Cambridge Big Man Ale
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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (890) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Poured dark amber, cloudy, huge beige head and tons of lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruits, malts combined with some hops. Flavor is malty as well, some bitterness from hops and some fruit. Very decent IPA; certainly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bennetporter (149) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Pours from a bottle a dark cloudy copper with a thick off-white head. Aroma is apples, pine resin. Flavor is a well-balanced sweetness, floral, and bitterness. A good brew for the winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kavu (2552) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
5 fl. oz. on tap @ CBC. Pours cloudy golden with a medium head. Aroma is fruity malts. Flavor is malts, fruits, alcohol and hops. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3534) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
I got this bottle at the Local Beer bar in Eureka, CA and brought to Dark Lord Day 2014 for the bottle sharing. It poured into my tasting glass a rich amber with a beige head. Good lacing. Nose of roasted malts and citrus hops. Medium body. Flavor is tropical fruit and lots of citrus like hops Bitter finish. Good solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1773) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a thin white creamy head leaving tons of lacing. Nice flowery hop aroma. Tons of pine and earthy malt flavors. More malt and less citrus notes than a typical IPA but really well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4198) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Aroma is citrus, pine and very slight dirty notes. The flavor is citrus, malts, slightly dirty, Cascade notes, caramel and a dryish/slight hop resin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle. A hazy orange and brownish color with a tan head. A balanced meaty aroma with pine, sweet malts, citrus, and a nice spice. Earthy and balanced flavors. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2014
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured a hazy copper color with a tan head. The aroma was moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pine, caramel and light cherry. The taste was moderately sweet, strong grapefruit, some pine, caramel, light cherry with some alcohol warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8907) - 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 (11800) - 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.

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