Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Blazer's Pub in Purdys, NY

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass, this brew is crystal clear and copper orange in color. There's a half finger of off-white head that displays good retention. Dissipates to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the top. Leaves a fair pattern of lace around the glass with great stick.

Smell - Citrusy aroma with a strong bready undertone.

Taste - No tricks here; citrus flavors hitting on orange oil and faint lemon. Nice spice bite hits mid-taste, and that bready undertone comes through shortly after to help deliver a bittersweet finish. Mild pith bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with bitey carbonation. Slick on the swallow.

Overall - Pretty darn good pale. Assertive flavor profile with nice, drinkable qualities. A shame it will likely be my first and last glass.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy red/burnt siena color. Off-white head sits an
T a half inch in height and leaves sticky webs of lacing.

S: Earthy American hops. Pine, tea and tobacco. Pithy grapefruit and orange. Lemon zest. Solid toast and caramel malt base.

T: Citrusy hops jump out. Orange, ruby red grapefruit, and lemon, all zested. Marmalade. Hop flavors morph on the mid palate as flavors of pine, bark, tea and tobacco come forward. Hints of ripe red berries, bubblegum, and marmalade. Fat toast and caramel malt base shows some English flare. Earthy and toasty finish.

M: Medium bodied with some rich malt texture that presses in gently. Round and creamy. Tight, acutely scrubbing carbonation. Some gritty hop astringency.

O: A well-brewed American Pale with a very classic feel to it. Textbook and pretty tasty.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: bready malts; citrusy hops;

T: nicely balanced; lightly sweet malt up front; a little bready at mid-palate; lightly bitter on the long lasting finish;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking;

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 review: on tap Fresh Chester Pale Ale pours hazy orange in color with a small white head that left great lacing that really sticks to the sides. Smells of floral hops, piney hops, caramel, sweet malt, citrus like grapefruit, grass or herbs and some yeast; nice floral aroma that smells like flowers. Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, piney hops, caramel, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, grains, grass, light spices that give a little heat; very sweet beer that has a great balance between the malt and abundant hops, it's pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonation and slick feel on the tongue with a semi-dry finish. Highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable, this beer was great on it's own and went well with dinner.

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03/20/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. A bit too bitter for my tastes. I'm hop shy, so it's no surprise. I'd say this is at the high end of the Pale Ale IBU scale. Not hair curling, but once was enough for me.

Photo of JohnSand
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Very good, hoppy pale ale. Had on tap at Michael's Tavern in Pleasantville. Then I had another.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a nice grassy burst of hops bitterness. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

Photo of Brenden
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale is amber in color, deep, bright and clear with a tan head fully two fingers tall. It's a tight and dense foamy cream, very strong, that fully sheets the glass for the first couple inches and follows with heavy lacing. This is one of the most beautiful beers I've seen.
The aromatic bouquet coming out of this beer is strong, presenting fresh and oily hops with juicy citrus and a blend of sweetness and zest accompanied by honeyed biscuits.
I'm hit by fresh grapefruit right up front on the tongue, and this is a flavorful and well-hopped beer. There's some depth, too, as some more nuances come out regularly. The flavor is tropical and citrus fruit-driven with good balance from malts.
This firmly medium-bodied pale ale is crisp, smooth, clean and almost creamy as carbonation rolls on the palate. It seems to hit the exact median between sweet and dry. A bit of mineral develops on the very end as it goes.

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a lovely darker golden/amber color. Aroma contains hints of peaches. Mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant. Strong citrus taste with bitter grapefruit finish. Refreshing like a lighter beer but with more medium body. Overall this is a quality beer versatile enough to drink by itself or with a light meal.

Photo of logicalparadox
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Did not dig this one. The maltiness is meant to balance the hops, but the brew misses the balance. Too malty for me, not quite sticky sweet, but sweeter than the rest of the beer is prepared to support. The hops are there: sappy, with a mostly pithy bitterness and slight pine background. Some orange blossoms and hints of various cirtus rind can be found. But, it didn't gel for me. Bitterness was high, but nevertheless overwhelmed by sweetness, tasting like grapefruit rinds covered in malt syrup. The rest of the beer fell flat for me and I was eager to be done with it.

