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Seeking Alpha - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acurtis on 11-28-2013

Triple IPA
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Ratings: 293 | Reviews: 42
Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Extremely hoppy and fruity; sweet, malty, boozy. Reminiscent of the first edition of Hi-Res.

A very good beer, but needs some refinement.

Photo of weiserr
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Salamanderking42
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good brew. Definitely an interesting take on a triple ipa.

Photo of JGam115
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold, lacing white foam. Boozy honey, ripe cantaloupe and honeydew. Over ripened cantaloupe through and through.

Photo of nelsonracite
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was not a fan of it

Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mirp1
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
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 .

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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,

Photo of lurpy1
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Mineo
2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

way too hot and bitter. malts come out much more prominently than the hops. it's a mess. a rare miss for CL.

Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy S%*t... this son of a gun is on fire - not literally, of course, because that wouldn't make sense! - but the beer that is literally in my glass at the moment almost tastes like it is on fire!

Once you swallow this bad sucker there is a lingering heat that is more than just alcohol, it's in the flavor. And like this Peruvian that Raulsky dated way back when: caliente! There is a bouquet of tropical fruits, yet the beer isn't juicy. Hell, after one more sip I may just see Rod Serling...

Get on it my children. Get on it good and hard.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Shane. Thanks bro!

The beer is bright orange with a mild haze and a half inch of head. The aroma brings notes of grass, tart citrus, sweet oranges. Sweet and hoppy, though not cloying. Lemons and oranges with perhaps a touch of apricot. Minimal bitterness and only faint alcohol heat. I rather enjoyed this and would certainly have it again.

Photo of threeviews
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date (yet I strongly believe it to be within 1-2 months of bottling) into a signature Captain Lawrence 12oz globe/snifter glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a wealth of sediment floating about. The head is no more than one finger of a white, frothy head. (I prefer my IPA and DIPA filtered clear) (3.25)

S- Although pine is absolutely present, the predominant aromas are that of a healthy dose of tropical fruit: pineapple, cantaloupe, melon, mango and papaya...the predictable citrus goes undetectable. (4.75)

T- Spicy at the front of the palate followed by a tropical fruit sweetness. The finish is spicy and dry with the tastebuds tickling with delight. Falling somewhere between 10-11% ABV (I've seen multiple metrics), the alcohol of 'Seeking Alpha' goes largely undetectable...a huge testament to such a light malt bill of which (based on the color) can only assume to be 2-Row, C-10/15 and Dextrose. (4.75)

M- Despite the hefty ABV, the body (as a result of a simple malt bill) is on the lighter side of medium and provides a platform for the hops to shine. The carbonation is just right for this beer...big hops and substantial carbonation to open up the palate allowing the hop flavors to flourish as well as ready it for the next swig. (4.50)

O- Being that Cpt.. Lawrence's Reserve Imperial IPA is a personal favorite, I was curious to see how the brewery would 'up the ante' with their latest hoppy offering. Not surprisingly, Scott and the gang have done it again and have 'killed it' with Seeking Alpha. This is a serious beer that needs requires equal attention. Exceptional! (4.75)

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, bright golden orange color with a one finger, frothy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with large streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy hop aroma with grassy pine notes and dank, resinous oils countered by light tropical/citrus fruits and a pale malt backbone. Hints of fresh cut grass, pine needle, fresh buds and spruce tip countered by sweet grapefruit and pineapple. There's a little bit of orange and lemon peel in there as well but the fruit presence isn't overbearing. The malt backbone really comes through in the aroma but doesn't hinder the juicy hop presence giving off notes of bread, biscuit and cracker for balance. Nothing really stands out in the nose but the aroma is inviting.

On the fuller end of medium body with a blast of dry, sticky bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes, pale malt and strong alcohol flavor into a dry finish. The hop profile lacks the balance found in the aroma with almost overwhelming bitterness and oily resins. Very dry and sticky with lots of earthy soil, grass and pine needle flavor. Very subtle tropical/citrus fruit with faint hints of orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple. Still, there is plenty of sweetness provided from the overwhelmingly harsh, boozy finish. Tons of alcohol heat and ethanol flavor killing off most of the interesting hop characteristics. It doesn't really burn going down but the finish is all boozy sweetness, almost completely overshadowing everything interesting that came before it. Not a bad beer but it's severely lacking in balance. Even without the strong alcohol presence in the finish, the sweeter fruit notes are overpowered by the strong bitterness and earthy resins. A rare miss from one of my favorite breweries.

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Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.