joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing iowaherkeye. Rich aroma, pineapples and cream. Meaty rich flavors. Malt and cheese. Slight stew like qualities. I donít know, this was my 20th tasting of the night. Damn good though.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler filled at Bellport Beer and Soda. Pours a clear copper with a moderate off-white head that left thick coats of lace down the sides of the glass. Strong citrusy aroma of grapefruit with a bit of lemon and some pine notes as well, but mostly citrus. The hops dominate the flavor as well, with more pine flavors and less citrus than the aroma. The caramel malt backbone supports the hops nicely. Bitter at the finish but not excessive. Very well done.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey. Poured a slightly hazy orange color. Head was off white. Smelled of caramel, pineapple, and citrusy hops. Slightly sweet on the tongue with moderate to assertive hop bitterness of about 6-7 out of 10. Fruity and malty flavor with pineapple and caramel. There were also some mixed vegetables and a distinct sweaty note. Pretty decent IIPA.
danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the brewery: Poured a clear amber color with a slightly off-white head. Aroma is floral. The taste of this beer is naturally all about the hops, but it has a nice malty taste as well. The hops give the beer big pine, citrus and grape flavor. Unlike a lot of imperial IPAs, this one doesnít have that overwhelming mouth-puckering hop flavor. It is very balanced and extremely delicious.
dchmela (2766) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Pours amber copper color with very little head. Big malty hop aroma with additional grapefruit and pine. Nice balance of malt and hops, very smooth. Dry hoppy aftertaste that is really nice, very good.
Hand Bottle courtesy sleeplopes. Pours a golden copper with a thin white head. might have gotten a little too much air in the bottle. Still, huge grapefruit nose, and earthy hoppy pine. Smooth malt taste with dry grapefruit hop bite. Even with losing some of the kick, this is a very tasty DIPA.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A translucent pour eventually produces soft lines of sedimentary fallout, creating a glimmering unfiltered look. Very pretty glowing amber color with a thin, rapidly fading off-white head. The hoppy aroma is magnificent. Fruit and floral notes are utterly dominated by juicy ruby-red grapefruit. The malty background is medium toasty and bold enough without going overboard. The flavor introduces a very smooth, moderate bitterness. Light sweetness grows and lingers after each sip. Balance and drinkability are marvelous, but I wouldnít expect anything else from this brewery; high expectations have been met. The finish is moderately bitter and lightly sweet. The mouthfeel is medium-full, prickly, with light carbonation. Very well done.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Thanks Paul. Draft Version. Pours clear copper with weak white head. The aroma is very fruity and floral with a sweet sugary orange juice soda note and flower pedals. The taste seems a bit thin (due to the low carbonation) and earthy right off followed by caramelized malts, floral hop bitterness and citrus orange to nearly lemonade (but not tart or sweet). As the taste progresses the bitterness grows as does the earthiness. Interesting interpretation of the style. It leaves mild citrus hop bitterness into the after taste.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Thanks Paul!! Pours a clear orange amber, with almost no head. Big, juicy, grapefruit hoppy aroma. Not much pine, more citrus hops than anything. The flavor has a big quantity of hops as expected, and was quite bitter on the palate. Very juicy bitter finish which keeps making me crave another sip of this. Not overly done, and fairly good balance for a double IPA. This was tasty and well done. This brewery continues to impress.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Several occasions, most recently growler. Poured orange-amber with some white head. Aroma of grapefruity hops primarily, with a little malt as well. Taste is slighlty different, with an initial burst of hops that fades into malty sweetness. That was essentially what kept this beer from being 4+; needed more bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel and more hop presence in the finish. Definitely a quality IIPA.