Cape May IPA
Cape May Brewing Company

Cape May IPACape May IPA
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IPA - American
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3.78 | pDev: 12.43%
Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Cape May IPACape May IPA
Notes: The American IPA named for America’s Oldest Seaside Resort, Cape May IPA is loaded with floral and citrus notes, slightly bitter with a zesty finish. A West Coast-style IPA brewed in the heart of the East Coast, it’s the beer that’s Crafted on the Cape.

65 IBU
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Classic look. Nose is grapefruit, pine, soap, a touch of brown sugar, and tree sap and resin. Pleasant and nicely aromatic. Beer opens black tea, grapefruit, a mellow hop bitterness, and pine. End is soft. Some peach, bark, and grassiness. Not much to this one. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down soft and clean with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

Not a hop bomb or a juice bomb. This one's just a well balanced drinker. There's something to be said for that.

Dec 08, 2020
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tzieser from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/8/19, consumed 11/13/19.

L- Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. Pours pale amber in color with a fluffy white head that settles into a modest lacing that sticks around for the entire session.

S- Plenty of hops, as expected. Mostly made up of citrus and a good amount of piney/dank hop character with just a light hint of sweet malt.

T- Big grapefruit hop character, with a good portion of pine bitterness (I'm completely guessing Cascade, Simcoe and perhaps some Centennial) quickly complimented by some light toasted malt sweetness.

F- Well carbonated yet slightly slick near the end of the glass.

O- This is a very good, well-made IPA for a good price ($9.99 a six pack). I've been drinking this one for a few years now back when they were only bottling. Since then it is still one of, if not the most consistent IPAs you can get on shelves here in the Garbage State. Recommended.

Nov 13, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the immortal woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some herbal and floral notes. Taste is herbal, citrus, some caramel, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it's decent, but drinks much more like an English IPA than an American one.

Oct 24, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a frothy well retaining head.
Although relatively clean at first, the aroma begins to pick up some classic IPA qualities. Understated citrusy hops aromas of grapefruit and orange, along with light pine.
The taste opens with a touch of caramel malty sweetness. Soon, the hops flavors take over, with citrusy notes of grapefruit rind and orange pith. Developing herbal hops notes of grass and pine along with a black peppery spice. Moderate and clean hops bitterness with a resiny finish.
Medium bodied, crisp and with lively carbonation. The balance tilts towards the bitter, with a mouthfeel that is somewhat oily and resiny from the hops.
Good old fashioned and solid IPA all around. Despite its seemingly “outdated” profile amidst today’s more experimental IPAs, I cannot knock it for flavor and drinkability.

Jul 29, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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: The American IPA named for America’s Oldest Seaside Resort, Cape May IPA is loaded with floral and citrus notes, well-balanced with a zesty finish. A West Coast-style IPA brewed in the heart of the East Coast, it’s the beer that’s Crafted on the Cape."; "Crafted on the Cape"; "Unfiltered".

"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 worked! Not only did it form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving wonderful lacing in its wake, but … Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity! Success! Nose, while floral & hoppy, was not as bitter as I might have hoped for. It had the mild bitterness that I often get in an EIPA with an earthiness rather than pine or citrusiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of an EIPA, more reliant on a biscuity maltiness with an underlying light-grapefruitiness & a subtle grassiness.

Back to this site's "Style Guide": from "EIPA: "Expect earthy, floral English hop character and a malt profile defined by notes of biscuit, toast, and toffee." This was MUCH more of an English IPA & while that was fine, it did not really meet the criteria for an AIPA. The brewery has claimed itself, so I will be in touch to suggest a modification. In the interim, I am forced to CANtinue to review it as an AIPA, sorry.

This was a subtle, mellow beer, very evocative of hop tea. It was lulling me off to sleep just when I really wanted to be jolted into action by a blast of hoppy bitterness. Finish was semi-dry, but it simply was NOT an AIPA. YMMV.

Jul 14, 2019
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine, hazy IPA but it's not too hoppy; Duane even likes it a lot too. Along with this one and" always ready" this indicates a good brewery, probably one we should visit soon.

Jan 09, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pours a light golden-amber color with a fine-bubbled off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Initial impression is pine, orange, lemon, and herbal notes. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect. Finish is citrus-y, with a lingering bitternes on the back of your tongue. Very enjoyable.

