Saturday, January 14, 2012

Captain Lawrence - Captain's Reserve IIPA

Who doesn't appreciate a nice beer offering? My rockstar uncle is visiting from New York, and brought with him a local treat. Captain Lawrence hails from Pleasantville, NY (pleasant!) - its website offers lots of information about the brewery and owner. He's adorable. He started brewing at age 17, studied brewing in college (at age 18, before he could even legally drink his product). In 2006 he opened Captain Lawrence - largely run by his family. Cute.

Captain Lawrence's Captain's Reserve was poured fresh into a growler and carefully transported from New York to Michigan (through treacherous snow storms, no less!). This Imperial India Pale Ale is a big beer. A big, delicious beer. It poured a clear, pretty, light honey-like amber with a thin white head. A later (warmer) pour brought forth a larger, fluffier head and lots of sticky lace. Everything about this beer screams "fresh." The smell is very piney. And the taste--pineapple-grapefruit-pine hops. 80 IBUs (International Bittering Units -- nerds), 9% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), and 20 OGs. This is a new acronym for me. Can someone explain Original Gravity units in layman's terms please? Or maybe Captain Lawrence has 20 original gangsters. Whatever it is, it's working.
As per the brewery's website -- 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.

Indeed. This beer is big and hoppy. And did I mention that this beer was super tasty? While the flavors are strong, it is still very drinkable. It's not an overly bitter beer to slowly sip; there is balance. A great Imperial IPA. Beeradvocate.com rates it a 91% (exceptional) and Ratebeer.com rates it a 99%.

I'll give it an A for sure. Cheers!

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