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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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1,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 175
Gots: 97 | 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 mjsheehan08


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

**a great extra from Cuzco**

A very pale, creame white head sits atop this pale orange brew. Head stays capped on top of the glass even as the beer warms up and breathes a little

this beer stinks great. lots of piney hops present with some citrusy hops that are really nice. there is a really strong malt backbone that fits in really well with the fresh hops

Taste follows nose, really a well balanced IPA, that still have a strong hops flavor. Bready malts that mix great with the pine and fruit notes that are present as well. Finish has a really dry bitterness, and their is a nice spiceness and heat right beforehand. Def a presence of the booze.

Nice mouthfeel that has the proper IPA crackle as it coats over the tounge. I could drink alot of these, dispite the higher ABV.

02-11-2011 03:20:52 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of seedsofchaos


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Admittedly, I didn't simply sit to review this beer. I paired this with some Indian dumplings in curry and it was fantastic. Bottle contains no identifying markings of date but simply states, "Imperial India Pale Ale. Even the name sounds impressive. But what should really impress you is the hoppy nectar that is held within this bottle..." ad naseum...

The beer is presented in a simple 1 Pint 9 fl oz bottle. Poured into my 3 Floyds pint glass. Deliciously honey amber in hue with active carbonation. Chill haze present. A skimming of a head builds up to about 1/3 inch. Smell is a delicious hop nectar as promised. Focus is on piney and floral hops with a grounded malt backbone. Flavor comes first as a sweet malt stew that definitely masks the high ABV. 9%? Wow. I never would have guessed it. The hops play nicely and everyone gets a turn. Piney, grassy, floral, biscuit and a touch of citrus.

This is a beautifully well-rounded double that I would drink again and again.

02-10-2011 13:34:26 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of smcolw


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Large, fluffy head that leaves a tremendous amount of chunky lace. The broth is pale gold and very cloudy.

Very pleasant blend of pale malts and soft, floral hop. This is a refreshing smell with a touch of grapefruit. The alcohol is muted behind the hop, but still present.

Classic DIPA flavor--pale malts upfront, peppery hop in the swallow, a good dose of alcohol that warms the throat. Very rich body with a moderate level of effervescence. Long lasting aftertaste of grapefruity hop.

02-05-2011 22:08:35 | More by smcolw
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Cl is right down the street from me...well, 12 miles or so....but this is my first try of any of Vaccaro's beers. I almost stopped in earlier today to pick up a growler of their Kolsch, but my kids wanted to get home. Anyway, I'm impressed with this beer. Didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I am; as I've never been a fan of hoppy beers. But times change, and so do my tastes. Color is gorgeous, and the very first whiff was a strong orange aroma. Lacing in the pilsner glass looks exactly like it should. I should take a picture and submit it as a stock photo to an ad agency...

02-05-2011 19:49:51 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of dutchlq7

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

1 pint .9oz bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance- Gloden honey/amber. 2 fingers of foamy head. good retention and great lacing.

Smell- Very strong piney hops with a citrus aroma in the backround.

Taste- Suprisingly bready malt up front but the piney hops take over at it passes over the tongue. Doesnt over power the palette.

Mouthfeel- A bit heavy, but it doesnt take away from the beer. Finishes very nice and thins out a bit

Drinkability- Very good beer, enjoyable and not overwhelming,

01-27-2011 23:24:12 | More by dutchlq7
Photo of hiphopipa


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

I was careful to let this one warm up a bit, 6° tonight here in Maine. Looking for an after work warm up.
Pours a hazy lightly-burnt orange, head quickly dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing that fully coast the glass.
Citrus hop aroma with a little malt.
Very impressive. Big and flavorful. Perfectly balanced earthy hop flavor with the slight malt sweetness.
Full bodied and creamy, gingerly carbonated with a clean & dry finish.
A bit of an alcohol bite at the beginning but overall is very well hidden to make it an easy drinking DIPA.
Many thanks to jedwards for the excellent trade.

