Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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86
very good

525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 18
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 525 | Reviews: 145
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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange tinged lighter golden with a thin white head atop.Aromas of apricots and mild citric hops,more fruity than bitter,a sweet biscuit malt base is there as well.Again more fruitiness imparted from the hops than bitterness,apricots again show thru as as a light herbal/grassiness,a firm biscuit maltiness lingers in the finish.A solid APA and I like the fruitiness from the hops.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery, this sample from the second and slightly more hoppy batch of P.A. from C.L. This ale pours slightly cloudy, medium golden amber, with an off white head, that initially is loose and creamy and then morphs to a tiny bubble film. It leaves some fine lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy. This is a well balanced, immenantly drinkable and easy quafing Pale, moderatly hoppy with a smooth finish,went very nicely with some aged cheddar and nuts.

Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: pale malt and citrus hops

Taste: citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, and a granola taste

Mouthfeel: bitter with sweetness in the background and a bitter end, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I am not a huge fan of this style, but I would be if more were made like this. This is about the juiciest APA I have had. Grapefruit just bursts...There is sweetness that mixes well. This one never gets mouth puckeringly bitter but never lets on it is a sweet beer either...This is what I would get if I wanted an APA...If not to style, this would come in still about a 4

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

Classic, clear dark orange in color with a moderately-sized near-white head, eventually leaving spotted lacing down the glass.

Bready aroma along with a bit of caramel and mild citrus/floral notes. Very appropriate, though not particularly powerful.

A classic pale ale: bread and biscuit, a bit of sweetness, floral and earthy hops, moderate bitterness. Classic and very much to-style; very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A classic.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle; clear golden with a thin tight white head and some faint sediment suspended in the beer. Smells malty and a bit yeasty (that old "beer" smell) with some fainter hops rounding it out. Taste is surprisingly hoppy; bit bitter and juicy hops hit the tongue first, with lots of herbal and bitter flavors, even a rye-like taste before a hefty malt flavor takes over and smooths things out. Nice clean mouthfeel, finishes with lingering bitterness. This is an IPA-lover's APA.

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 CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark golden amber with a 3 finger dense white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body. Real good lacing.

S: Mild hopping with a biscuity malt background. Some spiciness to it and pale malts.

T: Starts off with a malty bready flavor that is quickly over powered by earthy hops. A good fruitiness to it from the yeast and hops. Pretty mild but a good balance. Good freshness to this bottle.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky from the hops.

Overall a tasty brew that is a welcome addition to my area. Would be great for sipping on a warm sunny day. Recommended to any hophead as a warmup for the night

Photo of rdilauro
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice golden amber into my glass. A small but dense creamy head added to the appearance.
I could detect the hops and citrus in the aroma. Very pleasant, nothing too much or too little.
The first taste was really nice. It was smooth, a perfect balance between Malt,Yeast and Hops. Relatively big , but not bold.
A nice lingering aftertaste.
For me, it was a really nice Pale Ale. I wasnt looking for tons of hops in this one, and I got just what I was after.
An easy drinking pale ale with all the things you are looking for to have on a nice sunny relaxing day.

I had this one at room temperature. I tasted the first one from the cooler. Honestly, the room temperature one was even better tasting.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Pours up copper brownish, a little darker than I expected, with almost no head. What's there is fizzy and off-white and doesn't last.

S--A decent nose, with some floral notes from what I think are Cascade hops, along with an undertone of honeyed malt.

T--Follows the nose for the most part. More of a malt presence than many APAs I've had (and as the color would suggest), with caramel and toffee biscuit up front providing a great balance to the milder than most American recipe's bitter hops on the back end. Enough dry to keep you wanting more, but nott so much that you get worn out. The word that leaps to my mind with this beer is balance. Almost perfect malt and hop spectrum, much more so than other APAs I've had (Switchback, Sierra Nevada, Tuckerman's, Smutty). Not really a hophead's APA. Reminded me a great deal of Great Lakes' Burning River, if you've had that.

M&D--Both were fine--mouthfeel was pitch perfect, a little chewy with even pleasant carbonation--though I gotta bitch a little about the ABV. It's low for an American session beer, but geez, a beer this straightforward in England would be at or below 4 percent! It would be great if American brewers could get flavor while backing off on the booziness a tad. Can't complain about the Captain overall, though, as all of Mr. Vaccaro's beers start at a baseline of excellent, it seems, and go up from there.

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barcade. Dark sun colour, decent head. Floral citrus aroma, hoppy and IPAish. Three C-hops.Well malted. An American take on an English IPA this one is. Good medium mouthfeel, active carbonation. An easy drinker. Not the best pale, more or less average nice beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Chester pours a clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of white that holds well and leaves some thin-but-nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is welcomely restrained in its use of over-the-top, juicy/citrusy Pacific northwest hops; and it's softly citrusy (expressing mainly lemons and dull grapefruit), as well as lightly piney, grassy, and gently floral aroma is quite seductive.

The flavor is malty and sweetish, lightly honeyish and caramelish, and balanced by lemony, spicy, grassy, softly piney, and floral hops. The bitterness is solid, but sublime, and acts as ballast so that the malt and hops can shine without shakles... very nicely balanced and well-rounded! It finishes dry, but with a short-lingering note of sweetish malt, and then more long-lingering notes of spicy/piney, and citrusy and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation.

Very easy to drink! Quite possibly the most refined and balanced beer to come out of Captain Lawrence so far. Very nice indeed!!!

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler 24 hours after being filled.

