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Cambridge Breakthrough In The Green Room

Cambridge Breakthrough In The Green Room
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
IPA with Experimental Hops
Yes, we get a little obscure with this whole “name the beer” thing sometimes. When you release a new beer every couple of weeks, it honestly gets challenging to come up with consistently cool names. Trust me. Break Through in the Grey Room is a collection of experimental audio recordings by the author and artist William S. Burroughs, and follows his cut-up method of writing and recording and then literally cutting written lines or recorded tape into fragments, and piecing them back together. The resulting soundscape is, to be honest, not for everyone. But then, that was never Burroughs’ intent.

Back to the BEER – You are wondering what experimental cut-up collages have to do with beer, weren’t you? And aren’t hops green not grey? IPA’s aren’t experimental, are they?

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.

So forgive us the oblique beatnik reference and delve into a brand new hop experience, one of grassy and citrusy hops accented by a very unique, subtle fruitiness. Peachy? Watermelon? Whatever you taste, we want to know so shoot us an email or post on our Facebook page.

If you don’t, you’ll probably never taste this hop again!

philvil's rating

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Draught at the brewery, Winter 2012.
Deep, rich golden-amber colored beer has a light haziness to it and a medium-sized white head that steadily fades.
Peachy hops indeed, though I think some of this peach-like sweetness is coming from the malt, which also seems to be fairly prominent here. Dank, leafy and lightly earthy, the hops never seem to assert much acidity and rather seem to be a noble hop-like character with easygoing tropical fruits and tons of dank, leafy, green character. No alcohol or flaws.
Fresh, leafy, lightly woodsy and earthy, with malt being quite prominent, soft and moderately sweet. Low bitterness, yet tons of fruit character, with light nectarine, peach, mango and gently spicy herbs. Interesting and enjoyably lacking in any harsh resin/acidity. Seemed to come right around the dawn of the juice-bomb IPA though this one probably had a bit too much malt and not nearly enough hop to get to that point yet.

   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 (7117) - 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 (605) - 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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