Oct 08, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer and the six pack didn't last too long. Likely will become one of my regular brews that I always have on hand. Refreshing and crisp. Doesn't take anything to the extreme and is very well balanced. Get some!

Oct 01, 2018
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mpyle from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber color, a bit of haze. Pours a creamy white head, creamy and lingering.

A piney/orange hop aroma. A bit malty and sweet which amplifies the fruit aromas.

Initial malt is bathed heavily in hop flavors, of the pine and citrus variety. But quickly get a bit of a solvent character. Beer seems too weak for it to be alcohol, but it is like alcohol. Nice assertive bitterness, but again have a bit of the solvent character in the finish. Some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency, maybe a very slight warming

Has some good elements, but something in the volatile hop aroma/flavors doesn't work for my tastes.

Jun 16, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow water glass: color is hazy gold, head is off white with fine bubbles, presents about 1/2 inch deep, head dissipates to a ring along the glass with some lacing down the sides.

Smell is a more traditional spin on hop aroma from an ipa - good herbal notes, some citrus, some pine, but more herbal/floral notes. Some light malt noted with toasted bread.

Taste follows the aroma with herbal and floral aroma leads to a slightly spicy bitter flavor with subtle toasty malt.

Mouthfeel is moderate with crisp hop bitterness cleaning it up.

Overall a good IPA with herbal hop aroma, spicy/herbal/floral hop flavor and crisp bitterness in the feel. A good lean towards a more traditional ipa recipe.

Jun 04, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a six-pack of cans at store in Manahawkin, NJ, whose name escapes me. I have heard of this brew before, but never tried, as it is not distributed in MA. Decent IPA, nothing special, would probably get if in that area again.

May 23, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam medium retention. Medium light, earthy, herbal and woody hop aromas with very light boozy notes. Medium malt aroma. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light creamy feel through the middle with pleasant boozy warmth toward the end. Herbal and earthy hops and malt flavors with spicy hop and caramel malt notes. Medium hop bitterness through the middle that intensifies along with herbal and spicy hop flavors and a strong malt presence. Finished with caramel malt and spicy hop notes. Hop aromas were a bot subdued. Balance was slightly toward the hoppy side. Malt character was solid. Easy to drink with good flavors.

Mar 17, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours amber with a very slight haze and a head that sticks around for a minute or so with minimal lacing. The aroma is very faint without giving away the hops used. Decent malts providing some balance. Medium body.

Dec 24, 2017
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz pub glass.
Smells clean, light citrus, hoppy and 'odd'. Tastes mildly bitter, a mish-mash of lemon-citrus, malts and something a little different. Not overly carbonated, mild.. a light lingering of bitterness.
I don't know what to think of this one. There's something in here that was of.. a mineral taste? It wasn't bad, but it brought the flavor down a notch or two.

Nov 03, 2017
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jhavs from New York

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange and hazy, bubbly head. Active carbonation.

Malty, citrus, grassy aroma.

Bitter, herbal, malty sweetness and some citrus.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Heavy on the bitter, outways the flavors.

Oct 17, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While I love NJ craft, I'm unsure about the water quality in Cape May. It's fantastic in places like Carton's Atlantic Highlands deep wells, or Shelter Island, or Long Beach Island - but I'm not sure about Cape May and Delaware.
This is more of an EIPA.
a) Pours a completely hazy orange bronze body with one finger head and spotty lace.
s) Malt, covered in light citrus, grass, seaside stink, and floral aromas.
t) Follows smell, has that boardwalk tar and timber feel of EIPAs, with caramel, orange, juicy papaya, floral notes, a bit past prime and spicy masculine bitterness.
f) Medium bodied beer, crisp, clean but malt and spice aftertaste.
o) mild IPA which is closer to an english pale ale. Mid pack.

Oct 16, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear dark amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4" off white head that recedes slowly to leave a ring of leggy lacing and sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass. The foam eventually becomes a large irregular island on the liquid and most of the lacing continues to cling to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches, small patches and a few long skinny legs of lacing.

The aromas include lots of citrus (grapefruit zest) supported by some floral character and some bready malt almost concealed in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grapefruit zest and bitterness up front but backed up by some floral character. The bready malt sweetness is in the background but there is also enough of it to soften out the bitterness and keep it from rasping the tongue. But there's also an occasional almost unpleasant earthy touch to the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost smooth with some very light, prickly and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the citric and floral bitterness fade a bit allowing the sweetness to come forward briefly before settling into a nice semi-dry ending that continues to have just a hint of sweetness to balance things out (unless it leaves that earthy bitterness showing).

