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RATINGS: 678   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2008
From a handbottled 22 via MrBendo, bomber in great shape. Nice and appropriate carbonation level, hanging around. Wonderful medium dark bronze color. Slippery, oily and sticky palate. Intense pine, sappy aroma. Astringent hop flavors of pine and grapefruit, some toasted bread, some tropical-type sugars. The sugars donít offset the bitterness too much which is a common complaint for me about Double IPAs. Very good, not my fave style but I had to try this version. All in all a very good, very balanced and not overly sweet DIPA. Goes well with Boarís Head Rosemary and Sun-Dried Tomato Ham.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2905) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
On tap, Gingerman, NYC. Really nice citrus aroma. Dark orange, good sized white head. Malty taste with a ton of pine like hops. Very warming alcohol. Tons of hops yet balanced, a superb DIPA - warmed my chilly rain soaked bones on Feb 1 2008.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Slightly hazy amber/orange. Aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. West coast balanced. Finish is bitter and biting in your throat. A pretty good West Coast DIPA, but not among the outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
secretstash (8) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008 does not count
on draft at CL while getting my golden delicious. poured golden orange white head nice lacing . citrus nose and hopps lots of hops flavor was rather what one should expect of good ipa but nothing spectatular

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Growler provided by kmweaver. Hazy amber body with a small white head. Sugary caramel malt nose with citrus and pine. The flavor is moderately sweet with caramel, cotton candy and bread. Medium/full body is round and chewy with moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Growler, courtesy of yobdoog. Thanks, Trevor! Pours a clear, bright golden-orange color; white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Good amounts of chewy citrus and earthiness in the aroma; dense, singular. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; resiny, chewy citrus and earthy hops upfront; pleasant amounts of balancing candy sugar and wet malts; tasty, balanced, and very drinkable. Some tropical fruits coming through. A solid, resinous IIPA. Lengthy, sugar, citrus and earthy hops in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2155) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Draft at Ginger Man, NYC. This struck me as the stereotype of a double IPA ó big citrus flavor and lots of bitterness. Dark orange body with little head, but what is there is off-white. The aroma is filled with grapefruit, resin, pine and orange peel. There is a slight hint of grain, perhaps warm bread, in the background. The flavor is moderately to heavily bitter and lightly sweet. Alcoholic warmth starts to creep in after two or three sips. Medium body and watery texture with average carbonation. Nice sensation of smoothness followed by raspy bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Aroma glows of resin and total coalescence of resins, sap, and light Mexican incense. Very refined. Pours in orange light translucency and a syrupy white head. Flavor becomes big in pineapple stem, persimmon seeds, and loblolly pine roots. Very fresh and glowing. Alcohol stays very quiet. Heads into that hop combination of breadiness and warmth from an otherly place. What Iím looking for and what I find is excellent hop utilization for flavor and aroma, as opposed to developing all sorts of lawnmower bitterness along the way. This beer certainly has a very developed and articulate hop profile, making it totally enjoyable. If anything it could use some more definition at certain areas and maybe a touch more malt nuance, but itís really quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Growler filled courtesy of Goldtwins. Pours a deep red/orange body with a somewhat sticky, off-white head. Big grappefruit and pineapple aroma. Flavor is syrupy pinapple and oranges with a big grapefruit and pine needle kick that takes over through the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2007
64oz Growler I have the opportunity of drinking this growler thanks to scthaden. Captainís 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. Thereís 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. Iím 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. Iím glad I had the opportunity to try this one. 12/01/07


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