Seeking Alpha - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acurtis on 11-28-2013

Triple IPA
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Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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 reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Mineo
2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
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 Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of threeviews
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
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)

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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 metter98
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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 CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Pahn
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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 coolhandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 ksimons
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of ironbike1
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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 cavedave
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.44/5  rDev +13%
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!

Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.