IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Billolick on 01-27-2013

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Ratings: 441 | Reviews: 62
Photo of drtth
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice apricot amber color with a 1" frothy white head that slowly recedes to provide a covering for the lightly hazed liquid. As the head recedes to an irregular ring around the glass there are some patches and irregular legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates patches and legs of lacing that mostly cling to the side of the glass.

The aroma isn't particularly strong but is citric in character with some definitely floral tones and what is probably sweet malt in the background.

The flavors are both citric and floral but the emphasis seems to be orange/tangerine rather than grapefruit. Those disappear as the malt begins to show but without the malt becoming overly sweet.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium-bodied but the carbonate seems a bit weak. The finish starts with the appearance of the malt which fades away into dryness as a touch of bitterness emerges.

Seems quite drinkable but isn't really an IPA I'd go out of my way to find. While its easy to drink and pleasant enough its also a pretty standard IPA. Fine as something to have but not something which stands out as being in any way exceptional.

Photo of jac391
4.61/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank this directly after a Grapefruit Sculpin - thought I set this up to fail with that great beer my nearest memory. Wow was I wrong. This is a terrific ipa. Great price at Wegmans in PA compared to many of my other favorites- Fresh Squeezed, Sculpin, Union Jack, Racer, etc.

Photo of weltywm
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Amber with about 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Looks pretty perfect.

Smell: Citrusy hops and a hint of booze.

Taste: Just like the smell, I taste hops up front: nice and bitter, with hints of lemon and orange. As it warms, the malt is a little more pronounced, and I began to notice the grassy taste of the hops, in addition to the citrus. Some sweet biscuit rounds everything out. The alcohol is pretty hidden, though I can feel it starting to warm my stomach as I type this.

Feel: Really fluffy and highly carbonated. Very smooth with a nice bitter finish.

Overall: A very balanced IPA. Won't destroy your tongue with its IBUs, but it's still a very tasty brew. A great standard version of the style, and definitely sessionable as well.

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light yellow. No bitterness. Fruity. Refreshing.

Photo of Flounder57
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Light citrus and herbal hops followed by toasted, bready, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Simple and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Was expecting more from these guys considering I like some of their other brews. More of a pale ale than IPA too.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POUR: From a 12 oz bottle. Deep gold color, some slight floating sediment, but very fine particles. Soapy white head forms and stays. Looks like a typical IPA, though the sediment hurts the rating slightly. Good lacing though.

SMELL: Leafy hops are big in the nose, with floral and bitter aroma. A touch of grapefruit pith and light sweetness are underneath flowery hop.

TASTE/FEEL: Bitter upfront, and pretty much stays there. Citrus pulp tries to poke through a bit. Malt has a honey flavor and acts as a perfect vessel for the bitter assault. As it warms a slight nutty note from the caramelized malt. Unfiltered raw hoppiness grinds away to a drier feel on this medium bodied pale. Abrasive at first with citrus and tangerine coming through nicely.

OVERALL: A drinkable IPA for sure, and one I would turn to often. This is East Coast IPA all day. It is a fine, gritty specimen of a style quickly falling behind the times.

Photo of Genuine
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel Tulip - It poured a very nice copper body with a very slight off whit tan head that stayed around for alittle before falling and leaving some beautiful lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - I immediately noticed the aroma of the beer right after pouring - Very nice pine, earthy, citrus notes come across.

Taste - This is such an underrated beer and it deserves much more attention than what it's getting. Solid hop profile that brings together a nice bitterness to balance the malts. I'm getting citrus, pine and maybe some chinook in there. The finish is excellent with a clean bitterness that isn't over powering. It's such a wonderful array of flavors that I'm having a hard time nailing down one aspect.

Feel - Medium bodied and carbonation is spot on for the style. Helps with the aroma and the hop bitterness

Overall - This is one hell of a solid IPA that deserves a bit more of the lime light. This is one of the much better offerings and definitely deserves a tip back of the glass from more people. This is going to be part of my regular rotation.

Photo of hoagzzz
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really like this brew. It was just A tad weak at the finish or I would have rated higher. Overall damn good and def under rated.

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as part of a 6 pack at Whole Foods in the Bowery (NYC). Expectations are average; this is my first Captain Lawrence beer. Served cold into a kitchen glass.

BOTTLE: Bottled 10/28/2014. Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Generally appealing label art. 12 fl oz.

Reviewed live as an IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Decent frothiness. Above average creaminess. Could be softer, fuller, and thicker. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy nontransparent translucent copper with yellow hues. No yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Decent looking for an IPA, with no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Has a weak uninteresting hop profile - generic citrus, floral hop notes, pale malts, stale orange juice. Has a predictable pale malt base. Balance is decent but a bit uneven. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

A decent aroma of average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Floral and fruity, with prominent tangerine, a bit of grapefruit, and a kiss of pine over a simple pale malt base. Takes on some mango as it comes to temperature. That's pretty much all there is to it. Has a middling balance and not much going on. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Don't expect much intricacy or nuance here, but the fruit has fair subtlety to it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, crisp, medium-bodied, and unrefreshing. Moderate thickness. It's decently executed, but fails to elevate the beer. It doesn't specifically accentuate any constituent notes, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste either. Meh.

