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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 54 | 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 bceagles39
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (?).

Photo of cavedave
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of m1ked
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Nickls
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.