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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 554
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 21.85%
Wants: 30
Gots: 91 | 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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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 554
Photo of Dr3n5ky
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gladly replaced everyday drinking water with this potion!

Just perfect beer ~ love Captain Lawrence Brewery, very affordable growlers, Sunday tasting events, friendly staff.

Back to Liquid Gold.. got a happy buzz, can't deny its the magic in beer talking now

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Photo of LWallace
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle beer recently introduced, much better than many highly ranked competitors. Beer has excellent aroma, clarity, and overall taste performance. New bottle design and sale of beer in grocery stores is a huge plus since had to go to brewery in the past to get this beer.

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Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

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Photo of Imbiber
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
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...

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Photo of stimulus
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Spicy belgian yeast with some light citrus and floral hops.
T: The citrus flavors take over while the spiciness and hoppiness fade into the background so as to not be too overpowering.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, and smooth finish.
D: Probably my favorite beer of the day. I was able to take it home in a growler, so hopefully it holds up for a day or two!

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Photo of dstueber
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good golden color. Nice 1" of head. Nice lacing. Smells spicy and earthy with the obvious malt aroma. Has plenty cloves, pepper, and even coriander. Medium body.

This is perhaps my favorite "session" beer. I know, a bit strong, but it's so incredibly drinkable I think of it as a session. A must-order everytime I see it at Bierkraft.

Serving type: on-tap/growler

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Photo of m1ked
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Since living in Brooklyn, my first growler not procured from Bierkraft. Got this one straight from the source...at CL's anni party.

A- Pours a clear...golden yellow. A slight hint of a haze, but you can read through it for sure. It is a brilliant color really. A minimal white thin head that fades into a wisp. Almost looks like a pilsner.

S- A slight belgian candiness, slight banana....but I get other stone fruits...peachy, apricots....slight cantalope. Its great on the nose.

T- Similar light belgian candiness. The fruits really prevail here. I love that peachy, apricot here. Not clovey to me. I get a little white pepper. Great on the tongue.

M- A light body here with light carbonation. It makes for a real easy drinker. Crisp finish.

D- This is a great brew. Easy to drink, I love the frutiness to it. I think of Stone VE 08 with the fruity characters. Excellant job.

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Photo of LennyV
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 2 growlers from the brewery today . Pours a light copper into my La Fin Dumonde tulip. Creamy white 2 finger head, minimal lacing.

Smells of citrisy orange with some yeast.

Tastes of spice mixed with orange and lemon. Reminds me of a heffe or wit beer yet with a very slight bitterness. Absolutely yummy!

Feels medium bodied in the mouth

I can drink this all day or night. A great beer for a summer bbq or a nice fish dinner.

Great Job Captain Lawrence!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the growler'd bottle with a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale, almost perfectly white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, full gold color, that shows bright, yellow-gold highlights when held up to the light. Initially this smells of herbal, slightly lemon-like hops, but a deeper inspection reveals aromas of honey-like malt, grassy grain notes, soda-cracker aromatics and some light fermentation character. The fermentation character produces some fruit notes reminiscent of apples a distinct, yet subtle, note of metallic white-wine grape varietal and a sweet citrus aromatic. It also has a hint of phenolics, as well as a touch of ginger / peppery spice aromatics and a yeast-signature of earthy-spice note. Really the hops are the most noticeable note, but they in no way dominate the aromatic profile of this brew.

Fairly dry up front, but it does pick up some sweet malt notes reminiscent to honey and grain. Grassy, herbal hop notes are noticeable from the first and slowly morph into a biting, solid, mouth coating bitterness that lingers on in the finish. I should say that the bitterness is not any where near overwhelming, just the signature of an American brewer trying to put a personal signature into his interpretation of the style* (*whatever that means). The hop character towards the finish intermingles with spicy fermentation notes of pepper (also contributed by the carbonation, which has held up well), ginger and clove like turpenes. Light bodied enough to be quite drinkable, but it does have a soft body to it that is easily offset by the medium-light, yet persistent carbonation. As my palate gets used to the hop character a slightly tart fruit character becomes noticeable in the flavor; again notes of metallic white grapes (sauvignon Blanc, though more Chardonnay), a hint of pear and a touch of melon are noticeable especially towards the middle where the slight malt sweetness picks up a bit. The dry, grassy grain and soda cracker malt notes from the aroma are much subdued in the flavor, instead it has more of a sweet bready flavor. As the beer warms up a bit it picks up a touch more green/earthy spice character (if that makes any sense) and the complex fruitiness picks up a bit as well.

