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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

498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of beerisblood
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great beer. Not as hoppy as some of the West coast stuff, but good just the same. it's a mild APA. A good version for those trying to break the mass produced brain wash assault. IMO, this should be their flagship. Great session beer. Can be found through out westchester (NY) county. Always fun visiting the brewery too!

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Wow on draft...

A- freshchester pours a slightly copper body with a fair head of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. Color is both appealing and inviting

S- a grainy bill with some bready and buttery scents. A little bit of fruitiness as well

T- a solid malt flavor completely matched with a hop presence that stays under the radar. Not a blast of flavor but moreover refreshing. Enjoyable

M- carbonation is spot on and a crisp flavor of grain remains

O- a good am pale ale that is not overextended with any flavors. Very crisp and will be enjoyed again

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The 12th Street Ale House in NYC.

A - Deep copper in color. Pure white head with great lacing and decent retention.

S - Not a lot of hops in the nose which is pleasing since most breweries are making over hopped pales these days. Malty sort of sweet aroma.

T - Great balance. Enough hops to get the citrus from them and well countered well by the malt.

M - Not to light. Good palate coating mouthfeel. Seriously enjoyable.

O - Captain Lawrence is a fantastic brewery and this is a prime example. Great pale ale. Its a great session sort of beer. Great to drink during g football because it has great taste and isn't to heavy.

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

Bierkraft growler

A: Clear orange, decent retention and lacing.

S: Floral and fruity hops with a very light breadiness.

T: Butter and bread with floral and citrus hops. There is a solid hop bitterness. On the first pint, I found that the bitterness took over the malt and hop character. After eating, and also on the following day, I found the bitterness much less pronounced and that the floral hops and bready malt came though much more, making for a nicely balanced beer.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

O: A solid, drinkable (except for the first pint) pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Pug Uglies in Manhattan.

A - This beer pours a nice light copper color. It has a thin white head on top. The head doesn't stick around long, and leaves some decent lace on the glass.

S - There is a nice slightly sweet caramel maltiness here, as well as a nice bit of citrus. There is also a bit of floral and pine hops.

T - There is a nice sweet caramel malt backbone with a nice piney bitter hop presence. There is some breadiness and citrus here as well. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really nice flavor. It is slightly sweet and has a nice bitter hop bite to it.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily drink a few pints of this in a sitting. Overall, I think its a really nice APA. It is more on the hoppy side for the style, but I like that in a pale ale. I would buy this again.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a murky burnt orangey amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is citrusy with some floral and tropical fruit notes. Smells sweet and hoppy. Taste is some bitter citrus upfront with a big amount of floral hops. Floral finish. Easy to drink with a nice amount of bitter flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Overall, its a pretty good Pale Ale worth a second look.

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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.