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

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100
Ratings:
670
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
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Photo of MadScientist
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A light copper with slight orange hue and great clarity. A persistent, rocky off-white head producing a good a head stand when poured.

S: A heady, strong hops aroma with a lot of citrus and pineapple some tropical fruit character as well like mango. Three is a moderate herbacous smell from the dry hopping. There is a light malt sweetness with a touch of caramel malt and some biscuit. A light alcohol sweetness.

T: A very strong citrus hops flavor with a strong hops bitterness. The hops are again lots of citrus and pineapple with some tropical notes. The balance is fairly bitter but the malt brings some sweetness and a little caramel and provides a good support for the hops. The finish is off-dry. There is a a light bit of ale esters but fairly clean like a chico yeast.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-light creaminess and moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An outstanding hop bomb with excellent balance for those seeking a bitter beer. When I'm looking for an American this is exactly what I want but can so rarely find, a fresh, citrusy beer with a firm bitterness balanced with enough malt to support a ton of hops all will have a huge hop nose. This beer makes is going on my short list of great IPAs.

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Photo of FredZ
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA. The hop profile is perfect, and is a must buy if you live in NY. This should be your "go-to" IPA.

A- Gold and orange mixed together, healthy amount of head and superior lacing. Poured into a tulip.

S- Citrus, citrus, citrus....lemon, grapefruit, orange, and all the flavors I love. Not too piney. It's a poor man's Heady imo.

M- Not too carbonated, easy to drink. The abv is forgiving, making the alcohol hide in the background.

T- Like I said, this has Vermont written all over it. It is a solid choice, it feels like a Vermont based IPA. Those of us on the East Coast....take note.

O- This beer deserves to be on your short list of "go-to" 12 packs when you just want a hoppy beer to drink. Can't say enough good things about this IPA.

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Photo of rich7311
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just bought a 12 case. The distributor said it's a repackaging of the IPA - not!
This is a much hoppier IPA than their usual. They claim an ABU of 65, but it seems higher.
Nice bite. Very clear, not like their other IPA, which is cloudy. Very similar to Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, probably the same species. This is my new favorite. If you are a hop nut - try it!

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Photo of jac391
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank this directly after a Grapefruit Sculpin - thought I set this up to fail with that great beer my nearest memory. Wow was I wrong. This is a terrific ipa. Great price at Wegmans in PA compared to many of my other favorites- Fresh Squeezed, Sculpin, Union Jack, Racer, etc.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Captain Lawrence really knows how to brew some delicious IPAs!! This one I believe is highly underrated! One of the best citrusy IPAs I've ever had. High in calories though at 213 per 12 oz. Very Hop forward with a sweet mango finish.

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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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Photo of Genuine
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel Tulip - It poured a very nice copper body with a very slight off whit tan head that stayed around for alittle before falling and leaving some beautiful lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - I immediately noticed the aroma of the beer right after pouring - Very nice pine, earthy, citrus notes come across.

Taste - This is such an underrated beer and it deserves much more attention than what it's getting. Solid hop profile that brings together a nice bitterness to balance the malts. I'm getting citrus, pine and maybe some chinook in there. The finish is excellent with a clean bitterness that isn't over powering. It's such a wonderful array of flavors that I'm having a hard time nailing down one aspect.

Feel - Medium bodied and carbonation is spot on for the style. Helps with the aroma and the hop bitterness

Overall - This is one hell of a solid IPA that deserves a bit more of the lime light. This is one of the much better offerings and definitely deserves a tip back of the glass from more people. This is going to be part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a capt lawrence tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a thin fizzy head that dissolved in a few minutes leaving a thin skin of head and some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

s - smells really nice. great hop with nice citric and soft fruity notes. not a hop bomb by any means, more of a tropical fruit. really nice. subtle.

t - taste follows the nose perfectly. great fruity hopping. i REALLY like this beer. it works perfect for me, great citric notes, tropical fruits...not much pine.

m - medium bodied. subtle bittering on the finish, but not really. extremely drinkable.

o - overall, this is a really nice IPA for what i like, but drink them NOW...if the hops fade you'll have a malt bomb as this is really subtle hopped. well done capt, i like this way more than the capt reserve.

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Photo of chefjack428
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle form a Six Pack.

