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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

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | 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 Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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%
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 -0.3%
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 +19.8%
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 -15.4%
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 +14.6%
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 -10.2%
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%
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 +6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 -2.3%
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
Photo of shaebs99
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had during beer dinner at crossroads. this was paired with a pizzette with roasted red pepper sauce, goat cheese & prosciutto. It was a delicious pairing

The beer is a clear orangey amber color with a nice light head that leaves some gently lacing and doesn't disappear immediately. Pleasant and appetizing appearance.

Smell is of american hops. Citrus and piney notes, maybe a bit of apricot. It's not overwhelming hops, a bit restrained and I can already tell that this is going to be decently(not a flattering adverb) balanced pale ale.

Taste is very smooth and well balanced. Good bit of american hops present (gentle hops and fruity notes), but balanced by a good dose of malts (bready and toasted)

Drinkability is quite high. This is something that will go on to my kegerator during the summer (if I had one!) What I mean is that I would love to drink this all the time especially in the summer. Just something that I can drink and enjoy all day.

shaebs99, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Rattle n Hum 03-13-09

Pours a copper/amber color with a decent white head. A little more on the malty/bready side than most APA's, a decent hop/malt balance, mouthfeel is a little on the light side, but drinkable. definitely a great session APA, not the best i've had but one of the better

bonbini26, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours a light copper, with a creamy off white head, and lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose is a bit of biscuit, and crisp, resiny hops with a bit of citrus.

Taste is sweet caramel and biscuit malt up front, with a clean citrus note emerging early, with resiny pine hops emerging to dominate closer to the finish, providing a firm, slightly dry, lingering bitterness on the palate.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, another pale that blurs the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Unfortunately, APA is one of those styles that can go from light and refreshing to bruising fairly quickly. This was in that camp for me.

JohnQVegas, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of diddly
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler from the brewery.

I'm a big fan of this beer. Very healthy amount of hops, getting close to an IPA.

Nice light brown color, with a good head.

Smell is powerful, with the hops taking over.

Taste and mouth feel are great - strong hop flavor, balanced nicely with the other components. It appears the growler was the right size.

diddly, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at GingerMan. The beer is clear, dark orange color, creamy looking head. The smell is a little hopopy, pine needle type. The taste has the bite from the hops, mostly in the aftertaste, with good malt balance. Almost an IPA, but keeps on the APA side of the line.

TurdFurgison, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear dark red/brown with some white head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of floral and some citrus hops, bitterness. Tasty. One of the better pale ales I've had.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.7/5

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Clear honey orange pour with a nice finger of creamy off white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: I mainly get sweet grain and caramel malts on this one. Neither very hoppy, nor much to ponder in my humble opinion.

Taste: Extremely smooth well balanced ale. No bitterness, not much after taste, but not true to the APA style in my opinion. This one taste more like an english ale to me. Slightly bready, buttery, caramel like, etc.

Mouthfeel: I would have rated Fresh Chester higher in this category if it wasn't a touch thin. However its quite creamy and worthy of the 4.0 rating.

Drinkability: Can you say session beer?

koopa, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Pours up copper brownish, a little darker than I expected, with almost no head. What's there is fizzy and off-white and doesn't last.

S--A decent nose, with some floral notes from what I think are Cascade hops, along with an undertone of honeyed malt.

T--Follows the nose for the most part. More of a malt presence than many APAs I've had (and as the color would suggest), with caramel and toffee biscuit up front providing a great balance to the milder than most American recipe's bitter hops on the back end. Enough dry to keep you wanting more, but nott so much that you get worn out. The word that leaps to my mind with this beer is balance. Almost perfect malt and hop spectrum, much more so than other APAs I've had (Switchback, Sierra Nevada, Tuckerman's, Smutty). Not really a hophead's APA. Reminded me a great deal of Great Lakes' Burning River, if you've had that.

M&D--Both were fine--mouthfeel was pitch perfect, a little chewy with even pleasant carbonation--though I gotta bitch a little about the ABV. It's low for an American session beer, but geez, a beer this straightforward in England would be at or below 4 percent! It would be great if American brewers could get flavor while backing off on the booziness a tad. Can't complain about the Captain overall, though, as all of Mr. Vaccaro's beers start at a baseline of excellent, it seems, and go up from there.

TheycallmeTim, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of kasper
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden orange with an off-white head leaving nice lacing patterns around the glass.

S: Matly and bready with some faint piney hops.

T: Bready and malty up front with bitter hoppy lingering finish.

M: Medium body, lots of tingly carbonation.

D: Nice malty session beer.

kasper, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of mrbeery
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich copper color,smells like it tastes. love the tickly bubbles and just the right amount of bitter that hits the back sides of your tongue.made for dudes that like a good session and guys that like to sell it to them.the low abv make the brew perfect for the boys that like to earn there buzz

mrbeery, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap...

Served into a pint glass...

Impressive offering from a brewery that IMO, will soon be gaining plenty of notariety. Well-balanced, flavorful, drinkable, hoppy, tasty IPA? Oh yes.

A- Dark golden color with a lot of orange and brown hues. Spiderweb lacing, creamy head, beautiful!

S- Smell was really hoppy and citrusy. Reminded me of a west coast style APA in the nose.

T- Taste was of caramel, sugars, citrus hops (grapefruit). Bready and bitter towards the back end.

M- Medium bodied- creamy- there is a lot to this beer.

D- Sessionable APA, one of my favorites to date. Give it a try!

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled first at brewery and polished off a growler last night. Poured generously into imperial pint glass.

Prior to visit to brewery, only had the bigger beers they offered- crap, was I impressed with their take on smaller ones as well.

A: Straw yellow pale ale color. Moderate head, little lacing.

S: Citrus hops smoothly balanced with fruit sweetness and sugars of the malts.

T: Balanced to perfection- the more I drink of this the more I like it. Great Pale Ale. Piney, grassy, malty all tied into one smooth tasting beer.

M: If anything, not as light bodied as I expected but the thicker mouthfeel was actually pleasant in this.

D: A truly well rounded beer that got better as I went through the growler. I really would wish they would bottle these and the other session beers they have put together.

marcpal, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to gpcollen1 for hooking me up with this growler! Thanks George!

Pours an orangey amber with a slow stream of bubbles rising up and a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Decent amount of sticky lacing.

Smell is toasted bread and fresh biscuits with floral and citrus hops. There's some fresh cut grass and a bit of grapefruit and orange peel.

Taste starts of with some light bready malts and toasted bread/biscuits before a mild hop bitterness with some herbal/floral hop flavors. Finishes dry with a fading bitterness.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

A great Pale Ale. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

MrMonkey, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Office in Montclair...

Arrived in the serving glass with a nice fluffy, foamy head... Appearance was a ruddy, amber, copper-brown color...
Enticing aroma replete with caramel, grains, and a hint of vanilla...
Very crisp, refreshing bread and butter flavor along with hints of light caramel and earthiness...
Hands down, one of the best American Pale Ales I've ever sampled...
Nice, crisp, clean mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability...
Recommended...

dsa7783, May 16, 2008
Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.