Cambridge Brewing Company just starting bottling their beers in 2011 and join the growing ranks of popular New England born craft beers available around the greater Boston area. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we can get these out in Chicago and since it took them 22 years after inception just to start bottling their beer, I'd say we might have to wait a bit longer... but who knows! On to the review.
Pours a dark amber color with thin head that sits as a thin filament on the top of the pour. Gorgeous beer as beers go; a vibrant departure from your run of the mill yellowish pale ale.
Big grapefruit hops smell in the nose but you can tell there is a sizable amount of malt there as the sweetness is distinguishably intertwined in the scent.
HOPS of the grapefruit variety, certainly not piney and the fruity hops provide a nice bridge to the sweetness of the malt. I'm not sure what to say about the malts other than they impart a thick molasses taste on the palate; maybe some raisin-y taste in the aftertaste? One thing is clear: a lot of malt was used to mask the 9% abv contained in this imperial red ale. Compelling taste for sure; nice balance of sweet and bitter.
THICK, very sparingly carbonated and heavy on the palate. Meets expectations for a beer of this gravity but I do wish there was a bit more carbonation.
I bought this in the 22oz format for $6.99 at Trader Joe's so the value there is going to be lessened. I wouldn't say there is much remarkable about this beer that I can say “Hey, go out and try this beer regardless of the price” but, to be sure, it is a flavorful, heavy beer that you can enjoy with a meal or after.
Score: B- 3.5/5