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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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1,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 200
Gots: 139 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 02-13-2006

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Photo of edrachman
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surprisingly good beer.
Nice golden straw color with good head that stays in the glass.
The smell is bright and clean with a touch of malt.

Taste is much like the smell with classic IPA aftertaste.

Good amount of carbonation, but not overly alcohol.

Definately drinkable - I could easily drink this all day one hot afternoon.

Overall, a very good beer - something I would definately buy again just for a drink.

Photo of fear025
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Sweet with mild citrus hops. Smells a little like cotton candy.

Appearance:Clear with a deep golden color. Plenty of white head. Good head retention.

Taste:Huge malt presence in the foretaste, with some hops, but not as much as I would usually expect from a DIPA. The hops that are there taste citrusy, with some lemon and orange. The aftertaste has some mild hop astringency that's not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel:The huge malts in this beer really increase the body, so it's pretty thick. The carbonation and the hops give this beer a refreshing bite. There is a little alcohol burn present.

Drinkability:I've had several bottles of this in the past, and this one must have had a little age on it, because the hop presence seemed a little muted. I still really enjoyed it, but be sure to get this one fresh!

Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a slight chill haze. Pours with a good inch plus of foamy, just off-white head. Good retention with copious amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Slightly sweet. Citrus and floral. Orange blossom.

T: Starts with a sweet pale malt. Followed by a moderate citrus bitterness and some earthiness. Then some alcohol and fusel spice followed by a long sweet, orange finish.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation, though I would say this is on the lighter side for a DIPA. Slightly oily, especially on the tongue.

D: A good beer with a nice citrusy nose and aroma. Maybe a little sweet for my personal preference, but this is still a top notch DIPA.

Photo of aahynick
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

45F in a pilsner glass

A- burnished gold with a huge fine, long lasting head

S- lots of spice

T- bold and malty with a mild bitterness and rich flavor

M - smooth and substantial

D- another IPA that just might have me hooked, definitely worth every penny .

Photo of kingcrowing
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into an 8oz alt glass.

Pours a light amber that's very clear, light white thin head with lots of sticky white lacing. Nose is very hoppy and there's even a sharp cheddar note too.

Taste is hops and booze! This is 72hrs old so the bitterness is all there. Very spicy and floral, lots of earthy notes. It is a bit hot but I'm having it at cellar temp. Very nice beer.

Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light amber, almost deep golden really, and has a wonderful fluffy resiny head that sticks around and leaves incredible lace. The aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Pine, grapefruit, apricot and spicy herbs fill my nostrils. A sugary malt presence is there as well, but this is mostly a hoppy fella. Wow, the taste is quite unique and enjoyable. The first thing my tongue picks up on is actually the last thing it tastes in each sip. The aftertaste transports me to my family's farm in Michigan with a taste that is reminiscent of the smell of our raspberry patch, if that makes any sense. It is a sort of spicy, grassy, minty, tart aroma. The hop flavor is a good mix of citrus, pine and herbal with a nice spice to it and some tropical fruit action going on in there as well. This beer is quite sweet, with a very sugary malt presence that really does not add much, except in that it really accentuates the flavors of the hops. Also, bitterness is pretty aggressive so though it is quite sweet, it does not really seem cloying at all. This is on the fuller side of medium bodied, and has a pretty smooth mouthfeel and a very dry finish. I have no idea what the ABV is, but it is disappearing at an alarming rate. All in all a very interesting and enjoyable IPA, and a good first experience for me with Captain Lawrence.

Photo of oldmanpliny
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pop the cap and take a quick wiff of incredible hoppy goodness. 5 different hops make this imperial ipa a complex brew. This beer pours as good as any beer I have seen. The head looks like the top of a freshly brewed latte. This beer is love at first sip it is hoppy hoppy hoppy did I say it's hoppy. There are citrus and mellon notes with a slight hint of malt and it finishes bitter however not as dry as you would think. The bottom line is this a a first class beer all the way. The west coast is the king of the IPA mountain however this NY IPA can hang with the best of the west. Try it you will like it!

Photo of CHADMC3
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body pours lighter than I expected with its hazy golden appearance with orange hues and a billowing white head that patiently lies atop the beer eventually giving way to sticky white lacing.

The aroma reveals a nice blend of citrus and floral hops mixed with sweet malt, and hints of yeast as the beer warms.

The flavor offers much more pronounced hops, almost earthy now, and more citrus presence than the aroma. As the temperature changes, the hop varieties appear with pine and citrus coming forward.

Medium in body with medium to moderate carbonation and perhaps a bit creamy.

This is a nice Imperial IPA, well balanced, and the alcohol is absolutely buried.

Photo of Jeffo
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter. Cool looking lable as well.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big three finger thicker looking white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber orange in color with higher levels of carbonation, which was a nice looking variant. Head slowly fades to a decent thick foam cap leaving lots of thick lacing down the sides. A good film remains until the end, coating the sides of the glass in lacing.

