Captain's Copper - Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn

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Captain's CopperCaptain's Copper

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-15-2003

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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by PurpleCloud:
Photo of PurpleCloud
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Copper orange with a quickly disappearing, thin head.

S: Heavy cream and vanilla nose with nearly no hint of hops.

T: Vanilla at first then a slight hops flavor. It could be a bit stronger as the taste is fairly light. Regardless, the taste is pleasant!

M: Heavy on carbonation, but not bad. What you'd expect from a brown ale.

D: Fairly light. You can drink a bunch of these.

Overall: I expected a stronger taste since the nose is pretty heavy. But the taste is a bit lacking. It's good, but needs to be more bold and have more of a hops flavor. It's kind of forgettable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.43/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. No date or info.

A - A vigorous pour brought out the Captain's true beautiy; a fat cream head with great retention and absolutely superb lace that covered the entire glass like foamy suds from the tides of the sea. The beer also featured a beautifully clear copper color with mild carbonation action.

S - Like the Bayside Blonde before it, Captain's copper has a nose full of buttery diacetyl. This one is almost stronger and reminiscent of my movie theatre days making super-buttery popcorn (my batches were to die for!). Behind that, the beer hints at toasted caramel malts covered in a layer of dust which is not so pleasing.

T - The flavor follows the aroma to a deep, dark cove the captain should sail out of. Lots of butter corrupts the faint toasted caramel malts and light, earthy hops that faintly appear towards the back.

M - Slick and smooth once again, Captain's Copper has a light carbonation bite to the finish. A tickle of bitterness accompanies the dryness on the swallow.

D - How a beer can look stunning, possibly the best amber I've ever seen, and still be this bad is astounding. I wish it wasn't off like it is but such is the way of finicky beer. Following in the blonde's footsteps, the Captain isn't offensive but doesn't deserve my time.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Door County by my roommate Kate - thaaaanks.

Pour: light tangerine-amber...well, copper I guess, under an inch of khaki foam that fades to a skim.

Nose: roasted/biscuit malt, vanilla bean, copper filings, and sour fruit.

Taste: caramel malt up front followed by a metallic twinge and a generic "fruitiness". Husky grain and a mild hop bite in the finish.

Feel: a little thin and watery, not much to it, carbonation on the low side as well, possibly due to the growler fill?

Drinkability/Overall: Don't know if I'd call this an English Brown, but it goes down plenty easy. True to its name as a copper ale, it was inoffensive but unremarkable.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yeah....the Shipwrecked Captain's Copper....not so much. It pours a cloudy amber with thin to non-existent head that is leaving a small spot lace. The virtually no scent and the taste is very bland. The mouthfeel is lighter in body and weak carbonaiton. Overall not a beer that will win many awards.

Photo of KTCamm
2.24/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served as beer #3 as part of the six beer sampler at Shipwrecked restauarnt. Served in a plastic cup, which hurts the reviewability.

Medium amber color, nothing special. Virtually no nose - I tried to get some read off of this, but found it nonexistent.

Fairly hoppy taste, with a bitter close. I didn't find any part of this sample pleasant. Plain average in the mouthfeel.

Not terribly drinkable, I'd go elsewhere here.

Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, deep copper color with a nice frothy white head. Head falls to a very minimal one. Thin lacing coats the glass.

Has a sweet malt and grain aroma. Touch of honey maybe?

Taste is a bit tangy up front followed by mellow hops creating a lingering bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium and a bit biting.

Average brew. Nothing special here but another nice, solid WI craft brew.

Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a lasting head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of subtle floral/pine notes with some butterscotch.

The taste is of soft caramel, a hint of butterscotch some pine and something almost like plastic (for lack of a better word) in the finish.

Despite something slightly off with it that gives it the plastic-like notes, it's still easy to drink. It does have an "English" pale ale character.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

captain's copper, shipwrecked (door county)

a 3 clear, ummm, copper. yay, got that part right. hard pour fails to raise more than 1/8 inch of head. a little lace is deposited before the last of the bubbles dies a watery death.

s 3 first thing i thought when i sniffed this was "diacetyl" (however it happens to be spelled). caramel overlaid by a fruit loopyness overlaid by heavily buttered popcorn and werthers candies.

t 3-3.5 the butter is in the house, but fortunately it only coats the roof with a thin sheet. lightly sweet caramel flavors are overtaken by a noble hop bite in the finish.

m 2-2.5 pretty flat, kinda watery, but better than the blonde i tried to drink a few weeks ago. whoa that sounded bad.

d 3-3.5 doesn't quite excite, but better than the blonde specimen.

