ryan (3185) - 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. kmweaver (3208) - 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. jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Draft at Ginger Man, NYC. This struck me as the stereotype of a double IPA — 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. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, 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 I’m 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 it’s really quite nice. 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.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2007
I have the opportunity of drinking this growler thanks to scthaden. Captain’s 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. There’s 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. I’m 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. I’m glad I had the opportunity to try this one.
12/01/07 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 don’t know, this was my 20th tasting of the night. Damn good though. beerbill (3618) - 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. 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. 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 doesn’t have that overwhelming mouth-puckering hop flavor. It is very balanced and extremely delicious.