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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 65 | 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 joesmithrealname
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


I waited 2 months to just try this beer.

When I did, I was at work! Seeing how I work in a bar, I needed to wait a really long time to jut sit back and 'TASTE' it...

The nose is just...otherworldly.
Spicy, almost like a mulled cider...floral and citrusy.

You'll never find another beer quite like this.
This took some balls to commit to....points for serious balls.
Like the East German Women's Swim Team thought Blue Moon was for sissies, and decided to DO something about it!

First sip is thin on the tongue, but, wait! What IS that?!
Something happened...but, I don't know what it was....

Second sip, and, there it was AGAIN!
Spicy...is it Allspice? Nutmeg? NO.
TOLD you you'd never had a beer like this.

This is why my nose got the mulled cider vibe.
Like one of those Christmas Ornaments made from an orange and studded with cloves!

Yet, it's NOT a dark, seasonal beer! What's up with that?

It's thin on the FRONT of the tongue, but, once it reaches your back tongue region, it cloys and hangs on. Almost a bit too much! But, wait! Lemme try again!

You can see where this is going, no?

The bronze, almost sunset-ish color is misleading. It's not a Heifeweizen.

Find this beer.
Enjoy this beer.
Sit with friends and discuss this beer.
This is not a chugger.
If you're chugging this beer, then you are clearly a., drunk, and b., not paying for it.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this flavorful beer with a steak and pommes frites this evening. The beer didn't really match well with the steak, but on it's own this beer was really good.

I thought it was interesting to call this a pale. The flavors were strong and complex. You get the pale malts and hops, but there was also clove. The hops were stronger than most pales.

As a reviewer, this made me question whether I should grade it worse because this shouldn't be called as a pale type. I liked it, so it received good grades.

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the reBar in Dumbo. Consumed 11/3/10
A) Pours with a two finger head. Quickly settles. Bronze in color. Clear body.
S) Grassy with yeasty notes. Similar to a hefeweizen or a wheat beer.
T) Cloves. Earthy malt flavors with slight citrus sour. Finishes with a smoky effervescence.
M) Medium body. Slick tongue like smoking clove cigarette.
O) A decent brew. I might have another one.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gotta love these 16 oz growlers! poured into a pint glass..

big head of white on top of a golden amber colored body that really shows its just. lots of carbonation can be seen through the light haze and it really sets it apart quite nicely.

aroma is light, pleasant and full of esthers of all different varieties, pears, grasses, cloves, hints of light grains and spices, really just a light and pleasant mix in every way possible. crisp and clean finish with no hint of alcohol in here at all, this was simply exactly what i was looking for in a mid night treat.

overall a sublimly light and clean sessionable ale

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light fizzy head, no lacing, semi clear lemon yellow golden color.

N: Belgian golden malts, light candi sugar, light yeast, aroma, golden malts, semi sweet, hint of aroma hops.

T: Golden Belgian malts, candi sugar, light yeast, toast and light bready malts, some fruity flavors from the yeast, light bitter light fruity hops, very light alcohol.

M: Med bodied, decent carb.

O: Pretty good, nice Belgian golden malts, bit of yeast on the nose doesn't help, nice light hop flavors, and nice Belgian flavors overall.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Captain Lawrence tasting room.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good white head that sticks around for awhile and then leaves some lacing on the glass. The nose is slightly sweet with some bready malt and also a bit of banana and clove. Yeasty spice is mild, but present. Flavor again is pretty good, but doesn't really do it for me. Mild fruit and bread. The body detracts from the taste, as it's really too full and a bit too sweet. I'd like this one thinner and dryer. Pretty good, but didn't live up to my expectations.

Photo of lovindahops
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For my birthday, got the chance to go to captain lawrence. I have totally been anticipating the chance to try out this brewery. Very excited for this liquid gold review.

A- pours a straw yellow that has a slight cloudiness a great head. After it resides, there is some fine lacing on the glass

S- talk about some belgian yeast scents! Great pepper and lemon with some mango scents as well. It's refreshing and inviting at the same time with the buttery scent

T- great combination of the lemony taste and bitter citrus flavors that are enrobed in the belgian flavors and characteristics. Captain lawrence knows how to put together these flavors and interpretations in order to make one tasty ale. The flavor even ends with a slight gumbal taste. Great

M- while there isn't much carbonation, there is sticky flavor. A good mouthful of taste

D- so if this is only the beginning... Where will captain lawrence take us next? This is a great thirst quenching bpa. The "hybrid" approach with styles makes this an incredible taste experience. I will be coming back for more!

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

had this on tap at ron black's in white plains ny.

i've seen a lot of reviews of this saying the pour was cloudy or hazy, but mine was crystal clear. warm golden color...a tinge of orange. nice thick, creamy head...just slightly off-white, stayed around til about halfway through the glass.

the smell was explosive. gentle hops, and a bit of spice. bit of a fruity scent, mainly citrus.

taste was dominated by spices. slightly sweet, not intensely bitter. good balance in the malt department...but overall the spices carried more of the weight. very complex, the flavors melded together nicely. i enjoyed it, and it was bursting with flavor.

the mouthfeel was actually a lot thinner than i would have expected. the head gave an initial creamy texture, but once that was gone the body was a bit too light imo. interesting contrast between the head and body, though...i dig it.

overall, i enjoyed it. went very well with my bacon bbq burger. i would definitely try again, i feel like having it a second time would enable me to dive deeper into the beer and pick out more distinct flavors.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy bright golden orange color with a finger of crisp white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving some lace behind.

S - Lots of light fruits aromas such as peach and mango. Some malts and spice in the background with a hint of Belgian yeast also coming through.

T - Starts off with some sweet tropical fruit and with just a touch of bitterness and spice. Through the middle some Belgian yeast comes through alongside some bread flavor. The finish is a nice blend of the sweet tropical fruit with a hint of bitterness and malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Not watery at all and very refreshing. Feels really great and finishes pretty clean.

D - Extremely drinkable. The fruit flavors are very refreshing and well balanced. Very nice flavor and feel.

Photo of Stunner97
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- was a cloudy murky yellow with thinly fading head and low carbonation, nice lively,

Smell- fruity and sweet nose, malt and spice,

Taste- this beer tasted very lively and had very nice mix of sweet malt and just enough spice to keep it from being too sweet, lots of orange and citrus tones

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with low amount carbonation

Drinkability- this beer paired excellently with my steak sandwich in nyc and was extremely enjoyable overall, even though this is a beer I am unable to get a hold of in my area it did spark my interest in trying more from this brewery when I have the opportunity again as this was quite a well made belgian style ale

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.

Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.