Cape Cod IPA | Cape Cod Beer

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Cape Cod Beer
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-16-2003

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a really mediocre IPA. It's strange to have a beer whose aftertaste is more pleasant than the actual sip. The hops really only came about after the swallow. On the tongue it almost had a lager-like malty tang, which just isn't what I would expect from an IPA.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cold 22 oz bottle that I bought at the brewery during a visit to the Cape.
Pours a clear copper hue with foamy eggshell white head of 4 cm rising up and fading slowly to a rocky surface layer with good staying power. There is also some tight lattice on the glass after each sip. This beer looks very sharp!
Aroma is a bit of grainy malt and then rolls to an herbal tea and a bit of pine sap. Nose is mild overall, but smells like an IPA.
First sip reveals an average body with very smooth silky texture and fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is a bit of caramel and then a fairly assertive bitterness. Astringent black tea leaves and a bit of grassy note, but mostly a fairly astringent general hop bite. I cant put much more description on the flavor. Alcohol is non-existent and the beer is easy to drink. this finish dries out my palate and asks me to take another sip.
this is a good IPA, dont expect a double, and my only complaint is that the nose is so mild.
worth a shot, especially if you are vacationing near the brewery.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1st time there as we are traveling. To be fair I only had their 5 out of 6 samplers. So I only had about 4 oz. to give a review for all of my samples. I gave it 3 1/2 on my personal rating of 1-5. Decent IPA

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Photo of fscottkey
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] Forms an attractive 1 finger of dense white head. The beer itself is an attractive reddish tone. The can clearly lists the bottling date (06/01/15). The ABV is not listed.

S: [2.75] Pretty weak nose. Some breadiness is about all I am getting.

T: [3.25] Mild hop bitter opening. Then moving into a nice caramel/toffee malt flavor. The bitterness hits again at the end.

M: [3.50] Late bitter gives an overall dry feel to the beer.

O: [3.25] I had this once before and my expectations, for this review, were low. However, it was tastier than I recalled. That being said - the nose is nonexistent. Also there is a bit of a synthetic quality to the bitter finish like it is due to chemicals. Not my favorite IPA. Wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of trooperp
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Lacks any creativity and special qualities.. This is a disappointing beer in a gorgeous area (Cape Cod) that certainly deserves a better quality brew.. Basically, an "IPA" without the "IPA" part...stay away!

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Photo of von_kaiser
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving type can..
A: clear copper tone 1/2 finer head
S: budweiserish-metalic-hop
T: Metallicy and iodiney
M: good carbonation and a resinous hop flavor (I'm guessing it's a hop flavor) lingers
O: boarder line drain pour imo. The first flavor absolutely kills it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a plastic cup, the beer is a dark, caramel-copper coloring with a filmy, clinger, off-white head. Nose of smooth, roast caramel and peppery hops. Balanced aromas. Flavors are resiny hops forward, bitter, with toffee and caramel sweet and richness following. Peppery build in the end of the palate. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a cloaking lace left behind. Aftertaste is richly sweet, with resiny bitter overtones. Smooth, dry finish. Solid English style IPA.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small glass from a growler. Bought while on vacation at The Cape. Should've brought another one home.

A - Pours darker than most IPA's. A brownish amber with just a bit of a haze. A small amount of carbonation showing. A disappointingly small head, even after a somewhat aggressive pour.

S - Not a whole lot of hops up front. I noticed about an even amount of malt and hops, but lot's of fruit. A touch of grapefruit, some lime, and perhaps some cherry. Very interesting, but very good aroma.

T - As with the aroma, it's a little different from most IPA's. Nice to have some variety. Not a ton of hops up front, but they're there, and are tasty. A bit of malt is present as well, as well as all of the aforementioned fruits were noticeable, especially the cherry. Again, a unique tasting IPA, but a very good one.

F - Arguable the most refreshing IPA I've ever had. I drank this while on the beach, and it was almost perfect. A good amount of carbonation, and is easy on the throat and stomach while still packing plenty of flavor.

O - A unique IPA. More malty and less hoppy than most. Nice to have some variation, as I think a lot of IPA's are quite similar. It's a very tasty, yet extremely refreshing beer. I'm kicking myself for not picking up another growler on my way out of town. I've sampled all three of Cape Cod Beer's year-round offerings, this IPA, Beach Blonde Ale, and Red Ale. This is by far the best. If you're on The Cape, find some of this stuff.

