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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

988 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 170
Gots: 89 | 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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steelerguy

New York

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

A - Poured a hazy gold approaching copper. 2 finger headed that faded to a lacing on top of the beer that will add some coat to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel from the malt and floral hop aromas with a little citrus.

T - Strong malt presence that prepares the taste buds for the hop explosion that comes right after. I was guessing about 80 IBU but was told it was 91. I was a little surprised by that but I can believe it because the great malt flavors balance the hops well.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Feels like they malted high and that they are some more complex sugars left in there. Really quite nice for a IIPA.

D - A double IPA is a beer that can be excellent for the first pint and then get a little overwhelming on the second. Not so with Captain's Reserve, the balance makes a very drinkable 90+ IBU beer.

As a side note, this goes quite excellent with shell steak and spare ribs. This can stand up to any great tasting steak and really add to the enjoyment of it.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2009 00:39:27 | More by steelerguy
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Seanibus

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing discovery - everything an Imperial IPA should be.

Pours hazy golden with a big fluffy head. The aroma is an explosion of floral hops. The flavor is huge, with sweet floral hops. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Floral. Insane sweet hops. There is a powerful bitterness high on back of mouth, highlighted in the clingy mouthfeel. Delicious. The alcoholic power of this beer is hidden perfectly behind the sweetness. Lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 20:30:04 | More by Seanibus
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours with a thick foamy head that laced my glass pretty nicely. Copperish coloring crystal clear through pint glass

Smell - Nice piney scent , floral aroma

Taste - It is a stronger ale and as such could be overpowering for some. Tasty for sure. Slight bitter metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Slightly thicker than your average IPA due to higher ABV, Alcohol flavor is noticeable

Drinkability - I could drink one or two of these, would be tough to drink more. In all likelihood, not a problem, since this is a double IPA and 8.0% I am being harsh on the beer only after having drank a Titan IPA last night. I would definitely recommend Captain Lawrence Double IPA to others who like a nice heavy IPA.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2009 23:01:43 | More by alpinebryant
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jgap

California

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a transparent amber with a small, bright white head that fades to a nice lace. Smell is piney with a strong earthy scent and a hint of toffee. Taste is immediately a hoppy pine-grapefruit fading to a solid caramel-malt back with a touch of toffee. Very crisp, clean. The aftertaste is toffee which fades to a lingering peppery. Light for a DIPA but very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2009 03:46:28 | More by jgap
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into two 20oz imperial pint glasses on 2/18/09. Growler poured during the Rosso e Marrone release party 2/14/09. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up! Special thanks to Tom Morris for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal-clear, burnt-orange color with three fingers of creamy, eggshell colored foam. Not a trace of sediment to be found.

S: Awesome citrus-y aromas of oranges, clementines, and grapefruit. Also noted were mango, fresh cut grass, toasty malt, and musk melon.

T: See above. Herbal hoppiness tussles with citrus, sweet melon, cut grass, and hints of caramel and toasted malt.

M: Spicy and peppery with a sweet and juicy kick. Hops get stuck all over our palates.

D: A fantastic DIPA that keeps the abv relatively restrained almost making it sessionable. It paired nicely with a Pepperoni and Mushroom red pizza from Piece.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2009 22:07:13 | More by GbVDave
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC. Pours hazy copper, moderate white head fades to film and ring and leaves lacing. SMELL is rich, floral hoppy bouquet with strong malty base supporting. Hint of citrus and long legs. TASTE is very complex and balanced. Big malty sweet base dancing with diverse hop influences. Smooth and yummy. Bit of bitterness lingering, but not much. FEEL is of restrained carbonation, moderately viscous texture, medium body and clean finish. DRINKS very well. Alot going on in this one encourages you to sip and enjoy, but the great flavors could induce another round. Very good. A nice surprise for me, being unfamiliar with this Westchester brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 04:17:52 | More by sprucetip
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler fresh from the brewery on Rosso e Marrone day from a new keg. I've had this numerous times in the past.

