Hop Commander IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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3.82/5
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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:
#19,706
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
744
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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Photo of Eychung
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of haines710
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some cans of this in Wegmans and had to give it a try. It is a very good forward IPA. Drinking from the can and get a very dry bitter feel. The smell is citrus but I am missing it in the taste. It is getting better as it warms and I like this beer. Prefer the orbital tilt ipa but this is pretty good. In my opinion both are better than the more expensive 16 oz cans like powdered dreams.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BradyRivers
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Curt3
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the brewery. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had citrus presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bread malt mixed with fruit hop. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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Hop Commander IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 744 ratings