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Seeking Alpha | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Do you find yourself constantly seeking your next “alpha acid” overload? Are you just not satisfied with the hoppy bite of your run of the mill IPA? Well, look no further. Hop flavor, hop aroma, and hop bite! Brewed for hop heads, by hop heads.

Added by acurtis on 11-28-2013

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Decent lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops (no surprise there), citrus, malt, and pine.

T: Tasted of hops (not as much as I would have thought, but still a lot), citrus (orange), melon, some pine, a little bit of malt, and a little bit of caramel. While the flavor had all of these ingredients going for it, it wasn't overly dynamic. Still, subtly interesting.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer is definitely OK, but a mixed bag. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 3/10/2016 into snifter.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with 1 finger white head with long lasting retention and leaving lots of lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops with some apricot and peaches. Caramel, honey, and toasted bread.

T: Citrus and stone fruits combined with caramel and biscuit malts. Apricot, pear, and grapefruit.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is a little bitter and a touch sweet.

O: Excellent Imperial IPA with nice balance and complexity. Another solid brew from Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It reminds me of Southern Tier Gemini. It is smooth, sweet and hoppy. It balances nicely. The feel is hop inspired but a smooth and not bubbly, but subtle. Smell is up their with hop, but in general a must have!!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange color. Lots of resin, has a great nose. Citrus, pine , fruity malts. Medium body and low carbonation.

overall a very nice DIPA with a great nose. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo during the latest rendition of GABER. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Drunk right after Palate Shifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy white head with great retention. Hazy gamboge orange in color with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and leaves piles of lacing down the glass. A half wisp remains until the end but the lacing kinds of dies off rather quickly.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, toffee, melon and notes of pine. Tropical fruits as well with notes of passion fruit and hints of citrus. Bold stuff.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and melon sweetness up front. Flavorful with a big finish with plenty of booze, melon sweetness, bitter pine flavors, grassy hops and tropical fruit.Quite bitter and boozy with lots of fruity flavors lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Plenty of weight, creamy and a touch syrupy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat and alcohol linger along with the bitterness.

OVERALL: This is definitely a big beer. Makes me actually want to brew something like this again. Boozy with lots of sweet flavor and a good hop presence and bitterness to balance the show. This is more of a hoppy barleywine than an IPA per se. If you're looking for a DIPA, then Palate Shifter is a better bet. If you're looking for a big, bruiser of a beer with the hops in the right place, this will more than fit the bill. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange with fluffy, long lasting off white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, lemon, honey orange, & mango. Taste is all of the above with a slightly sweet malt backbone. There is a touch of bisquit that seems to be getting stronger as it warms. The feel is med+ with a slight syrupiness that I am still trying to figure out if I like or not. It does help ward off the 10% ABV which is warming after 2 sips. It leaves a nice coating of hop resins on your tongue. Over all not bad if that syrupiness could be cut back just a little I would rate a little higher.

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Photo of dajerzy52
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look feel and color make this a wolf in sheep's clothing. Amazing balance out of a lighter malt with huge hops giving it a citrusy apricot piney taste. This may be my new favorite from CL behind captains imperial reserve

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Photo of tigg924
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold, with one inch head. Taste is tropical fruits: Lemon, mango, orange, with a nice malty backbone. Pretty well balanced for the amount of hops here. Tasty sipper that I will get again. Certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

9/6/15 DE

Pours straw yellow which is kind of strange for an IPA. Nice big white head with decent retention if that's what gets you off.

The smell is a bit boozy with some bitter hop that hits you. The taste is the same. It's ok, can't say that it's anything than a high octane basic IPA. The booze is up front and throughout. Not much masking here. Only think I keep thinking throughout is its just ok.

Overall...it's ok. It is smooth for the alcohol but not something I'd seek out anytime soon.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

SAmpling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a creamy bleached white head of 3 cm foaming up and fading to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is a little boozy and a bit of grainy malt but the dominance is rindy, citrus hops on this beer. I do get a little dark fruitiness mixed in on the nose, but in general hop notes take over. The nose isnt overly complex or robust for a bigger beer but it is enjoyable and certainl not a flaw.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with very fine carbonation that is gentle on my palate and rolls across my mouth with each sip.
Flavor is as the nose advertises with a bit of grain and again some fruit, maybe grapes and pear, then a roll to hop astringency that doesnt relent till the next sip. RIndy, citrus notes carry the day on the flavor and a general aspirin astringency hits on the finish and lingers for a bit on my palate. The booze that I picked up on the nose doesnt give any pepper or heat on the swallow, which surprises me a bit.
The beer is actually very drinkable for 11% and im surprised at the ABV when I look it up.
A well crafted beer with lots of hop characteristics, but plenty of other details as well if you arent just a hop head.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Big boozy sweet IPA. Pours cloudy orange with thin white head. Sweet malt and fruit up front and then bitter earthy hops with mild alcohol burn finish. Overall good for a sipper.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Fastchef
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
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...

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Photo of HomebrewDrinker
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of RexBanner
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of cfalls
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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%.

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Photo of jhartley
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

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