Hopsomniac IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic American IPA brewing using the finest North West hops, dry hopped with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic and infused with Cold Brew Coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Brooklyn, NY. The results are a full flavored IPA with notes of citrus and subdued roast. The perfect beer to stay up late with!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,605
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
92
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 92
Photo of smcolw
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Amber color and clear. Modest head with a couple of streaks and spots for lace.

I smell ash and coffee grounds.

Very strong coffee flavors of which I'm not a fan. So, if you like coffee, this might be the beer for you regardless of my rating.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/18/2017 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong coffee flavor followed by some sweet flavors of caramelized malts and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is over-powered by the coffee but it provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent variation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the coffee flavor but don’t want a porter or stout.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ The Foundry: This one pours a hazy amber color. There was about a finger of an off white head. Nice aroma. Definitely a whiff of the coffee. Citrus and pine hops also. The taste is good. Citrus and piney hops, balanced with coffee notes. Surprisingly this works!!

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Photo of condorjay2
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I would never willingly order an ipa with coffee in it...I guess I'm just set in my ways. I didn't read the description fully, and my first sip was a revelation. This beer is brewed with coffee, and son of a gun, it's delicious. On tap in a tulip glass. Smooth, smokey maybe? The hops and coffee are a bizarrely complimentary. My new bloody mary or night cap: Well done, oh, Captain, my Captain.

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Photo of cavedave
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of off white head. Spotty lace on glass and a lasting ring after a few minutes.

Medium strength aroma of citrus pith, deep pine bitter, light notes of coffee, and caramel sweet.

Full flavored taste follows the nose, but both the caramel and coffee are stronger players in the sip, and the citrus pith and pine end things with huge, almost puckering, bitter.

Med. carb., medium viscosity, finish that is a bit too harsh, and a linger that builds on palate unpleasantly.

Lots of clashing flavors in this one. Not recommended

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Photo of farrago
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid two fingers of cream white foam, large amount of bigger bubbles interspersed across the surface, retention is slightly below average, albeit the lacing forms nicely thick streaks which stick well. Dark and super hazy liquid, the particulate is extremely fine and clouds the whole glass, brownish orange hue, not many bubbles visible. The nose is heavily influenced by roasted coffee, lots of toast and some cocoa accents, some clean piney hops and fresh leafiness, however, it is marked by an absence of much beyond the coffee, no fruit or even citrus really. Medium-bodied, creamy with a fluffy carbonation, not very different on the palate with the coffee hogging the whole stage. Pine, light grapefruit, peach or apricot pits, a fistful of unprocessed grains. Never sweet and conversely the mouth doesn’t get too dry or tacky. Were this a wine, the middle would be what’s called “hollow.” Even the coffee flavors have mostly disappeared by the finish. Nothing which compels you to consider revisiting it.

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Photo of cfalls
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from almost 3-month-old bottle into tulip

L - dark amber, one-finger head

S - dank hops, fresh coffee

T - great interplay of hoppy-bitter and coffee-bitter, hops bring lemon lemongrass pine, coffee seems dark roasted and earthy

F - medium-to-high carbonation, medium thickness

O - super weird and interesting -- recommend giving it a try

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ButaPub in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish amber, with a foamy white head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasty, dirty, and earthy coffee, with some heavy pine bitterness, and some caramel malt.

A coffee IPA is fairly hard to pull off it seems, and this one comes pretty close to some of the best examples. This is really, really roasty, in terms of coffee profile, with an earthy and almost dirty flavor to it. There's some very bitter pine, but not a whole lot of fruitiness. Some juicy hoppiness would have gone a long way here to balance out the heavily earthy coffee flavor.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly crisp mouthfeel, and a normal amount of carbonation.

Not the best coffee IPA I've had, the coffee seems to fairly well overpower the IPA part of this.

