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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of Longstaff


2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a growler that was acquired by a good friend a couple of days before sampling. Slightly phenolic aromas mixed in with soft malt aromas, light carbonation kicked up a whisper of foam when poured. Super light color reminiscent of a massed produced german lager. Up front clove and cinnamon flavors dominated which were overtaken by biscuity malt flavor on the backend and cleaned out by hop dryness. Didn't get any belgian aspects to the alcohol flavors except phenolics - no fruity esters or spicy alcohol which makes me wonder if a belgian yeast strain was used at all. Not very drinkable to me due to the phenolic character dominating the flavor profile.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2007 23:21:44 | More by Longstaff
Photo of sitarist


2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale golden color. Two fingers worth of a white head. The head falls quickly to a ring, and island that leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smells like a wet, mange riddled mutt. Coriander overpowers, and dominates its aroma.

I taste banana, coriander, clove, bubblegum, and some fruity notes.

Dry, medium body with little carbonation.

When I took my first sniff I thought I'd be drain-pouring this one. However it's flavor, and mouthfeel were pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 02:15:56 | More by sitarist
Photo of jneiswender


3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass cool at NYC Beer Company.

Clear "gold" light beer with an eggshell white head.

Smells very much like mown grass and a light clove finish.

Strong Belgian yeast front. Clove and a light fruit end.

Light and low carbonation.

Seems run of the mill for this style. Other better beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 03:39:13 | More by jneiswender
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may have gotten a poor pour with this one at the bar last week.

A: A solid, dark gold color but with no head or significant lacing.

S: A awkward, malty alcoholic smell that did not have me excited to taste it.

T: A very alcoholic taste with a slightly malty aftertaste. The aftertaste was just burning, kind of like when you take a shot.

M: A pretty thin mouthfeel, but it was ok for a Belgian Pale Ale.

D: Did not seem too drinkable to me. The high alcohol level was not balanced or complimented by anything else; almost like drinking a liquor.

Update: Went back for seconds and it pretty much tasted the same.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2007 14:05:41 | More by maddogruss
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy gold body with a decent amount of white head on top, but that quickly disappeared to almost nothing and left zero trace after it was gone.

The smell is filled with spicy notes, a heavy handed aroma, with what I think is a lot of coriander, grains of paradise and a ton of esters from the yeast. It is somewhat onion-like and reminds me of dirty feet. I moved past that though, and appreciated the spices for what they were. However, I'm not the biggest fan of this particular mixture.

The taste was very similar, and carried a sharp tangy nature that just felt out of place. The aftertaste is messy and carries a lot of herbal, flowery notes, with hints of hibiscus, chives, rosewater, and then this hint of beefy coriander.

the body is actually quite decent for this style, with sharp enough carbonation and a medium body that wasn't too heavy. The tangy part up front dissipates and leaves the bitterness at the front door.

Overall, a beer that I will not revisit again. It is only a difference in opinion here, but the herbs and spices that they used are a bit overdone, and the yeasty quality, hops and malts are lost underneath them.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 22:44:18 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap from rattle and Hum NY. not sure what to think of this one. A slightly cloudy light yellow color. Absolutely no head whatsoever, may have been pour, not sure. Very active carbonation though. Very slight smell of hops. Thick consistency to taste, almost syruplike. Malty sweet with a little hops bitterness in the finish. Not terrible, but not my favorite either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 23:17:31 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of SaisonRichBiere


3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThePorterSorter for sharing this.

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz. mug.

Appearance- Haystack gold with a bubbly, fizzy head that quickly fades into a frothy quarter-inch residual head. Not much to speak of. Bubbles bursting from underneath, all over the glass gives this a fun champagne-like vibe. The name does it justice. Looks like gold.

Smell- Spice, strong Belgian yeastiness, dry barnyard air. Finishes with sweet, bready malts. Smells like a Belgian style.

Taste- Sweet alfalfa, straw, a blend of spices- coriander, nutmeg, allspice. Finishes with hints of corn and rice malts. Only a hint of bitterness. Not much hop character to speak of. Perhaps drowned out by the spiciness. Surprisingly sweet for a Belgian style.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light and fizzy. Just like it looks. Very champagne-like texture.

Overall- Truth be told, I am not big on "golden" ales. I usually find them lacking in substance, and not much more complex than full flavor macro brews. This one however, was a bit more palatable. Easy drinking and smooth, without overpowering flavors akin to some Belgian styles. When I think Belgian, the term "bold" usually comes to mind. Strong sipping beer rather than beer that can be consumed quickly. Though this one is a bit bland, I still find it refreshing and sessionable. At 6% ABV, it doesn't even seem that strong. This one might be a great Belgian for Summertime.


Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:24:36 | More by SaisonRichBiere
Photo of PHBoiler


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Bubbly with loads of effervescence and a bright golden color.

Hard to pick up much scent despite agitation with some slight yeast

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but I do appreciate the carbonation.

Not a lot of flavor coming through. I just don't pick up the Belgian in this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 03:34:10 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2008 23:07:59 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:03:45 | More by jtierney89
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a growler from my buddy PEBKAC.

A-Clear and golden, like a pilsner, light head on an aggressive pour but deems down fast. Lacing on glass follows down with light rings.

S-Smells a little malty with a sweetness, nothing remarkable here.

T-Initial taste and very last taste was malty, but everything in between was hidden with a citrus sweetness, didn't notice the malty taste as much on a fairly quick drink.

M-light body pale ale, carbonation was great for me, left a slight tingle on the tongue.

D-Tongue feels really dry after two, probably from the carbonation, but I'm prolly going to finish this growler after this. :) I'd drink it again fresh or from the bottle to compare. Not a bad beverage.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2007 04:40:21 | More by ballewblake
Photo of BARFLYB


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler from a freshly tapped keg at the brewery, I usually go with the DIPA but I wanted to try something new.

A- Liquid gold is a few shades lighter than your average gold color. Up to light it has some yellow like hues. A vigorous pour yielded no more than a finger of loose white head which faded very quick, no lacing from this one.

S- Belgian influenced is a understatement, the nose on this screams belgian yeast giving off sweet scents, almost candi like. Under that bananers and some maltiness adding to the sweetness, giving off light bread.

T- A decent Belgian pale ale, nothing extraordinary though. I was kind of let down by this one. Belgian candi sweetness from the yeast and a lot of banana. Unlike others, I did not get much of a citrus flavor from this. The hops were light and don't stand out, they just sort of blend in with everything else. A little spice in the background.

M- Kind of weak. Liquid gold has a medium feel with not much carbonation going for it. A bit more would have helped the feel on this one. A bit flat, maybe it was the keg it came from, as I drank this asap. This does go down smooth with a light aftertaste. Easy drinking either way.

D- Low in ABV, the growler was easy to finish although I could of used some help & I love to share. I Just wish there was more to this. Im going to try the xtra gold and see what that has to offer.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2009 02:23:15 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Previous Growler Review:
I'm not sure what the big deal is about this beer. I love the brewery and most of their beers but I don't get it with this one. It's more of a subtle double than a belgian pale. Almost a cross between a pale ale and a double. Anyway, the color and aroma are belgian like but the taste is somewhere in between. The only thing I can think of is that they are trying to make a more accessible belgian. Stick with their APA if you can find it.

I had the opportunity to have this on draft immediately after the Freshchester and, although it's not as good as the pale ale, it is interesting and has very accessible belgian qualities that could be a good gateway for some. The color is also an interesting cloudy peach that i enjoyed this time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 21:33:02 | More by david18
Photo of cpetrone84


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a glihtly hazed pale yellow color with a creamy pure white head sitting on top.

S-light notes of candied sugar with an assertive yeast presence nicely intertwined. aromas of banana, pear, and a touch of clove round out a nice nose.

T-similar to the nose, candied sugars and lightly spiced yeast blend tgether as a fruity ester flavor adds banana, clove, and pear. a citrusy hop presence comes in with a light bitterness in the finish.

M-medium body with a soft syrupy feel, slightly oily in the finish but clean and crisp with a fair bit of carbonation.

D-tasty and easy to drink. balanced and enjoyable. not a huge fan of the yeast strand and would like a drier finish but still tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 19:48:36 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of u2carew


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 19:08:26 | More by u2carew
Photo of chugalug06


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks very unrefined. Foggy yellow with thin white soapy head; no lacing.

Banana, very Belgian, bready, clovey.

Watery, thin, strong bitterness, cloves, banana, pepper, dry, sweet from Belgian yeast, bready, overly carbonated. Slightly past due.

This brew is out of balance and could use refining. Recommended, but not over the top. Glad I tired it, but I believe CL would do better on their next brew..

