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Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | 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 stimulus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear orange with a white head.
S: Light hops, bready malt.
T: Very similar to the taste, great hop/malt balance.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, and very smooth finish.
D: Sessionable for sure. Easy drinking and well constructed.

stimulus, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Gingerman in Norwalk, CT. $6 for a pint.

A- Nice golden color, big sticky head with fantastic heavy lace rings all the way down the glass.

N- Citrus hops and some pleasing floral notes. Light and crisp.

T- Great bouquet of hop flavors here- bitterness is very low but citrus and mild pine resin flavors permiate. A bit grassy at times, but more 'new growth' than 'barnyard stank'. Nice mild malt base rounds it out.

M- Great carbonation, a bit of a heavy body (for the style) makes this one stand out.

D- What can I say? This is one of the best pale ales out there. If it's on tap, I'm ordering it. This would be my second favorite pale ale of all time- closely behind Alesmith X.

Paired fantastically w/ a roasted red pepper and mozarella chicken paninni.

ShogoKawada, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of taigor
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber, almost brown color with big head that dissipated quickly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Very hoppy smell with hints of yeast and spices.

T - Slightly sweet to start with caramel and malts followed by citrus hoppy bitterness and slightly dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very good pale ale that I would definitely recommend.

taigor, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at TJ Finley's in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: orange/amber with some cloudiness. Creamy white two finger head that retains for a long time and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.

Smell: fruity hops with some citrus and some floral hops as well. Not much malt is present in the smell.

Taste: sweet like honey in the front with the hop flavors from the nose coming forward further along down the taste. Very delicious blend of hop flavors here.

Feel: medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

Drink: very easy drinking. I could and would drink this one all night.

Overall, a very solid APA. I've been meaning to get more into Captain Lawrence and saw it on tap and figured I'd go for it and I'm glad I did. Definitely worth a go.

SkunkWorks, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of UDbeernut
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: nice gold amber color, nice foamy 1 finger head with great retention, reduced to lacing cap that rings the glass

S: neutral smell slight citrus and caramel

T: nice pale pale, slight caramel well balanced with citrus. And very slight pine.

M&d: very nice pale ale, good malt and bitterness. Well balanced, slight drying mouth.

What a refreshing beer.


UDbeernut, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus hops and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

tmoneyba, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/2/10 notes. Had on tap at Paradiso in Dupont.

a - Pours a murky yellow-golden color with 1 inch of white head and no carbonation.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, and pine hops.

t - Tastes of smooth earthy malts, light citrus hops, and fruit.

m - Very smooth and creamy. Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A pretty good, east drinking pale ale. Would try again.

mdfb79, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow orange. Bartender left no head, just a lasting foam around the surface of the beer. Big rings and walls of lacing form all over the glass, but disappear by the end of the beer.

Smell: Fresh bread and a bit of orange citrus hops. Faint citric/piny hop aroma that almost smells soapy. On the whole the smell is fairly restrained, but good. Some beautiful whole grain bread aroma comes out after the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet, with a nice hop kick and big malt backbone, bready and a little toasty. Refreshing and spicy. There's just enough of everything going on here; that crisp, orange-y hop bite, that airy, malty breadiness that develops afterwards, and that nice clean finish. Just an excellently balanced pale ale. Wouldn't be too hard to argue for a perfect score for flavor.

Mouthfeel: Perfection for the style; medium bodied, but so smooth and creamy. This beer feels like it's coming from a cask, but it's not. Beautiful.

Drinkability: This is the kind of beer that you could spend hours in the pub throwing back. The definition of drinkability.

I haven't had enough of Captain Lawrence's beers, but the resounding impression I'm getting is: these guys know what they're doing. If I were a brewer, making a beer this fine would be a personal goal.

Pahn, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of BigBigPickle
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's across the board. This is a legit pale ale with good session qualities.

A: Golden color with small head, no stayingpower and very good lacing.

S: Apricot? A little yeast and a bit of white wine (was I drunk?)/

T: Good hop bitterness - very clean, crisp.

