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Judge's Review: 95 Rating - Temporarily Permanent by Cape May Brewing Co.

September, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Temporarily Permanent by Cape May Brewing Co. was judged as a Wild Specialty beer, BJCP category 28C.

Mangoes and what seem more like peaches than apricots are the first aromatics that hit followed by a light vinous grape element. A light lemony citrus follows, which hints at the tartness to come. No barrel aspect but some barnyard funk raises as it warms and serves to intrigue the imbiber. The beer pours a golden orange color that seems to glow. There is a substantial haze but it is not murky. Topped with a large frothy white head that dissipates quickly into a fine ring of lingering lace. Tiny bubbles raise quickly to inform you of the effervescence. The flavor allows the apricots to make an appearance alongside the mango. Moderately low levels of malt sweetness accentuate the fruit. A bright tart citrus sourness and a low-level acidity take the place of bitterness in balancing the beer. Red wine tannin is noted in the finish. The funk raises up in the aftertaste and add another level of complexity. Higher levels of carbonation, a medium-light body and a slight mouth-coating tannin serve to clean the palate and provide an easy-drinking sour ale. Very refreshing and approachable. The fruit additions complement without overpowering each other as all the elements of the beer are identifiable and harmonious. Sourness and tannin aid the drinkability as the tropical fruits and the lingering tartness make for the perfect poolside quencher. A blissful brew!