Hop Commander IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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3.82/5
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735 Ratings
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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: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as IPA

We jumped the gun along the way making our Hop Commander IPA before a base but it worked out for us. Working backwards gave us an incredible profile to work off of to make a very well balanced IPA with a lighter, softer touch than our Imperial version but still packed with hops.

Added by Billolick on 01-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,890
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
735
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of dvmin98
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sipervated
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. A very piney taste.

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Photo of robebo44
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Knickfan3
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of artrocity
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KrisLambert
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of O-Meg
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gerred
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Maxms
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jameswaldo
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12-oz can Captn L canned 1/23/18 from on high into a Spiegelau IPA glass, getting a good thick head that settled rather quickly. Got a nice turbid SRM 4 hazy brownish orange look that rates high, as does the canning—I much appreciate a brew with a Date Canned on it. Can graphics is cute, with a hop-harvester truck slashing into the bines. Lacing is not bad, but not radically sticky either.
Smells lovely of fresh hops, no malt or yeast sniffable.
Tastes a wee bit simple, and not bitter enough for me. Feels like the flavor is too front and center, not enough back of the throat bitterness for an IPA. Hopped and again dry-hopped with the same 3 (Citra, Centennial, Bravo), the malt & yeast are hiding, and the hops too similarly gentle for my palate. Capt L claims a 65 IBU; maybe I need more than 80 IBU to get my hop fix fixed.
Decent carbonation, mouthfeel a tad watery, but a nice mouth-watering aftertaste.
I was astounded by the beauty of Captn L's Tears of Green (dry-hopped with Mateuka & Citra), and so had to try this sixpack of their much more reasonably priced "flagship" IPA. Unfortunately, it's a sadly middle-of-the-road, easy-drinking, undistinguished one-size-fits-all timid brew. I'll try other more adventurous limited Captn L brews, but not this one again.

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Photo of jkermitj
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrmdtighe
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, not my preferred method
Look - Amber/Gold with moderate cloudiness, thin off white head with minimal lacing; Smell - decent aroma of pine with some citrus; Taste - sufficient hoppiness and bitterness that I prefer; Feel - crisp and refreshing, consistent from mouth to finish; Overall - a really decent IPA, clean and satisfying for my tastes.

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4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Labo
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks amber with good lacing and some haze
Strong hop smell (pine). Good taste balance. Lots of hop character but not a full-on assault of bitterness.
Feels light, well carbonated, tiny bit sticky
Overall decent and wouldn't mind drinking again

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Commander IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 735 ratings