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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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1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 200
Gots: 141 | 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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ferrari29
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a nice white frothy looking head; nice layer of lacing formed around the glass; head holds well; slightly carbonated body; orange-amber colored body; clear

S - Slightly fruity; pear and apple; pine and citrus smell; touch of caramel; roasted malt and syrup nose

T - Apple taste; followed up with a caramel sweet taste; roasted malt flavor; grass; sweet syrup flavor

M - Smooth and slightly creamy; no much bubbly to this beer but it has a bitter-sweet lingering flavor

D - I liked this drink; good flavor and great body; nice and smooth; great care and development obviously went into this beer

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

Poured from a 1 pint .9 oz. bottle into a pint glass at low altitude. Given my experience with Captain Lawrence so far, my expectations are high.

A: Pours a clear orange wheat color with a cream-colored head of nice retention and good lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus fruits and sweetness on the nose. Grapefruit is the most prominent, but there are also some tropical fruit notes here. Although not as strong as the hops, the malt character in the background is noticeable. Alcohol doesn't really come through at all on this one.

T: Plenty of floral hop character up front supported by a sweet malt body. Fruity notes come in afterwards, which give way to a citric finish. While all of the hop flavors are strong and crisp, malt flavors balance nicely all the way through, and the bitterness isn't overpowering. Tough to detect any alcohol at all here.

M: Medium-bodied with a subtle carbonation that keeps it interesting. Slightly drying on the finish. Suits the beer quite well.

D: It's amazing that this beer stays balanced with so much hop character. The best representation of the style I've had to date.

Photo of liamt07
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Mike, 500ml into a tulip.

Poured a clear orangey yellow, a white head with some moderate retention. Nose is weird, some white/orange fleshed fruits, a touch lactic with some mineral qualities to it (?). I'm thoroughly confused by this, weird and unique for a DIPA. Maybe a vanilla or sugary quality to it as well. Taste has a large malt and alcohol component to it, with some hops resembling those presented in the nose (apricot and pine perhaps). More of the milky or vanilla notes I thought were present in the nose, but again I'm at a loss for descriptors here; I've never encountered those presented here before. Could this be a product of bottle freshness? Lightly alcoholic mouthfeel, with some thickness and chewiness. This was OK, but was it fresh? No bottling date doesn't help this beer's case. Some unique qualities, but I'm not ready to write this on off until I try this fresh/on-tap.

Photo of flannelman808
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wish I could say I knew the bottle date of this... C'mon captain, lets get some dates on out IPA's.

A: Very clear hay colored beer topped with a barely off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: I have to say this smells like I'm going to hate it. I get almost no hops on the nose and instead a hefty malt presence. Rich caramel with perhaps a bit of flamed orange.

T: Phew... the hops are in there, just not on the nose. Malty toffee almost raisin bread like sweetness develops into citrus flavors of orange and tangerine. Ruby red grapefruit suggests itself late and leaves a nice dry feeling finish along with just a touch of pine. Also there is some warming alcohol on the finish which actually works pretty well with everything else going on and adds (I think) some fruit juicy sort of esters. This beer has a marvelous balance of sweet and dry feeling flavors. There is also a fairly large depth of flavor leaving for a fairly complex brew.

M: fairly rich but with a nice tickle of carbonation and astringency.

O: I like this though it's not the type of DIPA I normally look toward. I think this is a real crowd pleaser and would serve the Maharaja lovers, and Pliny lovers alike. Great balance and depth of flavor is what makes this beer win.

Photo of vandemonian
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA is a warm malty DIPA with some grapefruit sourness and bitterness. Yum

A: Yellow colour with a 5 mm head that lasts. 4

S: Floral hops with a hint of pineyness. Flowers n'shit. 4.5

T: Malty with a piney woodiness from the hops. There is also a slightly sour grapefruit tang that is just lovely. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: A tasty, malty DIPA. 4

Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you OddNotion for this extra!!
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Pine hops, floral hops, some citrus hops, some tropical hops, sweet malts. Smell is nice and hoppy, just wish it had a bigger, room filling smell.

T- First sip took me by surprise. This has a bitter hoppy finish that is great. Great balance of hops, getting tropical and citrus hops up front with a very piney finish, good malt backbone to balance things out.

M- Smooth, medium body, just feels really nice.

O- This is an awesome IIPA that I would love to have again. The taste really stands out compared to other IIPA I have had. Wish this was sold near me.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 500mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/8/11
*From notes

A: 2.25 finger head on a good pour. Solid lacing rims the glass. Lighter then I'd expected - pale golden brilliance.

S: Some decent citrus, though it's slightly muted for a DIPA.

T: A bit hot. It's got a touch of burnt rubber to it. It's more biting then it is juicy or fully balanced. I'm get the feeling this bottle may be a bit on ths stale side.

M: Killer body. Rich and creamy. The carbonation is tops, and the feel really carries this beer.

