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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
Clear copper body with a small off-white head. Timid floral aroma with fruity hints. Well balanced beer with creamy caramelized malts opposing orangy earthy hops. Toasted bun with orange jam. Light but pleasant bitterness. Ok but restrained crowd pleasing IPA that doesn’t deviate from the beaten path. That’s really an Everybody Ale, including midgets.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Ha, this tastes almost exactly like tall tale with the hops only 1.3x stronger and 2x stronger body. eitherway, this is pretty good but a weak ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Light amber/brown body, murky appearance with beautiful creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is of sprucy hops, overtaking the malt presence just enough to be dominant. Initial taste is equally sweet and bitter, but the malts retreat at the finish and the hops introduce themselves. Average duration. Light to medium on the mouth, it has an oily to dry texture with gentle carbonation. Reviewed on January 20th, 2007.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
on tap- pours a light tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is citrus hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is citrus hops, secondary medium malt-caramel. OK/mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2007
On tap at Bukowski’s in Boston (16oz for a paltry $2 with their dinner special!). I had this one after having the Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, so I had concerns that the taste from the heaven-in-a-glass that was the Hercules was going to linger in the mouth and overpower the Big Man Winter Ale. Well, that was an unnecessary worry. This one more than held its own against stiff competition. Rich, full and surprisingly hoppy. I guess I was expecting a more typically malty "winter ale" and was pleasantly surprised with what I got.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Well I’ve had the ’04-’05 and ’05-’06 versions on draught and it’s about time I get around to reviewing it.
Deep ruddy copper, with some deep raspberry reds and light tan tinges. Small, but moderately retained beige head atop with little lacing, clear, but from being settled/fined, not filtered.
Nose is a melange of medium-alpha acid hops, some earthy, some juicy, some herbal and of course the requisite citrus. Not overly juicy, but rather dry, with only a smattering of crystal like malts and some caramel and pale malt sugars. Fair intensity, low yeast apparency for Cambridge, and no alcohol (Will is so good about keeping alcohol apparency to a minimum).
The beer starts off with a earthy, toasty malt dryness backed by red fruits and a strong citrus overtone, though lenient on the bitterness, allowing more fruity flavors to really set in. Dry, but not overly so, with some caramelized malt sugars adding a light stickiness. Crystal malt, but not overdone or papery. Some chewy, nuttiness, with some light traces of water, but overall a citric, fruity, English-meets-America IPA. Carbonation is fairly low, creating a lightly creamy texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Hazy copper body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pine, caramel, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, strong grapefruit, some pine, caramel, light cherry, alcohol warming. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2481) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Growler from brew pub, Good nose, malty fruity.carmel/ toffee, vanilla, bubblegum. and apricot(not unlike Berkshire brewings signature) Hazy brownish orange color. Small head that disappeared quickly. Good flavor. carmel, nutty, little pine too. Creamy bitter finish. Good beer, though I have to start taking better notes when I’m out. I let growler sit a couple weeks and it lost a little ooomph. Also I could of sworn I rated this one already, glad I started keeping my paper notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel notes. The flavor is sweet and malty with a touch of caramel and candy notes. Medium to full bodied and smooth yet dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Dark copper color, spicy hop aroma. Medium body, has a sharp hop bitterness and roasted "outdoors" kind of feel. Good but I probably wouldn't drink again.

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