Cambridge Breakthrough In The Green Room
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
No, and hops as an ingredient aren’t anything new. What IS experimental is the varietal of hop in this beer. Fresh from the breeding program in the Pacific Northwest, this beer is brewed with 100% HBC342. This is a newly bred hop varietal that has not been grown in significant enough quantity to be released to the greater brewing world. Instead, just a tiny bit is grown and harvested and sent to brewers to play with, in order to eventually provide feedback to growers and breeders regarding the continued development new hop varieties. Even our beloved Cascade and Centennial had to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is this “proving ground” of hop farms and brewers.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2012
This special new hop varietal may have promise, but it’s hard to tell when the flavors are overwhelmed by sweet maltiness. Not bad but nothing exceptional

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
On draft at the brew pub. Amberish color with malty characteristics. Hops are there but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2012
A Mes rate. Tap at Cambridge.
Clean golden brown. Thin white head. Good spice and fruit, pleasant creamy malt character and something strangely meaty about it. Kinda reminds me of tacos. Weird. But thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2012
 Clear amber pour with a pale white crown of lacing. Aroma began as citrusy hops, but disappeared pretty quickly. Grain husk up front. Not much sweetness, but not lacking in malt presence like a Stone IPA. Bitter all over. This really sinks into the tongue and sits there. It’s an aggressive bitterness, chinook-like. I hesitate to call anything too bitter, but this approaches that territory. But, given this obvious bitterness potential In the hop, the beer is well balanced. Equally citrusy and piney. Can’t really call that much other than grapefruity, with that bitterness. There is also a distinct note of watermelon, not right up front, but early on. Shows off some earthiness at times. As I drink aroma come ps back here and there, showing off some of that watermelon. Mouthfeel is light, but not thin. Carbonation is on the high side, but appropriate, lending an additional sharp edge. Overall, a huge kick in the ass. What certain aforementioned brewers market themselves as, this actually is.

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