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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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with lines of lacing, over dark but slightly clear cranberry maroon color with a slight orange hue.

Nose starts with a big sweet malt kick, lots of big malts, candy like caramel chewy malts, then hops bring the earthy slightly spicy hop, and a bit of a candied orange peel, smells like it will be pretty hoppy and bitter as well as big and sweet.

Taste, as expected, starts with a big sweet malt flavor, lots of candy and toffee like malts, sweet and a bit syrupy with plenty of caramel too, and the decent amount of sweetness brings some booze as well, warming slightly tingly booze but not overbearing as the sweetness balances. Then hops, earthy spicy hops mostly with a fair bitterness, and a bit of candied orange peel, and some candied hop oils as well., and a slight herbal flavor. Finish is quite bitter, long chewy spicy hop bitterness, bit of herbal earthy hop, more sticky sweet candy malts and syrupy feel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall not bad, very sweet and candy like, quite bitter and earthy spicy hops balance fairly well, and booze is in check as well, but all that being said it doesn't really have much going for it and seems kinda boring and quite hard to drink much of it by myself.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a very large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty malt character followed by a strong caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a strong but not too bitter hops presence comes in. There’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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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 malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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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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 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 trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of argock
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into an oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $4.29.

A: Copper-red with nice 2-finger light-beige head with decent retention and craggy lacing.

S: Unfortunately, this beer goes downhill after appearance. The aroma is mostly dank and resin but light on all accounts. There is some cardboardy, vegetal aromas as well.

T: The flavor is not much better. It tastes astringent, tea-like, and grassy with too many tannins, like an oversparged beer. There are some dank hops qualities with some resin but not much else. The malt component is cardboardy. Overly bitter but thankfully there are no bad fusel alcohol flavors.

M: Not a bad feel although it is a little too carbonated, but not by a lot. Medium body but the tannic quality is pretty overpowering.

O: This might be an old oxidized bottle, but without bottle dating no one will ever know. Would definitely skip this beer. It tastes like below-average homebrew.

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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 Flounder57
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a copper amber color with some haziness and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt, toffee, fruity, buttery, some citrus, and orange marmalade.

Taste: Same as above, but the hop bomb bitterness takes over and the malts don't holf up well too.

Mouthfeel: it was tough to get a few sips down. I poured the rest down the drain.

Overall: Pretty dissapointed about this one. I'll let the store owner know that he needs to take the beers off the shelf.

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Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Burkbom23
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Mersh
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DonFrap
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

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 Gambrinus1184
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into an oversized pilsener glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, orange-amber color beneath a frothy, two-finger head of off-white foam that left some soapy lace and a chunky head of carbonation. Some sediment from the bottle floated ambient with the loose carbonation.

S: Musty orange peel, some spicy, herbal grass clippings and a slight, cooked veggie aroma fill the nose.

T: Sweet, candied citrus flavor hits the palate first, backed by some cooked corn and caramel and caramel sweetness. A slightly hot, spicy hop bitterness hits the palate, but pulls a punch with some yeasty twang to mask some of the flavor. The finish is somewhat chewy and boozy more than bold, bitter or overly flavorful.

M: Full-bodied DIPA with the additional mouthfeel of yeast and sweet, juicy malts, albeit a tad musty and mute.

O: I didn't have the highest hopes for this DIPA from a somewhat defunct Connecticut brewpub brewed at a somewhat mediocre, quasi-contract brewery in Holyoke, Mass. (aka Paper City), so in a sense, I wasn't disappointed. There were a few off-flavors and the 10% ABV didn't endear me to the drinkability, but the fact it exists and wasn't a train wreck of hops or booze was encouraging. I'm not running out to buy it agaon, but I might get it if it were on-tap at the brewpub in Granby.

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Cambridge House Big Hoppy from The Cambridge House Brewpub
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