Cambridge Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute at CBC during their 21st anniversary weekend. Beer pours a lovely orange-gold, with a small white cap that doesn't leave much lace. The nose is all barnyard funk. The taste, thankfully, is a bit more diverse, with bread-y malt notes giving way to a bit of horse blanket at the end, very well balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall this is one of the more drinkable american wilds I've had.

May 09, 2010
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale, golden color, and is topped by a thin, white head that quickly fades to a ring. The strongest aroma evident is the characteristic 'hop sack' aroma contributed by Brettanomyces. Swirling brings out phenolic, funky and earthy aromas, somewhat reminiscent of lambic, but much more restrained. Underneath this wild character lies a mild fruitiness with hints of citrus, and banana.

There's a mild, bready sweetness upfront that builds into a fruity center with notes of grape, banana and citrus. This is mirrored by the flavors contributed by the Brett, which appear early on and build towards the center where they contribute a slight tartness. The Brett character mellows towards the center lending earthy and woody characters. The beer is medium-bodied and smooth with a prickly finish that moves into a nice dryness.

Perhaps I'm biased, but I love beers brewed with Brettanomyces. I thought that this beer had a nice mix of the wild characters that I like and an underlying fruitiness that helps to add depth.

Apr 24, 2009
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NEhophead from Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap during CBC's 20th anniversary.
Served in a white wine stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy auburn beneath a thin layer of film. No lasting lace to speak of. Unripened notes of citrus including cherry, lemon, and orange peel. Notes of peppercorn and wheat. The initial flavors are promising enough: tart, citrus with bright, berry esters. The sourness quickly fades to a burnt wheat and grain base with odd, unpleasant clove and peppercorn spices. These unpleasant floral spices are tough to describe, but are certainly not flattering. Medium in bodied; a bit filmy, but primarily grain-filled. This one started off so promising and quickly went down hill. A very odd concoction that nearly made me nauseous.

May 10, 2009
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Nov 18, 2011
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine-stem glass

Hazy orage and gold in color, well-sustained head, bone-white with sticky white lacing. CBC's brews always look great!

The nose has a unique tartness from the sour, wild yeast! Medicinal herbs, sweet tart candies and a buzzy heat. tingly!

The has a very nice wild-yeastie effect, not metallic or overlly medicinal like some can get, it's very much restrained so other flavor's can pop through as well. The malt is very light and wheatie which gives good balance overall. Basically the wild yeast does not run 'wild" on this one. It's a light, dry feel and very refreshing too.

I love this place!

May 09, 2009
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jwheeler85 from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Deep Ellum served in a tulip glass:

A- dark amber with a thick tall head. After a few minutes the head settles to a nice white thin lacing about 1/8 of an inch at the sides.

S- at first it smells like a strong barleywine. Lots of heavy malts, some oaky vanilla, and even some port-like scents. Also has some dark fruity tones (maybe blackberry / boysenberry-ish)

T- pretty close to how it smells. a good level of sweetness up front, then some light oak and vanilla notes enter (though not as strong as I would have expected based on the smell). As it warms, I begin to taste some smoky flavors and more of the dark fruit. The finish is mostly characterized by some mild sourness.

M- this was much lighter and easier to drink than I would have predicted based on smell alone. Moderate CO2 and not very syrupy at all.

D- wouldn't be an everyday drink, but definitely worth checking out. Almost more of a wine type sipper. After drinking it the perfect description hit me: it's like somebody took an old bourbon barrel, lined the insides with blackberry and plumb jam, maybe some lavender or some sort of potpourri, and then aged beer in it.