01-24-2011 23:20:47 | More by hiphopipa
Photo of trappistlover


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

(16.9oz bottle courtesy of cuzco!). Pours golden with nice white head and active carbonation. Aroma has some dank hops, grapefruit and wood. Taste is semi-sweet followed by bitterness. Lighter bodied with oily/creamy texture. Finish is quite bitter. Seems more like an IPA as the malts are light.

01-24-2011 04:56:50 | More by trappistlover
Photo of xnicknj


4/5  rDev -3.6%

on tap at rattle n hum in nyc, served in tulip glass

Pours a darkened gold color with some orange tones. A white head retains well before dissolving and leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

A nice punch of floral and pine hops with a touch of citrus in the nose. Doughy malt and some sweetness as well.

Plenty of pleasant hops up front driven by floral and pine qualities. Some fruit sweetness with orange and light grapefruit swirls through. The malt backbone is heavier, with doughy breadiness and some caramel sweetness. Finishes with some alcohol warmth and lingering hop bitterness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and sticky. Solid, drinkable DIPA with a nice balance between hop and malt profiles.

01-20-2011 06:33:11 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Suds


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

This beer is a deep gold color with a thick, soapy, lace-producing head. The aroma is a very flowery, fresh-hop smell... lemon-grass and lavender. Herbal, flowery, and very notable hop smell. Slight malt aroma (pale) is in the background. The taste is balanced, but a little on the sweet side. Great hop flavor...hop flowers and grass, along with a decent malt flavor. Nice. The body is medium in heft, with a relatively low carbonation. This is a wonderfully flavorful IPA.

01-16-2011 02:31:38 | More by Suds
Photo of davey101


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

First beer review....I picked this bottle up today for a reasonable $4.50. Was looking at the empty display area where the DFH squall IPA's were on sale when an employee suggested this. Figured I'd give it a shot. Drinking this out of an over sized brandy snifter.

A - Bright copper amber color that is very cloudy. 2 finger head which led to a lasting ring around the glass with good retention. Looks delicious!

S - Very earthy scent. Full of hops, floral, yeast, and citrus with a slightly boozy finish. Very complex and interesting

T - Surprisingly well balanced. It never comes off as too bitter or over the top but it still retains a great hop flavor. Citrus and bready with plenty of malts. Lots of grapefruit flavors and a hint of some exotic fruits like mango and papaya. There is a very light lingering bitterness at the end, but not offensive in the least bit.

M - Medium mouth feel with light carbonation...maybe too light. The alcohol warms it up a bit but is never overpowering. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable DIPA. Its fairly unique to the style, and being under 5 bucks for a 16.9 oz, something I'll definitely consider getting again in the future. Solid brew!

01-08-2011 04:01:01 | More by davey101
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a pale orange colour with thick white head. Nice head retention with lacing over most of the glass. Smells of citrus and oily pine hops with tons of sweet caramel malt. Flavour is certainly more east coast than west coast, with a very malt forward double IPA, though that is what this beer is likely supposed to be. Still has enough bitterness, just tons of sweetness as well for balance. Smooth carbonation level. A really well made beer.

01-07-2011 04:11:56 | More by kwjd
Photo of Mancer

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

This beer poured a cloudy amber color with a two finger high off-white head. The head eventually dissipated to a thick and sticky lace, which clung heavily to the glass. The initial smell of the beer was primarily pine with hints of citrus in the background. The initial taste of the beer was pine, light citrus, resin, with a light malt backbone, and alcohol on the nose. The malt added a slight amount of sweetness which paired nicely with the bitterness of the brew. The brew had a medium to full body with light carbonation.

The beer was wonderfully bitter and extremely well rounded in flavor. Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. I hope to try more from Captain Lawrence, and hope to take a trip to their brewery.

01-06-2011 05:51:11 | More by Mancer
Photo of drewba


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Brilliant golden yellow with a stark white head. Couple fingers of head which turns into a thin ring for the rest of the beer.

S - Floral, subdued citrus, pale malt, some alcohol presence.

T - Right away, medium bitter citrus - heavy grapefruit and pine. Very noticeable malt character - cracker and white bread.

M - thin and crisp.

