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Seeking Alpha - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
very good

251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: acurtis on 11-28-2013)
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.89/5  rDev +24.4%
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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4.85/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.68/5  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 ironbike1
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HOPBOMB! ... Bottle says nothing but there website states 11%...Walk into my goto bevy and its siting on the counter just delivered and he made me buy it at 12.99 for a 4. Nose is very fruity and robust... Im guessing it was veryyy fresh because the hop flavor was very intense... The mouthfeel was strong of hops and a slight aftertaste of alcohol burn.. Overall a great BIG double ipa...(they call it a triple) This is going to be something hop heads from all over will want to seek out....

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4.51/5  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.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Pahn
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half glass of head with excellent retention, leaving a wall of lacing. Semi opaque pale copper.

Smell: Dank berries... Weed berries... Some rogue hippies broke into the flower patch, smoked it the fuck out, had a raspberry and peach feeding frenzy. Jesus Christ.

Over the top hops though it is, the berry element makes it exquisite. That hop dankness that just cuts right through your senses; if I were Proust and I'd spent a lot of time in greenhouses, some shit would be happening right now.

Taste: Thick, oily hop palate, flavor kind of like 90 minute IPA dry hopped with a pound of weed. Come on. The beer supposedly has Tomahawk, Mosaic, Cascade, and Citra, but it definitely tastes like some Summit was involved.

This is one of those hoppier than hoppy beers like Devil Dancer; so hoppy that self-professed hop heads are over-hopped by it and claim the flavor doesn't "mesh" for them (not citrusy enough, as if hoppy beer always tastes like orange juice). This is hop flavor that goes beyond grapefruit and slight greenhouse aromatics into the armpit of a serious stoner who rubbed berry puree all over himself. Piny too.

Fuckin good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and absurdly slick. tingly dry finish, though it doesn't feel thaaat highly attenuated. Moderate carbonation. Good vessel; pretty much what you'd expect such eschatological hopping to feel like in the mouth.

Overall: If some beers are a punch to the face of hops, this one is a bullet to the head. One of those "do you really like hops?" litmus tests. By the same token, i can't say the array of flavors is that well thought out or balanced or even pleasant... but i like it.

This is the piece of sushi with a tablespoon of wasabi on it of beers. Maybe it's childish or silly to get off on beers like this, but I'm into it. Bravo Captain Lawrence.

Photo of CHickman
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.