Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
A: A clear gold pour with a nice tall and frothy white head. Great head retention as it refuses to die out. Heavy, thick and continuous lacing everywhere.
S: Nice sharp, pungent grapefruit. Citrus rind. Maybe very lightly spicy? Smells dry with maybe some crackery malt?
T: More of that pungent grapefruit and bitter orange peel up front. Bold and sharp and extends through he middle. Sliver of malt, despite the ABV. Crackery, like saltines. Quite a bit of spicy black pepper in the finish. Very dry and quite bitter. Long lingering drying black pepper and hints of grapefruit.
M: Medium bodied, very dry and crisp. Would not suspect 9% ABV at all.
O: Nice DIPA. Loaded with big citrus (primarily grapefruit) flavors and aroma. Quite a bit of spiciness in the flavor too, reminiscent of a typical saison's black pepper in the aftertaste. Sharp flavors and big bitterness/dryness does harm the drinkability quite a bit. I don't mind though, I like the strength of flavors.
08-14-2014 02:03:18 | More by Dope
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Bottled 12/31/13. Just purchased a week ago in Connecticut. Should have known better, but we don't get Captain Lawrence brews in Mass. and I did not want to pass up the opportunity to try some.
a: Nearly clear dark gold with an inch tall white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.
s Mild citrus
t: Citrus up front with moderate hop bite over a medium sweet biscuit malt base.
High ABV is beautifully concealed. Minimal lingering bitterness.
m: Medium, very smooth, lots of carbonation tingle.
o: May not be what it was originally but this is stil a flavorful, refreshing and enjoyable IIPA.
07-31-2014 04:54:01 | More by scotorum
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Smell is amazing right off the bat. Very citrusy with some pretty alright dankness. It it well-balanced for an imperial which is refreshing. With the ABV being at 9% you would think it would have more of a malty characteristic to mask the alcohol, but this does not. You do get a nice lingering hop presence after each sip but its not overwhelming. A pretty excellently well-rounded beer!
07-29-2014 02:48:08 | More by Brock_hophead
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.