Always Ready | Cape May Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cape May is home to the Coast Guard, so we salute those who are Always Ready with a juicy, Northeast Pale Ale. With the addition of wheat and oats for a medium body and with brilliant aromas of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, and citrus zest, this lush hop-bomb is Always Ready.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 57
Photo of JRed
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold topped by white bubbly. Papaya, mango, citrus, lemon skin, grass in the aroma. Citrus with rind, lemon skin, grass, pine, mint, papaya, grapefruit, medium bitterness batting clean up. Light bodied but the flavors seem to create a thickness that lingers on the tongue.

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Photo of IronLover
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow and murky in appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with very good retention. Medium sweet fruit, melon and pineapple aromas with medium maltiness. Medium light bodied with medium light carbonation and silky smoot feel. Fruity and sharp citrus flavors followed by piney notes. Medium hop bitterness that maintains from the middle to the end. Juicy citrus flavors and malt on the back end. Finished with lingering pine hop bitterness and light citrus flavors. Balance tilts to the hoppy side with both aroma and flavor. Fabulous hop character and feel with bursting flavor. At less than 5% abv, this is far better than most session IPAs on the market. This is a new "go to" for my fridge. Cheers to Cape May!

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Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was available at the Aston beverage place, so we tried it. And easy drinking hazy brew, and the only criticism might be that because it is a session beer, the tendency might be to drink more than two, and at $2 a can it is not particularly cheap. However, this is an appealing drink and I'm sure we will be getting it again.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of white head.
Lots of ripe tropical fruit on the nose, pineapple and mango. A bit citrusy.
The citrus is more prominent in the taste, pithy grapefruit and orange. Lighter tropical notes.
Medium body good feel for a sessionable brew.
Overall a beer I could drink all day.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with spelingchampeon. 12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 10/5/2018. Pours very hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon, orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Light resins/rinds lingering near the end of the glass. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent NE APA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Calypso, Denali, El Dorado, Citra, Ekuanot, & Zythos hops. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; nice bready wheat/oat/malt backbone for the ABV. Minimal residual sweetness from lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge frothy head poured into a pint glass. Smell has some hoppiness but not overpowering. Taste follows smell but a little metallic to me. Washes nicely with just a hint of harshness on the back end. Not bad.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Out of can at Xfinity Live Bullies Bar. Nice nose, pineapple and tropical sweet mostly. Flavor pretty good also although this has quite a lingering bite or um bitter finish. Bite chills a bit as you drink it. Ok carbonation med/light and a medium feel round out this brew. Pretty decent.

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

Light orange, light lacing and quick fading head. Citrus and pine aroma.. with a touch of dank. Mild pine and citrus flavors that are very well balanced. Hazy and hoppy, but not overly bitter like a lot of sessions. Very low carbonation, and creamy smooth. I have to give CMBC 2 enthusiastic thumbs up on this one.

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

The hazy light golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 white head that persists well and leaves lots of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes to eventually become a small ring around the glass and an irregular island of foam.

The aromas include some grapefruit zest and lots of tropical fruit. There’s also a bit of floral and resinous character.. The tropical fruits include mango and pineapple. The citrus also seems to include a bit of orange zest.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with lots of tropical fruits—the mango and the pineapple—along with some grapefruit and orange zest. There’s a nice light sweetness from the malt that seems to complement the noticeable but not unpleasant resinous bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly crisp smoothness from the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The finish begins with the fading of the sweetness being followed by most of the fruitiness that leaves behind the light but firm bitterness of the grapefruit/orange zest and a dry ending.

Overall I’m enjoying this beer and think it is both well made and quite drinkable. It is a bit temperature sensitive in that the beer has to warm up a bit before the flavor profile becomes fully integrated and seamless. I’m looking forward to having more of this beer. Recommended if you are interested in trying something that comes out being what you might expect from a “juicy” APA.

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

12 oz can poured into a shaker.

Extra hazy golden blonde. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Grapefruit, lemon, orange cream, honey, and caramel.

Grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and pine resin. Hints of orange cream. Firm caramel and honey maltiness. Lingering grapefruit zest bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, oily, bitter, and dry.

A very flavorful APA. I wouldn't say it's New England style per se, just unfiltered.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. can into Cape May pint glass. It pours a cloudy, golden color with brownish hues, and a large, fluffy milk-white head and creamy lacing. The smell is fragrant, floral, and somewhat Belgian: lemon peel, orange, melon, oats, coriander, caramel, and light hops. Its up front taste features cracker malt, lemon peel, a hint of orange, along with melon, pine needles, pepper, and slightly bitter hops. This ale is super light and crisp, with lively carbonation, and it's crushable with an ABV of only 4.8% This is a great beach beer! Overall, who says a beer this light and sessionable can't be flavorful?