Photo of Glennlawless
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker orange-copper color. Poured a once inch frothy off white head. I smell a touch of hop presence but mainly a lot of sweeter caramel malt notes pushing the hops out of the way. getting a crazy amount of barley grainy stuff too...like a touch of bud light. haha. smells good though. getting faint grassy hopes but this beer is suuuuper malty and sweet. not what i wanted since i like hop forward brews but this none the less is pretty tasty and could definitely drink one or two more. Nice creamy mouthfeel as well. It's a pretty solid beer but since I'm pro hop i wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Samp01
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber a large off white slowly fading head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, caramel malt with some grass and grain notes. Taste same as aroma with mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel, some grass and grain notes, fruity with floral citrus hops, has slightly tangy citrus aftertaste on the end. Overall a pretty solid brew for the style.

Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev +5%

Very nice - Wish this were available in bottles, in the Delaware Valley. Drank it on tap at AJ Ryans Taproom, Syracuse.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright shiny golden orange body, good clarity, topped by three fingers of curling white foam. Thorough lacing.

Bready aroma.

Huge semi-sweet foundation coats the tongue. Fruitiness follows and balances. Nip of bitterness.

Smooth medium plus mouthfeel.

Solid pale ale. Sometimes we forget what one is these days.

Photo of corby112
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a half finger white foam head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Surprisingly dark and cloudy for a pale ale.

The aroma of this beer is pretty bland, which is surprising coming from captain Lawrence, and it possesses very little of the west coast character that the label claims inspires it. This bottle is under two months old and the hop character is very faint. Some earthy, soil-y hops with subtle grass and pine needle. No citrus/tropical fruit presence that is typically associated with west coast and west coast inspired pale ales/IPAs. Strong malt backbone with strong hints of toast, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts a dark fruit sweetness. Aroma reminds me of a faded American barleywine.

Tastes more like a pale ale than it smells with a light body and crisp, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Very hop forward with dry, sticky resins and grassy pine flavor. Dryness is a bit overwhelming and the hop character is slightly one dimensional, but there is subtle tropical fruit sweetness as it warms. Still, the west coast influence is lacking with only a touch of tart grapefruit sweetness. Feels more English pale ale/IPA inspired. Again, the malt backbone is much stronger than I expect/prefer for the style. Subtle roast with hints of toasted bread and caramel sweetness. Overall, this beer is light and easy to drink but the malts areoverpowering and it lacks complexity and interesting flavors.

Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thick one finger head with good retention.
Aroma with lots of papaya, flowers and bread malt.
Flavor of earthy and herbal hops, minerals, although pale there is a bit of toasty going on, some pine and cooked vegetables. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
I wouldn't classify it as an APA; it is more like an English Pale ale, though it uses American traditional hops. I simply didn't get it, maybe the yeast. It is just 3 months old, but it feels older.

Photo of danreitz
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold color with a head that dissipates fairly quickly. Light yet complex taste with an acidic mouthfeel. Has a bit of that numbing brightness that I associate with the more drinkable macro lagers, but is thick and heavy on the tongue. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Nice foamy head; and cloudy, dark orange, amber body.

S- Bouquet reflected the taste.

T- Really nice earthy, nutty, almost candied malts up front with a piney hop finish that is just the right amount of bitterness.

M- I didn't make any notes on mouthfeel.

O- Nicely complex. I wasn't surprised to find out this was Captain Lawrence's Freshchester Pale Ale. I'll definitely be picking this up again. I like supporting New York breweries, especially if they are putting out high quality products like this.

Photo of fank2788
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Great caramel brown in the glass, very clear, with a finger and a half of frothy light tan bubbles and it laces nicely as most beers with a bunch of hops do. The smell is primarily of the hops. A lot of west coast aromas here but it is quite a broad mix, everything from the citrus grapefruit to the resiny pine and even a bit of the more grassy variety as well. I'm not hugely impressed with the taste of this one. Sure the hops are there, the bitterness is on the mark for an american pale ale but I'm thinking that this is a bit unbalanced. The caramel maltiness of a good pale ale isn't as assertive as I would like it to be. That said there is some caramel, biscuit behind the hop flavors that are all present in the nose. Nothing to complain about in the mouthfeel, it is pretty spot on medium body with moderate carbonation along with the good bitterness make it nicely tingly the finish is slightly sweet with a lingering hop presence. Overall I'm pretty satisfied it goes down easily and is complex and different enough to make it worth trying.

