Beer # 127 Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold

Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold

 Name:  Xtra Gold

Style:  Tripel

Brewery: Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. website 

Country:  USA

Region: Pleasantville, New York

ABV: 10.0% Abv

How served: 750 ml bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet.         

My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 

I paired this beer with: Chipotle and cherry marinated wild salmon which was grilled.  This was a very nice pairing as this fish with its woodsy flavor match up with the sweetness & mild bitterness of this brew.

Tasted on:  Friday June 18th, 2010. 

Note:  The beer poured with a nice 2 finger head which dissipated rapidly and left a thin lacing on the glass.  The nose was floral and citrusy leaning more towards orange.  The taste started with the expected sweetness from a Belgian style triple with the citrus and spice notes.  You get a mild piney bitterness which help balance the sweetness of this ale from those “American hops”.  The mouthfeel was dry, thin and refreshing with a nice level of carbonation in this extremely drinkable brew.  Be careful as it is 10%abv, which you will not notice until you are done with the bottle.

Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold in tulip

Captain Lawrence suggested drinking this out of a goblet.  I did, but since I always enjoy my triples in tulips, I had my second glass out of a La Chouffe tulip.  I thought the presentation & the nose where superior when it was in the tulip glass.  The taste, maybe it was more psychological, also tasted much better in the tulip.   I say go with a TULIP GLASS instead.

Now which one looks better to you?

The one on the left in the LaChouffe Tulip or the top photo in the Rochefort Chalise?

I would say the Tulip, would you agree?  Now the better looking glass is up to debate, but I’m talking about the look of this beer.




On the Label:  GOLD MEDAL XTR

A GOLD “AMERICAN – BELGO  STYLE ALE”  GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL 2008.  You are probably looking at this label saying to yourself; “American Tripel?”  Well I figured since we brewed this beer in the great State of New York, and we are using a copious amount of American grown hops to give this beer both its hoppy flavor and aromas, technically it can’t be called a Belgian style.  You hold in your hands my tribute to the great Belgian brewers, but brewed with a healthy dose of good old American Amarillo hops.  Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, so hope you enjoy.  Cheers, Scott Vaccaro 

On their Website: This beer is the result of the marriage between two very distinct beer styles; the Belgian Tripel & American IPA. We have taken the best qualities from both styles and allowed them to shine through. The fruity and spicy notes from the imported Belgian yeast strain & the pungent flavors and aromas of the American grown Amarillo hops flow seamlessly together to create this flavorful ale.  Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy.

SENSORY PROFILE: Enjoy in a goblet or wine glass. Tropical fruit and honey are the two biggest aromas coming from this lively brew. While the hop bitterness is not as powerful as an IPA, the hop flavor melds nicely with the fruity flavors created by the imported Belgian yeast strain used.

FOOD PAIRING: This beer goes great with roasted vegetables, fish and rotisserie chicken. And it can be used as a aperitif before dinner with shrimp cocktail.

Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo
Malts: Belgian Pilsner Malt.
IBU: 33
ABV: 10%
OG: 19
Type of Glass: Goblet

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Beer # 111 Captain’s Reserve Imperial India Pale Ale


Captain's Reserve Imperial India Pale Ale

Name: Captain’s Reserve Imperial India Pale Ale

Style:  Imperial India Pale Ale

Brewery: Captain Lawrence Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region: Pleasantville, New York

ABV: 9.0% Abv

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: A really thick tomato based vegetable soup with shrimp and fish added.  This was as good as a pair as it could get.

Tasted on:  Wednesday May 19th, 2010. 

Note: This beer poured with a nice puff head which lasted almost to the end, leaving a beautiful lacing. Very nice citrus nose.  It tasted mildly sweet upfront then a mild grapefruit bitterness followed.  This was very refreshing and not over the top in any way to make you think you where drinking an Imperial IPA instead of an IPA.  If you find this beer in your area, be sure to pick a few and you will not be disappointed.

On the Label:   Imperial India Pale Ale.  Even the name sounds impressive. But what should really impress you is the hoppy nectar that is held within this bottle.  A true testament to the ingenuity of the American craft brewers; this style of beer concentrates more hop character than any style before it.  Created from a blend of 5 different hop varieties this beer is the ultimate hop lovers dream come true. Cheers, Scott Vaccara.

From their 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.


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.


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.

Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade
Malts: Domestic Pale Malt, English Pale Malt, English Crystal Malt
IBU: 80
OG: 20
Type of Glass: Other

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