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Cambridge House Abijah Rowe IPA | The Cambridge House Brewpub

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Brewed by:
The Cambridge House Brewpub
Connecticut, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional English India Pale Ale brewed with all English malt & hopped with a blend of English & American hops. High in strength, bitterness & aroma.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2005

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 55
Photo of Smixam
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live literally 5 minutes from the Cambridge House, and let me tell you I'm really glad I do - I was lucky enough to catch a brand new batch.

A - Really nice golden amber that all my favorite IPAs seem to have in common. Nice foamy/fluffy 1 finger off-white head that lingers for several minutes.

S - Wow. I'm not generally one to focus too much on the smell of a given beer, but this one is great. It's so fresh, you can just smell each ingredient, namely the hops, as if you were walking through the fields. Really fresh and floral.

T - Excellent. This is my new favorite beer - absolutely perfect summer hop profile - no sour acid taste, just fresh bitters from the hops. Well balanced with a hint of malt at the start, then its just straight hops through the end, and a great clean, dry finish. Really excellent for an IPA, or any style.

M - Again, not something I really had a knack for until this beer came along. No metallic taste at all (something I've noticed in other brewpub beers), nor any alcohol burn. Very dry at the finish, and only a pleasant hop aftertaste.

D - Oh man, you'd better have someone else drive home. Get this in a growler and take it home, because you'll forget that its a 6.8% abv brew after your first sip. Perfect summer session beer.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one several times and haven't gotten around to reviewing it. Had one this past weekend out on the Cambridge House deck on a beautiful May afternoon and ...hell, life is good !
Deep amber , slight haze....tan head.
Smells like freshly torn grapefruit rind.
Taste is piney hops ...a citrus rindy astringent bite balanced pretty well with a nice caramel malt backdrop that reduces the puckering , but not by much. Very nice clean , dry finish that just makes you want to keep ordering and sipping like you don't have to drive home.
Mouthfeel is medium , carbonation is pretty lively.
This is such a nice IPA ! This is why I drive an hour to get to CBH.

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

I sampled this beer on a recent visit to the pub.
Served in an English Pint glass chilled. The beer arrives with a hazy orange minimal edge layer of off white head.
Aroma is rindy grapefruit and some sappy pine as well with some general "hoppyness" also.
First sip reveals a very fine fizzy carbonation and average body.
The flavor is caramel up front but rolls quickly to hops with pine and grapefruit showing up again. The finish is sticky and bitter and also dries my palate after each swallow. No hint of ABV, an easy drinker. Nice IPA.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.87/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 64 oz. growler from the brewpub on the 12th of July. Pours a hazy orange/copper with an awesome fluffy white head. Delicious smells of sweet caramel, huge hop profile, awesome hop aroma floral citrus, grapefruit rind, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, perhaps Simcoe. Smells awesome! Lots of carbonation. Syrupy on the palate. Sweet pale malt and caramel taste with a perfect juicy hop flavor, very citrusy. Pine dry finish sticks to the back of the throat. Very refreshing, perfect from beginning to end. It claims to be a British style IPA, but tastes more like a San D IPA to me. Truly one of the best IPA's I've had in New England.


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Photo of MarineHokie
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy orange amber. Ample off-white, large bubbled, slick head.

S - Sweet citrus with hints of pine & wood.

T - Initially balanced between hop bite and malt backbone...slowly drifts toward smooth tongue coating bitterness. Finishes as a balanced soft malt sweetness catches up.

M - medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel.

D - Balanced, interesting, and drinkable.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had with the sampler for my birthday.

This was a pleasant light orange-brown beer with a low head, with a lot of lace. Interesting color for an IPA, kind of intriguing.

Aroma was of very citrusy hops. A rather good, balanced nose.

Taste was of bitter hops, with a medium-light malt backbone. Well supported, but could have used a little mor hop depth.

Mouthfeel was good, not too thin, a little mouth-puckering.

