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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

921 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 921
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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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, honey-amber with flecks of hops or yeast or something. Thin head. Spectacular fresh hop aroma, like sniffing hop cones - leafy and herbal, piney, spicy, and very floral. Hayfever sufferers beware. A slight honey-caramel malt base backs it up. The cask carbonation does not do any favors for this very thick, malt-forward brew, which is much more sweet than it is bitter (a pretty big no-no for a DIPA in my book). Still, the hop flavor is full and nuanced, ripe with cilantro, pine, citrus, and pineapple. But it doesn't have the scorching, raw lupulin quality of a good DIPA. Tangy and sweet finish, far from dry. The hop flavor is good enough to keep this malt bomb drinkable for half a pint, and the alcohol is well-hidden, but a full pint would be more than plenty for me.

Serving type: cask

08-06-2009 08:14:09 | More by soulgrowl
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

I had on cask at High Street Grill in Mount Holly. It was presented in a standard pint glass, pale yellow with medium white head. The smell was great, like walking through a pine forest. Very good flavor, it has lots of pine and grape fruit notes. A medium bodied beer with a very full mouth feel. Every sip felt a bit sticky and seemed to have pine resin on it. A great sipping beer.

Serving type: cask

01-31-2009 22:26:42 | More by bonkers
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BBM

New York

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

Had this at Dek's on 7/11. Poured a cloudy, opaque golden color with a thin beige head. Aroma was somewhat sweet and slightly alcoholic.

The intense floral and citrus hops blend nicely with the huge malt backbone to form a cohesive DIPA that isn't too sticky sweet. Slight alcoholic and dry finish creates a sense of the beer's power while still leaving room for more. A surprisingly drinkable beer, and the creamy cask texture is always a plus. Nice job by CL.

Serving type: cask

07-15-2008 17:56:22 | More by BBM
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Biggness

New York

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this cask last night @ DEKS. The appearance was very nice it was served a dark amber, which was very clopudy with sediment in it. The smell was overpowering, there was a mild notion of citrus and a large smell of.... Well to keep this rated PG I can't say what it smelled like. The taste was nice a nice balance of citrus and malts, I just had to keep my nose away while I was tasting. The alcohol flavor was minimal and this seems to be a low % to me for a double IPA. I am generally a huge fan of casks, I look forward to the beer festival the 9th so I can try this in bottle.

Serving type: cask

07-12-2008 11:49:08 | More by Biggness
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threeviews

New Jersey

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
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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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EdwardK77

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this imperial IPA right after the Single Cut Billy Full Stack and liked it almost as much. This was also a very easy drinking high alcohol IPA. It definitely had the right amount of hops, pine, citrus etc. that you look for in an IPA. I would certainly drink this again.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2014 15:05:11 | More by EdwardK77
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dank203

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours into snifter classic appearance. hazy orange, white head. lacing. aroma is skunky, hoping its just a dank hop. getting some sweet candy aromas too. mouthfeel is great though, so smooth. nice amount of and citrus. bitter aftertaste. not my favorite of this style but I don't hate it

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:56:00 | More by dank203
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney, spicey hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney, herbal hops dominate the palate while bready malt and tropical fruit provide some balance. Finish is long and very dry. Outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 16:49:46 | More by mikeg67
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TaylorGates

New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled on 12/31/2013

A: Nice orange Amber color with a nice white lacing head, cloudy

S: Alot of Orange rind and citrus in this IPA with a kick of allspice, clove, pine, corriander all work together for a great smelling beer

T: Hops hit you fist with a pine & spice, then a malty roast flavor takes over, I get a dry grapefruit pine leftover taste, that keeps me going back for more and more

M: medium body, pretty crisp beer with a dry finish the alcohol is hidden very well and makes it easy to drink

O: I really enjoyed this beer, Alot of citrus fruit with a nice malt balance that bends into a very drinkable smooth IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 05:51:17 | More by TaylorGates
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle, dated 12/31/2013, received as an extra from Moyman.

