My “real” job is as a research scientist in biotech, working on finding new treatments for cancer. The entire biotech industry seems to be centered in the Boston area these days, especially in Cambridge, so it was little surprise that this has been the location of my first two jobs after finishing my post-doc. There are some crappy things about working in Cambridge, mostly around the commute/traffic/parking and the cost of living issues that plague all of metro Boston. There are also many great things about the city, both professionally (it is nice being in the middle of everything happening in an exciting industry), and personally. Cambridge has become a great place for beer fans too. My office is basically across the street from Cambridge Brewing Company and just a few blocks from Lamplighter, so both are frequent stops. Lamplighter in particular has been knocking it out of the park lately, quickly establishing themselves as one of the best breweries in Massachusetts by brewing high quality beers across a broad range of styles. Lamplighter has made the biggest splash with their hoppy beers, I think they hold their own against any in the state and they are much easier to find than some of the whalez people wait in line for. One of their most popular releases is Rabbit Rabbit, a double IPA brewed with Citra, Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops. Lamplighter Rabbit Rabbit is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Lamplighter Rabbit Rabbit pours hazy light yellow with a massive white head. The aroma is a massive burst of fruity hops, makes you want to stick your nose right into the glass and breathe deep. The flavor is very hop forward, notes of grapefruit, mango, papaya and lemon along with a very mild bitterness. This is complemented by a light malt backbone, hints of bread dough and crackers. Lamplighter Rabbit Rabbit is incredibly light and easy to drink for a double IPA, it is almost dangerous how easy this beer goes down at 8.5% ABV. The finish is crisp with loads of lingering hop flavor. This is a stellar New England style DIPA, huge hop flavor and aroma, just enough malt for some body and balance, incredibly drinkable for a big beer. Lamplighter is awesome, I will be making many more lunch-break beer runs to stock up in the near future! Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
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