D - My only criticism is the lingering bitterness, but this is a very tasty beer and the bitterness didn't really keep me from going back for more.

01-03-2011 04:54:11 | More by drewba
Photo of scottyshades


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Pours a light hop-hazed straw color with a small soapy white cap. Retention is pretty good for the ABV.

S: Interesting nose...definitely a distinct yeast aroma, along with a really resinous and piny hop bill. Also underlying tropical fruits and orchard fruits that go well with a bit of honey. Pretty complex and layered for a DIPA. Generally floral, fragrant, and spicy.

T: Again, pretty complex for the style. Resinous and piny hops on top of tropical fruits on top of honey and a floral/spicy layer. Terrific hop schedule. Also, the yeast is really unique and adds a new dimension. Malts are a bit sweet, but balance very well with the aggressive hops.

MF/D: Fuller in body, smooth carbonation, sticky feel. A little rough going down due to the bitterness and resin.

Notes: First Captain Lawrence beer and hopefully not the last. This is a well balanced DIPA with an impressive hop schedule

01-03-2011 01:08:55 | More by scottyshades
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear orange with a white head.
S: Very hoppy, with pine and citrus to follow.
T: Great hop bitterness followed by a nice citrus bouquet.
M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, and crisp finish.
D: A well balanced double IPA, with a good level of hoppiness as well as a blast of fruit flavors.

12-24-2010 04:33:32 | More by stimulus
Photo of mdaschaf


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Thanks to Cuzco for this one! Poured this into a Brew Dog pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber color. Chunky one finger head that lasts for a very long time. Lacing covers the glass all the way around.

S: Lots of citrus fruit aroma. Some grapefruit and a good bit of mango. There is a little bit of a caramel malt aroma too. But overall, a little weak for a DIPA.

T: Very fruity, not bitter whatsoever. Has a grassy flavor and more of the citrus fruits from the nose. The caramel malt rounds it out nicely.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall tasty, and I like the citrus fruit flavors, but I found it a little weak for a DIPA.

12-21-2010 02:10:25 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of LiquidBread219


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A= Kind of pale goldin color, nice foamy head that gave some nice lacing.

S= floral and grapefruit hops.

T= Grapefruit sweetness and grapefruit bitters. Woody hops,Strong aftertaste.

M= Nice carbonation

D= With a 9% ABV you barely notice it very nice beer.

12-19-2010 22:03:09 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of Sideswipe


3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

Another great bottle from Palmej1. Thanks again Jacob! Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into my Alpine pint glass. A hard pour produces an inch of white head. The beer is a yellow, gold color. Different. The nose is malty. Sweet, with some citrus coming through. Taste follows the nose, malt forward with the hops coming in late. Not overly bitter, the malt bill goes a long way towards balancing the beer. Finish starts off bitter, but ends balanced and without a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not what I would normally expect from a DIPA, but it works here. The beer has a strong hop presence but isn't big on bitterness liike most of the west coast IPAs/DIPAs that I frequent. Mouthfeel is viscous and sticky. Drinkability is aided by the well masked ABV. A different take on a DIPA that I'm glad I got to try.

12-18-2010 08:10:03 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Very light amber color with a modest head that needs a pretty aggressive pour to display. Slight lacing on the glass.

Aromatic hops on the nose have some competition from malty aromas. There is some citrus, as well as biscuit. The flavor is not as aromatic or fruity as other IIPA's, but has a good balance of malts and bitterness, with just a bit of peppery bitterness on the finish.

A heavier drinking IIPA, with more of an emphasis on malt sweetness.

12-05-2010 02:54:29 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of psuKinger


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle, acquired through trade with jchow79, poured into a standard curved-shaker pint glass. Many thanks for the opportunity to try this beer! The bottle says that this DIPA is a blend of 5 different hop varieties, and claims to be "the ultimate hop lovers dream come true", and jchow tells me that he thinks this one will be a treat for me. I'd never heard of/about this beer until he told me about it, so as a hop-head, I'm excited.

