Cape May Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #1,621
Ranked #11,937
4 | pDev: 9.75%
Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Notes: Opening with massive aromas of fresh citrus and tropical fruits, Corrosion hits with a firm hop presence accentuated by an upfront acidity. Kettle-soured before finishing as an IPA, Corrosion is uniquely balanced between the world of sours and the world of hops.
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Photo of woodychandler
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Welcome back to Happy New "CAN We Visit the Cape & Drink Some Beer, Aunt May?!?" Sunday (Week 751)! The CANQuest (tm) will be in high gear today as a result. Hang tight!

From the CAN: "Kettle-Soured India Pale Ale"; "A Twist On the IPA"; "Sour. IPA. Boom.': "A Beer Geek's Dream Beer"; "New Jersey Proud"; "Best Paired With [chicken legs; sushi; roast beef]"; "Care for the Cape"; "Profile: Welcome back to Happy New "CAN We Visit the Cape & Drink Some Beer, Aunt May?!?" Sunday (Week 751)! The CANQuest (tm) will be in high gear today as a result. Hang tight!

From the CAN: "Well Balanced American IPA[,] Loads of Hops With Floral & Citrus Notes"; "Established 2011': "The O.G. IPA of South Jersey"; "New Jersey Proud"; "Best Paired With [hamburgers; fish; Adirondack chairs]"; "Care for the Cape"; "Profile: Opening with massive aromas of fresh citrus and tropical fruits, Corrosion hits with a firm hop presence accentuated by an upfront acidity. Kettle-soured before finishing as an IPA, Corrosion is uniquely balanced between the world of sours and the world of hops."; "Crafted on the Cape"; "Unfiltered Keep Cold".

"Unfiltered", eh? Hmm. It became a challenge to me as I like clarity in my AIPAs! Following my Crack! of the vent, I went with a slow, gentle C=Line Glug just to present a challenge to myself. It didn't quite work, but that was okay. It formed two-plus fingers of fizzy. foamy, rocky, bone-white head with limited retention that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had a tart, lemony funkiness. Hmm. This was NOT IAW its current style. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more tart than sour, very fruity ranging from tropical to citrusy. I was not getting much in the way of hop bitterness. Instead, the emphasis was on the tartness resulting from its "kettle-souring". Finish was tart and dry. Fair dinkum, but it was NOT an AIPA. They need to CANsider ChANging its style. YMMV.

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Photo of farrago
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finger plus of bright white foam, full range of bubble sizes give sit visual depth but there’s hardly any retention, and the lacing is like a crashing wave, big then gone. The liquid appears more murky than hazy but the yellow coloration has a day-glo depth which captures the light, random beads form against the glass walls and spill upwards. The nose immediately slaps you with sour notes, vinous with white grapefruit, pulped lemon citrus notes, penetrating star fruit, pineapple, kumquat to pomegranate, lean with no extra flesh, peppercorns, sourdough crusts, corn husks, minerally, for as deep as it penetrates your nostrils not that long lived. Medium-bodied, the sourness gives it a steel beam feel and ensures that everything stays in its preordained place. The lemon, grapefruit pith starts drying out the palate quickly. Minerally earth and dried grass jump into the fray, the kind of bread crumbs you’d feed to pigeons. Desiccated pineapple, papaya, star fruit, nectarine flavors, more raw energy than juiciness. Then a big burst of quinine. Too much sour, not enough IPA.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a cloudy straw gold with a solid-y head

aroma is a tart beer with slight hops

flavor is nice, lots of tart to this but also tons of hop notes. a really nice full beer with a lot going on

an interesting take on a beer, trying to make a Sour IPA is interesting and definitely something i can get into. I LOVE sour candy/flavor and I LOVE bitter beer so it's a match made in heaven. enjoyable beer, I'll crush these 4 16oz cans and wish i could homebrew a better sour IPA

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear golden yellow with a 1/4" head.

Smell: lemon zest, some tropical fruit, and a hint of sourness.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, tart green grapes, grapefruit, mango, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a decent IPA with a very mild sour component.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an undated 16 oz. can into Cape May pint glass. The can release was in mid-March so it's getting close to two months old. It pours a hazy, golden-orange with a thin, ecru-colored head that dissipated almost immediately leaving a thin sheen of creamy lacing. The nose is rather subdued with lemon peel, light tangerine, a touch of caramel malt, and subtle floral hops. The taste is quite unusual: it opens with sour lemon and lime but with a dose of fairly bitter hops. Unfortunately, Cape May hasn't listed the hop bill on the can or its website. Then, there is an unexpected cracker taste. It finishes with the sour citrus and bitter hops battling for supremacy. It features a surprisingly full, creamy mouth feel with pleasant carbonation, and the 6.5% ABV gives it substance without distracting. A second pour is not a problem. Overall, this brew is something between a Berliner Weiss and an IPA. I was a bit skeptical at first - particularly with the subdued nose - but it really works. It's tangy and flavorful and would make an excellent summer beach beer and would accompany a burger or grilled sausage nicely.

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Photo of drtth
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cloudy golden orange colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes to a ring and thin cover on the liquid without leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches and legs of lacing. By mid-way through the beer there’s no foam left at all.

