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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

918 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 502
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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corysmith01

New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After reading the reviews, I can't say this one surprised me. All signs pointed to it being a solid IPA and those signs were right. Really bright, citrusy aroma once it was poured. Nice floral notes on the initial taste, followed closely by bitter fruit. Not as floral as say Flower Power or Double Jack, but in the ballpark. Nice crisp bitterness on the finish. A really nice DIPA, one that doesn't taste as heavy as its ABV might lead you to believe...very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:39:11 | More by corysmith01
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dar482

New York

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No bottle date on this brewery’s beers.

Pours out with a big white head composed of large bubbles. It quickly dissipates a one finger head. The color is a clear dark orange with a slight bit of green in the light.

The aroma has huge juicy peaches, pineapple, floral rose, sweet orange with a bit of grapefruit, a slight biscuit malt, and pine. Just very inviting and fresh smelling. Great aroma on this one.

Front of the tongue is huge juicy sweet peach and pineapple along with fresh big juicy grapefruit. It also has a big pine Simcoe flavor too. In the middle is this gentle malt sweetness that then eases in the finish that has a lingering grapefruit peel bitterness. There’s a good amount of malt to balance this out, though in the end, a bit light on the mouthfeel.

This is quite good. I’m really surprised as Founder Double Trouble is quite a close comparison in profile and quality to this. Having had Double Trouble recently, I can’t say that this isn’t amazing. The mouthfeel and bigger malt roundness that Double Trouble probably makes it better, but this wins on the bitterness.

I truly surprisingly world class Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 05:56:05 | More by dar482
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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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nataku00

California

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half liter bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nice extra from a trade. Beer pours a clear golden orange with three fingers of off white foam consisting of small bubbles. Head retention is pretty decent, a couple of minutes before slowly dissipating leaving plenty of sticky lacing. Good amount of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is light grapefruit and orange peel, fruity esters, and a good amount of caramel malt sweetness. A little alcohol as well.

Bitter up front, citrus peel primarily, mellowing to sweeter orange and grapefruit flavors, pineapple, caramel malt. Dry finish, lingering citrus bitterness.

Light to medium body, refreshing carbonation, easy to drink. Pretty good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:26:32 | More by nataku00
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yankeepride

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Really got a strong, foamy head on this one. Was able to pour out the entire bottle into an imperial pint glass, and the head was tough enough to just keep piling higher without spilling over. Took a whiff, and got some strong apricot notes. From there, though, it went downhill for me. It had a bit of a malty edge which I didn't expect for something less than a 10% imperial IPA. I just didn't get a flavor profile that I could identify with. It wasn't piney or citrus-laden, but just had some bread-style malts with some bittering to it. I'm a CL fan, but not of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 04:56:47 | More by yankeepride
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:15:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanx SammyJaxxx:

Into a tulip:

A: clear light golden/yellow colored body with light carbonation seen rising in the center, three finger white foamy head rises and falls leaving some light foamy lacing gracing the sides of the glass.

S: citrus/grapefruit/orange up front coming through in a spicy/earthy sense,
slight maltiness comes out as the beer warms

T: spicy and bittersweet through the previously mentioned flavors, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, adequately carbonated, mostly sessionable as the ABV seems to be hidden fairly well

O: wow, what a nice DIPA as the alcohol seems to be well hidden, very easy to drink as I would definitely come back to this

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 14:31:17 | More by BeerKangaroo
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly redues to a large medium thick patch of larger bubbles, some very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and earthy hops. Light amounts of malty sweetness as the beer warms.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of sweet grainy malts but that is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderat amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a fairly enjoyable DIPA and the alcohol is extremely well hidden within it. Very easy to drink and a bit lighter than some others in the style but still with nice but not overly aggressive hops flavors/aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:07:13 | More by dbrauneis
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a full dense white head. Average carbonation, fairly small bubbles. Leaves some impressive lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Full bouquet of hops going on here. A nice citrus grapefruit and also earthy. Has some pleasant floral qualities too. Malts come through a bit as it warms as a faint sweetness.

T: A tasty beer indeed. Bold hops are the first flavor to hit your taste buds, bittering at first it blends into an earthy hop blend. Sweet malts bring up the rear and attempt to balance it out. Hops linger on the aftertaste with a pleasant citrusy floral.

