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Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 508 | Reviews: 144 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  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 MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tim6298
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.