Seeking Alpha - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 338
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: acurtis on 11-28-2013

Triple IPA
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from beerloserLI. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good sized pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of big citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very resinous/sticky and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Triple IPA style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of big citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; and smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,634 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tylip glass a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a creamy and quite sticky half finger head atop.Aromas are a little muted for a beer of this size and style,some tropical fruits and big caramel notes are noted.Tangerine and tropical fruit-like hops hit up front on the palate than some hefty caramel and boozy sweetness with a bit of burn even in the finish.This is a big brash beer with big hops and booze. (433 characters)

Photo of Fastchef
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden to burnt orange in the glass. Noses heady and well balanced. Well balanced hop burst, with complex but crisp finish. A serious Triple... (153 characters)

Photo of HomebrewDrinker
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Rich golden color with nice white head. Aroma is there but not overbearing. Hop flavor pushes through and well outshines the bitterness, which I like. Medium body with good drinkability to it for a big DIPA. Not my favorite of the night but definitely not the worst. I would order again. (300 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden in appearance, fluffy white head, good lacing.
Aromas of tropical fruits and pine.
Medium body mouth feel. No alcohol bite to speak of, but you will know that this is a 12% abv brew by the time it's all said and done. Slight bitter dry finish (as to be expected).
Tastes of tropical fruits. Some sweetness, but not enough to balance all the hops.
Not bad at all! This beer will not be voted world class any time soon but it sure is a quaffable triple IPA. I don't really care for most of Captain lawrence's offerings but I can drink this again. Not bad at all. (570 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazey gold, with fine white fluffy head and coating of lace, in a snifter.

S - Fresh, pine resin, floral notes, mango, citrus.

T - Lemon, mango, dry-ish, lingering bitterness in the finish. Bright and fresh.

F - Medium body, controlled, but present alcohol, well carbonated, slick texture.

O - this is a fine IIPA, clearly East Coast, as it celebrates the hop aroma and flavor, over the bitterness. (406 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and somewhat hazy. One inch head.

Pine and citrus, dank hops. No floral notes. Nothing stands out.

Taste is more hops, some sweetness.

Feels oily at first, and then the alcohol becomes warming on the finish, but not as much as you'd expect at 11%. (260 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange gold body with a bright white head. Left a decent amount of lacing in the glass.
Aromas of bright citrus/grapefruit and dank hops and a little alcohol
This is a palate destroyer! Coats the tongue in a straight jacket of hoppy goodness and doesn't let go!
Alcohol comes in as it warms, but still isn't as hot as you would think for 11%.
The bitterness and hop resins just last and last and last and coat your whole mouth. Don't plan on eating or drinking anything else and expect to taste it after having this beer!
Overall a very tasty beer full of hoppy resiny goodness! Give this a try. (600 characters)

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-This beer pours a deep golden body with white head. The foam leaves a nice lacing as it is consumed.


S-Pine, citrus and mango fruit, straight up bursting with hop aroma.


T-Similar to the aroma with a potent finish of alcohol heat and bittering hops. When sipped you can feel the ‘alpha acids’ coursing over the tongue leaving it scorched. It’s reminiscent of drinking liquid hops if there ever was such a thing.


M-Smooth then hot on the end. Each sip is smoother and last, the alcohol fades. Thus making this deceptively dangerous with its 11%.


O-This is a really stupidly hopped Imperial/Triple IPA that has noticeable heat from the abv. I like it. I would describe it like drinking vodka(really good stuff) and hops. It is unique in that I can’t think of another beer that this tastes like or reminds me of. (829 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an extremely hoppy and fruity brew; sweet, malty, and boozy. It's remarkably reminiscent of the first edition of Hi-Res.

I'm actually surprised at how good this beer is; it's right on the verge of truly excellent. However, some refinement - again, similar to how Sixpoint refined the Hi-Res formula between batches 1 and 2 - could eliminate any question of greatness here. (381 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer. I've never had more than one, in a single sitting, for a reason. It delivers on the promise of pushing the taste buds, to a fault. Acidic hops deliver the sensation of heat, much like eating a plate of your favorite wings at the local chain restaurant. Burnt cantaloupe, notes of honeydew, orange peel, lemon and spanish onion. Yes, I just said that. It goes down surprisingly smooth, which is dangerous. I would love to rate this one a bit higher, but I'm not sure I can advocate its ABV. The alcohol is extremely present, and the acidity of the over-aggressive hopping is in overdrive. In spite of it all, it really does push the boundaries of a lupulin threshold shift. I will gladly drink this one again. Cheers. (742 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Chunks of yeast are suspended throughout. Aroma has a sweet crystal malt smell to it, honestly it smells more sweet than hoppy.

