Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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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
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.