Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by originalsin:
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It's listed at 8% here. Is that correct now? Maybe not for this years offering? I'm not entirely sure..at the bar I had it at the bartender noted this one was 10% (5.75 for a pint) and it certainly felt like a 10% brew to me. Then again, after a couple beers 8 and 10 don't feel all that different.
Hazy orange color was quite nice with a little topping of white head that somehow laced almost the whole way through until it seemed like there was nothing left to stick to the glass.
Smell was very very heavy on the grapefruit. Additionally, there's a very healthy backbone of sweet malt that is so intriguing to me.
Tastes just wonderful. Citrusy and piney and oh so much grapefruit again. It's like biting into a delicious fruit that mixes all of those flavors with some tasty hop flowers hiding in there. Mmmm. A really delicious DIPA that somehow lacks the bitterness I expected to get here. I wonder how many IBU's this one is packing...can't be more than 45, if that.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and weakly carbonated- nothing not to like here. Drinkability- well I spent most of the time sipping on this but it's still quite drinkable. Not the most drinkable double but, frankly, she's a delicious beer.
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2009 02:47:18 | More by originalsin
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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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