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Photo of Toolbox462
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brew...very complex but the hoppy profile dominates. That said the malty coffee sweetness balances the hops superbly. Will definitely be a winter favorite. BTW if you want to visit a cool brewery try Captain Lawrence. Lawn games, live music & wood fired pizza

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Photo of CTHomer
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; blood orange in color; 2 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: tropical fruit for a brief moment, then freshly roasted coffee beans;

T: freshly roasted coffee beans all the way through; from the middle through the finish, there is hop character in the background, but it was hard to distinguish through the coffee; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation ; lightly dry finish;

O: drank this with a piece of coffee cake and the pairing was perfect;

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Photo of TimWakimika
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting mix. Nose is evenly split between citrus and the coffee. A bit more citrus in the mouth, more coffee on the finish. I have mixed feelings on this: I think they got the balance right between the hop flavours and the coffee ones... I'm just not sure those things should have been balanced (freshness of hops and roasted coffee flavour seem to clash). Interesting beer, though.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear darker golden color with off-white head. Some pine and citrus, with a hint of coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some resinous hop bite. Not bad.

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Photo of JoeyAder
2.22/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks like your standard American IPA at first glance, copper glow, tight white head. Nose is strange, bright fruity and piney hop aromas clash with spent coffee grounds. Taste is much the same, confusion amongst the taste buds. Fruity citric hop with roasty coffee flavor oppose eachother. Finish is muddled and messy. Seems like they took a standard IPA and mixed it with coffee without taking into account what hops might go with the flavor they were chasing after.

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Photo of scootny
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

!2 oz bottle from WFM, the exclusive seller. Gorgeous head that shows three fingers with a pale tan hue. Lots of clumps on the side. A brownish burnt orange with considerable haze in my Sam Adams glass. Barely any carbonation rising up.

I let this warm and it makes a difference of course. The coffee is about as big as the hops which are considerable. Lots of roasted coffee to the point of almost hiding the hops. Hops do shoew with a sizable earthy spiciness. Great thing is the malt body showing in a big way with lots of caramel and light toffee. A hint of dough, maybe.

Taste is a perfect blend of the two stars. I get roasted coffee and grains upfront that is quickly subsumed in the carmel malt. The hops bring an earthy English style bitterness that revives the coffee and allows it to resurface with a bittering flourish. A touch of mango tags onto the caramel and brings mild tropical notes. A clean yeast profile lays back and lets the other ingredients show their stuff. A slight alcohol flourish. A dry and somewhat long finish leaves a near perfect melding of roasted coffee, hop oil, and a hint of mint.

Feel is full and creamy, just short of the next rating up. Just a bit weighty but still on point.

An excellent collision of two potentially disparate elements. Each helps the other to shine and accentuate not only the other but the base malt as well.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love coffee, I love coffee in my beer, and been blending coffee w beer for 40 years. When I was an actor in a long run in NYC I used to drink coffee and 1 beer per performance per night. It was a great balance.

I like Capn Laurence as a great local brewer. Found this at WFM. Try it. Original.

A; Hazed, murky unfiltered amber body, with a modest lasting and lacing head.

S: MUST LET IT WARM. Nose is nutty w caramel coffee, kind of a sweet caramel machiato, with a piney, resinous finish.

T: Excellent! Abundant milky coffee flavors, following the smell: nutty, caramel and toffee, with a light roast bean. Citrus, and herbal/piney/ floral hops persist in finish. Great balance. Very interesting, but there's coffee from start to finish.

F: Good amount of hop spice tickle the tongue with a smooth, medium body taking you to a dry, bitter finish. Not cloying at all.

Must try with any other coffee beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and foamy yet big head. Off-color white and two fingers thick. Dark amber almost brown body. Great persistence on the head. 4.25

Smells nutty and caramel heavy with a piney and resinous quality. 4

Excellent coffee flavors in this. Nutty, caramel and toffee bursts, and a golden roast bean. Citrusy and floral hops complement/contrast well. 4

Hop spice and aggressive carbonation pierce the tongue and persist but a smooth almost medium body kicks in to get me to the dry, bitter finish. 4

Keep the coffee alive! I like coffee in my beers.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really nice nose and aroma to this one. The initial taste to me was a lot of hops and little of anything else. But on my second sip, the hops was still there, but I found a better balance beer. Malts were present but not overboard.
Honestly, coming from Captain Lawrence, I did not expect a beer this high in hops.
I enjoyed it.

