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Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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very good

376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006)
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Photo of diddly

New York

4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler from the brewery.

I'm a big fan of this beer. Very healthy amount of hops, getting close to an IPA.

Nice light brown color, with a good head.

Smell is powerful, with the hops taking over.

Taste and mouth feel are great - strong hop flavor, balanced nicely with the other components. It appears the growler was the right size.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2009 04:04:51 | More by diddly
Photo of david18

New York

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite pale ales and it is often overlooked from among other pale ales as well as other captain lawrence offerings (especially the Liquid Gold). I think this is their best beer and very drinkable any time of day or any season. Very good hops character without being too overhwhelming. And at 5.6% ABV, very sessionable. Ask your local beer bar to provide this beer.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2009 18:58:03 | More by david18
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice two finger head that lingers awhile. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: floral and piney bitterness along with some orange citrus is bold an easy to detect.

Taste: pine, oranges, lemon zest, and caramel candy sweetness make up a very well balanced and impressive pale ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish with a bit of dryness at the end. Short aftertaste is dominates by the pleasant bitterness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: since this was a newly tapped keg, the freshness and simple flavors were exciting for the tastebuds. This is a great session pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2007 00:14:47 | More by Gavage
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler fresh from the brewery.
This pale ale pours a amberish-gold, with a thin frothy white head.
There is a strong smell of hops on the nose, with sweet and subtle cirtus scents lingering.
Fresh Chester Pale Ale is bitter on the entrance and very smooth and slightly sweet with great citrus tastes on the finish. It is hoppy yet not overly bitter, which makes it easy to sit and drink a bunch of this beer, without tiring of the taste or the bitterness.

A great beer from an upstart brewery. I highly recommend visiting for a taste of what they are brewing

Serving type: growler

03-07-2006 01:27:51 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of Pahn

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow orange. Bartender left no head, just a lasting foam around the surface of the beer. Big rings and walls of lacing form all over the glass, but disappear by the end of the beer.

Smell: Fresh bread and a bit of orange citrus hops. Faint citric/piny hop aroma that almost smells soapy. On the whole the smell is fairly restrained, but good. Some beautiful whole grain bread aroma comes out after the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet, with a nice hop kick and big malt backbone, bready and a little toasty. Refreshing and spicy. There's just enough of everything going on here; that crisp, orange-y hop bite, that airy, malty breadiness that develops afterwards, and that nice clean finish. Just an excellently balanced pale ale. Wouldn't be too hard to argue for a perfect score for flavor.

Mouthfeel: Perfection for the style; medium bodied, but so smooth and creamy. This beer feels like it's coming from a cask, but it's not. Beautiful.

Drinkability: This is the kind of beer that you could spend hours in the pub throwing back. The definition of drinkability.

I haven't had enough of Captain Lawrence's beers, but the resounding impression I'm getting is: these guys know what they're doing. If I were a brewer, making a beer this fine would be a personal goal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 08:31:09 | More by Pahn
Photo of drewd0g

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled and enjoyed on the same day.
2 finger head with lots of lacing. piney and citrusy in the nose. strong hop presence. kind of flirts with the line between IPA & DIPA. not much sweetness. crisp clean, and a little creamy. medium-high carbonation. highly drinkable, a really good beer.

Serving type: growler

01-21-2011 03:10:26 | More by drewd0g
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh from the brewery filled growler, it pours a golden amber with a creamy white head that clings in blotches on the pint glass. carbonation is moderate and steady and easily seen thru the clear beer. Perfect by style guidelines so it gets a 5 for lookin good.
Aroma is a great blend of woodsy/ citrus hop and soft caramel malt. Not really eye opening but also not cookie cutter cascade citrus and grapefruit found in so many Pales these days.
Balance is the key to this beers fresh, exceptional flavors - sweet bready malt up front with nutty undertones and a seemless transition into mild spruce and tangerine hop flavors. The malt balance is never lost, toasty grain and hop mingling in respectfull harmony. Fresh fresh fresh! Mellow, non tongue strangling bitter finish makes me reach for another swallow.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but on point for the session beer its designed to be. More complex than your average / more well known Pale Ales.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2006 17:22:41 | More by Shiredave
Photo of erosier


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice a clear amber-orange-yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied head that fades a little slowly and laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malt, caramel malts, some nice bready aromas all mixed with a citrus-y and earthy hop aroma.
T: Very nice malt characteristic with caramel flavors, some nice toasted and roasted malt all mixed together with very good, well balanced citrus-y, earthy, and floral hop flavors to finish it off.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect body weight, perfect carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, very sessionable. All the flavors were there and mixed very well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 10:09:40 | More by erosier
Photo of KenOnBass

New York

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was presented to me by my dear friend Paul. He was once a hippy, but has now relocated to South Salem. Don't ask. Nearby is the Captain Lawrence Brewery. Nearby is a good reason to live in South Salem.

