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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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 190
Gots: 123 | 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 PDXHops
2.28/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle, poured in increments into a La Chouffe tulip. No visual dating information.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a gentle, yet steady, stream of visual carbonation. A finger of white head recedes quickly, but just as quickly begins leaving some patchy lacing. sticky lacing. Subsequent pours increase the head size, but not the amount of lacing.

Aromas are underwhelming. Doughy malts and a slight mustiness somewhat obscure mild citrus and a touch of pine. Old bottle, maybe?

The flavors again have me wondering if this may be an old bottle. Mild citrus, sweet malt, rather boring overall, although there is a decent level of underlying piney bitterness. Malt dominates at the finish, with only sweetness and a bit of booze lingering. This beer is screaming for a serious injection of hops.

Overall impression: Tasty enough, but for the style, too tame, too malty, too uneventful. Not recommended.

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

Gratitude to mikeraser for sending this terrific extra my way!

Poured the 500ml brown bottle into an over sized snifter. A semi soft pour yields about an inch of off white dense foamy head. Color is a hazy light golden orange. not transparent, so a good unfiltered dry hoped look to this.
Lace is thin leaving wispy trails on the walls of the glass.

Aroma consists of a real rich sweet robust bready aroma. mixing it up with a buttery sweetness. Did not expect that at all. Partnering with a mango fruity hop profile. Its a tropical island fruit really, Hawaiian punch like with pineapple, mango's and melons.
A faint hint at alcohol on the back end of aroma.

Taste is also fairly bready with a warming alcohol sensation and loads of bitters at the swallow. Starting out sweet though and very full bodied in a creamy thick slick texture. Almost lactose like in that sense, because this is so thick and full bodied, its desirable too. Some great malty flavors here creating great balance between hop bomb and malt backing with sweet floral notes and clover honey.
The sweet island fruit up front, then turning into a bitter obliteration at the swallow and finish. Pine, grapefruit, resin, a touch of mint, banana and plenty of floral hops too. Some mineral water flavors lingering through the finish, but mostly bitter pine resin.

This is one badass sneaky impy ipa. Dont let the malt fool you, hops will bite.
Great beer!

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

Acquired this from tigg924 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear, bright copper color with a 3 finger of offwhite head that retains nicely. Head eventually recedes leaving a ton of thick sticky lace along the glass.

S: Nose is of big piney hops, and a good deal of citrusy hops. There is a solid caramel malt presence as well in the back ground.

T: Taste starts with a subdued caramel malt flavoring and a hint of grapefruit bite. Taste then quickly moves in to a juicy orange taste mingled with a healthy flavoring of pininess. Taste finishes with a nice earthy and grassy hops flavor that lingers slightly on the tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body, slightly oily with a touch of a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice juicy hops, well blended - comes up big in the hops but the malt backbone keeps it from being overwhelming. Damn fine DIPA and one that I would have a couple of pints of in a sitting.

Photo of Heybeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable despite the 9%abv. I would have guessed it to be a more modest abv. The aroma hops are a bit mild, but the flavoring/bittering hops more than make up for it. Notes of citrus, especially grapefruit...

M. As far as body, this beer was surprisingly light on the tounge. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy, maybe from low carbonation...

Overall, this is a great example of a Double/imperial ipa.

Photo of dasenebler
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm digging the German-style pint bottle, though the proof's in the pudding... or should be.

Poured into my Aventinus glass for the hell of it. Really nice clear gold color with an even more impressive head and lacing.

Aroma has hints of citrus and spice, but not nearly enough hop presence for a DIPA.

Flavor is decent. Definitely bitter, but not really impressive in terms of hop flavor. I get a lot of residual sugary sweetness and maltiness, which might be a sign most of the hoppiness has dissipated, and that this bottle is past its prime. Excellent mouthfeel and carbonation are redeeming factors.

I can't tell if this beer is past its prime because there is no dating information on the bottle. In the end, the price was right on this bottle (4 dollars), so I can't complain too much.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

500ml bottle. The beer pours a clear golden-yellowish color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange peel. The flavor is tons of citrus hops and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Pahn
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Couldn't find a bottled on date.

Appearance: Reasonably aggressive pour yields a 1 inch frothy white head that dissipates slowly and unevenly, leaving rings of lacing. Pours a clear yellow/amber with some bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Leaves peaks of lacing everywhere.

