L'Attitude

New Jersey
United States
L'Attitude, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Get out a map of the country. Put your finger on Cape May, then drag it due west. The first major city you hit is Washington, DC, home to our good friends at DC Brau. This was the inspiration for the new experimental IPA collaboration between the two of us -- two breweries well-known for throwing caution to the wind. Using two experimental hop varieties, L'Attitude IPA has notes of tropical fruits, berries, orange citrus, and a touch of herbal kick, all in a dry ale with a unique yeast ester profile of apricots and a touch of spice.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
Hopsteiner Experimental 09326 and YCH (Experimental) HBC432
Malts: 
Pilsner, Rye, Wheat, Oats, Honey Malt
Judges Review 
Jessica Sullivan's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

I am judging L'Attitude by DC Brau and Cape May Brewing Co. as an American IPA. 

The aroma hits you with a strong pine and spruce hop aroma, followed by generic hop spiciness and a more unexpected pink peppercorn aroma. There is a low, honey-like aroma that is layered on top of a bready malth character. The ferementation characteristics were very clean.

The beer had an enticing appearance. The head was white and substantial, with excellent retention. There were large bubbles (somewhat unusual for the style), and a haze (consistent with dry-hopping). The beer itself is a delighful golden amber.

The most notable characteristic of the flavor is its balance. The maltiness is well offset by the bitterness, and while, as is expected for this style, the hops and bitterness dominate, this is an exceptionally balanced beer. The pine characteristics from the aroma were present in the flavor, aong with mango, passion fruit, and orange (all hop-derived, I assume). 

While my mouth was left with a slight resiny feeling, the overall sensation was of drinking a clean beer. The beer had a moderate body with moderate carbonation, no astringency and no acidity.

In short, this was an exciting and fun beer to drink. It hit all the notes I expect of an IPA and delighted me with a fruity complexity in the flavor. I would definitely drink this again!

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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