Hop Commander IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
655
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
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24
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 655
Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Phew! At last, the Bottle Backlog eradication has brought my hophead self back to my beloved AIPA style! I was really starting to jones after so long away from the fold.

From the bottle: "The core of every great India Pale Ale are hops that give it its heart and soul. Hop Commander IPA gets its name from the ultimate hop harvesting vehicle, and pays tribute to the ingenuity, creativity and hard work of the hop farmer."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a moderate pour since it is early & I do not feel like wasting precious time cleaning up a potential mess. As usual, once a sufficient amount had been decanted into the awaiting glass, a vigorous swirl was conducted. This raised two fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head that quickly fell back to wisps, leaving some great lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with just enough of a slight chill haze that The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon declined a taste, preferring nothing less than 24-carat clarity. Their loss. Nose was full-on, fresh-squeezed grapefruit! I try to drink Simply Grapefruit juice every morning and this was very evocative of my juice. Drool. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was absolutely grapefruit! Oh my. It seems as though my hop hiatus is paying off as it is like my palate has been revived & this is tasting marvelous as a result. I raise a toast to the hop farmer & to the brewer(s). Finish was dry, bitter, citrusy & just what I needed. I highly recommend this for any self-respecting hophead.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow gold in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is grassy, piney, and citrusy hops. Taste dials back the grass and amps up the pine and citrus while adding floral notes. Solidly bitter with a low grainy malt character. Medium body and carbonation. A nice example of a classic American IPA; solidly hoppy, clean malt profile, and moderately bitter.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pier 107 in Piermont. Pours a ruddy, tawny hue with moderate frothing. Thick, dank, pine-filled aroma with hints of grapefruit and pines. Similar flavor profile.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottling date (29 Sept. 2016) less than 5 weeks ago. 65 IBU. Served in a lager glass.

Quite a nice IPA, with bitterness a bit below average and a relatively mild flavor. Slighty hazy amber body with lots of visible carbonation rising to a thick. white, semi-durable head. Excellent lacing: a full coat is left on much of the glass.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Sappy, off-golden color with a white bubbly head. Fair lacing.
S - Citrusy/piney hops.
F - Definitely a dry finish but not too bad.
T - Stringent hoppy bite. Not too bad.
O - At the beginning of the beer I thought I would like it more than I did than at the end. A decent beer. The smell was my favorite part of the beer while all else was fairly solid.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dirty gold with a bit of a green hue. A modest head which leaves an initial ring of lace and then a few streaks and spots thereafter.

Plenty of caramel malt aroma with a floral hop background. A bit upside down, but still attractive.

Rich body but with an equally high level of carbonation...spritzy. The malt is less pronounced and the hop is biting with a very dry finish. The aftertaste is like lingering black pepper.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden orange and creamy in pint glass. Solid overall IPA, pine and citrus notes through with nice mildly bitter hoppy finish. Starts out a little hazy but settles clear. No surprises are uniqueness. Good showing for a standard American IPA.

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Photo of Steelocation
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 6 pack of this in 12oz bottles. It was bottled on 01/19/2016 with a bottle number of 1021 313. I found no expiration date. I poured the bottle in a pint shaped glass.

Appearance: golden, cloudy, lively, and creamy

Smell: hoppy and herbal like

Taste: hoppy, strong carbonation at the end with a slight aftertaste.

Mouth-feel: carbonated, crisp, and coarse

Overall: I was surprised to see this six pack in CVS. Yes, I bought beer at CVS! It's a nice IPA that really had a strong crisp taste. Worth buying again and worth bringing to a gathering. The bottle reads that it is 6.5% ABV but seem lighter then that. A beer I can buy especially if the only place open is CVS which is "not" a place to buy quality beer at all...just in case lol

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour, slightly hazy, nice sudsy white head with thick lacing.
Smells bready, with grapefruit citrus zest, with some perfumy/ tropical hints too.
Taste pretty bitter with piney, citrusy hops. An okay example, ends fairly dry with a peppered bite.
This is something I'd get on tap at a burger joint where this was the only IPA on tap.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark gold/slightly orange color with a thin foamy head.

Aroma: malty, musty, pine, tropical notes

Taste: moderate bitterness, bit of malt sweetness, piney. I don't like West Coast IPAs so this is not really for me. It's not bad though.

Feel: a bit on the thin side, moderately carbonated

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy dark golden/tangerine with a small white head on top.

S: Fruity hops - some grapefruit peel, tropical fruits (mango comes to mind) and apricot even.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with a light crackery malt foundation followed by grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit. Heavy on the tropical fruit - again, mango comes to mind. A bit "green" too - think pine and grass - and a bit of spice towards the back end of the sip. Coats the palate with a surprisingly bitter finish that lingers for quite a bit.

M: Carbonation is a little bit "sharp" with a bite to it. Call it medium in heft.

O: Good stuff. Nothing earth-shattering, but a solid IPA that tends towards tropical fruit and bitterness.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a Golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, and some light fruit.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, light citrus note (lemon and orange, especially), a little bit of malt, tropical fruit (mango), some pine, and an earthy quality. Sweet and light, but almost goes overboard with the hops (overly bitter). Not a bad taste at all.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter, somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: There isn't much to distinguish this from other IPAs out there, but it's still worth trying.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Golden color thick white head that lasts a while, very good lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruit, hops, mango and grapefruit, pine.

