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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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86
very good

434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 29 | 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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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 06:50:21 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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blackie

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 16:05:43 | More by blackie
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knight84

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light gold color w/finger thick clumpy eggshell white head that dissipates to a thin rim that remains clumpy around the glass.
N: yeasty, floral, very Belgian. Some cloves and other spices are present along with melons and some citrusy lemon character. There is also a hint of straw and barnyard notes.
T: fruity, melons and lemon grass citrus. There is a small hop profile that adds nice complexity. Very yeasty, like bread dough.
M: carbonation is very thorough, feels a little syrupy and sugary with some stickyness on the lips.
O: very drinkable and nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 03:24:38 | More by knight84
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Dive Bar on 96th and Amsterdam.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a smooth, sticky white head that retains well.

S: Cloves, banana, and that spicy Belgian yeast. Smells more like a Tripel to me.

T/M: Quite yeasty and bready backbone, with a mixed fruit bowl of flavors. Banana, pear stand out. It's got a little hop bitterness, and a little acidic bitterness distinct from the hops. Some fruity candy in there as well. It's all a bit sweet for my blood, but it's complex and not bad. The body's a little on the light side, with fairly high carbonation.

D: It's a little too sweet to be an every day beer for me, but it's complex and solid.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 05:18:15 | More by CharlatanSin
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Pony Bar, Manhattan: poured a nice semi-hazy gold into an American pint glass, with a very thin white head, but decent lacing. The aroma was fairly standard mix for a Belgian golden beer; banana, clove, and allspice. The taste was a much more magnified version of the aroma, with also a hint of lemon and grains of paradise. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but since this was packed with flavor, I'd certainly be open to sessioning this beer. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 05:48:38 | More by donniecuffs
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asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2009 16:07:54 | More by asabreed
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dudecandle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 100th Review!

A: Beautiful light-golden-brown body with a nice, creamy off-white head, with excellent size, retention and lacing.

S/T: Light, citrusy hops up front, with a good darker fruit, quite guava-like. Some additional honey sweetness is present, along with a good spice, perhaps coriander. It has a bit of that apple-like acidity that is common to Belgians. Modest toasting, and a pleasant wheaty character. The toasted character really takes over as the beer hits the back of the palate.

M: Light, yet creamy, while the acidity gives it a bit of a twang.

D: Very pleasant Belgian ale. It's light-bodied, with modest spice and sweetness, as well as some modest hops and fruit. It's extremely well balanced and not overly aggressive, while still displaying a distinct flavor profile, which made it perfect for everyone at the Thanksgiving meal.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2009 02:03:16 | More by dudecandle
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 00:19:36 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a nice head and lace.

The aroma of fruits,hops and spices.

The taste begins sweet with fruit tones,spice(cloves),and yeast. Banana hints tag along for the ride.

The feel is medium carbonation and body. Some citrus notes in the finish. Just a tad bit syrupy.

Notes: Very good,but too sweet to have more than one. I am not saying it is a sugar bomb,but a bit different than some others I have tried. All in all an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2009 02:32:05 | More by Lexluthor33
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a half-yard at Richter's in New Haven:

A: Pure gold, with a one-inch pure white head. Lacing persists throughout half-yard pour. Nice-looking beer.

S: Smoothly sweet, a good balance of biscuity malt and fruity hops. Enough yeasty spiciness to keep things interesting.

T: Very smooth, the fruitiness of the yeast dominates over the hops bitterness and the dryness of the malt. A good, round flavor fully appropriate to the style.

M: Good carbonation, very smooth.

D: I had two half-yards without hesitation, and could have kept drinking.

Notes: Eminently drinkable Belgian pale; nothing amazing, but no complaints whatsoever; definitely the tastiest beer available by the half-yard at Richter's.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 00:32:33 | More by woosterbill
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at Boru's in Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a strong golden yellow color with a thin cap of white foam which died down to a very thin wisp of lace until leaving a big bald spot in the middle. Carbonation was sparse to nil.

S: Smells faintly sweet and fruity, with a lot of clove, hints of citrus, bananas and fresh baked bread. A certain herbal grassy note kicks around in the back as well.

T: Taste is a little sweet and cloying, to be frank. If white wine, like chardonnay, were a brew, this might be pretty close. Burning, acidic citrus hop oils come through the lightly toasted malt character. I know it's Belgian and all, but this brew was a little too sweet and heartburn-inducing for me.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little too syrupy at times for my liking.

