Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kwakwhore:
4.4/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Review number 200 deserves a little something out of the ordinary, and since I only have one of these and I'm not likely to see another one any time soon, I guess this fits the bill. Thanks to hoppymcgee for this extra from a trade.
Pours a beautiful dark gold with a huge off white head and leaves a good bit of lacing around the rim of the glass.
Hops and a bit of citrus in the nose.
Although this beer is brewed as far away from the west coast as possible, it is a worthy representative of the style with a massive hop profile. Sweet malt underneath, but a nice amount of hoppy goodness up front. Bitter grapefruit dominates the hop profile.
Nice amount of hop oils along with a gentle carbonation make the mouthfeel a very pleasing part of this beer.
This beer is very easy to drink and gives very little evidence that there is 9% abv at work here. I may regret finishing the bomber, but so far it's been nothing but pleasure.
This beer brings the hops with the best of them. I'll be looking for it again for sure.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2010 01:27:15 | More by kwakwhore
More User Reviews:
2.65/5 rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Pour is a lightly hazed golden yellow with lots of white head and some large bubbles. Nose is heavy bready malt and caramel. Hints of hop but very faint. Either completely old extra or just a rough nose. Taste is much of the same, provides a bit more resin and pine hop. Still not hop forward. Not very good.
A-very light translucent golden yellow in color, not the best looking imperial ipa. the head is a creamy slightly off white color that has decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
S-the nose is stronger on the malt side and brings a mix of caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar with some piney hops.
T/M-this has a good body and brings a little more hops than the nose did. it is syrupy and extremely smooth coating the mouth as it goes down. the big malt flavors are there bringing lots of caramel malt accompanied by some citrus and piney hops. the hop oils are present as it goes down and the finish brings a touch of hoppy bitterness.
D-this is more like a light american barley wine. it hides the alcohol extemely well and goes down smooth; but it is way to balanced for my taste as an imperial ipa and really leans on a stronger malt taste than its hop profile.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 21:17:26 | More by cpetrone84
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.