When you think of Cambridge Brewery you think of a brewery situated in a very academic little town down South... so Massachusetts isn't where I expected this beer to come from. Sometimes I forget that the US has named lots of places after our cities..
Cambridge brewery is a little shrouded in mystery to me as well. We only got two of their beers at the shop, and only five of each at that apparently. Zak was a little reluctant to give any info on where he got them from and anything about them, so they were a bit of a mystery... I decided not to try and find anything about them and just give one a go.
The aroma is aggressive but inviting. It really seems like the large amount of hops is battling for supremacy over the huge addition of red malts. Even though it was bottled June 2012, it has that really pleasant fresh wet malt flavour you smell when you first step foot in a brewery. The juicy citrusy hops also smell very green too. Mangos and peaches, it's very tropical.
It's truly an amazing beer, it's the only reason I'm writing about it... you know when you have that moment when you first sip a beer and think that you have to put letters on screen about the experience. Lots of brown sugar, sweet caramels, lychees and mangos and more tropical fruits. It's sweet, but not cloying, in fact it's somehow moorish - probably coming from the light spicy rye qualities and the obvious obscene amount of malts to back this beast up.
Looking it up a bit, the commercial description gives some pretty cool info:
Blessed be! Our ridiculously big, hoppy I.P.A. returns to the rapturous exaltations of worshippers far and near. Featuring Simcoe, Amarillo, and Columbus hops at an unheard of rate of over three pounds per barrel, with American pale and Belgian caramel malts providing a malty but dry pedestal upon which this hop fest rides until its long, lingering,hop-bittered finish. Beware this vengeful, Old-Testament God. Say your prayers…
But my description just needs to read: See this beer? Buy this beer.