The appearance is excellent. Good head. Good fizz. Good color. This beer sticks to the glass. Smell is fruity and refreshing. Has that apricot smell. May be one of the best tasting beers I've tasted. It's sweet, and refreshing once again. It's similar to the Magic Hat #9, which I also love, but this is far better. It's a lite beer that pairs with anything. I would gladly drink or order this in any situation.

I believe Paul needs to come over more often bearing growlers filled w/ this beer.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2007 01:30:58 | More by KenOnBass
Photo of tigg924


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 15:02:42 | More by tigg924
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled first at brewery and polished off a growler last night. Poured generously into imperial pint glass.

Prior to visit to brewery, only had the bigger beers they offered- crap, was I impressed with their take on smaller ones as well.

A: Straw yellow pale ale color. Moderate head, little lacing.

S: Citrus hops smoothly balanced with fruit sweetness and sugars of the malts.

T: Balanced to perfection- the more I drink of this the more I like it. Great Pale Ale. Piney, grassy, malty all tied into one smooth tasting beer.

M: If anything, not as light bodied as I expected but the thicker mouthfeel was actually pleasant in this.

D: A truly well rounded beer that got better as I went through the growler. I really would wish they would bottle these and the other session beers they have put together.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2008 12:41:50 | More by marcpal
Photo of mrbeery

New York

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich copper color,smells like it tastes. love the tickly bubbles and just the right amount of bitter that hits the back sides of your tongue.made for dudes that like a good session and guys that like to sell it to them.the low abv make the brew perfect for the boys that like to earn there buzz

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 05:46:47 | More by mrbeery
Photo of Durge


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine lives in Chappaqua, not far from the brewery and had a fridge full of growlers including this wonderful pale ale. It's a hazey orange amber color with a great off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is a light orange hop bitterness and sourdough bread. The flavor is crisp orange bread as well, with a light malt presence but the hop bitterness is very solid for a pale ale, and scrumscious. There is a slight butter and nut flavor in the mix, mellow and edible. Mid to full bodied, refreshing and very nice drinkability. This is clearly a great, tried and true pale ale if you lean toward the hop head side. If you rely on a milder brew for your pale ale, this might rate a bit lower for you.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2009 04:14:21 | More by Durge
Photo of alexgash


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear, golden orange. Two fingers of cobwebby, light beige head. Some frothy lacing. Nose shows a balance of malt and hops. Pine and citrus play nicely with fruity, almost tropically, malt.

Toasted grains up front. Herbal, grassy bitterness picks up. Cookie and sweetish fruit malt build a nice solid foundation. Floral, citrus, and pine hop notes carry to the finish. Dryish and refreshing, with lots of lingering hop and sugary malt goodness. Medium-bodied, with a lively, yet natural, feel. Very nice and eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 22:37:57 | More by alexgash
Photo of dar482

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Spitzer's in NYC.

It comes in an amber color.

The aroma has grapefruit, pale ale malt.

The taste is quite complex. There is grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and then some pine and grassiness. The finish has a really wonderful medium grapefruit bitterness that almost makes it an IPA. Instead of a fruity flavor like some pale ales, it has a West Coast IPA pine and grapefruit punch.

A really well crafted "pale ale," though I would more call it a calmer IPA. It is a fantastic beer. One of my favorite pale ales. So hoppy and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 06:13:32 | More by dar482
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Captain lawrence pale ale. Mark bar happy hour

darkish umber hue with a pillowy head. Lovely sticky lace clings to the side of the glass as I drink this down.

S-toasted biscuits and bread with a nice ammount of citrus hops.

T-clean tasting. The toasted malt provides the canvas and the hops the paint. The taste is similar to the smell. This is another well balanced pale ale

M-rich and creamy with a refreshing carbonation.

D- another winner from the Captain. This is becoming one of my favourites. I am lucky to be in the distribution zone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2007 03:47:58 | More by sleazo
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Out of the Growler this is amazing. A thick, three inch head. Dissipates steadily, and leaves a decent lace. Semi-dark orange/brown in color.

S: Very nice, nutty smell.

T: It is a little bitter, but in that good kind of Pale Ale kind of way. Nutty, with a very rich body.

M: Lots of flavor, the mouthfeel is good, but I can't explain why.

D: Very smooth with a nice kick.

One of the best Pale Ales I have ever had. For such a little brewery in Westchester, this is an awesome beer.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2007 01:09:21 | More by Amalak
Photo of scootny

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-04-2010 23:12:30 | More by scootny
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Gingerman in Norwalk, CT. $6 for a pint.

