RATINGS: 704   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 aren’t 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 Captain’s Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.

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kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Name: Captain’s Reserve
Date: 01/10/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting

muddy orange, fine white head, touch of lace, sweet pine aroma with a nice fruity mango essence, sweet pine and caramel flavor, nice fruity sweetness, light balancing bitterness,
-------- /> Name: Captain’s Reserve
Date: 11/17/2007
Mode: hand bottle
Score: 3.5 to 3.7
Words: throwdown 3

same wonderful sweet pine and fruity character, picking up a touch of alcohol, bigger bitterness in the finish but offers a bit more balance without distraction,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Had a sample from a growler ,a sample given from the brewer himself.This beer poured an amber color with huge aromas of hops,pine and citrus.Clean and crisp finish-an absolutely great beer.

johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Woah! Poured dark amber with off white head. Big aroma of hops and citrus. Big party of hop flavors in your mouth with hints of citrus. One of best IIPA I’ve ever had. Delicious and smooth.

jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Growler from scthaden on "the other site" (sorry guys). Frothy head. Nice lacing. Crisp dry finish w/ a big, creamy mouthfeel. More like an American strong than a IIPA. Hop presence is rather subdued. Good nonetheless.

Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger NYC- One of the best aromas on an i2pa I’ve experienced aside from the dreadnaught. A wonderfuly balanced and huge imperial that would rate higher with a touch more malt. I am very impressed.

ABUSEDGOAT (2847) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Nearly clear amber. Aroma is the typical PNW goods with grapefruit, citrus, pine, a touch of tropical fruits. Typical caramel backing. Predictable but very enjoyable and well made. Had it as fresh as it’s ever gonna be... kegged that day at the brewery. Bottle it!

HoppityHop (206) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Amazing in nearly every aspect. The coloring was a beautiful dark bronze, the aroma was ridiculously hoppy, and the flavor was everything you expect from an IPA and more.........much, much more. Hearty and easy to drink, yet there’s so much going on, you will savor every sip. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol this one packs, and the aftertaste just makes you want another one (and another one after that). Finally, a brew that lives up to the hype, I can’t say enough good things about this fine crafted specimen. I can’t imagine it gets much better than this!

Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2007
A still, clear amber pour. Aroma of wildflowers, vodka, and those poundable chocolate oranges. Simple. Taste initially seems to waver toward complete alcoholic dissonance. Sharp with aerosol. The flood eventually recedes into a pure citrus sunshine of pineapple, mango, and white donut peach. A massive piney bitterness, impossible to ignore, precedes a rather smooth and vegetal yerba mate pulse. Sufficient malt presence is felt but not tasted for the most part. This works. Carbonation is reserved, which streamlines the experience in this case. Soft and staying power on the palate. Vaguely different, and kindly effortless. Thanks Andrew!

iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 Rerate! From a growler filled three days ago at De Cicco in Ardsley, $13.99. Clear toasted gold with a small creamy off-white head that fades to little more than a thick ring, though does rouse a bit. Orange and pine hops up front with a bit of caramel malt and a light metallic note. Not a hop bomb, but fairly hoppy. Flavor has some sweeter ripe orange notes and not quite the pine, and a little more caramel malt. Finishes semi-dry with bitterness at a 5-6 that lingers at the back corners of my tongue. Light carbonation with full body. Better than I remember it being, but the rating didn’t really change, either. 7/4/2007 Rating. 12oz hand bottle from Dickinsonbeer, thanks much Paul! Pours a clear copper with a 1/4 finger light yellowish white head. Pine, pineapple, and some grapefruity hops dominate the aroma, a solid sweet caramel backbone is also everpresent. The hops do seem to have died out a tad on this one, but it still seems fresh enough for an accurate rating. The flavor proves me wrong. It’s hard to explain the flavor of faded hops other than the pine or tangerine or spice are lessened and the bitterness comes forth even more--to everyone who knows this (most everybody), I’m sorry. There is still some pine, but the grapefruit and pineapple seem quite diminished. Small amount of caramel sweetness and a light alcohol presence--semidry finish. Bitterness peaks around a 7-8 (of 10). Moderate carbonation with a medium to full body. Pretty good overall, though this would’ve been even better fresher. 8-4-7-4-14--3.7

TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2007
growler from JB175. Thanks Jason! Pours a golden amber with a thin white head with constant lacing. Aroma is very fruity--pineapple and grapefruit noted. Flavor is very full and hoppy, yet has a sweet malt element to it that balances it out very nicely without overshadowing the resinous hops. Palate is bitter--but good bitter. Alcohol noted, but very well controlled. Captain Lawrence continues to impress.

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