Jun 07, 2009
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC. Drank a glass of this with a friend, so notes are brief

Looks awesome, great clarity and head retention and lacing.Brett aroma with barnyard and mild funk. Great wine character with a nice balancing sweetness. Mildly grassy. Palate not as good, with a flabby mid palate but well-done sweetness on the finish with mild funk. Wine with some oak mid palate and vanilla sweetness

Jun 19, 2009
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chinabeergeek from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from day two of the CBC 20th anniversary party on may 9, 2009

this was the first course of the anniversary prix fixe pairing dinner. i noticed others were getting a chalice or some similarly un-tapered wine glass, so i asked my waiter to switch me out for a tulip, snifter, or teardrop wine stem. sorry, but i just don't think vessels like the open chalice are good for aroma.

paired with a fried soft-shell crab dish.

golden, peachy straw color, w orangey brown tint. hazy. 1-finger head fades to thin, wispy, but creamy layer. thin but decent lacing.

aroma: yeasty brett, almost bready, lots of peach skin (?), with damp bark to the woody, leathery brett character. funky, but in a weird way i've never encountered before - possibly from the pinot noir barrels? not bad, just unique. grassy and herbal too, w trace of peppery phenols.

taste: bready, sweet malt meets the brett character of leather and wood, w "peach skin" notes again, and other unique characteristics, and very yeasty again. hay-like hops give mild to moderate bitterness, mixing with the funk and leather. spicy phenols actually give a refreshing cleansing property.

light body, but smooth and creamy w light carbonation, plus touch of astringency and acidic texture towards the finish.

nothing mind-blowing, but unique, and decently paired with the fried soft-shell.

Jul 11, 2009
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IBUnit63 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ CBC in a wineglass suitable for...I dunno...chardonnay or something. Here goes:

Slight rose tinge along with natural honey and tight, yeasty wisps-about 1/4 finger. Rather cloudy overall. Plays the part nicely.

Very light, slightly sweet wine notes-Pinot Grigio? Brett funk is clean and austere with balsa wood malt and hops. Quite fresh. I stand corrected; it's aged in Pinot Noir barrels...not Pinot Grigio. At least I was in the ballpahhhk...

More funk shows up when travelling down the gullet-the Brett takes center stage now. Still some grapes are present, but they now resemble more of a muscat or a juicy chardonnay now. Finish brings out the horse blanket and a little oak there. No vanilla (thankfully for this application)...just very dry woody texture.

The husky brett sourness and barnyard funk dominate and are accompanied by dry dry dry pale malt notes. Carbonation frees this up very nicely on the finish.

For a wild/sour ale, this drinks wayyy too easily. Always a pleasure to enjoy this and I'm happy I finally put at least a little something down on paper (OK, my Treo) about it. Nicely done.

Jun 02, 2009
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy golden orange with touches of grapefruit and red throughout. No head here. Served in a wine stem glass.

The smell isvery medicinal.

This one is definitely interesting. Huge medicinal taste that is somewhat musty. Just a hint of tartness lurks around in the background, balancing things out. The malt profile pops up too, and seems to have a pretty good amount of malted wheat in there. A little bit biscuity also.

This one is bone dry and pretty light.

Pretty good drinkability. Overall I would like a little more tartness to replace some of the medicinal, herby qualities.

May 11, 2009
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Hazy. Mustard yellow in color. Thin head. Minimal to no lacing.
S) Some sourness. Earthy musk.
T) There is an earthy spiciness. Slight alcohol effervescence. Touch of sweetness and citrus.
M) Some chewiness. Tangy feel on the tongue. Full bodied.
D) A nice brew but not a stand out.

May 16, 2009
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Liverpool08 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a hazy yellow color. No lacing or real head.
Smell is earthy, and funky, a little sour. Taste is the same, a sour earthy funk. A slick oily warm feeling in the mouth.Has sour fruit taste that mixes with a funky moldy taste, but in a good way. Probably one of the most unique beers I have ever had.

May 19, 2009
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bceagles39 from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at CBC on Monday May 10, 2010.

Very good looking pour, an orange gold with some slight haze. Beautiful head and sticky lacing that held up nicely. Great looking beer.

Smells yeasty and funky, quite strong.

Extremely sweet and tart/tanginess up front that sticks with you throughout the beer. I was taken aback by the sweetness, which later turns into sourness.

May 21, 2010
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