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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

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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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow with an average sized white head. The head reduces over time but leaves a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very faint aroma overall with a more grainy/malty aroma than one of hops.

T: A very sharp flavor of a solid malt body with a pleasant hop profile as well. Well balanced and hints of citrus from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drinker and lighter in hops than some of the west coast examples of this style. Very enjoyable and a quite sessionable beer. This would be good at a sunny but cool afternoon cook out.

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery, this sample from the second and slightly more hoppy batch of P.A. from C.L. This ale pours slightly cloudy, medium golden amber, with an off white head, that initially is loose and creamy and then morphs to a tiny bubble film. It leaves some fine lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy. This is a well balanced, immenantly drinkable and easy quafing Pale, moderatly hoppy with a smooth finish,went very nicely with some aged cheddar and nuts.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler 24 hours after being filled.

I'm not often impressed by pale ales, but this beer got me. All the flavors were familiar, but it was like they were turned up to 11. The malts are a big bready mix of biscuit, toast, and all-grain crust. Pizza and sandwiches need to be paired with this beer.

Then there's the hops. A great profile of American citrusy hops with grapefruit and a harsher fruit zest finish. All very tasty and in a nice balance to the malts.

Basically this pale ale is big on flavor and bitterness while still maintaining bitterness. A must-try for pale ale fans.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshchester Pale Ale is an iridescent display of yellow, gold and amber tones and looks good from every and any angle. Its head generates enough fluffy foam to make a comfortable duvet stuffing. It sports bubbles like freckles and has a shimmer so bright as to almost induce squinting. It looks fab-u-lous!

The bouquet is a sleeping beast and swirling the glass is like poking it with a stick; oxygen invokes big tropical and resiny aromatics (as well as a good amount of toasted malt). It's well poised but definitely not undersized. The citrus notes are tied together by a string of leafy vine.

The flavour offers bitter orange peel, apricot and toffee-apple notes and an oily, grapefruit-flavoured finish. Despite providing ample toastiness, there is minimal restraint from the malt as far as the earthy/floral taste is concerned. Though richer for that sturdy caramel malt base, it wouldn't have been much poorer without it - the hops know what they're doing.

I always prefer my pale ales to come with a heavy side of hops. For some breweries, however, it's as if they have to rummage around a dusty attack to find them. Not Captain Lawrence. Though the IBUs are tempered slightly, the citric and floral hop flavours are unambiguous - this is nearly as intense and juicy as an IPA.

Freshchester Pale Ale is a beer that colours inside the lines but does a fine job at it (and having won my share of colouring contests, I consider myself an authority on the matter). It is arguably the archetype of the style and when something like this is a year-round standard, flagship offering, we can say with confidence that these are indeed the glory days of beer in America.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by gpcollen1. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the crystal clear golden amber brew. Head falls sedately, pocks in the froth here and there, with good lacing. Aroma is lightly malty with lemony fresh hops. Taste also is well-balanced upfront, with citrus kicking it from the middle until the (pun intended) bitter end. Quick with the hoppy burp too. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb. Could see myself drinking this one again...and again...

Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a good oily hop with excellent peppery and piney characteristics. There was a good light caramel malt as well.

The taste consisted of a strong peppery and citrus hop and a very good soft grain bill.

The mouthfeel was full and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall a very good IPA.

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops.

I found this to be a refreshing and exceptionally tasty pale ale; on the darker, deep golden side, with a finger of white head that settles slowly and good lacing. Aroma is mildy citric and hoppy, biscuity malt and lightly sweet. The flavor follows suit; it’s hopped just enough for a contemporary pale but not so much it’s really an IPA. There are aspects of citrus, pine, and some floral notes, moderate bitterness, with a solid biscuit malt backbone and again, just a touch of sweetness. Finish is fairly dry.

Body was just on the light side of medium; moderate carbonation was enough to make it crisp and clean but not so much to make it prickly. I imagine the tap serving smoothed it out a bit and would be interested in contrasting it with the bottled version (which I will pick up soon!).

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Pete's Saloon in Elmsford, just a few blocks from the brewery.

Appearance: medium copper hue with impeccable clarity. Effervescence is minimal and there's a thin head of creamy tan foam, but leaving a nice lace on the glass. I rather like it.

Smell: bready, nutty aroma with a light dose of citrus hops. Mild but well crafted; again almost like a copper ale.

Taste: bready and nutty with good citrusy and earthy hops and a pretty persistent bitterness at the end. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a light and refreshing carbonation. Not terribly substantial, but quite nice when you're hot and thirsty.

Overall: a refreshing and tasty pale ale; it matches the traditional definition much more than the west coast APAs I'm used to.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at GingerMan. The beer is clear, dark orange color, creamy looking head. The smell is a little hopopy, pine needle type. The taste has the bite from the hops, mostly in the aftertaste, with good malt balance. Almost an IPA, but keeps on the APA side of the line.

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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