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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
Ranking:
#3,004
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
619
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
98
Trade:
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Jakl15
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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 datalager
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
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;

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Photo of 2ellas
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmappenzeller
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chivermac
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeanphoenix
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Icemann383
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tongbliss
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Seebeej
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpaethJam
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yancot
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 joeroma5
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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