Drinkability was quite good... easy to see why this one was a gold medal winner.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly murky copper body with a quick rising light tan head that almost overflows. Think rings of lace were left clinging to the glass long after the growler was finished. Big hoppy nose with plenty of piney, floral and citric hops. Light sweet and toasted malts peaked though. Bitter floral hops bite you first as you take a sip with some mild caramel sweetness following. Citric and piney notes covering some toasty malt through the middle. Great dry bitter finish that leaves you wanting more. Solid mouthfeel with plenty of hop prickliness raking at your tongue. Great drinkability here. A great all around IPA that is plenty hoppy but still stays in control.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to goodbyeohio for the growler...
Pours a very cloudy, worn copper color with a full finger and a half of white head...disappears quickly and leaves some thick lacing that has tremendous cling.
Fantastic smell coming from this one...huge fruity and piney hops, bubblegum, cotton candy, and a sweetness like I have never experienced in an IPA.
The taste is great...perfectly balanced with a crushing bitterness that lasts from first taste to the lingering aftertaste. The sweetness is nowhere to be found, but by no means unbalanced.
Very surprised to see this offering topping 7%, but it will not slow me from killing this growler in a couple hours.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is superb.
A solid beer from a place I need to visit real soon.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ha! An understated IPA. Not one of those American IPA's where the brewer just throws in buckets of hops to try and numb the tastebuds. It is rather much more malty with a bitterness that is more puppy nip than doggy bite. Rather than get any "first" flavors, this beer is consistent from the very beginning of the sip through the finish. Malty sweet with a slight hop bitter/citrus presence. Only a presence because it is so nicely understated. Nose is full of pleasant piney aromas. Medium body with a slightly oily finish. Poured a slight off orange with a thin white head. This is simply a great and easy drinking IPA. If it were not for the 7.4% ABV this would easily be a session beer.

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Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark apricot colored with a low beige orangey head. Inviting aroma of sweet citrus, not much malt coming through. Flavor is immediately sweet tangerine hops, and this flavor remains consistent through every sip through the entire glass. No malt really. The citrus hops fill the mouth, very smooth, not biting. It only gets the slightest bit bitter in the finish when a sharp orange peel bitter emerges and lingers in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is a little slick, doesn't seem overly carbonated. If you like citrusy hops (and I do) you'll enjoy this one.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a growler one week after the fill. The beer doesn't seem any worse for the wear.

Pours a dark mahogany that transforms into almost an orange when held up to a direct light source. A thick clumpy head forms from an aggressive pour. The aroma is an intense fusion including pine needles, grapefruit, a piercing bitterness, and a strong malt base. The smell is one of the best parts of this great beer. The taste begins with a piney spiciness that makes your mouth water. This is joined by a grapefruity and citrusy fruit element. Both of these tastes are held in check by a very nice malt base that holds back the bitterness. Eventually hoever, the bitterness becomes too strong and bursts out on the tongue in a wonderful way. The finish and aftertaste are both a bitterness that is very quenching and never becomes harsh or abrasive. This is a wonderful IPA from a brewpub making some fantastic beers.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy bright white head that becomes plastered to the pint glass' sides. Layered and ringed lacing to the last sip. A hazy burnt tiger's eye orange in color.

Oily, resiny, pine intensified hop aromatics. A touch of caramel sweetness, but the aroma is 100% oily/juicy hop tones.

Pine and a touch of cedar best describe this IPA's hop character. A slick touch of alcohol is well balanced with the hop intensity. Some lemon and caramel give way to a highly bitter, yet surprisingly drinkable flavor. Finish is filled with hop resin and pine.

Medium bodied; a mouthful of hops, yet eerily light and smooth on the palate.

Wonderfully drinkable for a 7.4% version of the style. The power of the hops doesn't wreck the tastebuds and the aftertaste is quick and wafery. A very good crack at an English/American hybrid of the style.

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught: This just came on line yesterday. The beer is a very cloudy brew, with a slightly orangish color. The nose is definitely hoppy: piney hops are the most evident contributor. The piney taste is quite evident, but I didn't find it to be overly bitter. A good medium body behind the hops, with no real sweetness to the taste. Very Good!

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Photo of jdonagher
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly impressive IPA. Poured an opaque reddish-brown. Well-balanced sweetness and hoppiness. Good mouthfeel and a steady delivery of flavor from start to finish. Paired very nicely with their fried calamari and a burger & fries, but I'd imagine it would go well with just about any of their entrees. They had run out of this the second time I visited - apparently I'm not the only one who liked it!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7.4% according to the chalkboard, 1.065 OG.

pours a cloudy, reddish orange with sticky lace and struggling bubbles. pleasantly cloudy. smells hoppy and roasty with sweet malt backup. dense and bitter with a serious lasting aftertaste. no fruit character here, no citrus.. all malt and hops. drinkable though, and a thoroughly enjoyable brew.

edit: this brew is so much better now (2008) and i promise to eventually get around to re-reviewing.

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Cambridge House Abijah Rowe IPA from The Cambridge House Brewpub
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