Valley Girl! | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by amphion1065 on 07-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the brewpub in Cambridge (duh) during a slight mist-storm outside.

A cloudy rough amber/bronze color in the pour. Minimal head, a slight collar off white.I don't know the story behind the name, but I was expecting, like...oh my god...some bubbles.

Pleasant aroma of caramel malt, some spice and earthiness. Seems a bit bitter...we'll see.

Well, the malt is there but is overpowered by some butterscotch/wet sock flavors. In turn, these are quickly trounced by a brief and mild dash of earthy spice. For the abv, this has a lot going on, albeit in small doses.

Good beer for pairing with food

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Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at the brewpub.

Pours a deep copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of muted pale and caramel malts with moderate amounts of deep citrus and herbal hops. Also present are good amounts of darker, earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Moderately dry caramel and pale malts up front are joined quickly by earthy and slight citrus hops. Slight hints of butterscotch and diacetyl come into play near the end of the sip, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, a bit thin with soft carbonation.

Overall this was not the beer I was hoping it would be. There was a good deal going on, but it didn’t play off of each other as it should.

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Photo of amphion1065
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted at CBC on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Draft into a 13 oz. tulip.

This one isn't exactly a looker: pours a turbid, murky copper brown. There's little to no head, and I can't really muster anything even after a vigorous swirl of my glass.

Pretty rich nose, which is impressive for a beer this low in ABV. I'm immediately struck by the depth of the caramel aromas, which are complimented by butterscotch and toffee. This is one malty beer, with little to no hop presence in the smell.

The taste, unfortunately, doesn't quite live up to the aroma. There are some caramel flavors, but curiously enough I'm struck by an overwhelming (for the ABV, at least) and persistent bitterness. In the back end, there's a harsh astringency. A particular yeast flavor that I associate with many CBC beers really struggles to come through. There's flavor here, but it is pretty one-dimensional and a little off-putting.

The mouthfeel is certainly on the thin side, even accounting for how sessionable this is. Borderline watery, with inadequate carbonation, this was surprisingly unrefreshing.

Compared to something like Stone Levitation (which I'd deem more than roughly analogous, style-wise), this is a pretty substandard offering. Given the fantastic summer beers CBC puts out (I'm looking at you, Arquebus), this is doubly disappointing. A rare miss from this brewery, but a miss nonetheless.

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Valley Girl! from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 5 ratings