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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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997 Ratings

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 170
Gots: 93 | 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 aerozeppl

New York

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to finally see this guy in bottles.

A: Fairly light for a double IPA in color. More of a light golden color than the deep copper color that I look for. Great head retention and color. Tons of lacing.

S: Pineapple, tangerines, everything you want in a DIPA. Big ass redonkulus hops. The nose is nothing short of amazing.

T: The hops are massive with all those west coast hop flavors you as the consumer demand. What is interesting is how clear the malt comes through once the hops stop doing bad things to your tongue. God damn this is good.

M: Just the right amount of sticky.

D: I have seen the pyramids and drank the Plinys. Bottom line this beer is amazing. We did a growler of this next to Pliny the younger and it held up. There is no greater compliment that can be paid to a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 21:49:07 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of John_M


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dyan for providing me with a bottle of this excellent DIPA.

The beer pours the expected light orange, peach color, with exceptional head retention and lots of attractive lacing. The nose on this beer is equally impressive, consisting of citrus, damp earth, pepper and a slight (attractive) "skunkiness." Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with a nice balance of malt and hoppy goodness. The beer finishes with a pronounced hoppy, bitter bite, one that is decidedly on the dry side. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite bitter/prickly, and drinkability is pretty good. While the alcohol is noticeable in this beer, it's not the least bit intrusive or obtrusive.

Quite a nice effort from the folks at Captain Lawrence.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 13:53:46 | More by John_M
Photo of goodbyeohio


2.42/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

thanks loren for a couple of half liters of this.

first one was unimpressive, fell flat. promised to review the second, which was kept cold since arriving here in or.

clear golden pour with a solid head. very fluffy and bright to look at. extremely odd aroma. rye bread, honey, and a really stinky, rotten sweaty foot hop note. tastes strong. body is right, but finish is somewhat boozy. the flavor rides a strange line between sweet malts and earthy, pissy green oil. warmth brings a child's chewable vitamin aroma and further flavors of hollow abrasive bitterness.

this is a far cry from the beer i had many times in growlers. unfortunately, this beer needs serious work before the bottles rival the 'P' to the 'E', or most other dipa's for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 04:09:41 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of bonbright7


4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always counted myself lucky to find the Capt. Lawrence IPA on tap at Bellport Beer, before the brewery got distribution to LI.
Previously available on tap/cask only, this bottle version contains all the magic and adds to it in some way. It pours well with a golden amber touch to make a decent head that disappears slowly. The aroma of piney hops and floral fruits work to celebrate the first taste. The first and the last tastes chime in with the zip of hops, follow with a smooth grainy malt, and finish with fruit element.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 02:12:54 | More by bonbright7
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/03/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a nice attractive slik screened label. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice deep orange colored pour with a nice carbonation stream rising from the bottom of the glass. Strong full one inch rocky and fluffy head. Staying power is excellent with a full 1/8th of an inch thick rim remaining until the last sip. Lacing is solid patches all over the glass. One of the best I have seen per style.

Smell- Strong aroma of grapefruit, orange and lemon hops with a light addition of toasted malts.

Taste- Kinda reminds me of a poor man's PTE...not that poor though. Lots of flavor from the hops. Fruited from the grapefruit flavor plus a nice touch of sweetness and a good backing of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Spot on carbonation level with a nice bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quality. Not that far from PTE. Great beer in all areas..exceptional per style.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:01:06 | More by GClarkage
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

From the pour I could tell this was going to be a lighter colored IIPA. It is a peach hued golden color. Pours 1 finger of slight beige head. Leaves some splattered lace that is very bubbly; very unique.

Aroma: A massive amount of floral hops that are very inviting. Some nice notes of grapefruit and caramel with some sugar in there as well.