O: The bottle of Captain Lawrence's Imperial IPA that I had was clearly on the not-so-fresh side. I bet that when fresh, this may be a damn good DIPA. As it was sampled...meh.

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

poured from a 1 pint 9oz bottle into a Chelsea Brewing Company glass generously provided in the very same trade. Thanks Joe!

a: pours a pale straw (yellow) color with pretty thick amount of haze to it. pretty thin head sticks to the glass nicely.

s: as others have said, this smells hoppy as all hell. lots of piney, floral hop aroma. smells somewhat like a certain narcotic that some individuals indulge in. i like it.

t: hop flavors galore. lots of floral and tropical fruit flavors with a touch of pine bitterness. nice malt backbone that keeps the beer nicely balanced. not a total palate-wrecker, but definitely will cure your hop fix.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

what a fantastic DIPA. i didn't expect much from it but apparently big things come in small packages. well done!

Photo of biglobo8971
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pub glass. HOLY SHIT, THIS BEERS SMELLS DANK. STRAIGHT MARIJUANA. The only thing that I am not impressed with is the color. A very pale yellow, but the taste more than makes up for the lack in color. Very hoppy, with just a bit of pine. NOt much sweetness present, just pure hops. The bitterness screams for another sip. I will seek this beer out quite often.

Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a yellow orange with a sticky white head. Smell is grapefruit, grass, and lemon. Taste all that, with little hint pepper. Mouthfeel is solid, plenty of life. It is very dry for a DIPA and easy to drink for it's abv. Solid beer.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alewatcher for this! Poured from bottle into a tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with pillowy white head. Head lingers and slowly fades leaving plenty of lacing.

S - Interesting meld of hops in this. Prominent earthy, piney hops coming through with what smells of a decent malt backbone actually, may explain the slight cloudiness. Some citrus hops rounds out the edges, feel almost a little lemon zest in this.

T - Get a blast of lingering piney hop with some slight citrus flavor rounding things out in the middle and aftertaste. Malt backbone is prevalent, making those earthy hops feel a little darker. Very bold taste, and I'm liking it more as it warms and lets the malts play with the hops more, creates a delicious balance.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to keep the flavors popping. Little abrasive from the bitterness/malt after a while and caused the beer to seem a little heavier than most.

O - It's slightly unassuming from the smell, but is actually quite the hop bomb. Those earthy hops were prevalent and in full force in the taste and paired in with those malts, felt even more earthy and dirty. But on a cool fall night, this IIPA was perfect. Definitely a little bit more of a sipper than I like with my IIPAs, but in the right setting, still a good beer.

Photo of siege06nd
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive for bringing this back from NYC for me. Thanks, Rhett! Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A: Pours an orange straw color. Paler and clearer than most DIPAs I've encountered. A half finger crisp, bubbly white head recedes to a quarter finger and lingers for the duration. Gobs of hop juice lace the sides of the glass. Very good looking.

S: Very good. Grapefruit, candied orange, faint piney hops, and sweet malts.

T: Mmmmm, this is very light and very creamy, which I never would have guessed based on the smell. Grapefruit and orange citrus wash over the front and mid palate. Moderate bitter hop oils coat the sides of the palate and play off the citrus flavors very well. Perhaps a little sweet on the finish, but I think this one may be just a tad past its prime.

M: Carbonation is fine. Flavors are balanced nicely for the most part. Sweetness lingers a bit on the finish.

O: A very good DIPA. Would love to have it fresh on tap.

Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 0.5l bottle procured at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY ($4.99 plus dep/tax) on 25AUG11. No freshness info on the label, but that's NBD. The label, btw, is cool; a clear, plastic applique type of product.

Poured one of my 2 bottles into an imperial nonic. This one is a clear, light-to-medium golden hue. The head is marshmallow white in color, and fluffy and soft like marshmallow as well. The fine layer of foam sits at about 1/8", and leaves a decent trail of lace behind. Some toasty malt is evident in the aroma, along with some piney, citrusy hops. This bier feels very nice on the tongue, with only a light prickle to accompany a slightly more than medium body.

A little malty sweetness is found here, in the form of some toasty, biscuity notes. Hopping is rather abundant, as is expected in a DIPA. There's citrus here, but it's a bit more sweet than the normal grapefruity, puckery bitterness. There's a bit of tangerine and apricot here on top of the rindy, resiny action that gets me going. The ABV, so far, has yet to hit me hard, as it's well-hidden, but it's early! I'm rather enjoying this, and just may indulge in that second bottle. Hurricane Irene is knocking on the door anyhow, so I'm not going anywhere!! Zum Wohl!!

4.4 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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

Poured from 16.9oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's Wine and Spirits (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.99. Reviewed from notes.

A: Lightly amber-golden with 2-3 finger of off-white, sticky head with average retention and blobs of lace around the glass.

