Seeking Alpha | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Do you find yourself constantly seeking your next “alpha acid” overload? Are you just not satisfied with the hoppy bite of your run of the mill IPA? Well, look no further. Hop flavor, hop aroma, and hop bite! Brewed for hop heads, by hop heads.

Added by acurtis on 11-28-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
416
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 416
Reviews by Cubatobaco:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a stamp that says 03302016. Sampled on July 29, 2016.

It pours pale yellow with a modest and short-lasting white head and good clarity.

The aroma brings out an orange zest, fruity, and floral character along wioth pale malts.

Light to medium body.

Same sort of tropical fruit characters in the taste with even some lemon-lime and a buried toasted malt note. Mild bittr finish.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy S%*t... this son of a gun is on fire - not literally, of course, because that wouldn't make sense! - but the beer that is literally in my glass at the moment almost tastes like it is on fire!

Once you swallow this bad sucker there is a lingering heat that is more than just alcohol, it's in the flavor. And like this Peruvian that Raulsky dated way back when: caliente! There is a bouquet of tropical fruits, yet the beer isn't juicy. Hell, after one more sip I may just see Rod Serling...

Get on it my children. Get on it good and hard.

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Photo of jhartley
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange gold body with a bright white head. Left a decent amount of lacing in the glass.
Aromas of bright citrus/grapefruit and dank hops and a little alcohol
This is a palate destroyer! Coats the tongue in a straight jacket of hoppy goodness and doesn't let go!
Alcohol comes in as it warms, but still isn't as hot as you would think for 11%.
The bitterness and hop resins just last and last and last and coat your whole mouth. Don't plan on eating or drinking anything else and expect to taste it after having this beer!
Overall a very tasty beer full of hoppy resiny goodness! Give this a try.

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo during the latest rendition of GABER. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Drunk right after Palate Shifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy white head with great retention. Hazy gamboge orange in color with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and leaves piles of lacing down the glass. A half wisp remains until the end but the lacing kinds of dies off rather quickly.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, toffee, melon and notes of pine. Tropical fruits as well with notes of passion fruit and hints of citrus. Bold stuff.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and melon sweetness up front. Flavorful with a big finish with plenty of booze, melon sweetness, bitter pine flavors, grassy hops and tropical fruit.Quite bitter and boozy with lots of fruity flavors lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Plenty of weight, creamy and a touch syrupy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat and alcohol linger along with the bitterness.

OVERALL: This is definitely a big beer. Makes me actually want to brew something like this again. Boozy with lots of sweet flavor and a good hop presence and bitterness to balance the show. This is more of a hoppy barleywine than an IPA per se. If you're looking for a DIPA, then Palate Shifter is a better bet. If you're looking for a big, bruiser of a beer with the hops in the right place, this will more than fit the bill. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Big boozy sweet IPA. Pours cloudy orange with thin white head. Sweet malt and fruit up front and then bitter earthy hops with mild alcohol burn finish. Overall good for a sipper.

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Photo of dajerzy52
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look feel and color make this a wolf in sheep's clothing. Amazing balance out of a lighter malt with huge hops giving it a citrusy apricot piney taste. This may be my new favorite from CL behind captains imperial reserve

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tylip glass a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a creamy and quite sticky half finger head atop.Aromas are a little muted for a beer of this size and style,some tropical fruits and big caramel notes are noted.Tangerine and tropical fruit-like hops hit up front on the palate than some hefty caramel and boozy sweetness with a bit of burn even in the finish.This is a big brash beer with big hops and booze.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coxxx616
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info purchased at the brewery a few days ago.

Pours hazed, dull near golden amber. Off white frothy and long lasting head. Leaves a thicker film, thick collar and more then ample high and fine sheeting and scattered lacing.

Nose is brightly of grapefruit.

On the palate its more and more grapefruit, biting lime, soaked in gin alcohol notes. Big and brash, fresh and flavorful. Hop lovers, extreme/big beer lovers rejoice. World class DIPA

Well done Captain!

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Photo of tigg924
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold, with one inch head. Taste is tropical fruits: Lemon, mango, orange, with a nice malty backbone. Pretty well balanced for the amount of hops here. Tasty sipper that I will get again. Certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed apricot and honey colored with a bright white head of rocky, bumpy froth that lingers long, and leaves broad sheets of lace up the insides of the glass as I drink. Aroma of tangerine and turbinado sugar, subtle pine and ripe fruit, notes of honey.

Rich and intense flavor of tingly hops, lots of citrus and orange rind. Boozy, some nearly cloying sweetness, ripe fruit, ABV tingles the tongue. Full mouthfeel, but a bit slick. This one is tasty, but seems a bit out of balance.

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Photo of Jsonta
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle; nice and fresh: kept cold mostly since the 17 March 2017 bottling date.
Pours hazy golden-amber with a creamy white head that proves to be good at leaving lacing on the glass but which has limited retention.
This is a strong but not highly bitter Imperial IPA. More boozy than I expected, but then i was unaware of the 12% ABV at first. with that in mind, the alcohol is obvious in the fruity aroma, and partially hidden in the flavor and mouthfeel. There is a bit of bite but some of this is likely due to the high hop load. Medium+ carbonation in a medium+ body.

Overall: seeking alpha? Find it here along with an (overly?) high ABV.

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Photo of BrianCuoz
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tappangordo
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a decent white head on top. Not very much visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some good lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Quality aroma on this one, starts off with a big hop bang with a sweet almost maple syrup like malt backend. Hops add a nice citrus and earthy aroma.

T: Nice profile here. A good deal of bitterness but it doesn't overwhelm. Hops are a very solid blend with citrus and herbal qualities collaborating in harmony. Malts add a sweetness to the background that doesnt detract from the hop.

M: Very drinkable considering the ABV. Medium body that has a dry finish. A touch sticky from all the hop resins but not too bad.

Overall I'm really diggin this beer. Has a solid hop offering and a pleasant malt backbone. Worth trying out for any hophead.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy color, with a small amount of an orange hue. The head started white and foamy but disappeared very quickly.

The nose demonstrated the pungency of various hops, seems like the Citra always outshines the others. This one had more than your fresh young high hopped IPA.
There was the typical grapefruit citrus bouquet, but I also picked up some malt sweetness

The first sip was BIG and BOLD with a fair amount of carbonation. Very dry consistent with so many 90+ IBU beers. What I like was that there was always hops going around. Hitting all parts of my tongue displaying various attributes. The pine, the lemon, honeydew.. All coming at the same time.

The alcohol seemed to be up front, but with the aftertaste, I was left with that clean dry bitterness.

Enjoyable, hard to put an exact finger on it, different bold and good

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Seeking Alpha from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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