Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.15/5 rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Purchased at Whole Foods Bowery in Manhattan.
A - Pours a light goldenrod color, a bit brighter than most DIPAs I've had before. There's a big, 3-fingered head on here that is off-white, with excellent retention. Rocky foam lasts for ages, and it leaves its mark on the glass as well in the form of sticky lacing. It's clear as well, with a ton of carbonation streaming out of the etched glass bottom.
S - The smell is certainly interesting on this beer. The thing that surprised me right out of the gate was the earthy, musty note here. Seriously, it's even bordering on funky. Very unique for the style in my opinion but I'm not entirely sure its intentional. Besides that, the hops essentially dominate the nose, with incredibly juicy grapefruit and tropical fruits. There's some slight caramel malts here as well, but expect them to be buried underneath the hops and funk.
T - Again, I'm getting a lot of tart funkiness at the start of this beer. However, I am liking it a lot less here than the complexity it adds to the nose. I feel it overpowers and feels out of place here, even after praising it in the nose. Thankfully the hops are still here in full force, bringing notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, and even a little pine. The malts help balance everything out here for the most part, but the bitterness does last a while in the finish.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation. It feels decent in the mouth, perhaps a bit heavy. The hops don't destroy the palate at all, but does have the effect of weighing it down a bit.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I liked the earthiness in the nose but can't say I enjoyed it in the taste. Still a pretty good IPA, and a nice introduction to this brewery for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2011 05:59:50 | More by nhindian
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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
Lacing good – nearly complete rings with small bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze (clears as the beer warms)
Flavor begins with general citrus, not the grapefruit I was expecting from the nose. The flavor doesn’t last, but the astringency hangs on a short while. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation
This is a decent IPA, not as flavorful as I would like, but not bad. The astringency is not unpleasant and is relatively short lived. The aroma and appearance are very pleasant. The price is higher than warrented by the quality.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 23:16:10 | More by Ozzylizard
4.46/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
06-08-2014 17:32:37 | More by BeerZombies1
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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