Tonight I’m putting the blog in the ample hands of Greg. He hasn’t had a guest review posted in a couple of weeks and I’m taking a little bit of a hiatus from drinking. So…..Greg…..
After a brain draining day at work I am cracking open a beer. Tonight’s beer is called The Audacity of Hops from the Cambridge Brewing Company. The Cambridge Brewing Company has been a brewpub staple here in the Boston area for a long time and they just recently started to bottle their beer. I have only been to the Cambridge Brewing Company on 1 occasion because getting to Cambridge is a hassle and I am lazy. Enough about me, on to the beer.
The Audacity of Hops pours a light color that I would describe as the color you would get if you squashed an orange onto unfinished wood or a whitish orange color. The Audacity of Hops (which I will refer to as AoH for the rest of this review) has a fluffy white head that was about one finger thick. Reading the description on the bottle this beer is a Belgian Double IPA, so far so good with the initial description. The smell was a very light and floral. The first thing that came to my mind when I smelled the AoH was “carbonated hops” if that makes any sense. The first sip of this beer completely blows me away. The taste is exactly what I would expect from a Belgian style Double IPA. It has typical Belgian flavors with a nice hop bite. The AoH has an excellent balance and doesn’t have the malt sweetness that you sometimes get with a Double IPA. This beer has a dry finish and is super drinkable. The AoH clocks in at 8% abv which I would not have guessed based on the taste. If you live in the Boston area I recommend seeking this beer out. If you don’t live in the Boston area, have some friends find you a bottle of The Audacity of Hops and mail it to you.