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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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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ThreeLions
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Cambridge House
Big Hoppy Double India Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
9% abv
Split with Hab11

Poured into my Night Shift Brewing chalice. Dark amber cherry color, hue of pink grapefruit
when backlit. Half inch head lingers leaving nice lacing on the glass. The more I drink, the
better the lacing gets. Long lingering legs decorate the sides of my glass.

Low hop aroma, strong maltiness shines through the hops.

Earthy taste right up front. Smokiness? Hops fade away very quickly leaving behind strong
smoky malts. Hops primarily for bittering, almost no flavoring. Complex malt flavor. Not too
bitter. Has the feel of an irish red as opposed to a double ipa.

Decent carbonation. Thick at first, then very drinkable. Not too heavy. This beer gets lighter
the more I drink it. I think I’m just trying to get through it. Feels strong. High alcohol content not
masked well.

Not at all what I was expecting. Probably wouldn’t drink again. Had to struggle to get through this one. The name 'Big Hoppy' had me expecting big hop aroma and flavor but the 'big' seems to have been referring to the grain bill. I felt like I was searching around to find any hops at all.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Boomblaze
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a bomber into my Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a dark amber with a solid 1" head that disapates quickly. The ber is pretty cloudy as well

S - Not getting much of a nose from this one.

T - I get some fruity hops from it, mild grapefruit and citrus and some mild bready malts. There's also a medium alcohol burn on the back end almost barleywine.like.

M - The beer has a nice medium body that is pretty easy drinking if not for the alcohol burn.

O - I feel this beer is more of a barleywine then double ipa just doesn't have those pungent hoppiness to it and has a good amount of malt backing it.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Hab11
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Double IPA. 22oz. Bomber 9% ABV. Rich Amber to Nectarine color. Great lacing. Difficult nose to describe. Mild hop scent slightly smokey, slightly earthy with a hint of peat. Taste is a bit disappointing when compared to the nose. Bitter up front with a tangy finish. A bit of a dark brown sugar aftertaste. Mild carbonation leaves a light almost non existent feel. Reminds of a better Killian's. Not a first choice beer but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear reddish beer with faint haze and topped by a thick 3/4" beige cap. Good head retention with clumpy lacing. Aromas of caramel and citrus hops, bread and biscuit. Smells good, kind of barleywine-like. Medium bitterness, sweet caramel followed by rich toffee, citrus hops up front followed by sturdy bitterness. A bit earthy, slightly burnt, with mild alcohol. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, creamy texture with faint astringency. Seems like it might be slightly underattenuated. Overall pretty decent. It was reminiscent of the character some American barleywines had 8-10 years ago.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Cambridge House Big Hoppy from The Cambridge House Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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