Smell: Cornucopia of hop aroma; notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine resin, grassiness, some floral notes. Lots of sweetness. All the beautiful smells from the hops are clear and strong. Promises a world class DIPA.

Taste: Again, tons of hops. Strong but not overdone bitterness, and the same giant assortment of flavors from the nose. Tropical fruit, some piny and grassy notes, and a nice subtle malt backbone. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Fills up the mouth but is neither creamy nor juicy. Perfect vehicle for all the hop goodness.

Drinkability: The 9% ABV is undetectable in the flavor, which is itself delicious. Coupled with a perfect mouthfeel, this is a DIPA I want to return to, often.

I'd heard a lot of hype about this beer before getting around to trying it, and it exceeded my expectations. It's really a flawless DIPA, delivering everything you could want from a hop bomb in terms of taste and aroma, along with a world class mouthfeel.

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

Im sampling a room temp bottle poured into a snifter. Ive had this bottle in the cellar for a few months and pulled it out about a week ago to drink and finally am getting around to it tonite.
The beer pours a bright clear golden hue with a large fluffy yellowy white head of 2.5 cm foaming up with a fairly gentle pour. Tight lattice develops as the head slowly fades back into the beer.
The aroma is as expected dominated by hops with grass, grapefruit and a bit of pinesap mixing together. There is mild fruity sweetness buried under the hops, but there is not mistake what this beer is all about in your glass.
The first sip reveals a slightly sticky but smooth textured body with very mild and gentle carbonation.
Flavor starts with a bit of malt sweetness, fruity sugar hits, but rolls to a bitey sap hop profile that lingers a bit on each swallow.
Astringency is a little high on the hops and make this beer a bit of a sipper for this Malty.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden but shows up a bit after each swallow with a little warmth in my belly. The beer is well made and delivers what is expected from the style. I think I will be drinking this for a bit to allow pauses between the hoppy bite, but would recommend this to my hop head friends.

Photo of rhinos00
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Poured into a shakers pint.

A- Pours a beautiful golden color. Absolutely clear. Produced two fingers width of white, soapy head. Good amount of lacing left behind.

S- Not quite what I was expecting. Mix of citrus and pine resin with a grassy undertone. Also a slight trace of malt sweetness is detectable. Just not much depth or wow factors going on.

T- Some bitter, earthy hops with a citrus twist upfront. Transitions into more of grassy quality as it progresses. Finishes considerably sweeter than the aroma suggests.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Leaves the palate semi-dry.

D- At 9% the alcohol is really not that much of a factor. For me the flavor combinations is what held it back a little.

Overall, a middle of the road DIPA. Little too much sweetness for my liking and not enough hop character.

Photo of cavedave
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 2/23/10

A one finger head of closeknit off white foam tops a clear, purest gold gem of a brew.

Not a strong aroma, and not much to it, but it is a pleasant bouquet of sweet citrus, pale malt, and a hint of earthy bitter at the edge.

The taste also is a fairly subdued blend. It starts with a breeze of bright citrus, and sweet neutral grain, builds as a toasty bitterness enters the fray, and ends in a delicious finish of earth and bitter citrus. Mouthfeel influences flavor here, the light creaminess of this big beer really lets the simplicity of the taste shine. Flavors really assert themselves as the beer warms, but a hint of alcohol warmth sneaks in, and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel is very light for a IIPA. It is creamy, and easy drinking. Low carb. really helps this beer. Clean and tasty finish makes me crave another sip.

Due to its easy-to-love taste, and creamy mouth, this beer is highly drinkable, perhaps ruinously so.

Impression: This bottle not as fresh as I'd like. Will have to revisit uber-fresh. I recommend this beer, it is quite good.

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

Very nice looking pale gold color with a slight haze.

Complex, doughy, bready malts through and through balanced by a hop assault, piney and strongly floral, very inviting. A nice, cleanly drying finish that makes you want more.

This was a really great change of pace from what we're used to in the midwest. Thanks to blaheath for crackin' this one open.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I sent my Dad to the store for some CLBC Nor'easter (what an awesome Dad!). He came home with this instead; I was slightly disappointed, I was looking forward to some strong winter beer. Until I drank this one...

