Cape May IPA | Cape May Brewing Company

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Cape May IPACape May IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Ahoyhoyindeed on 07-18-2011

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold growler poured into a mug. Thanks for the hookup to my brother Curt. I actually visited the brewery in their early days before the tasting room was functional and was worried about how they made it through hurricane damage.
This IPA proves that they are doing A OK.
the beer pours a slightly hazy copper hue with a brown eggshell creamy head of about 1.5 cm.
The aroma is citrus and rindy hops with a good caramel backbone to balance the beer.
The first sip reveals a fine tingly carbonation that tickles my palate as I sample this beer. The body is average and drinks very easy.
Flavor is some caramel and toffee up front and then rolls to a good dose of rindy and grapefruit pith hops. The hops dry out the finish and leave a lingering bitterness.
I dont get any booze on this one, and find the beer enjoyable and dont have much problem polishing off the growler.
Next family vacation I know where I am going for growler fills.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cabanas in Cape May. Reviewed from last nights notes.

A- very dark and cloudy for an IPA. This is really not what I expect in and IPA.

S- good aroma, piney and strong.

T- nice hop bitterness upfront, fades a little toward the finish, but ends as a refreshing malt/hop balance.

M- good texture, not too light, but not too heavy.

O- this IPA is good. I dont know if it is something I would go for all the time as it is a lighter, more muted IPA. That being said, it eorked perfevtly for me eating a crab topped burger while looking out onto the ocean. It really is a great beach/pool IPA. They should really can this stuff.

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Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz Boston Round growler from the brewery.

Hazed out pale copper hue, excellent lacing all around. Semi-brash citrus rind from Cascade hops, hint of mint and dry breadiness too boot. Smooth with a solid medium body from the sturdy malt backbone. Hearty hop bitterness has big citrus flavors of rind and pith, those flavors linger with a meeting of bread and faint yeast. The dry finish pushes me for another sip.

Loving this brew as it take you to another place rather than the usual paths of trendy IPAs.

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Photo of asuburbanman
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cachookie
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanOooh
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of StevenH
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of sjones5045
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bieniek30
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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

Photo of kcq101
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%

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