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Photo of Andrew041180
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Arrived at the table with very little head, although what was there retained fairly well. The beer is much darker than most IPAs I've had, something of a brownish amber. Bits of ruby appear in the outdoor seating environment. Slow bubbles are visible in the beer, which aid in the head retention. Lacing is actually less than I expected, but still present.

S - I'm smelling sweetness here - mostly caramel. Some other toffee and bready scents.

T - Follows the nose. It is balanced very heavily onto the sweet malty side, and the only thing that really hints that this is an IPA is the bitterness that kicks in on the finish. But its not complimenting. Too sweet on the front end. Too bitter on the back.

M - Medium-bodied. Nice, but not special.

O - Would like to give higher ratings, but I wouldn't drink this one again. The sweetness and bitterness clash significantly and don't serve to complement each other at all.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/23/13

Note: 500mL swing-top Grolsch-style bottle

Appearance: Pours clear, with a light chill haze - medium amber with a lot of reddish highlights - aggressively carbonated (bottle opened with a ridiculous pop), big, creamy, off-white cap - leaves a nice wall of lacing

Smell: Rich caramel malts and a blast of herbal, grassy, piney hops - the malt presence is big, but I wouldn't call this balanced - grassy, herbal, spicy hops - a lot of earthiness, too - chewy, lightly toasty, caramel malts and grains - reminds me of a bag of specialty grains about to be thrown into a kettle of homebrew

Taste: Follows the aroma, with some raw hops and raw grains - very bitter, with a load of herbal, grassy, spicy, earthy, piney hops - I'm not sure what hops they used here, but they are unusual - somewhat balanced by the pale, caramel, and amber malts - grainy, in a good way, and finishes dry - some light, buttery notes, and an undertone of salt

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, nice finish, quaffable despite the spicy bitterness

Overall: Worth a try, maybe on the beach

The spicy hoppiness and earthy malts kind of remind me of salty ocean air. I'm not sure why. Regardless, while I'm not a huge fan of the hop profile, I definitely find it interesting. I look forward to trying the other Cape Cod beers.

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Photo of KyleIPA
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh bottled growler into a pint glass.

Appearance- A golden copper color with almost 2 fingers crisp off white head.

Smell- A strong malt character and lemony fresh scent

Taste- Crisp bite with sweet citrus flavor similar to grapefruit on the tongue settling to a nice mellow bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation provides a smooth almost creamy texture to the palate.

Overall this is a delicious IPA that is not overbearing and very sessionable. Made by a very devoted team of knowledgeable beer enthusiasts that pour their love of the craft into every pint. Try one when you are on the cape!

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Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz growler purchased at cape cod.

A- pours a copper red clear body with a nice off white hea that sticks around for a while.

S- resin and citrus sitting on a light malt background.

T- upfront I get a big hoppy pine and resin flavor. Ends with a nice balance of cseamel malt. Leaves a bitter hoppiness on the tongue.

M- Medium carbonation and mouthfeel

Overall an above average ipa and a great offering from a less known brewery. Pick up a growler if you're on the cape - you won't regret it

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 64 oz growler into pint.

Amber in color, 2-finger head, minimal but nice lacing.

Nose is nice, mildly fruity, pretty sweet-smelling. Not knocking me over, but I am pleased.

This IPA has a nice balance- toasted malt and mild pine bitterness.

I think this is a pretty good beer- this one goes down well, and has a nice finish. For $8, it's a damn good growler fill.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at Spanky's 2 miles from the brewery. The IPA poured a rather deep orange to amber color and gave about an inch of an off white head with nice retention throughout the pint. The beer laced the glass through to the last sip.

As one could only hope for from an IPA, Cape Cod Beer's IPA provided a very sharp hop taste that had a rather bold citrus aroma and piney hop taste featured. The hoppy nature of this beer is exactly what it should be and it seems as though the beer, while not as in your face in terms of hops as some other brewery's IPA's, fits this offering quite well.

There is a symbiotic balance to the IPA with the hop consistency matched well to a nice deep malt undertone that ultimately leads to a somewhat bitter finish. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear reddish/amber color. Poured a fluffy 2 finger off-white head with fair retention. Lightly decanted. Wavy lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, bready caramel malt. Citrus, cut grass and earth.

T: Slightly sweet bread and caramel. Citrus and pine hops. Resiny middle with a sharp bitter balance that finishes dry.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little resiny. bitter and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable Good flavor, good balance. Moderate ABV.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with a puffy nearly grey head.

S-Sweet and mild with a hop presence learning towards the lighter side. Bready malts. Smell is fairly disappointing.

