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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Photo of IronLover
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Spindelphia
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Moestavern
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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 srw
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spelingchampeon
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of rab53
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jhavs
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 JamesGrove
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gerred
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of ChuckTom
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BoOmerG
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justinprintz
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cape May IPA from Cape May Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 209 ratings