OVERALL: A drinkable forgettable IPA. Fair quality for a grocery store beer, but there're far better brews available in New York City. If I lived in the city, I might purchase this again, and I'll enjoy polishing off the six pack, but this doesn't make me eager to try more Captain Lawrence offerings. Likable for what it is.

Low C+

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Second impressions from another bottle: Drinkable but wanting.

C+

Photo of FredZ
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA. The hop profile is perfect, and is a must buy if you live in NY. This should be your "go-to" IPA.

A- Gold and orange mixed together, healthy amount of head and superior lacing. Poured into a tulip.

S- Citrus, citrus, citrus....lemon, grapefruit, orange, and all the flavors I love. Not too piney. It's a poor man's Heady imo.

M- Not too carbonated, easy to drink. The abv is forgiving, making the alcohol hide in the background.

T- Like I said, this has Vermont written all over it. It is a solid choice, it feels like a Vermont based IPA. Those of us on the East Coast....take note.

O- This beer deserves to be on your short list of "go-to" 12 packs when you just want a hoppy beer to drink. Can't say enough good things about this IPA.

Photo of Budinetz
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Amsterdam Hotel in manhattan. Hopped with mosaic and calypso...all I can say is...wooooooooow!!!!

Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Pale gold with 2 fingers of creamy, white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Pine, grapefruit, florals, and caramel. Light aroma.

Taste
Yellow grapefruit, pine, and honeydew. Caramel and honey malts. Finishes with florals and pine.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and oily with a medium bitterness.

Overall
Goes down smooth but it's not overly impressive. Very standard IPA.

Photo of Cubro
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Modest nose. Nice creamy malty body. Moderately bitter.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very good ipa overall, dynamically hopped with some citrusy varietals and bringing along just enough bitterness. glowing orange this one, with a short white head thats pretty thick. the nose is brimming with juicy hops, orange zest and cit grass, super green and fresh, which translates into a refreshing experience. the malt is fuller bodied but minimal in flavor, not sweet or aggressive enough to interfere with the beautiful hop profile in the beer. it gets even brighter in the finish, where the hops are more than citrus, almost tropical for a moment, before a rather clean finish for the style. the abv is a little high for a basic ipa, but it forces me to slow down and enjoy every sip. captain lawrence is obviously making some of the best beers in the east right not, and it was a treat to have a fresh pint of this during my travels back east. i wish we got this stuff out here, and this one gives me a greater appreciation for the captains reserve double ipa.

Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly sweet pale malt with an herbal hop.

The taste offered a balanced pale malt and herbal spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent but non-eventful IPA.

Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely light orange/amber into my snifter. A prodigious light yellow/white head that leaves a light covering after a slow fade. Lot of lace and light carbonation visible through the mildly cloudy liquid. Nose has lots of bready light sweet malt, citrus and and orange grove. A touch of fusel alcohol sweetness. Light amounts of caramel too. Taste is bang on good. Malt front is quickly folded into a hop showcase that start with a touch of earth and blooms into a bright citrus cascade. Toasted grains give a nice counter to the plentiful hops. Some resiny oil in the clean but slightly long finish that mixes with a bit of light toast and caramel. Medium light crisp feel makes this a delightful thirst quencher with a mild tingly carbonation. A great summer slaker and glorious take on one the classic American styles. While on the strong side for seasoning it seems to fit the bill anyway and will be on my short list for grill day beers.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep gold ale, just short of clear; a few fingers of tan foam; moderate lacing down the glass

S: melding of grapefruit pith and pine resin, with some moments suggestive of wood and herbs and grasses

T: malt base presents nice fresh grains, subduing the hops from coming off too strong, and rounding off the beer's bitterness

M: medium-to-light body, some soft carbonation on the tongue, bittering effect starts off mellow but closes down dry and blunt

O: a nice IPA, with a fairly typical hop and malt profile, well-made if not earth-shattering; certainly worth the buy and try, but not likely to displace any of the bigger names out there

Photo of evanforbeer
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle date: 04/04/2014. pours a clean strawberry blonde silvery white head

nose: slightly subtle; pineapple/tropical fruits, pine, fresh, bready malt, herbal, touch o' honey

taste: pow! grapefruit zest, lime, tropical fruit, bready malt, finishes in a piney-herbal-citrusy haze with hop bitterness and a nice pineapple note

feel: vibrant, aggressive, bitter, medium-bodied, drinkable

My first try from Captain Lawrence, I don't know who he is but he makes a damn fine IPA... may be one of my favorite east coast IPA's. The nose is lovely but not too overwhelming. Take a sip and there's no doubt this is an assertive, proud IPA. Complex, flavorful, West-Coast hop profiling, real nice.

