Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 28
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Billolick on 02-04-2006

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Photo of generallee
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. It is topped off with a small just off white head. This head slowly settles to a thin wispy film covering.

Smell: In the nose I get some light maltiness with mild floral and citrus hop notes.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a good malt base with a slight clover honey like sweetness. This is balanced with floral, citrus and grassy hop bitterness. The carbonation feels well balanced to body making it very drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler, picked up at the brewery today. Pours light golden almost clear with a slight but long lasting tiny bubble white head, leaves minor splotchy lacing after a vigorous swirl. Nose is of limes, pepper and Belgian yeast. This is an easy drinking, Belgian single/golden inspired ale. Notes of more citrus, especially lime, quinine and pepper. Crisp and refreshing, packs a punch at 6%. Moderate hops till a subtle dryness arrives in the finish. A delicate, complex, and well crafted ale from the newest player in the NY craft beer scene. Looking foward to trying other styles from Capt. L.!

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from tasting notes. A spicy, malty orange nose with a little Belgian barnyard and a suspicion of smoke. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head that produces good lace. On the palate, citrus and melon, rich malts, over ripe fruit and moderate bitterness with long lingering slightly bittered malt after tastes. medium high carbonation, medium full body.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bar Americain in NYC.

Had no idea what I was getting when I tried this one, actually thought it was an IPA at first because of the great hoppy flavor, but realised that it was so much more after a few sips. Really smooth and complex flavor with an excellent aroma and delicate head.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with a 1 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body. No real lacing.

S: First thing that I notice is a banana like yeast characteristic. Has a farmhouse or saison sort of a pale malting to it. Certainly has a belgian twist to it.

T: Light banana and a nice belgian yeastiness. One of the better American attempts at a Belgian style. Focuses on the yeast and it comes through. Well balanced, moderate hopping with a sweet malt finish.

M: Fairly light on the tongue but still creamy in mouthfeel. Bit of a booze bite but not much. Easy drinking, good finish certainly has some authenticity.

Overall another tasty Captain Lawrence, been impressed with everything from them so far. Recommended to any belgian fans.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Captain Lawrence- Liquid Gold

On tap at House of Brews 51st. NYC

A- Cloudy orange with a thick sticky and messy head.
S- Peppery spices and orange/ citrus rind pinch the nose.
T- Sweet spiciness! Pepper, clove, nutmeg, and lavender dominate this one.
M- very spicey very dry. touch of sourness in the end.

Overall- A good spicy sipper. refreshing yet full of flavor. Another good warm afternoon beer!

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter golden yellow with a bit of haze and orange coming through, good soapy head, nice bubbles to the top.

Smell: Nice spicy banana, clove, and bubblegum, along with some mild earthy phenolic activity. A bit of citrus and hops in the nose too.

Taste: Balanced clove, banana, and bubblegum, with good balancing bitterness from the hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, good prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, fresh, and tasty version of a BPA. Good flavors and highly sessionable. I'd like to get some more.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Monk. A lighter Belgian ale. Pours deep yellow to golden colour with a minimum head. Carbonation bubbles. Yeast is the characteristic, as it warms I can distinguish a tad of funk, spiciness featuring clove. True to style, but Something needed to distinguish itself in this style?

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great surprise! Based upon the name I was expecting a standard golden ale but this brilliant Belgian-style golden ale blew that notion right out the window!

It pours a clear golden body beneath a dollop of white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a standard collar. It leaves nice lacing at the outset of the glass, but little beyond that.

The nose offers the spicy and peppery yeasty notes of Chimay over a delicately sweet maltiness with some floral and spicy hops backing it up. A note of citrus weaves its way through, lending it a brightness that's quite welcoming.

The flavor offers delicate, subtly biscuity and lightly candyish (vanilla, honey) malt upfront, backed by notes of lemony citrus, yeasty pepper, and floral hops. It's well-balanced, and finishes dry with a gently lingering spicy-sweet malt note.

Very nice! Liquid Gold is not over-done like so many others. Superbly balanced and quite drinkable!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rattle-n-Hum poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a 1 finger fine white head that dissipated rather slowly but left little lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Brew itself was a clear, golden orange hue.

S: Malts, citrus, and ripe, sour berries.

T: Opens with a nice malty citrus backbone that lasts into a woody aroma that finishes slightly hoppy but not overly so. A very well balanced taste profile.

M: Course and very light bodied. There is little to no aftertaste lingering in the mouth.

D: Goes down easy and very enjoyable. This is a great summer beer to sip on these last warm days.

Photo of dirtylou
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, Rattle & Hum NYC

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint - bright clear golden body (liquid gold almost), light white froth

smell: classic belgian yeast profile, white pepper, candy sugars, lemon zest

taste: i meant to order the extra gold (got that next instead), belgian yeast similar to chimay, lemon, citrus, white pepper, belgian sugars. Nice beer

mouthfeel: light and refreshing

drinkability: high

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blind Tiger on a hot saturday afternoon.

