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IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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very good

328 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 328
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 01-27-2013)
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Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

TheBrewo, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Soaphead
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Soaphead, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Brewman7284
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Brewman7284, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Ograd001
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Ograd001, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Chugs13, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Treebs
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Treebs, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

rab53, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +6.1%

mtbdonn, May 31, 2013
Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -20.4%

TheRuss9585, May 30, 2013
Photo of ManMoosePig
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ManMoosePig, May 30, 2013
Photo of eabarth
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

eabarth, May 28, 2013
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +6.1%

nh2032, May 27, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ajzy, May 21, 2013
Photo of tubeman
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tubeman, May 18, 2013
Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

PeteRiz, May 18, 2013
Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

banger7, May 17, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

MusicaleMike, May 14, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev +6.1%

DIPAFAN, May 12, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

VelvetExtract, May 12, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.39/5  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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 08, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

dar482, May 05, 2013
Photo of mrskunk
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mrskunk, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Cortezthekiller
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Cortezthekiller, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

MadScientist, Apr 27, 2013
IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.