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The Cambridge Brew House (Cambridge Brewing Co.)
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The Cambridge Brew House (Cambridge Brewing Co.)
England


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Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
3.3
Friday starts with a flight. Flight home is tomorrow. Today's flight is different. 😅 Flight 1/4. This is the only "house beer" still untasted here. The three other beers are then by other breweries. (First I have to quickly remove the orange slice the bartender put on the rim as I didn't pay attention, hope it won't distort the taste...) The beer colors cloudy yellow. A pure white, moussy head rises half a finger tall maximum. Retention is reasonable as the head disperses to the sides. The scent offers weak aromas, first and foremost, pineapple and lemon. Hmmm, alright. The taste profile is a bit sweet, I wonder if the orange slice actually managed to season the beer although it wasn't there for more than a couple of minutes maybe and didn't even touch the beer almost at all. Anyway, the cocktail contains unmistakable lemon pulp, pineapple, orange (damn...), carambola, wheat malt of course and something that I surely didn't expect: faint licorice. Could it be an off-flavor? Whatever. Reminds me a bit of CoolHead, but just remotely, they do such cocktails much better. The body is light. The finish is thin fruity, the same lemon, orange and pineapple, at least, feature on the tongue. For a while, not too long though. The mouthfeel is thin to light, zesty, juicy, moderately tropical and refreshing. It's distantly candy-like, as well. Easy and gulpable.

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
3.0
Second flight 4/4. Lucid, deep amber beer with a patchy, mold-white layer wafting on the surface for long. The olfactory provision contains malt and slightly crisp piney hops. I can't get anything else out of this. The flavor provision puts forward modestly hopped caramel malt, dried peach, peach ice tea and a strange herbal vibe in the background. I just don't know what it is. The body is light. The finish fades fast out with pretty much the same components as earlier. The mouthfeel is moderately crisp, fairly balanced and slightly drying. There's also something herbal that disturbs me but I can't word it any better.

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
3.8
Second flight 3/4. Superturbid, peach-juice-hued beer with a cream-white, thick moussy head on the top. Retention is also here very long. Strawberry mash is moderate but detectable in the scent. Do I also find wheat malt here? I could swear I do. The gustatory combination is composed of astonishingly easily identifiable strawberry juice, milk and soft wheat malt like bun. This is j-u-i-c-y! The body is light. The finish travels along the same road as before. No deviations. The mouthfeel is light, juicy, summery and gardeny. it's also faintly tart, subtle, smooth as well as remotely drying. Absolutely milkshakey. Nice one!

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
3.3
Second flight 2/4. The beer wears a fully impenetrable, straw dress. The emerging head is pure white, dense and voluminous. Retention is absurdly long. Like forever. The nose picks carambola, pineapple and lemon zest. Fruity. Straightforward though. The tongue likes pineapple, lemon, carambola, fresh-grassy hops and powerful wheat malt that supports the medley. The body is light. The finish twists toward a fruity Witbier with bags of wheat malt, citruses, pineapple and hops. Not bad at all. The mouthfeel is light, zesty, a bit tropical, relatively soft and smooth. It's also summery and obviously a good thirst quencher.

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
2.8
Second flight 1/4 to accompany a Korean chicken kimchi burger meal. Murky, dark brown beer looks like black coffee. A neat beige head is born on the top. It withdraws soon to the sides. The nose picks burned malt, a tad wood and licorice. The medley is, again, what else, weak. Licorice, blackcurrant leaf, burned malt and a pinch of charcoal come through distinctly on the tongue. Surprisingly fruity, I expected something dry. The body is light. The finish spreads roasted malt and garden berries further onto the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is light, roasty and a bit burned. Dry? Nope. Unchallenging for sure

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
3.2
Flight 4/4. My understanding is that this is THE beer with which this brewpub's story started alongside with the previous King's Parade. More or less. The beer colors semiclear, yellow. The same foam behavior is repeated here as with beers #1 and #2. Dry grass, straw and lemon peel travel to my olfactory organ. Not sure if water cracker is also there, the package is, generally speaking, so lackluster that it reveals very little. The tastebuds get lemon zest, lemon pith, pineapple, orange peel, fresh apricot, distant pale malt and a sigh of carambola. Fruitier than I anticipate, which makes it quaffable. The body is light minus. The finish is citrusy, even marginally sweet, very easy and, therefore, gulpable in volumes. The mouthfeel is thin to light, a bit crisp, slightly tropical, juicy as well, quite characterless but highly quaffable.

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
2.2
Flight 3/4. Semicloudy, light copper to copper beer is a lucky bastards: the slowly-bursting froth grows one finger tall and stays alive, albeit thinner, for a long time. Now we are approaching more classical fragrances: caramel malt, graham cracker, even banana. Not sure if the latter piece actually belongs to this universe... In addition, I find a nutty note that I can't specify in greater detail. The taste follows suit as it's thin. Fortunately, I spot some nice classical flavors like caramel, a whisper of toffee, nut, multigrain bread and graham cracker. However, the bitterness of the Bitter is modest at best. It disappoints me big time. The mouthfeel is watery, slick, modestly crisp, a bit drying but not actually dry. Doesn't impress me.

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
2.7
Flight 2/4. Limpid, deep amber beer witnesses a cloud-white, minuscule-bubbled head emerging on the surface. The retention of this beer is equally short as the foamy lid shrinks quickly to the sidelines. Malt cracker, distant caramel, a suggestion of lemon pith and spruce needles alternate on the air. Nothing spectacular but surely beats the previous beer's aroma universe. This beer dances nicely on the tongue. Bitter caramel malt, fermented orange peel, lemon peel, a piney suggestion and even remote dried apricot find their way to my tastebuds. Reasonable at least. The body is light minus. The finish offers citrus peel and pith, a pinch of pine and malt but otherwise the taste supply contracts from upfront. The mouthfeel is thin to light, crisp, slightly dry, much more drying than dry as well as balanced. Gulpable but still certainly not remarkable.

Post author: WexiLahti
WexiLahti
@ The Cambridge Brew House
8 months ago
2.3
Cambridge 🇬🇧 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🍻 Flight 1/4. Transparent, amber beer allows a tiny-bubbled, off-white head to form on the top. Soon the foamy cap withdraws to the sides. The nose is first hit with unpleasant dishcloth odor. Fortunately not very powerful. A faint piney hint emanates thereafter up to the nose. The taste is unexpectedly thin, even watery. Bitter malt, a bit of piney hops and grapefruit peel constitute the flavor cocktail. I'm glad that there's nothing like dishcloth or other skunky aromas in the taste. The body is, like I said, skinny. The finish gives grass, pine, grapefruit peel and malt. The mouthfeel is thin, even watery, crisp, moderately tangy, medium-dry and drying. This is difficult: I should probably try to enjoy these beers in the context of mild beer preferences but I can't help comparing this to other IPAs, with bigger ABVs or even the same, and this fails to win prizes on such a contest.