Seeking Alpha - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 338
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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 rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
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 (841 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,827 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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. (789 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
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, (682 characters)

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of cavedave
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I love Mr. Vacarro's beers, let me just say this right now. Perhaps experiencing his excellence through the years makes me expect a bit more.

Pours a beautiful clear dark straw/ white gold, with a huge white head that threatens to fly from the glass, but is so thick it just overtops it and keeps together, defying gravity. Spots and legs of oily lace slither slowly on the inner surface.

Nice aroma, minus points for weak in the late addition/dry hops, bonus points for how delectable an aroma it is.. Really floral, neutral sweet, lacking in the thicker hop notes, and definite sense of alcohol heat in there too, not really in a good way.

Well, the flavor is quite bright, but here again it is the alcohol presence, a raw heat that doesn't play well with others here, that keeps this from being the stunningly delicious beer it threatens to be with a bit of a different treatment. Nice balance of pine, floral, and bitter pith, but it ends with alcohol detracting from a finish that would be dry and clean.

Very viscous, too carb.'ed/carbonic, a finish that is good, but could be better with less resiny buildup.

I am certain there are folks who love the harsh burn this beer provides, with an alcohol and bitter hop bomb in the finish, but this hop head gotta say they needed to treat these hops better, the hops deserved better than this, Capt. is capable of better than this. (1,386 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,277 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Not sure if it was via bottle or tap; sampled at the EBF. Pours a hazy yellow color.

S-A highly intense perfume of hoppiness. Chunks of grapefruit. Resinous pine and some oniony notes.

T-Pine, herbs, grapefruit and grass hops. On the second small sip I get more citrus than before. Alcohol heat. A surprisingly light, pale maltiness gets burned away quickly by the hops and alcohol. Somehow manages to taste 'bright' rather than 'heavy' in my opinion.

M-Good carbonation. Very, very bitter. You get a feel for the booze, even with such a small sample.

O/D-I find the moniker of 'Triple IPA' leads to beers that can be hit or miss. Some have been amazing and some have fallen flat. This one is really quite nice. I would look for the bottled version of this gong forward. (777 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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%. (260 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up earlier this week down at the new Bottle King in Livingston. I've had so many American Double/Imperial IPA's that I didn't think that this would stand out among them. Thankfully, it did and because the alcohol was so recessed, it went down relatively easily as well. This beer has enough "Imperial" in it to live up to its name but by itself, it just feels like an IPA with a nice balance and quite a bit of booze underneath it all.

Nice pour to this, as it came out quite golden, with a hint of amber and cloudiness tossed in for good measure. The head was more than sufficient and quite a bit of it stuck around in the lacing, which lingered on the back side of my pint glass after every sip that I took. Great orange, melon, and papaya in the nose, which were all present in the taste as well. A nice, resin mouthfeel tied all of this in together along with a hint of weed-like "skunk" and a hint of earthy hops. The alcohol and "kick" was in the back, reminiscent of of booze and bitter chocolate. This felt like a Barleywine too, in terms of the rye and strength that came out once each sip went down. Very smooth for a beer this strong and on par with its West Coast counterparts.

Yes, this was strong but that wasn't a detraction at all as I had to pace myself during my time with this. The earthiness stuck around long after the liquid went down but for a beer of this type, this was balanced well and the carbonation helped to keep it fresh and somewhat what in spite of the alcohol that made itself known before I finished this off. Nice job here by Captain Lawrence and hopheads looking for a potent brew with nice balance would be well-versed to give this beer a go. (1,696 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (545 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)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (482 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 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)

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Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.