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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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1,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 200
Gots: 143 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 02-13-2006

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Photo of PeteRiz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a pint glass.

appears golden in color with bright white head. pungent flowery hop aroma, quite strong. taste is quite bitter, I would prefer some more balance from an increased malt base. thin to medium body, medium carbonation.

overall - a solid DIPA, but could be improved in my opinion.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York last week. I had never had anything from Captain Lawrence before and this got great reviews on here. Even though this didn't pour or smell like other Imperial IPA's that I've had before, this was a very good beer that had quite a lot to offer, even if I had to adjust to what made this different from my expectations.

For starters, this was a lot lighter in hue that I imagined. It looked like a Pils and had a head that was quite voluminous and long-lasting. This was pretty clear too and had a smell that could be detected from a long distance away. Lots of floral and pine notes here that were repeated in the taste, that slowly faded into a metallic dry-hopped bitterness. The alcohol was present here but not detectable in the taste, which could be considered a plus. There was a bit of grapefruit in the back too, without the puckering or overwhelming citrus aspect that would be found in so many similar beers.

As I said earlier, the alcohol is completely spot-on here and fitting for a beer of this style. One bottle is easy to down because of the taste and masking of the boozy aspects and there wasn't a lot in the notes that made this stand out. That being said, this matched up well with other Imperial IPA's and was easily downed by yours truly. This isn't the best of the hoppy beers that I've downed but anyone who's a hophead owes it to him or herself to give this a go. The lighter appearance, easy drinkability, and nice dry-hopped taste meld together quite nicely.

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of redliner8
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a nice perfect and bright golden color that is slightly clear. Slight copper edges. There is a nice 0.5 inch white head that has some nice soapy bubbles but also has some nice dense tight bubbles that are nice and sticky.

Starts off with some nice grapefruit notes and some nice tangerine. Definitely some nice citrus hop notes. Orange rind notes and some tangerine are present. Very citrusy, grassy and fresh. There is a shimmer of biscuit malt in the back that is grainy and earthy but only plays second fiddle to the citrus hops.

Flavor starts off with intense citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit with some nice pineapple note sin there as well. The malt also shows up in this brew. Slightly dry with some nice bitterness throughout the middle and the finish. There is also some pine notes in the middle of the brew and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is nice and light and refreshing. For a DIPA very drinkable and refreshing.

Good brew. Im having a nice couple of days drinking some of these East Coast IPAs. Very nice offering.

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

A: Yellowy, murky and a nice white head; giggity.

S: Flower hops, and slight citrus hops. Fruit tarte. Slight maraschino cherries. Vanilla. Bread. Honey.

T: Very malty. Very balanced also. White toast. Vanilla. White tea. Caramel. Icing. Absolutely no bitterness what-so-ever.

M: Thick and chewy. Not foamy. Leaves a
beautiful coat on the tongue.

O: One of the finest IIPA's in the world. This brew really doesn't get the pub or credit it truely deserves.

Thanks redliner8 for grabbing this for me!

Photo of Mauidan
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No visible dating noticeable.

A dull and hazy yellow lemon body is produced off the pour, with a good sticky and foamy good white head of two to three fingers deep. Lots of sticky retention.

Nose is a very solid hop presence, but also a good deal of malt and resin. Some interesting chewy presence, resembling a big wheat sense or something. It's smells really solid.

Really chewy and dense malt and hop body hits the palate. Great lingering malt rolling taking extremely faint citrus. Dense body takes over with a mild sugar. The beer feels extremely heavy but the palate is all balanced and nothing outrageous or big. Everything feels in control. There's even some faint milk chocolate on the finish.

Overall may not be the best bouquet or look, but the taste is flat out great.

Photo of TDRudy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass, got the whole bottle in there 16oz of awesome. No sediment and a very sweet inch and a half of bubbly head means I got a fairly fresh bottle. Beer is A nice orange tinted bright yellow.

S - Smell is slight alcohol (hopefully mild) and tons of bitter tropical hops mostly mango and pineapple. Hopefully it's as balanced as it smells.

T - Sweet hops at first then it turns bitter as piney that travels all the way down the palate into a bitter finish. I guess I could have used more malt since the finish is way bitter and the alcohol is quite noticeable.

M - Acidic and ABV is not well covered. Medium body at best.

Overall I guess with the reviews and everything I expected more balance and less noticeable ABV but to me it's really quite a forgettable DIPA.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Very nice tropical imperial IPA. Pours a nice goldish orange. Smells like candied pineapple and tropical fruits. Taste is very tropical, almost like a tropical juice blend. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Overall, an excellent beer and one I was glad to drink on the street of NY.

Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of fmccormi
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 500ml pry-off bottle (NO DATE) to my trusty Cigar City snifter. But, according the person who assisted me when I purchased this bottle, it was picked up at the brewery about two days prior; I’d imagine this bottle is two or three weeks old at most.

Appearance (4.0): Very aggressive head, starting at around three full fingers and collapsing into two fingers or so of a slightly rocky, white crater; it’s a good head but nothing insane. Body is crystal clear, and the color of pure gold. Some sudsy, spotty lacing, not a ton but enough. Nice look, I like the head.

Smell (3.5): Tropical fruit, like passionfruit, mixed with some resin comes out first, with a light sweetness underneath it like light brown sugar. Not a ton going on with the malt profile, but it’s not bad—understated, certainly. Good smell, the hop profile smells very nice.

Taste (4.0): Balanced. One of those nice DIPAs that’s truly balanced here. The malt profile is slightly toasty and bready, with a bit more of that light brown sugar sweetness to help anchor down the hops—and they are significant, but not blinding. The hops bring a nice tropical sweetness followed by a great, piney bitterness mixed with a bit of spice that lasts a long time. In fact, the finish is probably the best part of the palate. A bit of alcohol in the back dries it out and keeps you from going too fast, and it’s appreciated. Yeast note is neutral, typical American ale yeast. Very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Oily hops, dry finish from the alcohol, leaves you wanting some more. Just on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a nice, forward but not overbearing carbonation that is prickly and evenly distributed—very nice work with the carb, actually. Great body for a DIPA, because it’s more substantial than a dry IPA but isn’t burdensome like some of the behemoth DIPAs out there.

Overall (4.0): This is a really tasty Imperial IPA. I’ve enjoyed this quite a bit, and hope that it comes into distribution in upstate NY on a regular basis. Plus, I like the 500ml bottle size: for something as strong as this, it’s big enough to share but small enough to handle solo without getting destroyed. Very tasty beer, and it’s nice to know there are more East Coast brewers handling the DIPA category well!

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

App: Dark gold and almost clear; good-sized head with decent retention, lots of creamy looking lace.

Smell: Big time pineapple aroma with noticeable sweetness underneath.

Taste: Again, pineapple hoppiness leads the way with a lot of sweet, caramel malt flavor as well. Lesser notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine. Well balanced, and although the hops come first, this is a DIPA with a substantial malt presence. Definitely on the sweet side. Bitterness emerges in the finish.

Mf: Medium bodied, just a touch sticky and creamy, with medium to low carbonation. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Sort of a prototypical DIPA; a friend called this an “east coast classic” and I feel that’s a pretty apt description. Much more malty than the best west coast examples; booze is fairly well hidden until peeking its head out in the finish. Very good, very tasty, but you have to like your DIPAs on the maltier side to love this one.

Photo of diesel59
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i tried this at there pleasantville location while retrieving parts @ kent supply one afternoon... i will not mention what oil co. i work for.... otherwise it was outstanding... and soon to be found on tap for growlers in pawling discount... to which i and some friends frequent... great double I.P.A.

Photo of Jefe73
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Provided as an extra in a trade with GuisseppeFranco. Thanks for filling in the huge want, Nick!

Clear yellow body with a light and frothy white head. Simple and beautiful.

Nose is piney and sharp with residual sweetness. Very nice.

Flavor is zesty and sharp resinous pine. Malt is there to help carry the tune, but it's all about the hop bite. Really a taste treat!

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, toothstripping and full of character.

The label says five different hop varieties. Overall, it's nicely complex and very satisfying to a lover of the humulus lupulus.

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

Got this one from an east coast trader.

Served chilled. Poured an extremely light amber gold that was translucent and totally filtered. Produced a dense, frothy head that fleeted to a thin layer. I'm amazed at the light color. Had I been handed this beer unknowingly, I would have thought it was a pilsner or lager. The smells are not very robust but there is a hint of slight pine and slight citrus. Any smell of malt is unnoticeable. The tastes mirror the smells and are very minimal, almost lackluster. It is quite bitter and the 9% is not obvious. The mouthfeel is pleasant with that high bitter factor. Tastes exit the sensory receptors immediately. A decent beer. The bros rating of 100 seems a bit unjustified. I'm not sure of the bottling date, but perhaps it is a bit old. It's Hopslam season and I believe those are a way better example.


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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.