In a very rare occurrence for a bottle of this size, I am left wondering why I don't have more of this beer to continue drinking. This is a very solid brew, sort of a cross between a Pale Ale and a Belgian Blond; I like the fresh hop character here and the light, spicy / fruity yeast contribution works quite well. I really do like the more recent twist of including a significant hop presence in these characterful yeast driven styles (by both Belgian & American Brewers). I might have wished for a more rustic yeast and / or fermentation temperature regime, but that would most likely be pushing this beer out of reach of the average consumer & more than likely outside what the brewer was trying to accomplish. This beer is tasty enough that I wouldn't mind having this on tap as an every day beer, which is a soft way of saying this is quite tasty. If this beer had been less than 5% abv and still maintained the general flavor profile and balance, It would be perfection in a glass; it is a touch too strong to be that, but it still this is one damn good, more than the sum of its parts, just plain enjoyable brew.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Mrbendo kicks ass!

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently into my La Rulle glass yielding a lively 1 inch head with lots of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Brew is a Pale Golden color with a light head as it settles. Aromas are truly spicy with hints of herbs and dry hay (this may be hops) working its way to a subtle sweetness.

Taste is aligned with the nose in that it hits the tongue well carbonated and spicy. Gently rolls a light sweetness over the tongue and finishes with an herbal, hoppy dryness. Quite good.

Very impressed with the Captain, as usual. I have had this one multiple times so it is quite nice to sit down a review it and still be amazed. These Belgian Pale Ales / Golden Ales are a real favorite of mine and this stands up ....

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I have had this beer before but I never had the opportunity to take it home until last night. Whole Foods at Bowery just put in a growler station and I only paid $8.99 for the jug.

This is the first glass out of the growler and here comes the review.
A- Bright vibrant gold color, lots of bubbles rising very slowly, and anice thin white head.
S- Fruity and spicy esters from the yeast combined with a tiny bit of alcohol. Light crisp hops a bit of citrus and a bit of herbally plant, and hints of sugar.
T- Light and crisp with a slightly bitter alcoholic finish. The Hops are dominant but not overpowering giving me more of the light citrus, and herbaly plants....a hint of spice accompanies the alcohol in the finish, and leaves you with a nice lingering flavor.
M/D- this is the first time I have actually really felt that a belgian could be a response to a pils...Although heavier in the body than a pils. This is a great beer, and for the alcohol (although not too high) very light.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear gold with some head. Nose is nice and sweet. Flavor is equally as good being consistently sweet and never dropping off to anything sour, metallic, or negative at all. Feel is nice and smooth on the liquid with a bit of a thicker touch. Right level of bubble. Extremely drinkable. I kind of feel like this beer could be a gateway beer for people who are wary of Belgian brews. It is also my first trip into the world of Captain Lawrence, and I want more. Beautiful.

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Photo of passionbest
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on-tap at Trinity Grill and Bar. I believe I'd had it at Waterfront Ale House before, or perhaps just heard good things about it. I found it to be so delicious as to be elevated above most of the beers I've ever had. It was golden-brown, and quickly gone.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap during a Captain Lawrence promo night at High Street Grill.

Appearance: clear golden color with a short 1/2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: yeast and lemon zest are up front, and a hint of spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: big yeast, lemon citrus, pepper, hint of coriander, and a nice hop presence. This seemed to be in between a wit and belgian pale, and the flavor profile really works here.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Brief yeast and lemon aftertaste. Lighter side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: superb. Easy to quaff, great flavor, and clear session beer. This is a beer worth seeeking out. Glad to see this in NJ.

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Photo of cavedave
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review no. 50, picked a good local.

The look is classic, thick two finger white head, lasting, ample lace, purest light golden color. Nice.

Smell is full of tangy yeast, light and sweet bread, even lighter hints of spice and banana, with floral notes like pleasurable aroma ghosts through it all.

The taste is full of yeast and banana (more banana than in the nose), but in a fine way, a delicious way, leading to mild and spicy herbosity. It is full of flavor without a bang, it slowly crests across the palate, fills the mouth with clear and luscious flavor and ends in mild herbal and floral notes that tie it all together perfectly.

The mouthfeel is very good. Low carbonation, medium body, full flavor, fairly light in the mouth. My only (extremely minor) "thing" is it could clear a bit better.

