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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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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 198
Gots: 132 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 02-13-2006

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Clear copper color with a fluffy white head, plenty of rising carbonation and a thick sheet of lacing left on the glass.
Earthy aroma with some grassy hops.
Sweet upfront and then there's a bit of yeastiness before a dry slightly bitter finish.
Medium bodied with a good creamy feel.
A very pleasant drinking experience.

Photo of mjl21
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. Really cool looking 16.9 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. No abv info or bottling info is given.

A-A very interesting looking beer. It it quite clear and looks like a pilsner with brown highlights. It is the lightest IPA i have ever seen. It has a large two finger off white head that has some great retention. It has lots of visible bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Not surprisingly, it smells like an East Coast DIPA. There is lots of sweet malt aroma along with some biscuit malt. There is some pineapple and some underlying pine. As it warms I get some floral/grassy hop aromas.

T-The biscuit and sweet malt along with some pine hit first. The pineapple citrus hits more in the back. There is some noticeable booze in between sips. The aftertaste is a combination of alcohol, grassy hops, and some bitter aspirin.

M-Thicker bodied, well carbonated, and creamy from the massive head.

D-Boozy and too rough for me.

This one didn't come together for me. I think there are some good flavor profiles going, but they just don't mesh entirely. I would like to try it fresh from the tap before reserving final judgment.

Photo of CHickman
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold orange in color with a 1.5 inch thick foamy off white head with good lacing; smells very hoppy with a combo of pine, floral hops and malt - quite a nice sweet aroma.

Tastes sweet with a strong mix of hops, piney hops, malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, grass, herbs, caramel, spices like pepper and coriander, and then some floral hops. Very potent floral hop taste that is robust and brings wet hop-like flavor from start to finish; almost tastes like wet hops were added in the brewing mix. The flavor is strong up front, then fades, and then bursts through again with the bitter dry finish which leaves you yearning for another sip. The alcohol content is suppressed by the sweet hop taste, so this brew could do some damage as the ABV will sneak up on you (which is fine by me).

Medium body with light carbonation, and a creamy oily slick mouthfeel; this beer finishes bitter and hoppy and sticks to your tongue with a lingering sweetness from the hop oil. An excellent beer with great sweet hoppy flavor throughout.

I've drank this beer several times over the past few years and it always delivers, so I highly recommend this beer. Captain Lawrence Brewing has a great portfolio and this could be their best beer.

Photo of younger35
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this brew as an extra from gpcollen1 in a recent trade. I've wanted to try this brew for quite some time but never got the chance. Great extra that I'm pumped to try! (Plus the bottle is great for home brewing) Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear yellowish orange with a great big two fingered bright white fluffy head. A great cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with some random spotty lacing.
Smell- Smooth and creamy smell with a big piney presence and a great malty backbone. The pine is sappy and raw with a pithy sort of grapefruit fruitiness. Some candied malts with hints of red licorice and bubblegum jump in right from the get go as well. Not the fruitiest smelling IPA but nice all around.
Taste- Starts lightly bitter and like the nose a nice malty backbone is present. Some raw earthy pine mixes with a slight bitter fruitiness that has hints of apple and grapefruit pith. Pineapple and even a pinch of peach peak in adding a hint of citrus. A slight bit of caramel peaks in as does a touch of that red licorice I got in the nose. The finish is slightly dirty and piney with a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a slightly creamy feel and fairly light carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty IPA and probably one of the more balanced ones I've had in quite a while. The malt is fairly candish and sweet but a nice bitter earthy bite hides right in the mix. A solid IPA all around, super easy drinking. Thanks much George!

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received via the Clue 5 LIF from NJpadreFan. Thank you very much, sir!

Appearance: Pours an amazing clear amber yellow with soft billowy finger of bright white head that slowly dissipates, leaving larger bubbles in its place and a mass of lacing after every sip.

Smell: I can smell this beer from 3 feet away following the pour. The pine and citrus of the hops is tantalizingly awesome. As I get closer, hints of grapefruit and pineapple reveal themselves as well. This smells like a DIPA that I want to be a part of.

Taste: This is an amazing hop bomb. The initial bitterness is followed closely by a bit of sticky malt sweetness that envelops the tongue and the senses. The aftertaste is all bitterness, and this makes me want another drink that much more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sticky all at the same time. This beer is a bit over the top on the finish, but all in all, the unbalanced nature of this hoppy brew makes it that much more enticing.

Drinkability: On the label, Captain Lawrence states that this beer is "the ultimate hop lover's dream come true." This statement couldn't be more true. There are no sleights of hand, no magic and mirrors. This beer is all business- hop business, that is. If you're not looking to have your palate completely and utterly trashed by the end of the bottle, then I'd take your search elsewhere because this beer accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost this review in the great crash of yesterday. But thank GOD for google cache!

