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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 23
Gots: 50 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of GbVDave
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!

GbVDave, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of marcpal
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.

marcpal, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
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.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of erosier
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.

erosier, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
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

bonbini26, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of skullx
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

skullx, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of LennyV
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!

LennyV, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a golden orange with a nice creamy white head. Aroma and taste of orange, citrus, spices. The flavors complemented each other very well. Very good beer, drinks smoothly. 7/4/7/4/14

Update 7/29/08: Growler from Big Z. Just as awesome as I first thought. Nice light, spritzy spices with some light fruits in the background. SO SO drinkable that I must improve its rating. 7/4/8/4/15

Another update 8/6/08: Another growler from Big Z (I can't get enough of this beer!). Got a lot of melon (melon rind, honeydew, cantelope) from this one. As well as more citrus. This beer has become my ultimate session beer; it is that awesome. In fairness to this exquisite brew, I must bump its rating yet again. 8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample from Growler courtesy of egadzis (thanks for this want list beer!).

Poured a lighter and clear yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness, bananas, and light spices. Tastes of fruitiness, bready, citrus, and light spices. Lighter and 'refreshing'.

Notes from 11/29/07

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of scootny
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A CL growler into my tulip tumbler. A lightly hazy, golden straw color. A standard pour yields a good sized head of two to three fingers and gentle amount of carbonation visible at first. The head recedes and the stream of bubbles vanishes. Some lacing on the sides and a ring on the top of the brew.

Smell is gorgeous. Lemon and Belgian yeast, spice and banana. A trace of sweet alcohol with malt and light floral hops swirl underneath. Mmmmm Good.

Taste is perfection in a glass. This beer blends my favorite weiss/wit characteristics with exceptional Belgian pale ale flavors. A sweet and broad malt palate combines with lemon and spice upfront. Banana, butterscotch, and yeasty fruit like flavors sweep in from there and take you to the tingly hop finish. Firmly bitter but blended sublimely into the malt structure the hops remains and lingers as the malt gives way to biscuits and more faint butterscotch. Alcohol barely there and is a binding feature and taste that never draws attention to itself,

Mouthfeel is carbonated and lively with cream at the top. It is light enough to wash down the greatest thirst and weighty enough to let you know it's not water. For the style it doesn't get any better.

Drinkability is phone home good. Let you buddies know you have found the next great session beer. Slightly elevated in abv it nonetheless begs to spend the night in your glass until the wee hours.

Oh, and by the way, this growler has been in my cellar for just over a month. Scott Vaccaro has done the world of beer a huge service with this one. Thank You!

scootny, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very distinct gold color with a foamy head. It leaves decent lacing down the cup as well.

S- Very spicy. A whole plethora of spices all at once and it's wonderful. The belgian yeastiness comes through as well.

T- Again, it's extremely spicy. The flavor of allspice stands out, backed by very sight caramel-toasty notes.

M- Very carbonated, yet somewhat creamy

D- The spice is a little strong, making it a bit of a sipper in spite of its nice light appearance.

JoeMayo, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of TheViceBlog
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquid Gold has a great smell that I adore and an even better taste. It's very unique in flavor, befitting it's cool name. It's very spicy, exciting the mouth. Almost like a mouth full of Pop Rocks. It's really malty and alcoholy tasting. Tons of summer fruits, honey, and even some sourness. Nicely carbonated, yet goes down easy. I'll drank as many of these I can for the rest of this summer and will hope more and more city bars begin to stock this local brew. Love it.


TheViceBlog, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Ginger Man in South Norwalk, CT.

