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IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | 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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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a very long time since I've had something from CL. I do have two different sours aging from them though. Anyways. Interesting citric character on this one. And the floral tones too. Something about it seems...a bit wild, I think I have to say. It's nice and it works, but something about it seems a bit uniquely boisterous. Anyways. I can dig it.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 02/28/13 notes. Picked this up the day before at City Swiggers for $2.39 a bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice lacing and retention on the glass, looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, toasted malts, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and lemon. Nice nose with a good amount of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, floral hops, earthy notes, grapefruit, bready malts. More malts and fruit here than the nose and less hops, but still quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness and easy to drink considering it is 7% ABV.

o - Overall a really nice IPA; haven't had their Imperial IPA in a while so need to try that again, but I like this more from what I remember. Hops are there, especially in the nose, and a lot of fruit. Easy to drink; would definitely pick a 6er of this up again sometime.

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
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+

***
Second impressions from another bottle: Drinkable but wanting.

C+

Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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 corby112
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rob S, thanks for the opportunity. Bottled 07/18/2013
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Huge lemony grapefruit hop aroma with hints of pine and resin. Light bready and caramel maltiness. The flavor is odd. Earthy almost bitter citrus flavor with bits of caramel and sweet bread. Light astringency, light sulfur. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly resinous mouthfeel. Decent beer but the odd sulfurous component kept this from being great.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.