Photo of sweemzander
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the continued bounty from Door County!

(A)- Pours a clear copper amber color that produced a good white frothy head with good retention. Some lace left behind.

(S)- A nice aroma of caramel and a dry nutty component.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A mellow caramel sweetness. Finishes with a dry nutty walnut aspect.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mildly sweet, with a big dryness. Very mild hop bitterness.

(D)- A good drinking beer for the fall season. Straightfoward, but does this really fit the style: drinks more like an amber than a brown ale in my opinion.

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Breakin' into the captain's private stash... This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a relatively short-lived finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild orange zest, toffee, very light pine needle, and plenty of biscuit. The taste holds notes of rind-y orange zest, light biscuit, and a touch of mild vinyl. That last bit really hurts this beer. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay EIPA, but one that suffers from that bit of vinyl. Otherwise, it ain't too bad.

Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice 1.5 finger white head, with great retention and fantastic lace. The body is a light red/copper (think Sierra Nevada pale).

S- Definitely some nice fruity ester here and some definite hop presence. Notes of sweat bread, and some nuttiness.

T- Starts off with some caramel, nuttiness and some fruity hop esters. There is a note deep in there of crisp green grapes. The finish retains the floral notes with hints of maple nut.

M- Nice light carbonation, good full mouthfeel.

D- I'm not to sure what to think of this brew. The breweries website lists this as "an English, full-bodied, copper colored ale," To me, this is sort of a hybrid between an English brown (although it's copper) and an English bitter. Honestly, it could even pass off as a scottish ale. Either way, the brew it tasty and not something I come across a lot. It's pretty drinkable, as well.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Clear copper (weird) hue. Small head forms after a rather aggressive pour. No lace.

S: Buttered bread is the main aroma coming out of the glass. Hint of dark fruit and a touch of grassiness.

T: Thankfully the flavor doesn't feature the butter as much as the nose. The roast malt profile comes through giving it a good amount of coffee hints. Toffee, caramel and a slight hop bite in the finish.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Once past the nose this beer isn't bad. Nothing special but drinkable.

Photo of jimbotrost
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the better beers sampled out of the 6 offerings. Pours a deep copper almost brown color. Carries a small white head. Nose has a pleasant hop aroma. Dry to the tongue and a nice balancing act for flavor. The aftertaste starts of malty and then switched to long hoppy duration.

Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a huge, dense head that collapses into a fluffy, soapy head as best it can; surprisingly resilient. Floral hops underneath butterscotch in the nose. Golden-straw color. Starts off with a slight butterscotch/floral hoppiness, builds into a rich butterscotch flavor as the malt melds with this, and it peaks in a medium-low bitterness. Finish is malt and more butterscotch, with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

Normally, I dislike butterscotch notes, but this is JUST hoppy enough to cut the sweetness. The butterscotch actually pairs well with the hoppiness, thought it drowns out the nuance of the hops in favor of butterscotch.
Not bad at all. I'd drink one every now and then.
If you don't like butterscotch, AVOID THIS!

Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is not exactly a copper color, but a hazy wheat color instead with a 1/4 in white cap that actually lasted quite well. This brew has a fresh clean smell. There are some malt notes and a slight doughy nose. The taste is crisp with alcohol in the front and some hop balance in the finish. Similar to the nose of this brew the taste is crisp. This is a hard one to place. For the price (got a single for 1.69) not going to cut it, but would support a local WI brewery if a sixer was reasonable around $6.

Photo of Winter
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served amber in color with an off-white head. Mouthfeel starts off thin, but seems to edge toward medium as the beer warms. Flavor has a nice toasted maltiness to it that dominates most of the palate. Hops add a nice tangy bitterness that soon overtakes the toasted malt flavor. Finishes on the dry side.

