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 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 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 NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of JonAdams
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip glass, poured clear and honey golden colour, fair bit of carbonation with a generous white fluffy head, immediate whiffs of hops. Shows good retention and lacing. Bottles (11/15/2013) so about 3 months old.

S - lots of strong citrus notes, ruby grapefruit, lemon and orange, floral tones, slightly sweet with all the springtime aromas but has some bready malt also to back it up and its quite enticing.

T - fruity. Lots of grapefruit! orange marmalade, strawberries, concentrated fruit though, like a jam or jelly. Has some citrus rind, pleasant bitterness, bready malts with just a slightest hint of caramel. Subtle sweet toastiness. Finish is fruity and floral, not very dry until the very end where there is a bit of hoppy bitterness. All round pretty good, but a little too reliant on the grapefruit and florals for me.

M - pleasant, moderate body, sessionable, lots of creamy scrubbing carbonation, easily quenching with a coating citrus hoppiness. Body doesn't have a bit alcohol heat, but is a more hefty beer that holds its own with a good balance. It comes across thin initially when it is just the lighter fruity/floral hops and the real 'meat' of the beer takes time to develop on the palate.

A good IPA that is worth a try. See the caveat in the mouthfeel section, there are some improvements to be made that would make this a more rounded and complex IPA, it struck me as overly reliant on Cascade but the overall flavour and feel of the beer and quite solid.

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Photo of dank203
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours golden, lager color. watery looking, filtered. aroma is pleasant, getting a hint of floral perfume undernearth and a dank citrus note dominating. it reminds me of the nugget nectar aroma, flavor has a spice note, and finishes sweet and creamy. its smooth and light, drinkable

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Photo of danreitz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm proud to enjoy Captain Lawrence. So far every brew is good.
BTW - IPA is not really that masculine a beer, it's got a lot of candy, fruit, in it.

A: Pours amber yellow body with steady carbonation and a persisting film of head and lace.
S: There are AMPLE aromas of citrus hops, pine resin hops, candy, sweetness, spring grasses.
T: The taste follows the smell and with MORE citrusy and pine resin flavors along with a long, tingly, happy finish.
M: Feel is medium-bodied and and plenty crisp with a moderate carbonation.
O: This beer offers extremely hoppy and candied aromas and flavors. It's as good as any sweet ipa .

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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 mverity
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, Bottled 9/13/13
Riedel tulip

A: Very clean clear light orange color. Thin layer of bright white. Leaves some lacing bits. Good carbonation rising from bottom.

S: Aroma is different than I was expecting for IPA. Muted floral hops. Almost grape like. I was expecting more pine and tropical west coast fruits.

T: Not aggressive at all up front. I was expecting WC IPA, not at all. More like east coast pale ale. Some floral and bitter notes. Malt bill. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

M: Lighter side medium.

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Photo of dougfur
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt-straw color, clear and decent head. Smell is malt and yeast, almost no hop character. Taste is about the same, though there is just a hint of bittering hops. Overall, this is a very mediocre beer and I would not pay money for it again. This is beer brewed for folks who don't really care...

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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 BethanyB
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fair clarity, with a sparkly, soapy, white head that breaks into pieces, but stays put in the glass. The color is a orange-tinted medium gold.

Smell: A mild aroma of classic American hops, with citrus, pine resin, and a bit of mint. Pale, yeasty malt can be detected in the background.

Taste: Very mild bitterness for an IPA, although the hop flavor is extremely prominent. Orange slices, herbs, and sweet tea leaves are present. A bit of pale malt adds some balance, but the lack of bitterness definitely detracts.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, with mild carbonation. A bit more carbonation could give this beer more bite. And yet, a smooth quality adds to the enjoyability of the texture.

Overall: A very tasty, drinkable beer, but one that lacks the bitterness of a classic IPA. For me, it was more reminiscent of a very good pale ale.

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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 lovindahops
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting the chance to have a captain Lawrence ipa

A- a golden body that's translucent and clear. Some sticky lacing on the edges are existent on the edges

S- a chuck of mango, hop resin, and strong pine scents partner with a caramel malt backbone . Very balanced scent that reminds me of a two hearted in that sense. Very pungent and crisp simultaneously, this screams balance

T- prickly piney flavor advances before some smooth tropical flavors. A strong malty presence with some spices mingle around the bitter finish. Dry hop flavor is a clear focus on this taste profile. Well put together

M- prickly flavors with carbonation spot on

O- vacarro does it again. A clean hoppy ipa that is completely balanced. As the new trend is all hop, no malt IPA's... Vacarro made a balanced brew. I will always revisit this.

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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 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 BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slight hazy gold with heavy bubbles on the body. White head rose to just below a finger's length.

Smell: Sour hop smell, with strong floral notes. Honestly it's light and wish it was a little more sticking, definitely a lot tweaking to be done.

