Big Man IPA | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Big Man IPABig Man IPA
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3.95/5
Very Good
194 Ratings
Big Man IPABig Man IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Big Man Ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,412
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
194
pDev:
11.39%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 57
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3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rideguy64
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at CBC

I was kind of thrown off by this one. Poured a clearish darker amber color with a white ringlet. Aroma was oddly dominated by sweetness, caramel malts, a little brown sugar, with some herbal and floral hops notes in the back seat. Similarly, the taste was fairly sweet, caramel malts, and light fruit essence up front, nearly making me doubt this was a DIPA, followed by light herbal and citrus hops. Hmm. Body was medium and a bit chewy, not exactly what I expect for the style. And at less than 7%ABV, this came off more as an APA or even a beefed up amber ale than an IPA of any kind.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Horbar
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of NateMac13
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"He's a big, strong man with a child's mind, don't you take his booze away!" - Dropkick Murphys

@ Atwoods, Sommerville MA. Found an extra $20 that I didn't know I had so I took my ladyfriend out for a beer.

Hazy copper color with a thin white head. Momentary thin skim throws up a few lacey splashes before dying out. Honestly, it wasn't a great pour.

Floral and citrus hop aroma with bubble gum. There's a very faint, mild fruit malt under there somewhere.

I didn't get the citrus bomb that many reviewers described but rather a clean, juniper and spruce bitter. Bubble gum pops up here and there with a piney caramel fade. Hoppy burps that tastes like I swallowed a pine tree.

Odd malt character: I can feel it but it seems to be a tasteless vacuum, almost like a stock ale. Website claims it was made with 770 pounds of malt (the combined weight of three brewers/managers).

Overall this beer seemed to be everywhere and lacked focus. Not a fan.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Older bottle, must try again fresh, was a malty mess

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of carney710
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Was the the brewery recently and had this with some food. Wasn't what I expected reading from the beer menu, probably should have went with the Spring Training IPA

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -49.4%

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Big Man IPA from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 194 ratings