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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

990 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 170
Gots: 91 | 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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Kwak

New Jersey

1.85/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

this was in the growler for about 3 hours, it poured nice and fresh.
good amber color, nice white head thick tight bubbly head sticks to the glass

the smell was of pine lots of pine, could not smell any thing else

the taste was overpowered by the pine taste of the hops I couldn't taste any other flavors, it was a little dry not very refreshing

the aftertaste was almost stale no a favorite

Serving type: growler

03-03-2008 07:43:01 | More by Kwak
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KWMiles

Minnesota

1.95/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to trxxpaxxs for this one.

Poured out of a bottle into a teku glass. Something was definitely off with this bottle...

The appearance and nose seemed fine, but the taste was something like a combination between the dentist's toothpaste and aspirin. Definitely a bummer since this beer is generally so highly regarded. I would love to give it a second chance sometime!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 21:12:55 | More by KWMiles
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -51.8%

03-23-2013 18:50:36 | More by BGsWo22
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aranton

New York

2/5  rDev -51.8%

03-27-2013 00:52:40 | More by aranton
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle, poured in increments into a La Chouffe tulip. No visual dating information.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a gentle, yet steady, stream of visual carbonation. A finger of white head recedes quickly, but just as quickly begins leaving some patchy lacing. sticky lacing. Subsequent pours increase the head size, but not the amount of lacing.

Aromas are underwhelming. Doughy malts and a slight mustiness somewhat obscure mild citrus and a touch of pine. Old bottle, maybe?

The flavors again have me wondering if this may be an old bottle. Mild citrus, sweet malt, rather boring overall, although there is a decent level of underlying piney bitterness. Malt dominates at the finish, with only sweetness and a bit of booze lingering. This beer is screaming for a serious injection of hops.

Overall impression: Tasty enough, but for the style, too tame, too malty, too uneventful. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 01:45:38 | More by PDXHops
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BrlyHpsWtrYst

California

2.4/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What is this?!?!

A noble hop bomb? Had at the gracious hand of a great trader at the Local watering hole

A: Light amber with a quickly dissapating white head
S: Spicy.. not fragrant pine or citrus, just.. like saaz or other Noble, very english hop profile
T: definately not what I expected. This embodies the East coast vs West hop conundrum. Hops like wet newspaper. Very interesting to drink. but I do not like it.
M: effervescent. lively. very deceptive for the higher abv
D: Maybe I'm spoiled on the beer we get out here. This is not a poorly crafted beer. "I" just don't like it. I am glad to have tried it.. especially because a BA brought it out from the east, but hey, some beers don't strike a chord. but I feel honored to have the opportunity to know I didn't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 06:32:06 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.42/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

thanks loren for a couple of half liters of this.

first one was unimpressive, fell flat. promised to review the second, which was kept cold since arriving here in or.

clear golden pour with a solid head. very fluffy and bright to look at. extremely odd aroma. rye bread, honey, and a really stinky, rotten sweaty foot hop note. tastes strong. body is right, but finish is somewhat boozy. the flavor rides a strange line between sweet malts and earthy, pissy green oil. warmth brings a child's chewable vitamin aroma and further flavors of hollow abrasive bitterness.

this is a far cry from the beer i had many times in growlers. unfortunately, this beer needs serious work before the bottles rival the 'P' to the 'E', or most other dipa's for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 04:09:41 | More by goodbyeohio
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

02-12-2013 02:31:14 | More by kscaldef
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Re-rate

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.

review 2/10/10
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
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

05-02-2013 00:26:20 | More by chippo33
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JLapadura

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

11-07-2012 04:06:08 | More by JLapadura
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mcss

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

06-07-2012 20:51:49 | More by mcss
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jtmartino

California

2.78/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Bruery snifter. Beer pours a honey gold with almost two fingers of frothy white head.

Beer smells strongly of sweet biscuity malt and some pine. Very little fruity aroma from this one compared to some of the other DIPAs I've been drinking lately (Pliny the Younger and Elder, Kern Citra, Lagunitas SF Fusion, etc.)

Taste is has a clean sweetness up front tapering into some pine and bitter grapefruit. Some grassy notes from the hops. Leaves an astrigent bitter flavor in your mouth at the end. Honestly not as flavorful or complex as I had hoped. Could really use less bittering hops and more aroma.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and even a little creamy. The best aspect of this beer.

This bottle was purchased less than a month ago, but it tastes like it's old. I'm hoping that my underwhelming experience with this beer is due to its age. It is just about average in every regard, and does not stack up to other DIPAs (especially not those from the West Coast.) A little sweet, a little bland, and a little astrigent at the end. I'd drink it on tap, but I wouldn't buy a bottle again. I'm not really sure what people are thinking rating this so high.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 03:43:13 | More by jtmartino
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AdamPenna

New York

2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky amber. Lots of sediment. Good-looking fluffy white head, about two fingers-worth, which shrinks half a finger. Attractive lacing. In the bottle, the aroma seemed more hoppy than in the glass. Smelling mostly sweetness, malt. Mouthfeel is ok. Not much carbonation, none of that oily feel I like. I'm not getting much of the hops. A little alcohol kick. Some sourness, too. I was going to have one of these at Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY on tap this afternoon, but had to leave after one Dogfish Head 90 Minute. Maybe it's my bottle, but I'm not impressed. This beer isn't exactly the ultimate for hop lovers as the bottle claims.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 22:45:03 | More by AdamPenna
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largadeer

California

2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle kindly supplied by Dyan. Thanks, big guy.

Pale golden-amber, brilliantly clear and bright, this is a beautiful beer. Two fingers of head settles down to a thin disc that retains very well.

The nose is signature East Coast DIPA; big malts to match big hops with solventy alcohol backing it up. Sweet and tropical with scents of pineapple and Mandarin orange.

Opens up sweet on the palate, honey and caramel flavors competing with fruity, tropical hop flavors for the forefront. Medium in body, thankfully not too syrupy, but not nearly as crisp or dry as I'd like. Finishes with a blast of resiny, herbal hops that, while not too bitter, have an odd astringency to them.

Not a bad beer on the whole, but really rough around the edges. The sweetness muddles the hop flavor, and the finish is unpleasantly rough. Needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 04:54:28 | More by largadeer
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -27.7%

03-17-2013 19:47:26 | More by JohnQVD
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -27.7%

01-01-2012 19:29:57 | More by HopsHopenstein
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.7%

06-06-2014 03:44:04 | More by phishphorce
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John_Squires

New York

3/5  rDev -27.7%

02-02-2014 02:35:50 | More by John_Squires
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.7%

04-28-2014 03:31:54 | More by xk6m6m5x
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.7%

11-23-2011 02:16:30 | More by jenray
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -27.7%

07-15-2013 01:21:19 | More by beernads
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -27.7%

01-18-2013 01:46:54 | More by yourefragile
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marshmeli

New York

3/5  rDev -27.7%

05-30-2012 17:24:09 | More by marshmeli
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boondogglefob

Montana

3/5  rDev -27.7%

07-22-2014 00:03:18 | More by boondogglefob
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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.