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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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86
very good

500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Billolick on 02-04-2006

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Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a gold cap instead of a CL cap. Not sure if this means this is an older batch.

A: Light straw yellow with many bubbly bubbles below a white head with considerable lacing.

S: Bananas, cloves, slightly spicy.

T: Follows the nose pretty well with light banana flavors and a prominent spiciness. Pretty low hop profile for a pale ale, but that could just be because this is probably an older bottle.

M: Very carbonated with a nice long bready/banana finish (something I've noticed in all CL beers.)

O: Nice and refreshing, but I prefer their kolsch as a summer beer. Would like to try this a little fresher.

Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear, carbonated light orange, two finger head.

S-Lemon, clove, bananas, grass, pepper spices.

T-Spices are the main part, mainly peppery and grassy notes. Not as much of the clove, bananas from the nose. Not much in the way of bitterness.

M-Light and well carbonated.

O-If the palate could have lived up to the nose this beer would be phenomenal.

Photo of erha2
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of sitarist
2.92/5  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.

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of davednyc
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden, with a little bit of effervescence.

S - The spices are definitely present!

T - Excellent. Some very nice spices which I'd describe as "subtle +". Not to strong, bit present enough where you don't have to hunt for them.

O - I have always liked this beer. The first time I had it was at the brewery itself. My first reaction was "wow, more than just a hint of banana" (and I loved it!). I've never gotten the taste of banana since then (but I was also in the hot sun, drinking other CL brews, and eating some very good BBQ. So who know's how that may have played on my palate?). However, there is a lot going on here, bit yet it is very refreshing.

Photo of ScottK22
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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 Polasiuss
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of MikeConklin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 bierdabbler
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Portsmouth 20th Anniversary stemmed glass.

A - Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of dense, fluffy white head that shows very good staying power. Head falls slowly leaving behind touches of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Soft aroma...a bit fruity, hints of cloves, herbal, cut grass.

T - As with the aroma, spicy with cloves quite noticeable, black pepper, herbal, cinnamon. Soft bready malt at the base and a lower level hop bitterness simply there to balance everything out.

M - Body is medium and carbonation is a bit assertive with a strong tingle left on the tongue.

O - A good Belgian pale ale...lots of good yeast derived flavors, spicy and fruity...good balance. Good to see this in 12oz bottles now.

Photo of jk3
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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 mrskunk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huzzah! captain lawrence finally getting some of these great beers in bottles!!! enjoyed this one out of a white wine glass.

a - gorgeous transparent golden color with a frothy white head that hung out for pictures. stunning. much nicer looking than i remember.

s - nose is grassy with corriander and clove with undertones of bubblegum and belgian yeast.

t - taste is much more spicey than memory recalls. malty spicey and a hint of belgian pale ale. a bit watery.

m - a bit dry, medium bodied lots of zing.

o - overall not as magical as i remember but still quite good for an american take on a classic belgian style. worth checking out and i'm sure this won't the last 6'er of this that i pick up. glad they released this.

Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of Jimbolikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of wrath98
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of garuda
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold, thin white head that has decent retention and lacing.

S/T - Tastes a bit stronger than how it smells. Nice yeasty, funky body, backed up by only a touch of spice, and more lemon, grassy hops, finishing crisp, clean and dry, with minimal bitterness.

M - Light body, high carbonation, light and fluffy across the palate, finishes clean and dry.

O - Perfect beer to ring in the nice spring weather here. Good, but nothing I'd seek out.

Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.