Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.43/5 rDev -17.3%
served in imperial pint glass.
appearance is fantastic, it has a deep rich yellow color and a nice frothy tight white head.
aroma is deep but not intense, more earthy and woodsy, subtle background of herb and citrus.
taste is all hops, rich and resiny and a healthy bitterness. hop flavors are a bit muddled though, no clear profile comes through. also a bit grassy in the mouth feel.
body has good balance, I would say it's medium for such a big beer, bitterness does linger a bit too long though.
a drinkable beer but a one off, I wouldn't want more than one glass.
10-23-2009 13:59:03 | More by Naugled
3.15/5 rDev -24.1%
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of garlicky hops, piney hops, graham cracker, and light citrus. Also an odd aroma I can't really place, but it makes the beer smell rather odd. Flavor of citrus with some piney and crackery malt notes. Much different from the draft form. I don't know...there's just something off in this beer, but I don't know what it is.
10-18-2009 19:18:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a steady stream of small bubbles, with a dense white head that lingers. The smell is floral -- dandelion and marigold, mostly --, with notes of honey, maple, cedar, and alcoholic burn. The taste is clover honey, pine, faint toffee or brown sugar, and a dandelion finish. It's thick, and highly carbonated. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming -- a sipper, but not a dainty one. A nice alternative to the grapefruit monsters that are West Coast DIPAs.
10-17-2009 04:51:47 | More by gory4d
3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
Split a bottle with Ben(madorb) he picked it up on a trip to New York last weekend.
This beer is a hazy golden yellow color and has a soapy 2 fingers of off white head that falls into a thin pocked layer.
The nose is very malt foward. This beer is a little faded. Sweet bready malts and fruity hops.
The first gulp gives me a ton of bready sweet slightly oxidized malts. Lot's a fruity hops. It's very malt forward just like the nose. I really wish this was fresh, although it's still quite tasty, but I prefer IPAs fresh. There's finally some hoppy bitterness in the finish now that it's warming
Mouthfeel is a little slick. Medium to full body with low carbonation.
A tasty beer overall. I'd love to try some more fresh though.
10-17-2009 03:50:30 | More by beertooth
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
From what I've heard, Captain Lawrence originally released this as a draft only beer. I was down in New Jersey for work and stopped in at Oak Tree Buy Rite (best beer store in Jersey) and they had loads of bottles (the same type of bottles that the Schlenkerla smoked beers come in) for only $3.94 each. I couldn't pass it up. These guys brew some of the most amazing barrel-aged beers in the country so of course they brew a kick ass Imperial IPA, right? The answer is yes, yes they do.
From the Captain Lawrence site:
"This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, has become the calling card of many craft brewers who aren't afraid to push the limits of what hops can add to a beer. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA."
Here we go...
Pour - Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA pours a very, very light golden color. Quite amazing just how clean and clear this one is, its almost like a lager in color despite a pretty high ABV and loads of hops. Plenty of pale malt, that is for sure!
Aroma - The smell of this beer is like a bunch of tropical fruit. Definitely get some mango, passionfruit, pineapple and tangerine. Not so much pine and super bitter hops but it sure as hell smells good.
Taste - Wow, the flavor of this is outstanding. All those tropical fruits come out in the taste and this one truly comes alive. There is a very nice bitterness with this beer that speaks of some seriously fresh hops. Nice big flavors coming out of this beer despite the deceivingly clear look.
Overall - One of the more tropical fruity beers I've ever had and I love it for that. Its got a boat load of flavor, plenty of fresh hops and pale malt sweetness. Nice and balanced and just plain delicious.
Would I buy more of it? - Hell yes. If only it was more available. Its pretty tough to find these beers even in CT and NY, let alone Massachusetts.
Note: The Captain Lawrence site shows three hop varieties for this beer but the label says five. I guess two will remain a mystery.
Also, the name Captain Lawrence refers to the street, Captain Lawrence Drive in South Salem, NY, that the owner of the brewery grew up on. His story about how he came to start up Captain Lawrence Brewing is really a great one and I'd encourage anyone who loves beer to read it on their site.
10-16-2009 02:53:47 | More by indiapaleale
4.4/5 rDev +6%
.5L bottle poured into a large weizen glass:
A: Deep golden, transparent color on the body. 2-finger white, fluffy head with excellent retention and lacing.
S/T: Right up front is a huge blast of grapefruit from the Cascade hops. It's got a nice, fresh piney balance as well. It has a good spicy character, and a light and wonderfully fruity malt character which cuts the astringency of the hops very well, probably helped by the Columbus hops used.
M: Nice and full, but not as offensively aggressive as bad Imperial IPA's can get.
D: This may be the most drinkable Imperial IPA I've ever had. The hops are potent, but not off-putting. The flavors explode, and every sip just begs for another to follow. One half-liter was not enough.
10-12-2009 22:16:20 | More by dudecandle
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Brand new bottles and I was able to score one with the quickness. I decided to bust them out last night for everyone to get a quick try. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.
