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Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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very good

149 Reviews
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 558
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 21
Gots: 79 | 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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Reviews: 149 | Hads: 558
Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ineedabeerhere!

Pours a pretty golden yellow. Thin white crust of a head. Smells like floral hops. Not much citrus in the aroma, if any.

Taste is primarily ... hmmm .... This is a pretty pale tasting pale beer, if that makes any sense. Some mild sweet malt, and .... and ... some yeast, I guess, but I'm hard pressed to assign a flavor to it. The floral-iness carries through to the flavor, if that's possible. Very little, if any citrus. Some mild toasty maltiness along with the mellow hop presence. That's about it.

Fairly quaffable.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: bready malts; citrusy hops;

T: nicely balanced; lightly sweet malt up front; a little bready at mid-palate; lightly bitter on the long lasting finish;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Aromas begin with of citrus hops, highlighted by grapefruit and orange with balancing sweet pale maltiness and a hint of caramel.

The tastes follow the nose with citrusy, piney hops followied by a balancing pale malt sweetness. As it warms you get hints of caramel maltiness. Fairly balanced overall.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish isn't much of anything either; mild lingering bitterness if anything.

Overall this is an easy, flavorful "session" ale but by no means my favorite. Fairly one noted and you forget what you are drinking as it the flavor profile just isn't too exciting.

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Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Yet another selection from the mixed sixpack I composed on a recent trip to NY state. Captain Lawrence products are not distributed in my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear copper with a finger and a half thick offwhite head which receded to mainly thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Alcohol with a few light fruit notes

t; Biscuit malt under slight plum notes, light to moderate hop bite balances the dry finish.

m; Light to medium, ok body, heavy carbonation tingle.

o; An easy drinking pale ale. More a dinner beer than a sipper.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a mug

A: Pour is pale orange in color with a nice 2 finger crown of white foam. Eventually the foam fades to a thin film that sits atop the beer for the remainder of the drink. A good amount of lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of herbal hops and biscuity malts are all thats really coming out on the nose.

T: Crisp flavors of herbal hops with a solid malt backbone. Some lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp, clean mouthfeel that feels a bit thin on the palate.

O: Overall this was a solid pale ale, but nothing that blew me away. It was good and very drinkable, but nothing spectacular. A good accompaniment to a variety of different foods.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange with a finger of off white soapy head. Extremely lively, lots of carbonation bubbles shooting up from the bottom of my glass.

Bready with a decent amount of pine and some slight tropical hops on the nose.

The taste stays in the same line. Bready backbone with some nice piney hops. I get a slight tinge of citrus, but not too much.

Medium bodied with a nice carbonation sting on the tongue. Very smooth and easy to drink. Slightly dry hop finish. Definitely the highlight of the beer.

Overall this is an easy drinking pale ale. The mouthfeel made this beer without a doubt but the nose and taste were pretty solid as well. Nothing special here but I wouldn't kick a six pack of this out of bed for eating crackers if you catch my drift.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Pug Uglies in Manhattan.

A - This beer pours a nice light copper color. It has a thin white head on top. The head doesn't stick around long, and leaves some decent lace on the glass.

S - There is a nice slightly sweet caramel maltiness here, as well as a nice bit of citrus. There is also a bit of floral and pine hops.

T - There is a nice sweet caramel malt backbone with a nice piney bitter hop presence. There is some breadiness and citrus here as well. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really nice flavor. It is slightly sweet and has a nice bitter hop bite to it.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily drink a few pints of this in a sitting. Overall, I think its a really nice APA. It is more on the hoppy side for the style, but I like that in a pale ale. I would buy this again.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at Clark's Ale House's Cask Ale fest/Peoples Real Ale Festival.

Poured an orangey golden with a thin off white head. Head retention is weak, lacing the same.

Smells of dry citrus hops and mild spice, very weak malt.

Taste is very balanced, strong dry citrus hop upfront, alot of hop spice that lingers, malt comes through as bready and much more defined than the nose.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very smooth and dry.

Drinkability here is good, not the best Pale I've had but the first I've had on cask. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of fank2788
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts grassy, earthy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grass and light citrus. It ends with a malty earthy and hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A nice drinkable east coast tasting APA. If you're in the mood for an earthy/malty/hoppy beer, give this a try.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright shiny golden orange body, good clarity, topped by three fingers of curling white foam. Thorough lacing.

