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

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPACaptain's Reserve Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

917 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%


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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SteveB24

New York

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i am truly blown away by this ipa. best I've had so far.
appearance; orange/tan, nice, sticky head that last for a decent amount of time and leaves decent lacing and some nice foam in the middl, cloudy.

smell; lovely spices such as cloves, coriander, orange peel and allspice, touch of citrus and some tropical fruit. notes are also not subtle but strong and enticing. the aroma for me is second only to lagunita's lil sumpin sumpin ale.

taste; the hop blend is magnificent. citrus, spices and fruit blended together in perfect harmony complimented by the slightly creamy finish and hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel; carbonation is a lot stronger (in a good way) then it appears, the cloudiness hides the bubbles. the carbonation lingers wonderfully on the tongue along with the creaminess.

as stated, never had a better ipa. the bitterness is far from offensive, but rather is part of a symphony of flavor. will probably buy the next few times i stock up.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:58:50 | More by SteveB24
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64oz. growler.

Hazy orange washed gold. Cascading, pillowy head of medium light tan bubbles. As it settles to a thick cap, it leaves bands of sticky lace gracing the glass. A handful of slow moving small bubbled carbonation streams are visible. Fruity orange, pine, grapefruit, and candied rind aromas are intensely fresh and inviting. Big, bitey citrus hops initially assault the tongue and continue attacking across the mouth and down the throat. Piercing grapefruit and rind actually build in intensity and almost become numbing. The medium body provides a sturdy framework for the multitude of hops and just enough counter balance to prevent this from being one-dimensional. There is a delicate sweetness detectable beneath the fine bubbled carbonation which peppers the juicy hop-driven flavor. The incredibly long finish is saturated with citrus rind and pine sap. The tongue slowly becomes oiled with delectable resin. This is simply delicious and absolutely filled with fresh, bold hop flavors. They seem to jump out of the glass and are utterly vibrant. I could drink this all day and not become palate fatigued. Spectacular and near perfect. Far and away my favorite DIPA of the year thus far.

Huge thanks to Loren for supplying me with this growler of Captain Lawrence goodness.

Serving type: growler

11-20-2006 16:12:56 | More by hopsaplenty
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IPA_Junkie


4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible Beer. The citrus, hops and tobacco flavors are so distinct. Clean after taste, clear straw like color in glass... sweet citrus aroma. I am definitly pleased with this beer. A new favorite!! The silk like markings on the glass, the abv at 9... what else could you want from a delicious IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 22:59:52 | More by IPA_Junkie
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aerozeppl

New York

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to finally see this guy in bottles.

A: Fairly light for a double IPA in color. More of a light golden color than the deep copper color that I look for. Great head retention and color. Tons of lacing.

S: Pineapple, tangerines, everything you want in a DIPA. Big ass redonkulus hops. The nose is nothing short of amazing.

T: The hops are massive with all those west coast hop flavors you as the consumer demand. What is interesting is how clear the malt comes through once the hops stop doing bad things to your tongue. God damn this is good.

M: Just the right amount of sticky.

D: I have seen the pyramids and drank the Plinys. Bottom line this beer is amazing. We did a growler of this next to Pliny the younger and it held up. There is no greater compliment that can be paid to a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 21:49:07 | More by aerozeppl
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CupcakeNY

New York

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.
Had this beer from a friend's growler. It's a pretty ugly beer-cloudy amber, with not much of a head.

Smell was hoppy grapefruit.

This beer explodes in your mouth. It's full of hops, but multilayered with flavor; there's a prevalence of grapefruit/citrus flavors, bitter but so smooth and balanced. I'm told the ABV is 9, but you wouldn't notice it in your mouth; only after sucking down a couple.

This beer could not be more drinkable! I got a couple of bottles to see if the bottle version is as good as what I had form the growler, but this is one of the very best tasting IPAs I have ever had. A remarkable brew.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2010 16:52:59 | More by CupcakeNY
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber gold...creamy white head. Stays up pretty well for a double IPA...laces.
Smells great..lots of citrusy, piney hops. Very floral and aromatic...I could just be happy smelling it...OK , let's get real.
Tastes sweet malty up front..followed quickly with a rush of pineapple rind - citrus hop that just coats your mouth with unbelievably dense hop-bitter goodness. A religous experience.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Just a bit syrupy...very light syrup, though, and a perfect creamy, silky carbonation.
Very drinkable for a big IPA.
I will want more of this. This could easily become my favorite.