Not sure why, but I mistook this for CL's tripel at first. The body was thick enough, though the flavor was a little mellow for a big abv beer. I guess that makes a good belgian pale with some body to it. The flavor was subtle and the kind that went on far through the aftertaste. The aroma was Hennepin-like with funky barnyard aromas and grassy hops. The taste started with a clean, sweet candi flavor, followed by a complex mix of spice, make that hot spice, with some pale grains coming through at the end. Finishing with a nice lingering bitterness. This is a well-made beer. Go forth and drink it.

Photo of Imbiber
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a growler purchased at the brewery on their first 'open house' Saturday.

Very pale (alarmingly like a macro light - but that's where the comparison stops), though slightly hazy. Hoppy, somewhat musty aroma - very potent and enticing. Nice start. Great balance of flavours, quite like Duvel but with a bit more depth of character (no diss against Duvel intended!). 'Bittersweet' is a word I can use here.

From a brand new brewery, all I can say is this is a great start - if better is to come then we'll be spoiled rotten...

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey straw color with a smallish white head that had some moderate sized bubble action. Settles into a thick ring.

The aroma has a strong presence of coriander, which provides a spice and celery type aroma. There is some general floral brightness and a sugary sweetness. Coriander is too strong.

Again, the coriander takes a strong position. The celery is not quite as strong as in the aroma. There is a peppery spice and a noticable grassy flavor from the hops. The malt is sweet and is slightly bready. Some clove from the yeast. The beer has floral and a candi sugar sweetness. Flavorful but the coriander is too much.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate but does have a drying finish with a slight grassy bitterness. Good balance.

This is a flavorful BPA but it has too much coriander presence for my liking. I rather the yeast come through more.

Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A CL growler into my tulip tumbler. A lightly hazy, golden straw color. A standard pour yields a good sized head of two to three fingers and gentle amount of carbonation visible at first. The head recedes and the stream of bubbles vanishes. Some lacing on the sides and a ring on the top of the brew.

Smell is gorgeous. Lemon and Belgian yeast, spice and banana. A trace of sweet alcohol with malt and light floral hops swirl underneath. Mmmmm Good.

Taste is perfection in a glass. This beer blends my favorite weiss/wit characteristics with exceptional Belgian pale ale flavors. A sweet and broad malt palate combines with lemon and spice upfront. Banana, butterscotch, and yeasty fruit like flavors sweep in from there and take you to the tingly hop finish. Firmly bitter but blended sublimely into the malt structure the hops remains and lingers as the malt gives way to biscuits and more faint butterscotch. Alcohol barely there and is a binding feature and taste that never draws attention to itself,

Mouthfeel is carbonated and lively with cream at the top. It is light enough to wash down the greatest thirst and weighty enough to let you know it's not water. For the style it doesn't get any better.

Drinkability is phone home good. Let you buddies know you have found the next great session beer. Slightly elevated in abv it nonetheless begs to spend the night in your glass until the wee hours.

Oh, and by the way, this growler has been in my cellar for just over a month. Scott Vaccaro has done the world of beer a huge service with this one. Thank You!

Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear see through golden hued. Very little foam remains. Belgian yeast strain nose. Light fruit. Taste is smooth, yet bitter. Firm hoppiness throughout but balanced into the mix. Firm carbonation in the mixture. This is a good beer. Deceptively simple.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has quite a bit of age on it. Had it fresh and loved it. This happens to be a bottle i had sitting in my fridge for a while.crystal clear golden color a finger of white head. Nice sweet belgian scented nose, banana and clove, still some earthy hop presence. For being pretty old, pretty clean still. Sweet malt, prickly carbonation, fluffy light-medium bodied. Belgian yeasty nuance, just enough hop to balance things, faint lingering bitterness with some lingering sweetness and a touch of alcohol probably from the age, Still drinks really great.

Photo of Sharkophile
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a goblet, appears a hazy shimmering gold color with a big white head that dissipates rather quickly and does not leave much lacing.

S: Sweet malt, with some fruitiness, some funky spiciness from the yeast and a grassy hop aroma.

T: Opens with pale malt sweetness with some subtle banana flavors and some musty pepper and clove notes from the yeast, orangey citrus flavor builds and melts into a very dry, grainy finish with a grassy hoppiness and some residual spiciness. Opens up like a belgian and finishes like a pils. Delicious.

M: Medium body with lively, creamy carbonation.

O: A delicious American take on the style. I gotta try more Captain Lawrence, the beers I've had from them have been outstanding.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Dan (Dslim71) for this great extra. Cheers buddy! I understand this is just newly put into bottles so I believe I am one of the first to review them as such.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark hay transparent color. About a finger of slightly off white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Lots of herbal grassy notes, clove, slight banana and other fruit esters such as pear and green apple, characteristic Belgian yeasts, and ends with a maltiness.

