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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

425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | 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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JC88


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-15-2012 14:36:42 | More by JC88
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Willytee3

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle fresh from the brewery into a Captain Lawrence Tulip.

Pours and orange color with slight yellow tinge. Good cream color head which retains a thin layer on top. Average lacing for the style.

Smells of malt with touch of apricot happiness, carmel notes and juicy grapefruit.

Tastes of malt with ripe grapefruit followed by a pleasant bitter. Nice touch of tropical fruit balances with the malt. Good mouthfeel with light carbonation that fades away for a perfect sip that lets the malt and fruits mainly slight grapefruit bitterness linger on the palate.

Great Session beer.

In my opinion this compares to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but is more fruity and less dry with less of that west coast bitter hop bite. More balanced with malt and and fruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:20:32 | More by Willytee3
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tim6298

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-08-2012 11:16:57 | More by tim6298
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ABokononist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-07-2012 15:04:40 | More by ABokononist
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DoogeeZ

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

10-07-2012 00:40:11 | More by DoogeeZ
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maddog4never


4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-04-2012 00:42:04 | More by maddog4never
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JRed

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent amber in body with white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of lemon, dish soap, pine, caramel. Tastes of lemon skins, grass, dish soap, a welcomed citrus sweetness towards the finish, mild caramel, and a dry finish. Light in body with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:36:51 | More by JRed
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meaghan2k

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-27-2012 17:54:03 | More by meaghan2k
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Chugger

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-27-2012 01:03:19 | More by Chugger
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ehammond1


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 21:20:15 | More by ehammond1
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:29:07 | More by Rifugium
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear golden orange color, with one finger of off-white head, modest retention, no lacing.

Smell is pretty nice- nice fresh hop smell. Crisp citrus notes, some lemon and grapefruit, a little bit of pale malt.

Taste is very good also- citrus hops up front, followed by pale malt sweetness, then hop bitterness mixed in with a nice grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel is great- medium light body, moderate and prickly carbonation, a little bit of residual sweetness and resin. This is a very good pale ale- if you live in New York, it's well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:22:12 | More by Hopdaemon39
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-15-2012 14:51:31 | More by GeoffreyM
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-09-2012 23:03:35 | More by t0rin0
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very deep amber pour with 3 fingers of detergent-like head
smells soapy, piney, caramel... grapefruit..?? is this an ipa?

this is a very subtle crossover of apa to ipa.. a very mellow blend of hops, malty sweetness, and citrus flavors rise up front. i gotta admit, this reminds me a lot of dfh 60min as far as flavor goes, just a little less hoppy.

medium body, creamy on the lips, nicely carbonated. overall this is an excellent go-to. we need more captain lawrence in my area, it's getting expensive to mail order!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 22:37:19 | More by facundoCNB
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brentblack1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-07-2012 01:12:05 | More by brentblack1
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mtnwesdew

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-05-2012 13:26:25 | More by mtnwesdew
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GFD400

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-30-2012 18:37:54 | More by GFD400
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claspada

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 17:06:13 | More by claspada
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mrskunk

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-19-2012 19:29:22 | More by mrskunk
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-14-2012 02:49:04 | More by ericlawton007
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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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Casterbridge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-09-2012 11:52:31 | More by Casterbridge
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 20:39:42 | More by flagmantho
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dcloeren

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 18:13:23 | More by dcloeren
Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.