Coastal Evacuation

New Jersey
United States
Coastal Evacuation by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

"Coastal Evacuation": a phrase common at the Jersey Shore. Hurricane season hits hard, and we're hitting back with a Double IPA able to withstand the storm. Copious amounts of Centennial hops dominate the flavor from start to finish. It's time to evacuate-are you prepared? It is a full-throttle Imperial I.P.A., brewed to accentuate the great aroma from the Centennial, Apollo, and Simcoe hops that dominate this beer, but keeping a great malt base intact that is sturdy but not sweet. Big on citrus hops, but with notes of apricot, mango, and a bit of a floral note, as well as pine needles and grapefruit, especially on the finish.  This beer goes down smoothly in a way that betrays its 8.0% abv and 80 IBUs.

Profile

ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
80
Served at: 
38-45º
Hops: 
Bittered with Apollo, whirlpool addition of Centennial, dry-hopped with Centennial, Simcoe, and Apollo to the tune of 2 lbs. per bbl.
Malts: 
Pilsner malt, pale malted wheat, and a touch of acidulated malt.
Judges Review 
Jessica Sullivan's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer starts off with a surprisingly fruity aroma – in addition to the pine, lemon, and floral hop aromas that are typical of many Double IPAs, there was also a strong pear and peach presence that was both unexpected and enticing. The malt aroma bordered on caramel, but was (appropriately) overwhelmed by the hop character. Consistent with what I would expect for the style, there was a moderate toasted malt flavor with low sweetness – enough malt to support the hopping. The floral and fruity hops from the aroma also appear in the flavor, and meld in interesting and pleasant ways with the caramel-tinged malt flavor. Suggesting dry hopping, my pour was quite hazy, bordering on opaque – because of this, the visual appearance of this beer wasn’t as inviting as other elements, although if you hold this beer up to the light, there are rich golden highlights that seem to glow from within the glass. Overall, an exciting and compelling beer with a high level of complexity, even for the style.

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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