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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619
Reviews:
148
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3-finger eggshell head from last of the now-kicked keg at CBC on January 2, 2009...served in a goblet. Light honey/lemon zest body - solid lacing.

Big, soapy, floral grapefruit hops with mild crystal malt boiliness - big, BIG hops and slight yeast electricity.

This one fits the part - huge floral citrus/grapefruit hoppiness with only a tiny hint of Belgian yeast and accompanying esters (coriander and slight orange zest). Malt is there but is only part of the supporting cast.

Good palate feel - slightly tight on the finish - not quite one-dimensional but this is all about the hops.

Not quite a sipper but lots of power. Anyone's political leanings aside...damn, this is good.

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Photo of ppoitras
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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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Floral and piney, with some rye spice and sweet Belgian yeastiness

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a bit of rye spice and stone fruit jumping in just before the audacity begins; the hops are floral and piney, with plenty of pith as well; after the swallow, the hops really burst forward, and mingle with the malt in layers of complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively, though moderate, carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike many other Belgian IPAs I have tasted, I would characterize this one as 3/4 American IPA and 1/4 Belgian; I really like that profile rather than 50/50

Thanks, jleblanc, for the opportunity

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Photo of axeman9182
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from batch 1 (bottled in December 2011). This one was poured into my Bruery tulip.

The Audacity of Hops pours a hazy, but not opaque light orange, with plentiful tangerine to goldenrod highlights. The off white head approaches, but maybe doesn't reach two fingers in height. Head retention is just OK, but there's a decent amount of lacing coated onto the side of the glass. The nose is a little on the weak side, but there are definitely clove and tropical fruit notes there to appreciate. The flavor profile steps things up big time though. The front end has some candied sugar sweetness, before an aggressive charge of bitterness come through. The back half is where things get interesting though, as phenols, esters, and hops come together to bring wave after wave of flavor coming through. Notes of bubble gum, tropical fruit, light citrus, clove, and a bit of earthy herbs all come through in time. No one sip is exactly like the last, but they're all delicious. The body is nicely dialed in, not desert dry, but tending towards the dry side of the spectrum. The carbonation however, is just a little bit dull. I'm thrilled that CBC is bottling some of their beers now, and only wish I lived in MA so I could have a glass of Audacity of Hops (or any of their other beers) at home more often.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via NBA LIF victory
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A very cloudy, yeasty burnt orange, golden, and light amber. Moderately sized near-white head. Lots of stick left down the glass. A pretty Belgian IPA.

The audacity of hops are present in the aroma at the colder temperatures, but nice, somewhat tangy, distinctly Belgian yeast character emerges more and more as the beer warms. A very nice combination--the two works really well together. The hops have a white fruit, pear mainly, component to them, along with a bit of passion and citrus fruit character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma. This is certainly a nice, hop-forward DIPA style beer, but the yeast is allowed to play the starring role, especially as the beer warms. Moderately bitter. Clean finishing. Nice tangy yeast character up against lots of interesting, expressing hops.

Medium to near full in body for the style. Nearly high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Excellent Belgian IPA--easily one of my favorites, in fact.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy, medium amber / gold tone; fairly aggressive pour yields a solid 2+" head - great retention and lacing. fragrant hops come bull-rushing out of the glass; nice bouquet of floral / pine / citrus... secondary malty notes and a hint of candied sugar.

flavor follows the nose pretty closely. opens very hoppy with some sweetness emerges mid-palate before finishing on the drier, more bitter side. very flavorful with hops obviously showcased but nice cameos by the candied sugar and some spice.

overall i'm incredibly impressed here, maybe my favorite beer to date from CBC.

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011 - batch 1, freshly bottled, purchased at CBS)

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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 perrymarcus
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh off the bottling line, picked up at CBC tonight.
(batch 1, bottled Dec 2011)

pours a slightly hazy, medium amber / gold tone; fairly aggressive pour yields a solid 2+" head - great retention and lacing.

fragrant hops come bull-rushing out of the glass; nice bouquet of floral / pine / citrus... secondary malty notes and a hint of candied sugar.

flavor follows the nose pretty closely. opens very hoppy with some sweetness emerges mid-palate before finishing on the drier, more bitter side. very flavorful with hops obviously showcased but nice cameos by the candied sugar and some spice.

overall i'm incredibly impressed here, maybe my favorite beer to date from CBC.

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Photo of olfolxholme
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip and a SN IPA Glass

A - Clear and bright golden beer with nice, crisp white foam. Good head retention, especially in the SN IPA glass. Almost no lacing.

S - Apricot. Some Belgian yeast character. Enjoyable. Especially nice from the SN IPA glass.

T - Nice, dry, hoppy bitterness. Mostly apricot from the hops, but some herbal character, too. Malt presence is golden and a little sweet, especially in the Duvel tulip. Very nice belgian yeast flavor. Dry and reserved.

M - Pleasantly dry. Refreshing carbonation.

O - Excellent example of the style. One of the best I've had. I think it's a real challenge to successfully marry big hop character with Belgian yeast. They are both such strong and distinct elements that it's easy for them to be in conflict. But, they did it near perfectly. I'm really impressed with this beer. I also don't usually enjoy apricot anything, but they made me love it. I was not expecting much from this beer but it delivered in spades. Bravo!

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of VelvetExtract
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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Photo of JoeMans
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 Icemann383
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brm300
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 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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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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