Taste - mango, pineapple, pine sap, orange peel, hops. Very tropical and very mild hops.

Feel - Medium body, very mild bitterness, slightly dry.

Overall - A great IPA good flavor and feel.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 060116 printed in the neck (freshy!) Pours a lovely orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a pillowy, two inch, bright white head that eventually disperses into a soapy slick. Great nose - candied citrus, earthy rind and a hint of tropical fruit. Taste is more earthy and herbal than citrusy, although there is a tangerine burst towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a kiss of acidity. All and all, pretty solid with a decent amount of complexity. I would have liked to have seen a little more citrus to the flavor profile but still pretty drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/24/16.Pours into a standard pint a slight hazed medium golden with a nice large full one finger white head that settles ever so slowly leaving a full ring of lace behind as it does.Some grass and floral hop notes mainly in the nose.Pretty crisp and dry on the palate with some more grassiness and spicy hops late,a dry malt base.Hmm seems almost German in nature with it's hop profile,not a bad drinker on this warm day as I get ready to grill for mom.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yelklow and with a white crown of foam that lasts and clings. Slight haze. Nose is peppery hop with a prominent floral. There is some kind of fruit in the background. mango. That mango deepens ont he nose as the beer warms. The taste is good. Crips floral, as though you had just bit into a flower petal that still had dew on it. Sharp herbal that is not too dank. peppery hop. The bitterness lays down on the palate after the swallow and lingers a bit. Well made.

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Photo of BWED
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A- Semi hazy, golden orange. White head, low retention, great lacing.

S- Floral, citrus, very subtle pine. Faint biscuit malt.

T- Bittersweet citrus, orange and grapefruit. Bit of pine.

M- Medium body, bitter long finish.

O- Don't like the feel/finish, but really good IPA attributes in this one. Good hop usage.

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Photo of SABERG
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 2/16/16 into a pilsner glass.
A - Nice golden hue with wonderful clarity, lager like carbonation, a fine frothy cap leaves
lacing traces down the glass.
S - Nice malt/hop balance. Biscuit covered in Mango, wrapped in spruce bracnhes.
T - Similar to the nose, deciduous mixed tropical fruits.
M - A nice body, a bit slick, great finish, long hop linger.
O - What a nice IPA, big where it needs to be, restrained as well.
Cheers

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Photo of Lonborgski
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint glass on tap at restaurant. 1 finger head.
Unremarkable smell.
Cleargold color.
Clean crisp, not too bitter taste. Refreshing.
Overall a dilid, clean IPA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, about 2.5 months old

clear golden color, good head. nice citrus hop aroma. just enough malt to balance, dry aftertaste. medium bodied.

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Photo of livin4jc
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: On tap, at the Times Union Center, into a plastic cup (yes, I know, not ideal). Beautiful golden color, some slight foam, minimal lacing.

SMELL: Can smell the hops, floral. Slight fruit and flower. Overall, pretty mild smell.

TASTE/FEEL: Smooth, light, and typical of an IPA. Good drinking beer for a sporting event, but nothing special.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/14/15, a month and a half old.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, very hazy orange-yellow grapefruit peel color.

Nose bright hops, spicy hops, some mild pine and grapefruit peel, generic fruitiness, citrus rind, little soft malt.

Taste brings a little sweet malty note but not much, mostly hops again, spicy with a little pine, some grassy notes, lots of citrus rind again, grapefruit pith and peel, lots of rind and spicy bitterness, a little more generic fruity flavor, and juicy hop with bitter hop extract or hop oil kinda thing. FInish is very bitter, dry, spicy chewy hops, like chewing on hop pellets, mouth smashing bitterness that makes me keep sipping.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, not my fav style IPA or hops but does well for the style as that's what they were going for, nice carbonation, dry finish, etc, pretty enjoyable when you want a mouth smashing bitter IPA.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

CAPTAIN LAWRENCE HOP COMMANDER IPA 1/28/16

Just began to have this well-regarded brewery's products distributed in my state, although I have enjoyed a couple of their offerings before, purchased in the state next door.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams IPA glass.

a; Clear dark gold with a two inch thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus and pine resin.

t: Resin up front leavened by a hefty bready malt base approaching caramel notes, Moderate bitterness balances the substantial malt flavor. Dry finish.

m; Medium plus, very good body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A chewy, quality IPA. Bitterness begins to build and linger, but the substance of this brew invites more sipping.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a teku from a 12oz bottle dated 10/15/2015. Clear copper color with lasting head and lacing. Some piney and light sweet citrus aroma. Great bitterness and sweet finish with an excellent balanced body. Solid IPA - would have again.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think this is un-retired, as I bought a case in Connecticut in December, 2015.

Nice hoppy pale ale, with an interesting combination of hops. Not a whole lot else to say, other that it's nice a NY brewery is producing such likable beer!

Cheers.

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Hop Commander IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 655 ratings.
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