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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPACaptain's Reserve Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,124 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 189
Gots: 120 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-13-2006)
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Reviews by BeerEngineer:
Photo of BeerEngineer
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

General: Found this at a little liquor store in West Covina, CA. It’s a 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle. Poured into my New Belgium tulip style glass to taste and review.

Appearance: This is a crystal clear DIPA with a great light golden color. SRM is probably around a 9 or so. Head is light, white and fluffy. It diminished pretty quickly but leaves some slight lacing.

Aroma: It has a slight citrus hint to it but the primary aroma is a grassy hop scent. It’s overpowering for all of the other potential aromas that could come through. Not much maltiness in this, it’s a big in your face DIPA. The hops aren’t my favorite profile but it’s a good example of a west coast IPA with the grassy/piney hit.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a little on the thicker side of the spectrum, still within the style but it seems to really coat your mouth. The carbonation is moderate.

Taste: This is just a grassy/piney explosion. True to a west coast style it’s like drinking a pine forest and fresh cut grass. Pretty good! Reminds me of something, see below…

Overall: This is one of those classic style DIPAs that stays true to its roots. It’s not trying to be a “new age” IPA with mango, citrus and grapefruit. It is very similar to Pliny the Elder in my opinion. It’s not as bright, and that may be because of the age of it for this bottle, but it’s got a similar hop profile. For those Nor’Easters who can’t get Pliny, Captain’s Reserve IIPA is a fair substitute. I bet if you get it fresh it would be even more similar.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a light to medium golden with a large blooming white head...maybe to big,a large amount of broken globs left behind as settled into a frothy mass.Tropical fruit with some leafiness, mixed with sweet alcohol and caramel in the nose,the hops win out.Quite sweet on the palate although maybe not quite as sweet as many of the style,drunken fruit and sugary sweetness with a tropical fruit-like hoppiness in the finish,if there was just a little more drying resiny/pine hoppiness it would have been rated higher by me.It's close to being fantastic but just a little sweet....in my opinion.

Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking pale gold color with a slight haze.

Complex, doughy, bready malts through and through balanced by a hop assault, piney and strongly floral, very inviting. A nice, cleanly drying finish that makes you want more.

This was a really great change of pace from what we're used to in the midwest. Thanks to blaheath for crackin' this one open.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of diesel59
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i tried this at there pleasantville location while retrieving parts @ kent supply one afternoon... i will not mention what oil co. i work for.... otherwise it was outstanding... and soon to be found on tap for growlers in pawling discount... to which i and some friends frequent... great double I.P.A.

Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy gold approaching copper. 2 finger headed that faded to a lacing on top of the beer that will add some coat to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel from the malt and floral hop aromas with a little citrus.

T - Strong malt presence that prepares the taste buds for the hop explosion that comes right after. I was guessing about 80 IBU but was told it was 91. I was a little surprised by that but I can believe it because the great malt flavors balance the hops well.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Feels like they malted high and that they are some more complex sugars left in there. Really quite nice for a IIPA.

D - A double IPA is a beer that can be excellent for the first pint and then get a little overwhelming on the second. Not so with Captain's Reserve, the balance makes a very drinkable 90+ IBU beer.

As a side note, this goes quite excellent with shell steak and spare ribs. This can stand up to any great tasting steak and really add to the enjoyment of it.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely clear pale golden orange pour. Two fingers of creamy white foam on top of the brew. A bit lighter in color than many other DIPA's. Aromas of tropical citric hops along with pine resin accents. Herbally with a sweet crisp backbone. Somewhat fruity, nice.

First sip brings a mix of fruity citric hops upfront with a touch of sweetness. Tropical and pineapple accents swirl through with herbal pine on the way down. Malt body is quite thin here and a touch biscuity with bitterness well placed on the finish. Alcohol is not really noticeable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit lighter than I expected. Good carbonation. Overall, a pretty good DIPA with a few flaws that drop it down on my favorites list. Worth a try if you can get it but I don't think I'd go out of my way. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity.

Photo of Shagator
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of renegadeburger
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

picked this one up in nyc some of these items are easier to get there than back in new jersey although i see the captain larry stuff floating around every now and then

wow, this one was a real big strong ipa style heavy on the aroma intense hops smelled like a whole bunch of fruit and crazy spices i even smelled some banana in there i could tell this beer was going to be real intimidating but i like that

whoa taste is intense too just as i suspected but nice and dry with a good solid kick and bite at the end, it is sweet and bitter and strong but it does not slow you down you can actually sip this over and over and not get tired

amazing strong mouthfeel the carbonation was so tight and fine i really liked how he made this come together

so far this is one of the best local imperial ipas i had really good stuff here from the captain

Photo of bnewall3
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jason
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle with no freshness date. A case of this was leftover from our latest EBF, how the attendees did not blow through this beer is beyond me.