M: Decent carbonaiton - nice hop pucker. Crisp.

D: Good session beer - at 5.6% youa re pushing that description so be careful. Enjoyed.

BigBigPickle, May 10, 2010
Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice a clear amber-orange-yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied head that fades a little slowly and laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malt, caramel malts, some nice bready aromas all mixed with a citrus-y and earthy hop aroma.
T: Very nice malt characteristic with caramel flavors, some nice toasted and roasted malt all mixed together with very good, well balanced citrus-y, earthy, and floral hop flavors to finish it off.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect body weight, perfect carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, very sessionable. All the flavors were there and mixed very well.

erosier, May 07, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully clear orange amber with a prodigious head and quality lacing all the way down. Carbonation visible with each sip.

Smell is bright and citrusy with a large toasted malt and caramel sweet breadiness. A bit of butterscotch and fruitiness. Hops really are the star here. They are not overly large but they are showcased nicely.

Taste is superbly balanced with a caramel and toffee malt core and a lightly grapefruited hoppiness. A big toasted flavor runs through it giving a broader palate. Finish is clean with a firm hop profile. A light whole grain cracker lingers with a touch of grapefruit skin.

Feel is crisp and smooth with a nice weight. Carbonation cleans the mouth and gives a refreshing personality.

What a great quaffer this one is. While the abv is on the higher side it still ranks as an ideal session ale. Thirst quenching and refreshing it makes me glad that a $9.50 refill is only 25 minutes away. A great beer for this time of year through the summer and even the fall.

scootny, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Coolcheech
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice amber, with a creamy, off white head; about 1/2 finger (maybe due to my shitty pouring). Lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Fruity (citrus) and hoppy. I found the smell to be pretty potent, and very nice.

T: Hoppy, but not overly hoppy, which I like. From the smell I thought it would be more fruity, however, it's only very subtle.

M: Nice medium body. For a Pale Ale, I'd say it was on the full bodied side of the spectrum.

D: Refreshing while being substantial; I would definitely sit down with a few glasses.

Coolcheech, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ineedabeerhere!

Pours a pretty golden yellow. Thin white crust of a head. Smells like floral hops. Not much citrus in the aroma, if any.

Taste is primarily ... hmmm .... This is a pretty pale tasting pale beer, if that makes any sense. Some mild sweet malt, and .... and ... some yeast, I guess, but I'm hard pressed to assign a flavor to it. The floral-iness carries through to the flavor, if that's possible. Very little, if any citrus. Some mild toasty maltiness along with the mellow hop presence. That's about it.

Fairly quaffable.

Overlord, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Back Forty, NYC.

Pours lacy gold. Nose of lemon zest and coriander. Mild lemon cake malts with spicy (noble?) hops and more citrus. Such a creamy mouthfeel!

Balanced, and subtle - lots of interesting flavor but nothing overwhelms. Very drinkable; a classic APA.

StJamesGate, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a clean looking amber red color with a creamy head of ivory foam. Left some nice lacing and carbonation looked good for the head retention.

S: Smells nice and piney, with a spicy bit of coriander and lemon zest in the nose as well.

T: Tastes nice and balanced. A flavorful caramel malt flavor blends nicely with the juicy citrus and pine hops used, but do not leave a slick residue whatsoever. As the name implies, quite fresh tasting, even waving a hint of herbal mint flavors as well in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is clean, slightly creamy and medium-bodied.

D: I'm historically not a fan of APAs, but this is a nice, balanced brew to session or have with a meal. Worthy of a growler pick-up and certainly when out to dinner. Went really well with my Maui burger and 50/50 fires.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Fresh Chester Pale Ale...on tap at Hop Devil.

Appearance-light red dark gold color, some lace. Decent medium head.

Smell-light hoppiness mixed in with alcohol and spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel-rush of golden hops, sweet honey flavor as well. Smooth, good taste, goes down easily with one last light touch of honey and hops, interesting sweetness.