SMELL: A very enjoyable nose on this one. Bold aromas of pale malts, sweet pineapple and melon. Some hints of grapefruit and floral notes here as well, but more melon heavy. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and melon notes again. Some pineapple in there, but a bitter hop finish soon brushes that aside. More bitter than the nose had indicated. Grapefruit and pine hints, grassy notes, as well as lots of floral hop bitterness. Finishes with some spicy notes from the alcohol too. Bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty spicy and bitter all around. Very tasty.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Light and nicely oily on the palate, pretty creamy smooth, and goes down fine, finishing slightly mouth-coating. Good feel.

OVERALL: Really good east-coast DIPA. The nose and taste profile didn't quite match all that well, but both were great in their own right. One that might be worth getting again here in Amsterdam, despite the hefty price tag. Recommended.

Photo of misinformed
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from last night (7/6/10). 500mL bottle in to a Capt. Lawrence pint glass! (Thanks to Cuzco!)
A- Poured a clear, glowing orange with a nice 3 finger off white head. Visible carbonation present until the last drop. Nice thick lacing too. Left a satisfying ring or two after the glass was empty.

S- Piney hops. Some floral notes as well.

T- Big wallop of pine and hops. I was able to taste some roasted malt in the first few sips but after that it was completely overshadowed by the hops. This isn't a bad thing as the beer still feels incredibly smooth and balanced. Faint floral hops and maybe some citrus too, but not much.

M- Light and refreshing, but still sticky and oily at the same time. Again, incredibly smooth. No trace of alcohol at all.

D- I could drink this all the time if I had access to it. Very good. Smooth to the end and no trace of alcohol anywhere. Refreshing and incredibly well balanced and easy drinking. Great emphasis on hops without being an unbalanced bomb.

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One fingers worth of slightly rich and creamy egg shell colored head... Slight retention give way to a thin lacing of similar characteristics... A light golden amber color with a glowing orange hue... A moderate bit of carbonation that start at a slow pace and quickly speeds up as it rises... Loads of lacing cling to the glass...

S - A potent mix of hops is first to hit the nose... A combo of sweet citrus and pungent bitter hops... Slightly floral notes... Just the slightest of bready malt undertones...

T - The citrus is nowhere to be found on the palette as the hoppiness takes on a piney pungent bitterness... Very little in the way of malt, just a touch of cracker... A slightly medicinal finish with a touch of alcoholic warmth...

M - A bit intense... Medium bodied... Thick... Rich... Chewy... Dense... Minimal carbonation... Slightly dry and astringent finish...

D - A distinctive and memorable east coast IPA... A solid introduction to the Captain Lawrence brewery... Big, bold, and assertive...

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy slightly dark color with two fingers of head that settles down quickly.

Smell: Hops, grapefruit, lemon slightly grassy and a little malt.

Taste: Bitterness from the hops, mild grapefruit, heavier mango and passionfruit, with a malty aftertaste. Pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable DIPA that I'll be seeking out again.

Photo of strangefate
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Craft Beer Outlet (NE Philly), 6/23/2010

Pours a light clear golden amber with a small to medium layer of head. Leaves a sticky lacing throughout drinking. The scent is of hoppy pine and citrus. The taste is of hops up front with a malty characteristic on the backend - it's pretty well balanced. This combination really sticks to your tongue after drinking. There is a generous amount of carbonation with a lighter body than a typical 9% brew, which leaves it more drinkable than you'd expect.

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

500ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a light golden copper yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured loose and frothy and faded quickly to light bubbly coating with thicker edging... lightl carbonation... some faint lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy grapefruit, pear and apple fruitiness... floral honey, biscuit maltiness, some caramel, light marzipan, sea salt, metallic notes, talcum powder traces, pine, grassy and earthy notes...

Taste... Good sweet biscuit malts followed by grapefruit and pear fruitiness, some citrusy hops, grassy notes, caramel, definite floral honey, some faint pine, clove traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light / medium bodied... A supremely drinkable brew even at 9.0% as the alcohol is very well hidden...

Overall - An excellent and supremely well balanced DIPA... recommended...

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

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A:Clear and Golden. Not much head but leaves a sticky lacing.

S:Lemon, hints of floral hops, malt, bread

T:Its hop forward but has a malty finish. I like this balance!

M:Very smooth with more carbonation than I expected ( I think thats a good thing)

D: Very drinkable for a 9%Abv IPA. I could drink this as a session beer.

Never had anything from this Brewery so I was pleasantly surprised. An excellent East Coast IPA!

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

1 pint 9 oz bottle into a S.A. Pint glass. Thanks to Emmasdad for the opportunity to try this.
Poured a golden yellow with a large but quickly settling head. Lacing wasn't heavy but present throughout. Nose was subtle citrus and some grassiness - not the best part of this brew. Taste was toward the sweet side for an IPA, a lot of lemon and orange with hints of grapefruit and malt sweetness. For people who want a very dry and bitter IPA, this is not it. Beer was medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and had a very creamy mouthfeel. The 9% was a shock 'cause it is absolutely not evident. Even as sweet as this was, I could do more than one of these for sure. This beer was not on my radar but I will certainly keep an eye out for it in the future. What a nice surprise!