Photo of fank2788
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Slightly hazy, bright gold in color it starts out with a bit of frothy bubbles on the top that quickly settle to just the tiniest layer on top of the liquid and as is typical for a beer with some hops, there is quite a bit of lace. The smell is hoppy, a mixture of both floral and citrus and only a touch of malt in the background. The taste is really all hops too with a lot of citrus up front and then a good dose of pine and floral so its a nice mix. The bitterness is moderate and there is just enough malt to keep things balanced. The bitterness is quite tingly in the mouth, that is combined with a decent level of carbonation which make the beer feel quite active. Overall this is a highly drinkable IPA that could definitely become a new go to beer for me.

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A rather fresh IPA from a reputed brewer? Sign me up please.

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow with a finger thick head and medium retention. Some lacing but not much. Glows nicely in the light.

S: Lots of west coast hop aroma - the kinds I really enjoy. Citrus, pineapple, mild grassiness. There is a small bit of malt, but not enough to balance the hops.

T: Same as the smell, except that the taste lacks backbone. There are loads of nice hop flavors but because of a lack of malt balance, the taste felt incomplete. Bitterness is there but is slight and more of an afterthought.

M: Medium carbonation, crisp and dry. However, the mouthfeel is thin and, honestly, a bit wanting.

Overall, a decent west coast styled IPA. I don't think I would buy it again even though I'm really into the hop flavor profile. It just lacks a bit of the malt balance needed to make it something memorable. I much prefer some of the other IPA offerings like the flower power or union jack...

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, bright golden orange color with straw colored edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting roasting. Spots and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, juicy hop aroma with a nice balance of dank, earthy resins and crisp citrus/tropical fruit sweetness countered by a pale biscuit-y malt backbone. Hints of fresh cut grass, pine needle and crystallized kind bud followed by grapefruit, mango and blood orange sweetness. This citrus/tropical fruit presence really stands out providing perfect balance to the earthier notes. Subtle pale malt backbone some biscuit, bread and cracker.

Medium body with a blast of sticky hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and earthy with hints of spruce tip, chewy pine needle and resinous hop oils but the complexity of the hop profile prevents it's from becoming overwhelmingly bitter. The citrus/tropical isn't quite as strong as in the nose, but it is still pretty prominent with hints of juicy grapefruit, mango, curaçao and pineapple balancing out the bitterness. In addition, the pale malt backbone provides more complexity and balance with subtle notes of biscuit and graham cracker. There some faint boozy sweetness toward the finish but it doesn't hinder the hop flavor at all and this beer remains extremely drinkable at 7%. After a few unexpected let downs from Captain Lawrence recently, this beer was a very pleasant surprise.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Slightly cloudy with limited head, limited lacing left behind.

S- Not overly powerful but I've never been happy with my olafactory prowess.

T- Good citrus present with some puckering bitterness. (Not over the top bitterness but average amount)

M- Slightly light in the mouthfeel department but a little stickiness at the end of the sip.

O- I've always enjoyed Captain Lawrence's offerings, especially on tap. This bottled version is an easy drinking ale that you could enjoy straight through a barbecue.

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with a 2" head that lasted a long time. Nice lace develops.

Smell: orange and floral bitterness create a nice aroma.

Taste: caramel, orange, and mango, with a mixed floral and woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a touch of dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is a well balanced IPA that provides refreshment you expect in the style. This could be your staple IPA in the refridgerator.

Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really fresh, this baby is a little bit over 1 month old, so I got some high expectations. Thanks for the freshness date!! Can believe how rare this is in US.
Golden amber color with a thick two finger head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Delicious aroma of grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, caramel, resin and slightly toasted sweet malt.
Flavor of American spicy yeast, grapefruit and orange-lemon citrusy, passion fruit juice blended with its seeds, toasted malts, caramel, earth, soap, minerals and faint wood. Relatively low on pine.
Quite dry and bitter aftertaste, though its 65 IBUs behaves quite elegantly, still it made me sneeze.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is well hidden.
This was a positive surprise, a fine, easy to drink and balanced IPA. Initially it is not complex, but then start to reveal its flavors.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass. 3 weeks 'old'.

A- Dulled brass color with some red-orange hues. The pure white colored head rises just more than a finger. the head never quite goes away thanks to abundant tiny bubble carbonation. Just a bit of lacing. Not beautiful, but fresh looking.

S- Lots of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit to me. I get some green onion and dry cracker malts.

T- Citrus hops like red grapefruit. There's more malt flavor here than in the aroma.

M- Despite the bubbles, the carbonation is lacking. Not much hop bite, more of a long dry hop finish after a short tang.

O- This is a unique IPA, clearly different. I like the name "IPA".

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IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.