RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2832) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Growler from Bierkraft in tumbler. Hazy orange copper with lasting head and lotsa lace. Extremely piney citrusy hop aroma. Medium honey orange sweet fruitiness with bursting hop flavor and bracing bitterness. Some of the freshest hop flavor I have had. One of the most quaffable and best tasting DIPAs I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Growler form gregc on BA. Dark orange with a nice head. Aroma is pine, malt and ripe fruit ( pear, melon?). Taste is similar with pine, caramel malt and definite honeydew and pear. Nice bitter finish. Medium carbonation almost syrupy. Pretty good dipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Growler. Poured dark copper with nice white head. Aroma was pine hops and citrus. Taste is fresh and hoppy, very delicious. finishes just as good as it started, a very good DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Another growler shared by swolf3! Thanks wolf for all the beers. Nice DIPA! Very smooth and fresh. Good head and good lacing. Taste is clean and crisp. Nice hop bitterness,but not overdone. Good texture and carbonation. Good DIPA thanks wolf!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn. Pours lightly hazy dark copper with a creamy off-white head and solid lacing. Nose is resiny pine hops and sweet caramel. Taste is sweet caramel malt, with the resiny hop character emerging early and persisting throughout. Citrus comes through as well, though secondary to the resiny bitterness that seems to come through as the primary hop note. Finish is rich and just a tad dry, with a lingering bitterness. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. Solid offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Growler/tap. Wow! This is what a dipa should be. Pour is hazy amber with lacy white head. Aromas strong of pine, citrus, and sweet malt. Flavor is all hops. Not dry to finish and I can’t find anything wrong with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Tap at Captain Lawrence. This stuff is scary good. Best session beer on the planet. I debate between this and hopslam as my favorite DIPA’s. Pours foggy amber color with beautiful quarter in white head. It’s piney and juicy. Has a nice hoppy and fresh taste to it. Great summer slammer. This go down very easy, highly recommended double IPA. Slightly underated IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Had the Captain Lawrence Double IPA on tap at Delaney’s In New Haven. It pours a dark yellow or off orange - it is hard to put your fingers on this color. The head is amazing and the lacing is sick. the lacing follows you down the glass to near perfection. It smells hoppy but not in a way that will blow out your senses because it appears to be well balanced in both aroma and taste. This is probably one of the smoothest Imperial IPAs I have ever had. It is bitter but there is also that malt backbone that keeps it from ripping your taste buds apart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Draft at CL. Dark golden straw in color. Hugely pungent, enticing nose of crystalline-sugared hop cones, citrus fruit, honey, clean, husky straw-scented malts, and a light dose of creamy yeast. Flavor is rich, sharp, exciting, pungent and bright, centers on mandarin oranges, some fainter grapefruit and melon notes, texture is somewhat oily and full but very smooth and palatable. Supremely delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haslinger (929) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Incredible smell of hops. The taste is almost pine with some definite sweet hops. Its sweet but almost bitter. Its not as hoppy as many IIPA’s Ive had. DEfinitely would buy again

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