Pours a really nice yellowish color with some orange hues.
Aroma is pretty explosive. Tropical fruits, citrus and honey.
Taste is also very nice. A very nice sweetness that is balanced very well with a slightly bitter finish of the hops. Nice grapefruit, lemon and mango like sweetness.
Overall I am extremely impressed by this. I think it can hold its own with sucks, blind pig and nugget nectar. Hopefully they come to PA soon, so I can add this to the IPA list.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grapefruit, citrus and herbaceous. Well balanced, super crisp and insanely drinkable. I definitely think this beer is underrated. I was very impressed with this IPA. I could drink this everyday.

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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 scootny
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely light orange/amber into my snifter. A prodigious light yellow/white head that leaves a light covering after a slow fade. Lot of lace and light carbonation visible through the mildly cloudy liquid. Nose has lots of bready light sweet malt, citrus and and orange grove. A touch of fusel alcohol sweetness. Light amounts of caramel too. Taste is bang on good. Malt front is quickly folded into a hop showcase that start with a touch of earth and blooms into a bright citrus cascade. Toasted grains give a nice counter to the plentiful hops. Some resiny oil in the clean but slightly long finish that mixes with a bit of light toast and caramel. Medium light crisp feel makes this a delightful thirst quencher with a mild tingly carbonation. A great summer slaker and glorious take on one the classic American styles. While on the strong side for seasoning it seems to fit the bill anyway and will be on my short list for grill day beers.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade recently. 1223NO16130059 is printed on the side. Tough to decipher that, but if I had to guess, best before Nov. 16, 2013?

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a great head that rises up and compacts to form a sea foam-like texture that rounds over the rim of the glass much like a scoop of ice cream. The body is a hazy golden amber, which shows consistent bubbles through the life of the beer. A fantastic first impression, yet the head doesn't last very long.

True to style, this IPA carries a hop-heavy aroma that jumps out of the glass with pungent whiffs of pine and lemongrass, underscored by a light toasted/baked bread malt character. The hop profile is unique, or at least, less common than your typical West Coast IPA. No hops are specified by the brewer (at least not yet...the beer isn't even listed on their website), but it doesn't carry the stereotypical citrus fruit aroma and sweet flavor. This IPA is a bit more herbal and dry, with a lemongrass character that is carried into the finish. A medium-bodied IPA, with bight carbonation throughout and a dry finish, gives this beer a significant amount of "drinkability" that is perfect for these coming summer months.

While I am not sure of the alcohol on this, it doesn't come off as more than 6% by volume. I would think that this beer won't be as highly acclaimed as Heady Topper and the likes because it doesn't have that flavor of the month, tropical juice aroma and flavor, but I think it succeeds as an American IPA just as much as any of the highly sought after IPA's out there. Fantastic take on the American style.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting the chance to have a captain Lawrence ipa

A- a golden body that's translucent and clear. Some sticky lacing on the edges are existent on the edges

S- a chuck of mango, hop resin, and strong pine scents partner with a caramel malt backbone . Very balanced scent that reminds me of a two hearted in that sense. Very pungent and crisp simultaneously, this screams balance

T- prickly piney flavor advances before some smooth tropical flavors. A strong malty presence with some spices mingle around the bitter finish. Dry hop flavor is a clear focus on this taste profile. Well put together

M- prickly flavors with carbonation spot on

O- vacarro does it again. A clean hoppy ipa that is completely balanced. As the new trend is all hop, no malt IPA's... Vacarro made a balanced brew. I will always revisit this.

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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 dar482
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a very clear muted clear light brown. Looks a like apple juice. There isn’t much carbonation rising in the glass. There is a big foamy 1-2 head with lots of lacing.

The aroma has a lot of malt along with some hop freshness. It’s a very very muted aroma.

The beer creeps up on the palate with some grapefruit bitterness, and it finishes with a good simple dry finish. There’s a very good amount of maltiness to clean up this beer. There’s certainly some grassy and pine notes in there. Not big on the fresh citrus or fruit tones. It has a very calm restricted balance to it, despite the dry grapefruit peel finish. I certaintly get the crystal malt in there. Reminds me a bit of a 60 Minute.

It’s quite a good beer for those into a balanced malt backbone and a dry finish in their IPAs. Quite good.

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

On-tap 6/25/2016 at Pizza J’s in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. Then some fruity citrus comes sweetness in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Slightly cloudy with limited head, limited lacing left behind.

S- Not overly powerful but I've never been happy with my olafactory prowess.