Drinkability is excellent. The refreshing nature and clear wonderful flavor of this marvelous brew make it superbly quaffable.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For my birthday, got the chance to go to captain lawrence. I have totally been anticipating the chance to try out this brewery. Very excited for this liquid gold review.

A- pours a straw yellow that has a slight cloudiness a great head. After it resides, there is some fine lacing on the glass

S- talk about some belgian yeast scents! Great pepper and lemon with some mango scents as well. It's refreshing and inviting at the same time with the buttery scent

T- great combination of the lemony taste and bitter citrus flavors that are enrobed in the belgian flavors and characteristics. Captain lawrence knows how to put together these flavors and interpretations in order to make one tasty ale. The flavor even ends with a slight gumbal taste. Great

M- while there isn't much carbonation, there is sticky flavor. A good mouthful of taste

D- so if this is only the beginning... Where will captain lawrence take us next? This is a great thirst quenching bpa. The "hybrid" approach with styles makes this an incredible taste experience. I will be coming back for more!

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Photo of LAMAGS
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color , slightly opaque, thick head that dissipates leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Has a fruity nose with tones of yeast and spice. The flavor is bittersweet lemon citrus with a lot of spices and some malt, very well blended together, has a lingering sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, despite the creamy head, not to carbonated either. A very unusual beer with a unique and excellent flavor.

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Photo of exzacly_beer
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing light beer - served 9oz at Victorie in Rochester, NY. Great mouthfeel and can't say enough about how beautiful the head is in the sunlight - the attention to detail with the apple subtleties is striking in a good way. I loved this beer - please try it if you can find a good tap!

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Photo of blackie
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: deep golden color served in a tulip glass, capped with a dense white head that shows great retention

s: rich pale malt body - heavy on the green apple and pear aromas with a nice yeast presence that gives some mild phenols, soft herbal hop aroma

m: carbonation on the lighter side, med-full body, smooth

t: heavy pale malt flavors in delicate balance with an herbal hop profile, lots of apple and pear with undertones of sweet golden raisin, subtle yeasts add some spice, great flavor

d: drinkability is high

draft at Bierria Paradiso, DC

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Photo of marcpal
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generous imperial pint poured into rounded glass at Gramercy Tavern. Had samples before at the brewery but this is the first shot at sitting back with a nice full glass to evaluate.

A: It looks like liquid gold, end of story. Shady and hazy and constant carbonation.

S: Banana yeast and some bitterness. The sweetness from the yeast belied the color of what I was led to expect. Unique as all nose.

T: Banana and citrus combined nicely. Each sip was deep in that it brought something different to the party. It really starts out fast with primarily the banana yeast but later carries some hop flavor with much more lemon rind and overall citrus with adequate spices. Delicious.

M: Thick body that came out as chewy. Not overely crisp but tight carbonation nonetheless. I had the big glass to drink and the carbonation never settled or stopped flowing.

D: A real pleasure that packs great flavor into something not too hefty. It is hard to find a better pair that matches with all different foods- this was ideal with the grilled octopus and the cauliflower platter offered at Gramercy.

Looking forward to more indeed.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour of the growler into my Stella chalice yeilds a very bright and ambient yellow-orange under a inch of suds that resided into a thin layer of icing. Small spots of lace and more than decent retention as the glass empties.

The aroma is very impressive ranging from sweet tropical fruits to pleasant candy sugar, some wheat also in the aroma as well as a big hint of spice.

Taste is not a let down. The aroma leads into the taste without any disapointment - belgian yeast, the mangos, oranges, lemon, kiwi and various other sweet fruit and a slightly bitter hop presence that is spot on. There is a lot going on in this beer that I just can't put my finger on.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, on the lighter side of medium-light bodied with a nice easy-going carbonation.

Overall this beer is very good and enjoyable, I'm glad I didn't overlook it like I did yesterday and grabbed a growler for $15, which was a few ounces over the 64oz marker. I would purchase again. Cheers

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this flavorful beer with a steak and pommes frites this evening. The beer didn't really match well with the steak, but on it's own this beer was really good.

I thought it was interesting to call this a pale. The flavors were strong and complex. You get the pale malts and hops, but there was also clove. The hops were stronger than most pales.

As a reviewer, this made me question whether I should grade it worse because this shouldn't be called as a pale type. I liked it, so it received good grades.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.!

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Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.