Drinkability-long as you don't mind your APAs on the hoppy or sweet side you are good.

Overall-one of the better APAs I've tried, definitely unique with the sweetness, not for everybody but I enjoyed it.

TheDeuce, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Archie Moore's in SoNo. Pours a light amber color. No evidence of head or lacing, but my shaker glass was filled to the brim.

Smell/taste is malty and hoppy. There is a perfect amount of hops here to keep the beer tasty and on track but never overpowering. Tastes almost like some ESBs I've had.

Very drinkable. Easy to drink multiple pints of this brew.

KTCamm, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of david18
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite pale ales and it is often overlooked from among other pale ales as well as other captain lawrence offerings (especially the Liquid Gold). I think this is their best beer and very drinkable any time of day or any season. Very good hops character without being too overhwhelming. And at 5.6% ABV, very sessionable. Ask your local beer bar to provide this beer.

david18, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of capra12
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at Rattle and Hum on 7/24/09.

Appearance: Light brown with head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Slight hint of hops, a very light aroma profile.

Taste: Opens nice and mellow with a slightly spicy and malty transition to the middle of the brew. Hops take over the finish with some slight sour notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a mild hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'd have another on the same night.

capra12, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine lives in Chappaqua, not far from the brewery and had a fridge full of growlers including this wonderful pale ale. It's a hazey orange amber color with a great off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is a light orange hop bitterness and sourdough bread. The flavor is crisp orange bread as well, with a light malt presence but the hop bitterness is very solid for a pale ale, and scrumscious. There is a slight butter and nut flavor in the mix, mellow and edible. Mid to full bodied, refreshing and very nice drinkability. This is clearly a great, tried and true pale ale if you lean toward the hop head side. If you rely on a milder brew for your pale ale, this might rate a bit lower for you.

Durge, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Medium-dark body with small head, which dissipated quickly, left a small cap, which retained pretty well.
S/T: One of the more aggressively-hopped APA's. The hops are slightly spicy, and the bready maltiness, along with butterscotch, round it out, but this is far from balanced, a feature I really like in my APA's.
M: Nice and full.
D: It was somewhere between an APA and an IPA, as I see it. A little too aggressive, not balanced enough, but not bad.

dudecandle, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden honey brown color with an average off-white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a subdued juicy hop, nice and fresh; the aroma could use a bit more strength. The taste starts off with a juicy grapefruit hop which is quickly balanced with a sweet caramel malt; very balanced. There is some spicy grassy hop in here as well. Light to moderate feel with tingly carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness but still fairly balanced. A very solid APA, good hop flavors and a nice malt body. Good sweetness and no buttery flavors.

Gmann, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at 50 Coins in Ridgefield.

Appearance is a faint brown color with a one finger head. The smell is of faint hops and some spices. Taste is smooth and well-balanced, a very nice american pale ale. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, this is a great beer. Drinkability is well above average, Captain Lawrence makes a great pale ale, and this seems to be their most widely distributed beer, be sure to try it if it presents itself !

mltobin, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Finger of soapy white foam with an light orangey-brown hue

S - Citruisy/grapefruit aromas with some nice malty sweetness

T - Grassy and citric hop bitterness; faintly sweet malt backing; really well-balanced

M - Thinner MF; lighter carbonation but nice enough

D - Really awesome in this dept.; quality session brew comes to mind.

Overall, I see why this holds "fresh" in its name. Great stuff, and definitely seek it out when in and around NYC.

Nickls, May 31, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at Clark's Ale House's Cask Ale fest/Peoples Real Ale Festival.

Poured an orangey golden with a thin off white head. Head retention is weak, lacing the same.

Smells of dry citrus hops and mild spice, very weak malt.

Taste is very balanced, strong dry citrus hop upfront, alot of hop spice that lingers, malt comes through as bready and much more defined than the nose.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very smooth and dry.

Drinkability here is good, not the best Pale I've had but the first I've had on cask. I'd drink it again.

LumpyGuitar, May 16, 2009
Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.