Got this grenade awesomely huge looking bottle from aparris85 in a great trade. The bottle itself even looks awesome. Anyways, I poured it into my DFH oversized snifter. This will be my first CL beer too, I am the Excite!

Oooh, just popping the top unlocked all this fragrance and aroma of awesome floral spicy and grassy hops. Its also got one of those cool reverse funnel tops that make it pour slowly and with lots of carbonation.

A: Astronimical head, I think the glass filled up with head and left 1 finger of beer at the bottom, in a huge role reversal, mostly due to the funnel neck bottle (similar to Pliny). The head is full of air and disappears very quickly, leaving a spotty lacing on the glass. It's so diamond brilliantly clear, I'm going to use it to fry some ants in the morning sun. It has a light pale orange yellow color to add to the clear opaqueness.

N: Still loaded with light grassy, floral, spicy aromatic hops. Makes me want to frolic around in the hay with some really hot girl, a girl with clothes made of hops that is. Some light citrus and touch of pine add to the hop experience, which is quite expanded. A slight alcohol nose also splices its way through like the crazy splicers in Bioshock, drunk on Atom!

T: Oh yeah, starts just as expected, very sweet and malty... no just kidding, loaded with fresh hop taste. Very light on the malt taste, mostly just pale malts, but the hops really hit the spot. Lot of grassy, spicy, floral, juicy hops really take over the palate. A slight pine but not much. I actually also get some fresh wort taste, like fresh malts and hops before they have really matured, which is strange for 9% abv beer, but I have tasted it in quite a few IPAs before. It also has some sweetness, but not a lot, and slight alcohol taste. I also get a slight spicy yeast taste, that seems to come back in burps. Some citrus and fruit from the hops round off the taste as well, giving it a juicy quality that brings the drinkability up a bit too.

M: Semi thick actually, not much left for carbonation after blowing its load on the pour, I think that was my fault. Slight alcohol warmth as well.

F: Finishes very bitter and semi dry. The hop bitterness really just seems to settle on the mouth as the liquid disappears. It's almost feeling my mouth freeze over as it dries out quickly and gets slammed with a hop bitterness, and some spiciness. It seems to leave the mouth in a confused state, it started as a great tasting, semi sweet juicy IPA, then left a dry, spicy, alcoholic haze. The bitterness lingers a bit too.

Final thoughts: A pretty good take on an American IPA. I've had better, but it's still a great one. Combines quite a few good tastes, some good hops as they seemed to go for the floral, spicy, grassy angle rather than bombing with pine and citrus. It has an alcohol presence, but it doesn't drink like a 9%, more like a 7 or 8. Overall I would get this again if I could, a pretty good beer. Thanks again Alex.

Photo of Naugled
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served in imperial pint glass.

appearance is fantastic, it has a deep rich yellow color and a nice frothy tight white head.

aroma is deep but not intense, more earthy and woodsy, subtle background of herb and citrus.

taste is all hops, rich and resiny and a healthy bitterness. hop flavors are a bit muddled though, no clear profile comes through. also a bit grassy in the mouth feel.

body has good balance, I would say it's medium for such a big beer, bitterness does linger a bit too long though.

a drinkable beer but a one off, I wouldn't want more than one glass.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of garlicky hops, piney hops, graham cracker, and light citrus. Also an odd aroma I can't really place, but it makes the beer smell rather odd. Flavor of citrus with some piney and crackery malt notes. Much different from the draft form. I don't know...there's just something off in this beer, but I don't know what it is.

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a steady stream of small bubbles, with a dense white head that lingers. The smell is floral -- dandelion and marigold, mostly --, with notes of honey, maple, cedar, and alcoholic burn. The taste is clover honey, pine, faint toffee or brown sugar, and a dandelion finish. It's thick, and highly carbonated. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming -- a sipper, but not a dainty one. A nice alternative to the grapefruit monsters that are West Coast DIPAs.

Photo of beertooth
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with Ben(madorb) he picked it up on a trip to New York last weekend.

This beer is a hazy golden yellow color and has a soapy 2 fingers of off white head that falls into a thin pocked layer.

The nose is very malt foward. This beer is a little faded. Sweet bready malts and fruity hops.

The first gulp gives me a ton of bready sweet slightly oxidized malts. Lot's a fruity hops. It's very malt forward just like the nose. I really wish this was fresh, although it's still quite tasty, but I prefer IPAs fresh. There's finally some hoppy bitterness in the finish now that it's warming

Mouthfeel is a little slick. Medium to full body with low carbonation.

