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Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006)
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4.7/5  rDev +23%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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

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4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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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.

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.