Serving type: growler

10-28-2006 23:55:28 | More by Hautacam
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy amber color and a one finger head that sticks and sheets

Smell: Smells like a San Diego Pale Ale; lots of tangerine sweet citrus aromatics

Taste: Am I on the west coast? I am tasting the tangerine, with a balancing malt backbone right through mid-palate; nice and bitter after the swallow, but always balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A superb DIPA; may well be the best example I have come across on the east coast and would compete with the best of San Diego, too

(I don't plan to re-review this beer in the bottle, but I will note that I much preferred this beer on tap. In the bottle, though it is still a bitter beer, I find the malt a bit too dominating and the hops a bit too metallic to garner the scores it achieved on tap.)

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 03:40:56 | More by brentk56
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Golden topaz amulet that is constant and steadfast even when held directly to the light. There are no flashes or highlights - this one tone is consistent and unwavering. The clarity is perfect and the complexion is almost antiseptically clean. The large seal of peach wax slowly dwindled into a honeycomb of lacing that molded the glace with white plaster. They don't come any better looking than this.

The aroma shows no signs of malt - only hops, and lots of them! It is absolutely rampant with citrus zest and it's these generous allocations of fruit that are foremost: blood orange peels, lemon grate, coconut shavings and whole chunks of white grapefruit. A good sense of smell might also pick up on hints of vanilla, pine and oak. Be prepared to have a slice of coconut shoved in one nostril and a thick, juicy orange up the other.

Ambrosia, nectarous ambrosia! This beer is heavenly tasting, worthy of serving to the Gods themselves! This divine flavour is made up of pine serum, a teaspoon of honey, a shot of brandy, a bushel of orange peel, a squirt of passionfruit, and a chunk of white grapefruit all served over doughy, toffee laced wafers. There seems to be a lemon grove's worth of peel shavings stirred into a mango-peach smoothie.

The bitterness is mild but befittingly snippy for the style. You are scarcely able to taste much beyond the hops although you can sense a sweet, caramel base. The beer is surprisingly sessionable considering how satisfying it is. The 8% alcohol is strong enough to let on that you're drinking something special but never obnoxious enough to interfere with drinkability. That can become a problem.

Although hops were known to early civilizations and have grown abundant in nature since the dawn of civilization, it wasn't really until the 16th century that they became commonplace in mainstream brewing (until then beers were seasoned with spices, herbs, berries, woods, just about anything really). Nowadays we know what a wonderful additive hops are and this certainly uses enough of them to make up for all that lost time.

West Coast brewers eat your hearts out - New York's Captain Lawrence said 'anything you can do I can do better'. This is the true glorification of hops. The list of world's best DIPAs is a lengthy and competitive one but the Captain's Reserve can be found right at the top of it. It's craft like this that epitomizes the ingenuity of American craft brewers. Summed up: this is an orgiastic feast for the senses.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 19:33:54 | More by biegaman
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HBeezley

New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of THE BEST IPA's I've had and ABSOLUTELY one of my favorites, if not THE favorite IPA in my area!

The look is nice. Light golden color with bright white head that thins out and sticks all the way down.

Smell makes my mouth water. Earthy, hoppy, and slightly citrusy..mmm.... delicious.

The taste really is fantastic! Simple enough to breeze through this bottle and wish I had grabbed another, Complex enough to keep me interested and always pleased. Mostly, the taste is with a faint hint of honey-ish sweetness, the powerful hops evade and notes of pine, fruits, and the final kick of alcohol leaves a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is scrumptious. Like I had already said, I wish I had bought another.

Overall, I wish I always had one of these in my fridge. The price, is great @4.99 and the fact that this brewery is local (and close to me!) really encourages me to support them!

I still need to visit the brewery though....