Taste: This beer has a very big sugar base to it, it seems. A lot of caramel and grapefruit are right up front and then the floral hops push in. It is interesting right on the tip of the tongue there just seems to be a lot of sugar. This beer is good, except that aspect bothers me a big.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but it has a smooth feeling to it. It shows a little heat here. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste full of hops. Probably one of the best parts of the beer.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent. I really like the mouthfeel for an IIPA. I am having no problem with my bottle, however I am starting to feel a slight buzz off of this. I dig the beer. Would like more if I lived in the area.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:08:42 | More by mothman
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captian Lawrence- Imperial IPA

A- Light yellow/ orange with a thick solid heavy lacing head.
S- Very light, but solid, buttery malt with a sweet citrus hop aroma.
T- Thick buttery sweet caramel malt with a fruity (cherry and raisin) and sweet grapefruit and light pine hop finish.
M- Very smooth buttery malt gives way to sweet oily thick grapefruit hoppiness. Smooth going down. No alc. presence at 11%!?! Crisp and clean.

Overall- Wow! Talk about smooth for 11%. Sessionable, thats how smooth this 1 is! Juicy flavorful but a bit light for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 23:05:22 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy was I suprised to see this in stores by me, especially the store I had ventured into.

I poured it into my perfect pint glass. A thick finger and a half head sits atop this glowing straw yellow carboning monster. It is nearly the color of BMC swill, wow. It smells citrusy and slightly floral, but the sweetness is also present as well.

Boy was this fresh tasting. The hops burst out right away with lots of citrus. It was like biting into a a fresh orange or tangerine. Then comes the malty goodness, then finally a crisp pine finish.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy. Some alcohol heat is present, but definitely not 11% worth. In fact this beer was very very easy to drink and I would have guess it to be much lower than 11%. A great IIPA all around..

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 20:31:43 | More by mikey711
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was bottled about two weeks ago so it should be as fresh as can be.

Pours a clear pale golden orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a bit of visible carbonation bubbling up. 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves minimal chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Super fresh citrus floral hop aroma with a nice subtle malt backbone. The aroma is bursting with dank hops, resinous hop oil, citrus fruit notes and a slight pine presence. I'm drooling.

Smooth clean crisp mouthfeel with a perfect balance of bitterness from the hops, sweet citrus notes, caramel malt backbone and dry piny finish. This is so tasty and refreshing that I have to stop myself from gulping it down too fast. Insanely drinkable with the ABV extremely well masked.

Resinous oily citrus/floral hops are mouth watering with a perfect caramel malt backbone with a slight biscuit presence. Citrus notes of lemon peel and grapefruit provide a great balance to the bitterness of the hops. This beer is amazing, one of the best IIPAs I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 04:23:56 | More by corby112
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Goodnight Irenes...
Appears a transparent gold with a small white head that fades into s tiny cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy pine tar, grapefruit, and deep orange with mild bits of herbs.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with vanilla cream and sugary can't orange slices.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, bitter, and beautifully balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 00:25:30 | More by weeare138
Photo of woosterbill


4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour into a pint-style glass.

A: Rich, clear gold body topped by a half-inch white foam head; ample, sticky lacing throughout.

S: Nothing but beautiful, crisp hops - citrus and floral.

T: The lovely hops carry through and dominate, but are balanced by just the perfect amount of malt sweetness; exactly what I look for in a DIPA. Awesome.

M: Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation.

D: Just incredible for the ABV - I couldn't notice the alcohol at all, and it was so delicious that I could hardly put it down.

Notes: I usually make a point of trying new beers whenever I go to my local beer bar, but whenever this one is on tap I just have to have one - it's that good.


Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 23:54:58 | More by woosterbill
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a couple of these this past weekend in an IP trade with gregc. Thanks, Greg! Fresh DIPA FTW

A: The pour is an impeccable golden orange with exceptional clarity and a two-finger white head with great retention and lacework.

S: Bright and pungently hoppy with pine needles and herbal characteristics with a resiny, mildly minty character. No real malt character is apparent

T: Opens up plenty bitter with a solid pine bitterness that lays the foundation for some herbal and minty flavors that almost taste grassy/vegetal. The combination of the bitterness with the modest caramel malt character is almost savory. Finishes dry and bitter with an herbal character that in some ways reminds me of Hop Wallop. The balance leans towards the bittering end of the spectrum, and there isn't enough flavor hops to back it up

M: Light in body with an enjoyable, crisp carbonation. Bitter on the finish. Mildly resiny.

