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Hop Commander IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Hop Commander IPAHop Commander IPA
BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
704 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:
#13,172
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
704
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
232
Trade:
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Ratings: 704 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very good ipa overall, dynamically hopped with some citrusy varietals and bringing along just enough bitterness. glowing orange this one, with a short white head thats pretty thick. the nose is brimming with juicy hops, orange zest and cit grass, super green and fresh, which translates into a refreshing experience. the malt is fuller bodied but minimal in flavor, not sweet or aggressive enough to interfere with the beautiful hop profile in the beer. it gets even brighter in the finish, where the hops are more than citrus, almost tropical for a moment, before a rather clean finish for the style. the abv is a little high for a basic ipa, but it forces me to slow down and enjoy every sip. captain lawrence is obviously making some of the best beers in the east right not, and it was a treat to have a fresh pint of this during my travels back east. i wish we got this stuff out here, and this one gives me a greater appreciation for the captains reserve double ipa.

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Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down, leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops and notes of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has citrusy and pine resin flavors along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice hoppy aromas and flavors and is very easy to drink.

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3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as part of a 6 pack at Whole Foods in the Bowery (NYC). Expectations are average; this is my first Captain Lawrence beer. Served cold into a kitchen glass.

BOTTLE: Bottled 10/28/2014. Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Generally appealing label art. 12 fl oz.

Reviewed live as an IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Decent frothiness. Above average creaminess. Could be softer, fuller, and thicker. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy nontransparent translucent copper with yellow hues. No yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Decent looking for an IPA, with no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Has a weak uninteresting hop profile - generic citrus, floral hop notes, pale malts, stale orange juice. Has a predictable pale malt base. Balance is decent but a bit uneven. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

A decent aroma of average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Floral and fruity, with prominent tangerine, a bit of grapefruit, and a kiss of pine over a simple pale malt base. Takes on some mango as it comes to temperature. That's pretty much all there is to it. Has a middling balance and not much going on. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Don't expect much intricacy or nuance here, but the fruit has fair subtlety to it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, crisp, medium-bodied, and unrefreshing. Moderate thickness. It's decently executed, but fails to elevate the beer. It doesn't specifically accentuate any constituent notes, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste either. Meh.

OVERALL: A drinkable forgettable IPA. Fair quality for a grocery store beer, but there're far better brews available in New York City. If I lived in the city, I might purchase this again, and I'll enjoy polishing off the six pack, but this doesn't make me eager to try more Captain Lawrence offerings. Likable for what it is.

Low C+

***
Second impressions from another bottle: Drinkable but wanting.

C+

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw gold with a finger head that dissapates quickly to some serious lacing. Crisp aroma grainy. Fresh taste with very clean finish. Nice.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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 nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smithj4
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Hop Commander IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 704 ratings
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