The Audacity Of Hops | Cambridge Brewing Company

The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops
619 Ratings
The Audacity Of HopsThe Audacity Of Hops

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 619 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of mikefour77
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dbl_delta
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Kinger86
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TheAnk
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Amber, golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Fair amount of rising effervescence mostly wears itself out quickly. Slight beer ring lacing.

S: Pine resin, orange citrus, and honey.

T: Hoppy, bitter, and steely. None of the sweet characteristics apparent in the nose come out in the flavor.

M: Very bitter but less hoppy, and kind of shallow. Dry finish.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice hue, decent (although short-lived) head, and some adequate lacing. Nose is a very full, great combination of pine resin, with orange, and a syrupy sweetness. Unfortunately, some of the complexities in the nose, do not present in the flavor. Dry and bitter....not much else. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange marmalade body, finger white head,
great lacing

S: lemon peel/grass, spices, Belgian yeast

T: grapefruit/lemon grass, sweet yeast
long spicy pine sticky bitter finish

M: med body, solid oily/sticky mouth

O: Enjoyed this first CBC sample. Would
like to try more of their beers before
passing judgement.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Choller15
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a orangeish, yellow gold, with some haze. hints of red when held up to a light. a light white 1/4 head, dissipates to a ring around the glass.

Cut grass, herbs, a little bit of white pepper, hay. Grilled lemon. Some very light hop aromas, but maybe musty hops.

I get the white pepper on the back of the sip, with some 1/2 green 1/2 brown grass initially. some citrus zest makes a pass on the pallet but just a slight appearance. A bit of limeon, you know the stuff they make sprite out of.

The mouth feel is good, although it's a cooler evening, it's very refreshing. Not very viscous, or overly hot from the 8%ABV. Not bitter, balanced, and overall pretty good.

I'm very fond of west coast IPAs but I really like this beer over all.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

The bottle is loaded with sediment. I let the bottle sit, and a slow pour got this one fairly clean. It pours yellow with perfect carbonation and a lightly regenerating head.

The aroma is quite muted, but what's there is a little musty. There's a little banana, and some sweet malt, but it's tought to tease out.

There's a lot going on in the flavor here. I'm not yet sure if the flavors are all compatible, but it is interesting nonetheless. There's a nice bitter bite, and a pure, dry grapfruit hop profile. This is the most grapfruit I've ever gotten from an IPA. Banana flavors are also present, moreso as it warms. And, as weird as it sounds, the flavors combine into something slightly nutty, perhaps walnuts. There is also a bit of a medicinal flavor here, but it's easily ignored.

The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, and the flavors coat the tongue big time. I'll still be tasting this in the morning.

This is an interesting brew, and I don't really know what to make of it. I taste a lot of distinct flavors, and when they combine, I get a strange nutty flavor. I suspect that most others won't experience this. Overall, this brew will intrigue you and keep you guessing.

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Photo of tyamhydrogen
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled in December 2011, Batch 1. Appreciate the bottled-on labeling.

A- Pours a 2+ finger head with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Honey golden brown. Moderate lacing.

S- Belgian yeast gives off a little banana. Herbal hops. Not overwhelming. Lighter malts.

T- Sweet malts mix with a tiny bit of fruity hops. Not super complex. Ends with piney bitter hops mixed with a little lingering Belgian yeast. Nothing but the slightest hint of alcohol.

M- Slick. Light-medium bodied for the style. No sticky lingering.

O- I found this beer to be alright, but not really something I would seek out again. Considering Belgian IPA's aren't really my thing I'm not surprised. This one seems fairly well balanced, but I would want more hop flavors shining through from anything with "double IPA" in the name.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston this past weekend. Served in a Unibroue glass. Huge white head. Maize color body. Not quite opaque, but not quite clear body. Can smell the hops right up front. Interesting flavor. Hops dominate the mouth, but there is that subtle bit of Belgian sweetness that appears in there to tone down the hops just a tad so I can enjoy it. Very smooth finish. Served in small portions, I could drink a couple of these. But for a hop head, it could be an all night affair. I would consider this more of a Belgian IPA than the way it was described on the menu (to paraphrase) as a Belgian style hoppy tripel. Another high quality creation from CBC though.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of virinow
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strange one this. The looks are great, nice tangerine and yellow with a bit of lacing.

The smell initially is of onion like hops, and then it all gives way to malty and spicy and earthy tones.

Taste is the same as the smell

Mouthfeel is great, and over all it's not bad.

Bit it's an interesting one. Te Belgian yeast isn't that noticeable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright, golden body with a smallish, sudsy, white head.

Smell: While you do detect a light, understated maltiness, it's mostly (an audacity of) hops, with deep notes of pithy citrus fruits, grasses, pine flowers, and gooey resin.

Taste: Starts with faintly bready, crackery malts with a mild, brief sweetness and small zip of rye. This sets you up for the intense hop flavors of white grapefruit pith, crushed pink peppercorns, freshly-mown grass, and distilled pine resin. Very pronounced bitterness as the somewhat delicate malts can only do so much to counter the hops. There are some mild hints from the yeast but, for me, the heavy hop additions have almost completely overshadowed the lesser Belgian yeast characteristics. Finishes as dry and staunchly bitter as one might expect from an audacity of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly a beer for the hopheads out there. It's about as caustic and bitter as I can stand without having to tap out on the mat. Though, having said that, I was happy and relieved this was available in a sensible twelve ounce format, as finishing anything bigger might prove to be a daunting task. Even with the lone twelve ounces, it might be best to share this with a friend. Or as dear Samwise Gamgee might say, "Share the load."

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a fairly-clear light golden color with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some spotty lacing and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some pepper and a bit of Belgian yeast atop a bit of floral hops. Slight earthiness in the background. Flavor is hoppy with some yeast character in the background. A general earthiness pervades. Medium body with crisp carbonation and a moderately-dry finish. Some bitterness throughout. Pretty good.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 619 ratings
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