.

Taste: Taste is as light and clean as the smell. A nice hoppy bite with lingering spices and a slight breadiness. There is also a tingle in the taste reminiscent of almost-wheaty pine. I would go as far as to say that the beer initially suggests a stalish taste. Also, in a way the carbonation seems to push away any other tastes that the beer might have. Once the carbonation settles it does seem to give off a slight odd fruity flavor, though, which reminiscent of nectarines.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and crisp on the tongue with a very slight bite from the hops as it goes down, with a light frothy bubbling. It leaves the tongue with a slight cloying feel, which is almost sticky.

Overall: I am little disappointed with this beer, it lauded itself as having a big Double IPA hop flavor with a Belgian flair, but it seems to be quite lacking in the hoppy smell and over powering bite that I expected in a Double IPA. The beer is hoppy, just not as much as I expected. It’s not a terrible beer, but it is nothing special in my book, with an overall feel of underwhelming.

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3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the 4-finger beer bandit for the opportunity.

Open front slit, black cardboard box laden with fireworks & a significant write-up/explanation on the back side. Looks more like a really big New Year's Eve popper then a bottle of beer. :P

A cautious pour into my sampling mug, a stiff dollop of off-white head that eventually melts into a golden wheat colored body.

Smell is intense right off the bat. Not eye-watering hops though. A potpourri of soapy florals & fresh/sharp citrus rind. Orange & lemon oils seem to separate off a little. Invigorating, but a bit overly peppery.

On taste, juicy hops accompanied by sugary malt. Alcoholic, spicy, & a bit itchy. The massive list of ingredients condenses down into a perfumey herbal soap. Plenty of carbonation there at least, accelerating all the resin, & scratching at my sinuses. A lingering, green finish.

Too much of a messy potluck for me to really enjoy. Thin enough to quickly put down that I can see it working on some levels, but really not my idea of good stone soup.

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3.16/5  rDev -21.8%

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3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into Duvel tulip
Bottled 2011 (it was a gift so I'm gonna drink it anyway!)

A - hazy deep yellow color with frothy white head the dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - bready, biscuits, yeast and a hint of lemon. Perhaps even some tea notes coming through. Think the aroma has faded over time but still nice.

T - once again, I dont think the age has treated this one well. Its drinking more like a hoppy wit now. An interesting amalgam if ever. I really believe this would be a quality beer fresh.

M - moderate carbonation go well with the remaining bitterness. Not too smooth but pretty medium. Not bad given the age.

O - This gets a 3.5 because of the age. I can detect some really nice notes in here but they have faded too much. Not the beers fault but I will try and track down a fresher bottle to revise my rating. Would recommend others do the same. I have a feeling this is an overlooked good BIPA.

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3.2/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid IPA, I enjoyed the Belgian twist

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3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow/orange with a finger of white head with good retention and lacing.

Citrus with a bit of grapefruit drowned out by the spicy Belgian yeast profile.

Some of the citrus taste carries over, but really this one is dominated by the Belgian yeast strain. Finishes with a rush of black pepper that is way overpowering.

Good mouthfeel and carb.

The yeast strain and intense amount of pepper overpowers anything that may be good going on with this one.

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3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yes. This is a Belgian ipa. That much seems certain. It strikes me as somewhat boozy really. There is a definite burn on it and it detracts from the overall experience. If it were toned down a good bit then the hops and Belgian side of things would probably be able to shine better.

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