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IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 95 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Billolick on 01-27-2013

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Ratings: 438 | Reviews: 61
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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 MadScientist
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A light copper with slight orange hue and great clarity. A persistent, rocky off-white head producing a good a head stand when poured.

S: A heady, strong hops aroma with a lot of citrus and pineapple some tropical fruit character as well like mango. Three is a moderate herbacous smell from the dry hopping. There is a light malt sweetness with a touch of caramel malt and some biscuit. A light alcohol sweetness.

T: A very strong citrus hops flavor with a strong hops bitterness. The hops are again lots of citrus and pineapple with some tropical notes. The balance is fairly bitter but the malt brings some sweetness and a little caramel and provides a good support for the hops. The finish is off-dry. There is a a light bit of ale esters but fairly clean like a chico yeast.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-light creaminess and moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An outstanding hop bomb with excellent balance for those seeking a bitter beer. When I'm looking for an American this is exactly what I want but can so rarely find, a fresh, citrusy beer with a firm bitterness balanced with enough malt to support a ton of hops all will have a huge hop nose. This beer makes is going on my short list of great IPAs.

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 mverity
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof. Pale gold with some white head and a good collar. Faint aroma of lemon, a touch of malty sweetness too. Light malt and some clean/spicy hop presence. Medium body and carbonation. Enjoyable but nothing I'd give another shot; sad because some Captain Lawrence brews are among my favorite.

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Freshie growler filled at the mother ship yesterday.

Pours glowing lighter amber with an orange hue, lightly hazed, under a super fine bubble eggshell head, stays then going to a tiny bubble film , slim collar, nice dense sheeting and strands of lacing.

Nose is mostly resiny hops with some grapefruit in the rear.

Dense hop blast, with again resins, then again grapefruit and tropical fruit hints.

Well hopped, densely flavorful and highly enjoyable addition to the CL line. Kinda amazing that Scott and the crew have not put am IPA into the rotation over the past 6 years when the rest of the craft world has bee fixated on the style.

The talk around the brewery was that this batch was a bit over dry hopped, so look for the next try to be less resiny and more fruity/grapefruitcentric…real nice IPA which likely will only get better….

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH spiegelau IPA glass; clear golden orange with a fluffy white head that doesn't seem to fade at all, and leaves chunky lacing when it finally breaks.
Smells of pine, herbal, and slight bitter citrus rind, overtop of crackery malt.
Tastes of bitter grapefruit rind, pine, and bitterness, overtop of nutty, crackery malt.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and thin.
Overall, a nice IPA, well-balanced albeit a bit simple.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a frothy, foamy 2 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and layered with decent stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet citrus, grapefruit, and mango with just a hint of cane sugar and hop bitterness in the back. Not the most aromatic.

Opens sappy. Notes of citrus, ethanol, and corn adjunct. Some sap and pine resin hop bitterness towards the middle. End is more piney hop bitterness with a slightly sweet citrus aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Bubbly and biting in the mouth and goes down spritzy and quenching. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Solid.

A decent beer but all things considered, this is very middle-of-the-road. You can do better in this loaded beer style.

Photo of Gmann
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy toasted straw color with honey highlights. The head is short, off-white, and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is bready with notes of honey. The hop aroma is a tad light. I get some apricot, pineapple and a whiff of grass.

The beer has a solid pale malt base which provides a bready base and again a hint of honey. The hops are grassy, some light pine and perhaps a touch herbal. It is fairly clean though, nothing lingers too much.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes with a hoppy bitterness, has good balance. Drinks quite well.

Its an average IPA, the hop profile is just ok, not too flavorful.

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 KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Light amber pour with quarter inch white foam. Sticky. Strong pine nose, light malty undercurrent. Taste is a malty chewy bready blend with a mild hop background. Grass and pine notes. Bitter builds. Tingles. Really lingers. Smooth and blended. Solid IPA.

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No sign of freshness info on this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Fresh pine, orange zest and cut grass with a prominent caramel malt sweetness.

T - A good bitterness up front with grassy, herbal ad musky flavours and just a touch of citrus. A good caramel malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body with some hop oils present. Light carbonation.

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 metter98
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down, leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops and notes of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has citrusy and pine resin flavors along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice hoppy aromas and flavors and is very easy to drink.

Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Very very malty (no date) some grass and old decayed citrus hops.

T-Very malty. Some grass and citrus but slight. No bitterness. Just a bad IPA. No date whatsoever.

M-Lighter some carbonation.

O-Maybe this is a good beer, maybe it is bad. But there was no date on the bottle.

Photo of JonAdams
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a clean and crisp IPA, was served too cold and the room was cold, so was hard to pull the scent from it. However, it was drinkable but not brassy. The color was amber, like golden wheat. There was a nice bitterness but not like I'd find in a Stone or even a Goose Island. however, I'd have it again.

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 DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a great start to a great beer. Clear bright amber brown with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Excellent lacing.
S - Smell is bright floral and piney hops, soft but fluent enough. Gram cracker and sugary malts as well.
T - Much better than the DIPA. Well hidden ABV with citrus hops, sugary malts, and some toffee malt goodness.
M - Light to medium body, seems to be around 7% since it drinks a bit malt forward but hops are bright.

Overall I love a well crafted IPA and this one is great. Very affordable too since it was a $1.89 for the single.

Photo of danreitz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweeter, cloudier, and much less hoppy than most IPAs. I noticed a reviewer commented on its clear appearance but my bottle poured a translucent copper color. I wonder if the other reviewer had the Pale Ale instead. This beer is thick-feeling but extremely drinkable. Bought one bottle as part of a mixed purchase and I'm wishing I had a second.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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