G - Haughty Williams-Sonoma mug.

A - Golden and brassy, crystal-clear, with a two-finger head and leaving plastered lacing everywhere.

S - Tremendously citric hoppiness, favoring more of an orange impression over the usual grapefruit; hops are the star of the show. Slightly sweet malt tones fuse with the hop aromatics, strengthening the already robust notes of fresh citrus.

T - The taste is, in order, 1. piney 2. grapefruit-y 3. bitterly dank and herbal. This beer is phenomenal; one of the best American (2x) IPAs I've ever had. I would say this crushes, for example, Hopslam.

M - Everything you would expect from the style.

D - Hell yeah, so drinkable.

Pops also brought me home 3 De Dolle brews, XX Bitter, Nugget Nectar, and Petrus Aged Pale. As I said, what an awesome Dad!

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

Review input from notes taken while I enjoyed this fine beverage. I had the pleasure 02/06/2010.

Golden honey body, clear with plenty of visible carbonation. A strong four finger fluffy eggshell colored head. Retention is excellent leaving sporadic lacing clinging to the side of the glass. A rather slender cap remains through out.

Underlying sweetness holds up to the more dominate citric hops. Grapefruit, mango and pineapple aromas are left by the abundance of hops. Bready malt provides a certain sweetness and an attempt at balance. Subtle spiciness to the overall aroma.

Sharply bitter upfront. Bitterness is a bit abrasive but does not become obstructive, certainly an enjoyable characteristic for the hopheads. Pithy citrus and pininess. Astringent towards the back of the tongue. Malt imparts a buttery bread flavor.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is on the dryer side. Sweetness lingers on the middle of the tongue while the bitterness clings towards the back. Overall smooth texture and a touch under creamy.

Good beer. Not a top tier DIPA but only a step down. Easy to drink and highly enjoyable. This would be one I would pick up on occasion if it were available in my neck of the woods.

Photo of Goldfish19
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ On tap at Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thick off-white head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Citrus/pine hops and sweet malt.

Taste: This beer is just teeming with big citrus and earthy flavors. The caramel sweetness effectively balances things out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: At 9% ABV, this well-balanced DIPA went down smoothly. ~

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to WoosterBill for this one

1 Pint .9fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a very light gold/orange color with a huge frothy three inch head. The head is of white color with great head retention that subsides very slowly leaving soapy lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Good citrus smell coming from this DIPA with the likes of pineapple, grapefruit, and some pine needles.

Slightly sweet citrus taste upfront with grapefruit that leads into a medium pine bitterness with toasty biscuit like malts in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall the color was pretty light for the style and it lacked quite a bit of more citrus flavor that I look forward too into DIPAS.

Photo of hwwty4
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a big cap of frothy, off white head that leaves some serious lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is a full on citrus hop bomb. Grapefruit, tangerine and lemon zest. While so much hop aroma comes out the malt backbone presents a rather dubious counter balance to the hop. Biscuits and toffee, caramel and toast. I'm really surprised that there is that much malt in the aroma. The mouthfeel reminds me of biting into an orange that has had some vodka infused into it. Huge orange flavors. Orange zest, orange rind and the actual fruits. And a bit of booze. It's hard to hide 9% even in a hop bomb. Once again the malt backbone comes through with caramel and toffee with just a bit of toasty bread. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy for any style of IPA. Interesting. Overall, this is a good DIPA, not my favorite by any stretch but a solid DIPA.

Photo of vacax
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice golden orange color with plenty of fine white head, lacing, and bubbles. Aromas of spicy tropical fruits, pineapple, ginger snaps, and pita bread. Mild floral hops and malt sweetness on the front end gives way increasingly spicy hops and melons. Earthy hop finish that is packed with cookielike caramel malts. Medium bodied with assertive yet subtle carbonation and sticky malts. While this doesn't drink like something that is 9% ABV, the finish is excessively malty versus hoppy, which detracts from my appreciation of this as an Imperial IPA. I enjoyed trying this the couple times I have had it, but this is fairly middling in the world of the style.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden mud puddle brown color with a dense, creamy head that settles into a light cap. The aroma is of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops and a honey bready malt. Nice sweet and juicy. Not the best aroma for a DIPA but it is nice. The taste is of a sweet malt, almost buttery, a bit dirty. The hop flavor is a bit lost in the malt. Some sweet tropical fruit hops pop through and a touch of grapefruit. A bit disappointing, the hops need to standout more with this malt presence. The feel has a full body with soft carbonation, the brew is sweet but not at all sticky, abv is well hidden. I would like to see a bit more carbonation to help break up the malt. A decent DIPA, not great. Actually I am a tad disappointed in Cpt. Lawrence with this brew, not their best.