Slightly hazy, straw-yellow elixir poured into DFH chalice. One finger, tight white foamy head. Copious lacing.

Big citrus profile here: mango, pineapple, orange.

Follows the aroma and really explodes on the taste buds. Wonderful!

Medium body, nicely carbonated, sweet.

Really well done IPA and the pint bottle format is a plus.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:27:32 | More by CaptCleveland
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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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BeerEngineer

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

General: Found this at a little liquor store in West Covina, CA. It’s a 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle. Poured into my New Belgium tulip style glass to taste and review.

Appearance: This is a crystal clear DIPA with a great light golden color. SRM is probably around a 9 or so. Head is light, white and fluffy. It diminished pretty quickly but leaves some slight lacing.

Aroma: It has a slight citrus hint to it but the primary aroma is a grassy hop scent. It’s overpowering for all of the other potential aromas that could come through. Not much maltiness in this, it’s a big in your face DIPA. The hops aren’t my favorite profile but it’s a good example of a west coast IPA with the grassy/piney hit.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a little on the thicker side of the spectrum, still within the style but it seems to really coat your mouth. The carbonation is moderate.

Taste: This is just a grassy/piney explosion. True to a west coast style it’s like drinking a pine forest and fresh cut grass. Pretty good! Reminds me of something, see below…

Overall: This is one of those classic style DIPAs that stays true to its roots. It’s not trying to be a “new age” IPA with mango, citrus and grapefruit. It is very similar to Pliny the Elder in my opinion. It’s not as bright, and that may be because of the age of it for this bottle, but it’s got a similar hop profile. For those Nor’Easters who can’t get Pliny, Captain’s Reserve IIPA is a fair substitute. I bet if you get it fresh it would be even more similar.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:15:13 | More by BeerEngineer
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FLima

Brazil

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
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Greywulfken

New York

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep golden body, not quite clear; big as you want it head of off-white foam that'll persist nicely

S: lots of golden malty grains and zesty citrus and bright floral notes

T: nice balance struck between the solid malt bill and the crisp hops; lemon-citrus and sweet pale malt; some yeasty brightness and slight chew

M: body has a medium overall feel but light on the tongue, smooth and slick, crisp bitterness up-front fades into a lighter finish

O: a great beer - runs on the lighter-feeling side of the DIPA spectrum, classic DIPA flavors, well-balanced, and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 15:07:51 | More by Greywulfken
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TheBeerTrekker

New York

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dated: 08/26/13
Served on a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden light color, with 3 fingers of full head.

S: Sweet citrus fruits, pine, hops.

T: Like the nose, a lot of hop flavor, a bit bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation, goes down smoothly, very light on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 20:23:03 | More by TheBeerTrekker
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ianmatth

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Big pine and citrus aroma. Claims 5 hops varieties, I'm sure Simcoe, Centennial, and CTZ are well represented. Most likely Amarillo, possibly Cascade, maybe Citra.

T - The pine and citra taste actually matches the aroma. Most IPAs and DIPAs smell better than they taste. A little bit of that sweet high ABV taste, but still dry.

M - Great balance of up front bitterness and smoothness.

O - Paid $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle. Tastes better if you drink from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 17:51:05 | More by ianmatth
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a light to medium golden with a large blooming white head...maybe to big,a large amount of broken globs left behind as settled into a frothy mass.Tropical fruit with some leafiness, mixed with sweet alcohol and caramel in the nose,the hops win out.Quite sweet on the palate although maybe not quite as sweet as many of the style,drunken fruit and sugary sweetness with a tropical fruit-like hoppiness in the finish,if there was just a little more drying resiny/pine hoppiness it would have been rated higher by me.It's close to being fantastic but just a little sweet....in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 21:49:59 | More by oberon
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a perfectly clear, bright, pale, yellow color with a sizeable head on it. Retention is tremendous and lacing is pretty darn good. Just a good looking beer in the glass.

