Citra Dreams
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,993
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,166
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
125
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
90
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Citra DreamsCitra Dreams
Notes: Double Dry Hopped with Citra Hops. Watch pillowy soft hops clouds drift by as you sip on a hazy, juicy, Citra-drenched IPA dream. Invert can before opening for full distribution of flavor.
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. "Citra Dreams"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 09232021 090706 MPN 1820". Sampled on 11282021.
$2.95 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Notes via stream of consciousness: Very hazy gold body beneath a full head of white foam. Bright aroma of sweetish malt, hop resins, and lemon-lime citrus. The flavor follow but with more depth. It's sweetish but also solidly bitter. Additonal notes of peach, passion fruit, white grape, and lychee round it out. It finishes dry, resinous, and citrusy, lingering for some time until bitterness is all that remains. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. All in all a great example of the characteristics of Citra hops, and really well done.
Review #7,597

Sunday at 05:55 PM
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was honestly really good. Feels like this is in between an old school west coast and our new school hazys. Bringing the best of both worlds. Aroma is piney, citrusy, and some bright berry. Taste falls right in line with nice white cracker malts.

Oct 31, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED 07282021 104403 MPN 1775"

Appearance: The body is an opaque lemon, beige, and yellow color. It has a short white head which fizzes out to a frothy ring and random bubbles.

Aroma: It smells slightly catty with a mixture of garlic, onions, and mango. It gives off the impression of sweet fruit when smelling it but the aroma as a whole is very mellow.

Taste: That garlic and onion character comes through up front. Some very strong grain husk flavor comes through in the middle. After a while when the flavors layer on the tongue it takes on a bit of a pineapple character. There is this watery cabbage character that creeps in when large sips are taken.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied with good carbonation and low bitterness. It has good drinkability.

Overall: It's a pretty standard, average attempt at a New England IPA. It is drinkable but it is unlikely to scratch the itch if you want something with a more prominent flavor and aroma profile. The beer does a pretty good job in the mouthfeel, keeping it light and approachable. It isn't a beer I'd likely recommend but if offerings are limited it might be worth picking up. I probably wouldn't buy it again but if somebody brought it to a picnic or a cookout I would have no problem drinking it again.

Oct 02, 2021
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy and almost straw colored with a big but dissipating white head. The Citra based nose is quite nice. I’ll tell ya what, i think this is a decent representation of Citra here with a semi sweet malt bill and not much initial bite but a building back of the palate bitterness. Ok carbonation and a thinner feel. Not too bad.

Sep 20, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Could this be the beer that dreams are made of? It looks OK inside a clear pint glass after being drawn off a tap. It's a dense yellow-amber with a short-lived head. It smells good, mostly hoppy in a citrusy way. The taste is very much like the smell, mostly all hops reminiscent of citrus juice, most closely lemon. The body is fine and it's not nearly as tart as a good lemonade, so there's sufficient malt. Actually it comes in a little on the sweet side, but not nearly in a negative way. Back to the visual for a sentence. There's no glass lacing. Overall, a little less than dreamy, but a very nice beer to have occasionally, or even more often. There's enough taste and body here, that this could be ordered regularly.

Aug 12, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and pine.

This is fairly basic, but decent enough in the end. There's a firm hop bitterness here, with a semi-pillowy juicy hop character, along with just a touch of malt sweetness.

This is light bodied, clean, and pretty drinkable.

This isn't wildly different than most other middle of the road NE-style IPAs, but I enjoyed it and was happy to have ordered it.

Jun 22, 2021
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reedap1 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ron's Original Bar and Grille, Exton PA
Look Hazy tangerine light orange, moderate foam. light on the lacing on the glass
Smell: A light orange very mild grapefruit smell, not a potent bouquet like some other IPAs.
Taste: Mangoorange and very moderate grapefruit
Feel: Normal carbonation, light bodied but smooth on the back of the mouth
Overall: Pretty good overall, very drinkable and best for those new to IPA who are learning to deal with the bitterness of the style..