S: Resin is the predominant aroma with some floral and citrus notes as well. Malts are varied and provide a lot for the hops to counter, and I'm not sure they make it all the way. Tough to tell with no bottle dating...

T: Very balanced and malty DIPA with floral, orange citrus hoppiness and caramel and biscuity maltiness. The alcohol is hidden and the afteraste is even with some tobacco, earthy hoppiness.

M: Medium-hefty body with low carbonation and smooth overall feel.

O: A pretty good East Coast DIPA, but nothing off the charts. Hides the BV well, but the hoppiness is pretty mid-range.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been eyeing this brewery for a little-while...

Deep honey amber with a sparse white head. The beer is completely clear with no haze or sediment. However, there is a little lacing down the sides.

There are very little aromatic hops in this beer's nose. There is some sweetness and a slight bitterness, but no strong pine/citrus.a little bite shines through from the alcohol.

Very delicious beer with complete harmony between the hops, alcohol, and sweetness. There is a slight risidual bitter business on my palate, but it isn't like an intense grapefruit rind like some imperial IPAs tend to have.

Lightly carbonated with a body built on alcohol and sugar. The aftertaste is a little sweetness and bitterness mixing together to keep me satiated after way sip. There's good richness to this beer, quite filling.

I am not sir how much this beer goes for, I paid $3.33 for approximately 8ozs. However, I'd imagine this beer is quite pricey given how well it has managed to do on BA.... "I may be wrong, but I doubt it."
An overall solid beer that I could drink more than a few of... Unless I had to drive home.

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

A: pours dark gold, with a finger of white head.
S: floral first, then pine follows. Also a light amount of malt sweetness.
T: a good balance of malt sweetness and piny, floral and lightly citrus hops. A nice long aftertaste of bitter hops.
M: mostly clean, and smooth, slightly prickly carbonation.
O: I like this but I've had it on cask as well and like it better on cask.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: lovely amber glow with nice white fulffy head rentention

smell: citrus/piney hops aromas

taste: tropical fruit and the normal citrus, a little off hop bitterness on the back but can be tolarated

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a solid IPA and would love to have again

Photo of MadBeerX
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the type of IPA that i enjoy, and one i think can be consumed on multiple occasions.
98points Rate Beer, tropical fruited nose- especially pineapple. Great balance, light weight mouthfeel for its statistical intensity.
A impressive representation of an Imperial IPA...

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a growler that was filled at Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

A creamy soap-like white head with spotty bubbles sitting on top. The head fades rather quickly even with a forceful pour from the growler. Light golden color in the body. Some bubbles sticking to the side of the glass and letting go. Beautiful lacing clings to the glass from top to bottom.

Pine and juicy citrus hits the nose immediately. Some bread, buscuits and caramel in the background to smooth it out.

Very piney at first, then a citrus dryness comes in. Sweet, juicy and then bitter with a taste of bread in the very end. But this is all about the hops.

Light to almost medium in body feel. Noticeable carbonation -- on the medium side. Leaves the mouth feeling dry from the bitterness but is still quite moist. Very easy going down.

I noticed on the second and third pour from my growler, the head becomes creamier looking -- it looks more and more delicious with each pour. This is a solid Imperial IPA with the hops taking the spotlight. Easy drinking -- quite dangerous for a 9% abv. as I might finish the whole growler in one sitting.

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

500 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color, with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with amazing retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of strong caramel, pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, and spices. Excellent DIPA aromas here, very strong as well. Taste of strong grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, lemon, mango, and some spices. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus, pine, and spicy flavors. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Very smooth medium-full body with medium carbonation. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness, with the sweetness being a bit more than the bitterness. Very drinkable stuff for being 9% as well. Overall, a very excellent DIPA with great balance and drinkability.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of JohnQVegas.
Thanks man!

Served into an imperial nonic pint.

I hadn't had this beer in a while, and I'm Surprised at how high my bottle review score was...
This beer is shockingly boozy, with a dirty, chalky dryness on the finish. I reckon that in the past 16 months I've refined my palate a bit-- but it is always interesting to have a beer again after do long.

Light straw golden color with an eggshell colored head of 2 fingers. Nice thick lacing and respectable retention.

Smells a lot more balanced than I remember-- some pale malt is dry and biscuity and an equalizing hop note shines though with citrus and floral notes.

The flavor has some dry bready malt before the super bitterness jumps out. The bitterness is bold, assertive, and biting. Notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and light floral notes.

Overall-- a nice beer, but not as fantastic as I had remembered.

Photo of glazeman
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: medium golden straw color with a 3 finger white head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of citrus notes, in particular grapefruit and lemon.

T: Big bitter hop profile up front but without much specific piney flavor or citrus notes. Finish is a little too chalky for my taste.

M: Fine, but the chalkiness makes it less crisp than I would like. Perhaps a little over carbonated as well.

O: This was an ok DIPA, but not one that I would really want again.

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.