Cape Cod IPA - Cape Cod Beer
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Reviews by Bounty628:
4.43/5 rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Cape Cod Beer's IPA has the appropriate slogan, "It's Got a Bite" affixed to its name. The IPA produced by Cape Cod Beer is a well crafted microbrew that is both complex in taste but also fun to drink while hanging out at the beaches along the Atlantic.
Purchased in a growler from Mid Cape Liquors in Dennis, the IPA was extremely fresh and seemed to sell quite well at this particular package store. In my discussion with the clerk, he told me that the distributor is constantly stocking fresh Cape Cod Beer at his location. The nice thing about the Cape Cod Beer line is that they really do not reach much further west than Plymouth off the Cape, therefore, drinkers of the Cape Cod line are sure to almost always be guaranteed a fresh pour.
The IPA poured a rather orange to amber color and gave about an inch of an off white head with nice retention throughout the pint. Poured into a standard 16 ounce pint glass from the growler, the beer laced the glass through to the last sip.
As one could only hope for from an IPA, Cape Cod Beer's IPA provided a very sharp hop taste that had a rather bold citrus aroma and piney hop taste featured. The hoppy nature of this beer is exactly what it should be and it seems as though the beer, while not as in your face in terms of hops as some other brewery's IPA's, fits this offering quite well.
There is a symbiotic balance to the IPA with the hop consistency matched well to a nice deep malt undertone that ultimately leads to a somewhat bitter finish. Again, Cape Cod Beer has ensured that the taste of the beer is enough of a variation from some other IPA's to set itself apart from the competition and for that we can all be thankful. This IPA is indeed set apart in terms of taste, and that is what makes it such a nice IPA to sample.
There was very minimal levels of carbonation to this IPA but it certainly was not stale or maintaining a "flat" taste. Rather, it seemed as though the carbonation matched the IPA's taste nicely and let the hops do the walking across the palate instead of having the carbonation do the work for them.
With an ABV of 6.5%, Cape Cod Beer's IPA is the ideal beer to pick up a growler of before heading off to the beach for a day. The IPA would be paired nicely with some of Cape Cod's fresh seafood, so a growler of the IPA and a box of fried clams sounds just about the perfect way to make a nice day at one of Cape Cod's beaches even better.
Serving type: growler
05-27-2008 14:19:51 | More by Bounty628
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3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a plastic cup, the beer is a dark, caramel-copper coloring with a filmy, clinger, off-white head. Nose of smooth, roast caramel and peppery hops. Balanced aromas. Flavors are resiny hops forward, bitter, with toffee and caramel sweet and richness following. Peppery build in the end of the palate. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a cloaking lace left behind. Aftertaste is richly sweet, with resiny bitter overtones. Smooth, dry finish. Solid English style IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
09-11-2013 02:15:56 | More by GarthDanielson
4.19/5 rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a small glass from a growler. Bought while on vacation at The Cape. Should've brought another one home.
A - Pours darker than most IPA's. A brownish amber with just a bit of a haze. A small amount of carbonation showing. A disappointingly small head, even after a somewhat aggressive pour.
S - Not a whole lot of hops up front. I noticed about an even amount of malt and hops, but lot's of fruit. A touch of grapefruit, some lime, and perhaps some cherry. Very interesting, but very good aroma.
T - As with the aroma, it's a little different from most IPA's. Nice to have some variety. Not a ton of hops up front, but they're there, and are tasty. A bit of malt is present as well, as well as all of the aforementioned fruits were noticeable, especially the cherry. Again, a unique tasting IPA, but a very good one.
F - Arguable the most refreshing IPA I've ever had. I drank this while on the beach, and it was almost perfect. A good amount of carbonation, and is easy on the throat and stomach while still packing plenty of flavor.
O - A unique IPA. More malty and less hoppy than most. Nice to have some variation, as I think a lot of IPA's are quite similar. It's a very tasty, yet extremely refreshing beer. I'm kicking myself for not picking up another growler on my way out of town. I've sampled all three of Cape Cod Beer's year-round offerings, this IPA, Beach Blonde Ale, and Red Ale. This is by far the best. If you're on The Cape, find some of this stuff.
Serving type: growler
08-18-2013 13:53:24 | More by stella77artois
Cape Cod IPA from Cape Cod Beer
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