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Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | 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

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Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Ratings: 517 | Reviews: 145
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Interesting pale it's a clear amber brown with a 1/2 inch of sudsy opaque colored head.

S - First smell is of some great citrus hops, a touch of caramel, toffee, and English malts. Rather unexpected to get more sweet than hoppy.

T - Citrus and mango hops carry the beer well into the finish with sweet English malts giving a mid bit of toffee and tea. Not very bittering and balanced.

M - Light to medium.

Overall this may be the best beer I have had by these guys. Way easier to drink than the DIPA and renews my love for hoppy pale ales. Will have to get this again.

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tun
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of JLapadura
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dejrrma
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of davey101
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a few months back. In my drunken stupor I gave it a "4" under the "Hads" category. Let see if the bottle matches that. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No clue on age, but Captain six packs are new to CT so it can't be too old.

A - Nice amber body. Massive fluffy off white head forms. That settles down after a while to a dirty cap of sudsy foam. Very nice lacing and retention. Looks about perfect for a pale ale.

S - Rather english in aroma. Bready and caramel toffee malts followed by a pleasant citrus and piney hop finish. Well balanced and inviting.

T - Really tasty. Starts off with a blast of malts, very caramel and toffee heavy. This is followed by citrus fruit and some piney resin. Finally a light bitterness washes over everything and sticks around a bit on the tongue. Flavors end cleanly and abruptly. Mouth feel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Really enjoyable flavors with just enough bitterness to keep it from being too drinkable. A really impressive pale.

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of pault
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of danipp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MikeConklin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a bar in NYC..cant remember the name of the bar.
Pours a caramel amber color with small amount of head into standard pint glass. Smells of hoppy malts with some notes of pine and candy. Taste is very smooth malted hops with a nice balance of bitter hops with sweet malts. Very drinkable and full of flavor. A Captain standard and a great session brew.

Photo of Stumpy29er
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Connaire
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent amber, two finger head, not much carbonation with some lacing.

S-Nice balance between the malt bill and the grassy and citrus hops.

T-Grass and citrus hops, some caramel, good balance with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth.

O-One of the better APAs out there, not overpowering but well balanced.

Photo of rdilauro
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice golden amber into my glass. A small but dense creamy head added to the appearance.
I could detect the hops and citrus in the aroma. Very pleasant, nothing too much or too little.
The first taste was really nice. It was smooth, a perfect balance between Malt,Yeast and Hops. Relatively big , but not bold.
A nice lingering aftertaste.
For me, it was a really nice Pale Ale. I wasnt looking for tons of hops in this one, and I got just what I was after.
An easy drinking pale ale with all the things you are looking for to have on a nice sunny relaxing day.

I had this one at room temperature. I tasted the first one from the cooler. Honestly, the room temperature one was even better tasting.

Photo of cowboy83
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A big thanks to Whartontallboy for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a dark amber color and two fingers of slightly off white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Lots of hops, breadiness, caramel, malts, and floral notes.

Taste – A bit hoppier than I was expecting from the aroma. After the nice hop bite you get a slight orange citrus flavor that fades rather quickly into bready malts. Finishes with a sweet caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes just a tad dry.

Overall – A solid APA and one I am enjoying on this beautiful Friday night.

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

A- the pour is orangeish brown, quite dark for an APA. One inch cap of off white foam.

S- toasty grain, very bready and doughy malt, bright and citrusy hops.

T- there is a great balance between cereal grain, bread, and lemon peel and grapefruity hops.

O- A pretty remarkably balanced pale ale here. I really enjoyed it, a bit more hops would make this stellar.

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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