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Photo of fank2788
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A hazy dark copper to red gold in the glass with about a half inch of fine bubbles on top that fall quickly but lace nicely. The smell is all hops and as is typical for a Captain Lawrence IPA, west coast varieties lead the charge. Citrus and pine hoppiness are the main aromas but there is a slight backing of caramel malt and perhaps a hint of roasted coffee but I'm not getting much of that in the nose. This is a solid IPA in taste with a big hit of hops up front. This is only just balanced by enough malt and sweetness to keep the hops from being unbalanced. As the beer moves to the back of the tongue a bit of the coffee becomes apparent. It is never really strong enough to become easily noticeable in the ways that a good stout will have bitter roast coffee flavor and if I didn't know it was in there I probably wouldn't be able to discern where this flavor was coming from. I find this interesting since many of the other reviewers are finding the coffee much stronger in their opinions, that said I still find the flavor quite nice. This is a pretty sticky but not overly sweet beer. The finish is a touch drying with some lingering hop bite. Overall a very surprisingly satisfying beer. It's a solid IPA with just enough of something different to make really interesting and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

From 12/04/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip, $9.99 a 6er, bottled on 10/27/14.

Pours a somewhat clear deep amber-red color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of fresh coffee, cold coffee grinds, citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, oranges, and fruity malts. Tiniest bit of bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall I liked this a lot; exactly what you'd hope for in an IPA made with coffee. Coffee really is great in the nose especially, and the hops come through bigtime in the taste. Thought this was great, surprised to see the rating so low.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 24 Oct. Thanks, Shri.

Pouring a clear copper with a dense, mild amber head with good retention and some lacing, this looks decent. The nose is mildly hoppy and moderately caramel like with honey and toffee, some pine and grapefruit. The palate is as muddled as the nose is, with a mildly bitter, mildly fruity hop character and a moderate caramel and bready flavor. Decidedly an East coast interpretation of the style, this is medium in body and creamily carbonated. Disappointing, especially after the excellent Cuvee de Castleton I had last night.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick, creamy collar around the edge of the glass. There are some bits of bubbles clinging to the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some foreshadowing notes of the coffee to come. The coffee beans become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Unlike the smell, the flavors of coffee beans are much stronger in the taste and sometimes stand out in front of the citrusy hops and notes of underlying pale malts. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little unusual in that it's like an IPA that got mixed in with some cold brewed coffee. Neither the coffee or the hops are overpowering, but when you drinking it you keep asking yourself, "Is this an IPA or a coffee beer?" as the flavors of both alternate in the taste. In any event, it's not a bad breakfast beer if you are looking for something different than a stout.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at whole foods, bottled 10/27, enjoyed from a captain Lawrence snifter.

a - brew pours a deep transparent mahogany with a nice frothy creamy head that had some staying power and left big milkshake like lace on the glass.

s - nose is a blend of a dessert type -accino coffee drink and a resinous IPA the coffee gives it an almost amber vibe.

t/m/o - the taste and feel match that blend of the desserty coffee creamer and a hopped up amber...resinous to the core. The feel has the marriage of some chewy bitter IPA and part silky smooth ice coffee. Unique beer with a nice twist to make it stand apart, but a bit challenging too since it is almost like an Irish cream IPA. I found it quite tasty!

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottled 10/27/2014: An ale brewed with Stumptown cold brew coffee that seems like a chili pepper was dunked in it. Tastes like a identity crisis in a bottle as its a mix of coffee stout, burnt porter, malty pale ale and then some IPA hoppy notes. Flavor is like burnt coffee grinds resembling a very robust Kona or French coffee bean combo, zesty citrus hops, a lemon pucker, espresso, cocoa powder, charred wood, burnt grains and a milky sweetness that is only moderately bitter. Best way to describe the flavor is it reminds me of a Swiss dark chocolate bar with a hot pepper added that has such a strong rich character but blends the hot and sweet very well together. This brew has zero heat, but the flavor is strikingly similar out if the bottle. Mouthfeel was slick, thin and watery, with light carbonation, an average body and nice coffee flavors and bitterness as it trails off. The IPA elements are weak, but this was still a very tasty beer that had nice complexities which improved as it warned, and being a coffee lover I will certainly seek this out again.

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Hopsomniac IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 92 ratings