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Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.00 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
500 ml bottle that has been gifted to me by the amazing Lum. This one was off my radar, but I'm happy the bottle is in my possession. Served up in my shaped and beautiful Dogfish Head pint.

A: Tricky off the pour. The head built incredibly slowly, but right after the midway point of the pour the head built incredibly quickly. I was left with about 3 fingers of head sitting on top here. The body is very clear, was kind of expecting some debris. The color is nice citrus orange color, held to the light its got more of vibrant yellow going on here. Head is off white, foamy and creamy. Very sticky on the glass, creating some pretty good lace.

S: Smell is mostly a big presence of some sweet and very big orange citrus notes. Smells like a freshly cut orange . . . plain and simple. You may have cut a grapefruit on the cutting board cuz some lingering grapefruit notes are floating around. Little bit of caramel and bready malt presence. Everything is pretty muted except for that orange presence, but its nice.

T: Things get a little more mixed up here than in nose. Grapefruit is the first one out of the gate this time. Nice and bitter. Bitterness is added to with some orange citrus notes coming out as some skin and rind. Sweet malt comes through trying to balance, but its not succeeding all the way. Very pleasant bitterness sticks around. Things round out with some grass and grains trying to work they way out, but its slight at best. Everything comes together incredibly well.

M: Medium in body with a creamy texture to it. Creamy and sticky all over the palate. Carbonation is on the ligher side of medium. Alcohol brings a little bit of heat on the throat over time. A litte sweet but a little dry. Aftertaste is some orange and grapefruit, orange rind is all over the place when I lick my lips. Damn nice.

OA: Its bitter but its not crazy out of hand. It has what hop heads want, but its still drinkable. The orange flavors are plentiful and a very nice surprise. Most DIPAs stay in the more tropical arena, but the orange notes add the bitterness but also with some sweetness. I really like this beer, too bad its a reserve. Thumbs up!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2009
64oz Growler

I have the opportunity of drinking this growler thanks to scthaden. Captain's Reserve pours a surprisingly clear polished amber with very few but very large carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A three finger dirty white head forms on the pour and very slowly falls leaving some nice spider webbed lacing on its way down.

The aroma is full blast sweetened grapefruit along with a touch of juicy sweet orange. There's some caramel maltiness in the background but you have to strain to pick it up. Actually as this beer warms a little more the carmel comes forward along with a muted graininess. Ghost-like alcohol fumes rise toward the end that are there one second and gone the next.

This is a big juicy sweetened citrus fruit basket of a IIPA. This beer is ever evolving as it sits and warms and gets swirled. Sweetened grapefruit, orange, and a little tangerine are dominant throughout but the finish brings a calming, smooth, mellow pine needle hoppiness. This hoppness on the backend meets a 50/50 combo of caramel and grainy maltiness that balance things out very nicely. Even though this finishes balanced it leaves you knowing your tongue just took about 40 lashings.

The body of this beer is on the thicker side of medium with a slight stickiness on the backend. The carbonation keeps this beer moving and keeps it from being cloying in the least. Finishes slightly dry with the feeling that your tongue got a swift beating which is just the way I enjoy my IIPAs.

The drinkability is good for sure. I'm drinking a couple pints from this growler and wish I had a couple more. The dryness leaves you wanting another drink immediately.

This just clears the border of being an IPA. About an extra point on the abv. and with the big hoppiness comes a big maltiness. Another enjoyable brew from Captain Lawrence. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

Reviewed: 12/1/07

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 10/05/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 16 5 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella on 9/15/09.

Pours a very, and I mean very clear pale yellow with an egg-shell white color inch of foam.

Citrus fruit salad, mango, papaya, and caramel malt on first encounter. A bit grassy at times. The grapefruit starts to shine through with some sweat orange, which makes me think of Simcoe. A decent amount of tangerine as well. Very nice aroma over all, hardly any alcohol detected.

Flavorful hop mixture that follows the aroma. Orange, pink grapefruit, papaya, mango, caramel, and a bit of light toast rush the palate on the first sip. Low bitterness for a DIPA but quite clean, just a tad too sweet in the finish than I would have liked, otherwise I would have scored it higher because the hop flavors are quite good.

Very nice moderate to high carbonation, creamy on the palate, smooth in the finish and easy to drink. Very tasty beer, not overly impress but I wouldn't mind having it again if offered.

Served In: Other

Review by urbanhack on 11/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 17 5 9 2008
I love this beer. I typically like the West coast style of DIPA, but Captain Lawrence has something special here. It might be the best balanced DIPA I've had.

It has a great bright, light color of orange and smells incredible. The malt and the hops really go hand in hand.

One of my favorites here on the east coast.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 04/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
From a hand bottled 22oz

A: Quite a cloudy brick colored brew with on overall easiness to it. The head is medium sized, yet creamy and serene…the color of milk.

S: Nice smelling beer here. Get a lot of watermelon candy, caramel, strawberry preserves, orange marmalade and cherry.

T: Begins buttery and smooth with a delicate maltiness to it. Really chewy dough flavors with shots of orange juice swirled through it. This is one of those malty dipa’s, like Yulesmith. And just like in the aroma, I get candy…you know that flavor all Jolly Ranchers have? That’s the one, and its here. There’s almost an herbal quality before the swallow, perhaps fern. After the swallow, the caramel and candy intensifies, bringing with it a solid wave of bitterness. Bitterness is complete across the palate but not overdone to the state of being distracting. Finishes mildly citrusy and quite pleasant. Get some old tangerine in a really good way.

M: Medium body with an ultra smooth mouthfeel.

D: What a great beer! Very drinkable, really good balance, nice aroma and a stellar mouthfeel. Malty DIPA’s aren’t usually my favorite style, but this one is working for me. If it was local to me, it would certainly enter my rotation.

Served In: Tulip

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