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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2853) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
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.

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