Follow The Gull
Cape May Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,026
Ranked #9,668
4.08 | pDev: 7.6%
Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Originally brewed to celebrate Cape May County's 325th anniversary, we brew Follow the Gull with a ridiculous amount of Citra, El Dorado, Azacca, and Amarillo hops, yielding a juicy and ultra-drinkable hop-bomb bursting with tropical and citrus aromas. Though the anniversary has passed, we loved Follow the Gull too much not to brew it again.
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The heavily hazed light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a ring around the glass and a thin layer that persists for quite a while. Sipping creates scattered patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are full of tropical fruits. There is some melon and mango along with light citrus here. There’s also a bit of stone fruit, a bit of floral grassiness and a noticeable malt backbone in the background.

As expected from the nose there are some tropical fruits such as melon, mango along with the citrus. There’s also some stone fruit, some grassiness. The touch of sweetness from the malt backbone blends in nicely with the light floral, grassy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with some very light carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the fruit flavors and sweetness fade away to lead to a crisp, clean ending in which there is just a bit of semi-dry earthy bitterness.

Overall this seems a well made example of the NEIPA that is nicely drinkable. The aroma/flavor profile is fairly complex and well worth giving a try if you find it. This is a beer to have more than once, especially if you enjoy NEIPAs with a bit of bitterness to serve as a counterpoint to the fruity sweetness.

Jun 11, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonik pint glass as directed! Born May 7th 2020.

Very bath-foamy looking with soapy pale ale like bubbles at a small two fingers and a quick dissolve. Body color is an opaque pale pineapple like yellow, no noticeable carbonation. Virtually no lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, and somewhat varied. Tropical and citrus notes, a sense of guava and pineapple juicy character is quite noticeable. Real noticeable character of mushy squashed over ripe fruit as well, but brings a bit of sugary sweetness in the mix too.

Palate brings things into simple territory. Light touching notes of juiced tropical hops, once again with pineapple and sort of mango/guava character kicking in also. There's some nice pithy citrus bitterness on the finish which creates a good citrus grapefruit bitterness that really lingers in kicks in hard. The body and malt backbone seems more in the pale ale realm, staying simple with an aromatic hop push than a powerful palate richness.

Fairly decent ipa, but seems a little dumbed down a bit. Almost hints at session like quality as well too.


Jun 28, 2020
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prisdefer from New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 26, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5-1-19
L: Light haze on a light straw color. Light head with light lacing.
S: Ripe pineapple and orange up front. Orange and pine lay in wait out back.
T: Everything above.. and a slight creamsicle taste that is fleeting. Probably my imagination.
F: Light-medium. Low carbonation and bitterness. Very smooth finish.
O: Well, another winner from CMBC. This is a great tasting low ABV beer from them. Quality stuff.

May 25, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The next leap of the TARDIS on New Back to the Beer Future Sunday, Part 4, Mission IV, (Week 762) takes us to Cape May, NJ as a part of The CANQuest (tm) and back to Week 751.

From the CAN: "Citrusy, Tropical, and Juicy"; "Utterly Crushable"; "New Jersey Proud"; "Serve In [a bulbous English pint]"; "Best Paired With [chicken legs, tacos and/or sunshine]"; "Care for the Cape"; "Profile: Originally brewed to celebrate Cape May County's 325th anniversary, we brew Follow the Gull with a ridiculous amount of Citra, El Dorado, Azacca, and Amarillo hops, yielding a juicy and ultra-drinkable hop-bomb bursting with tropical and citrus aromas. Though the anniversary has passed, we loved Follow the Gull too much not to brew it again."; "Hops On Hops On Hops".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was rather anxious to start this series following the previous debacle, but patience was key. I was elated as it quickly formed two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention that slowly faded to wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was at once both grapefruit-citrusy & tropical fruity, which may be the coming next trend. Mmm. I CAN live with that. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste beCAN with a sharp grapefruit citrusiness & blossomed with the tropical fruitiness! 8=O No wonder they brought this back! It was what I think that the previous mess was striving for, but sans the threat of explosiveness. Finish was semi-dry, but just right. No CANplaints here. YMMV.