Taste: A little different than most IPAs I have have considering the strong lemon skin, still bitter and definitely feels almost like a summer IPA. Hops are f'n strong, so is the floral feel...not bad.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, dry finish but the flavors stick to you just right. Light citrus in the end.

Overall: Not a bad IPA at all, well above average...different in the sense of the lemon feel it has. Hops might overwhelm some but seriously hit the spot. Grab a glass and enjoy...Salud!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of glowing sunset orange. It holds a creamy two finger head of tight egg white colored bubbles. Ridges and spots of lacing are left around the glass as it dissipates at a slower pace. A chill haze cuts clarity, and tiny flecks of sediment are found to be suspended from bottom to top. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma is curious, with a strong aloe vera greenness coming from the start. This is met by heavily bittered grassy, soapy, and resiny hops, brassy metallics, hard mineral water, spicy vegetal pepper flesh, sweaty saltiness, light honeys, rhubarb rootiness, crisp pale malts, coconut oiliness, faint oaky woodiness, and a distant red grapefruit sweetness that comes out a bit more with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring carries that same intriguing plant-like freshness as in the nose, but we’re not quite sure if it works completely with the base. As we sip, the taste opens up with aloe vera, suntan lotion chemical creaminess, big soapy hop bitters, soured lemon citrus, spicy pale malts, light wheaty toast, chalky oat, and fusel booziness. The middle comes to a peak with sweeter honeysuckle, peppery booze, toasty pale malt bite, mineral, musk and dust, lighter floral hoppiness, and plastic foaminess. The end comes with a quelling of the bitterness and greenness, with white sugar sweetness, more pervasive pale and lightly oaty maltiness, sweaty salts, softer plastics, black pepper, fumy booze, moscato wine cloy, oily hop resins, nectary florals, and orange and lemon citric flesh. The aftertaste breathes of chalky pale malts, metallic yeast, fishy oils, more of that aloe vera greenness, herbal, soapy, and citric hops, fusel alcohols, vegetal grassiness, and earthy barnyard pseduofunk. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives soft slurp, cream, smack, and froth, with clean finishing pop, and light foam to the lip. The mouth is lightly coated and cooled, feeling initially syrupy, and then more astringently dried and partially puckered. The abv is getting up there for a “single” IPA, and the beer drinks better as it warms.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its curious vegetals through both the aroma and the flavoring, and the interplay between those components and the frank hoppiness. These “odd” flavors smelled and tasted much like aloe vera, with a fine chemically component juxtaposed over bittered, resiny, and earthy tones. This was also the brew’s downfall, as they don’t quite meld with the final blend of the malts and the hops, but rather just stand out as additional bite. The feel is soft and creamy, and helps ease the drinker through it all. While the flavoring did significantly improve with warmth, this might be hard to tackle more than one of at a time. For those familiar with the brewery this is not just a smaller version of the Captain’s Reserve, as the flavor profile is vastly different. We realize it isn’t advertised as such, but regardless, if that’s what you’re seeking, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Treebs
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to cosmicevan for the brew. 12 oz bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick cap that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Pretty grassy with some light piney notes. There's a floral sweetness about it with a nice sweet bread malt backbone.

T: Grassy upfront with some mild grapefruit. Light piney bitterness with some light flowery notes. There's an odd paper-like flavor in the background like a mix of booze and oxidation. The malt flavor is rather stale as well. I know cosmicevan wouldn't send me an old bottle so I wonder if there was some issues with the cap.

M: Medium light carbonation with a light body. Bland finish.

O: Not sure if I had a bad bottle or not, but the booze and paper like qualities really showed through on this one.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade recently. 1223NO16130059 is printed on the side. Tough to decipher that, but if I had to guess, best before Nov. 16, 2013?

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a great head that rises up and compacts to form a sea foam-like texture that rounds over the rim of the glass much like a scoop of ice cream. The body is a hazy golden amber, which shows consistent bubbles through the life of the beer. A fantastic first impression, yet the head doesn't last very long.

True to style, this IPA carries a hop-heavy aroma that jumps out of the glass with pungent whiffs of pine and lemongrass, underscored by a light toasted/baked bread malt character. The hop profile is unique, or at least, less common than your typical West Coast IPA. No hops are specified by the brewer (at least not yet...the beer isn't even listed on their website), but it doesn't carry the stereotypical citrus fruit aroma and sweet flavor. This IPA is a bit more herbal and dry, with a lemongrass character that is carried into the finish. A medium-bodied IPA, with bight carbonation throughout and a dry finish, gives this beer a significant amount of "drinkability" that is perfect for these coming summer months.

While I am not sure of the alcohol on this, it doesn't come off as more than 6% by volume. I would think that this beer won't be as highly acclaimed as Heady Topper and the likes because it doesn't have that flavor of the month, tropical juice aroma and flavor, but I think it succeeds as an American IPA just as much as any of the highly sought after IPA's out there. Fantastic take on the American style.

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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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IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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