A: Pours a surprisingly light but hazy shade of orange with a large and very white 2" head. In fact, this may be closer to yellow than it is orange. Interesting. I'm not sure I've ever seen a DIPA pour this light of a shade before... not sure how I feel about that, just an observation, I suppose. As I work my way through this guy he's leaving great lacing all over my glass.

S: Big smell of hops. I'm picking up citrus and grapefruit, and a good bit of it.

T: Taste follows the smell. Big hop flavors of grapefruit, some citrus, maybe just a little mango, and a pine-bitterness on the finish. The malts do not get in the way here, this is pure hops. Up front, grapefruit hops. In the middle, more grapefruit, but it warms and brings through some other oily-fruit hops, and the finish is all pine-bitterness. All hop, all the time. I'm diggin' this.

M: Surprisingly light and smooth in the mouth, which lends itself to great drinkability. Carbonation seems a tad low, but certainly not distracting. And, of course, a thorough hop oiliness that coats my tongue and throat on the finish.

D: High. This guy is a quality DIPA, and I'm a hophead. I'd gladly wrap this guy up and have a second back-to-back. Sign me up.

Many thanks to jchow for sending me this guy. This is a solid DIPA which I will be "advocating" to my fellow PA BA's to seek out.

12-04-2010 01:10:42 | More by psuKinger
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.33/5  rDev -19.8%

A: Poured a deep yellow color with good carbonation, nice white head, leaving plenty of bubbles

S: Caramel, bread, pine and passion fruits

T: Sordove blah. Tropical fruits, hints at pine on end, caramel, bready

M: Lighter to medium body, light booze sting

D: Average

12-02-2010 04:29:39 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of bminor7

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6%

from westmere

a - nice foamy head. great clarity. no sediment
s - super fresh hops, great thick malt presence
t - wonderful delicious full flavor. hops not too bitter and overwhelming.
m - also outstanding
d - just want more! great that it is not so hard to find.

12-02-2010 03:35:04 | More by bminor7
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Pale gold. Nice head that sits low but has decent retention with some nice lacing.

S - Super floral, grapefruit, orange, touch of alcohol

T - Grapefruit sweetness and grapefruit bitters. Woody hops. Bitters grab the back of your palate and hang on through the aftertaste.

M - Smooooth. Low carbonation.

D - The alcohol plays nice, and if you can take the bitters you'll enjoy having a few.

12-02-2010 02:07:45 | More by vfgccp
Photo of jlandis


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Slightly hazy copper orange with a huge fluffy white head.

Classic DIPA grapefruit, citrus and sweet malt.

Bitter grapefruit with some pine, with and interesting funky almost tart aftertaste. Hints of pepper with clearly present alcohol.

Creamy body with just enough carbonation.

Pretty solid DIPA and I'm glad I was able to pick this up when I was in New York. Nothing that would make me drive back up there to pick this up again, but if they start distributing to PA I would be sure to pick it up from time to time.

11-29-2010 20:26:30 | More by jlandis
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A pint and .9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: its a hazy, light gold color. Its a little on the light side for a DIPA. The head is white and with a careful pour I get one finger of head that is retaining forever. It still hasn't died down at all. Carbonation bubbles are floating to the top like crazy. As I work my way to the bottle of the glass, it leaves insanely huge sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: a little grassy hop, a little citrus hop. There's some doughy malt in there too. The aroma is a little on the weak side. I usually like my DIPAs to be potent in the nose and this lets me down. Hopefully the taste doesn't follow suit.

Taste: ... and luckily, it doesn't. There's some caramel and biscuit maltiness but there's a good deal of Northwest hops in the flavor. Its fruity, citrusy, grassy, and a touch of pine. Its not intensely bold as some DIPAs but its still pretty good.

Feel: not intensely bitter, fairly crisp and refreshing, the alcohol is hidden very well. Medium bodied and smooth.

Drink: for a DIPA, very high. Drinks like an American Pale Ale with 5% alcohol by volume, not a 9% DIPA.

Overall, another good effort by Captain Lawrence. Its not exceptional but its very solid. I would certainly seek this one out. Cheers!

11-26-2010 22:45:34 | More by SkunkWorks
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