A- Nice golden color, big sticky head with fantastic heavy lace rings all the way down the glass.

N- Citrus hops and some pleasing floral notes. Light and crisp.

T- Great bouquet of hop flavors here- bitterness is very low but citrus and mild pine resin flavors permiate. A bit grassy at times, but more 'new growth' than 'barnyard stank'. Nice mild malt base rounds it out.

M- Great carbonation, a bit of a heavy body (for the style) makes this one stand out.

D- What can I say? This is one of the best pale ales out there. If it's on tap, I'm ordering it. This would be my second favorite pale ale of all time- closely behind Alesmith X.

Paired fantastically w/ a roasted red pepper and mozarella chicken paninni.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 12:20:59 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You get a decent finger plus off-white foam, lots of larger bubbles forming islands across the surface, retention is a little below average, the lacing accords itself better, nice thick streaks encircle the glass and they pretty much stay there. The liquid is a spotless and transparent coppery orange, more reddish at its core and yellow around the rims, few but very strong bubble beads, high level of activity. Quite hoppy nose with spotlight on orange to grapefruit citrus, black pepper, green straw, peat and earth, coal tar and baked country bread, the fruit is mostly pineapple, nectarine but held in check, same for any cocoa or malty notes. Medium-bodied, amply prickle and activity from the carbonation, has a slight gluey texture otherwise, sticks to the palate. The pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus sweeter here, elevates with it the milk chocolate. Still, the peach, pineapple, green apple fruit struggles some to enunciate. Becomes more floral and less peppery the more you sip it and it warms. It’s an even draw on yeasts versus cooked bread accents. The herbal bite lessened although there’s more than enough bitterness at the end. Well thought out and as fun as it is interesting to dissect.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 00:21:09 | More by farrago
Photo of radiorandy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to wait for the second batch on this before reviewing it. I hope this is how they will continue to brew this classic APA, Scott really has this one down!

Pours a slightly hazy copper-gold color with a consistent thick, tiny bubble head that doesn't go away! Has a nice well-rounded aroma of citrus and some pine that is tamed by its sweet, malty undertones. First taste comes with a wash of slightly bitter/malty sweetness that is followed with clean, fruity hops with slight bitterness. I was impressed that the carbonation was "right-on!" and provided just enough tingle.

After tasting, I put CLB's APA up to the task of being paired with Jamaican Jerk chicken breasts and it did not disappoint! The beer was flavorful enough to keep up with all the Jerk flavor and the hops did their job to cool down each bite.

Don't change this one Scott! Nice job!

Serving type: growler

04-21-2006 03:17:51 | More by radiorandy
Photo of jwc215


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at The Ginger Man in NYC

Pours light amber with a creamy head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some traces of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit and orange with sweet grains and a hint of caramel.

The taste is of citrusy, piney hops followied by a balancing sweetness - caramel almost a hint of chocolatey sweetness. Bitterness stays just ahead. Very well-balanced - hops and malt blend nicely.

The body thins just a tad, but holds on in a light to medium body. Smooth. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

An easy, flavorful "session". A very nice example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 04:07:06 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours amber brown. Minimal head. Nose is mild. Slight pine tones. Flavor is unbelievably smooth. Move aside hop bombs. Smooth hearty and meaty tones of hops. Feel is nice and thick on liquid with a good carbonation. Oh so drinkable. I feel like this is what an APA should be. Stellar.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 12:04:02 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Office in Montclair...

Arrived in the serving glass with a nice fluffy, foamy head... Appearance was a ruddy, amber, copper-brown color...
Enticing aroma replete with caramel, grains, and a hint of vanilla...
Very crisp, refreshing bread and butter flavor along with hints of light caramel and earthiness...
Hands down, one of the best American Pale Ales I've ever sampled...
Nice, crisp, clean mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability...

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 09:46:55 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Willytee3

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle fresh from the brewery into a Captain Lawrence Tulip.

Pours and orange color with slight yellow tinge. Good cream color head which retains a thin layer on top. Average lacing for the style.

Smells of malt with touch of apricot happiness, carmel notes and juicy grapefruit.

Tastes of malt with ripe grapefruit followed by a pleasant bitter. Nice touch of tropical fruit balances with the malt. Good mouthfeel with light carbonation that fades away for a perfect sip that lets the malt and fruits mainly slight grapefruit bitterness linger on the palate.

Great Session beer.

In my opinion this compares to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but is more fruity and less dry with less of that west coast bitter hop bite. More balanced with malt and and fruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:20:32 | More by Willytee3
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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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