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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 76   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Cape of Good Hope, which changes year to year, pays homage to the original style and adventurous spirit of the first British IPAs. This past year’s release, a west coast style double IPA, is brewed with 100% pilsner malt, imparting a subtle maltiness and beautiful golden color. Loaded with hops, there’s Columbus in the kettle and Centennial in the whirlpool. Then it’s dry hopped with El Dorado, Calypso, and Galaxy, resulting in a dry, crisp ale with unmistakable flavors and aromas of tropical fruits. Doesn’t match the hop listings I’ve seen elsewhere, right?

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3.2
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep amber color with a decent off white head. Nice head retention. The nose starts with a dash of pine but quickly goes heavy with citrus. The flavor has decent malt and hop balance. There is a toasted malt, slightly buttery flavor. Plenty of malt bitterness and lots of citrus notes from the hop side. The alcohol is a bit obvious. Medium to full bodied with an oily feel to it that clings to the tongue. I wouldn’t mind a cleaner finish. I feel like the flavors don’t quite mesh together. Okay, but not one I would return to.

3.2
MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a orangish amber with little head and aromas that are odd. Chocolate? Flavor is kind of weak and doesn’t really match my idea of the style. Like a washed out IPA with herbal and fruity hops.

3.9
Jayb0 (1218) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bronze with thin but appetizing head with lacing. Fresh citrusy aroma, Big, thick IPA. Well balanced, good malt backbone, very enjoyable.

3.8
r464 (2370) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Orangey copper color with a whitish head. Hints of citrus zest, pepper, leading to a hoppy but not overly bitter finish. Well balanced, punchy, hints of lemongrass. Quite a nice IPA.

3.9
boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle from Mari’s. Pours clear copper with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a slight film. There is plenty of carbonation in the glass. The aroma has a good citrus punch with enough astringency to let you know this is well hopped. The taste is very citrus forward but has a nice bitterness on the finish. This well exceeded expectations!

3.6
alobar (3914) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Clear copper color with no head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Citrus flavor with caramel, pine, and hint of hops. Thick body with creamy mouth feel. Good beer.

4
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Cloudy reddish amber appearance with an average size beige head and good lacing. Floral hops hit first in the aroma with plenty of citrus in the background. A clean, pungent taste with a variety of hop characteristics and a solid malt backbone. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a long lasting finish that hides the abv pretty decently. A well made example in a style with a lot of competition.

3.5
Bricks (1150) - Delaware, USA - OCT 21, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2016 ’14 version (8.1%) A fairly robust IPA.. reminiscent of some barley wines I’ve had. Good beer. Better than a version I had in ’12.

3.4
Tinco (621) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
A pretty solid DIPA with a nice hoppy profile. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it either. Enjoyable.

3.1
ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012
Location: Draft at Cork City, 10/14/12

Aroma: This one has some spice, citrus, and a little pine on the nose
Appearance: Clear orange-caramel colored pour, with a white head, and light, sticky lace
Flavor: The tastes falls off a touch from the nose, and is light-medium sweet and lightly bitter
Palate: This one has a decent mouthfeel, a soft, almost flat, carbonation, and a slightly dry finish
Overall Impression: Solid, not great, kinda sweet IPA. The nose is pretty decent, but it falls off a touch flavor-wise. Its fine, but I didn’t love it.


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