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:37:21 | More by HBeezley
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap and was served in a pint-glass.
Slightly hazy straw/golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma was just heavenly. So much going on here, floral hops evident upfront with hints of pine coming through, only to be completely drowned by loads of tropical fruit. Peach, mangoes, grapefruit with slight hints of vanilla coming through. The aroma is a rich heavenly bouquet of fragrances that are so alluring.
Taste compliments the aroma. There is hop bitterness upfront on the tongue, with the malts and fruity ester sweetness in the middle. The finish has just that right amount of hop bitterness, which doesn't linger. Perfectly, perfectly balance DIPA.
There was no way I would have known this beer had 9% ABV.
Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. Not a lot of lace around the insides of the glass.
Absolutely fantastic ale, a 'must-try' for every hop-head and those who crave for a perfect balance in this style of beer.
Highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 17:18:51 | More by CaptDavyJones
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ralflord

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler.

Nice amber hue, with the requisite head for this style. Smell of hops, not too many, and citrus. Taste was outstanding. The flavor of this IPA blossomed in my mouth, while the balance of hops and sweet was nearly perfect. Drinkability is excellent, in spite of the high ABV, and one could get into trouble with this beer on hot summer nights. I highly recommend this great offering from Scott at Captain Lawrence Brewery. He is truly doing great things there.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2008 23:08:23 | More by ralflord
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by the very generous grub. Thanks man!

Orange pour with red highlight and a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Wonderful aromas of sweet citrus - clementine, tangerine and satsuma. Very sweet juicy and enticing. The flavour delivers big time. Sweet orange juice, tangerine, candied orange peel - really its all sweet citrus, but with an immense biscuit malt background to balance things out. And balance is the key word here, as its expertly achieved - a feat that is often overlooked by many brewers of imperial IPAs. Decent bitterness in the start and finish. Medium body and carbonation.

So many great beers in one night, but this was prhaps my favourite. Its an imperial IPA that doesn't drink like one. Its smooth and delightfully moreish. The flavours are clean and enticing, and it delivers in every respect. Excellent stuff!

Serving type: growler

08-10-2009 13:45:05 | More by bobsy
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ikats

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden in color (it may be yellow, but golder sounds better). Light white head. Wonderful lacing. Aroma is sticky hops full of floral notes, pine notes, and may be a touch of citrus. Taste is great - hop bitterness, but with strong malt background. Don't get me wrong - it's crisp and thirst-quenching, but there is really great balance that is brought into the body by malts. Hop bitterness lingers on the tip of the tongue. Very drinkable and terrific mouthfeel (provided you are expecting DIPA). Wonderful beer from a great brewery. Glad to see it bottled in a simple pint-size bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:45:18 | More by ikats
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I sent my Dad to the store for some CLBC Nor'easter (what an awesome Dad!). He came home with this instead; I was slightly disappointed, I was looking forward to some strong winter beer. Until I drank this one...

G - Haughty Williams-Sonoma mug.

A - Golden and brassy, crystal-clear, with a two-finger head and leaving plastered lacing everywhere.

S - Tremendously citric hoppiness, favoring more of an orange impression over the usual grapefruit; hops are the star of the show. Slightly sweet malt tones fuse with the hop aromatics, strengthening the already robust notes of fresh citrus.

T - The taste is, in order, 1. piney 2. grapefruit-y 3. bitterly dank and herbal. This beer is phenomenal; one of the best American (2x) IPAs I've ever had. I would say this crushes, for example, Hopslam.

M - Everything you would expect from the style.

D - Hell yeah, so drinkable.

Pops also brought me home 3 De Dolle brews, XX Bitter, Nugget Nectar, and Petrus Aged Pale. As I said, what an awesome Dad!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 18:54:03 | More by ktrillionaire
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renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

picked this one up in nyc some of these items are easier to get there than back in new jersey although i see the captain larry stuff floating around every now and then

wow, this one was a real big strong ipa style heavy on the aroma intense hops smelled like a whole bunch of fruit and crazy spices i even smelled some banana in there i could tell this beer was going to be real intimidating but i like that

whoa taste is intense too just as i suspected but nice and dry with a good solid kick and bite at the end, it is sweet and bitter and strong but it does not slow you down you can actually sip this over and over and not get tired

amazing strong mouthfeel the carbonation was so tight and fine i really liked how he made this come together

so far this is one of the best local imperial ipas i had really good stuff here from the captain