A- Captain's Reserve with a very aggressive pour gets 2 1/2 fingers of white frothy foam. Good retention as it goes down to 1 1/2 fings then down to just a skim of white stuff. O.K. lacing with thin white lines. Some fizzing can be heard from the glass as slow rising bubbles raise to the surface. This has an orange/gold/bronnze mixed color.

S- Not as hoppy in the nose as past times but this is still plenty good in scent with much more malts then before. More with a floral earthy aroma than a citrus attack but some pineapple and the like is there. Some orange with a twist of lemon and pine.

T- On first sips this is not as hop dominate than last time in late 08 but is still deserving of a DIPA title. I've noticed differences in certain batches and this one is slightly more malt forward. The malts in this one make this an even split where I would like more hops. The hops are more rustic and earthy than the citrus attack but some pinepple, orange and grapefruit are tasted. A bit of sweetness with slight caramel and apple.

M- A very smooth mouth on this batch of the captain's DIPA. The flavor's dont hang around as long in the past but a nice oily slickness comes from huge gulps. May be a tad light for a double in this batches case as I would see it as a regular IPA. Would of liked more hop bite.

D- A bit less bitter this time around makes this growler go down very quickly so I should take my time but I wont. This is a good example of an east coast DIPA without all the sweetness. The difference in this batch kept this from getting higher marks but i will update in the future as I have faith in the captain, he does good work.

If you are anywhere within Lawrence's area pay him a visit, you wont be dissapointed.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2009 01:43:31 | More by BARFLYB
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joshsbeerblog

Massachusetts

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

had not heard of these guys until i found this on tap at the house of brews in nyc. aroma smells entirely like a ripe peach. flavor is of very smooth, fruity hops. bitterness comes at end of taste, but is not puckering in the least (as many double ipa's are...) great balance, heavy mouthfeel. simply wow!

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 23:20:35 | More by joshsbeerblog
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Brewfan

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cooperrip for grabbing me a growler at the beginning of his whirlwind world beer tour.
Poured into my favorite all around glass, my FFF nonic.
First thing that strikes me is the absolute clarity of this beer. Very light colored orange/amber color. Persistant flow of carbonation rises from the depths of the pint glass. Thickish bone-white head with adequate retention. Decent amount of lace that petered out after 5-10 minutes.
Big fresh cut grass hoppy aroma. Maltyness takes place in the aroma of dried apricots. Pineapple and orang and lemon zest round out the nose. Smells like a bouquet of freshness. The smell reminds me of spring for some reason. Maybe it's the cabin fever I've been experiencing from this winter that's been colder and longer than usual.
The fruit doesn't stop at the nose. Citrus and tropical fruit is all over the place on the tongue. Once again, pineapple and apricot dominate. Very balanced between hops and malt. This, along with the fact that the beer has a nice, middle of the ground mouthfeel and the 8% doesn't really make itself felt (I'm only on the first of a few glasses mind you) makes this a very drinkable beer. Great job!!!

Serving type: growler

02-08-2009 22:45:07 | More by Brewfan
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

I had on cask at High Street Grill in Mount Holly. It was presented in a standard pint glass, pale yellow with medium white head. The smell was great, like walking through a pine forest. Very good flavor, it has lots of pine and grape fruit notes. A medium bodied beer with a very full mouth feel. Every sip felt a bit sticky and seemed to have pine resin on it. A great sipping beer.

Serving type: cask

01-31-2009 22:26:42 | More by bonkers
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Golden topaz amulet that is constant and steadfast even when held directly to the light. There are no flashes or highlights - this one tone is consistent and unwavering. The clarity is perfect and the complexion is almost antiseptically clean. The large seal of peach wax slowly dwindled into a honeycomb of lacing that molded the glace with white plaster. They don't come any better looking than this.

The aroma shows no signs of malt - only hops, and lots of them! It is absolutely rampant with citrus zest and it's these generous allocations of fruit that are foremost: blood orange peels, lemon grate, coconut shavings and whole chunks of white grapefruit. A good sense of smell might also pick up on hints of vanilla, pine and oak. Be prepared to have a slice of coconut shoved in one nostril and a thick, juicy orange up the other.

