Cape May Brewing Company
Follow The Gull India Pale Ale
American IPA
New Jersey
16oz, 4-Pack
Two fingers of dazzling white foam, a bit whipped up and agitated so retention is average at best, plenty of peaks and valleys along the way, the lacing starts off thick but has no stick so gone soon thereafter. Completely hazy liquid, more a washed out yellow than copper, no seeing through it, even close to the surface. Solid skeleton of salt and pepper, sourdough crust and freshly mown grass to the nose, bright florality and citrus blossom, the pineapple, papaya, guava fruit scents much more sweet than sour, earthy underpinning, no real funk to it and breezily open, clean. In the mouth it tends to be full-bodied and here there's more sourness and dankness although it is intelligently managed. Mandarin orange to a mix of white and pink grapefruit for citrus, this tends to overshadow the floral side of things. The mango, nectarine, pineapple fruit provides an initial burst of flavor but the palate dries out too much for this to last through to the finish. The malts tend to provide more textural smoothness than obvious flavors. Put together well, yet there's nothing really exciting about it. On a good beer menu it would be your third or fourth choice.
3 out of 5