T- Good citrus present with some puckering bitterness. (Not over the top bitterness but average amount)

M- Slightly light in the mouthfeel department but a little stickiness at the end of the sip.

O- I've always enjoyed Captain Lawrence's offerings, especially on tap. This bottled version is an easy drinking ale that you could enjoy straight through a barbecue.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, bright golden orange color with straw colored edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting roasting. Spots and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, juicy hop aroma with a nice balance of dank, earthy resins and crisp citrus/tropical fruit sweetness countered by a pale biscuit-y malt backbone. Hints of fresh cut grass, pine needle and crystallized kind bud followed by grapefruit, mango and blood orange sweetness. This citrus/tropical fruit presence really stands out providing perfect balance to the earthier notes. Subtle pale malt backbone some biscuit, bread and cracker.

Medium body with a blast of sticky hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and earthy with hints of spruce tip, chewy pine needle and resinous hop oils but the complexity of the hop profile prevents it's from becoming overwhelmingly bitter. The citrus/tropical isn't quite as strong as in the nose, but it is still pretty prominent with hints of juicy grapefruit, mango, curaçao and pineapple balancing out the bitterness. In addition, the pale malt backbone provides more complexity and balance with subtle notes of biscuit and graham cracker. There some faint boozy sweetness toward the finish but it doesn't hinder the hop flavor at all and this beer remains extremely drinkable at 7%. After a few unexpected let downs from Captain Lawrence recently, this beer was a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. IPA
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled on 09032105", consumed on 10/18/2015

Appearance: Hazy, golden-orange body beneath a one finger thick head of frothy white. Head retention is slightly better than average, and it leaves nice spots and splashes of lace about the glass as it goes.

Aroma: Citrusy and tropical, delicately resinous, floral, and mildly grassy and piney. It's not bold, but it's bright. Some straightforward golden malt comes through as well.

Flavor: More malt comes through in the flavor than the aroma suggests, but it still acts as the base or springboard for the hops. It's more grassy and piney upfront with the citrusy and tropical notes following across the middle and lingering into the finish. Nicely balanced. Solid bitterness leaves it dry.

Mouthfeel: Sturdy medium body. Crisp carbonation.

Overall: Solid all-around. It's a little bit west coast, a little bit east coast... all drinkable. There's more than enough to hold your attention, yet not so much that you can't drink two or three.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle date: 04/04/2014. pours a clean strawberry blonde silvery white head

nose: slightly subtle; pineapple/tropical fruits, pine, fresh, bready malt, herbal, touch o' honey

taste: pow! grapefruit zest, lime, tropical fruit, bready malt, finishes in a piney-herbal-citrusy haze with hop bitterness and a nice pineapple note

feel: vibrant, aggressive, bitter, medium-bodied, drinkable

My first try from Captain Lawrence, I don't know who he is but he makes a damn fine IPA... may be one of my favorite east coast IPA's. The nose is lovely but not too overwhelming. Take a sip and there's no doubt this is an assertive, proud IPA. Complex, flavorful, West-Coast hop profiling, real nice.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on July 20th, 2015. This will be the freshest IPA I've ever sampled. Pours with a small white head, light golden in color. Smells of citrus, grapefruit rind, tangerine, some bread. Taste is citrus, orange pith, lemon peel, dank earthiness, herbal. Nice malt balance. Lots going on with this beer. Finishes on the dry side, but not too much. This is a local brewer and I'll be seeking this one out again, as well as their other offerings.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 02/28/13 notes. Picked this up the day before at City Swiggers for $2.39 a bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice lacing and retention on the glass, looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, toasted malts, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and lemon. Nice nose with a good amount of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, floral hops, earthy notes, grapefruit, bready malts. More malts and fruit here than the nose and less hops, but still quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness and easy to drink considering it is 7% ABV.

o - Overall a really nice IPA; haven't had their Imperial IPA in a while so need to try that again, but I like this more from what I remember. Hops are there, especially in the nose, and a lot of fruit. Easy to drink; would definitely pick a 6er of this up again sometime.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Light amber pour with quarter inch white foam. Sticky. Strong pine nose, light malty undercurrent. Taste is a malty chewy bready blend with a mild hop background. Grass and pine notes. Bitter builds. Tingles. Really lingers. Smooth and blended. Solid IPA.

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Hop Commander IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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