The appearance was golden ( what a surprise ! )

The smell was sweet, hints of vanilla and other spices.
The taste was nice and smooth, but still complex.
The mouthfeel was robust and full of life, a nice belgian "light beer" linger to it
The drinkability is very solid, a great beer, glad I tried it !

mltobin, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blind Tiger on Bleecker Street in Manhattan...
Pours a crystal-clear, golden-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that left a thick layer of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Sweet aroma of ripe fruit, honey, and spices...
Taste was top-notch for the style... Bursting with golden, candied sugars, honey, vanilla nuances, ripe fruit, fresh pears, and canteloupe...
Slick mouthfeel with no alcohol detected on the tongue...
Good level of drinkability... Had this on a very hot and humid day, and this proved to be very refreshing...

dsa7783, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the name would suggest this is a golden elixir clean and sparkly with a minimal white head.

Nose is full of fruity, belgian spicey, yeasty notes. Very belgian in style. Lemon grass, orange peel, coriander, peach and spice. In your face floral and light.

Been in NYC all weekend and just have really been digging this beer. So fruity and glyceryl on the palate. Floral, spicey, belgian yeasty as hell. Usually I don't like an over the top belgian yeast and spicey brew but this one has something different to it. Love the character and refreshing quality this beer contains. Flavors are what the nose suggested. A great summer beer.

mcallister, May 25, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

NJpadreFan, May 18, 2008
Photo of sleazo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_slightly darker than straw gold with a generic off white head. Very clear with a nice round ring of foam atop the brew

S_slightly phenolic with a mild banana nose. Perhaps a bit too mild

T_stronger on the banana here with some mild clove. A bit softer than a hefewiezen in that regard. Slight spicy kick at the end. A pleasing medicinal hop bitterness goes from start to finish.

M_medium bodied with a high carbonation kick.

D_This is always nice to have on tap and is probably the most common of the Captain's offerings around NYC.

sleazo, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the growler'd bottle with a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale, almost perfectly white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, full gold color, that shows bright, yellow-gold highlights when held up to the light. Initially this smells of herbal, slightly lemon-like hops, but a deeper inspection reveals aromas of honey-like malt, grassy grain notes, soda-cracker aromatics and some light fermentation character. The fermentation character produces some fruit notes reminiscent of apples a distinct, yet subtle, note of metallic white-wine grape varietal and a sweet citrus aromatic. It also has a hint of phenolics, as well as a touch of ginger / peppery spice aromatics and a yeast-signature of earthy-spice note. Really the hops are the most noticeable note, but they in no way dominate the aromatic profile of this brew.

Fairly dry up front, but it does pick up some sweet malt notes reminiscent to honey and grain. Grassy, herbal hop notes are noticeable from the first and slowly morph into a biting, solid, mouth coating bitterness that lingers on in the finish. I should say that the bitterness is not any where near overwhelming, just the signature of an American brewer trying to put a personal signature into his interpretation of the style* (*whatever that means). The hop character towards the finish intermingles with spicy fermentation notes of pepper (also contributed by the carbonation, which has held up well), ginger and clove like turpenes. Light bodied enough to be quite drinkable, but it does have a soft body to it that is easily offset by the medium-light, yet persistent carbonation. As my palate gets used to the hop character a slightly tart fruit character becomes noticeable in the flavor; again notes of metallic white grapes (sauvignon Blanc, though more Chardonnay), a hint of pear and a touch of melon are noticeable especially towards the middle where the slight malt sweetness picks up a bit. The dry, grassy grain and soda cracker malt notes from the aroma are much subdued in the flavor, instead it has more of a sweet bready flavor. As the beer warms up a bit it picks up a touch more green/earthy spice character (if that makes any sense) and the complex fruitiness picks up a bit as well.

In a very rare occurrence for a bottle of this size, I am left wondering why I don't have more of this beer to continue drinking. This is a very solid brew, sort of a cross between a Pale Ale and a Belgian Blond; I like the fresh hop character here and the light, spicy / fruity yeast contribution works quite well. I really do like the more recent twist of including a significant hop presence in these characterful yeast driven styles (by both Belgian & American Brewers). I might have wished for a more rustic yeast and / or fermentation temperature regime, but that would most likely be pushing this beer out of reach of the average consumer & more than likely outside what the brewer was trying to accomplish. This beer is tasty enough that I wouldn't mind having this on tap as an every day beer, which is a soft way of saying this is quite tasty. If this beer had been less than 5% abv and still maintained the general flavor profile and balance, It would be perfection in a glass; it is a touch too strong to be that, but it still this is one damn good, more than the sum of its parts, just plain enjoyable brew.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Mrbendo kicks ass!