D: I'm enjoying the bottle, but I enjoy this a bit more on tap. Great to see an affordable DIPA, though. Decidedly East Coast in character.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 22:39:59 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Darkhorse09

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber, bordering too dark for the style, with a thin, nearly white head. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass, on the way down. Head disappears pretty quickly.

Smells of big hops flavor, much like a west coast IPA. a little sweet, some pine aromas. really great nose. I get just enough pale malt on the nose for the hops to not be totally overpowering.

taste is of citrusy (orange, dark apricot) and just a ton of hops. Malt gives a little sweet flavor and some understated alcohol on the finish. Nice and bitter, a great representation of an Imperial IPA. Great for hop lovers.

Full-bodied and chewy. The high alcohol precludes this from being a session beer, but it could drink like one. Goes down nice and smooth. Heavy in the mouth. Hop oils all over the place.

I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2009 19:49:22 | More by Darkhorse09
Photo of americanbeerbuzz

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the brand new 16 oz bottles. Pours a large head into an iced mug. I serve it not too cold to get the full flavors. Aroma is big on citrus, like a fresh bowl of grapefruit. Taste has great citrus and classic American pine tones. Not really big on the hop, but nicely balanced. Effortless drinking for a 9%. I have put down many of these on draft and I guess I'll probably drink the other bottle now. Overall a well deserved kudos to Captain Lawrence for putting up another great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 06:52:55 | More by americanbeerbuzz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this growler.

Pours a clear orange, some golden highlights, thin white head forms, holds a solid ring around the glass, lots of lace spots stick, looks good. Smell is nice, very malty, biscuit and toffee, floral, grapefruit, some tropical aromas, tangeine, orange peel, restrained hops but well done. Taste is similar, all about themalts, caramel, super biscuity, bread, grapefruit, some floral, oranges, very clean flavour, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation, very balanced and drinkable. Nice to get a non-hop bomb IIPA every once in a while, this is good stuff. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: growler

08-13-2009 17:30:04 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by the very generous grub. Thanks man!

Orange pour with red highlight and a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Wonderful aromas of sweet citrus - clementine, tangerine and satsuma. Very sweet juicy and enticing. The flavour delivers big time. Sweet orange juice, tangerine, candied orange peel - really its all sweet citrus, but with an immense biscuit malt background to balance things out. And balance is the key word here, as its expertly achieved - a feat that is often overlooked by many brewers of imperial IPAs. Decent bitterness in the start and finish. Medium body and carbonation.

So many great beers in one night, but this was prhaps my favourite. Its an imperial IPA that doesn't drink like one. Its smooth and delightfully moreish. The flavours are clean and enticing, and it delivers in every respect. Excellent stuff!

Serving type: growler

08-10-2009 13:45:05 | More by bobsy
Photo of capra12

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at The Gingerman NYC on 8/5/09,

Appearance: Dark tan with 4 1/2 head that dissapates quickly

Smell: There is a particularly strong grapefruit flesh hop profile.

Taste: Opens strong with grapefruit with bitter hops emerging in the middle. The finish is hoppy and citrus leaving a relatively hoppy and grapefruit aftertaste.Upon having this again I think that there is a stronger malt profile as opposed to the hoppy bitter profile.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and coarse.

Drinkability: I particularly prefer the floral and piney hops as opposed to this highly citrus grapefruit hop.

This has become one of my most enjoyed Double IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 03:45:54 | More by capra12
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Nectarine & tangerine... great nose.

T: Nectarine, tangerine, awesome biscuity malt (like the highest quality floor-malted maris otter), good bitterness.

M: Moderate body is very smooth.

D: I could sit down with growler of this on my own.

A well-balanced and drinkable DIPA. Thanks for the rare treat Grub!