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:28:44 | More by chugalug06
Photo of weeare138


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this growler...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into spottly lacing that's left around the edges of the glass.
Smell is estery, apricots, bubble gum, bananas, and nectarines.
Taste is watery, yeasty, light amounts of pils malt, and bubble gum flavors pulling through.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, easy drinking, mildly estery, and based in a light drinking Belgian brew. I hardly noticed the 6% abv. Went down nicely.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2007 02:43:56 | More by weeare138
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a finger of pure white head with fine bubbles that mostly dissipates and then lingers gently on top, leaves a nice amount of thin lacing
S: clove forward then bretty Belgian yeast and a slight sweetness
T: bready initially then slight lemony brightness in the middle, the yeast and slight banana note linger on to the end
M: medium carbonation, silky, smooth, leaves the mouth dry and yet bright
O: a nice take on the style, not the best but definitly drinks smooth and bright with a nice clean finish

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 00:41:39 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:18:52 | More by Gmann
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly thin head of bone white, mostly tiny bubbles which dissolve off swiftly, the lacing likewise close to nonexistent. The liquid is a shimmeringly bright yellow, fully transparent, only a few bubble beads but these are highly active. Very expressive nose of banana, strawberry, apple fruit, clove and cinnamon, bubblegum and all kinds of general yeastiness, undercurrent of powdered milk chocolate, here too it is pure and unblemished, preferring a spring to its step than grounding itself firmly. Light to medium-bodied, fluid with a sort of metallic ring to it at first which makes the attack somewhat bitter. The carbonation churns steadily and agitates more than let’s the underlying creaminess take hold. White pepper and lemon peel beat the clove, nutmeg, allspice to the punch. Eventually turns more resinous in feel which brings out more yellow apple, peach, banana, melon fruit. That cocoa maltiness persists. A lot going on retronasally. Lower yeast presence, more unbaked dough than bread or scone, etc. and certainly outpaced by the grassy nip. Overall, it’s pleasing to quaff, guileless and simple to the verge of innocence. You’d lose interest after a couple of dates.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:15:12 | More by farrago
Photo of Thorpe429


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Captain Lawrence tasting room.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good white head that sticks around for awhile and then leaves some lacing on the glass. The nose is slightly sweet with some bready malt and also a bit of banana and clove. Yeasty spice is mild, but present. Flavor again is pretty good, but doesn't really do it for me. Mild fruit and bread. The body detracts from the taste, as it's really too full and a bit too sweet. I'd like this one thinner and dryer. Pretty good, but didn't live up to my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 12:03:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very clear straw yellow pour with constant bubbles form carbonation, half inch of head. smells very bready with orange peel and citrusy in general. tastes very fruity up front. cherry with a zest of orange, coriander, pepper and bready yeast.
very refreshing light body with a slight creamy feel on the lips. nice carbonation with a dry finish.

for a blonde ale this is pretty fantastic! feels a bit heavier than most but goes down so easy it's like drinking... wait for it.. LIQUID GOLD!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:51:09 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of JohnG190

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a small white head. Good retention and little lacing. Fruity aroma - mango, peach, citrus, with faint floral notes. Flavor follows nose, lots of fruit up front. Not much in the way of bitterness. Finishes dry. Light to medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, a decent drinkable Belgian-style pale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:21:40 | More by JohnG190
Photo of GotWad629


3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours yellow gold with a small head that quickly dissipates

S - Fruity and spicy esters, with hints of apples and some bubblegum. It does smell a bit musty and stale.

T- Similar to the smell. Dry and spicy with hints of banana, bubblegum, and apple. I'm still getting that musty stale flavor as well which is disappointing.

M - A thin slightly watery body with sharp prickly carbonation

Overall a pretty good example of a BPA. Crisp and refreshing but the mustiness is throwing me off.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:46:40 | More by GotWad629
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Lighter than a typical Belgian Pale Ale but in keeping with the name of this beer, the color is a pale gold. The clarity is absolutely brilliant, and the persistent head is a true snow white.

Smell: Immediately apparent is the pleasant clove-like aroma, which is backed by pale malt and faint, citrusy hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt takes a backseat to the cloves and coriander, which are paired with sugary pears and tangy apricot. Low hop bitterness is quite right for the style, but in my opinion, the spiciness of this brew would be better complemented by a hoppier, more highly carbonated American Pale Ale. Just sayin'.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel and medium carbonation are in keeping with typical Belgian Pale Ale attributes.

Overall: The spices bring a fun and fascinating twist to this BPA, although they seem slightly out of place in the absence of hops. In the end, however, this is a tasty, enjoyable beer that I would never pass up.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:18:20 | More by BethanyB
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Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.