Cape Cod IPA - Cape Cod Beer

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-16-2003

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by racer2k:
Photo of racer2k
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler while on vacation at Cape Cod. Poured beer into a pint glass

A - Dark brownish red color to the beer which creates a very thick 2 finger cake batter colored head. The foam dissolves over time leaving a thin lacing around my glass.

S - Hints of pine hops, sweet malty caramel and fresh baked bread. There is also an earthy grassy tone to this beer.

T - Caramel sweet malt and a moderate pine hopped flavor that offers some measure of bitterness but to be hones I thought that the malt profile was stronger in this beer. The finish is bitter and dry which is nice.

M - Moderate body and carbonation to this beer with a dry bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable beer but I was underwhelmed by the hop profile. I have heard that this is an excellent IPA but it just was not there for me that particular day. I will gladly try this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at Spanky's 2 miles from the brewery. The IPA poured a rather deep orange to amber color and gave about an inch of an off white head with nice retention throughout the pint. 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. A very good example of the style.

Photo of sponberg
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three growlers purchased - two from Windmill in Orleans, one from Luke's in Dennisport. Is there a difference? Read on. Grading based on the two known fresh growlers from Windmill.

The ones from Windmill: Bight dark amber with a white head that lasts. Slightly dark for an IPA, but that don't matter none. Aroma of sharp citrus/pine hops and toasty caramelly malt. Simply outstanding flavor - great sharp hop bite right from the start, similar to that from Lake Placid Frostbite where it grabs the tongue and hangs on for dear life, followed by a round, toasty slightly caramel/toffee maltiness that fights the hops but doesn't win. Finishes with a lingering bitter-and-malt flavor that screams for more. Appropriately chewy mouthfeel. Could drink this all day. Hell, I *did* drink it all day!

The one from Luke's: As above, but with a lingering, slightly brown sugary flavor that tasted slightly off. Old? Odd batch? Luke's homebrew substituted? You got me.

I know that the growlers at Windmill were fresh - they weren't there Saturday but were there Monday. I have NO idea how long they were around at Luke's - it was a smaller store with limited selection, so who knows?

My advice? Go to Orleans, get a growler at Windmill, head to Nauset Beach, get some clams at Liam's, and sneak the beer onto the beach and enjoy some of the finest that the Cape has to offer.

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid and clear copper color with a thin sticky lace, slight hop aroma with some malt and fruity alcohol. Mild buttery and very hoppy palate within the medium body, buttery flavor lingers for a good while as the hops hold true to the bitterness. Some malt comes though in the semi-sweet finish.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first visit to Cape Cod in Hyannis, MA...well worth the trip.
Not only is Todd on heck of a nice guy, but the man puts out some real quality brews...couldn't decide which to bring home in a growler. Finally decided on his IPA.
Pours a colorful copper w/ a full finger of off-white head that disappears fairly quickly...lacing is very thin, but that could be due to my glass coming out of the dishwasher...shame on me.
(Edit: handwashed the glass on my next fill = much more cling on the side of the glass.)
Nice aromas filled w/ sweet malt, spice, and of course hops...a hint of cherries hit the nose as well.
The taste is citrus hops w/ a hefty malt fine, well balanced IPA.
It's mouthfeel is fantastic...not thin and not syrupy. Finishes w/ a bitter smack that complements its carbonation...drawing me back in for more.
Drinkability is through the roof...very fresh and clean.
I'd recommend you visit easy drive down Rte. 3 from the South Shore. They fill growlers Saturday from 10am-noon and they must have filled at least 15 growlers in the short time I was there. Support your local won't be disappointed.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: huge head, dark gold, clear

Smell: citrus and hops

Taste:some malts, hops, and bready grains

Mouthfeel: There is a malty sweetness in the first sip that quickly gets bitter, smooth, light bodied, with low carbonation

Drinkability: This is a slightly above average IPA with a really bitter kick. I could not taste the alcohol in it. Not a bad beer, but nothing that jumps out either.

Photo of MarkD
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but slightly dark reddish amber color. A foamy head slowly dissipates to leave a ring of foam around the the edge of the glass. Initial hops flavor is immidiate and pleasantly strong. Hops dominate the flavor profile, but malt comes through in the finish and aftertaste. The beer has a medium body with an almost oily texture.