S- Very piney and resinous hops bitterness in the scent here. Rather crisp, and not quite as strong as most DIPA's, but very good and an intimidating preview of what's to come for your taste buds.

T- Starts with a bang of hops bitterness that is more fruity than piney, unlike in the scent. Quickly moves towards more of a pine bitterness with the hops, before introducing the slightest touch of the lightest malt base. There is a very, very slight honey-like flavor in there towards the end too. The end of this beer is clean because of the hops, but there is a bit of lingering bitterness, although not strong.

M- Medium to high in carbonation, and medium to thick in body. Not quite smooth, but more of a slick quality to the feel of this beer. Slides across the tongue easily to promote the beer's drinkability, a which is also supported by a well hidden alcohol content.

Overall, this is a pretty darn good DIPA. Not too bitter, but very well balanced. Perfect for the intermediate hop lover like me.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 00:30:16 | More by boilermakerbrew
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. No born on date. Consumed 9-14-2013.

A: liquid gold appearance, hewing closer to straw than to orange. large white, soapy head leaving good spiderweb lacing.

S: there is an herbaceous spicy aroma here. it is unique, but not unpleasant. tobacco, lemon, acetone with deep inhalation. there is juicy pineapple with warmth, onion too.

T. orange pith, malt sweetness initially, but this moves quickly to metallic bitterness and alcohol burn.

M: well-carbonated, crisp, but the alcohol sting lingers on the palate.

this is a unique approach to an American DIPA. to be sure, this one tasted better as I drank more. this pales in comparison to the fresh OTWOA I drank five days earlier however. the alcohol comes through too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 15:42:39 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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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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pjkelley82

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 1 East Captain lawrence CRIIPA West Double Jack

Here's the dilema... CRIIPA placed 10th overall and lost this round as well. It wasnt a fair battle because Double Jack is my all time favorite but none the less this brew is excellent. Better looking and smoother... nice sweetness to it with a touch of burn.. good hoppy presence and well balanced. Dont be torn away because its last... it was definitely a very good dipa and better than most..

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:33:07 | More by pjkelley82
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BoardwalkBock

New York

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Ommegang BPA glass

A: Slightly hazy yellowish-orange with good head retention and a spiderweb-like lacing that hangs all over the glass.

S: Biscuit, grapefruit, citrus and finishes with a nice piney aroma.

T: Citrus upfront, with plenty of grapefruit and biscuity malts to follow. Bitterness lingers long after the sip. Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied and just the perfect amount of bitterness.

O: Very nice DIPA which I've had quite a few times before. Captain Lawrence makes some good beers. Definitely doesn't crack my top 10, maybe top 15 for DIPA's but would def. recommend and have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:50:33 | More by BoardwalkBock
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-light golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-nice citrus and pine, light malt, herbal

T-bready malt, grapefruit, pine, light herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a good DIPA, decent flavor and balance

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:52:59 | More by MDDMD
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Exactly how an IPA should look. Very pale. Straw golden color. Big fluffy white head that hangs around. Really nice head retention.

Aroma: Intensely aromatic. Big citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit. Some pine. Quite resiny with some peppery spice. A joy to smell.

Taste: Very spicy. Lots of pine and resin. Big citrus and citrus rind bitterness. A bit of Columbus-like vegetal notes underneath everything. Fairly dry with some balancing pale and caramel malt notes opening up as it warms. Flavor is really nice, but the Columbus hop notes keeps it from reaching world-class status for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Lots of hop oily slickness. Flavor lingers on the palate but never becomes overwhelming. Bitterness is sharp. Alcohol is well hidden but provides a nice warming note.

Overall: Not really knowing much about this beer, it was a really pleasant surprise. The aroma is incredible and the flavor hits some really great notes as well. Only the (what I perceive as) Columbus keeps this from reaching the pinnacle of my DIPA list. I will be buying this in quantity the next time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 15:18:19 | More by jacewg
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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.