A tasty beer overall. I'd love to try some more fresh though.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From what I've heard, Captain Lawrence originally released this as a draft only beer. I was down in New Jersey for work and stopped in at Oak Tree Buy Rite (best beer store in Jersey) and they had loads of bottles (the same type of bottles that the Schlenkerla smoked beers come in) for only $3.94 each. I couldn't pass it up. These guys brew some of the most amazing barrel-aged beers in the country so of course they brew a kick ass Imperial IPA, right? The answer is yes, yes they do.

From the Captain Lawrence site:

"This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, has become the calling card of many craft brewers who aren't afraid to push the limits of what hops can add to a beer. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA."

Here we go...

Pour - Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA pours a very, very light golden color. Quite amazing just how clean and clear this one is, its almost like a lager in color despite a pretty high ABV and loads of hops. Plenty of pale malt, that is for sure!

Aroma - The smell of this beer is like a bunch of tropical fruit. Definitely get some mango, passionfruit, pineapple and tangerine. Not so much pine and super bitter hops but it sure as hell smells good.

Taste - Wow, the flavor of this is outstanding. All those tropical fruits come out in the taste and this one truly comes alive. There is a very nice bitterness with this beer that speaks of some seriously fresh hops. Nice big flavors coming out of this beer despite the deceivingly clear look.

Overall - One of the more tropical fruity beers I've ever had and I love it for that. Its got a boat load of flavor, plenty of fresh hops and pale malt sweetness. Nice and balanced and just plain delicious.

Would I buy more of it? - Hell yes. If only it was more available. Its pretty tough to find these beers even in CT and NY, let alone Massachusetts.

Note: The Captain Lawrence site shows three hop varieties for this beer but the label says five. I guess two will remain a mystery.

Also, the name Captain Lawrence refers to the street, Captain Lawrence Drive in South Salem, NY, that the owner of the brewery grew up on. His story about how he came to start up Captain Lawrence Brewing is really a great one and I'd encourage anyone who loves beer to read it on their site.

Photo of dudecandle
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

.5L bottle poured into a large weizen glass:

A: Deep golden, transparent color on the body. 2-finger white, fluffy head with excellent retention and lacing.

S/T: Right up front is a huge blast of grapefruit from the Cascade hops. It's got a nice, fresh piney balance as well. It has a good spicy character, and a light and wonderfully fruity malt character which cuts the astringency of the hops very well, probably helped by the Columbus hops used.

M: Nice and full, but not as offensively aggressive as bad Imperial IPA's can get.

D: This may be the most drinkable Imperial IPA I've ever had. The hops are potent, but not off-putting. The flavors explode, and every sip just begs for another to follow. One half-liter was not enough.

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 orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely clear pale golden orange pour. Two fingers of creamy white foam on top of the brew. A bit lighter in color than many other DIPA's. Aromas of tropical citric hops along with pine resin accents. Herbally with a sweet crisp backbone. Somewhat fruity, nice.

First sip brings a mix of fruity citric hops upfront with a touch of sweetness. Tropical and pineapple accents swirl through with herbal pine on the way down. Malt body is quite thin here and a touch biscuity with bitterness well placed on the finish. Alcohol is not really noticeable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit lighter than I expected. Good carbonation. Overall, a pretty good DIPA with a few flaws that drop it down on my favorites list. Worth a try if you can get it but I don't think I'd go out of my way. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity.

Photo of JMD
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear, golden amber color wtih big rocky head that fades slowly and leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Big hop aroma. Piney resin and citrus. Some light malt and sweet carmel

T: Sweet carmel malt upfront, followed by nice citrus flavors, grapefruit, lemon zest, and some mandarin orange. Flavor is nice and balance, but fairly mild compared to other IIPAs.

M: Pretty light for the style, and a little on the watery side.

D: This is a pretty mild IIPA, but full of flavor and very drinkable. It's texture is a little to light for the style, but still a very good beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.99/5  rDev -28.1%
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 russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes, got this one from HopStoopid120, cheers Tony!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & outstanding head retention

S: Slight pineyness, plus a ton of citrus

T: Follows the nose, nice tangerine & lemon flavor up front, plus some caramel sweetness. Earthy hops & breadyness as this warms, along with a bit of boozeyness. Finishes with leafy hops & tangerines

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky with assertive carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, a solid DIPA

Photo of meatyard
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, lightly carbonated, golden with a typical, large fluffy, white head that leaves very nice lacing.
The smell is pine, malt and a bit of a peppery spice thing going on.
Taste is a very pleasant mix of fruity hops and malt that holds for a moment until a bit of bitterness bites in at the swallow. Some alcohol shows up but isn't distracting in any way. The malt doesn't provide any sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and on the dry side.
Drinkability is good, it's strong with 9% ABV so a couple of glasses suits me.

