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Seeking Alpha - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 14
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: 296 | Reviews: 42
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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 Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info purchased at the brewery a few days ago.

Pours hazed, dull near golden amber. Off white frothy and long lasting head. Leaves a thicker film, thick collar and more then ample high and fine sheeting and scattered lacing.

Nose is brightly of grapefruit.

On the palate its more and more grapefruit, biting lime, soaked in gin alcohol notes. Big and brash, fresh and flavorful. Hop lovers, extreme/big beer lovers rejoice. World class DIPA

Well done Captain!

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 CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a decent white head on top. Not very much visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some good lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Quality aroma on this one, starts off with a big hop bang with a sweet almost maple syrup like malt backend. Hops add a nice citrus and earthy aroma.

T: Nice profile here. A good deal of bitterness but it doesn't overwhelm. Hops are a very solid blend with citrus and herbal qualities collaborating in harmony. Malts add a sweetness to the background that doesnt detract from the hop.

M: Very drinkable considering the ABV. Medium body that has a dry finish. A touch sticky from all the hop resins but not too bad.

Overall I'm really diggin this beer. Has a solid hop offering and a pleasant malt backbone. Worth trying out for any hophead.

Photo of rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy color, with a small amount of an orange hue. The head started white and foamy but disappeared very quickly.

The nose demonstrated the pungency of various hops, seems like the Citra always outshines the others. This one had more than your fresh young high hopped IPA.
There was the typical grapefruit citrus bouquet, but I also picked up some malt sweetness

The first sip was BIG and BOLD with a fair amount of carbonation. Very dry consistent with so many 90+ IBU beers. What I like was that there was always hops going around. Hitting all parts of my tongue displaying various attributes. The pine, the lemon, honeydew.. All coming at the same time.

The alcohol seemed to be up front, but with the aftertaste, I was left with that clean dry bitterness.

Enjoyable, hard to put an exact finger on it, different bold and good

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 SpeedwayJim
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a 1 finger rich, creamy light-colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A really nice looking beer.

Nose is citrus, pine, and floral hop bitterness. Some cane sugar and a light lactose tie things together. Aromatic. Pretty good.

Opens citrus, pine, papaya and manga hop bitterness. A huge cane sugar and cream background emerge quickly in the middle supported by a hefty dose is booziness. More citrus and a resin hop bitterness round things out. Finishes fruity and sweet with a rich, sweet aftertaste. Nice complexity and flavor but a bit too heavy.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and boozy, dense and aggressive going down. Messy finish with a long, lingering, hot aftertaste. A bit over-the-top.

I like my IPAs to be flavorful... which this is. But I also want them to be drinkable... which this most certainly is not. In a style that consistently puts out huge beers, this is one of the biggest... which isn't a good thing here. Worth trying as the flavor is there, but I'd pass after one.

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 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 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 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 Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pale amber/deep gold body, not quite clear, fat head of foam that stuck around for a bit and the slipped into a nice cap and collar

S: flowers and citrus fruit and pine resin all blend together, moments of bright and moments of deep

T: rich pith of grapefruit and pine, chewy sweet caramel malt, bitter barrage across the tongue, some heat from alcohol

M: medium-to-full body, leaning toward viscous; slick and palate drenching, some tingle from alcohol, some soft, slow fuzz of carbonation

O: real nice and very strong - I noticed the alcohol while drinking it, but it had such a strong body and active hop assault that it quickly became an after-thought - big drink here folks - certainly not for the noob - I really dug it, but this sorta thing is my bag, baby (*Austin Powers voice*). Go ahead and grab a coupe if not the whole 4-pack.

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that die down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of tropical fruit hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has flavors of lemons and oranges along with notes of mangos. The hops contribute a moderate to high amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish. Only slight traces of alcohol are perceptible. As the beer begins to warm up, bits of caramel and sweetness become apparent from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has pretty good drinkability for something that is branded as a "Triple IPA" as it tastes strong but does a very good job at masking nearly all of the alcohol from the taste.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is the stuff! -scored a 4pk from Deciccos in Ardsley after hearing about it from one of my local beer store guys - pours a hazy yellow color but puts up a nice 2 finger head - great lacing from the top to bottom, rare for a beer of this abv magnitude - citrus aroma pervades along with tropical fruits and greens - fresh! - great flavor of citrus with a little pine - thick yet clean on the palate - is there such a thing as a triple IPA ?- this brew makes a noble attempt at stepping it up a notch - and succeeds! Cheers!

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 CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A perfect looking IPA with the thickest 2 finger white head that I've ever seen; it was like styrofoam and did not budge for well over a minute, leaving craters and canyons as it dissipated, and then it left incredible thick foamy lacing coating the sides - beer commercial material, THE best looking head I've ever seen on any beer and the head was equally as impressive after the second bottle's pour. Golf clap for this feat Captain Lawrence.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, strong piney hops, biscuit, pineapple, fresh fruit, brown sugar, light booze and some mild spices. The hop bomb nose that you would expect from a triple IPA with a ton of fresh hoppy aromas that have just enough malt backbone to give it a little balance, but basically it's all in your face hop smelling as expected.

Tastes like juicy resinous fresh citrus hop oil and a glass of grapefruit and orange juice; the alcohol peeks through, but the complex hop flavors quickly cover it up and wash it down with a citrus wave that has some mild heat. After it warms, or the hop blast numbing effect ends, there are nice flavors of graham cracker, mango, candy like gummy bears, floral hops, herbs, spices like cinnamon, pepper and coriander and then some more citrus hops and booze like rum. ABV is controlled and this is much more drinkable than I expected, hence the 2 bottles in one sitting.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, like a hop soup, but still on the slick side with light carbonation, a sweet malty cracker taste that leads to more juicy hops and then a slightly bitter aftertaste that has an alcohol presence. Not too boozy, but the warming reminds you that this brew is powerful in every way.

Overall a great beer in that they pushed an IPA to the limit and pulled it off as this is more drinkable and enjoyable than it should be considering the strength of it, and it flows down easier than it should. This is a borderline barleywine that gets more complex and flavorful as it warms up, so my advice is to crack one open and sip and savor. Good stuff, you'll be hard pressed to find a better Triple IPA.

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 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 ironbike1
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well honestly not much more to add then what has not already been said. On tap this thing is a hop bomb and just a treat to drink. Super easy to have a couple but be prepared for the ABV to catch you in the end, because it will after 2-3. I have had this on tap and bottled and both are delicious. Once again great Job from Captain Lawrence.

Cheers

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 cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a captain lawrence tulip. brew poured a transparent yellow orange with a massive ipa head that had great staying power and coated the glass with lace in the few spots where the head dissolved. nose is a nice sweet citrus, well balanced and not in your face. taste is a bit more pine coney and the feel is very full. for a triple ipa this is extremely drinkable and not the mess that devil dancer is in my opinion. can't usually hang with the IIIPA, but this is doable. a bit on the sweet side, but what do you expect? i suspect this will not be my last encounter with this wonderful beer. definitely worth checking out.

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 coolhandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

-Bottle poured into snifter pint
-golden very light haze, head was large and thick white, good lacing
-smell was potent, high pine resin and citrus,clears the sinus
-taste hoppy throughout, do not notice the alcohol until the end slight burn, Pine Resin in center of tongue and spicy citrus on the tip
- felt very well balanced, enough body to hold the flavors, not overly thick, every sip after the hop wallop in the beginning started to become more welcomed.

overall- As it warmed up a bit the taste started to flourish. Was a palette overload, but in a good way. Great for a hop head, maybe to much for some one of different taste.

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 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 .

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Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.