This seems a well made IPA that I'd enjoy having again. That said, in a wide field of IPAs it doesn't set itself apart from the norm and the occasional earthy character to the bitterness seems jarring. But in many ways the beer is just fine in the sense that it provides what most breweries these days need, a well made drinkable IPA.

Sep 30, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.
Pours with a lightly hazy amber body topped with a white head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass.
Fresh but mild hops with bready malts in the nose.
Flavorful with plenty of hop character. Clean and refreshing, with mild bitterness for style.

Sep 25, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cape May Brewing Co. "Cape May IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, "0880 BB 11/5/17" and sampled on 08/30/17
$9.99/6-pk @ Wegmans Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Great label. Great beach colors, and the crab holding the hop is a nice detail. Hazy deep amber, almost cooper colored body beneath a short head of white that dissipates readily. Tiny particulate can be seen in suspension and I'm guessing it's dry-hopped. The aroma has an odd note, like a wet dog or salty water. Am I imagining this? Is it just mineralish? I'm finding caramelish malt and some grassy, mild citrusy, and piney hops. The flavor follows... without the wet dog!!! The pine is more prominent, and there's almost a plastic-like note to it that's odd as well... ? Am I off base on this? Weird. I initially though it was a floral character but then it kind of lingers through into the finish. There's less caramel to the malt than I thought there would be, and it's nicely grainy and bready. Some nice orange comes through which might be its salvation. A Stiff bitterness balances it, leading to a dry finish with residual piney hops. Medium bodied and crisp. Needs focus.

Aug 30, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy look to this brew. Tropical scent with malt poking through. Sort of a clash with the hops and the caramel malt producing a somewhat metallic finish to this brew. Can't overcome my dislike for the flavor clash of this one (my opinion) but it gets better as it warms and as it goes down.
Edit: had it again and the flavor was better than I had initially rated.

Aug 08, 2017
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rjal from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Perfect head thickness with light orange color. Smell of citrusy hops is appetizing. Perfect amount of bitterness that doesn't linger into poor taste on the palat. Better than just a solid IPA.

Jun 11, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely loose and airy head, barely a finger high and falling, spider webs have more density, off white coloration, no retention, the lacing looks like an afterthought. Fully cloudy and opaque liquid, chunky, looks like a catfish might be swimming through it, brownish amber, what bubbles are visible have good activity. Dense nose of pine sap, candied oranges, metallic earth, not much fresh leafiness, the apricot, apple fruit inexpressive, caramelized brown sugar and dinner rolls insufficient in sweetening it up, not simple but too reluctant to converse. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and sluggish as well, carbonation a minor factor. The citrus falls flat, little zest. More doughy, biscuity here. Sour leafiness and a metallic pucker interrupt the flow. It’s drinkable from an ABV perspective, while none of the flavors make you go “ahh.” Apple, pear, peach, none of them seems distinguished and of clarity. Drying finish, no one element seems exaggerated. Does not cohere in a choral lift, does not provide an element which would qualify as a “guilty pleasure.”

May 03, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: light citrus and floral aroma.

Taste: caramel, orange, mango, and a mild floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish, Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: a mild mannered IPA that is closer to a pale ale. Flavor profile is enjoyable.

Oct 16, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass. It pours a golden-amber with one finger of milk-white head with good retention. It smells of grapefruit, orange peel, and cracker. The taste is predominately citrus with some cracker and hoppy bitterness at the finish. This is a nice blend of a West Coast style hoppy IPA and an East Coast fruity one. Unfortunately, it is neither really fruity (compared to, say Jai Alai) or has a biting hop finish. Nevertheless, it's tasty and is great on a hot day at the Shore. It it medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and the 6.1% ABV allows for multiple tilts. It's good but I prefer the Coastal Evacuation Route DIPA.

Aug 28, 2016
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Hazy orange - copper color with a thin off white head that looks like seafoam, appropriate for Cape May.

I smell peppermint and dried citrus. Underlying malt is biscuity.

Floral, earthy, slightly citrusy. Big an Bready dry malt.

This brew is thick, resinous, and dry. It makes for pucker.Not bitter but dry and hoppy. Tart.

It's hoppy enough but there's no denying the malt.

Jun 25, 2016
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