Cambridge House Big Hoppy | The Cambridge House Brewpub

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Cambridge House Big HoppyCambridge House Big Hoppy

Brewed by:
The Cambridge House Brewpub
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Boto on 12-18-2006

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to goodbyeohio for this growler.
Pours a perfect orange amber with a nice half finger of white.
Aromas are immediately fresh, very fresh hops...citrus and piney.
Mouth gets hit with sweet amber malts and then a big blast of grapefruit and pine oil hops. What becomes most amazing is how fresh the ingredients taste...and how perfectly balanced they are. Often DIPAs overpower you with sweet malts...the balance doesn't work....this one is wonderfullly balanced and there is nothing cloying or sticky in the mouth after swallowing. Just a yearning for another sip.
But watch's 10% but you would never, EVER know it until it was too late.
Good stuff...maybe the best of DIPAs

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Photo of ejane
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of jaxon53
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brew pub. Came to the table in a 10oz. glass. Was a beautiful dark amber orange that was capped off with a short, tight, off white head. Head faded pretty quickly but did leave a bit of sticky lace behind. Awesome nose that was mad up of thick grape fruit and pine with a bit of sweet malt buried in the background. Taste was just about on par with the smell. Strong grapefruit and pine like hops, some sweet malt, with a bit of a bready, yeasty touch. Very west coast in my opinion. Slightly carbonated, and the ten percent alcohol was not a bit noticeable. A nice full, thick mouthfeel. This one is pretty much a taste bud burner. Not really balanced, but with a name like big hoppy why should it be. Dangerously drinkable with a 10% ABV. An excellent offering from The Cambridge House.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap last week of dec 06

solid amber pour with consistent, thick haze on the surface and maximum strength lace walls surrounding the surface. clear as a spring day.. but in the winter.

aroma laden with sweet clementines and peach nectar, peppered by an earthy catbox funk. west coast in its pleasant lack of sugar sweetness and apparent dry nose. smell here bleeds expert hop execution.

starts dry and tart, grapefruit juice-filled pulp chambers pop with flavor, releasing earthy citrus to much delight. finishes even drier, erasing all memory of alcohol from my brain. thick maybe, but layered with oily green hop flavor. sweetness is sacrificed in favor of piney resin and drinkability, which makes for a welcome trade-off east of the mississippi.

best cambridge house beer yet? quite possibly.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Hautacam
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy deep amber....small tan head.
Smells like a northern spruce-fir forest..where fresh grapefruit is being chipmunks..?? Anyway, it smells awesome. First sip and the hops are on the attack...piney nice puckering bitter that knocks the malts way into the background...they're there, but it is definitely not a malt / hop balance... it's called "Big Hoppy" .... it lives up to it's name. There is enough malt. There is an almost astringent , dry finish that leaves you with nothing guessed it ...hops.
The mouthfeel is medium....carbonation is a little low, but seems just right for the flavors. 10 % ABV, but I'm not tasting it...dangerously drinkable...probably good that it is a 10 oz serving. I'll be back for this one again !

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Photo of far333
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub
1.091 OG
Made with 100% organic malt from British Columbia and a variety of American hops

Deep copper colored with a thin off-white frothy head that sinks slowly down. Big aroma of sweet malt and citrus. Rich flavors of sticky oily citrusy hops, some tangerine and grapefruit. Finishes piney. Never bitter, just very flavorful. A sweetish base of bready malt gives a great base for the hops to stand on. Very well-balanced hops and malt, but make no mistake, this is a hop monster. The 10% ABV is completely hidden, doesn't take away from the flavor at all. A great DIPA.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Brewpub: This one came out without much of a head on it, and it dropped off rather quickly. The beer has an orangish, darker amber hue to it. The aroma is potent: almost like a glass of grapefruit juice. Needless to say, this beer is very aromatic. With a nose like that you might expect the hop bite to be overpowering: it isn’t. There is a strong presence of grapefruit hop taste, but it is not overdone. In fact this is very well balance. Somewhat fuller malt body behind the beer. Some fruity notes coming through also. Very nice.

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Photo of bigone4
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a hazy dark orange straw color. There was a nice fluffy off-white head that stuck around until the last sip. The beer provided a great cascade of lace down the whole glass. Unfortunately it is only served in a 12 oz. pilsner glass and there are no growlers available. But I can certainly see why. Oh well. This beer proved to have very well rounded citrus tones and a strong hop floral scent. Mild tones of grapefruit and the distinct smell of hop oils are also mixed in. Five varieties of hops were used to brew this beer. The smell is very characteristic of an American Double IPA.