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 00:16:22 | More by renegadeburger
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oldmanpliny

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pop the cap and take a quick wiff of incredible hoppy goodness. 5 different hops make this imperial ipa a complex brew. This beer pours as good as any beer I have seen. The head looks like the top of a freshly brewed latte. This beer is love at first sip it is hoppy hoppy hoppy did I say it's hoppy. There are citrus and mellon notes with a slight hint of malt and it finishes bitter however not as dry as you would think. The bottom line is this a a first class beer all the way. The west coast is the king of the IPA mountain however this NY IPA can hang with the best of the west. Try it you will like it!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 05:15:00 | More by oldmanpliny
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ironbike1

New York

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite IPA hands down. I am very happy it is easy to find near me. This will not be your conventional review as The Bros have already touched all the main points.

Poured into a nonic pint. Beautiful golden color (not your norm for this style) with a nice thick white head that leaves lacing all of the way through the drink. Smell is delicious and hoppy and the taste is just plan yummy. It has your typical double IPA profile with something I just can not put my finger on. Maybe its just the brewing that Cpt. puts into this IPA. Truly easy to drink and smooth like no other. Overall this is for me the best double IPA out.

Thanks again for a very delicous and affordable double IPA Cpt.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 22:06:00 | More by ironbike1
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color. One finger head sticks around a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: grapefruits and pine are bold and very pleasant.

Taste: nicely balanced malt sweetness with grapefruits, pine, lemon, and a hint of alcohol. This is a great DIPA since the hop bitterness is not over the top.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Long bitter and caramel sweetness aftetraste glues itself to the tongue.

Drinkability: for a DIPA, this was very easy quaff. If you are tired of the over hopped DIPA's but want more punch than the standard IPA, this beer will make you smile. I found this easy to drink more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2007 00:22:16 | More by Gavage
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dar482

New York

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No bottle date on this brewery’s beers.

Pours out with a big white head composed of large bubbles. It quickly dissipates a one finger head. The color is a clear dark orange with a slight bit of green in the light.

The aroma has huge juicy peaches, pineapple, floral rose, sweet orange with a bit of grapefruit, a slight biscuit malt, and pine. Just very inviting and fresh smelling. Great aroma on this one.

Front of the tongue is huge juicy sweet peach and pineapple along with fresh big juicy grapefruit. It also has a big pine Simcoe flavor too. In the middle is this gentle malt sweetness that then eases in the finish that has a lingering grapefruit peel bitterness. There’s a good amount of malt to balance this out, though in the end, a bit light on the mouthfeel.

This is quite good. I’m really surprised as Founder Double Trouble is quite a close comparison in profile and quality to this. Having had Double Trouble recently, I can’t say that this isn’t amazing. The mouthfeel and bigger malt roundness that Double Trouble probably makes it better, but this wins on the bitterness.

I truly surprisingly world class Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 05:56:05 | More by dar482
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour into a pint-style glass.

A: Rich, clear gold body topped by a half-inch white foam head; ample, sticky lacing throughout.

S: Nothing but beautiful, crisp hops - citrus and floral.

T: The lovely hops carry through and dominate, but are balanced by just the perfect amount of malt sweetness; exactly what I look for in a DIPA. Awesome.

M: Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation.

D: Just incredible for the ABV - I couldn't notice the alcohol at all, and it was so delicious that I could hardly put it down.

Notes: I usually make a point of trying new beers whenever I go to my local beer bar, but whenever this one is on tap I just have to have one - it's that good.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 23:54:58 | More by woosterbill
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally picked up a bottle of this stuff after beating around the bush for quite some time. What wonders are contained in the unassuming, oddly shaped brown pint? There's only one way to find out.

Poured from a pint bottle into an oversized wine glass. Happy sailing!

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a strong orange hue and tons of bubbles. Builds a sturdy two finger bubbly white head that leaves respectable lacing throughout.

Smell: Odd...I'd expected a hop assault, but I'm picking up sweet clementine more than anything else. There's some pine and leafy hops down there, but it's mainly this tropical fruit smell. It's extremely pleasant, but I'm not sure how it bodes for the beer. I'm a hophead, after all.

