This is one I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, I’m a huge fan of the Belgian IPA, or in this case Belgian double IPA. The Audacity of Hops comes to us from the Cambridge Brewing Company, out of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Further reading on the bottle leads me to find that this is beer is contract brewed by quite a busy brewery, the Mercury Brewing company. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that the Mercury Brewing Company also contract brews for Clown Shoes and Brash Brewing… but wait, there’s more! They also brew for Offshore, Blue Hills, Farmington River, Battle Road Brewing, Notch, Slumbrew, Cody, Great Rhythm, and Grey Lady for Cisco. Enough facts and statistics, let’s get down to the beer!
This beer pours a beautiful dark gold with a copper tint. It’s very cloudy and has a nice foamy head with great lacing that leaves a nice film behind once it recedes.
The nose on this beer gives off a ton of aromas. I get spicy Belgian yeast, some earthy and herbal hop notes, perhaps a touch of citrus, and some black pepper.
Now for the taste… oh the taste, pure goodness. Citrus notes hit my palate first, giving off a good bit of dry sweetness, before being swept away by hoppy goodness. Grapefruit bitterness and pine are very prevalent as well. I’d say that this beer is a little more on the IPA side than it is Belgian.
The body on TAOH is a medium body with medium carbonation. It was difficult to detect any alcohol warmth, especially for an 8% ABV, and it had a nice dry finish.
For all you Belgian IPA fans out there, I’m going to keep the summary simple. This one was fun to drink, highly drinkable, and very tasty. Here in Louisiana you can pick one of these up at most craft specialty stores. If you’re able to, grab one ASAP!