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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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. Poured a beautiful hazy orange with a two finger head that quickly receded and left some nice uneven lacing and a few splotches of foam on the surface and a ring around the edge.

The smell is pretty straightforward- the citrusy aromas of Cascade hops dominate the nose. Nothing complicated but pleasant.

The taste is much like the smell- nothing complicated but pleasant. Tastes more like an American IPA than a belgian one- I'm missing the yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is very nice- an oily texture thanks to the hops and a light body coupled with medium carbonation makes for a refreshing brew.

This is definitely a solid IPA but perhaps not worth what I paid for out of the bottle. I'm sure at the brewery it's great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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 stonermouse
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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 InebriatedJoker
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a trade - Thanks Drew

Batch 01 -Bottled December 2011.

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy deep orange with a three finger head that descends into a thick frothy lacing that leaves it's mark as it lowers.

S: Grapefruit Slight citrus/lemon, pine and hops.

T: Slight bitter hop bite followed by grapefruit /slight pine with hints of Belgian yeast and a slight sweetness is in there too.

O: Overall a solid double Ipa with a Belgian twist , Very drinkable and one I would have again..

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Duvel tulip from a bomber. Dark golden color with average head after a fairly hard pour. Smell was very piney from hops. Taste was dry and piney, not much of the citrus that other IPA's may have. Very refreshing and tasty; light in a way despite the alcohol. Mouthfeel was great, a very enjoyable IPA that I could, and would drink any time.

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Photo of beenitty
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber from CBC.

Had this one on tap and well and brought some bottles back home to Jersey.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with pearly white head, lacing wasn't great but head stays nicely

S: Spicy, like Belgian IPA, followed by hops, like DIPA, smells nice

T: A bit discordant. Starts with spice and bit of grapefruit and belgian yeast, then follows with a bit of juicy fruits succeeded by the bitter hop bite. Almost tastes like two different beers in a sense.

M: Smooth and creamy. Slight bite

O: Had this one fresh then had it again about two weeks later. The hops died down a bit but the finish was smoother. I think this is a really good beer. The fresher bottle I had I think was complex but the two styles didn't really meld IMO. The older bottle was probably more of a Belgian IPA as opposed to Belgian DIPA.

Definitely A for effort, and I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a near-white thin head. Great retention and and slight lacing.

S - Mild citrus, floral, sweet pine.

T - Citrusy, herbal pine, some slight Belgian yeast.

D - Good carbonation, Average body.

O - Nice and light for a Belgian.

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Photo of tyamhydrogen
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 dennho
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2011.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Light golden yellow color. Three finger head didn't last long. Small amount of lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, pine and hops. Very much like a double IPA.

The taste is more IIPA than a Belgian. Tart grapefruit and bitter.

Seems highly carbonated. Dry and bitter finish.

I would definately have this again. I think it's much more IIPA than Belgian IPA, but that's OK by me.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle of this beer. I loved the first one and hope this lives up to what I experienced last weekend.

Soapy bright white head with lots of sticky lace. A bright clear brass colored beer. Head shows excellent retention.

Aroma is fantastic. Actually very complex. A burst of citrus/grapefruit followed by some nice spice and some yeast notes. Then you are hit with a resin like burst of juicy green hops. Very nice.

Yep, I like it as much this time around. As in the aroma, quite complex. Lot’s of yeast character and spice. Black pepper and some green notes. Lot’s of aggressive hop notes with juicy grapefruit again laced with black pepper. The aftertaste is like that of a big fresh DPA with a layer of herbal notes layered on top. Nice complexity.

There is a soapy texture to this and I do not mean this in a negative sense. Oily on your tongue with fresh hop flavor.

Really really good beer. If this is going to be available locally from here on out, this is going to be fun.

Well done!!

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch #1, December 2011) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a glowing orange color tending towards golden with two thick fingers of dense white foam. Shows excellent staying power and fades slowly over several minutes, leaving behind sticky webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrusy and grassy up front with some spicy Belgian yeast character. Lots of grapefruit, a bit floral. soft grainy malt base.

