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Seeking Alpha - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 346
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | 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

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Beer added by: acurtis on 11-28-2013

Triple IPA
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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 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 threeviews
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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- The predominant aromas are that of a healthy dose of resinous pine and tropical fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, melon, mango, papaya). There is also a noticeable (blue/black)berry component that I seem to find congruent with the Mosaic hop profile...the predictable citrus rind from many a DIPA 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 Captain 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) (1,774 characters)

Photo of HopHead_44
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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.... (492 characters)

Photo of ironbike1
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (349 characters)

Photo of coolhandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a short 1/4" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: loads of floral and citrus hop bitterness rises from the glass.

Taste: big caramel sweetness, mango, pear, grapefruit, floral notes, and a big juicy hop presence. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied beer. Smooth and syrupy throughout. Long lasting aftertaste as the hop bitterness rides the tongue forever.

Overall: a very enjoyable triple IPA that has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Since the alcohol is not overpowering I found this to be quite drinkable despite the high ABV. (654 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,891 characters)

Photo of JoeBloe
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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! (527 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (2,116 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 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 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 CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (846 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 ksimons
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy golden with about two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malts, citrus and floral hops

T-the taste is very nice. Pale malt backbone, tropical fruits, juicy grapefruit, citrus hops, and finishes with some alcohol heat

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, bitter aftertaste

Overall another impressive beer from Captain Lawrence. Really big flavors in this one and while the alcohol leaves a little heat it is not unwelcome. (473 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (492 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,026 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 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 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 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)

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Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.