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

I purchased this beer while on a trip to Manhattan at the AMAZING Whole Foods on 2nd and Houston. The largest beer selection i have ever seen. Being a Northern Californian, I am truly spoiled with amazing IIPA's (pte, Racer 5, Firestone Walker, Alesmith...etc) this is one of the finest i have tasted from the east coast which i think has a distinct difference (more malt forward than west coast)

A - Pours a very light, clear amber. Nice soapy head and good lacing/retention remind me how oily such a beer can be.

S - This smells great - plenty of fresh, citrus and piney hops, Not too much malt going on here.

T&M - WOW!!!, this is a great IIPA. I didn't expect this, since i have not been truly impressed with east coast IPA's in the past (with a few exceptions). I see some resemblance to pte, intensely fresh piney hop characteristics, oily but still clean mouth-feel.

D - The light body makes this an easy beer to drink. Thankfully i only have one, but if i had another i would be tempted to drink it. Damnit, why did i only buy one bottle?

Photo of Augustiner719
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear, amber sort of color with a big fluffy head that has ridiculous retention. Overwhelming bubbles in the head leave a spiderwebbed lacing along the glass. Smells very piney and grapefruity with some slight tropical notes of kiwi and orange peel. Also a dose of toasted marshmallow. Tastes very balance with a touch of sweetness. medium bodied with a slight astrigenty grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel is spot on with perfect carbonation and viscosicity. Overall this is a very drinkable beer. Nice size for splitting with a friend or to enjoy by yourself. Solid.

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

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

Pours a nice very slight hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, bitter, with some citrus and pine notes. Medium body. Very Drinkable, a very tasty DIPA, recommended.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle. It appeared a clear amber with an inch of white head. I found it to be a rich, but not over-powering DIPA. The chewy caramel and bread malt character isn't hidden behind the hops, but instead compliments the juicy berry and citrus hop character. I guess I'd just want the bitterness kicked up a notch here. Otherwise it's a fine example of the style

Photo of boomer31
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first Captain Lawrence brew...thanks for the extra Capra12!!

A - Transparent golden color with a sticky head crawling down the glass.
S - Floral hops and malt. Too much malt for my expectation of a Imperial IPA
T - Tough to call this is an Imperial IPA. Had this been a blind tasting I'd guess a fine Pilsner. Floral hops and malt dominate and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.
M - Smooth. About what I would expect from a IPA. Not much else to say.
D - Don't get the 9% ABV at all here which proves the balance of this beer. I could certainly have a couple of these though I'd be feeling it later!

Overall pretty good. As an extra I'm very happy to try this one but won't be seeking another. I guess I like my IPAs in your face hoppy...I like to chew the hops, especially in an imperial IPA!

Photo of abrand
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from Arenbeer poured into a tulip glass. This is my first Captain Lawrence brew.

Captain's Reserve pours a golden color with very good visibility. A very sticky 2 finger head lasts throughout the brew. The retention leaves lacing along the glass. Very sweet smelling with citrus fruits being the dominant smell. Some hops are present as well but not as much as most DIPA. Taste is pretty bitter with the sweetness left out of from the nose. I am a little let down with the taste of this. The smell was a great start but nothing like the taste. Plenty of alcohol is also present in the taste. Just not very complex or refreshing which is what I look for in a big IPA. Mouthfeel is better and medium bodied. Drinkability is mediocre. Like I said, I just expected a little more.

Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer is a cloudy very nice looking peachy orange with a watery head white head that is gone fast... The aroma is super nice, very matly on the front with lots of orange and peaches and balanced ever so lightly on the finish with some grass and hops...The taste is also very good, doesn't quite live up to the aroma. There is some of sweet on the front not enough to really balance this beer. Mostly you get a slightly piney bitter hop from start to finish. Not very complex, but its tasty just a little boring. Also slightly alcoholic finish...The feel is nice and crisp, light lasting flavor. Easy to drink.

Overall, an easy to drink slightly sweet dipa. Worth drinking.

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

This beer made its way down to me here in GA via New York. Beer poured golden clear which initially made me nervous. Had a solid head a more lacing than I anticipated. smell was sweet like I expected with lots of hints of fruit, and the taste was what I expected as well. Overall a solid beer, but with so many other Imperial IPA's out there, I'm not sure this would be my first choice, but like I said a solid beer none the less.

Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cuzco for hooking me up. Poured into my Duvel tulip, Captain's Reserve pours bright orange. The off white head and lacing are initially impressive, but lack the staying power to earn a higher score. The nose is good, mangoes and peaches, but I was hoping for a bit more (both in variety and strength). The taste is dominated by the same fruits, but there's an additional hint of more acidic citrus notes mixed in there as well. The first sips have an almost astringent, unpleasant bitterness to them, but this quickly fades as the beer warms, and some caramel malts are noticeable (but just). Had the whole beer tasted like this instead of just the second half I'd probably bump it to a 4.5. The mouthfeel is quite good, adequate carbonation and just creamy enough. The 9% ABV is nonexistent, and this beer is quite drinkable, especially when the initial overly bitter flavor has faded. This is my first beer from Captain Lawrence, and they definitely made a good impression.

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.