Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford, NY, IPA, 6.5%abv is golden yellow with quickly receding fluffy white head. The nose has upfront grapefruit and lemon rind with plenty of floral hops and pine resin. The palate has light grapefruit up front followed with lemon, lime and tropical fruit acidity. The malt remains in the background, but it is always present in the rich mouth feel. The mid palate shows of the floral hops and pine comes in on the finish. The Captain Lawrence IPA is very well balanced between the citrusy floral hops and the malt.
Despite the relatively high alcohol level, the alcohol doesn’t dominate or give any impressions of its strength. Captain Lawrence IPA is very easy drinking and easy to enjoy on a warm evening or while watching a ballgame.
The Captain Lawrence IPA is also very food friendly, enjoy it with a juicy burger at an outdoor cookout or some spicy wings at your favorite bar.
If you happen to be in Westchester County just north of New York City, take a trip to the Captain Lawrence brewery in Elmsford, NY. They offer a tour through the brewery and you can also sample their offerings on draught in their taproom. It is nice to take a tour through a working brewery and try the brews right at the source.