First sip has a huge rush of bitterness. Makes my lip curl. This beer is not joking around. Just a huge bitter rush that lingers on the back of my tongue for over 60 seconds.

Well, this beer delivers exactly what is advertised. Insane rush of alpha acid bitterness. There is a lot of sweetness and body to this beer that is evidenced in the nose and mouthfeel, but this is a pure, unadulterated, hop bomb.

Not much hop flavor or aroma makes it through. This reminds me of Moylan's Hopsickle - I'd be interested to try them side by side. This is a very nice beer, but honestly it is hard to drink... Would have been better to split. But I love how it pushes the boundaries and unapologetically gives you a bitter overload. (969 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

On tap at Brickwall Tavern, Asbury Park, NJ

Bright orange color, but opaque with haze, and a small white head that faded to a thin ring, leaving trace amounts of lacing on the glass. Aroma was primarily fruity, somewhat hoppy, but mostly fruity. In the taste, again, lots of juicy fruit, citrus, tropical, stone, with a sugary sweetness overwhelming any hop bitterness; solid bready malt base, with a touch of fusel booze. I have to believe that the tap line was contaminated on this one...it almost tasted like a full-blown fruit beer as opposed to an IPA. So I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt with a relatively conservative rating. Mouthfeel was slick, body medium, carbonation average. Decent overall, but I kind of want to try it again, just to see if it was indeed contaminated. (789 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a single bottle in a mixed six in New Jersey on my recent trip south. Although NY state is next door, we do not get Captain Lawrence in Mass.

No visible "born on" date. Hot label graphic of flaming hops.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip pint.

a: Hazy orange with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pretty intense citrus, leaning to tangerine. Yummy. Later a grassy aroma emerges.

t: Strong citrus and pine hops forward over a thick bready malt base. Bitterness penetrates the back sides of the tongue and mouth. Bready malt and resiny bitterness linger. Some throat burn builds from the high ABV, but otherwise the alcohol is well covered.

m; Medium to full, chewy, loads of carbonation tingle.

o: DIPAs and TIPAs can get cloyingly bitter. This approaches that, but does not annoy. Instead the clingy lacing, amazing body and wake-up hop bite add up to a very enjoyable, substantial yet refreshing brew. I would definitely buy this again the next time I am in a state which gets it. Hopefully then too there will be bottling info so I know how fresh it is. (1,147 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Oliver's in NY, poured chilled in a tulip. Share with tenderbranson69.

The color is a golden lightly hazed amber with thin white head and fine bead. The clarity and retention are good with lace streaks left on the glass. The aroma has some strong tropical hop notes yet there is a lot of floral odors and moderate alcohol esters with yeast adding fruitiness to the nose. The feel is very good with moderately light body for the strength and high bitterness that gradual increases in the finish. There is subtle sweetness and light astringency with mild alcohol warmth with medium high carbonation and semi-dry warming finish.

The taste has very faint malt up front mixed with tangy tropical and mildly grapefruit flavors form the hops with mango and light citrus zest with some malt sweetness in the middle and malt foundation carries through with alcohol noticeable in the taste and slightly spicy aspect in the finish which has more bitterness as the ale warms with yeast adding slight fruity taste and alcohol warmth in the finish. Outstanding strong IPA in the sense it is pretty tasty hop wise and the alcohol is gradual and not that prominent in the taste for the 11% abv. (1,201 characters)

Photo of mirp1
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Easily the Double IPA of the year around these parts. I love Heady Topper, as well as Ghandi Bot, Dirt Wolf, High Res, regular Resin for that matter, but this entry by Captain Lawrence is different, in a good way. Great mouthfeel, a complex malt profile that drags a nice hop parade along with it.

This IPA is is what beer would be if a brewer fermented a batch of malt, mangos and pineapples at 10.2 ABV, and said, "here, knock your socks off", and it does. I've had it on tap, and from the bottle. Thankfully there is no difference.

The beer of the year on the east coast. The 89 rating seems protective of the beer world. Though a decent score, 89 is below what the beer really deserves. For 11.99/4, get it, and get it again. Awesome . (743 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours about as perfectly as a beer can pour. Huge white head that takes forever to fade. Bits of clumpy lace here and there and a thick covering that stays even as it very slowly thins out. Nose is lovely. Sweet notes of caramel malt and dinner rolls mixed with a perfumey, honey tinged alcohol. Heavy doses of pine tame the big malt base and make each sniff a walk in a Northwest pine forest. Taste hits with equal parts light sweet caramel and doughy bread, fusel alcohol, and piney hops that turned citrusy. Large amounts of tropical fruits flow underneath with pineapple, papaya, and mango prominent. Finish is firmly hopped with a long oily swallow and an astringent drying followed by a touch of alcohol heat flowing back to hop oil lingering and bringing bits of bread crusts and pineapple buttered rolls. Feel is surprisingly light and gently creamy, with a touch of light syrup. Astonishingly drinkable at this abv as the huge but sophisticated hop component subsumes the alcohol and creates a quenching quality that just keeps you sipping. Just a great example of extreme brewing made quaffable. LOVE IT! (1,119 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light orange color, mostly opaque, a healthy 1-inch head with good streaking.

