Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
16.9oz bottle received in trade with fbm115. Thanks for the chance to try this one! Poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a briliant, clear light copper/amber color with 2 full finger of fluffy whipped cream like head. Head retention is amazing - holds on for a really long time. Lots of lacing left on the glass as the beer disappears. Absolutely beautiful looking beer.
S - Good solid malt backbone - nice and bready. Citrusy and grassy hops on top and up front. Hop forward, but good balance here.
T - Lots of hop character and flavor. Tons of grapefruity citrus, layered with resiny pine and grassy notes. Sharply bitter and nicely biting. Some bready malt, not much sweetness. Off balance, in a good way, to the hoppy side. Very good and intensely flavored - really nice DIPA.
M - Body is on the light side, but quite resiny...citrusy and bitter flavors push into the sides of the mouth and make the roof of my mouth tingle a bit. Carbonation level is on the high side, and serves to propel the bitterness of the beer.
D - Hmmm, this is a 9% beer? Flavors are quite intense, but the alcohol level is fairly well hidden. I'm really enjoying this beer too. Really good DIPA...Hop profile is different then the top notch west coast DIPA's which gives this a different overall character. Different flavor profile, but right up there with the best of them.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2009 20:00:19 | More by portia99
More User Reviews:
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (bottled on date of 12/31/13) into a 17oz Harpoon embossed globe
A- Pours a very hazy, yellow/gold with no more than a single fingers worth of a soapy, white head. (3.75)
S- Very bright aroma. Orange and grapefruit citrus strike the nose immediately followed by some tropical fruit (melon, mango, pineapple) along with a subtle note of pine. A perfect aroma for my senses...simply awesome! (5.0)
T- Although not overly complex, the flavor profile is quite aggressive. Resiny hop bitterness attacks the palate first, followed by a hint of sweet tropical fruits. This is followed by a lingering, sugary grapefruit that fades into a prickly/piney-ness to dry things out quite convincingly. Despite the rather hefty 9.0% ABV, the alcohol is completely masked. (4.75)
M- This DIPA possesses a rather light mouthfeel. I can only imagine that the crystal malt bill is minimal (if at all) along with some dextrose. Carbonation is on the higher side (2.55-2.60vols) and helps to keep things clean and dry. (4.75)
O- Despite this bottle being over 90 days (rule of thumb is 90-110 days for hoppy beers), I am absolutely impressed by how well the hop aroma/flavor has sustained itself. For the price (~$4.00/bottle), I challenge you to find a better DIPA for the value. (5.0)
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 00:09:40 | More by threeviews
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.
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