T - Firm bitterness up front paired with plenty of grapefruit. The grapefruit maintains its presence from beginning to end, finishing with a fresh squeezed juice bitterness after the swallow. Lightly spicy/peppery in the middle. Mild malty sweetness and graininess underneath the hops. Belgian yeast character is pretty light barely managing to make a presence against the hops.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp and prickly medium/high carbonation. Serious grapefruit juice feel from the intense hop flavors that really leaves lingering flavors of fresh juice well past the swallow.

O - Overall, I'm enjoying this beer. Not much of a Belgian hop character...a bit of estery and spicy aspects, but really subdued. 8% alcohol is really not noticeable...goes down smooth and easy. Intense juicy grapefruit character will likely please some and turn off others, but I like it. Worth giving a try for sure.

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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 DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 01, bottled December 2011.
Clear gold/orange colour with a soapy eggshell cap. Good head retention with some spotty lacing. Lots of citrusy hops in the aroma, mostly grapefruit with elements of flesh and pith, quite floral. Malt notes were mild and there was some yeasty fruitiness, along with a soft spicy character. Solid bitterness that lingered long into the finish. More citrus, grapefruit and an edge of lemon zest, just enough malt presence to keep the hops from being overpowering. Spicy character from the yeast and mild alcohol flavour/warmth. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, some dryness, nice texture overall. Really well constructed and hits the right notes for a Belgian (D)IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I know I'd have this on-tap in the past, but I couldn't remember it very well, and I definitely didn't remember it being as wonderful as it was when I poured from an attractive bomber yesterday. I went to the brewpub afterward and verified that it's just as good on-tap, but this review is from the bottle:

A: Blonde-copper in color with a big, fluffy white head; little lacing and surprisingly un-sticky.

S: Incredible! A big smack of extremely fresh hop smell--lots of grass, some pine and floral notes, and grapefruit in there as well. This is among the crispest, cleanest, best smelling beers I've had. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass, even as I was enjoying drinking it.

T: Speaking of which, the taste lives up to and matches the nose. It's nearly all hops--starting piney and grassy, then moving into a bit more juicy grapefruit territory, but still light and clean, and surprisingly not too bitter. The malts are hardly noticeable, but evident in the balance, as is the Belgian yeast. Wonderfully crisp, clean taste, with no hint of alcohol or syrupy sweetness, and a cleaner balance, which I'm assuming is from the Belgian malts and yeast, than many other IIPA's provide.

M: Clean, crisp, slightly light for an IIPA, but still medium-bodied. Extremely drinkable and pleasant.

O: While I often dislike the candi sweetness of many Belgian styles (none of which is present here), I think I really prefer a Belgian IIPA to a traditional DIPA, as it seems to knock the syrupy sweetness, which I dislike, out of the equation. Maybe that's just the CBC's interpretation of the style, but I'd put this just in the IIPA/DIPA category, and in that case, it's among the best I've had. This is fantastic beer--audacious, indeed--providing that wonderful, fresh hop aroma and taste without the excessive bitterness or syrupy taste of so many others. My heart sunk when I realized it was after 11pm at the brewpub last night, and so I couldn't pick up another bomber to take home.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde bombshell of a brew with a thin white head.

Nose is grainy and acidic. Think we have a bit of the CBC brett going on here...

Flavor is tart, acidic and sharp, but with good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is acidic and aspirin-like.

Overall, this is one tart and acidic brew, but very hop-tastic!

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see CBC bottling so it's much easier for me to get a hold of.

Pours a nice larger fluffy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly with a bit of sticky lacing, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom to reinforce it. The beer is crystal clear tan pale malt colored beer.

Nose is a nice Belgian IPA, a perfect blend of Belgian yeast and floral citrusy hops. A nice fruity Belgian yeast, typical from a Belgian golden ale with hints of Belgian sweet malts. With that comes some nice subtle hops, with some light floral characters, and a bit of citrusy almost lemongrassy like, as well as a bit of grapefruit and I don't mean hop smelling grapefruit I mean real freshly cut ruby red grapefruit. Light saison like yeast spices touch the end of the nose with a kiss of more Belgian yeast. The hops are in perfect balance with the malts and yeast for a true Belgian IPA.

