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Captain Lawrence Captainís Reserve Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, has become the calling card of many craft brewers who arenít afraid to push the limits of what hops can add to a beer. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA. Sensory Profile: Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. Food Pairing: This beer needs an assertive food to stand up to it. Match Captainís Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2014
On tap @ KBF 2014. Pours a golden orange with a lasting off white head. Very bright aroma with orange and grapefruit citrus that is immediately followed by some tropical fruit along with a subtle note of pine. The flavor is resiny hop bitterness that attacks the palate first, followed by a hint of sweet tropical fruits. This is all backed up by a lingering, sugary grapefruit that fades into a prickly pinyness to dry things out through the finish. Medium body, that is nicely carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2254) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear gold with a medium sized white head. The aroma has plenty of grapefruit and pine. Straight forward. The taste has light bitterness and a ton of sweet citrus. Very juicy. Nicely five.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Draft at Good Dog. Tulip. Cloudy gold pour with a good white head that left tons of lace. Has a strong powdery lemon grapefruit pith flavor. Bitter and semi-juicy. Strong notes though not overly complex. Makes for a nice giant citrus IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (135) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Tastes bitter and of grapefruit. Decent lacing and below avg head retention. A cloudy pale color. Not the most attractive beer, but a tasty one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
knickskicks (762) - - SEP 8, 2014
Orange pour, white head. Nose is bready, sweet malts, pine. Taste is sweet malts, pine, grapefruit. Sticky medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. A little old but Iíd guess this is pretty solid fresh as itís still very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (340) - New York, USA - AUG 11, 2014
on tap,poured into a tulip glass..golden color with nice head..big hop aroma with citrus,pine as well..really good bitter,hoppy flavor with grapefruit as well..finishes dry and crisp..really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (823) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Poured in a St Bernardus chalice. Pours gold with small head and lace. Aroma of sweet malts and straw hops. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of straw and hay hops, rich malts. Overall big bold and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This one was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice hazy golden color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing coats the sides of the glass nicely and ends up following the beer in a nice gentle slide. The smell had a nice conglomeration of spicy and sweet citrusy to grapefruity hops to lead to a pretty nice sweet malt background. The taste took all of those flavors to combine very nicely and let it settle into a dry finish with no aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, pretty good DIPA worthy of having again. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA. Sensory Profile: Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. Food Pairing: This beer needs an assertive food to stand up to it. Match Captainís Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJ_Pain (128) - Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Wow! Great beer. Found this gem my last day on vacation to NY/NJ. Pretty much a perfectly balanced IIPA. Only knock(and it's minor and just a personal preference) is the alcohol is not very hidden and a little to upfront for an 8% IIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerZombies1 (37) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Captain Lawrence Captains reserve Imperial ipa 9% ABV APPEARANCE: Poured a star bright golden hay color. A great billowing fluffy off white head that continued to grow until I had to sip it down. Nice retention and wonderful lacing patterns. AROMA: As I was pouring I got hit with a huge whiff of dank, marijuana like hops. When I got my nose into the glass it went past that and really started getting the tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and fresh squeezed orange juice. Picking up a just put out cigar note, smokey and interesting not used to this nose on a dipa. TASTE: Huge wave of bitterness right off the bat that gets instantly balanced out by candied fruits. Some biscuity, bready malts peak in the middle and finishes with a great grassy, pine hoppy deliciousness. MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and medium carbonation both appropriate for the style. The 9% ABV is hidden very nice and the dry hoppy finish literately leaves my mouth dry and thirsty for more. OVERALL: In general I'm more of a west coast ipa fan then east due to the usual heavy malt flavor on the east coast ipa's. But this one just balances out so well, super solid and enjoyable. My first from captain Lawrence and overall I was very impressed. I would recommend this to any dipa lovers. RATING: 4.4/5 Zombie Heads! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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