I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date whatsoever. The bottle cost $2.75 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark gold hue with slight orange tinge. Mostly clear with a
slight haziness. Forms a small, soapy, white head which mostly
dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Light pine needles and flowers. A touch of butter.
Taste: Captain Lawrence’s Imperial IPA was a pretty amazing beer when it
first debuted and made this brewery a hot commodity. Why they waited so
long to release a standard single IPA is beyond me. Not that this brew
is nearly as impressive as its imperial brethren. Mostly it’s a standard
East Coast IPA, which is a nice change of pace, frankly.
Mild bitterness up front with a slight confectionery malty character of
caramel and toffee and perhaps some butter or butterscotch. Light earthy
character, but nothing spicy. Strong hop bite at the top of the swig,
imparting some resin and pine flavors. They wash away a little quickly,
though, as sheer dry bitterness finishes up the palette. This is a fine
IPA overall, and if that’s all it’s meant to be, then it works.
Drinkability: Captain Lawrence IPA is definitely an ideal starter or
transitory IPA for those getting into hoppy beers. The well-balanced
body in conjunction with the comfortable mouthfeel and smooth finish
make it remarkably drinkable. Supposedly this brew is 7% ABV, but the
bottle doesn’t say and neither does the brewery’s website. If that’s
accurate it seems a bit high since the weight and body wouldn’t seem to
be that strong.