The aromas include some lemon, some tropical fruits and hints of some stone fruits along with a bit of earthiness.

The flavors are a bit different from what is expected from the nose. They do include some orange and lemon up front. There’s also the expected light tropical fruits (e.g., mango, papaya) and a bit of stone fruits (e.g., apricot, peach). In addition there’s some sweetness from the malt along with a hint of grapefruit and some earthy bitterness. But then there’s also some light tartness here that stays in the background and helps to balance both the sweetness and the bitterness so that all three seem to form a background triangle of co-equal flavors which support all the others.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with the active moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the smooth malt sweetness begins to fade, followed by the fruity flavors. As they fade the tartness and slightly earthy bitterness remain behind to close out the ending in the back of the palate.

I’m enjoying this beer and finding quite drinkable and has an interesting flavor profile. The tartness remains in the background but is always there to help the bitterness balance the sweetness. I think I’ll be getting another of these when I see it again since I’d like another opportunity to explore the flavor/aroma profile. It’s interesting to see the effects of having an IPA flavor profile with that enhanced tartness incorporated. Since it’s difficult to rate an hybrid with a particular style in mind my scores reflect the expectation for one or the other. For example the head is not what one would expect in an IPA but it would be fine in a kettle soured beer. So take the numbers with a grain of salt.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cape May Brewing Co. "Corrosion Sour IPA"
gravity poured cask @ the Yards Real Ale Invitational on 30 April 2017
"American wild ale dry hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado and Idaho 7"

Notes: Cloudy golden body looks like a glass of orange juice. Thin collar of bright white with spotty lacing. No residual head retention beyond the initial pour. The aroma is tropical fruity with powdered sugar. In the flavor there are notes of peach, apricot, red grapefruit, orange, blueberry, mango, papaya, pine and earth, pear, watermelon, and lemon - but they're mostly all very subdued and kind of muddled, they don't really stand out, and you have to look for them. The flavor is tart, but not too tart, with some chalkiness and a moderate bitterness that leads to a dry, chalky and acidic finish with some residual blueberry. Light-medium in body and delicately crisp. Surprisingly good. Nicely fruity, refreshing, and not too tart it's highly drinkable. My only picking point is that it's not really bitter, and at 5.75% ABV it can't really be labeled an IPA. I understand why they're doing that, because it's very hoppy, but it's a little misleading.

Update based on a fresh can: It has better lacing than the cask did, so I've bumped the score from 3.75 to 4; and the can is listed at 6.5% abv which is definitely in IPA range. Also, it's more bitter, or at least bitter enough for a sour IPA. This might be the first time I've liked the regular version over a cask but at the same time they've had time to refine it a bit. I'm loving it and also boosted the overall rating from a 4 to a 4.25 - worth trying to be sure!

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Photo of RJIV
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at the brewery.
Pours a murky gold color. Smells of Citra hops battling with lacto sourness. The mouthfeel is light and thin with a little carbonation. Orange juice hits the tongue first, followed by a cleansing tartness, and finishing with a citrus juice aftertaste. A very well balanced beer with great flavor.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weird. It basically tastes like standard IPA mixed with lemon lime seltzer.

It's moderately sour, like a club soda with a lemon twist. It's hard to place the hop character our profile over the sour. Possibly over carbonated, or just a little weird

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was told this was a collaboration with Tap It Brewery.

Had this in Truckee, CA. More peach & apricot citrus IPA forward than sour. Not really sour at all actually. As the beer warms it brings out that funk, exposing that yes. There is Brett in there. And it actually works quite well with this beer.

This isn't a one and done beer. I'd continue to order one of these anytime I saw it available.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Sour ipa. served on tap in shaker pint.

A: Beautiful golden orange juice coloring with a thin, milky covering. Big beautiful lace coverage down the vessel.

S: Aroma was nice with a fresh burst of fresh grapefruit and orange juice. Sweet hop resins, wet tropical notes. So far all ipa with little signs of sourness. Nose was fresh and wet.

T: Beautiful blend of orange juice and grapefruit juice so smoothly blended together with a gentle sourness that lets the hoppiness really come through. Light hints of sour fruitiness compliments the wet tropical hopping. Sour orange and grapefruit fade off the tongue.

M: Good amount of carbonation provides a tingle on the tongue, creamy texture, smooth maltiness medium base body.

O: Overall conflicting? Seems more like a match made in heaven. Wet fresh hopping, light sourness with an improbable session like drinkability that goes down way to easy. Growler worthy. More ipa then wild, but an interesting hybrid that is exceptionally balanced for drinkability. Could be the start of a beautiful new hybrid style.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a fluted tulip style glass, at Harry's Oyster Bar, Atlantic City.

A-Heavily clouded orange color with a thin white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Sour and funky citrus hop aroma. Malty notes, caramel.

T- Sour citrus candied taste. Malts back it up, tempering the sweets.

M- Tart and hoppy. Zing to the roof of the mouth. Good body, dry finish.

O- I'll call this a "blend" that works. The two styles (sour and ipa) are evenly represented. I expected the beer to sway one way or the other, happily it didn't. Very drinkable abv and ibu.

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Corrosion from Cape May Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 47 ratings