Before the Pour

Marcel’s View:

Jack Black’s branding is mostly on-point and this is no exception. But I have to say that I really prefer the more illustrative approach they follow with beers like Lumberjack and Skeleton Coast. This is also part of the ongoing puzzlement I have about what appears to be three different branding lines for JB’s beers.

But overall, nice label, strong design, and pleasant to look at. If somewhat sinister? I mean look at the skull. And that snake. I really hate snakes.

But my crippling phobias aside, I think it’s a solid if somewhat monotone effort. I even like the size of the bottle. Am I getting soft? Probably.

Matt’s View:

The label is calming and well designed. I like it. Solid design as is the case with all their beers. I’m not a huge fan of the bottle size and shape, but there you go.

Agreed on the weird three brand line approach. Why do they exist? What’s the story? Who knows, but this label works and seems to fit the iconic Cape image they’re going for. Nice one JB!

The beautiful and somewhat scary scenery of the Western Cape is the label’s theme..

In the Glass

Marcel’s View:

This is a good beer to look at. A rich straw-to-golden color that promises good things to come. Aroma is hoppy, leading with pine and citrus and a whole bunch of lemon. This smells like a solid APA, which is to-style for the beer.

The taste is even more lemon-drop and pith. A very robust bitterness that I like. Not too much, but definitely APA territory. The finish is dry and crisp, and I immediately want another one. This reminds me quite a bit of Sierra Nevada’s paradigm example.

Good grapefruit-citrus aftertaste that lingers just long enough, without overstaying its welcome.

For me, this will become my go-to session ale. It’s interesting and has edge without being something that will fatigue my palette overly much. Great, great beer! Well done Jack Black!

Matt’s View:

It pours golden and looks great! I can’t wait to drink this beer. Good crisp head also, which I like.

Tastes are citrus and solid bitterness. But the bitterness doesn’t linger too long. Not too much malt complexity: the fresh, citrus hop flavors are the stars of the show here. Although it’s not an IPA, it has hops complexity (and quantity) that will put many of the faux-PAs (™ Matt Besseling, 2020) out there to shame. Which is a shame.

Despite the bitterness, it’s an easy-drinking sipper and a great pale ale. I can have many, many of these and will be stocking up on them when we’re all allowed to buy beer again. Now I’m sad.¬†

A wonderful brew, to be sure!

Final Verdict: Will it go to Mars?

Marcel’s View:

Given that we have few solid APA-style beers in the cargo hold, this one’s going! But even if we had a few more APAs, Jack Black’s CPA is a fantastic example of a locally crafted ale that delivers the goods. It’s going to Mars, baby!

Matt’s View:

100% agreed. Jack Black’s CPA is going with to Mars. Jack Black really didn’t skimp on the hops and this is a full-flavored, yet easy-drinking beer that I will be having many of in future. Nicely done, Jack Black!

The Scores



1 Comment

  1. Owen shaw

    Taking a few cases back to KZN. Habit forming beer.


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