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

I've meant to try this for a while, but only did so a couple days ago. I picked up a bottle and was glad I did.

A-Gorgeous beer - golden color with some cloudiness. The head is creamy and starts out thick, but gradually dissipates. Heavy lacing.

S-Strong smell of citrus hops.

T-The citrusy hop flavors definitely predominate, which was what I was looking for in this imperial IPA. Strong hop flavors with a hint of maltier flavor as it goes down.

M-Medium bodied; medium carbonation.

D-Very strong flavor; overwhelms food a bit, but would be perfect on its own. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdubfl for this one.

A: Pours a nice light golden blond hue with with a nice off white head. Okay retention and some light lace.

S: Nice caramel malt noted with a nice blend of citrus, pine, and fresh cut grass.

T: Sweet caramel and light biscuit malt. Ligh A wave of hops then takes over. Nice sweet tropical notes seem to blend into bitter grapefruit.

M: On the fuller side of medium, smooth, easy drinking.

D: Pretty darn drinkable. Nice tasting DIPA with lots of balance.

Photo of samyoung
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Really nice golden red hue with a perfect head even though poured from a bottle.
S - Nice citrus; little hint of pine.
T - A good, bitter blast initially which tapers into smooth fruity-ness.
M - Aggressive at first, yet a bit of a let down at the end of the sip - no bitterness.
D - So smooth...can't believe this is 9%!

Overall, a great take on the Imperial IPA style.

Photo of BeerMasterD
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle a nice clear gold and got a couple fingers of head that stuck some good lasting lace to my glass, very nice. Very hoppy aromas obviously coming off from this, fruity and floral. Taste buds are punched with hops and some pineapple/grapefruit and light orange peel overshadowing some sweet malt and is quite bitter throughout. This has a nice creamy feel to it though and while drinkable i wouldnt say highly, i took my time finishing the glass. Overall its a decent dipa and the alcohol is hidden pretty well, fruity and alittle unbalanced at certain points IMO but good stuff nonetheless.

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

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nice one finger white head that dissipates to a thinner lingering head. The beer leaves a lovely lacing on the glass, rather nice. Clear and golden yellow in color.
The smell is real nice, very fruity, citrus notes, clearly hoppy, pleasantly resinous, slightly piney.
The flavor matches the aroma with grape fruit, citrus flavors and that great hoppy resin. This is all followed up with a fair bit of bite and then a notable clean and crisp finish. Great care was clearly given in crafting this beer as it is balanced well between malty and hoppy.
Great mouth feel, full bodied and satisfying. Because of the balance of this beer it is rather tasty and drinkable.

Photo of CupcakeNY
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer from a friend's growler. It's a pretty ugly beer-cloudy amber, with not much of a head.

Smell was hoppy grapefruit.

This beer explodes in your mouth. It's full of hops, but multilayered with flavor; there's a prevalence of grapefruit/citrus flavors, bitter but so smooth and balanced. I'm told the ABV is 9, but you wouldn't notice it in your mouth; only after sucking down a couple.

This beer could not be more drinkable! I got a couple of bottles to see if the bottle version is as good as what I had form the growler, but this is one of the very best tasting IPAs I have ever had. A remarkable brew.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard that the Captain Lawrence guy started brewing even before he could drink. I'm not even impressed, I'm just jealous.

Clear, lightly tarnished gold with a large, white, bubbly head that settles into a large, foamy mound--like the head of a lurking sea creature. Lacy spackle aplenty.

Creamy, citrus hop paste aroma, like a whipped cream/pudding version of hops. Weird. Peach and pineapple fruits particularly. There's a corn sugar, caramel, maltose thing underneath it all which I'm not in love with.

Hardly any bitter. Citrus hops over caramel malty sweet nougat with that same clumpy sugar in back.

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.