Cape May Brewing Company
Always Ready Northeast Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
New Jersey
12oz, 6-Pack
Solid two finger head, displays good density, however, retention is slightly below average, bleached white hue, the lacing slides down the glass with ease. Cloudy yellowish colored liquid, looks like pear puree or something similar, can't see any bubbles within. Very grassy nose with peppercorns, burnt bread crusts and tar and resin notes, the tangerine to orange citrus mild and comes across as juicily sweet, in turn the pineapple, guava, nectarine fruit scents have more energetic bite, overall quite longlasting and the dankness alleviated by its airy lift. Medium-bodied, dry with a steady dose of carbonation to prevent sluggish heaviness. Similarly to the nose the initial impression is of citrus, here pink grapefruit, mandarin orange and a touch of lemon. The resiny marijuana nuances tend to undercut the exuberance of the guava, mango, pineapple, nectarine fruit. The malts soften the finish and lend it a brush of cocoa and the oats likely do the same. All the parts move in unison yet the engine never really revs fully. Could put back a couple in one sitting, not more.
3 out of 5