Bready aroma.

Huge semi-sweet foundation coats the tongue. Fruitiness follows and balances. Nip of bitterness.

Smooth medium plus mouthfeel.

Solid pale ale. Sometimes we forget what one is these days.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a short lived white head and some lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, piney hops and hints of orange.
Body is medium and very crisp. Taste is caramel, bready malt, piney, citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Finish is long and very bitter. Excellent PA.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bmanning's wedding. Many pours into a pint glass.

Pours a moderate orange-copper color with a good white head and nice retention. Spotty lacing on the glass throughout. The nose carries some light bready notes plus a plethora of hop character. There's some citrus and pine hops and the overall character is mildly floral. The flavor is along the same lines, though the bitterness comes through more than hop flavor. Medium body with good carbonation and a nice bitterness. Overall, a very well made pale.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear dark red/brown with some white head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of floral and some citrus hops, bitterness. Tasty. One of the better pale ales I've had.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Nice foamy head; and cloudy, dark orange, amber body.

S- Bouquet reflected the taste.

T- Really nice earthy, nutty, almost candied malts up front with a piney hop finish that is just the right amount of bitterness.

M- I didn't make any notes on mouthfeel.

O- Nicely complex. I wasn't surprised to find out this was Captain Lawrence's Freshchester Pale Ale. I'll definitely be picking this up again. I like supporting New York breweries, especially if they are putting out high quality products like this.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at d.b.a. in NYC.

A: Pours an amber peachish color with not much head. Retention minimal but left nice lacing.
S: Toasted wheat aromas with not many hops.
T: Pearish notes with a grape infusion that almost tasted like a mild white wine. Nice toasted wheat notes. Smooth with a nice hop bitterness. A bit grainy mouthfeel.
D: Drinkable pale ale. Glad I got to try this one on tap.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Wood'n'Tap bar in Wallingford. Decent craft selection there! Was a really nice APA, definitely an all-around balanced kind of beer, but when fresh it leans towards hoppy. Light on the body and very drinkable.

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Photo of Hendry
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber with a two finger tan head,lacing average.

Aroma takes on a breadiness/maltiness with some grapefruit rind mixed in.

Taste is pretty close to the nose, decent balance of malt & hops, some bitterness in there that isn't the overly palatable type.

Mouthfeel is heavy medium for the style, too much carbonation.

This hybrid American/English pale ale is pretty average overall, not bad yet nothing I would revisit.

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Photo of kasper
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden orange with an off-white head leaving nice lacing patterns around the glass.

S: Matly and bready with some faint piney hops.

T: Bready and malty up front with bitter hoppy lingering finish.

M: Medium body, lots of tingly carbonation.

D: Nice malty session beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Fresh Chester Pale Ale...on tap at Hop Devil.

Appearance-light red dark gold color, some lace. Decent medium head.

Smell-light hoppiness mixed in with alcohol and spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel-rush of golden hops, sweet honey flavor as well. Smooth, good taste, goes down easily with one last light touch of honey and hops, interesting sweetness.

Drinkability-long as you don't mind your APAs on the hoppy or sweet side you are good.

Overall-one of the better APAs I've tried, definitely unique with the sweetness, not for everybody but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing. It is a pale orange with good clarity and some bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: slightly bready and malty notes, some fruity notes, and citrus in there also.

Taste: bready and caramel up front with slight citrus hop bitterness. A nice and balanced beer and traditional to the style.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice offering from Capt. Lawrence. Happy to have stumbled across this one and happy that somebody brought these beers from NY to MA too.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another one from the new bottling line at capt lawrence. enjoyed out of a captain lawrence taster tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent amber with a generous frothy white head (almost looks ipa-ish). lacing was thick and chunky and the head hung out forever. really milkshake like. one of the biggest heads i've seen on a pale ale...one of the more attractive pale ales i've seen.

s - very earthy and malty. no real hop presence to speak of. almost fat tire like in the smell...grainy and grassy.

t - much like the nose suggests, lots of earthiness and malt forward. large grain bill. somewhat buttery and bready. more english pale than american, but tasty.

m - medium bodied, buttery.

o - overall a nice pale ale...heavy on the malts, but it works nicely. pretty sessionable at 5.6. if you are looking for a hoppy pale ale, look elsewhere, but an easy drinker that is relatively unassuming and goes down smooth, this is your beer.

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.