M: Has a light body for an imperial IPA which makes it an easy sipper. Average carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Overall another real tasty imperial IPA. Wish this had some bottle dating as it was a little lackluster. Good blend, very balanced, real easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:18:03 | More by CloudStrife
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gabedivision

New York

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A- pours a crystal clear golden yellow/ apple juice color with a 1/4 finger head, with some visible carbonation

S- slight grapefruit citrus, orange juice,pine, resin and sugary malts

T- nice citrus up front, some grapefruit, pine, grassy, alcohol middle of the sip, sharp bitterness on the finish

M- nice balanced body, medium carbonation, finishes bitter and dry

O- decent well rounded dipa, a bit boozy but pairs well with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:57:06 | More by gabedivision
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle purchased on a trip to CT in late 1/13, no canning date, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/19/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4 - golden-yellow color, shocking clarity (probably filtered), minimal vertical bubbles, strong frothy white mostly resolves into subtle glass lacing

S: 3.5 - interesting smoky/tobacco/boozy nose on first smell eventually resolves into a mixture of citrus (tangerine, and lemon especially) with some residual grassiness...very atypical nose for a DIPA on first whiff and still on the fence about it....for an imperial, the Columbus, Chinook or Cascade notes certainly don't dominate

T: 4.75 - nice admixture of bitterness, sweetness and booziness; again, I can't think of another imperial IPA that tastes like this, and I like it...sets a bit of a standard for an east coast DIPA

M: 4.75 - definitely taste the booze at 9+% and, in some beers, that's a good thing! Nice chewiness that lingers for days (still have it kicking around),

O: 4.5 - I dig everything that I've tasted from Captain Lawrence having grown up close by in Hawthorne, NY; their best beers, I think, are their Belgians and sours, but this is a great east coast imperial IPA; I recall it being best on tap but it's real good out of the bottle too; definitely one that I'll come back to, but, to be honest, I prefer my CA/PW hop bombs when I reach for a DIPA

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:54:26 | More by MNishCT77
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Adam fro this growler.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Light orange, almost crystal clear with one finger of white head.

S - Fresh citrus aroma full of grapefruit and orange zest. A touch of malt sweetness in the background.

T - Bitter up front with fresh grapefruit, orange and some pine. Only the slightest semblance of malt sweetness in the background. Definitely a hob bomb.

M - Medium body; full of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation. Dry throughout.

O - This one could have used a little more balance, but still drank well.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2013 20:08:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale gold with a white foamy head - good retention and lacing.

Nice citrus punch, lemon, grapefruit, orange, some caramel, floral, pine, earth - big nose.

Bitter pine and lemon up front backed by sweet orange. It rolls around the mouth with a chewy malt middle - some caramel notes - then disappears into bitter herb pine notes. It has that powerful slick malt backbone reminiscent of scotch. Very nice and very complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 01:58:24 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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popery

California

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes, 5/14/11. Thanks to mikeyv35. The beer pours a perfectly transparent gold with a medium white head. Decent lacing for the style. Nice aroma of grapefruit pith and pine resin. It’s pretty much all hops with just a touch of sugary malt in the background. It doesn’t have the complexity of some DIPAs, but it’s a good, clear and fairly assertive hoppiness. Not much maltiness in the taste. It’s mildly dry and fairly bitter. Good hop flavor in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and the bitter hoppiness coats the mouth well. Good stuff and one of the better DIPAs that I’ve tried from the East coast (update: I've tried many more excellent East Coast DIPAs, since this review).

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:28:53 | More by popery
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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
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from zipper8650 - Thanks!

A: Initial appearance is awesome. Completely translucent with a great 3-4 finger fluffy, pillow-like, white head that sticks around for a good amount of time and leaves a great lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is hop forward, floral, and little bit piney. Smells of citrus - like grapefruit and lemon peel. Also some mango and even hints of pineapple. Likely from the variation of 5 different hops, but this one has an extremely complex woft.

T: A little bitter, but not overly bittered. Definitely hoppy - dominates the flavor. Floral and very citrus flavored - mango.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Wet and sticky. It works.

O: Wow, what a surprise. My first CL experience, and I was not disappointed. The complexity of the nose and how it balanced in the taste was really awesome. I love when something unexpected blows me away like this. I'll likely try to trade for another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 23:25:33 | More by Justin_Neff
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IPA_Junkie


4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible Beer. The citrus, hops and tobacco flavors are so distinct. Clean after taste, clear straw like color in glass... sweet citrus aroma. I am definitly pleased with this beer. A new favorite!! The silk like markings on the glass, the abv at 9... what else could you want from a delicious IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 22:59:52 | More by IPA_Junkie
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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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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

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

Thanks to LAmbandTunaPhish for hooking me up with this gem!