Taste starts a bit malty, and bitter hops this time. A bit heavier than I was expecting from what the nose lead on to be. The hops bring a light spicy taste, with more ruby red grapefruit and the bitter tartness that a grapefruit would bring, a bit grassy and some lemongrass, and a light herbal touch. The malts are sturdy in the base, a nice big Belgian golden malt taste with a light sweetness, hint of booze, and bit of fruity esters that bridge the gap into the Belgian yeast. Again with nice Belgian yeast flavor, light Belgian golden fruity yeast, as well as hints of Saison like spices and esters. As much as I thought the hops were going to get very bitter and spicy, they seem to tease on doing so but don't ramp up like I expected. however, on the finish the hops get a bit astringent, and fairly bitter, with more spicy hops, a bit of grapefruit and grassy hops again, as well as light Belgian yeast flavors and spices. The finish dries quite a bit which accentuates that bitterness, and doesn't really get sticky either.

Mouth is med to full bodied, with good carbonation, and a hint of warming booze.

Overall very impressed with this beer. The nose was a perfect balance of Belgian yeast, malts, and American and Euro hops. The flavor comes on a bit stronger and finishes a bit astringent, but otherwise balanced well and nice hop characteristics. A very drinkable and well balanced beer. They did well on the hops, didn't go crazy overboard like most American style Belgian IPAs that drives me crazy. If you overdo the hops (like Raging Bitch) you don't get any of the Belgian, and it's not even really a Belgian style IPA IMO, just an American IPA with a different yeast that you can't even tell the difference. Anyways, I'm rambling again, thanks for a very well done BIPA.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper color and two fingers of tightly packed, white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Everything I love about an IPA. Dank, resinous, grassy hop aroma. Underneath, just a bit of clove and yeast character.

T - Juicy orange, bitter grapefruit and slightly lemony hop taste. The finish reveals a crisp pilsner malt. The hops dominate this beer, but there is still an undeniable Belgian yeast component. Aggressively bitter to the point of being a fault, but otherwise great.

M - Starts medium, frothy bodied and ends dry.

O - I love this style when done right, and this is a great example. Definitely on the hoppy and bitter side, but this combines well with the subtle Belgian character.

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Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy golden copper color with a sizable pure white head that slowly recedes and clings to the glass.

tons of bitter, piney, grassy, herbal hops on top of some crackery malt and s lightly peppery yeast.

very bitter beginning with pine and grapefruit, but goes sweet with a slightly spicy yeast twang before it finishes with tons of citrus hops. a unique mix of hop flavor that mixes in a balance of slightly sweet malts and slightly yeasty spiciness.

medium bodied with tons of prickly carbonation and a pepper spice lingering with the bitterness on the aftertaste.

It's a bit different from many "belgian-styled" IPAs as most are not as over-powered by hops. the belgian yeast is definitely detectable, as is a bit of malt, for an interesting, and tasty beer.

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

I enjoyed this beer all-around. I'm not a huge Belgian IPA fan, but this was interesting.

It's ALL about the hops and the yeast with this one. There isn't much going on in the malt department, at all. The nose is super citrus hoppy: mostly grapefruit and some sharp pine notes. Just a little edge of the funk from the Belgian yeasts, but it's overpowered by the hops.

It tastes as I expected from the nose, but the yeast comes through more. Hoppy hoppy, all grapefruit and bitter citrus pith. No fruity sweetness to the hops at all. The yeast comes through spicy and warm. I enjoy. A touch of a tiny, itty bitty, "grape candy"effervescence dancing in the back ground. Lik-m-aid style, mingled with champagne. Look for it. Trust me. You'll be like: "wtf?"

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, bottled December 2011 on label. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours an almost clear, bright golden orange color with a nice, foamy finger of white foam rising up. The head dissipates rather quickly and ends up as a ring of foam around the glass. Decent lacing is left. What is there sticks but it doesn't completely coat the glass.

