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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

972 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 972
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 172
Gots: 81 | 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 mjl21:
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mjl21

California

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. Really cool looking 16.9 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. No abv info or bottling info is given.

A-A very interesting looking beer. It it quite clear and looks like a pilsner with brown highlights. It is the lightest IPA i have ever seen. It has a large two finger off white head that has some great retention. It has lots of visible bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Not surprisingly, it smells like an East Coast DIPA. There is lots of sweet malt aroma along with some biscuit malt. There is some pineapple and some underlying pine. As it warms I get some floral/grassy hop aromas.

T-The biscuit and sweet malt along with some pine hit first. The pineapple citrus hits more in the back. There is some noticeable booze in between sips. The aftertaste is a combination of alcohol, grassy hops, and some bitter aspirin.

M-Thicker bodied, well carbonated, and creamy from the massive head.

D-Boozy and too rough for me.

This one didn't come together for me. I think there are some good flavor profiles going, but they just don't mesh entirely. I would like to try it fresh from the tap before reserving final judgment.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:40:27 | More by mjl21
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.99/16.9 oz at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY
Bottled 5/20/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of grapefruit
Head average (4.5 cm), white, creamy with rocks, very slowly diminishing to a partial layer 1.5 cm thick
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Captain Lawrence
Captains reserve
Imperial ipa
9% ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured a star bright golden hay color. A great billowing fluffy off white head that continued to grow until I had to sip it down. Nice retention and wonderful lacing patterns.

AROMA: As I was pouring I got hit with a huge whiff of dank, marijuana like hops. When I got my nose into the glass it went past that and really started getting the tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and fresh squeezed orange juice. Picking up a just put out cigar note, smokey and interesting not used to this nose on a dipa.

TASTE: Huge wave of bitterness right off the bat that gets instantly balanced out by candied fruits. Some biscuity, bready malts peak in the middle and finishes with a great grassy, pine hoppy deliciousness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and medium carbonation both appropriate for the style. The 9% ABV is hidden very nice and the dry hoppy finish literately leaves my mouth dry and thirsty for more.

OVERALL: In general I'm more of a west coast ipa fan then east due to the usual heavy malt flavor on the east coast ipa's. But this one just balances out so well, super solid and enjoyable. My first from captain Lawrence and overall I was very impressed. I would recommend this to any dipa lovers.

RATING: 4.4/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.