A-Pours light golden straw color with a two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Citrus fruits, pine sap, and light malt

T-Light malt sweetness up front, small amounts of candied sugar with a nice blend of herbal and citrus hop bitterness. A slight spiciness creeps in at the end.

M-Light to medium body, high carbonation.

O-Solid imperial IPA well balanced and very drinkable, especially considering it's 9%.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 00:19:27 | More by Wolfpack2005
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Willytee3

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhh the local nectar! Just got a growler from a batch kegged 2 days ago and put on tap at the brewery 2 hours before the pour. Fresh!

Into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear gold with nice orange hue. Solid 2 finger white foamy head, foamy ring clings to glass as it recedes. Great lacing!!
Smells of pineapple and grapefruit with a creamy like background malt. Nice pine esters too.
Tastes of caramelized malts and grapefruit/orange peel bitter. A tad of tropical fruit mostly overpowered by hop bitterness. A kind of lemon squeezer finish. Nice!
Creamy mouth feel that quickly fades to near puckering bitter with tight focused short lived carbonation that is kind of like the finish of pop rocks! Not a hint of the 9% alcohol content!

Serving type: growler

12-06-2012 01:06:09 | More by Willytee3
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FosterJM

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1640th Review on BA
Bottle to Cervoise
500ml

Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- A very glowing orange with a bit of small yellows intermixed down towards the bottom. A very large two finger head that was more of a puck sliding down the beer. Very white and dense and slow to recede. The center of the beer was more like a pillar of orange.

Smell- A very nice hoppy and piney aromatic beer. Started off a bit of a deep citrus and then parlayed over to that piney and hops aroma with a bit of a creaminess to it. More full on the nose and a bit boozy and grainy. Wasnt as layered as I would like but nice all the same.

Taste- I would call this a good beer that reps the style of the west coast well. This had a huge pine and hop flavor but was still really balanced. It did drink like the 9% ABV. It was large and citrusy. The dominant flavor was the hops though. Semi-overshadowed the balancing malts and citrus.

Mouth- A larger medium body with a good dense medium carbonation. The bubbles created a nice creamy flavor and the residual pine stuck around for a while. More citrus was left with a little white pepper.

Drink- This was very good. I had not heard about this beer before it was sent. It did live up to the numbers on here. I would like some more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 19:08:05 | More by FosterJM
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A: cloudy gold body, finger white head, fine lacing

S: big lemon peel, pine

T: lemon peel, mild grass, firm earthy malt,
mild floral/chalky taste, long oily bitter pine finish

M: med body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Heard great things about this brewery, excited to try it.
Very good pine/grassy Imp IPA, guess more Double/Imp
IPAs I try, the more I love the citrus ones. Hopheads will love this.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 22:19:25 | More by BeerLover99
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dougbotrob

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: It's definitely light in color for a DIPA, certainly lighter than Captain Lawrence's Freshchester Pale Ale, but don't let it throw you off. Color is consistent batch to batch, and I think that's what's important to me. Poured from a bottle there's a nice sized head, lacing is there and beautiful to look at... depending on how fast you drink it.

S: The aroma from this beer is what makes it one of my "desert island" beers: when it's being poured on tap you can smell it from five or six feet away. Huge aromatic hops in here: traditional American hops give it a ton of pine on the nose and mouth, plus something in there gives me more than just a hint of grapefruit, along with other citrus notes. Seriously, fucking delicious to smell.

T: The hops aren't just for aroma, thank god. For me this beer is incredibly well balanced, not because of the malts used, but because the aromatic hops are played against the bittering hops. For an American Imperial IPA, a delicious beer: well hopped, but i don't feel like I'm eating hop pellets.

M: It's right there in the middle: it tastes like a solid beer. Doesn't feel like water, doesn't feel like a porter. I mean, it's an IPA, if you wanted more than that you're in the wrong aisle.

O: When I drink Imperial IPAs, I expect a literal ton of hops. This one surprised me with balance. I like hops but I know it can be overdone, this beer doesn't overdo it. Great beer from a great brewery!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 05:07:06 | More by dougbotrob
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with an inch of white head, decent retention and lacing.

S- Big piney and fruity bitterness, lots of citrus and some sweet malt, a hint of alcohol lends some more sweet fruitiness.

T- Very bitter, lots of pine and grass, fruit is more subdued. There's some light bready malt as well. Seems a bit thin compared to the nose. Alcohol is also noticeable and lends a candied orange / solvent flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, alcohol heat on the end.

O- A pretty average DIPA, it's drinkable and isn't bad overall, it's just a bit lacking.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 02:21:27 | More by WillCarrera
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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