Drank a lot of great beers over the last week and I should have lots reviews being finished over the next few days. Kicking things off with something pretty local Captain Lawrence Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA from right over the Tappan Zee Bridge in Elmsford NY. This is a beer I have certainly had a few times in the past including fresh from the brewery on draft and also probably one of the freshest bottled beers I have ever had when I get a bottle of this from the brewery bottled 5 days before I drank it. This beer was also voted best beer in the Hudson Valley at the TAP festival back in ’09. Captain’s Reserve comes in at 9% ABV and 90 IBUs.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger head. Really a beautiful looking beer, perfect color for a Double IPA in my mind.
Nose: This one has a super dank nose. Bursting with tropical fruits; lot of mango and pineapple. Fresh fruit juice, pine, resin and fresh hops. Simcoe really taking over in the nose of this one and I gotta say I love it.
Taste/Mouth: Big hop bite right up front with lots of citrus and pine notes in the bitterness. You get some heat during the finish which is slightly dry. Really thick and smooth mouth makes drinking it pretty easy considering the big ABV and bitterness. Some cracker maltiness helps balance bitterness and heat a bit as well. Very inviting beer, makes you want to keep drinking.
Availability/Price: This is very available for me as I am located less than an hour from the brewery and it gets good distribution to NJ/NY. Price is pretty on point as well the bottle ran me somewhere around $5.
Overall: This is one of the best DIPA’s I have ever had when less than a month old or on draft. It’s problem is it falls off, really hard. So if you see this one on draft or in a bottle thats preferably under a month old (under 2 months isn’t bad either) definitely grab it. After two months this one loses it shine real quick. Fresh and on draft this is probably an A+ for sure.