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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

510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | 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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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stew Leonard's in Clifton last week, having never seen this for sale around here before. Even though there are so many beers of this style available, I thought that this held up well against others that I've had and the relatively low alcoholic content of this made it easy to enjoy, since the hops and flavors came out stronger than I anticipated.

No doubt that the pour was the best aspect to this, as it had a almond hue that shone nicely in the light since it wasn't 100% clear by any means. The head was solid and somewhat long-lasting while the lacing was the best I've seen in my pint glass in a very, very long time. Lots of rings that had lots of thickness to them, as they never fell down the sides of the glass. The mouthfeel was quite earthy to this with a hint of metallic and dry-hopped notes thrown in for good measure with a somewhat grassy undertone with a hint of caramel malt as well. Not a lot of of a burning sensation here but there was just enough of a citrus and pine feel to remind me of exactly what kind of beer this was!

The alcohol was present here but not that potent in terms of taste or strength. Those who love the West Coast Pale Ales that exemplify this style will find this to be a bit different, as the oily base is not to be found here. I haven't had too many beers with Columbus and Palisade hops in them and they certainly gave this a mild bitterness with just a hint of warming to them as well. While not my favorite Pale Ale, there's enough to like here and this stood out just a bit that I was glad I gave it a go, even though I wish that this was just a bit more full in the mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of farrago
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You get a decent finger plus off-white foam, lots of larger bubbles forming islands across the surface, retention is a little below average, the lacing accords itself better, nice thick streaks encircle the glass and they pretty much stay there. The liquid is a spotless and transparent coppery orange, more reddish at its core and yellow around the rims, few but very strong bubble beads, high level of activity. Quite hoppy nose with spotlight on orange to grapefruit citrus, black pepper, green straw, peat and earth, coal tar and baked country bread, the fruit is mostly pineapple, nectarine but held in check, same for any cocoa or malty notes. Medium-bodied, amply prickle and activity from the carbonation, has a slight gluey texture otherwise, sticks to the palate. The pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus sweeter here, elevates with it the milk chocolate. Still, the peach, pineapple, green apple fruit struggles some to enunciate. Becomes more floral and less peppery the more you sip it and it warms. It’s an even draw on yeasts versus cooked bread accents. The herbal bite lessened although there’s more than enough bitterness at the end. Well thought out and as fun as it is interesting to dissect.

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.