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%
 
 
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33
Gots:
98
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0
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

Thanks Thorpe for this tick. At the time of this review, this beer is the #16 beer on the "Top Beers - Belgian IPA" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is eyllow with a slight haze, thin wispy white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Smells exactly like a Belgian IPA, mildly peppery yeast with an earthy hop backbone.

Beer is light in body and sweet on the front with a dryish and mildly bitter finish. The center of the palate is earthy with hops and a little sulfur and mild spiciness from the yeast. Pretty good, I'd have it again.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.16/5  rDev -21.8%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very murky orange hue with a finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad, but a little mysterious with all the murk.

Smell: nice funky aroma with just a hint of sourness. The funk must be due to a combination of hops and a saison-type yeast; whatever the proportions, the effect is quite nice.

Taste: funky and earthy, yet bright and not nearly as dank as I might expect a formula like this to be. The combination of brightness and earth really works for me. Bitterness is relatively high, but it's smooth and not rasping. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. It really works for me.

Overall: this is a very fine Belgian-inspired DIPA. I can really get behind beers like this, which are interesting and refreshing despite the high ABV.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

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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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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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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this at Yankee Spirits in Surbridge MA.

Appearance is a nice golden tone with two fingers of bright white head. Its` nose contains citrus hops, pine and flora. Taking a sip confirmed my suspicions that this is a fine beer, sweet from orange and other citrus components with more hops and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation level and a lingering, pleasant bitterness to the finish. For those who appreciate a nice BIPA, be sure to pick this one up, it does not disappoint.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" light beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head slowly collapses, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is skanky green hops.

Taste is pale sweetness to start, spicing and earthy hops in the middle, giving way to biting bitter numbness and a slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Almost as good as I remember.

8/3/09 - 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/5
12oz bottle gifted from a kind individual.

Poured into a Mayflower nonic, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head lasts and lasts, with thick coating lace. Aroma is spicy hops and candi sugar. Taste starts with a light pale sweetness, hits with spicy hops in the middle, then floral bitterness to close, with a shot of warmth. Mouthfeel is smooooth, and drinkability is way easy. An example of hops working hand in hand with flavors in a brew, instead of just bashing around with the bitter club. Audacity of hops, indeed.

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