Mind Left Body | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Brad007 on 03-14-2011

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 9
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3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caught my second wind & decided to have a few pints over dinner @ CBC Sunday night after EBF. Sampled their sake hybrid again as well, & oh man did that stuff just not sit well. I'm sure this IPA didn't go down as pleasantly as it could have as a result.

Anyway, standard pint glass, well endowed white head that deflates quickly. Mellow gold, chill-hazed color.

Smells like a standard ipa. Large amounts of irritating hedge clippings & rindy notions. Bold & brash, appearing bigger then it really is. A touch earthy, but mostly a leafy citrus.

Taste is crisp with bitter greens, clenching pith, & wintergreen mint. Bit of a dry toast character in there, but otherwise, one-sided. Refreshing for the desensitized IPA fan. Difficult for those who still enjoy a more flavorful dry hop.

Carbonation is well in line, & the beer is overall pretty dry. Though the alcohol, lower then a standard ipa, seemed to disperse in aerosol form, leaving a Lysol-like residual in my nose & throat.

One of the few less then amazing beers I've had from CBC.

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3.24/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lemon-lime color with plenty of haze. Good bar head. Settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves a couple of spots for lace.

Surprising milky aroma, not creamy, like fresh milk. I detect a bit of "Cream of Wheat" aroma, but no hop.

Mostly malty with a bitter kick in the swallow. Again, there's a creaminess I never would have anticipated. Thick body for a session version. Good carbonation. It is growing on me.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Hazy golden orange with a slim, patchy head. Fresh, fruity hop aroma, kind of strawberry-like, a little mango, some butteriness, and grass. Somewhat soapy hop flavor, herbal/leafiness, pine resin bitterness, and biscuity sweetness. Medium-light and quite bitter. Very drinkable and flavorful light IPA (listed at 4.2%).

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

On tap @ the Cambridge Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA) on 3/12/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a think filmy layer of froth, which maintains some richness, and leaves back a foamy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, grassy, lightly piney, and a touch spicy, with notes of bright bitter grapefruit and maybe even a touch of zestier lemon character. Sweet grains sit along the back of the nose, but this mostly keeps the hops at the forefront here.

Those hops are fairly aggressive in the taste, with a pithy feeling grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness, while some more of a grassy character gives this some airiness on the palate. Malts once again come across with a sweet crackery graininess across the back, helping balance the bitterness out but still keeping those fresh hop flavors on full display. This finishes dry with a lingering pithy bitterness that holds steady on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a firm crispness and a lot of underlying smoothness to the feel that keeps this very easygoing in the mouth.

They described this as falling between an IPA and APA at the brewpub and that's pretty much what I got here, as this retained some more assertive hop flavors yet still came across as clean, crisp, and downright breezy feeling on the palate. I was a bit shocked at just how fast I tore through this glass, as that 5% ABV served this well. I enjoyed this.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint at the brewpub, the beer is a very pale, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a filmy, sparse, white surface coat of head. Nose of grapefruit, cut grass, pine, and an overall citrus effervescence. Flavors of citrus forward, with tart grapefruit leading the charge on an effervescent, slightly sharp body. Good piney notes to round out the hops characteristics. The aftertaste is citrus sweet and piney also, with a subtle bitterness throughout. Smooth, clean finish. Very green, very light, and very tasty.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a light copper color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pale malts with good amounts of leafy and light citrus hops. Also present are heavier herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Light pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by good amounts of herbal and citrus hops. Midway through leafy hop flavors take over, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, it’s a bit on the thin side with decent carbonation.

Overall this beer smelled very enticing but the flavor profile didn’t quite deliver. Still, a solid beer that’s worth a shot.

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

Served in a standard pint. Pours a semi-hazy orange with a creamy, bright white head. Thin, delicate strands of lacing are exposed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus notes and a light, grassy character. Taste reveals a slight piny/earthy bitterness that lingers between quaffs, as well as more citrus notes, although not nearly as sweet as suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation, a slight acidity and an assertive, crisp carbonation. Overall, this is not a bold IPA, but it's really tasty and quite drinkable. One of the more favorable aspects is the balance - by not lending itself to be either too bitter or too sweet, it makes a great session IPA.

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at CBC in boston

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a thin crop of white head. Plenty of cloudy retention and patchy film.

Leafy, grassy hops riddled with citrus notes in the nose. Light biscuit malts with sweetness and lingering hops.

Dry hoppy punch right off the bat, leafy notes with grapefruit pith. Lighter bready and biscuit malts create a faint caramel sweetness. Finishes a bit herbal and dry, lingering hop bitterness.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, tingly and dry on the tongue but incredibly refreshing. Nicely balanced and solid hop flavor - this is something I could drink all afternoon.

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Mind Left Body from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 32 ratings