Cape May Brewing Company
Summer Catch Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
New Jersey
12oz, 6-Pack
Huge head, tops out over three fingers, bright white and highly whipped up into a fragile froth, gets pocked full of holes as it dissolves, minimal lacing. Gauzy washed out yellow hued liquid, looks sun bleached, there's only a few visible bubbles but they are fat and move with decent speed. Very mild hint of banana and bubblegum to the nose, peppery and lemony with a solid wheat cornerstone, runs the risk of getting archly herbaceous but softens in the end, not much by way of fruit scents. Medium-bodied and noticeably dry, as a result the surprisingly tight and aggressive carbonation pinches the palate. The clove and peppercorns take over swiftly, pushing the bubblegum notes aside. In turn the wheat is more pronounced bringing with it notes of rough country bread. Dry white grapefruit pith and here there's a murmur of pear, apple, peach fruit, however, there's nothing sweet about it. The grassiness can't be contained through the finish, ratcheting up the bitterness. Needs to be served ice cold for maximal drinkability.
3 out of 5