Gueuzedude, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of gwong
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, golden color with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass.

S: Slight hints of malts and sweetness.

T: Very sweet, slight citrus flavor.

M: A sharp, crisp beer with plenty of carbonation to leave a pleasant tingle on the tongue.

D: A bit high on the ABV for a session beer but the carbonation keeps it light enough on the tongue to foll you into thinking it could be a session beer.

gwong, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gwong for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours a very yellow color. Tons of bubbles running up the side of the glass.

S- Sweet malts and some esters from the Belgian yeast.

T- This is a good tasting beer. Definite floral notes and light malts. The most notable flavor is the yeast they use in this brew. It has just the right about of fruity notes. Very tasty.

M- Very carbonated. But that is a nice thing here. Thin on the tongue.

D- Some may say this is a bit high ABV for a session beer but I think the flavor is that of a god session. Very drinkable glass after glass!

Mudpuppet, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear gold with some head. Nose is nice and sweet. Flavor is equally as good being consistently sweet and never dropping off to anything sour, metallic, or negative at all. Feel is nice and smooth on the liquid with a bit of a thicker touch. Right level of bubble. Extremely drinkable. I kind of feel like this beer could be a gateway beer for people who are wary of Belgian brews. It is also my first trip into the world of Captain Lawrence, and I want more. Beautiful.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of ballewblake
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

ballewblake, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

weeare138, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ultra light yellow color with less than a finger white head that fades quickly. Nice lattice lacing. This ale has less color than any beer that i have ever experienced...including Mich-Ultra. The smell is aggressive and classic Belgian yeast, spicy coriander and pepper. Light bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and complemented by a nice hop character. Full flavored, the taste is lightly sweet, lemony and earthy yeast. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering spiciness that is appropriate. Quite drinkable and at 6% ABV its on for this session.

jjayjaye, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another day, another growler. I don't even eat dinner anymore. I grab a straw & sit in front of the tube like a good little boy. A big swirly straw that changes colors, flexes, & everything. Now if I could just find a nipple big enough to fit on the jug. Alright, just for everyone else's sake, I'll pour a glass out.

Small, off-white, delicate head with little retention. Liquid gold doesn't come to mind at first glance, more like half a quart of canola oil, bubbling & ready to fry up the non-existent chicken from the insulated bags provided by Whole Foods.

Lot of acidity on the nose, with aerosol action spitting up alcohol, apple juice, anise, cloves, something between garlic & margarine, & just about anything expired you managed to trip over while cleaning out your pantry. It doesn't meld well.

Nice & doughy at the start, lightly buttered, with a little pepper to taste. A bit too much lemon rind, & still, that persistent aerosol-like quality. It's akin to spraying down the room with Lysol, then walking right through the mist, trapping it in your nasal cavities, where it eventually floats down to your throat. The back end tops off with raw greens, some more pepper, & another slice of sweet, brown bread.

Amazing carbonation. Even after sitting for a bit after being bottled, it sizzles. Okay, maybe it stings just a tad. Thin & free-flowing. Super crisp & super refreshing regardless.

Despite the irritability of some of its traits, I've found very few beers so easy. Give me a sandwich & couple pickles to go, & I wouldn't of even have been so anal about it.

Edit: Going up & down with every batch, the jug I had before last(February) was exceptionally juicy & mildly carbonated, while this recent tasting(April) was much bigger in the hop department & similar in acidity to my original review. A 4.3 & 3.65 if I wanted to jot down some ratings here.

PEBKAC, Sep 19, 2007
Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.