This beer is an oasis in the beer desert that is Cape Cod. If you're a hophead like me, it's one of those beers that you just can't stop drinking.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filled at the brewery by the brew master who look a little long in the tooth…get it???? This beer only receives its marks as it does because of its freshness. Really odd IPA. Poured nicely, deep amber color with respectable head retention. Flavor was a bit off, very smoky, no intricate fruit characteristics that are so common for East Coast IPA’s. I guess its drinkability is high considering we downed many growlers in one night!

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/23/13

Note: 500mL swing-top Grolsch-style bottle

Appearance: Pours clear, with a light chill haze - medium amber with a lot of reddish highlights - aggressively carbonated (bottle opened with a ridiculous pop), big, creamy, off-white cap - leaves a nice wall of lacing

Smell: Rich caramel malts and a blast of herbal, grassy, piney hops - the malt presence is big, but I wouldn't call this balanced - grassy, herbal, spicy hops - a lot of earthiness, too - chewy, lightly toasty, caramel malts and grains - reminds me of a bag of specialty grains about to be thrown into a kettle of homebrew

Taste: Follows the aroma, with some raw hops and raw grains - very bitter, with a load of herbal, grassy, spicy, earthy, piney hops - I'm not sure what hops they used here, but they are unusual - somewhat balanced by the pale, caramel, and amber malts - grainy, in a good way, and finishes dry - some light, buttery notes, and an undertone of salt

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, nice finish, quaffable despite the spicy bitterness

Overall: Worth a try, maybe on the beach

The spicy hoppiness and earthy malts kind of remind me of salty ocean air. I'm not sure why. Regardless, while I'm not a huge fan of the hop profile, I definitely find it interesting. I look forward to trying the other Cape Cod beers.

Photo of goz
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour is dark amber, has a medium white head that laces very nicely. Aroma is light on the maltiness, strong on the floral hoppiness. Flavor is again lightly malty (some caramel and toast), and then dominated with some strong bitter hoppiness. Body is on the full side of medium. This is the best brew I sampled at the pub, with their Amber a close second.

Photo of NJM
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Estery, astringent, good amount of alcohol present (this is only 6% right?)

On tap at Wimpy's Restaurant, 2/10/15.

Photo of PBoegel
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh growler at the brewery while vacationing on the Cape.

A solid and fruity IPA with a good balance of slightly sweet malt character and hop bitterness. Hop flavor is citrus and pine with some pine and lemon citrus in the aroma.

Appearance is tremendous clear copper with orange highlights and a billowy light tan head and sticky lace.

Plently of bitterness in the end but with enough malty sweetness to balance and keep the mouthfeel well rounded.

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light beige head over the clear amber brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is lightly of piney hops with a sedate undercurrent of maltiness. Taste follows the nose with a crisp piney hop dominance, with a sweetness of malt underneath that smooths out the rough edges just enough. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. An enjoyable IPA.

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Heart and Kettle in Hyannis.

A: A thick fluffy 1finger head fades slowly with decent lacing over clear golden reddish orange color.

N: Light bitter hops, little grassy and light mild earthy hops, a little malt base too but overall not much nose.

T: Starts bitter with some mild bitter earthy hops, with some grassy and juicy hops too, little pine. Also some fluffy malts add a touh of sweetness and very light creamy flavors.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter, slighly astringent, lingering bitter earthy and little piney hops, slightly dry too. Touch of creamy malt as well.

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/light brown color; clear. Moderate head with some lasting time and good lace.

Floral hop bouquet; mild crystal malt background. Some balance, but closer to peppery hop.

Nice malty start that quickly succumbs to the strong bitter hop. The aftertaste is powerful--like having hop pellets dropped into the glass--bitter and long lasting. Good body for the style with above average carbonation.

This is a more bitter IPA with less the smoothness of a strong malt base that some may have. As a hop-head, I like it a lot, but there are better balanced examples of the style.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz growler purchased at cape cod.

A- pours a copper red clear body with a nice off white hea that sticks around for a while.

S- resin and citrus sitting on a light malt background.

T- upfront I get a big hoppy pine and resin flavor. Ends with a nice balance of cseamel malt. Leaves a bitter hoppiness on the tongue.

M- Medium carbonation and mouthfeel

Overall an above average ipa and a great offering from a less known brewery. Pick up a growler if you're on the cape - you won't regret it

Photo of von_kaiser
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving type can..
A: clear copper tone 1/2 finer head
S: budweiserish-metalic-hop
T: Metallicy and iodiney
M: good carbonation and a resinous hop flavor (I'm guessing it's a hop flavor) lingers
O: boarder line drain pour imo. The first flavor absolutely kills it.

Photo of danadeny
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head: There is little carbonation and a small amount of head, which evaporates fairly quickly.