Taste – Taste is yeasts up front with white pepper and clove. Next comes the fruits and cice grassy almost medicinal flavors which later on then mix with a slight caramel backbone and more spices. Finishes with a hint of bubblegum flavor which I normally do not pick up in other Belgian’s.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plentiful carbonation that gives a slight prickle, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – Actually I enjoyed this and I’m not a huge Belgian beer fan. I like the almost over spiced quality and that this took precedent to the Belgian yeasts. The fruity esters and flavors were also quite nice. An enjoyable beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-belgian style in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Glass consuming flour white head that quickly consumed/filled the volume of the vessel. Pale lemon brass coloring with a good clarity reveals a gentle soft rise of spacious effervesce. The head was slow to retreat, soapy and large, with generous air pockets leaving a sloppy splatter array of lacing.

S: Musky cobwebs damp basement, minimal impact.

T: Tart yeasty dry orange, pale dry grains, with musky fruit. Lightly tart grapefruit pulp, sweet floral scents, spicy citronella hints and spicy hop and alcohol warmth on the leave.

M: Crisp bite upfront, medium body, light syrupy texture feel upon relaxation with a spicy dry citrus-alcohol tint on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall dry spicy belgian pale with the warmth and alcohol contention of a tripel. good try.

Photo of bonbini26
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Office in Cranford 01-16-09

A- Bright golden color, a lot of carbonation, when i'm at a regular bar drinking this i almost feel like i'm one of the BMC crew but if they only knew...

S: Yeast hops and some sweetness from the malt. Some banana and clove notes

T: Sweetness from the malt, citrus from the hops, the yeast adds a slight spiciness. The coriander and lemon are noticeable as well.

M: A full bodied belgian pale ale, considering the alcohol. Very crisp on the tongue. This beer is always well carbonated when I get it and it just goes down really easy.

D: Def. a session beer, like hoegaarden with some muscles. Easy drinking, would love to pair this with some food

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the reBar in Dumbo. Consumed 11/3/10
A) Pours with a two finger head. Quickly settles. Bronze in color. Clear body.
S) Grassy with yeasty notes. Similar to a hefeweizen or a wheat beer.
T) Cloves. Earthy malt flavors with slight citrus sour. Finishes with a smoky effervescence.
M) Medium body. Slick tongue like smoking clove cigarette.
O) A decent brew. I might have another one.

Photo of TheViceBlog
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquid Gold has a great smell that I adore and an even better taste. It's very unique in flavor, befitting it's cool name. It's very spicy, exciting the mouth. Almost like a mouth full of Pop Rocks. It's really malty and alcoholy tasting. Tons of summer fruits, honey, and even some sourness. Nicely carbonated, yet goes down easy. I'll drank as many of these I can for the rest of this summer and will hope more and more city bars begin to stock this local brew. Love it.

Aaron
www.theviceblog.com

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Magpie Irish Pub in Rochester, NY.

Pours an extraordinarily clear straw yellow, with a half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like banana, clove, and Belgian yeast esters.

The taste is similar. It doesn't particularly bad, per se, but the banana and yeast flavors are just a little bit too much, and overpower any spices the beer claims to have. There's a little bit of clove, but it's just a banana story, like it was a hefeweizen, not a Belgian Pale Ale. Just falls slightly short in execution.

Light bodied, crisp, smooth mouthfeel, fairly drinkable.

A little bit of a miss here from CL.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another day, another growler. I don't even eat dinner anymore. I grab a straw & sit in front of the tube like a good little boy. A big swirly straw that changes colors, flexes, & everything. Now if I could just find a nipple big enough to fit on the jug. Alright, just for everyone else's sake, I'll pour a glass out.

Small, off-white, delicate head with little retention. Liquid gold doesn't come to mind at first glance, more like half a quart of canola oil, bubbling & ready to fry up the non-existent chicken from the insulated bags provided by Whole Foods.

Lot of acidity on the nose, with aerosol action spitting up alcohol, apple juice, anise, cloves, something between garlic & margarine, & just about anything expired you managed to trip over while cleaning out your pantry. It doesn't meld well.

Nice & doughy at the start, lightly buttered, with a little pepper to taste. A bit too much lemon rind, & still, that persistent aerosol-like quality. It's akin to spraying down the room with Lysol, then walking right through the mist, trapping it in your nasal cavities, where it eventually floats down to your throat. The back end tops off with raw greens, some more pepper, & another slice of sweet, brown bread.

Amazing carbonation. Even after sitting for a bit after being bottled, it sizzles. Okay, maybe it stings just a tad. Thin & free-flowing. Super crisp & super refreshing regardless.

Despite the irritability of some of its traits, I've found very few beers so easy. Give me a sandwich & couple pickles to go, & I wouldn't of even have been so anal about it.

Edit: Going up & down with every batch, the jug I had before last(February) was exceptionally juicy & mildly carbonated, while this recent tasting(April) was much bigger in the hop department & similar in acidity to my original review. A 4.3 & 3.65 if I wanted to jot down some ratings here.

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Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.