Ambrosia, nectarous ambrosia! This beer is heavenly tasting, worthy of serving to the Gods themselves! This divine flavour is made up of pine serum, a teaspoon of honey, a shot of brandy, a bushel of orange peel, a squirt of passionfruit, and a chunk of white grapefruit all served over doughy, toffee laced wafers. There seems to be a lemon grove's worth of peel shavings stirred into a mango-peach smoothie.

The bitterness is mild but befittingly snippy for the style. You are scarcely able to taste much beyond the hops although you can sense a sweet, caramel base. The beer is surprisingly sessionable considering how satisfying it is. The 8% alcohol is strong enough to let on that you're drinking something special but never obnoxious enough to interfere with drinkability. That can become a problem.

Although hops were known to early civilizations and have grown abundant in nature since the dawn of civilization, it wasn't really until the 16th century that they became commonplace in mainstream brewing (until then beers were seasoned with spices, herbs, berries, woods, just about anything really). Nowadays we know what a wonderful additive hops are and this certainly uses enough of them to make up for all that lost time.

West Coast brewers eat your hearts out - New York's Captain Lawrence said 'anything you can do I can do better'. This is the true glorification of hops. The list of world's best DIPAs is a lengthy and competitive one but the Captain's Reserve can be found right at the top of it. It's craft like this that epitomizes the ingenuity of American craft brewers. Summed up: this is an orgiastic feast for the senses.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 19:33:54 | More by biegaman
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NolateM

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this growler right at their tiny little brewery.

Translucent orangey color, pretty decent head. Big hop and fruit aroma. Huge apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit flavors. Some nice grassy hops too. Not overly sweet and malty and 'barleywine-ish' like a lot of DIPAs these days. Just the right sweetness, and a generous hop bitterness, but not tongue-biting.

This reaffirmed my love of DIPAs... a style that I found myself growing bored of (so many of them taste all the same). I can only get it from the source though, or maybe a few choice restaurants in CT/NY.

$13.50 for a new growler, $10.50 for a refill

Serving type: growler

01-11-2009 23:13:13 | More by NolateM
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Lightish gold/orange color normally associated with DIPA style. Great lacing throughout the sample

S - Citruisy/orange hop aromas and a sweeter malt backing. A bit of piney hop aroma sneeks in

T - Again with the citruisy hops. However, the cedary/piney hop flavors are much more present in the taste. Both hop flavors meld perfectly with the maltiness

M - A touch creamy in the MF, and of significant enough weight to carry all the flavors

D - Very drinkable for the style. The overall punch of the brew is not as high as with other DIPAs, and this makes it very accessible.

Overall, this is a great take on the style and is not quite the hop bomb that other DIPAs turn out to be (which is not a bad thing sometimes). Definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 01:16:01 | More by Nickls
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

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

Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA pours up with ample carbonation that creates a sustainable whitish head that sits prominently atop the deep copper-light amber body. Good lacing with excellent head retention. The aroma is ripe with citrus (blood orange, pomelo, tangerine) and carries some earthiness reminiscent of freshly cut coniferous. Floral, pungent, and resiny with a moderate-full maltiness followed by some notable warmth & fruitiness. Nice! The hoppy flavor starts off a bit cloying with a solid maltiness that shows hints of orange blossom honey, caramel apples & toasted pine nuts. The sweetness never seems completely subdued by the hop character, but the marked bitterness lingers well into the warming finish. Quite complex, yet simplisticly straight forward. This beer is a showcase of the brewer's art, malt & love for the hop plant (Humulus lupulus). Here's to the Captain & his Reserve Imperial IPA!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Many thanks & mucho karma to sleazo for the wonderful growler via the CL LIF!

Serving type: growler

12-03-2008 06:32:06 | More by Beertracker
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mile Square in Hoboken...
dense, copper hue...
Pungent, aromatic nose...
Hints of fresh citrus, wet hops, and grapefruit...
All in all, an outstanding IPA... one of the best American samples I've had in a while...
too bad can't find this in bottle form
Recommended...