So clear. That was the one thing I really took away from this one. It had an amazing amber color to it and the clarity was really just spot on. I was shocked by the color on this one as it really just shined through beautifully. Nice big head of white on the top settles down nicely over the top of the glass. Aroma is huge citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange flavors are all over the one. Really nicely done I have to admit. Solid malt backbone starts to come into play as it warms, but the pungent hop notes really just dive straight forward here. As I take the first sip I notice the body is fairly light on this one, not bad at all, just a little light. Rich flavor though quickly puts any of those thoughts aside. Wonderful touches of grapefruit and orange peel just tear at the palate, dry as could be you are quickly immersed in this wonderful brew. Smooth with all the ABV more then well hidden, I am easily able to continue down the road and enjoy it time and again.
Overall I had this one tap a while back and I have to say I am enormously impressed once again. After being disappointed in the dubbel, this was a welcomed change.
10-06-2009 00:53:26 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev -12.5%
Extremely clear pale golden orange pour. Two fingers of creamy white foam on top of the brew. A bit lighter in color than many other DIPA's. Aromas of tropical citric hops along with pine resin accents. Herbally with a sweet crisp backbone. Somewhat fruity, nice.
First sip brings a mix of fruity citric hops upfront with a touch of sweetness. Tropical and pineapple accents swirl through with herbal pine on the way down. Malt body is quite thin here and a touch biscuity with bitterness well placed on the finish. Alcohol is not really noticeable.
Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit lighter than I expected. Good carbonation. Overall, a pretty good DIPA with a few flaws that drop it down on my favorites list. Worth a try if you can get it but I don't think I'd go out of my way. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity.
10-01-2009 15:56:37 | More by orbitalr0x
4.15/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden amber color wtih big rocky head that fades slowly and leaves heavy lacing down the glass.
S: Big hop aroma. Piney resin and citrus. Some light malt and sweet carmel
T: Sweet carmel malt upfront, followed by nice citrus flavors, grapefruit, lemon zest, and some mandarin orange. Flavor is nice and balance, but fairly mild compared to other IIPAs.
M: Pretty light for the style, and a little on the watery side.
D: This is a pretty mild IIPA, but full of flavor and very drinkable. It's texture is a little to light for the style, but still a very good beer.
09-23-2009 00:22:35 | More by JMD
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC.
A - Clear golden-orange color with a whitish head.
S - Piney hop aroma along with sweet malt. Some citrus notes present as well.
T - Piney hops, citrus, resin, and sweet pale/caramel malt. Fairly sweet, which balances the heavy-handed hops really welly.
M - Medium-full, somewhat oily palate with lingering hop oils.
D - Pretty high for an IIPA. This is good stuff all-around.
09-22-2009 19:14:42 | More by nickd717
2.98/5 rDev -28.2%
500ml bottle kindly supplied by Dyan. Thanks, big guy.
Pale golden-amber, brilliantly clear and bright, this is a beautiful beer. Two fingers of head settles down to a thin disc that retains very well.
The nose is signature East Coast DIPA; big malts to match big hops with solventy alcohol backing it up. Sweet and tropical with scents of pineapple and Mandarin orange.
Opens up sweet on the palate, honey and caramel flavors competing with fruity, tropical hop flavors for the forefront. Medium in body, thankfully not too syrupy, but not nearly as crisp or dry as I'd like. Finishes with a blast of resiny, herbal hops that, while not too bitter, have an odd astringency to them.
Not a bad beer on the whole, but really rough around the edges. The sweetness muddles the hop flavor, and the finish is unpleasantly rough. Needs some work.
09-22-2009 04:54:28 | More by largadeer
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Review based on notes, got this one from HopStoopid120, cheers Tony!
Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & outstanding head retention
S: Slight pineyness, plus a ton of citrus
T: Follows the nose, nice tangerine & lemon flavor up front, plus some caramel sweetness. Earthy hops & breadyness as this warms, along with a bit of boozeyness. Finishes with leafy hops & tangerines
MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky with assertive carbonation & good balance
Drinks easy, a solid DIPA
09-22-2009 04:46:07 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a clear, lightly carbonated, golden with a typical, large fluffy, white head that leaves very nice lacing.
The smell is pine, malt and a bit of a peppery spice thing going on.
Taste is a very pleasant mix of fruity hops and malt that holds for a moment until a bit of bitterness bites in at the swallow. Some alcohol shows up but isn't distracting in any way. The malt doesn't provide any sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and on the dry side.
Drinkability is good, it's strong with 9% ABV so a couple of glasses suits me.
This is a good beer from Captain Lawrence which I hear most are. This probably won't satisfy someone looking for the typical West Coast DIPA but otherwise should satisfy. I'd like to try this on tap.
09-20-2009 19:31:51 | More by meatyard
3.9/5 rDev -6%
4 bottles courtesy of mikey711 via trade, thanks again.
Awesome botle design, I love the clear label and the 500 ml stubby bottle. Poured into DFH snifter glass. Nice appearrance right off the bat, light golden color with a big chunky 2 finger head. Massive lacing is on the glass as it get lower. Leaves the rim of the glass a bit sticky as it warms. Smell is a mix of lemon, malt, bready aromas. Taste is nice with a hint of hops but more malt fwd than I was expecting. Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. I think the drinkability is very high.
