Always Ready

New Jersey
United States
Always Ready by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
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.

Profile

ABV: 
4.8%
IBUs: 
23
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Calypso, Denali, El Dorado, Citra, Ekuanot, Zythos
Malts: 
Pilsner, Wheat, Oats
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Always Ready is being evaluated as an American Pale Ale (BJCP 2015 Category 18B). The aroma showcases everything that hop lovers look for in a great pale ale: hop intensity, freshness, complexity and just a tiny hint of malt in the background that stays well out of the way. There are bright notes of honeydew melon, mango, and tangerine with floral undertones of rose and lilac. This hazy blonde pale ale features a creamy white head that lasts throughout the enjoyment of the beer. The aroma sets the bar very high and as a result, the flavor profile is a bit of a letdown. The hop flavors are subdued overall compared to the aroma but what is discernable is delicious. The perceived bitterness is on the lower end of the spectrum and helps the beer avoid straddling the fine line between American Pale Ale & American India Pale Ale. There is a somewhat harsh characteristic that comes through in the finish – possibly polyphenols from a hefty hop addition and/or high levels of sulfate in the balance of the water chemistry. Overall, this is a great-drinking modern interpretation of a pale ale that will delight those who have a deep appreciation for what hops can bring to a simple beer. 

Brewery Introduction

Three guys and a beer — that’s how Cape May Brewing Company came to be. Back in 2011, Ryan, Hank, and Mop Man brewed their first batch of Cape May IPA, kegged it up, and sold it to a bar up the street…

…and began... Read More

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