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 19:11:42 | More by dsa7783
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sent by Aerozeppl in November's Growlin at the Moon cycle.
Pours a crystal clear light gold with lots of chunky lacing. Just a bit of apparent carbonation.
Smell is wonderfully sweet and hoppy. Lots of pine and grass with sweet caramel malt as well.
Taste is hoppy up front yet very well balanced by the malts. Rich caramel notes with a slight metallic twang in the finish.
Feels very smooth with very little carbonation. Smooth and slick and damn easy to drink. And at 8% you can drink more than just a pint.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2008 00:39:26 | More by kirok1999
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

Growler thanks to jjpm74.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, caramel, toffee candy, oranges, and had a light woody/earthiness to it. Tastes of caramel, citrus, pine, 'leafy', and grapefruit. Decent balance. Smooth and creamy body. Another Captain Lawrence beers that I'm impressed with!

Serving type: growler

11-10-2008 01:19:33 | More by hopdog
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calise1122

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just got back from a couple hours at the brewery, had an absolute great time and I am now sitting with a fresh growler of the DIPA... so this review may come with the ole' rose tinted glasses! Poured into a proper pint with G&R "I Used to Love Her" playing in the background...

A: Pours a nice light golden amber with a strong initial head. It settles down to a thin white cap... not much lacing, but its there... a good looking beer.

S: The nose on this beer is special. An eloquent mixture of piney and fruit driven aromas. I get pineapple, but I also get pine and apple. Lots of peach and apricot. This is what I want when I crave a imperial IPA... great stuff

T: Obvious grapefruit and lots of pine... really a splendidly balanced beer. Very hop-centered as it enters the mouth... the hops acting as a blitzing linebacker... but once you get by that, there are some nice sweet, caramel notes lingering on. In fact, it's a lot like the iTunes shuffle I got going in the background.. started with some G&R... loud, aggressive, in your face which was followed up with Wilco's Hotel Arizona... this beer is the fulcrum of that seesaw... really well balanced.

M: Medium and oily body... light on the carbonation... perfect level of bitterness as far as I am concerned.

D: Thank god I can get over to CL in 20 minutes. Not only is this drinkable, but so is everything else they have there. The "tasting" session from 12-6 on Saturday's is easily the best gig going in Westchester if not all of the tri-state. You can bet your ass on great conversation with great people, and of course, always great beer with big time samples and an endless supply. Every time I drop twenty bucks or so in the tip jar on the way out and still feel like I am cheating the system. Keep up the great work guys... we all appreciate it.

Oh yeah... this is very drinkable!

Serving type: growler

11-08-2008 22:21:34 | More by calise1122
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joepais

Maine

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

Thanks to gregc for this one. Growler poured into a large pint glass produced a fingers worth of white head that turned into a nice lace. The ale was a clear and a awesome looking amber in color.

Aromas of pine and citrus but it is so well balanced with the sweet malts it is hard to call this a hop bomb

Balance is all I can say of this brew it is the epitome of it. Not to sweet not to tart it is hard to tell were one starts and the other ends. There is a great bitter hop presence as well as nice sweet caramel malt in the flavors. Light and medium are words I would use to describe the way it feels in my mouth with a dry finish.

Great drinkability I almost feel cheep using that word for this brew. Great DIPA If I saw this on tap I would go for it for sure

Serving type: growler

11-05-2008 01:43:33 | More by joepais
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass at The Jolly Trolly, Westfield NJ

First off, i was shocked to see this beer on tap right around the block from my job. The beer poured a glowing and hazy dirty orange color with a strong head that stuck around the entire glass. Mild nose of very fresh hops and peppery esters. Big smack in the face hops with a huge citrusy grapefruit character upon tasting. There is balance however, its bright hop flavor is countered by a strong semi-sweet malt presence . Medium bodied very clean and very well executed, if this beer truly is 8% the alcohol is very well hidden. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2008 14:08:50 | More by ATPete
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to gpcollen1 for this one! My first growler by mail!

A- Body is a crystal clear deep amber that pours with a large, slightly off-white foamy head. Head slowly subsides to one finger and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S-Nose is nice, bright, and hoppy. Citrus (grapefruit) dominates the nose with a sweet malty backbone.

