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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Captain May IPA by Cape May Brewing Co.

October, 2019
Judges Rating: 
89
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Captain May IPA by Cape May Brewing Co. is an American IPA (judged as such - BJCP sub-style 21A). In the glass it formed a thick white head with moderately strong retention atop a slightly hazy orange brew. The aroma began with juicy and fruity (peach, mango, pineapple) notes complemented by base malt and lesser caramel ones. The flavor profile reflected the same ingredient influences and balance and progression as the aroma.

The mouthfeel featured medium body and carbonation, slight but noticeable alcohol warmth, no creaminess or astringency just a full fruity/juicy coating of the palate balanced by bittering hops for balance and enough malt backbone to escape a cloying finish. The overall effect was a clean, balanced and highly drinkable IPA with broad appeal.

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