The Audacity Of Hops

The Audacity Of Hops – Cambridge Brewing Company

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!

Brewery Description:  Liberally hopped to an audacious degree, our Belgian Double IPA reaches across the aisle to bridge the seemingly contradictory brewing philosophies of the old world and new. Our beer uses generous portions of Pilsner and Vienna malts to give it its hazy golden color and rocky white head. Two independent dry hop additions of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Hallertauer, and Spalt put aside their differences to form a delicious coalition. Floral grassiness dominates the nose with fruity hints of bright citrus well represented. Its subtle spicy flavor comes from a Belgian yeast as well as generous doses of German hops in the kettle. These aggressive flavors are complemented by a determined bitterness and a full but dry finish.

All of these characteristics come together in a nonpartisan spirit of cooperation to form a beer that is both righteously flavorful and drinkable.  Enjoy!

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!

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!

Brewery Description:  Liberally hopped to an audacious degree, our Belgian Double IPA reaches across the aisle to bridge the seemingly contradictory brewing philosophies of the old world and new. Our beer uses generous portions of Pilsner and Vienna malts to give it its hazy golden color and rocky white head. Two independent dry hop additions of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Hallertauer, and Spalt put aside their differences to form a delicious coalition. Floral grassiness dominates the nose with fruity hints of bright citrus well represented. Its subtle spicy flavor comes from a Belgian yeast as well as generous doses of German hops in the kettle. These aggressive flavors are complemented by a determined bitterness and a full but dry finish. All of these characteristics come together in a nonpartisan spirit of cooperation to form a beer that is both righteously flavorful and drinkable.  Enjoy!

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!

The Audacity Of Hops


Appearance – 88%


Smell – 89%


Taste – 90%


Mouthfeel – 90%



89%

Outstanding!

This is one tasty Belgian Double IPA. This one hits on all cylinders,
and is definitely a treat to drink. If you’re an IPA fan, or someone new
to IPAs, give this one a try!

User Rating: 4.6 ( 1 votes)

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