Taste: My apprehensions were unfounded. This beer is absolutely delicious. The first thing that hits the taste buds is that tropical clementine sweetness. Then, the hops kick it, and it's possibly the most complex hop profile I've yet experienced. It's in parts pine, citrus, leafy and flowery. It all comes together in a wonderfully bitter and dry finish. I love a hop bomb more than anyone, but this beer is really turning me onto the idea of more balanced double IPAs.

Mouthfeel: A tiny bit thin for my dIPA taste, but nothing too upsetting. It's nice and spicy and lively on the tongue.

Drinkability/Overall: I must say, this is one of the more delicious beers I've had yet. It's simply perfectly balanced. I could drink it all day every day. A trip up to Pleasantville and the Captain Lawrence Brewery needs to be in my near future to thank these guys in person.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 04:37:04 | More by CharlatanSin
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Pahn

New York

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Couldn't find a bottled on date.

Appearance: Reasonably aggressive pour yields a 1 inch frothy white head that dissipates slowly and unevenly, leaving rings of lacing. Pours a clear yellow/amber with some bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Leaves peaks of lacing everywhere.

Smell: Cornucopia of hop aroma; notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine resin, grassiness, some floral notes. Lots of sweetness. All the beautiful smells from the hops are clear and strong. Promises a world class DIPA.

Taste: Again, tons of hops. Strong but not overdone bitterness, and the same giant assortment of flavors from the nose. Tropical fruit, some piny and grassy notes, and a nice subtle malt backbone. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Fills up the mouth but is neither creamy nor juicy. Perfect vehicle for all the hop goodness.

Drinkability: The 9% ABV is undetectable in the flavor, which is itself delicious. Coupled with a perfect mouthfeel, this is a DIPA I want to return to, often.

I'd heard a lot of hype about this beer before getting around to trying it, and it exceeded my expectations. It's really a flawless DIPA, delivering everything you could want from a hop bomb in terms of taste and aroma, along with a world class mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 03:07:30 | More by Pahn
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear gold color with bright white sticky head. Super super piney nose with some hints of tobacco and grapefruit.

Wow this is delectable. Incredibly smooth and velvety for the abv. Sweet hoppy fruitiness, tropical fruit, papaya and mangos, tart grapefruit along the mid palate with citric rind bitterness on the back end. Slick mouthfeel but not syrupy, full bodies with enough carbonation to cling the flavors together. Bitterness is mild, sweet sticky malt counteracts and balances things nicely, lingering fruitiness with hints of pine and tobacco. Just a touch of alcohol heat but otherwise incredibly smooth

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 15:03:06 | More by jtierney89
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap...

A- Dark and deep amber brown color. Insane lacing covering my whole glass leaving cloudy residue. Head lingered forever, making this one bad ass looking double IPA.

S- Smell was really hoppy. Biggg nose of citrus hops. I kept thinking to myself "this is an east coast IPA?" VERY close to a west coast style IPA. Some maltyness in the nose as well, but really the hops dominate.

T- This is truly one exceptional tasting impy IPA. This is a hop heads dream come true. Fresh tasting citric hop balanced out with a nice bready and caramel malty finish. Other sweet flavors mixed in there, but bitter qualities reign supreme.

M- Rich, thick, sticky, creamy. Everything a double IPA should be.

D- This one went down way too fast. A surprisingly good double IPA. This beer is vastly underrated and needs to be bottled as soon as possible.

Impressive as hell from the Captain...seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 14:25:33 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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doho95fu

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love strong beers. I love hops. This beer was set up just right for me and delivered.

I stopped by the Captain Lawrence brewery on a snowy Friday and sat for a bit longer than usual as I enjoyed a real solid imperial IPA.

The color is typical and the smell is citrusy, but the taste is what stands out the most. Strong dry hoppy flavor, but not so much that it overwhelms all other flavors present. I still thought I picked up citrus in the taste department. Slight, but pleasant alcohol burn with a surprising malt aftertaste.

Highly drinkable for its class.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 02:08:26 | More by doho95fu
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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.