Very hoppy brew not intended for everyone’s pallet but it was perfect for mine. Nice use of bitterness and the hop flavors throughout the whole taste, from start to finish. Lighter hop flavor up front with a hint of mild malt on the tongue followed by a huge blast of hoppy bitterness in the back of the mouth. The taste paints a perfect picture of hop flavor for any IPA lover. Cambridge House has crafted a true to style ADIPA. They did not use any Cascade hops for this one.

It certainly holds true to its name though, Big Hoppy. Being a Red Sox fan the name was also quite appealing. This beer is exceptionally smooth and drinkable. It hides the 10% ABV very well. You would never know it was that high from the taste. But once your cheeks get rosy you know it’s in there. Great after taste of lingering hop bitters creating a very enjoyable drinking experience. I highly suggest trying this brew before it disappears. Congrats to another great beer.

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Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Cloudy amber with a huge tan head which dissipated slowly to a pile of heavy surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Very mild pine. The aroma does intensify somewhat as it is consumed.

t; Intense citrus and pine up front, followed by expansive bitterness at the sides of the tongue which lingered for a short time. A big surprise after taking in the mild aroma.

m: Medium, but the strong hoppy bitterness makes it seem even heavier.

o: I first had this on draft at the Northampton brewpub when it was a guest, and really enjoyed it. Then I had a small glass at the Northampton brewfest in August when Cambridge House (of Connecticut) had a booth, and told the guys running the booth that IMO they had a real winner. All is further confirmed here. A quality, powerful hop bomb which I am puzzled is not more popular than it is. This would give Hoptimum, Green Flash West Coast IPA, even Sculpin and any number of others a serious run for their money if it was available where those others are. However, I am wondering if there is a problem with shelf life or consistency, because some here report malt dominance, which is completely the opposite of my experiences with this brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

if there ever was a deserving moniker...

A - this DIPA has a coppery pinish color with a very thin creamy head and little if any carbonation

S - what else do you expect from a high quality DIPA, floral piney aromas with associated grapefruit and a lurking sweetness

T - hops hops hops hops hops, man is this hoppy, but not overly so, still slightly sweet and damn tasty, with all the aromas translating to the taste

M&D - dare i make the comparison to DFH 120 min, its that level of superhoppy drinkability, with a smooth and easy down mouthfeel, only the ABV holds it back

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Photo of jim102864
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid effort from Cambridge House with this one. A ballsy Double IPA, coming in at 10% and served in a 12 oz snifter glass. Lovely golden yellow in appearance. Somewhat cloudy. This is jacked up with heavy citrus aroma: think oranges and lemons. I detected pear and apple overtones as well. Somewhat chewy yet smooth and still more citrus in the mouthfeel and finish. Lace hugged the glass all along. Served at the proper temperature. Their best beer on tap, bar none. Drinkable, but not something you'd seek out to exclusively consume during a night out.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick cloudy amber colored brew with a major cloud of off-white head and gobs of sticky lacing. The aroma brings a fruity pine hop medley that pleases. The flavor offers a fairly sweet grapefruit with a mineral grain malt theme. A polite bite blended nicely with the cereal grains we all love. The body is about medium. with a solid, edible feel and fair carbonation. A very solid DIPA by my tastes.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No. 7138

Good head with decent retention. Leaves plenty near-blanket lace after each sip. Amber to brown color. Very cloudy.

Strong caramel malt aroma. Light hop in the background. Notable alcohol nose.

Big body with a big flavor--lots of caramel and alcohol warmth. There's a hop kick in the swallow but this is not a hop bomb. The aftertaste is a combination of scotch like alcohol warmth and some black pepper.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-An interesting pour. Burnt amber or even copper. Dark but mostly clear. Head has a light orange hint of coloring. Head dies off to a thin, yellowish seam. Loose lacing squiggles line the glass.

S-Pretty light. Definitely balanced. Caramel covered bread and dusty oranges. It really does have a dusty aroma. Light clementines. Not too impressed here. Not enough intensity, the hops are odd and there isn't much depth to the hops.

T-The flavor is considerably better. Hops are more fleshed out. Pine and grass along with puckering grapefruit and unripened orange flesh. Lemony and astringent. Tart, lip-smacking lemon actually. A bit of dust too. Definitely some sweetness with caramel and sugary French bread. Boy is this bitter.

M-Bitter, bitter, bitter. Dry, dry, dry. Booze hidden oh-so well. I was actually shocked to see this clocking in at 10%. Body is medium. Soft but plentiful carbonation.

O/D-Definitely has its own flavor. This is one of those rent-a-brewery brews. But they did a heck of a job with this one. It is not my favorite hop profile (I prefer a bit more tropical fruit) but I can always get down with a super-bitter hop elixir. This is a monster and I am having trouble grading it. I didn't love it…but wait…did I?

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Cambridge House Big Hoppy from The Cambridge House Brewpub
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