T-Very earthy with some pine and some citrus as well. Quite bready. Maybe a bit of coffee too. Unique taste.

M-Fairly medium bodied. The head sticks around and sits on yor lip after every sip.

D-Drinkable enough for me to kill a growler in a few hours on an 85 degree day.

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Photo of racer2k
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler while on vacation at Cape Cod. Poured beer into a pint glass

A - Dark brownish red color to the beer which creates a very thick 2 finger cake batter colored head. The foam dissolves over time leaving a thin lacing around my glass.

S - Hints of pine hops, sweet malty caramel and fresh baked bread. There is also an earthy grassy tone to this beer.

T - Caramel sweet malt and a moderate pine hopped flavor that offers some measure of bitterness but to be hones I thought that the malt profile was stronger in this beer. The finish is bitter and dry which is nice.

M - Moderate body and carbonation to this beer with a dry bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable beer but I was underwhelmed by the hop profile. I have heard that this is an excellent IPA but it just was not there for me that particular day. I will gladly try this one again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Heart and Kettle in Hyannis.

A: A thick fluffy 1finger head fades slowly with decent lacing over clear golden reddish orange color.

N: Light bitter hops, little grassy and light mild earthy hops, a little malt base too but overall not much nose.

T: Starts bitter with some mild bitter earthy hops, with some grassy and juicy hops too, little pine. Also some fluffy malts add a touh of sweetness and very light creamy flavors.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter, slighly astringent, lingering bitter earthy and little piney hops, slightly dry too. Touch of creamy malt as well.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/16/09. Growler. Pours a copper orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt and floral hops. Flavor is mostly sweet caramel malt with some tropical fruits and light citrus. Not very hoppy really or bitter, more malt-forward for an IPA, but very delicious nonetheless. Full-bodied and easy to drink. I definitely recommend this beer!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swing-top bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Not quite clear brassy color with a bone white head which thinned to a layer that left some trails of lacing.
Strong piney and citrus hop aroma, I like the smell of the hops.
Taste is bursting with citrus flavor, along with pine resin and enough malt to keep things in balance.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm such a sucker for swing-top bottles. I don't know why. This one is shaped like something you'd whack a mole with at a state fair. I love it.

Pours a very nice, clear, deep rich amber color, almost brown, capped by what I can only describe as a white upside-down pancake looking head. All kinds of lacing. This is a damn good looking beer.

Smells very nice, lightly dry hopped, but there's some nice sweet grapefruit going on. It smells like candy.

The taste is a nice earthy, very piney bitterness balanced against a sweet caramel malt and toasted bread. It finishes dry. Some spiciness lingers in the aftertaste as does a slick and oily bitterness. The label warns not once, but twice, that this beer has got a bite. Really I'd say it's more of a big nibble. It's very hop-forward but not at all over-the-top or tongue shredding.

The mouthfeel is chewy and slick.

There's something in the aftertaste that's really putting me off this otherwise good beer.

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Photo of CommerceComet
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good tasting Indian Pale Ale. Tasty with a refreshing fruity taste that is a nice kick but not overpowering. A great beer to have on a hot summer day on the Cape. Very light on the tongue with a smooth finish. Also, looks good in the glass. Thouroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of Jayli
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Bubbala's in P-town 9/25/09
This beer pours a nice clear copper color with a one finger of off white/tannish head that leaves nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Nose was horrible, no really - it was like sniffing a gym sock with a hint of hops. Taste, however, was FAR better. I almost stopped at the smell, but persisted. Taste begins with a pale malt that lends it way to a touch of caramel and toasted malt and then is quickly dominated by hops, hops, and well - hops. Balance seems a touch off, though the beer is still quite drinkable. Lighter side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, clean crisp beer. This beer starts a little thin, but then thickens up in the middle. Save for the nose, this is a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: huge head, dark gold, clear

Smell: citrus and hops

Taste:some malts, hops, and bready grains

Mouthfeel: There is a malty sweetness in the first sip that quickly gets bitter, smooth, light bodied, with low carbonation

Drinkability: This is a slightly above average IPA with a really bitter kick. I could not taste the alcohol in it. Not a bad beer, but nothing that jumps out either.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh growler at the brewery while vacationing on the Cape.

A solid and fruity IPA with a good balance of slightly sweet malt character and hop bitterness. Hop flavor is citrus and pine with some pine and lemon citrus in the aroma.

Appearance is tremendous clear copper with orange highlights and a billowy light tan head and sticky lace.

Plently of bitterness in the end but with enough malty sweetness to balance and keep the mouthfeel well rounded.

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