IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 482
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.15%
Wants: 19
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
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.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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….

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear orange with a very thin head. Some light chill haze. Decent amounts of lacing too.

S-Sweet clementiney citrus hops. A bit spicy in its hoppiness too. Piney to a certain extent. Lighter graininess with a breaded malty core. I don't love the nose but it is fairly decent.

T-It has an add tangyness to it. Kinda medicinal and earthy. Bitter flower stems. The hop profile is unique but I don't think I am too enamored with it. It does grow on you, though. Sweetness is noticeable and it blends with the hoppiness to create a unified flavor.

M-Moderate bitterness with a medium body. Good carbonation. A bit sticky or chewy.

O/D-A bit disappointing. Their DIPA is a stud; while this isn't a dud, I know Captain Lawrence could do considerably better work.

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Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a very clear muted clear light brown. Looks a like apple juice. There isn’t much carbonation rising in the glass. There is a big foamy 1-2 head with lots of lacing.

The aroma has a lot of malt along with some hop freshness. It’s a very very muted aroma.

The beer creeps up on the palate with some grapefruit bitterness, and it finishes with a good simple dry finish. There’s a very good amount of maltiness to clean up this beer. There’s certainly some grassy and pine notes in there. Not big on the fresh citrus or fruit tones. It has a very calm restricted balance to it, despite the dry grapefruit peel finish. I certaintly get the crystal malt in there. Reminds me a bit of a 60 Minute.

It’s quite a good beer for those into a balanced malt backbone and a dry finish in their IPAs. Quite good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a capt lawrence tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a thin fizzy head that dissolved in a few minutes leaving a thin skin of head and some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

s - smells really nice. great hop with nice citric and soft fruity notes. not a hop bomb by any means, more of a tropical fruit. really nice. subtle.

t - taste follows the nose perfectly. great fruity hopping. i REALLY like this beer. it works perfect for me, great citric notes, tropical fruits...not much pine.

m - medium bodied. subtle bittering on the finish, but not really. extremely drinkable.

o - overall, this is a really nice IPA for what i like, but drink them NOW...if the hops fade you'll have a malt bomb as this is really subtle hopped. well done capt, i like this way more than the capt reserve.

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Photo of Gmann
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date evident. Single purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Nearly clear golden-light amber with short 1/2-1 finger off-white head with decent retention and decorative lacing down the glass.

S: Aroma is as much malty as hoppy which is odd for an American IPA, although Capt Lawrence's beers frequently straddle the English-American line with more heavy caramel malt use more in line with English ales and American hop bills. There is a decided caramel note morst prominent in the nose, with floral and pine along with some melon and pineapple flavors. No yeast esters.

T: The flavor is a bit less hefty on malt than the nose although the caramel note in the aroma is there, but it works well with the hops with are fairly resinous, piney, and floral with some grapefruit, lime, and orange character. No yeast esters and bitterness is medium.

M: Slick and dry with a nice crispness and medium body with average to above average carbonation level.

O: A pretty good IPA although I would rather than use less caramel malk and go with lower lovibond crystal or Munich or Vienna malt instead for some more malt complexity. A pretty nice beer though and enjoyable with its crisp finish.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into CL stemware. Bottle dated 11/13/2013.

A - Light orange, thin head and solid lacing.

S - Cotton candy, and a touch of fruit medley. Pineapple and orange mostly.

T - Slightly on the hop-forward wide, but relatively balanced compared to a lot of IPAs. Mostly pine and a touch a orange juice. Not much back bone.

M - Light bodied, dissipating mouthfeel.

O - A fine India Pale Ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date.
The smell of this beer was pretty light and not overpowering. I could pull out faint hints of citrusy hops but that's stretching it.
The appearance has an orange amber glow with a clarity that's hazy clear. The tall head maintains it's size for a long while before fading off and leaves a light lace around the glass.
This is quite an easy drinking beer. There is basically no bitterness in the taste and drinks smooth on the palate.
The taste itself is rather lean. The hops flavor is almost non existent and a sweet malt bill is only strong enough to balance the weak hops. I detect some low levels of diaceyl but is not an issue.
A rather bland and ordinary brew, probably better at the brewery pub.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Flounder57
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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