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

Not Rated.
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPACaptain's Reserve Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

996 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 996
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 170
Gots: 92 | 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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.