Cambridge Big Man Ale
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Formerly known as Winter Ale.
Our Winter seasonal beer is here! Originally brewed in September of 1992 at the request of three bartenders/managers (who have since gone on to great fame and glory) Big Man Ale has been a favorite seasonal brew at Cambridge Brewing Company ever since. Legend has it that the grist weight of Big Man Ale was their combined total weight – 770 pounds of malt! Deep copper-colored and unfiltered (as are all of CBC’s beers), it boasts a full body complemented by strong, robust flavors. Its rich notes of malt and caramel are offset by very aggressive hopping—it is kettle-hopped with Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops and further dry-hopped with even more Cascades and Amarillo. These hop varieties lend a fruity, citrusy character to this big malty beer, vaguely in the style of a strong stock ale or I.P.A. We just call it the Big Man.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
Sample at the Ale Wine & Spirits beer tasting on 04/03/2014: Hazy copper color with a medium off-white head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, citrus and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of herbal hops, grapefruit and roast malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering citrus and hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bomber. Pours dark copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma of citrus and roasty malt. Med body. Lots of hop. Mostly citrus, but there’s fruit and resin. The backbone is a lot roastier than most IPAs. So it’s more strong ale than IPA. Fairly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours brown copper with a modest beige head and a toffee and citrus aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with moderate bitterness. Maltier than most IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bomber from boozedude. Amber color with fluffy head. Carmel grapefruit and raisin aroma. Taste is hoppy bitter and rustic fruits. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (1616) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2014
bomber shared with nate, slops, shawnae jammer, your mom, dark brown hazy pour, taste is hoppy, caramel, some metallic, aroma is similar, im digging it over all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (427) - Madison, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a hazy amber with a small white cap of foam. Aroma is full of hop, grapefruit, and a bit of light alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet with a long lasting bitter citrus duration. Good winter beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (752) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
A solid beer. Pours a nice deep amber with a thin white cap. The aroma is an almost confused mix of malt and hops, neither stands up front or in the back, seems as though they are all trying to b first through the gates, caramel, toffee, citrus, grapefruit, an astringent note, almost medical, it’s weird, but interesting. The flavour is equally strange, muddled sort of experience, toffee mixed with citrus, mixed with milk chocolate, mixed with medical notes. Ends on a candiend orange and chocolate note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (609) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle. Copper pour with a nice white head. Caramel, spice, grapefruit. Miso-like fermentation smell. Nice carbonation with light bitterness, sourness and sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at CBC when we stopped for a late lunch before Night of the Barrels. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head. Big bold citrus, spicy and earthy. Earthy malt, sweet caramel and gritty hops. Big bold and sticky. Long earthy grapefruit into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
tap at cbc. notes of herbal resiny hops. toasted caramel. touch of green grass. okay.

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