The Skeg

New Jersey
United States
The Skeg by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
82
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

With a namesake inspired by directional stability, The Skeg guides the Barrel Aged Series to a different corner of the world of sour beers. Stowed away for several months in French Oak red wine barrels, this dry-hopped golden sour features a soft touch of acidity and is far less tart than other sour beers. The Skeg leans more heavily on a softer Brett influence, complementing a mildly funky profile with a boatload of Amarillo hops. Bottled at the peak of its components, The Skeg-- an ever-evolving, bottle-conditioned beer -- is readily positioned to steer you to new flavorful locales.

Profile

ABV: 
8.8%
IBUs: 
70
Served at: 
45-55º
Hops: 
Apollo (for bittering), Centennial (for flavor & initial dry-hopping), and Amarillo (for second dry-hopping).
Malts: 
Pilsner malt (87%), Pale Malted Wheat (10%), and Acidulated malt (3%)
Judges Review 
Jessica Sullivan's picture
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer has a tremendously beautiful aroma – strong pineapple, tangerine, stone fruit (especially apricot), and lemon. As would be expected for a sour, there is a noticeable but pleasant lactic sourness, and a low brett aroma. Unlike most sours, there is also a noticeable but light floral fresh hop aroma. However, in many ways the flavor of this beer diverged from its aroma – while the floral hops are still evident in the flavor, along with plenty of lemon zest, nectarine, and pine, the sourness is at much lower levels than I would expect given the aroma and the style. Showing a strong oak presence, oak tannins give a somewhat astringent and puckering mouthfeel. In my glass, this astringency distracted from the overall experience of the beer, making it challenging to savor the interesting fruity and floral elements of the beer. To summarize, while the aroma was intriguing and complex, the low levels of sourness and the moderate levels of oak tannins made it difficult to enjoy the delicate aromatics that make sour beers so delightful.

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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