I'm not often impressed by pale ales, but this beer got me. All the flavors were familiar, but it was like they were turned up to 11. The malts are a big bready mix of biscuit, toast, and all-grain crust. Pizza and sandwiches need to be paired with this beer.

Then there's the hops. A great profile of American citrusy hops with grapefruit and a harsher fruit zest finish. All very tasty and in a nice balance to the malts.

Basically this pale ale is big on flavor and bitterness while still maintaining bitterness. A must-try for pale ale fans.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear golden orange color, with one finger of off-white head, modest retention, no lacing.

Smell is pretty nice- nice fresh hop smell. Crisp citrus notes, some lemon and grapefruit, a little bit of pale malt.

Taste is very good also- citrus hops up front, followed by pale malt sweetness, then hop bitterness mixed in with a nice grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel is great- medium light body, moderate and prickly carbonation, a little bit of residual sweetness and resin. This is a very good pale ale- if you live in New York, it's well worth trying.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap...

Served into a pint glass...

Impressive offering from a brewery that IMO, will soon be gaining plenty of notariety. Well-balanced, flavorful, drinkable, hoppy, tasty IPA? Oh yes.

A- Dark golden color with a lot of orange and brown hues. Spiderweb lacing, creamy head, beautiful!

S- Smell was really hoppy and citrusy. Reminded me of a west coast style APA in the nose.

T- Taste was of caramel, sugars, citrus hops (grapefruit). Bready and bitter towards the back end.

M- Medium bodied- creamy- there is a lot to this beer.

D- Sessionable APA, one of my favorites to date. Give it a try!

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden honey brown color with an average off-white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a subdued juicy hop, nice and fresh; the aroma could use a bit more strength. The taste starts off with a juicy grapefruit hop which is quickly balanced with a sweet caramel malt; very balanced. There is some spicy grassy hop in here as well. Light to moderate feel with tingly carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness but still fairly balanced. A very solid APA, good hop flavors and a nice malt body. Good sweetness and no buttery flavors.

Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully clear orange amber with a prodigious head and quality lacing all the way down. Carbonation visible with each sip.

Smell is bright and citrusy with a large toasted malt and caramel sweet breadiness. A bit of butterscotch and fruitiness. Hops really are the star here. They are not overly large but they are showcased nicely.

Taste is superbly balanced with a caramel and toffee malt core and a lightly grapefruited hoppiness. A big toasted flavor runs through it giving a broader palate. Finish is clean with a firm hop profile. A light whole grain cracker lingers with a touch of grapefruit skin.

Feel is crisp and smooth with a nice weight. Carbonation cleans the mouth and gives a refreshing personality.

What a great quaffer this one is. While the abv is on the higher side it still ranks as an ideal session ale. Thirst quenching and refreshing it makes me glad that a $9.50 refill is only 25 minutes away. A great beer for this time of year through the summer and even the fall.

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Archie Moore's in SoNo. Pours a light amber color. No evidence of head or lacing, but my shaker glass was filled to the brim.

Smell/taste is malty and hoppy. There is a perfect amount of hops here to keep the beer tasty and on track but never overpowering. Tastes almost like some ESBs I've had.

Very drinkable. Easy to drink multiple pints of this brew.

Photo of Sharkophile
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears a nice, slightly hazed copper color with a big white head. Retention is okay.

S: Toasted malt with a nice pine, citrus and floral bite from the hops. Very nice.

T: Solid malt backbone of toasted grain and light caramel/toffee, followed by sweet, floral and orangey hop flavor which becomes more resiny and grapefruit-like in the dry, hoppy aftertaste. Very little bitterness.

M: Medium body with excellent carbonation.

O: One of the best pale ales I've had. Loaded with awesome hop flavor that is just complex enough but still easy drinking.

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

A big thanks to Whartontallboy for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a dark amber color and two fingers of slightly off white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Lots of hops, breadiness, caramel, malts, and floral notes.

Taste – A bit hoppier than I was expecting from the aroma. After the nice hop bite you get a slight orange citrus flavor that fades rather quickly into bready malts. Finishes with a sweet caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes just a tad dry.

Overall – A solid APA and one I am enjoying on this beautiful Friday night.

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 bonbini26
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Rattle n Hum 03-13-09

Pours a copper/amber color with a decent white head. A little more on the malty/bready side than most APA's, a decent hop/malt balance, mouthfeel is a little on the light side, but drinkable. definitely a great session APA, not the best i've had but one of the better

Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy sort of golden peach and yellow color, almost some pink in the dying light. Bright white head with decent, if not slightly moderate head and retention.
Aroma of very mild lemon, grapefruit and orange rinds on some pale and cyrstal malts. Some honeyish notes are released as it warmed.
Flavor is very mild but refreshing with light caramel leading the way and subtle citrus and grainy notes weaving in and out.
Mouthfeel is light but crisp and toasty. Solid subdued underpinnings make you search a bit but very enjoyable. Could almost classify this has a mild hybrid ?
Drinkability is excessively, great session beer and the growler disappeared in the blink of eye.

(may want to work on the name a bit though !)

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 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 mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another gem in a little growler, i wish more places did this!

amber color that had a good bit of cloudiness to it that helped give it that solid an really full look i wanted. nice head of white capped it off nearly perfectly.

highly hopped aroma with a ton citrus coming though. light buttery an biscuit like middle is well placed and gives it a certain depth that is welcomed for sure. really just ideally placed i have to say. smooth sailing from here on in as the nice bite from the hops dries out the palate and leaves me sitting with a really nice and full flavor that was just spot on and a great dry finish,

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.