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

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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPACaptain's Reserve Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,124 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 189
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop story all around, found on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Hop aroma, hops in taste, full mouhfeel, with nicely done balancing and creaminess in the mouth making it fairly drinkable. Good representation of the imperial style. All kinds of hops, some lace in glass.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is an orange apricot with a brown streak in there. Mild head and not much lacing. Nose is fairly sharp with some really nice floral and citrus notes. The taste features the floral and citrus hops, costarring some light caramel in the background. Feel is fairly bitter and a bit dry. Drinks fairly well but doesn't hit all the right spots.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear yellow with a little head. The level of carbonation is very active and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface revealing lacey patterns.
S: There's a huge aroma that smells like a bouquet of flowers intermixed with piney hops.
T: The initial flavors are a mirror image of the smell, with a decidedly hoppy finish that leaves some bitterness on the palate. There are some underlying malts in the flavors but the flavor of hops is rather dominant, as it should be for this style.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation is perfectly matched.
D: This is very easy to drink. It packs a lot of punch in the way of flavor and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dominant citrus hops with light malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus hops with some definite bitter notes and a weaker then anticipated malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well made though more malt presence would have benefited this beer.

Photo of jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new bottles and I was able to score one with the quickness. I decided to bust them out last night for everyone to get a quick try. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.



So clear. That was the one thing I really took away from this one. It had an amazing amber color to it and the clarity was really just spot on. I was shocked by the color on this one as it really just shined through beautifully. Nice big head of white on the top settles down nicely over the top of the glass. Aroma is huge citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange flavors are all over the one. Really nicely done I have to admit. Solid malt backbone starts to come into play as it warms, but the pungent hop notes really just dive straight forward here. As I take the first sip I notice the body is fairly light on this one, not bad at all, just a little light. Rich flavor though quickly puts any of those thoughts aside. Wonderful touches of grapefruit and orange peel just tear at the palate, dry as could be you are quickly immersed in this wonderful brew. Smooth with all the ABV more then well hidden, I am easily able to continue down the road and enjoy it time and again.



Overall I had this one tap a while back and I have to say I am enormously impressed once again. After being disappointed in the dubbel, this was a welcomed change.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me a bottle of this.

A: The pour is very pretty. A clear amber color with a massive white head and tons of sheeted lacing on the glass.

S: A really sharp pineapple, grapefruit, and slightly piney aroma. There is a touch of alcohol too, but it melds in with the pineapple sweetness.

T: A very strong bitterness to the flavor, but not really all that much else. Certainly piney, but the same fruitiness is not present here.

M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth, especially as the beer warms up a little bit.

D: Not a bad IPA from the east coast. I would prefer a bit more contrast in terms of the hop flavors, but this one is pretty easy to drink, especially at 9%.

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy looking golden copper color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was pretty good here and the retention wasn't bad either. The smell of the beer gives off some really nice hoppy aromas. The taste was very good at first but it seemed to get a little strange in the aftertaste. I'm not entirely sure why. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, it was thick and oily which I enjoyed. Overall everything but the aftertaste on this beer was good to me.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Florida9 for sharing this beer!

A nice unexpected preamble to our little tasting/packing expedition. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, lemon zest, mandarin orange, caramel, and kiwi. The taste follows generally the same pattern, though the fruits are all accompanied by their respective rinds, lending a good amount of bitterness to the fruity situation. The caramel is joined by a light bit of biscuit, which helps balance things out with a relatively strong malty backbone. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly gooey feel. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA, one that doesn't go overboard on anything but goodness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome brew, my first from captain Lawrence, courtesy of a trade with thebrewo. I kind of rushed through the first bottle of this, but am taking my time with this here second one. the pour is as clear as any beer ive ever seen, absolute glass, sunshine colored, way light for a big ipa, boasting a fluffy and resilient snow white head. the nose is major floral hops, juicy and ripe, but there is a weird malt profile for an imperial ipa. there is Czech pils malts in here and a lighter yeast than the conventional California ale yeast. the flavor is big on hops, super bright and lingering all the way through, again with a pilsener malt profile and maybe even a lager yeast, although that seems unlikely, the flavor is there, and it is crisp like cold fermentation. like walking through a hop grove, if there was a hop/tangerine hybrid that grew on a tree. I absolutely love how light, refreshing, and drinkable this is, sort of defies the style in that way. there is a bit of an alcohol burn in there, no doubt about it. you know its big, but its still deceiving. like many beers, this feature gets more intense as it warms. overall I love the floral hops and the unique lighter malt bill, an expertly made beer, and one that's inspired me to seek out more captain Lawrence beers.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scott has done it again! This is one of my favorite double IPAs! It's like a refreshing west coast IPA that's been hopped up on steroids... all muscles, rather than the all too common, flabby, doughy-sweet and candyish malt ball that's been over-bittered and over-infused with hop flavors to compensate. Or, just not that balanced. But this one is!

It pours an expectedly hazy, amber-orange and copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam that holds really well and leaves creamy rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is loaded with citrusy and sweet notes of pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, and papaya as well as a touch of pine.

The flavor is malty without being overdone, and it's lightly caramelish and a touch biscuity. It's got some body to it as well, and although it's a bit sweet, it's not candyish or cloying; but it does take it right to the edge. From there a whallop of Pacific Northwest hops (Cascade, Centennial, perhaps some Amarillo? I dunno...) reigns down on it, thinning it with citrusy, lightly-tart fruity goodness! But that's not all, there's also a touch of mintiness, grassiness, and light pine/spruce that gives it a sharper edge. The bitterness then comes in, solid and brisk, but not overly bold. I hate it when an IPA offers you a lot of malt and fruit to start off with, and then smacks down your tastebuds with raspy, heavy bitterness; but there's none of that here. It's very well-balanced, and retains a great amount of drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden, and I think what actually is there might just add a welcome touch of spiciness.

If you haven't tried it, it's worth seeking out. Very well done!!!

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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.