The Audacity Of Hops | Cambridge Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings:
619
Reviews:
148
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 619 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never thought I would land this one in a million years. Huge thanks to the dr for throwing me this one as an extra. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/12/2009.

The pour was very solid, rich amber in color with a nice two inch cap of white that came up and over the top, settling down nicely with tons of side glass lacing and a good bit of carbonation that could be seen bubbling up toward the surface. Huge aroma of grapefruit and rich citrus hops are all over the one. Nice balance of light buttery malts as it warms, but this one was truly a hop monster, just what I wanted indeed. First sip nearly ripped the tongue out of my mouth with a bitter joy. Huge ripe grapefruit notes, rich touches of pineapple, and the tongue buckling hops that pierced right through to your soul. Huge flavor here that really did not stop. Very floral and fresh with an enormous bitter flair to it. Just and immense IPA by all accounts. Nice medium feel with a good solid crispness to it, this went down well.

Overall I am very glad I got to try this one, it was truly one of a kind and one of the most bitter IPA's I have had in recent memory. Would love to do this one again.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%

From 09/16/14 notes. Had at the brewpub, been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a hazy bright orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident. Citrus hops, fresh tropical fruits, juicy, fruity malts, oranges, and floral hops. Taste is lightly bitter but bad at all. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall one of their best beers IMO; well worth seeking out.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Were it not an obvious reference to a book title, I'd say this was a badass name for a beer. Not that it's bad 'cause it's a reference, it's just not as awesome as it could have been with the innate originality. Regardless, this stuff pours a hazy sunshine amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast, pine sap, light clove, a pinch of black pepper, melon rind, and a hint of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, the yeast and the now slightly-earthier pine jockeying for position, occasionally all-out clashing. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid-enough BIPA, but the yeast and the hops don't fully mesh for me. It's not bad by any stretch, but not something I'm gonna be picking up again any time soon.

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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 imbibehour
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle and poured into a tulip glass. A little old, bottled May 29th 2013.

A dull orange and opaque body, with a good glowing tangerine colored edges. Frothy large white head with good clumping and retention. Grows large off the pour nice and even with a creamy appearance and whipped up top.

Nose has some slight candi sweetnees, but a good hop bitter that dominates and is subtle. Perhaps somewhat faded, but quite chewy leafy and almost minty smelling with a little floral kick.

Palate comes with a large hop bitterness. Minty washing front, with sharp finish on the swallow that lingers on and on. Get out the toothbrush it's warm and minty hot. Chewy palate with a very subdued and hammered down Belgian sweetness. THe heat almost translates into a bretty quality which it's not, but it's a very similar sensation. A little light bodied, but the lack of chewy malt depth provides an easy drinking beer on what could be overly hot.

Real nice take on a Belgian IPA and a large hop presence. Enjoyed my first CBC brew.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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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Photo of RblWthACoz
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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on May 17, 2015.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter. Bottled December 2011.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a thin collar and some wisps, leaving minimal lace behind. Hazy apricot body.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, black pepper, some earthy and herbal hop notes, perhaps a touch of citrus zest. Alcohol isn't totally hidden, mingling with the flavors to give this a sharp bite to it.

T - Taste is a little more smoothed out. Grains, bread, yeast, stone fruits, and only mild earthy hops. Surprisingly low bitterness for the style.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, minimal alcohol warmth, a tad dry in the finish.

D - I'm not sure I would have used this name for a Belgian IPA, but in any case it's not as hop-forward as I was expecting. Still, for the style it's pretty well done and largely enjoyable.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1%

The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
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