Mar 31, 2021
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Peace River Brewing in Punta . Pairs well with the Thai curry. Classic hazy IPA. Not a juice bomb, and not much on the nose. Or maybe that's the Covid.

Jan 30, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 1123/20.

Pours cloudy yellow with a short-lived head of white. Minimal retention or lacing. Peach and oranges in the nose. Aromatic but not pungently so. Medium bodied with a soft but thinnish mouthfeel. Orange zest with unripe peach on the palate. Finishes dry and juicy with minimal malt and a drying bitterness.

Jan 13, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Jeff, thanks for the hookup!
Lightly hazy lemon yellow with a thin white head that shows moderate retention. Lemony citrus with bits of orange and pith. Light bready malt somewhat mineral water thin. Clean but needs body imho.

Jan 03, 2021
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass canned on 12/23/2020. Pours a hazy yellow with a half finger sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace with solid retention. 4.25

Aroma is mango, kiwi, pineapple, passionfruit, and apricot. 4

Taste follows mango, pineapple, passionfruit, kiwi, and apricot. 4

Mouthfeel is medium, soft gentle carbonation, not dry or sticky, and at 7% ABV it goes down very easy. 4.25

Overall this is a rock solid shelf beer at a great price. I recommend this brew. 4

Dec 23, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of effervescent white head. The head has moderate retention, leaving some sticky splotches of lacing as it settles into a thin halo.

The aroma is...musty, and bready, with a hint of citrus and overripe mangoes. A bit faint. Not a lot going on here.

The flavor is a bit better, bringing notes of grapefruit and orange rind, with plenty of melon and mango notes. Very bready and yeasty, with some very subtle notes of bubblegum and clove. Almost no bitterness detected.

The mouthfeel is solid, though a bit oily. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall, this is a decent NEIPA. The aroma is far too faint and lacking in hop notes. The flavor is solid and well-balanced, but is lighter than expected and doesn't stand out at all in an ocean of NEIPA's. Still, it's not a bad beer and a different palate may find it far more enjoyable.

Dec 13, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with a nice 1/2 head
smell citrus orange, light tangerine maybe lime
taste Tropical/citrus hop juice with slight bitterness
feel Normal carbonation nice and light bodied.

Dec 09, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once I knew this beer was giving me more than an inch of foam I knew it was good! Looks hazy tastes hazy but has a very pine forward yet bready finish. Actually kind of glad this beer is double hopped yet not high octane makes it so much smoother to drink. Recommended!

Dec 07, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Month-old can poured into a tulip.

Very standard -- but attractive -- yellow-gold body, fully opaque but not murky. Finger of initial head that's initially creamy but quickly becomes fizzy and falls to barely a film. A few swirls resuscitates some nice foam. Almost zero lacing, save for a spot or two. Zero stickiness to this one at 7%.

Aroma is certainly Citra-forward but a bready, doughy, yeastiness is almost as strong. Possibly more tropical than citrus, even a little stone fruit, but it's all somewhat nondescript. Grassy and floral, with a strong mineral element. A deceptive waft of green dankness at the end. The overall profile improves meaningfully as it warms. Still, I wish there was more fruit and sweet floral elements (and/or dankness) to help balance out the overly strong grassiness and breadiness.

Similar experience on the tongue -- really grassy and green, bordering on astringent and chalky, with a heavy bready malt vibe. I definitely get grapefruit and lemon peal, and the bitterness is fairly pronounced (though some of that is probably the astringency). Almost zero residual sweetness -- this thing is dry. Pithy and green finish.

Feel is soft but thin. Feels perhaps over-carbonated.

Had this beer on a camping trip with a friend and really enjoyed it. Might have been the surroundings and company, as on a more focused revisit, I'm decidedly less impressed.

