Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.38/5 rDev -12%
On tap at Barcade. Dark sun colour, decent head. Floral citrus aroma, hoppy and IPAish. Three C-hops.Well malted. An American take on an English IPA this one is. Good medium mouthfeel, active carbonation. An easy drinker. Not the best pale, more or less average nice beer.
01-10-2008 04:19:12 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-14-2011 15:36:30 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev +4.2%
A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Citrus flavors from the hops stand out in the taste; however these are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a slight amount of dryness.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and the good balance in the flavors makes it an excellent accompaniment to food.
03-20-2011 14:19:55 | More by metter98
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a sturdy head that sheets the pint glass with lace
Smell: Fruity aroma with grapefruit and a hint of pineapple
Taste: Biscuity up front, but that is quickly surpassed by a piney bitterness that abounds; after the swallow, the bitter flavors become more fruity with the grapefruit and pineapple joining the fray and persisting through a long-lasting finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation
Drinkability: Refreshing and aggressively bitter for an APA; nicely balanced by the malt
11-14-2007 12:22:52 | More by brentk56
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
another gem in a little growler, i wish more places did this!
amber color that had a good bit of cloudiness to it that helped give it that solid an really full look i wanted. nice head of white capped it off nearly perfectly.
highly hopped aroma with a ton citrus coming though. light buttery an biscuit like middle is well placed and gives it a certain depth that is welcomed for sure. really just ideally placed i have to say. smooth sailing from here on in as the nice bite from the hops dries out the palate and leaves me sitting with a really nice and full flavor that was just spot on and a great dry finish,
07-11-2011 03:12:50 | More by mikesgroove
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
This brew poured out as a nice yellowish gold color with a strong looking white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a nice amount of hops and grainy malts. The taste of the beer is pretty good, it's got a nice balance of hops and malts in there. The mouthfeel of this beer is easy going and smooth. Overall this beer is pretty good, I would like to have it again one day.
11-19-2011 18:58:06 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-30-2012 22:43:40 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
Fresh Chester pours a clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of white that holds well and leaves some thin-but-nice lacing about the glass.
The nose is welcomely restrained in its use of over-the-top, juicy/citrusy Pacific northwest hops; and it's softly citrusy (expressing mainly lemons and dull grapefruit), as well as lightly piney, grassy, and gently floral aroma is quite seductive.
The flavor is malty and sweetish, lightly honeyish and caramelish, and balanced by lemony, spicy, grassy, softly piney, and floral hops. The bitterness is solid, but sublime, and acts as ballast so that the malt and hops can shine without shakles... very nicely balanced and well-rounded! It finishes dry, but with a short-lingering note of sweetish malt, and then more long-lingering notes of spicy/piney, and citrusy and grassy hops.
In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation.
Very easy to drink! Quite possibly the most refined and balanced beer to come out of Captain Lawrence so far. Very nice indeed!!!
03-20-2007 21:46:31 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
01-01-2008 12:04:02 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY
Poured a hazy amber color with a minimal white head that retained as a ringlet and laced the glass a bit. I didn't get much from the aroma actually, distant fruity hops, grass, light and grainy. Taste was better and more pronounced, sweet biscuit malt backbone overlaid with fresh fruity hop goodness, citrus zest, pine, and a bit of underripe pineapple, bitter and drying finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Quite the easy drinker, and not too deviant from "typical" for the style overall.
09-17-2012 02:29:07 | More by Rifugium
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
From 6/2/10 notes. Had on tap at Paradiso in Dupont.
a - Pours a murky yellow-golden color with 1 inch of white head and no carbonation.
s - Smells of orange, citrus, and pine hops.
t - Tastes of smooth earthy malts, light citrus hops, and fruit.
m - Very smooth and creamy. Medium body and no carbonation.
d - A pretty good, east drinking pale ale. Would try again.
06-08-2010 01:19:10 | More by mdfb79
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
12-31-2006 04:07:06 | More by jwc215
4.58/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
04-07-2007 00:14:47 | More by Gavage
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
Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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