The nose is extremely hoppy right off the bat. Big citrus notes, leaning towards grapefruit, orange and, to a lesser extent, some lemon. There is a slight pine note mixed in right after each hit of citrus. When chilled, the hops are pretty much the only thing that come across. It smells like a really big DIPA. As the beer warms a bit of Belgian yeast starts to come out a bit. Even then, it's probably not enough that it would make you realize it's supposed to be a Belgian IPA if it didn't say it on the label. That being said, the nose is fantastically hoppy.

The taste follows with the nose, but the yeast provides more of a Belgian aspect here. Big citrus up front, grapefruit and orange being prominent. The citrus yields to a bit of pine before a slightly spicy characteristic from the yeast makes itself known. There is a nice, slightly resiny, bitter bite at the finish as the beer dries out quite a bit.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer actually feels a bit slick at first and pretty dry at the finish but the mouthfeel always seems to stay somewhere in between.

Overall, this is a really good beer. I'm just not sure it's really a Belgian IPA. It seems more in line with the characteristics of a nice DIPA. The taste is better than the nose at showcasing the Belgian characteristics but both are still really good. So high marks for a really good beer with a half point off overall for not really falling into the style.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Audacity of Hops pours a slightly hazy, light honey yellow with a small, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong and has notes of orange peel, clove, pine and citrus. An interesting combination.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with some spice notes and a bitter hop finish. It starts with a touch of Belgian influence with a taste of orange peel, pepper and clove. Malt sweetness kicks in the middle and it finishes dry and hoppy with a flavor of pine and orange citrus. Once gone the orange citrus and clove lingers on the palate.

This beer is mostly an IPA with some Belgian notes mixed in. It's very nicely done. Other Belgian IPA's I've had are more a spicy Belgian beer with a touch of hops. Audacity is more balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy light copper pour with a huge billowy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Very interesting. Smells a lot like your typical big IPA. Lots of pine and a touch of citrus (orange?). Maybe a hint of banana in the background?

T: Whoa. Up front it's a big, smooth sweet juicy citrus hit (orange, mango primarily) with just a hint of pine in the background. Then as the citrus fades about halfway through, the pine stays and results in a big bitter pine resin hit. Very long lasting bitterness. Maybe a little pepper in with the pine in the aftertaste. No real evidence of typical belgian yeast that I can discern which is interesting.

M: Medium body, carbonation is fairly high. Big pine resin bite results in quite a drying tingle in the aftertaste.

O: Very interesting Belgian IPA. It's about 90% an american DIPA to be honest. If someone had handed me a glass of it at random, I probably never would have guessed it was anything but a normal DIPA. Doesn't mean it's bad, in fact it's quite good. It's just a very americanized version of the style.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle Batch 1 dated Dec 2011 into a pint snifter.

A: light yellow with excellent clarity. Thin bright white head leaves decent lacing. Re-fizzes with each drink.

S: strong piny hops up front, some orange zest. Not much malty characteristics on my nose.

T: nice bittery citrus and foresty hops up front. Finishes fairly bitter, there is a decent amount of malt in the background which helps its balance.

M: pretty crisp and well-carbonated.

O: very good IPA, would highly recommend.

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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 Gosox8787
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle from Batch One, bottled this month so less than three months old. Poured into a Boston Beer pint glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Nice and clear throughout.

Aroma: Brutal onslaughter of pine and citrus hops. This is definitely a nicely dry hopped brew. I might be missing it, but I am not getting much in the way of Belgian yeast although the hops might be why.

Taste: The hops are just are upfront here as the aroma. Really bitter overall, but nice tones of pine, grapefruit and mango throughout. The slightest touch of clove. Great hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and amply carbonated. Right on.

Overall, an excellent IPA with just an insane amount of bitterness. The Belgian yeast was a non factor for me. Just a really nice, bitter IPA.

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The Audacity Of Hops from Cambridge Brewing Company
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