Serving type: growler

08-09-2009 00:19:29 | More by Derek
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United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, honey-amber with flecks of hops or yeast or something. Thin head. Spectacular fresh hop aroma, like sniffing hop cones - leafy and herbal, piney, spicy, and very floral. Hayfever sufferers beware. A slight honey-caramel malt base backs it up. The cask carbonation does not do any favors for this very thick, malt-forward brew, which is much more sweet than it is bitter (a pretty big no-no for a DIPA in my book). Still, the hop flavor is full and nuanced, ripe with cilantro, pine, citrus, and pineapple. But it doesn't have the scorching, raw lupulin quality of a good DIPA. Tangy and sweet finish, far from dry. The hop flavor is good enough to keep this malt bomb drinkable for half a pint, and the alcohol is well-hidden, but a full pint would be more than plenty for me.

Serving type: cask

08-06-2009 08:14:09 | More by soulgrowl
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into pint glass
A - Orangy/copper color with off white head that falls to skim
S - Huge hops and citrus hops. Smells bangin!
T - Hoppy/malty mix-up that is delicious. A little vanilla in the aftertaste. Really well balanced.
M/F - Medium body and very smooth.
D - This is a delightful DIPA.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2009 22:58:08 | More by ThirstyBird
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven

Poured into a flute, beautiful amberish/copper color with a wispy white head, citrus florals explode off the bat, lots of fruity florals here with very little malt detectible. Taste is very piney, with bits of citrus, mango, and some grapefruit. I love my IPA's piney and this one hit the spot for sure. Mouthfeel was fairly carbonated yet reserved, medium bodied with a good amount of bitterness. Overall, the best IPA I had from the menu, an all around winner in my book!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 03:47:20 | More by thespaceman
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's listed at 8% here. Is that correct now? Maybe not for this years offering? I'm not entirely sure..at the bar I had it at the bartender noted this one was 10% (5.75 for a pint) and it certainly felt like a 10% brew to me. Then again, after a couple beers 8 and 10 don't feel all that different.
Hazy orange color was quite nice with a little topping of white head that somehow laced almost the whole way through until it seemed like there was nothing left to stick to the glass.
Smell was very very heavy on the grapefruit. Additionally, there's a very healthy backbone of sweet malt that is so intriguing to me.
Tastes just wonderful. Citrusy and piney and oh so much grapefruit again. It's like biting into a delicious fruit that mixes all of those flavors with some tasty hop flowers hiding in there. Mmmm. A really delicious DIPA that somehow lacks the bitterness I expected to get here. I wonder how many IBU's this one is packing...can't be more than 45, if that.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and weakly carbonated- nothing not to like here. Drinkability- well I spent most of the time sipping on this but it's still quite drinkable. Not the most drinkable double but, frankly, she's a delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 02:47:18 | More by originalsin
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a bar in the Financial District, NYC. Bronze. clear, bubbly with decent head and good lace. Sweet, almost caramel scent to it.

For an IPA, the traditional bitterness is tamed by a sweet caramel. The bitter comes through, though, on the back end. Well balanced. Very solid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 22:27:15 | More by Amalak
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at rattle n hum nyc.

poured a slightly hop hazy amber colour. good head retention.

loads of lychee and passionfruit on the nose. not a great deal else getting passed the hops.

Tastes very simillar, but a bit lighter than i expected. not a great deal of malt flavour, reasonable hop flavour but not as strong as you'd expect from the aroma.

a nice beer, but just a touch light on the flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 04:59:52 | More by smithflipper
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC.. The Imperial pint came with a thin skiff of head that did fade rather quickly. The beer was clear and a very bright gold color. Some nice lacing remained in the glass.

Aroma was very fruity and fresh.

I think this is the fruitiest DPA (or IPA) I've ever had. All sorts of fruit flavors dominate this beer. Really nice. Peach, tropical fruits like mango and or papaya. Definitely honey notes as well. Very fresh tasting. The malts come though with a light cracker flavor and even a touch of doughy flavor. Very well balanced with the fruit sweetness and the bitter hop notes. Has a nice bitter finish that lingers.

Bright, fresh mouth feel. Very light carbonation.

Extremely drinkable.... Very nice DPA. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 12:47:22 | More by Reagan1984
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.