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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

437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 24 | 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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thegerm87

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

04-11-2013 23:42:19 | More by thegerm87
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mcss

New York

2/5  rDev -47.9%

11-03-2012 20:45:02 | More by mcss
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danshpc

New York

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

07-27-2014 02:16:32 | More by danshpc
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rderedin

Maine

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

08-11-2012 13:45:23 | More by rderedin
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danreitz

New York

2.45/5  rDev -36.2%

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.

02-11-2014 04:09:24 | More by danreitz
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CrepesOfWrath

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

10-28-2012 23:53:08 | More by CrepesOfWrath
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

05-13-2014 21:59:39 | More by TonyTalon
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -31.5%

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.

04-23-2014 03:30:49 | More by corby112
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C-Dog


2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

11-27-2012 06:02:05 | More by C-Dog
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VaporDome

New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

03-29-2013 23:32:11 | More by VaporDome
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beerisblood

Connecticut

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%

Great beer. Not as hoppy as some of the West coast stuff, but good just the same. it's a mild APA. A good version for those trying to break the mass produced brain wash assault. IMO, this should be their flagship. Great session beer. Can be found through out westchester (NY) county. Always fun visiting the brewery too!

12-06-2011 22:09:54 | More by beerisblood
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macesq

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-15-2014 02:09:37 | More by macesq
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-17-2013 19:48:22 | More by JohnQVD
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.9%

Chrystalline clear gold with a lager-like tight white head. Crescent moon retention leaves one fingerprint of lace on my glass.

Smells mildly like grass, orange pulp and pizza dough. Tastes the similar with more of a peppery hop and toastier malt. I've ready a lot of hoptastic reviews and my beer is missing that aspect. Could be an old 6 pack? I got it at Port Jeff Beverage Center and they seem like they reputable.

The bottle says this was inspired on the west coast and I do indeed feel like Doc on Cannery Row sitting and drinking my glass of beer.

04-06-2013 22:42:50 | More by donkeyrunner
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GuitarIPA

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-29-2014 23:20:09 | More by GuitarIPA
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-18-2012 17:49:10 | More by chrispoint
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Sheesh101

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

08-30-2013 17:09:14 | More by Sheesh101
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KornWallace

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-18-2012 21:20:10 | More by KornWallace
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morganmcd

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

08-15-2014 20:34:56 | More by morganmcd
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-21-2012 04:03:29 | More by chippo33
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tun

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-03-2012 02:03:06 | More by tun
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SMason

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-17-2011 15:41:04 | More by SMason
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-08-2013 00:14:02 | More by nzerbe
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-25-2012 15:30:37 | More by vfgccp
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ahbaggins

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-24-2012 20:20:29 | More by ahbaggins
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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.