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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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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 503
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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Photo of FLima


4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber golden color with a thin head.
Nice tropical fruits aroma with fresh notes of papaya, honey, sweet tangerines and pineapples.
Balanced flavor with a biscuit malt backbone and notes of lemon-orange citrusy, pine resin, grass, honey and grapefruit juice.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation and a light acid sensation. It feels much less than its 9% abv.
This was so much nicer on tap than the bottle version. A DIPA that got pardoned on the overly sweet original sin for the style, taking it to its great potential.
Awesome beer, great drinkability for a DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 18:10:34 | More by FLima
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Donnelly's Pub in Fairport NY

Poured crystal clear goldenrod with a big, foamy head that quickly diminished into a few trails, leaving a few streaks of lace on the glass. Big aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, pears, and honey. Fainter bits of lightly toasted malt. The sweetness is pleasant in the forefront, leading to juicy fruits of the citrus origin and some tropical flavors as well in the mid palate. Bitterness is long and drawn out in the finish and lasts until the next sip. A little less carbonated than I prefer for this beer for the body is fairly big since it is a DIPA. Overall, nicely done. A solid DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 06:32:37 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Rifugium


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured into a Cpt. Lawrence signature plastic cup, a clearish golden-yellow color with a half-finger or so of foamy white head that receded a bit...some short-lived lacing, if you can call it that on plastic. Nice blast of fresh hops in the nose, citrus, pine, mostly. Taste was expectedly hop-dominant, Northwestern in nature, citrus, grass, pine, with a solid bready malt base. Medium body, crisp, well-hidden alcohol, and a pleasant non-palate-wrecker, despite its otherwise typical IIPA characteristics. One of the best from this brewery, I'd say.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:48:46 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger.

Beer is golden coloured. Almost no head, just a bit of white.

Citrus in the nose, including grapefruit and orange. Pine. Caramel malt is there as well. Not as aromatic as I expected but nice.

Taste is like the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine. Caramel malt. Relatively balanced for the style.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, a pretty good DIPA, but not a standout for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 23:11:36 | More by jrenihan
Photo of jmdrpi


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a pint glass.

appears golden in color with bright white head. pungent flowery hop aroma, quite strong. taste is quite bitter, I would prefer some more balance from an increased malt base. thin to medium body, medium carbonation.

overall - a solid DIPA, but could be improved in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 04:23:06 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of diesel59

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i tried this at there pleasantville location while retrieving parts @ kent supply one afternoon... i will not mention what oil co. i work for.... otherwise it was outstanding... and soon to be found on tap for growlers in pawling discount... to which i and some friends frequent... great double I.P.A.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 01:24:47 | More by diesel59
Photo of ffejherb


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Drafting Room on New Year's Day 2012. Served in a tulip FREE of charge!

A - Slightly hazy golden tangerine-tinged liquid with a frothy white head that retained well and decorated the tulip with plenty of thick lacing.

S - Fruity, citrusy hops paired with sweet malt. Aroma isn't quite as bold as I remember it.

T - Fresh tropical fruit akin to pineapple, mango and grapefruit takes center stage, giving the flavor of this DIPA a boldly hoppy yet sweet character. Sweet caramel and bready malt keeps the flavor balanced throughout while not compromising the bitterness. Finishes with a citrusy tang. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation, giving the mouthfeel a hint of bristle while remaining slick on the palate. Finishes bittersweet.

D - This is definitely much better on tap, as the tropical fruit character really shines due to the freshness of the keg. Captain's Reserve is easily one of the finest East Coast DIPAs I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 16:56:08 | More by ffejherb
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at (very) local bar, into pint glass...yes the wrong glass but I'm not complaining, not with this beer.
Its an absolute must try for hopheads. Full of hop flavor, some citrus and pine, and refreshing yet slightly bitter finish.
Its strong and absolutely great. Seek it out!
Not much more to say about it...

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 21:31:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of 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
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been eyeing this brewery for a little-while...

Deep honey amber with a sparse white head. The beer is completely clear with no haze or sediment. However, there is a little lacing down the sides.

There are very little aromatic hops in this beer's nose. There is some sweetness and a slight bitterness, but no strong pine/citrus.a little bite shines through from the alcohol.

Very delicious beer with complete harmony between the hops, alcohol, and sweetness. There is a slight risidual bitter business on my palate, but it isn't like an intense grapefruit rind like some imperial IPAs tend to have.

Lightly carbonated with a body built on alcohol and sugar. The aftertaste is a little sweetness and bitterness mixing together to keep me satiated after way sip. There's good richness to this beer, quite filling.

I am not sir how much this beer goes for, I paid $3.33 for approximately 8ozs. However, I'd imagine this beer is quite pricey given how well it has managed to do on BA.... "I may be wrong, but I doubt it."
An overall solid beer that I could drink more than a few of... Unless I had to drive home.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 18:35:50 | More by ThePorterSorter
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District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC a while ago.

A: Golden orange hue with no head or lacing...Almost like apple cider in its look, not great.

S: Faint resin of the hops of a grapefruit variety and a cedar note that reminds me of some of the spicy Cigar City humidor stuff. Very weak aroma overall.

T: More complexity here. Biscuity malt supports a grapefruit bitter hop profile again with that Spanish cedar a la Cigar city shines through clearer. Also a peppery hop bite too. Bitter back of the palate but sweet up front. Nice.

M: Pretty good carbonation, medium light feel.

D: Pretty good but I was hoping for more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 01:21:02 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of xnicknj


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at rattle n hum in nyc, served in tulip glass

Pours a darkened gold color with some orange tones. A white head retains well before dissolving and leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

A nice punch of floral and pine hops with a touch of citrus in the nose. Doughy malt and some sweetness as well.