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly thin,medium carbonation with a cloudy orange/gold color. Aroma was citrus,lemon,bitter grapefruit,and a hop/floral smell
Taste was grapefruit,lemon and citrus at first but quickly was drowned out by a strong bitterness that lingered. Overall a fairly easy to drink beer

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: some tropical fruit tones comes through.

Taste: caramel, pineapple, mango, lemon, some grassy notes, and a floral and earthy bitterness.

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

Overall: a serious session ale that you can drink all day long.

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Photo of farrago
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid two finger head, displays good density, however, retention is slightly below average, bleached white hue, the lacing slides down the glass with ease. Cloudy yellowish colored liquid, looks like pear puree or something similar, can’t see any bubbles within. Very grassy nose with peppercorns, burnt bread crusts and tar and resin notes, the tangerine to orange citrus mild and comes across as juicily sweet, in turn the pineapple, guava, nectarine fruit scents have more energetic bite, overall quite longlasting and the dankness alleviated by its airy lift. Medium-bodied, dry with a steady dose of carbonation to prevent sluggish heaviness. Similarly to the nose the initial impression is of citrus, here pink grapefruit, mandarin orange and a touch of lemon. The resiny marijuana nuances tend to undercut the exuberance of the guava, mango, pineapple, nectarine fruit. The malts soften the finish and lend it a brush of cocoa and the oats likely do the same. All the parts move in unison yet the engine never really revs fully. Could put back a couple in one sitting, not more.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and very hoppy. Very good brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cape May Brewing Company "Always Ready"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "1079 06/26/18" and sampled on 05/28/18
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking label as usual. Northeast pale ale? Ah, I see... "juicy", "wheat and oats", "pineapple, mango, and citrus zest"... so it's a little like a juicy New England IPA. It is cloudy, and golden orange. It looks like a glass of orange juice except for it's finger-plus thick head of white foam. The aroma is citrusy as well with orange and a hint of lemon and grapefruit. There's some pineapple in there as well, and maybe some mango, but they're not as strong as the orange. I wonder what they've used to hop this, it's a nice blend. The head's held up pretty good so far, and there are short 'mountains' of lace rising in the distance along the side of the glass. On to the flavor... exactly as you'd expect given the aroma, in fact it basically mirrors it. Just read back what I wrote about the aroma and you've got it. It's pleasant because there's not that raspy, mineralish kind of citrus pith thing that you normally find, and no "dank" or earthy, musty, resinous, or piney notes have snuck in. Well, maybe a light hint of pine, but my point is that it's completely focused on tropical fruitiness. A firm but basic golden malt base supports the hop flavors, and a minimal bitterness helps to dry it in the finish along with just a little bit of acidic "hop bite". I like it! I wish more breweries would do these juicy pale ales instead of stronger IPAs. Anyway, let's finish up. Medium bodied and delicately crisp-then-smooth. The oats seem to have contributed some silkiness to the mouthfeel as well as haze. I don't know that I'd drink a lot of these in a row because I feel it would build on the palate, and although there's a lot going on it's really not that complex, it's just juicy, but I'm certainly going to grab a case of this to keep in the fridge for every now and then. Nicely done.
Review# 6,036

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big for low ABV, but almost too much past the prime fruit salad for me.
a) Pale very hazed, murky, orange color, that laces a bit.
s) Large aroma that is mostly juicy tropical and citrus fruit salad on malt / grain base. Big.
t) massive hoppy: juicy tropical fruits, but a bit past their prime and overdone? overripe mango, pineapple with a grainy wheat backdrop.
f) bready, spread with fruit marmalade, but a bit too juicy and loose.
o) Too fruity /juicy / overripe for me to enjoy more than 1. Try 1.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Pale orange color, hazy, with a 1-plus F head and heavy rings of lacing. The right density for a hoppy APA.

Juicy and fruity hop aromas with some light wheat bread.

Very hoppy: juicy tropical fruits like mango and pineapple with a dose of citrus. The dry wheat backs it up.

Smooth light body that is easy to drink and palate. The oats and wheat provide a clean dry finish after a juicy hop bite.

All the good stuff in an APA at 4.8% abv - drink up!

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Photo of beermoron
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an incredible beer. I am so excited to see the acclaim this beer is going to receive.

Look - beautiful, hazy, unfiltered straw orange. Looks like a NE ipa.

Smell - smells hoppy, dank, fruity. Smell really greets you upon pouring the beer.

Taste - incredible. This tastes like a true hop bomb, hard to believe it’s so light. I am blown away by how much flavor is in this beer for how light it is.

Feel - nice and juicy, great mouthfeel.

Overall - this is a damn near perfect beer for its category. I will be drinking this by the case.


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Always Ready from Cape May Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 57 ratings