Color: The color looks like a mix of light brown and medium red.

Smell: Slightly floral and definitely hoppy.

Taste: At first I tasted a light saltiness on my tongue, the overall taste at first is subtle. Once you roll the brew around the back and sides of your tongue is when the party starts. The hopps give a good kick to your taste buds, reminiscent of how a grapefruit excites your tongue. Along with the grapefruit type feel, there is a grapefruit type flavor as well as tons of hopps. Once the hopps do their job, they linger a little bit on the back of your tongue and then fade nice and soft.

Drinkability: 2-3 pints a night, this one is in-between a brew that you take easy and appreciate, and one that you occasionally pound. It goes both ways. I gave it a high drinkability score mainly because of it's ability to shock your senses but still have you coming back for more.

Notes: The hopps are strong, no doubt about that. And the reminiscence of grapefruit might throw people off, but what you get is the characteristics of grapefruit hitting your taste buds and shocking them without any bitterness or tartness associated with grapefruit. Overall a well done brew that balances an IPA with tons of hop character and drinkability. When eating I choose this brew because the hopp character is still noticeable no matter how your pallet has been affected.

OG: 15.5 ºP
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 100+
Malts: English - 3 varieties
Hops: Domestic - 3 varieties

Photo of Andrew041180
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Arrived at the table with very little head, although what was there retained fairly well. The beer is much darker than most IPAs I've had, something of a brownish amber. Bits of ruby appear in the outdoor seating environment. Slow bubbles are visible in the beer, which aid in the head retention. Lacing is actually less than I expected, but still present.

S - I'm smelling sweetness here - mostly caramel. Some other toffee and bready scents.

T - Follows the nose. It is balanced very heavily onto the sweet malty side, and the only thing that really hints that this is an IPA is the bitterness that kicks in on the finish. But its not complimenting. Too sweet on the front end. Too bitter on the back.

M - Medium-bodied. Nice, but not special.

O - Would like to give higher ratings, but I wouldn't drink this one again. The sweetness and bitterness clash significantly and don't serve to complement each other at all.

Photo of bjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of growlers for the weekend in Mashpee.

A: Pours an amber orange color with a one finger caramel colored head. Very bubbly in the glass, especially on the sides.
S: Biscuity malt with a fresh grassy and citrus hop aroma also.
T/M: Citrus fruit hops with a good malt profile. Nice bitter ending that touts a sharpness. This beer has bite! Slick across the palate with a dry finish. Light and airy to a medium body with a good crispness thats well balanced. Good level of carbonation.
D: Good tasting IPA. Glad I picked up a fresh growler of this while I was down for the weekend. I will again and at $6 for growler refill! Can you beat that!?

Photo of Jayli
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Bubbala's in P-town 9/25/09
This beer pours a nice clear copper color with a one finger of off white/tannish head that leaves nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Nose was horrible, no really - it was like sniffing a gym sock with a hint of hops. Taste, however, was FAR better. I almost stopped at the smell, but persisted. Taste begins with a pale malt that lends it way to a touch of caramel and toasted malt and then is quickly dominated by hops, hops, and well - hops. Balance seems a touch off, though the beer is still quite drinkable. Lighter side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, clean crisp beer. This beer starts a little thin, but then thickens up in the middle. Save for the nose, this is a highly drinkable beer.

Photo of Dipper1234
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this freaking beer. One of if not the best IPA I have ever had.
I look forward to going to the cape just for this beer. I wish they distributed it off the cape.
Try this beer if can get your hands on it.
This beer has such a great start middle and perfect iPA hoppy finish.
What I love about this beer is that this first sip to the last tastes the same. It doesn't get old if you know what I mean.
This beer only comes in growlers and kegs.
They also make a red which is excellant too but I prefer the IPA.
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Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Corry for sending this along
Growler poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of off white head that settled to a thick lace. The body of the brew was a amber brown in color.

The aroma was a good citrusy floral hop. Throw in some bread yeast and you got it. The flavor is a great bitter forward IPA, with some good balance malts thrown in. The carbonation was good on it with a medium feel in my mouth.

An easy to drink IPA I already had a few glasses from the growler. They went down great and I am ready for more

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a deep amber colored beer with moderate off-white head.
Smell is profoundly hoppy, with strong grassy and piney textures.
Taste is all about hops. Any malt is weel hidden. The hops are presented very nicely, and this is one delicious beer.
Finishes nice and dry and beckons for another taste.
Nice beer from Cape Cod.

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