Sep 18, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy yellow with a very nice head
smell nice citrus orange, pineapple, light tangerine
taste Tropical/citrus hop juice with very low bitterness
feel Normal carbonation, light bodied.
excellent beer perfect for the summer or honestly any time of the year

Sep 06, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the Whole Foods on the UWS. Pours hazy pale gold with a flash of white head, smell is musty muted dank hops and overripe orange flesh, candied orange peel, taste is orange creamsicle, tangerine flesh, orange rind, hints of melon, orange zest lingers on the palate, feel is medium bodied and creamy. A zesty tangerine creamsicle treat!

Sep 05, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy tangerine with average foaminess, not much lacing.
Smell: Crushed orange rind and sour graininess.
Taste: Mango and papaya, some citrus notes; slight malty aftertaste. Pine resin is in there too.
Feel: Normal carbonation, light bodied.
Overall: Good overall, not too bitter though.

Aug 23, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap into a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass at the Urban Hamlet restaurant in Bronxville, NY.
A: Pours an opaque, light yellow-orange (think lightly aged brass) color with one to one and a half finger, off-white head, long term, half finger retention, and moderate rings of sticky lacing.
S: Aromas of melon, orange creamsicle, papaya, lime, and honeysuckle predominate.
T: Semisweet to semidry with palate basically following the nose closely; lots and lots of cream (not sure if its a taste or mouthfeel, honestly). Bitterness appropriately understated.
M: Medium to almost full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy with an unusually crisp finish.
O: Citra Dreams was an unexpected delight. An olfactory and flavor melange, blissfully creamy and smooth. Kudos!

Jul 30, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice lighter style IPA with a lot of citrus flavor. Pours a hazy yellow - a pretty look overall, especially on a hot summer day. The smell is not the most appealing, but does have some nice citrus notes. The taste is nice, very citrus-forward but with some other less acidic fruit elements too. The feel is on the lighter side, very smooth-drinking but not a ton of body to it to enjoy while it's in your mouth. But for the money, this is a solid poolside crusher that has a nice amount of flavor packed into it.

Jul 17, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving on tap at Sabatinis in Exeter PA this lunchtime.

Looks great in the small goblet. Very hazy dull orange body. Good size white head persists leaving layers of lacing.

Mixed fruit aroma.

Nice taste here. Mostly citrus as you would expect, but there are some melon notes as well.

Mouth between medium and full. Finish quite tingly.

Overall, good choice for a quick lunchtime drink. Abv invisible.

Jul 11, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: citrus, melon, and vanilla;

T: non-descript citrus, melon, and vanilla; mild bitterness on the finish;

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

O: wasn't expecting vanilla; is this a milk shake IPA? label doesn't say so, but that'what it seems like to me; definitely not the Citra bomb I was expecting;

Apr 24, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/29/20...pours cloudy gold with very little foam. Thick. lemon forward citrus nose. Juicy. Pine and resin filled flavor. Oily. Closes with a touch of melon tartness. Creamy mouthfeel. Quite good.

Mar 29, 2020
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer falls right in between the super-premium $5 cans of NEIPA and the cheaper $2.50 cans from big breweries, both in price and quality/flavor. It isn't Treehouse, but it still delivers some nice citra hops on the nose and taste, with somewhat undefined citrus and tropical notes. I'd prefer this over the numerous disappointing $5/can versions out there from average (maybe below average) brewers. Not something I'd seek out, but something I'd pick up again if I saw it fresh.

Mar 23, 2020
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

COD 01/16/20 Light orange pour with moderate haziness. World class head volume and lacing. Quite outstanding retention.

Outstanding nose of orange, pineapple, light tangerine and a hint of biscuit malt.

Light medium body with a soft palate that is a tad thin. Normal carbonation level that yields a bit of effervescence in the middle and a subdued prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding due to a relative lack of complexity. It delivers the characteristics of the citra hop but lacks contrast. Flavors present as per the nose in quite subdued intensity but take on a much heavier than implied rind aspect. This provides a world class bitterness that needs a bit of balance and contrast from a heartier malt bill induced sweetness. That said, this beer showcases the citra hop and does so in outstanding fashion.

Feb 27, 2020
Citra Dreams from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 125 ratings