D: Cpt. Lawrence is a good brewery, so I won't knock the goods, but I wasn't overly impressed with Liquid Gold. It's an interesting, semi-tasty brew for an American version of the style, but I wouldn't agree that it's the best representation of it out there. Give it a shot and see for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 06:04:15 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Durge

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this happily at Rosie Tomorrow's in Danbury, CT on tap and poured cold into a pint glass. This is a hazy yellow/gold color with a modest white cover with good lacing. The aroma is pleasant clove and light lemon bread. Nothing real provoking, suggesting a Belgian style. The flavor brings a strong herbal hop married to heavy clove. This is a pretty heavy constitution, spicey, tangy with a dry hop finish at the tip of the tongue. Just a slight overtone of bubblegum that gives way to biscuit wheat grain goodness. Fairly drinkable depending upon your partiality for the style. Not really my favorite though they seem to have come up with something that is a slight compromise to those of us that don't feast regularly on the Belgian faire. All in all, pretty impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 04:15:11 | More by Durge
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Amalak

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Boulevard Tavern in a pint glass in Brooklyn.
A- Dull gold color with clear, bubblyness to it. OK head with a little bit of lace.
S- Solid bitterness to it.
T- Good bitter beer. But it's balanced well with malty undertones to it. The spice is really good, peppery (?).

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 19:23:34 | More by Amalak
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cavedave

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2009 21:45:59 | More by cavedave
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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
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m1ked

California

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2009 00:19:50 | More by m1ked
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold, plenty of effervescence, with a nice, creamy off-white head and plenty of lacing. head sticks around and leaves some nice rings as it recedes.

Nose is super yeasty. Lots of banana, some golden fruit, maybe pears in there. But lots of bananas. Maybe a bit too much.

Taste is, again, big and yeasty. Bready and creamy, bananas and clove notes are there, more golden fruit and some candy sugar sweetness. Bit dry, light hop bitterness towards the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, creamy from the lingering head.

Drinkability is good. The yeast was a bit dominating when I tried it, but it's still a better than average beer by all accounts. Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2009 14:01:09 | More by JohnQVegas
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Clear light gold color with a pure finger worth of white foam

S - Yeasty, light (color) fruit, a touch sour, and a nice hop presence

T - Really great hoppiness stands out first; bit citruisy almost like grapes and citruis fruit at the same time; a little bready

M - Lightish, but not too thin for the style, and champagne-like tight carbonation

D - Wonderfully drinkable, and a bit better than others in the style. Lots of nice tastes and aromas that are too calm, but not overpowering.

Overall, a very interesting brew but accessible and nicely drinkable. Great stuff, and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 20:13:24 | More by Nickls
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into two red wine glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours an absolutely crystal-clear, well, gold color. Reminds me of apple juice with maybe more gold and less of a copper hue. Fizzy off-white heads quickly recedes to a spotty skim.

S: Aromas of banana, toasted malt, fresh red apples, spicy green hops, and possibly a hint of peach? Heather said the banana hit her nose right off the bat.

T: Banana with an interesting mix of toasted malt, dry roasted spices, grassy hops, orchard fruit, white grape, and dried wild flowers.

M: Prickly and dry with an excellent bit of red apple tang. Finish is dry and spicy and lasts forever.

D: What a nice beer! Poured on 3/21, FedEx'd to me, and enjoyed on 3/25 with nary a hint of oxidation. Thanks Joe!

Serving type: growler

03-26-2009 01:07:00 | More by GbVDave
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 23:08:52 | More by marcpal
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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
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erosier

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice clear golden straw color with a short and light white colored head that leaves some lacing as the beer goes down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, some very interesting fruity banana aromas and some light citrisy hops at the end.
T: Tastes more like a hefeweisen but there isn't enough clove for that. It is also darker in the malt category, and sweeter as well. Very nice banana and citrisy tones from the yeast and hops make it a very nicely flavored beer.
M: Very sweet, light, crisp, and very refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I liked this one a lot as all the flavors blended together very well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 20:43:27 | More by erosier
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 05:35:32 | More by bonbini26
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skullx

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i just bought this on tap at the great bobbique in patchouge . it looked gold like a miller high life but boy it aint no light lager . the place has a great beer list but i stuck with this . just so tasty and real drinkablility f@@#%k you bud light you couldnt taste this good unless you put a 20 in every bottle . seek this stuff out

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 01:07:18 | More by skullx
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LennyV

New York

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

01-04-2009 02:03:42 | More by LennyV
Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.