Cambridge Big Man Ale
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and slight toasted malty. Solid grapefruity to pinewood hoppy. Mild peachy too. Lingering thick malty and grapefruity hoppy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14075) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13229) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
S reddish amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, nice malt with nice fragrant herbal hops, a bit wild. In mouth, a good nutty malt balalncing well with light hops, good bitterness, another quaffer. On tap at brewpub, Dec. 28 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11470) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Big Man Ale
Date: 02/11/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

dark hazy amber, wispy beige head, nice drippy lace, rich sweet candy caramel aroma, rich dark caramel flavor, lots of thick sweetness but not over powering, a touch of chocolate, some earthy bitterness with a spicy edge for balance,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear golden amber with a gray head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced slightly. Aroma had a combination of citrus and pine on the nose with a bit of backing resin and a caramel backbone. Flavor began with cereal and caramel with a growing citrus note that had a bit of pine bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9133) - 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.

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