This is a good beer from Captain Lawrence which I hear most are. This probably won't satisfy someone looking for the typical West Coast DIPA but otherwise should satisfy. I'd like to try this on tap.

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

4 bottles courtesy of mikey711 via trade, thanks again.

Awesome botle design, I love the clear label and the 500 ml stubby bottle. Poured into DFH snifter glass. Nice appearrance right off the bat, light golden color with a big chunky 2 finger head. Massive lacing is on the glass as it get lower. Leaves the rim of the glass a bit sticky as it warms. Smell is a mix of lemon, malt, bready aromas. Taste is nice with a hint of hops but more malt fwd than I was expecting. Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. I think the drinkability is very high.

I usually like my DIPA's way more more hop fwd than this one but I really enjoyed. I found it to be easy drinking. I received 4 bottles on monday and I am down to just 1 already. Glad I finally got try a CL brew. If your looking for a massive hop bomb look elsewhere, but if you want a nice drinkable DIPA look for the CL reserve. Recommended.

Photo of maximum12
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikey711 for sending this my way; happy to have another IIPA with a good rep. Consumed while watching my Twins, down four games, try to claw their way back into the race by beating Detroit!

Poured into my cool, silver-lipped Hennepin goblet is a light, slightly amber IIPA with evident carbonation racing up the middle of the brew. Very clear, pale. Smell is middling faint, even watery, with only a smattering of hops.

The reason is quickly evident. This is an IIPA that is busting my chops with malts, not hops, which leaves me bit teary-eyed. The Ralph Wiggum hops are overwhelmed by the big malts that lend an up-front sweetness, with the hops contributed only a grapefruit, very slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Clean, balanced, & sweeter, without the bite I like in my IIPA. Easy drinking for the high ABV, which is evident only in the warming of my chest cavity.

Good beer, but the maltiness of this beer left me wanting more hops!

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nyrangersfan for bring a couple bottles of this brew on his trip to Chicago. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of slow dissolving off-white cream foam with glass-coasting lacing. Super transparent golden yellow color with a few bubbles lazily rising upwards. I like a little haze in my DIPAs, but otherwise this is superb.

S - Big pine, a bit of tropical fruit, some zesty ripe grapefruit, and some dank earthy notes as well - definitely some Simcoe character. There's a strong grainy malt backbone in this one with lots of bread character to it and a touch of spice. I wish this had a little more sweetness to it, as both hop and malt profiles veer towards the earthy savory side of things.

T - Taste has a tiny bit of biscuit sweetness to it, but it's largely the same mix of multi-grain and hoppiness, with the malt character strong at first and then a piney, zesty, and somewhat grassy finish. Moderately bitter aftertaste, but not a palate-bruiser. Again - it's pretty good, but doesn't have that candy and fruit character I really love in a good DIPA. There's only the slightest hint of caramel or orange.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, soft texture, a bit of alcohol heat, a bit of residual hop resin. It's pretty much what I like in a DIPA, but could use a touch more of the hop oiliness.

D - 500ml of this was fine, but I'd much rather have a Pliny. This was decidedly East Coast in the malt presence, and reminded me of Apex or Scratch 20 in that it uses a collection of hops that I'm just not that into. Still - one could do a lot worse.

Photo of seaoflament
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella on 9/15/09.

Pours a very, and I mean very clear pale yellow with an egg-shell white color inch of foam.

Citrus fruit salad, mango, papaya, and caramel malt on first encounter. A bit grassy at times. The grapefruit starts to shine through with some sweat orange, which makes me think of Simcoe. A decent amount of tangerine as well. Very nice aroma over all, hardly any alcohol detected.

Flavorful hop mixture that follows the aroma. Orange, pink grapefruit, papaya, mango, caramel, and a bit of light toast rush the palate on the first sip. Low bitterness for a DIPA but quite clean, just a tad too sweet in the finish than I would have liked, otherwise I would have scored it higher because the hop flavors are quite good.

Very nice moderate to high carbonation, creamy on the palate, smooth in the finish and easy to drink. Very tasty beer, not overly impress but I wouldn't mind having it again if offered.

Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

group tasting at Derek's place. i contributed this one, acquired in a trade with gregc, so thanks greg!

64oz growler. sampled aug 7/09.

pours clear orangey amber with a big dense off-white head. the head drops slowly with lots of lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light pine. grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. light caramel. hints of pineapple. touch of spice too - maybe rye or a bit of a spicy hop?

taste is great. light alcohol. biscuit. bit of cracker. whole wheat bread. resiny pine. grapefruit. light orange and tangerine. caramel. bit of toffee. just under medium bitterness level. some light vanilla notes too. bit woody.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. slightly below medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. fairly good complexity. nice hop profile. good stuff!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.