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RATINGS: 687   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 aren’t 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 Captain’s Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJ_Pain (168) - 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

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
16oz bottle, thanks to Mike L. for sharing! Hazy golden, slight orange color. Thin ring of white head. Leaves loose lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Kind of a piney, soapy hop character. Moderate bitter, light tart. Some citrusy hop. Light caramel malt, and some bigger yeast influence. Some metallic on the back end. OK imperial IPA for me, not my favorite. Possibly not fresh? Tastes a little off. Interesting to try ~3oz of, but a whole bottle would have been a drag. ... Turns out this was bottled 11/18/2013, I went back to check out the date (it was picked up fresh from a store shelf less than a month ago).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BLADT (658) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle pour. Murky orange. Restrained, white head. Aroma is clearly that of a strong IPA, but with an unexpected warmth contributed by the pale malts. Very grassy flavor with dandelion and a floral spiciness. Some orange esters and caramel sweetness round out the taste. Concise and well executed. Dry finish. High-ish ABV does not detract.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2677) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
500 ml bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a lightly cloudy golden colour with average, lasting white head. Aroma is rather resiny with some light citric notes and some bready, caramel malt. Flavour is dank and resiny with hints of citric hops and a solid bready and caramelly backbone. Plus sized body. Nice, though I’d love to try a really fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from a local shop. Aroma is orange peel, grapefruit feel, and light resin/malt. Pours slightly hazy and amber with a nice big sticky head, the kind that sticks to the glass. Taste is citrussy and sweet with apricot, grapefruit and a nice sticky malt back. This one was bottled about three months ago so I’m curious to see how amazing this would be fresh. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (505) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a hazy pale yellow, thick stuff... White mid size head. Aroma is grapefruit, citra, piney hop, grass. Taste is super gooey fruits, dank hop resin, sweet malt but good balance. Pretty solid stuff, med mouthfeel... Juicy/gooey fruit and hops, finishes full of citrus hop. Nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Renobob (1051) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 11, 2014
Bue à la pression. Couleur dorée, trouble. Assez douce dans l’ensemble, on ne sent l’amère que sur la finale, plutôt sèche du coup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2408) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Sampled at AC Beerfest (2014). Poured a hazy light orange color with a nice foamy off white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, bread crust, citrus zest, and pine. Taste is much the same with a stronger caramel malt backbone coming through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cpetrone84 (1588) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pour is a lightly hazed golden yellow with lots of white head and some large bubbles. Nose is heavy bready malt and caramel. Hints of hop but very faint. Either completely old extra or just a rough nose. Taste is much of the same, provides a bit more resin and pine hop. Still not hop forward. Not very good.

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