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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

447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | 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 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
Photo of Avryle
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lionheart (from notes 5/5/08)

A- Rich golden, fluffy white one-finger head. Solid lacing.

S- Malt & hops

T- Sweet light malts & crisp bitter sweetness

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness

D- Excellent Spring/Summer beer

Avryle, May 08, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler 24 hours after being filled.

I'm not often impressed by pale ales, but this beer got me. All the flavors were familiar, but it was like they were turned up to 11. The malts are a big bready mix of biscuit, toast, and all-grain crust. Pizza and sandwiches need to be paired with this beer.

Then there's the hops. A great profile of American citrusy hops with grapefruit and a harsher fruit zest finish. All very tasty and in a nice balance to the malts.

Basically this pale ale is big on flavor and bitterness while still maintaining bitterness. A must-try for pale ale fans.

tempest, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of kkosmoski
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains. My first experience with the highly-praised Captain Lawrence beers, and my expectations were high.

Appeared light amber/orangish in color with a good-sized and lasting white head. Beer had a noticible haze to it, which caught my attention, as I was expecting it to be clearly translucent. Aroma was a very pleasant, citrusy slap in the face-exactly what I was looking for. Flavor was dominated by a solid, piney bitterness throughout. I didn't taste as much citrus as I got in the aroma, mostly pine. Hops are supported by bready/toasted malt in the background, followed by a lingering bitter finish that sticks right on the depths of my tongue. Mouthfeel had a light-medium feel. I thought the drinkability of this beer was very good. Very interesting hop flavors supported by some bready malt and a lingering bitterness that makes you want to keep drinking.

Very impressed with my first try at the Captain's beer. A solid American Pale obviously crafted with a great deal of passion and skill. Looking forward to trying more.

kkosmoski, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Typical APA amber color with minimal white head. No lacing.

S: Fruiter than I expected. Also could not single out and specific fruit. Hops were there and added a nice citrus smell that added to the fruity smell. Malt was there but not very pronounced

T: Crisp tasting. Super balanced. The thing I like about CL beers is that they basically tone down a beer and bring it back to what makes that style great.

M: Creamy and well carbonated

D:The brewer used to work at Sierra Nevada. It is almost like all the things I like about that beer without all the things I do not (which are many). They don't really taste similar but some little things here and there made me think about it. Super easy drinking. I had had this at the lazy boy a few times so I am glad I finally got to review it.

aerozeppl, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barcade. Dark sun colour, decent head. Floral citrus aroma, hoppy and IPAish. Three C-hops.Well malted. An American take on an English IPA this one is. Good medium mouthfeel, active carbonation. An easy drinker. Not the best pale, more or less average nice beer.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours amber brown. Minimal head. Nose is mild. Slight pine tones. Flavor is unbelievably smooth. Move aside hop bombs. Smooth hearty and meaty tones of hops. Feel is nice and thick on liquid with a good carbonation. Oh so drinkable. I feel like this is what an APA should be. Stellar.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.