Hop Commander IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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3.82/5
Very Good
724 Ratings
Hop Commander IPAHop Commander IPA
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:
#16,032
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
724
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 724 |  Reviews: 110
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

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

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

Photo of whatsgoody
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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Photo of Whats_On_Tap95
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

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

Photo of Branlott42
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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Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Ronl12
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvillefan
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Heymecalvy
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Khaack
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gopens44
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screams American hopped English IPA, so that's one weird mark against the rating since the results are tasty beer regardless. But, they said American IPA, whom am I to argue. So stylistic banter aside, this slightly hazy thin headed brew sports a malty taste that is well tempered by a fruity bitter hop presence that harkens to the OG East Coast IPAs like Victory, Weyerbacher and Southern Tier. Nose further ignited the memory as there is plenty of sweet orange lying atop piney goodness. Finish is a medium bodied mouthful that has nothing cloying going about in the after taste, just solid bitterness. Full disclosure, I picked this beer up thinking it would be a mediocre at best tick, but this seriously is a pretty darn decent beer. If you want a good taster to break the NEIPA mold, here goes it.

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3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Hop Commander IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 724 ratings