I usually like my DIPA's way more more hop fwd than this one but I really enjoyed. I found it to be easy drinking. I received 4 bottles on monday and I am down to just 1 already. Glad I finally got try a CL brew. If your looking for a massive hop bomb look elsewhere, but if you want a nice drinkable DIPA look for the CL reserve. Recommended.
09-19-2009 14:24:15 | More by gibby
3.48/5 rDev -16.1%
Thanks to mikey711 for sending this my way; happy to have another IIPA with a good rep. Consumed while watching my Twins, down four games, try to claw their way back into the race by beating Detroit!
Poured into my cool, silver-lipped Hennepin goblet is a light, slightly amber IIPA with evident carbonation racing up the middle of the brew. Very clear, pale. Smell is middling faint, even watery, with only a smattering of hops.
The reason is quickly evident. This is an IIPA that is busting my chops with malts, not hops, which leaves me bit teary-eyed. The Ralph Wiggum hops are overwhelmed by the big malts that lend an up-front sweetness, with the hops contributed only a grapefruit, very slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Clean, balanced, & sweeter, without the bite I like in my IIPA. Easy drinking for the high ABV, which is evident only in the warming of my chest cavity.
Good beer, but the maltiness of this beer left me wanting more hops!
09-19-2009 02:36:03 | More by maximum12
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Big thanks to nyrangersfan for bring a couple bottles of this brew on his trip to Chicago. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - Three fingers of slow dissolving off-white cream foam with glass-coasting lacing. Super transparent golden yellow color with a few bubbles lazily rising upwards. I like a little haze in my DIPAs, but otherwise this is superb.
S - Big pine, a bit of tropical fruit, some zesty ripe grapefruit, and some dank earthy notes as well - definitely some Simcoe character. There's a strong grainy malt backbone in this one with lots of bread character to it and a touch of spice. I wish this had a little more sweetness to it, as both hop and malt profiles veer towards the earthy savory side of things.
T - Taste has a tiny bit of biscuit sweetness to it, but it's largely the same mix of multi-grain and hoppiness, with the malt character strong at first and then a piney, zesty, and somewhat grassy finish. Moderately bitter aftertaste, but not a palate-bruiser. Again - it's pretty good, but doesn't have that candy and fruit character I really love in a good DIPA. There's only the slightest hint of caramel or orange.
M - Medium body, lower carbonation, soft texture, a bit of alcohol heat, a bit of residual hop resin. It's pretty much what I like in a DIPA, but could use a touch more of the hop oiliness.
D - 500ml of this was fine, but I'd much rather have a Pliny. This was decidedly East Coast in the malt presence, and reminded me of Apex or Scratch 20 in that it uses a collection of hops that I'm just not that into. Still - one could do a lot worse.
09-19-2009 01:47:27 | More by MasterSki
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella on 9/15/09.
Pours a very, and I mean very clear pale yellow with an egg-shell white color inch of foam.
Citrus fruit salad, mango, papaya, and caramel malt on first encounter. A bit grassy at times. The grapefruit starts to shine through with some sweat orange, which makes me think of Simcoe. A decent amount of tangerine as well. Very nice aroma over all, hardly any alcohol detected.
Flavorful hop mixture that follows the aroma. Orange, pink grapefruit, papaya, mango, caramel, and a bit of light toast rush the palate on the first sip. Low bitterness for a DIPA but quite clean, just a tad too sweet in the finish than I would have liked, otherwise I would have scored it higher because the hop flavors are quite good.
Very nice moderate to high carbonation, creamy on the palate, smooth in the finish and easy to drink. Very tasty beer, not overly impress but I wouldn't mind having it again if offered.
09-18-2009 00:08:09 | More by seaoflament
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
group tasting at Derek's place. i contributed this one, acquired in a trade with gregc, so thanks greg!
64oz growler. sampled aug 7/09.
pours clear orangey amber with a big dense off-white head. the head drops slowly with lots of lace.
aroma is great. light alcohol. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light pine. grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. light caramel. hints of pineapple. touch of spice too - maybe rye or a bit of a spicy hop?
taste is great. light alcohol. biscuit. bit of cracker. whole wheat bread. resiny pine. grapefruit. light orange and tangerine. caramel. bit of toffee. just under medium bitterness level. some light vanilla notes too. bit woody.
mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. slightly below medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. nice balance. fairly good complexity. nice hop profile. good stuff!
09-17-2009 14:49:33 | More by grub
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
09-16-2009 21:49:07 | More by aerozeppl
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-14-2009 13:53:46 | More by John_M
2.42/5 rDev -41.7%
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.
09-14-2009 04:09:41 | More by goodbyeohio
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-06-2009 02:12:54 | More by bonbright7
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
09-05-2009 00:01:06 | More by GClarkage
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
09-04-2009 01:08:42 | More by mothman
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-03-2009 23:05:22 | More by NJpadreFan
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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