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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of ryantaussig
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stimulus
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Photo of dirtylou
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, Rattle & Hum NYC

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint - bright clear golden body (liquid gold almost), light white froth

smell: classic belgian yeast profile, white pepper, candy sugars, lemon zest

taste: i meant to order the extra gold (got that next instead), belgian yeast similar to chimay, lemon, citrus, white pepper, belgian sugars. Nice beer

mouthfeel: light and refreshing

drinkability: high

Photo of dasenebler
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler from DeCicco's.

Pours a bright, chill-hazed gold with a one-finger head, barely. Thin film retains.

The aroma has some lemon, sweet bread, and grassy Euro hops.

At first this beer seems very sweet and doughy-malty, but the nice, earthy hop flavor kicks in mid-palate. Clean finish with low bitterness. There are notes of candy caramel, banana, and sweet spice in this beer. Mouthfeel lacked continuity. The carbonation was there, even from a growler, but it just didn't feel "together" on the palate. Good weight for a BPA though and a nice interpretation of the style. Definitely not a light beer with the malty flavors, 6 percent ABV and all.

This is a very solid and drinkable offering from Captain Lawrence.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquid Gold | 16 oz. on-tap | 6.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Glass: Pint

Sparkling golden body under a dense cloud of white foam

Spicy, peppery, floral

Delicate biscuit malts, Belgian candi sugar, yeasty pepper, and floral hops.

Light-mid bodied, good carbonation.

I like how this subtly strings together a variety of interesting flavors without overpowering the palate.

Would I get it again?:

Served: at Rattle 'N Hum

Photo of passionbest
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes. Had at the CL brewery.

a - Poursd a nice golden color with almost no head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, spice, yeast, and citrus hops and fruit.

t - Tastes of bananas, spice, yeast, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

d - A pretty good Belgian style beer. Some nice banana in the smell and taste. Would try again.

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Captain Lawrence CDC Batch 4 release today.

Appearance: Standard golden body with a nice topping of slightly whipped white crown! Beer is quite clear and has a touch of lacing.

Smell: A touch of spicy hops, belgian yeast, and lemon zest make for a solid nose.

Taste: I was really surprised by how much I liked the taste of this brew. Dry beginning but some sweet malt kicks in until the belgian yeast finish leaves you wanting more. Lemon zest and pepper season it well.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp and refreshing throughout the swallow!

Drinkability: All day and all night!

Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Amsterdam Ale House; NY, NY.

As I watched the guy behind the bar pull this from the tap, my heart leapt when I saw he stopped when there was a two-inch head on the beer. Then my heart sank as he resumed pouring, letting the head run down the glass until there was about half an inch left. Sheesh. So much for aroma. What I could detect was rather wheat-beerish: some cloves and bananas, maybe some lemons. Decent light-amber color, too. Very nice taste, with spicy oranges and other citrus ambling arm-in-arm with light bananas and some hay. Lemons came to the fore, especially in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated with zing, not sting. This was a nice find on the AAH list, and I would definitely have another. Of the American BPAs I've had, this was by far the most drinkable: not overly bitter or ham-fistedly hopped, but nicely balanced and quite drinkable.

Photo of bceagles39
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Plan B in West Hartford, CT in May 2010.

Clean golden pour, a nice white head which left nice lacing.

You can smell the yeast up front with some spice.

Refreshing taste, mostly citrus and some earthiness. Moderate hops.

Very easy drinking, with a dry finish.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super clear golden color. A little bit of white head with just a touch of lacing.

S: Yeast esters right up front. Quite bready in the nose. It smells like liquid Belgian yeast. Not that complex. The description sells the beer short. It was spot on to style.

T: Really nice belgian pale. Very clean light and refreshing with a ton of taste. The yeast is up front without being overwhelming. The malt still comes through crystal clear and gives it a bit of a bready note.

M: Super light and refreshing. This growler has been in the fridge for 3 weeks now and the carbonation is still great.

D: I love this beer. I have some great memories associated with it. It is a really great example of the style. Just drinks like a champ in the summer. Only got this because they were out of the DIPA but this beer is a winner.

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review # 200!

64 oz. growler filled a week ago. It pours a golden color with slight haze into my tulip glass. A straight pour produces just a finger of foam, which then recedes to a thin wisp of lace.

The aroma is all Belgian yeast, balanced on the spice side. Some clove spice and chamomile make up most of the nose, but there is also a light, pear like fruitiness to balance it out. Very fresh and powerful.

The taste has some of the yeasty flavor found in the nose, with a full sweetness in the front. Bubblegum, vanilla, and other spicy yeast flavors are found towards the back. The taste is balanced a little more towards fruitiness than the nose, with lemon peel and a sugary sweetness. The carbonation is solid even after a week in the growler, with a refreshing, prickly feeling. It's creamy and substantial up front, but with an easy, light finish. Some sweet stickiness lingers.

Liquid Gold must be drinkable because I finished the growler myself. I wouldn't reach for it for a refreshing, summer day beer as it does have some strength, and the yeasty nose got tiring towards the end. Still, I'd like to get another fill of this soon.

Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Brewery: This one pours a clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it that dies off rather quickly. It leaves a little lacing. Grassy, citrusy and spicy aroma. The taste is a touch light. Slightly spicy (coriander) to the taste. Some malts and extremely faint hops. Just a very nice, lighter beer.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled this growler up on Friday night and had it on Sunday night with a few homies. Had this a few times now, but finally getting to review it. From notes, 3.7.10.

Pours a....gasp golden color with a starchy white head in my pint glass. Nice lace and retention despite the non-supportive glassware.

Aromas are of belgian yeasty spiciness, lemon rind and bready malt. I could say lemon pepper but that might be pushing it, as Nick noted. A whisper of some herbal/grassy hops. The taste has some residual sugar but is mostly composed of prominent yeast character contributing this prominent spiciness and floral component over some graininess. A nice moderate level of carbonation hits the tongue and creates a certain crispness to this brew. Pretty approachable and a solid offering, I will continue to fill up my growler with this brew to share with friends in the summer months.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.32/5  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.

Photo of blackie
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Photo of knight84
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of dudecandle
3.78/5  rDev -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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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