S - herby, piney, aromatic, just a touch of sweet, citrus.

T - the driest high ABV Imperial IPA I've tasted. Piney, herby, a nice bitterness. Unlike others, I found the alcohol very well hidden.

M - I've grown fond of the gooeyness of Imperial IPAs, but this one doesn't have it. Mouthfeel lacks that. However, there is a lot of carbonation in this beer, which is nice.

O - A good drinking Imperial IPA. (489 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden dark yellow, with some orange tinges, along with a half inch head, and some sticky lacing.

Smells like booze, pine-sol, grass, and grapefruit.

The taste is similar. It's very strong, and doesn't quite hide the alcohol like it should. I get the impressions of vodka-soaked grapefruit and pine needles with this. There's also a lot of hop oil in this one. Not much malt flavor is present, other than some slight sweetness.

Medium bodied, oily slick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Goes down easily enough.

Not one of CL's better hoppy beers. Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA is far better. This one is just a little too much, (682 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeking Alpha is all about the dank. These are dark, dank, earthy hops, not the bright shiny fruity hops of a Citra IPA. It's plenty hoppy, but I don't know about this "Triple IPA" nonsense. These intensifiers are become useless tossed around words. Not to mention, Seeking Alpha has a pretty strong malt and sweet backbone to balance it out. Pretty good beer. Not great, but recommended. (388 characters)

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed apricot and honey colored with a bright white head of rocky, bumpy froth that lingers long, and leaves broad sheets of lace up the insides of the glass as I drink. Aroma of tangerine and turbinado sugar, subtle pine and ripe fruit, notes of honey.

Rich and intense flavor of tingly hops, lots of citrus and orange rind. Boozy, some nearly cloying sweetness, ripe fruit, ABV tingles the tongue. Full mouthfeel, but a bit slick. This one is tasty, but seems a bit out of balance. (493 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-gold with an average size lasting frothy off-white head.

S-Citrusy, hoppy and fruity aroma along with some sugary sweetness and breadiness.

T-Hoppy, herbal flavour along with a quite a bit of alcohol, some caramel malt and a long, dry bitter finish.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied well balance. Good carbonation.

O-Overall this is my time trying a CL brew. Was quite impressed triple IPA loved the hops! (482 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy golden body, topped by four level fingers of pure white bobbles of various small sizes. Thorough lacing.

Citrus aroma, very heavy on the lemon.

Deep sweet malt foundation. Plenty of fruit. Massive bitterness. Hugeness. Sense of alcohol, though no taste or burn.

Very full mouthfeel, almost syrupy.

Big all around, highly abrasive. I like it. (361 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy pale orange color with half an inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is piney hops and booze along with some citrus notes. The taste is a big swig of warming alcohol upfront followed by bitter piney hops. Some citrus fruit hints towards the finish. Booze and pine at the end. Very heavy mouthfeel. This is one hot IPA. More alcohol burn than I'd expect from the style, even with it being a "Triple IPA", but it works out well enough with the bitter piney hops. Overall, I would look for this one again. (530 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no apparent bottling date. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 5/12/2014.

A- Hazy light copper body. One finger, substantial white head that slowly recedes into a thick, filmy cover on the beer and lots of nice lacing.

S- Stinging strong pineapple & citrus and a ton of toffee with some caramel malt to back it up. Not interesting, but is a harbinger of what to expect on the sip.

F- Lots of pine, more pine and lots of aromatic citrus flavours, all balanced out by the caramel malt backbone. There is a lot of hop presence in this beer as expected, but the balance is very good. There is a little bit of fusel but not enough to seriously detract from the overall experience. It's not super complex, but it is certainly balanced.

M- Full bodied, slick and well carbonated with a nice creamy float-like feel to it. Certainly quite bitter with that slick pine resin, but not over the top. Some fusel is present, but I know that high ABV pale ales just can't hide it as well as other styles can. This is still a sipper because of that.

O- Solid triple IPA, one of the better ones I've had. It's not 120 Minute IPA, but it's solid and very well balanced. Worth trying if you are passing through Upstate New York and decide to pick up some locals at a packie. (1,277 characters)

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Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.