Irrationally Exuberant

New Jersey
United States
Irrationally Exuberant, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Well-balanced and enticingly sour, Irrationally Exuberant is aged for 27 months in carefully-selected red wine barrels, resulting in a nuanced finish with a layered profile. Rustic with underlying notes of oak, hints of overripened stone fruits permeate throughout, leading to a brew that requires repeat sips to unveil the full picture.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
11
Hops: 
Saaz
Malts: 
Pilsner, Wheat, Melanoidin
Judges Review 
Michael McGuire's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Irrationally Exuberant by Cape May Brewing Co. is a Golden Sour Ale that was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (BJCP sub-style 28C). In the glass it formed a thin white head without much retention atop a murky dark golden brew. The aroma was dominated by profound (probably lactic) sourness followed by slighter funky/barnyard notes. For the flavor profile tartness and sourness abounded with fainter funk, after which still fainter traces of malt and hops could be detected. The aging of this beer in red wine barrels produced another layer of profoundly enjoyable flavor.

The mouthfeel featured medium body and carbonation, and moderate alcohol warmth and astringency. Overall this beer had a pleasing complexity attributable to what seemed to be multiple souring agents as well as the effects of barrel-aging. Drinkability, enhanced by restraining the alcohol content while maximizing the more unusual and harder-to-produce flavors and aromas noted above, should be high among those who appreciate well-crafted beers prepared and aged as this one obviously was.

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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