Pale golden straw color, crystal clear. Head retention leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Grapefruit rind and rustic pine truck and sap with a peppery alcohol and hint of grain in the aroma. First sip reveals a quick smoothness and a rapid jump to the hop character. Tobacco, oily resin, citric rind and leafy pull ... a hard pull on the palate. Alcohol weaves in a growing warmth. As the hops let go of the palate a bit a dry cracker maltiness comes through. More of that tobacco flavor in the dry finish. Lots of hop flavor without a massive bitterness.

Why have I not had this beer before and how can a get a steady stream of it sent to my local area / piped to my house. East coast brewers throwing it back at the west coast here ... this beer touches perfection on a lot of points.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today at the brewery, the first day it's been available. Oh- I love fresh local beer!

Pours a semi-dull shade or orangey amber, cloudy. Struts a creamy meadium to tiny bubble almost white head, with bubbles continuing to rise to the top. This topper shows fine retentive powers, and the resultant lacing is top notch, striated,stringy, in sheets, fine and also long lasting. Nice looking brew. Nose is clearly of grapefruit and citrus rinds. This is a bold and flavorful brew, plenty of citric notes, lime, grapefruit, some vanilla and honey, bready malts, alcohol nicely intermingled and in the rear. Hops are oily, citric and quite present, however the hop profile is not biting nor harsh, its got the crunch but lacks any unplesant bite. Mellow beyond its short existance. Smooth, rounded and inviting mouthfeel. Went great with some Double Glouchester cheese and walnuts. Tasty, quality and obviously skillfully crafted creation, this is a home run for Capt' L.! Support this small, high quality brewery. More fine beer is promised to be on the way...

Photo of warriorsoul
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to goodbyeohio for this growler gem...
Clear, golden copper color with a full finger of bright white head with an agressive pour...sporadic lacing.
All hops in the nose...grapefruit mainly with slight alcohol detected as it warms.
The taste is real nice...definitely an Imperial, but oh so drinkable.
Definite citrus...an almost piney/minty-like flavor as well. Very bitter but finishes with a delicious sweet carmelized malt...goes down very easy with no real alcohol presence...just a wonderful warming effect.
Mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying...carbonation is fine just where it is.
Need to make a visit to this place real soon...the guy simply knows how to take a style and produce a winner.
Very impressive and worth your undivided attention.

Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head

Smell: citrusy hops, small malt, and pine

Taste: pine is the foremost flavor, there is a strong citrus element, a nice bready malty backbone, and some honeydew melon

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, sweet start with a big bitter middle and a sweetish end.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, semi-sweet IPA. I love the way the hops jump in this one. One of the better beers I have had in the style. I will look for this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

500ml bottle. The beer pours a clear golden-yellowish color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange peel. The flavor is tons of citrus hops and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JC333
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jiffymon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into an 8oz alt glass.

Pours a light amber that's very clear, light white thin head with lots of sticky white lacing. Nose is very hoppy and there's even a sharp cheddar note too.

Taste is hops and booze! This is 72hrs old so the bitterness is all there. Very spicy and floral, lots of earthy notes. It is a bit hot but I'm having it at cellar temp. Very nice beer.

Photo of Milkysunshine
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of hiphopipa
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was careful to let this one warm up a bit, 6° tonight here in Maine. Looking for an after work warm up.
Pours a hazy lightly-burnt orange, head quickly dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing that fully coast the glass.
Citrus hop aroma with a little malt.
Very impressive. Big and flavorful. Perfectly balanced earthy hop flavor with the slight malt sweetness.
Full bodied and creamy, gingerly carbonated with a clean & dry finish.
A bit of an alcohol bite at the beginning but overall is very well hidden to make it an easy drinking DIPA.
Many thanks to jedwards for the excellent trade.

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Perfect appearance: clear, golden orange, light amber, with a pillowy, tight off-white head that leaves messy, crooked lines of lace all the way down the glass.

Somewhat bready aroma initially punctuated by some citrus elements--seems simple, though nice and appropriately hoppy. Though as this beer nears room temperature, the citrus pineapple, orange, and grapefruit elements shine through nicely.

Moderate bitterness initially, with some stinging, strong pineapple and grapefruit citrus notes. Big and flavorful, though simple and straightforward, all at once. Complete. Very nice.

Medium to full mouthfeel with high carbonation.

A terrific DIPA. My first experience with Captain Lawrence is a good one. The whole of this beer is better than it's individual elements. It's fantastically drinkable, and just gets better and better.

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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.