Plenty of pleasant hops up front driven by floral and pine qualities. Some fruit sweetness with orange and light grapefruit swirls through. The malt backbone is heavier, with doughy breadiness and some caramel sweetness. Finishes with some alcohol warmth and lingering hop bitterness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and sticky. Solid, drinkable DIPA with a nice balance between hop and malt profiles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 06:33:11 | More by xnicknj
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear orange with a white head.
S: Very hoppy, with pine and citrus to follow.
T: Great hop bitterness followed by a nice citrus bouquet.
M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, and crisp finish.
D: A well balanced double IPA, with a good level of hoppiness as well as a blast of fruit flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 04:33:32 | More by stimulus
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a pretty textbook blend of no surprises. Pineapple and fingernail nose. Palate of pretty much that with bitter finish that has a quaility of greens. As it gets warmer it exposes some lemon fruit. I must say that its extremely one dimensional. Not crisp feel but just sweet and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 04:45:40 | More by rtepiak
Photo of TheJollyHop


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms 2nd Anniversary

Pale straw to light amber body, solid finger of off white head.

Enticing spicy, floral, pineapple citrus aroma, all underscored by caramel malt.

Grapefruit and tangerine on top of a sweet but light malt body; light pine sweet finish. Sticky and slightly resinous on the tongue. Medium carbonation and medium to light bodied. Creamy yet slightly effervescent. Very hop forward (Cascade) with an astringent finish. Solid DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 02:22:10 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of DNICE555


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli's

A - Hazy golden amber body with a small white head

S - Citrus, hops, very nice. Just what it should smell like

T - Tastes like a West Coast IPA. Predominant Hops and some nice citrus coming through.

M - Medium carbonation. Nice feel to it.

D - Great IPA. High abv but balanced and goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 20:10:07 | More by DNICE555
Photo of Goldfish19

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ On tap at Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thick off-white head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Citrus/pine hops and sweet malt.

Taste: This beer is just teeming with big citrus and earthy flavors. The caramel sweetness effectively balances things out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: At 9% ABV, this well-balanced DIPA went down smoothly. ~

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 01:32:39 | More by Goldfish19
Photo of knight84


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark amber with peach highlights. Finger-thick foamy almond tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
N: sweet, caramel malts, sprucey resin and grapefruit hops. Smells like its going to be strong. Not a light citrusy IPA, nose is very robust and complex, it feels like I'm smelling a much darker beer.
T: very malty, nearly barleywine-ish, taste is good but it doesn't strike me as a super fresh hoppy imperial IPA, it tastes aged. Very sweet and caramelly, hops are understated but still definitely present in a pine resin and older-sweet grapefruit way.
M: feels like a barleywine, the three floyds BB barleywine tastes and feels more like an IPA than this beer. Carbonation takes a back seat to the sugary stickyness that is present.
O: very good but it really seems more like a barleywine than an IIPA, its a sipper but the comlexity keeps you coming back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 03:31:03 | More by knight84
Photo of boatshoes


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my first visit to Rattle N' Hum in New York. Always looking to try a new DIPA.

Appearance- Comes off the tap into a snifter with a thin layer of head that sticks around for a bit before dying back to a ring around the edges. A golden body with fairly active carbonation. Looks nice in the glass.

Smell- Rich smell of both fruity and piney hops. Lots of big notes of grapefruit but more evenly mixed with a nice resin scent as well. Smells big!

Taste- Lots of grapefruit rind up front but again interspersed with a rich piney quality. A pretty strong malt backbone shows through as well however as in east coast DIPA fashion. A nice, well integrated combination.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel came across just a touch thin for the style but the drinkability on this was fantastic. Really went down easy despite the abv.

Overall, a very solid DIPA. Not the best but a very good showing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 00:03:05 | More by boatshoes
Photo of nickd717


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC.

A - Clear golden-orange color with a whitish head.

S - Piney hop aroma along with sweet malt. Some citrus notes present as well.

T - Piney hops, citrus, resin, and sweet pale/caramel malt. Fairly sweet, which balances the heavy-handed hops really welly.

M - Medium-full, somewhat oily palate with lingering hop oils.

D - Pretty high for an IIPA. This is good stuff all-around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 19:14:42 | More by nickd717
Photo of weeare138


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Goodnight Irenes...
Appears a transparent gold with a small white head that fades into s tiny cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy pine tar, grapefruit, and deep orange with mild bits of herbs.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with vanilla cream and sugary can't orange slices.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, bitter, and beautifully balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 00:25:30 | More by weeare138
Photo of woosterbill


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.


Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 23:54:58 | More by woosterbill
Photo of capra12

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at The Gingerman NYC on 8/5/09,

Appearance: Dark tan with 4 1/2 head that dissapates quickly

Smell: There is a particularly strong grapefruit flesh hop profile.

Taste: Opens strong with grapefruit with bitter hops emerging in the middle. The finish is hoppy and citrus leaving a relatively hoppy and grapefruit aftertaste.Upon having this again I think that there is a stronger malt profile as opposed to the hoppy bitter profile.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and coarse.

Drinkability: I particularly prefer the floral and piney hops as opposed to this highly citrus grapefruit hop.

This has become one of my most enjoyed Double IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 03:45:54 | More by capra12
Photo of thespaceman


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven

Poured into a flute, beautiful amberish/copper color with a wispy white head, citrus florals explode off the bat, lots of fruity florals here with very little malt detectible. Taste is very piney, with bits of citrus, mango, and some grapefruit. I love my IPA's piney and this one hit the spot for sure. Mouthfeel was fairly carbonated yet reserved, medium bodied with a good amount of bitterness. Overall, the best IPA I had from the menu, an all around winner in my book!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 03:47:20 | More by thespaceman
Photo of 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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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.