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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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448 Ratings
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

I got this filled in my German Style Growler at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. I cracked it open about a day and a half later.

White head that fades into a film leaving sticky lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy golden straw color body. Sporadic bubbles.

Mostly cloves, lemon grass with a mustiness. Smells really nice.

Mostly cloves and lemon grass like the aroma. I also get wheat and a sweetness that comes in the middle and blends in with all the other flavors. Quite tasty.

Light to medium body. Medium Carbonation, easy to go down but then becomes a little heavy in the belly after two beers.

I remember trying this at the brewery the first time I went there but didn't get a growler fill. I kicked myself in the ass when I got home. Now that I got myself a growler fill, I'm glad I did but it tastes better on tap. The only problem with this brew is, the immediate taste is wow but then it begins to dull down a bit as the consumption continues. I would have given a higher rating. Otherwise a tasty solid brew.

11-28-2011 08:23:07 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of MrThell

New York

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-24-2011 02:39:21 | More by MrThell
Photo of jlb502


4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-22-2011 00:01:50 | More by jlb502
Photo of Warfarin

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2011 20:48:07 | More by Warfarin
Photo of HopStoopid120


4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 01:19:30 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 15:26:54 | More by richbrew
Photo of randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-15-2011 14:56:13 | More by randomdanger
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 00:48:33 | More by djrn2
Photo of kirbsicles


4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2011 15:57:48 | More by kirbsicles
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.1/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 32oz bottle purchased at New Beer Distributers; poured into a regular sized wine glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with a snow white head...well they got the name right.

S: Smells of spice, yeah, loads of spice. Its mostly clove with the suggestion of Belgian yeast and cane sugar.

T: Cloves are forefront, but the Belgian yeast is prominent. Hops actually appear in the taste, with that caramel apple flavour from Euro malts providing adequate balance.

D: Well, I finished the half-growler, so I guess this is pretty drinkable. However, I don't know if I would want to pound these if I had a line of taps to choose from.

Overall: This is a strange beer. Its almost a Belgian single/cream ale/English pale blend with a bucket-load of clove. I'll give it props, its original as hell and I certainly wouldn't mind having this in sixers.

10-15-2011 01:11:51 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of LAMAGS

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

09-13-2011 01:39:31 | More by LAMAGS
Photo of dstueber

New York

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

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

09-01-2011 03:24:45 | More by dstueber
Photo of guitarsnbeer

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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

08-17-2011 00:40:26 | More by guitarsnbeer
Photo of joesmithrealname


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%


I waited 2 months to just try this beer.

When I did, I was at work! Seeing how I work in a bar, I needed to wait a really long time to jut sit back and 'TASTE' it...

The nose is just...otherworldly.
Spicy, almost like a mulled cider...floral and citrusy.

You'll never find another beer quite like this.
This took some balls to commit to....points for serious balls.
Like the East German Women's Swim Team thought Blue Moon was for sissies, and decided to DO something about it!

First sip is thin on the tongue, but, wait! What IS that?!
Something happened...but, I don't know what it was....

Second sip, and, there it was AGAIN!
Spicy...is it Allspice? Nutmeg? NO.
TOLD you you'd never had a beer like this.

This is why my nose got the mulled cider vibe.
Like one of those Christmas Ornaments made from an orange and studded with cloves!

Yet, it's NOT a dark, seasonal beer! What's up with that?

It's thin on the FRONT of the tongue, but, once it reaches your back tongue region, it cloys and hangs on. Almost a bit too much! But, wait! Lemme try again!

You can see where this is going, no?

The bronze, almost sunset-ish color is misleading. It's not a Heifeweizen.

Find this beer.
Enjoy this beer.
Sit with friends and discuss this beer.
This is not a chugger.
If you're chugging this beer, then you are clearly a., drunk, and b., not paying for it.

