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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

1,015 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 175
Gots: 97 | 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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mikey711

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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

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

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

09-01-2009 20:31:43 | More by mikey711
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

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

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

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

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

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

09-01-2009 04:23:56 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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

Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +12%

12oz pour into a pint-style glass.

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

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

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

M: Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation.

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

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

Cheers!

08-26-2009 23:54:58 | More by woosterbill
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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

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

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

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

I really enjoy this beer.

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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

08-25-2009 06:52:55 | More by americanbeerbuzz
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Big thanks to grub for sharing this growler.

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

08-13-2009 17:30:04 | More by Viggo
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%

Growler shared by the very generous grub. Thanks man!

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

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

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

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and coarse.

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

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

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

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

S: Nectarine & tangerine... great nose.

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

M: Moderate body is very smooth.

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

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

08-09-2009 00:19:29 | More by Derek
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

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

08-06-2009 08:14:09 | More by soulgrowl
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

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

07-24-2009 22:58:08 | More by ThirstyBird
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thespaceman

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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

07-15-2009 03:47:20 | More by thespaceman
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originalsin

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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

06-26-2009 22:27:15 | More by Amalak
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smithflipper

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

on tap at rattle n hum nyc.

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

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

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

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

06-26-2009 04:59:52 | More by smithflipper
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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

Aroma was very fruity and fresh.

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

Bright, fresh mouth feel. Very light carbonation.

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

05-29-2009 12:47:22 | More by Reagan1984
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Lexluthor33

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

The color was of a golden,hazy look with a generous head and great lace action.
The aroma of floral hops,malts and piney notes. Fruits/grapefruit.

The taste started off sweet then bitter with malts and hops balancing out very well. It was full of citrus/tropical fruit notes and and everything seemed subtle yet so well balanced.
A creamy feel with medium carbonation and medium body feel. It was bitter,but again the balance was key here.

Notes: A well balanced IPA monster. So good and so dangerous. A top notch double IPA.

05-21-2009 01:34:41 | More by Lexluthor33
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

This superb beer was shared by RustyDiamond out of a growler at the Brick Store. Poured amber with very good clarity, but with little head or lacing. Considering it was a shipped growler, I'm not worried. Quite light aromas. Perhaps grapefruit, honey, and calcium citrate. The taste, on the other hand, packs a punch. Very nice flavors that are tangy and piney with a lot of honeyed malt providing sweetness and structure. Super smooth in the mouth, this is one fine double IPA. Thanks for the chance to try this Rusty!

05-20-2009 21:05:45 | More by Georgiabeer
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gford217

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Growler shared by RustyDiamond at the Brick Store with the usual suspects.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small off-white head that left decent lacing.

I was really impressed with the aroma on this one. It started out good and became great as it warmed. The first aroma is of pine hops with some bready malts in the background. But as it warms, I really started to get more citrus, and it turned into a seriously good nose.

The taste is really more about the pine for me. There are hints of citrus, but it's the floral hops that steal the show and the finish just piles on the sticky hops after each sip. The bready malts supports the hops but does exactly balance things out (a good thing here).

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very sticky with the pine hops and leaves the palate coated after each sip.

This brew really surprised me and blew away my expectations. It's a great floral hop-forward DIPA that stacks up favorably against almost any DIPA I've had recently.

04-25-2009 02:33:35 | More by gford217
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Gorgeous clear orange/apple juice color with a solid 2 fingers of near-white head. Amazingly clear...very surprising. Aroma was somewhat subtle, but detected some pine and sharp cheese. Sweet and floral on the nose. Cornbready malt flavor balanced very nicely with the soft piney hop flavor. There was a hint of citrus, but the pine outshined it. Very fragrant hop bitterness and long lasting flavor. Just enough of that cornbread malt flavor to keep this together. Extremely drinkable...1/2 of the growler!

04-22-2009 14:09:16 | More by RustyDiamond
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glid02

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Had this courtesy of RustyDiamond - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops, in that order, with a robust caramel malt backbone holding things together.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strong caramel malts kick things off and are joined, but not overpowered, by pine and citrus hop flavors. This is a malt-heavy (some might say balanced) DIPA. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. This has a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could drink a few more.

Overall this is a well-balanced DIPA. Definitely worth a shot.

04-20-2009 21:41:57 | More by glid02
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Big thanks to Dave (Buckeyesox) for the chance to try this, poured from a screw-top growler. The beer is crystal clear with minimal (almost no) head. I did hear the "pffft" sound when the growler lid was unscrewed so I know there was carbonation, but the carbonation level is low (a little casky which is nice). I think the beer's aroma and taste remind me most of Masala Mama, an unassuming hop presence that is strong enough to provide tasty bitterness while not seeming over-the-top. A good malty backbone in this beer, combined with the citrus character from the hops to give a lingering sweetness after each sip. The mouthfeel is very nice, lightly carbonated as mentioned earlier, very good overall. It's possible the growler is aging and the beer would have been even better fresher, but right now it's drinking nice.

04-11-2009 22:50:01 | More by TurdFurgison
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gregc

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Tap at the brewery...

Nice clear golden color with a small foamy white head.

Aroma is great, a ton of citrusy hops, orange peel, pine needles, im even picking up some coconut.
The taste is very nice, caramel malt, a big dose of grapefruit, pine some coconut, a bit of vanilla and a small amount of alcohol.
I have had most of the high rated double IPA's and this is up there with the best of them. Mouthfeel is nice and think, creamy and bit resiny. Finishes a little dry. Ive been drinking this beer since it was first introduced at the brewery. Some of the earlier versions were a bit more resiny and not as dry, but still awesome none the less. Very drinkable, a wonderful double IPA.

04-02-2009 15:10:39 | More by gregc
Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.