T-Juicy grapefruity hops flavor upfront with a sweet malt backbone, a hint of pine comes through for the finish as the malt fades and the citrus flavors intensify and a slight bitterness emerges. The bitterness disappears quickly along with everything else making one want the experience all over again.

M- Very low carbonation (only flaw...may be because of growler) and body filled with smooth oily hops. Very nice.

D- This is a VERY nice DIPA. Underrated, IMO. Its ranking as one of my favorites. The 8.00% is pretty much unnoticeable and I'm sure will sneak up on me fast as I try to write a paper. My first Captain Lawrence brew and I am looking forward to trying the other two I have in my possession now.

Serving type: growler

10-28-2008 23:48:51 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler donation via FooFaa...thanks a bunch!

A-Clear, bright copper with a thin white head that reduced to a thin ring that left sparse lace.

S-Sweet caramel malt intersects equally with citrus and pine hops. Impossible to pick which aroma wins out. Upon warming a interesting aroma of apples/fermenting pineapple comes forth.

T-Initially fruity with citrus notes and then pine bitterness coming to the fore front. Sweet caramel comes through after the bitter hop wave and smooth everything out.

M-Medium body with a sharp lingering bitterness. Somewhat syrupy but not cloying.

D-A well balanced DIPA. Quite sweet but it is well balanced by a healthy dose of citrus/pine hops. Would like to try this one again fresh to see if it's storage has degraded it at all.

Serving type: growler

10-21-2008 16:47:57 | More by Deuane
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chrisny4205

New York

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

Stop by the brewery for the first time last weekend. Very nice brewery. I love small and cozy breweries.

Darker golden color. Still a bright gold color. Head held its ground at about tow fingers. White head.

Great aromatic hops. Earthy and spicy smell. Very inviting to go in and taste.

Taste was amazing. This was a big hop beer but did not over kill you. Very well balanced. There was plenty of bittering hop flavors but nothing over powering. Great beer.

For a big beer it did not sit heavy in the mouth. There was not that lingering film from the sweetness of the malt sitting on your tongue.

Easy to drink. First double IPA that I could have a few with. Also it was listed as 10.0% not 8%. Double bonus points there cause I barely tasted any alcohol.

Great beer great brewery

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2008 17:21:02 | More by chrisny4205
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doho95fu

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love strong beers. I love hops. This beer was set up just right for me and delivered.

I stopped by the Captain Lawrence brewery on a snowy Friday and sat for a bit longer than usual as I enjoyed a real solid imperial IPA.

The color is typical and the smell is citrusy, but the taste is what stands out the most. Strong dry hoppy flavor, but not so much that it overwhelms all other flavors present. I still thought I picked up citrus in the taste department. Slight, but pleasant alcohol burn with a surprising malt aftertaste.

Highly drinkable for its class.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 02:08:26 | More by doho95fu
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AltBock

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this Captain Lawrence beer on tap at High Street Grill around 9/2/2008. They served it to me in a Stoudt's pint glass.

This Captain poured a beautiful bright yet cloudy golden orange hue. Sitting on top of this cloudy beer was a great 3/4 to 1 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a silky white film and a ton of white streaks of lace around the glass. Top notch appearance!

The aroma was bursting with bitter citrus hops, huge amount of tart grapefruit, more citrus fruits, a hint of pine needles, and then this strong hoppy aroma ends with a subtle touch of toasted malts. The hops completely ruled over the aroma as well as the taste too.

The taste was very hoppy with bitter citrus hops, but these citrus hops were well balanced with the citrus fruits. Behind these citrus flavors was a touch of pine, a hint of grapefruit, and a small taste of toasted caramel malts. It was a great hoppy taste without an aggressive amount of hops.

The mouthfeel was slightly dry with a hoppy aftertaste of citrus hops, citrus fruits, grapefruit, and a touch of toasted malts. This strong hoppy aftertaste will linger on for a long time in the back of your mouth.

I liked how the citrus hops and the citrus fruits in the taste combined their citrus powers instead of one flavor after another. Well balanced hoppy beer without an aggressive amout of bitter hops in it. It's another try from Captain Lawrence, but be careful with this one because it will sneak up on you after about 2 of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2008 17:11:49 | More by AltBock
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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