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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,146 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 198
Gots: 132 | 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 3Vandoo
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy peachy in color, with a shy laced head.

Smell was off butterscotch, caramel, yeasty and ending up with some aromas of hops who were quite shy to be present at first. But when aired, the flavors of hops were oily, plentiful and present.

Taste was in two parts, well balanced at first, a big heavy IPA on malt and caramel with a shy presence of biscuit, then the hops came in to show their presence, but not overwhelmed all around.

Photo of bs870621345
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked this up, found in the fridge at a local store and the manager assured me it was fresh.

Pours a pale orange color, exactly what you expect from an IPA with an inch or so of white head. Head stays around for a little and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit and pine hops, bread, and a slightly twangy yeasty smell that I can't quite place. The hops are great, but this yeast twang I speak of is off putting a little.

Taste follows smell, just no yeast twang. Nice citrus and pine are the major flavors, bread and caramel hold them up nicely.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and full. Cleans off well for the next sip

Drinkability is good, the yeast twang in the nose is a little off-putting, but everything else is nice.

Photo of kevinv
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wonderful extra from cavedave! Poured into my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, but vibrant gold with a 1-1.5 finger creamy white head. The head retention seems to do quite well for itself. Delicate and sticky lacing, as expected.

S - Aromas of sweet, citrusy hops and pale malts. I'm getting a strong sense of pineapple and tangerines. Fairly aromatic.

T - A strong bitterness hits you on the front end and in the finish. There's a solid malt backbone balancing the hop bitterness. The malts give off a nice caramel and slight toastiness. Citrusy fruits, largely grapefruit. Spiciness in the finish. The alcohol is hidden well and only becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

M - Nice medium body with a well balanced carbonation. Very smooth and a slight stickiness.

D - Very drinkable. Some DIPA's seem to be extremely over-hopped and are just bitter-bomb's, but this one doesn't fit that bill. I'd buy this frequently if it was available here. Worth seeking out.

Photo of afksports
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After sending this out in about 15 trades, I thought maybe it was time to have one myself. How embarrassing.

The appearance of Captain Larry's DIPA is standard. Rusty amber straw trending towards gold. Big big head that leaves lacing all over works great for the malty aroma. Floral hops, bit of pine. There's not much bite to the nose though, and that continues in the taste, which is mostly malt with a weird almost medicinal hop thing going on. I think that's just the noble hops / European thing which makes it much less bitter than a traditional American DIPA.

The mouthfeel is good, and it's very drinkable - especially as it warms, but I think this one falls short of nailing the American style. Sure - it doesn't have to be. But I want it to be!

Photo of mistakebythelake
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bkrefetz for this 16.9 oz bottle.
Pours a nice copper orange into my Sierra Nevada tulip. Wite head quickly dissipates, with some residual at the top. I get a little hop and floral aroma, but not much. A sweet malt taste immediately comes to mind followed by a slight bitternes that comes with this DIPA. On the back palate I get a little piney and floral finish. Surprised by the drinkability as it tastes almost like an IPA to me.

Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
2.46/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What is this?!?!

A noble hop bomb? Had at the gracious hand of a great trader at the Local watering hole

A: Light amber with a quickly dissapating white head
S: Spicy.. not fragrant pine or citrus, just.. like saaz or other Noble, very english hop profile
T: definately not what I expected. This embodies the East coast vs West hop conundrum. Hops like wet newspaper. Very interesting to drink. but I do not like it.
M: effervescent. lively. very deceptive for the higher abv
D: Maybe I'm spoiled on the beer we get out here. This is not a poorly crafted beer. "I" just don't like it. I am glad to have tried it.. especially because a BA brought it out from the east, but hey, some beers don't strike a chord. but I feel honored to have the opportunity to know I didn't care for it.

Photo of mjsheehan08
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**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.

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of dutchlq7
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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,

Photo of hiphopipa
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

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

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.

Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of davey101
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of drewba
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

Photo of stimulus
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.