Photo of WastingFreetime
1.22/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a copper-amber clear color with a disappearing head and no lacing. A light aroma and flavor of toasted bread are almost completely obliterated by an onslaught of diacetyl butter, sticks and sticks of butter. SO MUCH BUTTER. Even the body has a greasy oily buttery texture. Drain poured after half a glass, I just couldn't handle all of the diacetyl. Memorable for having the most butter in it by far out of any beer I have ever tasted up until the date of this review, it even exceeds the allowable levels granted by an "English" style by more than a factor of ten-fold.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber with a half finger head.

S- Strong toffee aroma with hints of caramel.

T- The toffee and caramel flavors come through in the taste and carry throughout.

M- Smooth carbonation, a little light.

D- It's nice to know my parents head up to Door County about twice a year.

I'm not sure I'd put it up against other english browns, but its still an enjoyable brew nevertheless.

Photo of kbutler1
2.16/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft. Slight copper color with a little red. Slight head. Again, very little aroma coming from this. Off tasting flavors. Bitter ending. Medium mouthfeel. This brewery makes the claim that they are the only craft brewer in Door County, which is probably true, but it doesn't make their beer any good. It was served in a plastic cup too, fyi. Thx Shipwrecked!

Photo of mcmidc
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewpub. Poured a orangish copper color, was expecting something a bit deeper. Aroma was of hoppy. Taste wasn't bad, nice simple beer. Mouthfeel was ok. One that you could drink all night. The pub was empty, due to this being off season in a tourist area, but bartender was very sociable and had decent knowledge of beer and some good history on the area. Made for a pleasant experience.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I do not agree with this beers style designation, so I'm not reviewing it as an English brown ale. I'm reviewing it as an English pale ale and notifying the Brothers

Simple, clear, copper colored brew. Not much foam after pour, but a strong film of foam that leaves some good lacing. Bubbling is pretty good too.

Very faint toast and a little grassy hops aroma.

Maybe some toasted crackers, hard water minerals, dry resin hop pellets that maybe add a flavor of grass. Weird adjunct bitterness. Palate is watery adjunct bitter, and flat feeling.

Photo of botham
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a crystal clear amber color with a single finger of loose light tan head that remains for a few minutes. light lacings.

aroma is hop centric, with aromatic hops being the focus, and a light malt presence, with only pale and a bit of munich showing. there are darker malts used judging by the color, but none in the aroma.

taste is malty up front, with light caramel, and a touch of roasted malt present, along with a lightly fruity character that acts as a base for the malt. finishes on a note of bittering hops and a touch of caramel malt. a lightly buttery character in the aftertaste adds to the brews smoothness.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture. soft CO2 and a semi-dry finish of lightly bitter hops and some residual butter and malt give it a complex finish.

drinkability is good. this is one of the better offerings from Shipwrecked, but not a great brew yet. the flavors have nothing to hang off of, which is evidence of a young brew that needs some evolution before it hits its stride. overall worth a try.

Photo of Florida9
2.18/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: On-tap at the Shipwrecked Brew Pub. Served in a pint glass with about a 1/2 inch of head that quickly reduces to nothing. Very clear. Light copper in color.

S: Virtually none. Some very minimal light roasted malts

T: Roasted malts and some hop bitterness on the end. Some moderate sweetness. There is also some sort of off-flavor going on which I can't quite describe.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Comes off as being almost flat.

D: This is not a very good beer. I simply wouldn't order it again and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else either. Actually I found it somewhat disgusting and if I wasn't sitting in their bar, I'd probably pour this one down the drain. Didn't bother finishing.

Photo of nsmartell
2.31/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoyed this beer out of a little plastic cup as part of the sampler at the brewpub and out of a pint glass. Therefore, this won't be the best review and is mainly for my own recollection.

Appearance: deep copper. Very little head. Don't believe the bar tender knew why the head was important.

Smell: Wasn't bad, but wasn't particularly good. Thought good things were to come.

Taste: My least favorite beers out of the 6 I sampled.

Mouthfeel: thin and smooth, but not much there.

Drinkability: Would not order again. Others I was with enjoyed this beer though.

Captain's Copper from Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn
75 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.