Photo of Omnium
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice gold color one finger of fizzy head, little lacing.
S - Grassy, a little grainy, some lemon zest.
T - Crisp and refreshing, definitely some pilsener tastes in here, a little peppery, some bitterness, a little lemon.
M - Crisp, and bright, refreshing.
O - Decent pale, I'm not overly excited about some of the pilsener traits to it, but its still got good flavors.

Photo of Givemebeer
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Brooklyn at some Mexican food joint.

A: Amber colored with a small head and minimal lacing

S: Floral citrusy piney

T: Possibly the most floral pale ale I've ever encountered. It's almost overwhelming but it is enjoyable. Some piney hops are in there too but I wish there was more of a malt backbone to balance this out.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish

O: This is a hophead's pale ale. I enjoyed it but I don't think I'll be returning to this one again.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed with this beer. I heard talk that Captain L's had some good beers.
This beer was bottled 7?13 so I thought it would/should be fresher.
The color was hazy orange amber. A thin white head that seemed to never get started.
In the nose I detected sutle hints of floral and citrus hops. Malts and metal.
In the taste, it was all malts and barely any hops. Like in the nose the aftertaste had some metalic astringency.
For a two month old brew I was expecting more.

Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great east coast discovery. A creamy APA.
A:
Fresh Chester pours a slight hazed orange-amber body with a creamy white head that lasts and laces. Always leaving a creamy film across the top all the way down.

S: The nose is citrus and floral, very original, and inviting. It's restrained from over use of hops; plus piney, grassy, earthy, fragrant in a good way.

T: Follows the aroma. Again sweet, floral, clean fresh fruit, on a malt backbone. Honey, lemon, spice, grass, pine, and floral hops. Really great the way it doesnt over do the hops. great finish. Great food beer in this case with spicy sauteed mushrooms and asparagus over rice.

MF: It's medium bodied, crisp, satisfying with a creamy feel and medium carbonation.

One of my favorite APAs, the creamiest of the lot. Up there with Dales Pale Ale as a great APA.

I retried this on 12/11/13 and proclaim it a great APA! A creamsicle of an APA!

Photo of Hendry
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber with a two finger tan head,lacing average.

Aroma takes on a breadiness/maltiness with some grapefruit rind mixed in.

Taste is pretty close to the nose, decent balance of malt & hops, some bitterness in there that isn't the overly palatable type.

Mouthfeel is heavy medium for the style, too much carbonation.

This hybrid American/English pale ale is pretty average overall, not bad yet nothing I would revisit.

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date evident. Single purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).]

A: Slightly hazy copper with 1-finger cap of small-bubbled light beige head with decent retention but no real lacing to speak of.

S: Great aroma with grapefruit, pine, and honeysuckle leading the way. There is a substantial caramel-toffee sweet note from the malt with a lot of biscuit as well. A fair amount of darker caramel malt aromas are present too. No yeast aromas that I could detect.

T: THe flavor is a tad too bitter but really is a nice cohesive beer otherwise with a solid caramel, bready note with even more maltiness but maybe a hint of diacetyl, although I think they are going for an English/American Pale Ale hybrid it seems with the liberal use of darker caramel malts. The hops flavors are really outstanding though with pine resin, grapefruit and orange citrus, mild floral, and honeysuckle/herbal flavors with a light grassy note. Bitterness is moderate to high for the style and a bit harsh at times. Maybe some mild fruity yeast esters, which do give it a more English finish.

M: A bit prickly at first with a bit too much carbonation but this calms to leave a medium bodied beer with a slick overall feel and with a nice dry finish despite the heftier body.

O: An interesting take on the pale ale style as it blends features of American and English pale ales. I would really upgrade this one if they decreased the bitterness by 7-10 IBU, eliminated the diacetyl altogether, and decreased the carbonation a hair. All in all though a nice pale ale.

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.