had mixed feelings about New York’s own Captain Lawrence brewery for a
while, and I was little skeptical going into “Effortless IPA.” However,
just a few sips in and I was convinced this was an excellent beer and it
makes me want to try more of their range (brewing big beers is easy,
but making small, sessionable brews that pop is quite an
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright orange/golden hue with some haziness but carbonation
is always visible. Pours to a large, eggshell, foamy head which laces
and retains very well.
Smell: Orange citrus with bright, clean aromatics. Slight spicy/herbal character.
Taste: Too many session IPAs tend to be simply just watered-down pale
ales with extra hops. If you can truly reduce the IPA style in scale
you’re doing it right and that’s what this beer does. Fairly strong hop
presence right away with a distinct flavor of orange with an underlying
zest or spicy sensation. Not quite juicy, but not quite potpourri,
either – somewhere in between. Plenty of malt to this body to build a
firm foundation. The bitterness is consistent in its 45 IBU strength,
though a lot of the hop character is in the form of tasty flavor and not
just alpha acidity. The citric flavor lasts from beginning to end and
the beer becomes a bit fruitier as it warms. This is definitely one of
the best session IPAs I’ve had and, interestingly enough, may be the
best beer I’ve had from this brewery.
Drinkability: At 4.5% ABV, Captain Lawrence Effortless IPA is actually
one of the heftier entries into the style, but it at least lives up to
its name. There’s genuine body and mouthfeel to this brew – it’s not
merely carbonated water. Slightly refreshing while in the mouth and the
hops fade a bit slowly after each swig (though that’s a good thing in
the case of this beer). This would be fun to have in cans for the