07-27-2011 09:27:22 | More by joesmithrealname
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

07-19-2011 02:46:15 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of u2carew


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

gotta love these 16 oz growlers! poured into a pint glass..

big head of white on top of a golden amber colored body that really shows its just. lots of carbonation can be seen through the light haze and it really sets it apart quite nicely.

aroma is light, pleasant and full of esthers of all different varieties, pears, grasses, cloves, hints of light grains and spices, really just a light and pleasant mix in every way possible. crisp and clean finish with no hint of alcohol in here at all, this was simply exactly what i was looking for in a mid night treat.

overall a sublimly light and clean sessionable ale

07-11-2011 03:09:48 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jlindros


4.1/5  rDev +7%

Had at SMBDC growler tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light fizzy head, no lacing, semi clear lemon yellow golden color.

N: Belgian golden malts, light candi sugar, light yeast, aroma, golden malts, semi sweet, hint of aroma hops.

T: Golden Belgian malts, candi sugar, light yeast, toast and light bready malts, some fruity flavors from the yeast, light bitter light fruity hops, very light alcohol.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Pretty good, nice Belgian golden malts, bit of yeast on the nose doesn't help, nice light hop flavors, and nice Belgian flavors overall.

05-06-2011 02:11:47 | More by jlindros
Photo of Thorpe429


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

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!

04-17-2011 00:59:00 | More by lovindahops
Photo of shwhat

New York

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

had this on tap at ron black's in white plains ny.

i've seen a lot of reviews of this saying the pour was cloudy or hazy, but mine was crystal clear. warm golden color...a tinge of orange. nice thick, creamy head...just slightly off-white, stayed around til about halfway through the glass.

the smell was explosive. gentle hops, and a bit of spice. bit of a fruity scent, mainly citrus.

taste was dominated by spices. slightly sweet, not intensely bitter. good balance in the malt department...but overall the spices carried more of the weight. very complex, the flavors melded together nicely. i enjoyed it, and it was bursting with flavor.

the mouthfeel was actually a lot thinner than i would have expected. the head gave an initial creamy texture, but once that was gone the body was a bit too light imo. interesting contrast between the head and body, though...i dig it.

overall, i enjoyed it. went very well with my bacon bbq burger. i would definitely try again, i feel like having it a second time would enable me to dive deeper into the beer and pick out more distinct flavors.

04-09-2011 17:39:03 | More by shwhat
Photo of ngeunit1


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

A - Pours a cloudy bright golden orange color with a finger of crisp white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving some lace behind.

S - Lots of light fruits aromas such as peach and mango. Some malts and spice in the background with a hint of Belgian yeast also coming through.

T - Starts off with some sweet tropical fruit and with just a touch of bitterness and spice. Through the middle some Belgian yeast comes through alongside some bread flavor. The finish is a nice blend of the sweet tropical fruit with a hint of bitterness and malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Not watery at all and very refreshing. Feels really great and finishes pretty clean.

D - Extremely drinkable. The fruit flavors are very refreshing and well balanced. Very nice flavor and feel.

04-08-2011 01:41:41 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance- was a cloudy murky yellow with thinly fading head and low carbonation, nice lively,

Smell- fruity and sweet nose, malt and spice,

Taste- this beer tasted very lively and had very nice mix of sweet malt and just enough spice to keep it from being too sweet, lots of orange and citrus tones

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with low amount carbonation

Drinkability- this beer paired excellently with my steak sandwich in nyc and was extremely enjoyable overall, even though this is a beer I am unable to get a hold of in my area it did spark my interest in trying more from this brewery when I have the opportunity again as this was quite a well made belgian style ale

03-16-2011 17:29:19 | More by Stunner97
Photo of cpetrone84


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

This is a BPA I really like. It has the look, aroma, and smell I look for in the style. It's got a good golden color, but the head isn't quite as tall as I had hoped. Retention was good as was lacing. Smells just as expected, spicy and earthy yeast with the obvious malt aroma. Has plenty of that spice come forth--cloves, pepper, and even coriander come to mind. Medium body and decent drinkability overall.

01-05-2011 19:50:13 | More by ryantaussig
Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.