Sep 29, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with an orangish hue and an opaque unfiltered appearance. Poured with a short, bright white foam with low retention. Soft citrus aromas, over-ripe lemon and orange with a light malty note. Medium light bodied with medium light carbonatuon and a light smooth, creamy feel. Citrussy and fruit flavors with medium hop bitterness and a light malty base. Fruit, candied orange notes on the back end. Finished semi-dryly with a light fruity notes followed by mellow piney, lingering bitterness. Hop character was pleasant, but a bit subdued. Overall, very approachable

Jun 23, 2020
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Brushkanna from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 03, 2020
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njbusa from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 23, 2020
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Bigwhitedog from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 12, 2019
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Osprey2900 from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Never a fan IPA's I had an overly aggressive salesman tell me I need to try this beer. As I buy for others not just myself I knew I needed an IPA in my lineup and I knew a summer beer is sometimes in order. I decided to give the Cape May Brewing Co's "Follow the Gull" a try.

The hazy amber color and thick white head stand out, the lacing lasts several minutes, the Citrus smell is strong, a lot of grapefruit going on there. The beers a bit tart but has a nice flavor and finish, clearly a good choice on a hot summer afternoon when Al's Porters and Stouts just don't quite make it. Well it won't be an everyday grab, it certainly earns a spot as an option on a hot summer day.

May 24, 2019
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 24, 2019
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Gavage from Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: milky golden yellow in color. Nice lace develops.

Smell: tropical fruit and citrus are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, mango, papaya, melon, pineapple, lemon zest, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Overall: a well balanced IPA that is refreshing and full of flavor.

Jun 30, 2018
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 15, 2017
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timmy2b from New York

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 11, 2018
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 11, 2018
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft, in a shaker pint glass.

Hazy opaque pale golden in color, no head. A bit murky looking. Huge tropical and citrus fruiy hop aroma. Taste has similar highlights, but also a strong underlying bitterness. Softer mouthfeel, a bit slick.

Jun 10, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers of dazzling white foam, a bit whipped up and agitated so retention is average at best, plenty of peaks and valleys along the way, the lacing starts off thick but has no stick so gone soon thereafter. Completely hazy liquid, more a washed out yellow than copper, no seeing through it, even close to the surface. Solid skeleton of salt and pepper, sourdough crust and freshly mown grass to the nose, bright florality and citrus blossom, the pineapple, papaya, guava fruit scents much more sweet than sour, earthy underpinning, no real funk to it and breezily open, clean. In the mouth it tends to be full-bodied and here there’s more sourness and dankness although it is intelligently managed. Mandarin orange to a mix of white and pink grapefruit for citrus, this tends to overshadow the floral side of things. The mango, nectarine, pineapple fruit provides an initial burst of flavor but the palate dries out too much for this to last through to the finish. The malts tend to provide more textural smoothness than obvious flavors. Put together well, yet there’s nothing really exciting about it. On a good beer menu it would be your third or fourth choice.

Jun 22, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 28, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Hazed-out, cloudy blonde. Short creamy white head.

Mango, dank, wintergreen, pineapple, grapefruit juice, biscuit and bread.

Mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit pith. Pine resin and dried dank. Toasted biscuit maltiness. Finishes dry with grapefruit zest and pine needles.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, silky, moderately bitter, and off-dry.

Tastes much bigger than the 5.5%. Very flavorful with an assertive dryness.

Aug 01, 2018
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GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic East coast IPA. easy to drink, nice citrusy hops, refreshing

Jul 04, 2018
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George2744 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 26, 2017
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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 06, 2017
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gr0g from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can that was canned 10 days ago (I think... hard to read the date on the bottom of the can). Clearly unfiltered, as there's tons of haze going on. Straw colored. Not a particularly abundant head, though the retention is good.

Aroma is very bright and tropical. I'm getting notes of pineapple, melon, and some mango and/or papaya. That's woven in nicely with the usual grassy and floral American IPA aromas. In the flavor department -- not particularly bitter, though that's a hallmark of the NEIPA style (which this is definitely what they were going for here), and just a nice balance all around. At only 5.5% ABV, this is below the typical ABV range for "regular" IPAs, but it's not all that dry. Clean, mildly bitter, and "juicy." Very soft and serene mouthfeel, almost velvety.

In summary, a low-ish ABV New England IPA, perfect for the summer months. Definitely a step above Cape May's standard IPA.

May 26, 2018
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Blaze5445 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 19, 2017
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