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Freshchester Pale Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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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 brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a sturdy head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Fruity aroma with grapefruit and a hint of pineapple

Taste: Biscuity up front, but that is quickly surpassed by a piney bitterness that abounds; after the swallow, the bitter flavors become more fruity with the grapefruit and pineapple joining the fray and persisting through a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and aggressively bitter for an APA; nicely balanced by the malt

brentk56, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of brantadid
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

I had this beer 2 days after having Smoke from Oak for the first time and was disappointed. That isn't to say this is a bad beer, quite to the contrary, it is really good. But next to his porter, it pales in comparison.

Poured a ver light brwon color with little head. The head was very white. Moderate lacing.

Some toasted malt in the nose but mostly hops.

Tastes of dry hops. There is a sharpness to the flavor. Slightly bitter on the far palate, but in a refreshing sort of way.

High carbonation made this beer a little difficult to drink.

brantadid, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of KenOnBass
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

This beer was presented to me by my dear friend Paul. He was once a hippy, but has now relocated to South Salem. Don't ask. Nearby is the Captain Lawrence Brewery. Nearby is a good reason to live in South Salem.

The appearance is excellent. Good head. Good fizz. Good color. This beer sticks to the glass. Smell is fruity and refreshing. Has that apricot smell. May be one of the best tasting beers I've tasted. It's sweet, and refreshing once again. It's similar to the Magic Hat #9, which I also love, but this is far better. It's a lite beer that pairs with anything. I would gladly drink or order this in any situation.

I believe Paul needs to come over more often bearing growlers filled w/ this beer.

KenOnBass, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

A: Out of the Growler this is amazing. A thick, three inch head. Dissipates steadily, and leaves a decent lace. Semi-dark orange/brown in color.

S: Very nice, nutty smell.

T: It is a little bitter, but in that good kind of Pale Ale kind of way. Nutty, with a very rich body.

M: Lots of flavor, the mouthfeel is good, but I can't explain why.

D: Very smooth with a nice kick.

One of the best Pale Ales I have ever had. For such a little brewery in Westchester, this is an awesome beer.

Amalak, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at the brewery and from a growler...
Pours a clear light amber color with a full finger yellow tinted white head that fades quickly. A decent amount of lacing generated. Not much visible effervescence after the pour. The smell is sweet and floral, with grassy hop undertones. Medium bodied with initially creamy texture, the mouth feel is lightly carbonated yet complemented by a tangy grassy hoppiness. Full flavored, the taste is far less sweeter than the nose leads on to be. A fairly sharp bitterness from a grassy pine hop flavor lingers. There is nice amount of character to be considered with this one. Quite drinkable. At 5.6% ABV, its a real session beer.

jjayjaye, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Longstaff
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Growler was obtained by a good friend just a couple of days before sampling. Poured with a nice two finger head that held its own on top of a clear garnet colored malt. Biscuity malt aroma couple with earthy, grassy, and that candyish Cascade fruitiness coming from the hops. Medium mouthfeel with some light chocolate flavors makes the malt side quite interesting - finishes with earthy and grassy hop flavors that clean out the sweet malt- decent bitterness for a pale ale. A good drinkable beer when cold - somewhere between SN pale ale and Celebration - but as it warms I started to notice some phenolics that were previously hidden by malt and hops. hmmm - wonder if this is trend with CL beers. A little cleaner alcohol profile would make this a really tasty pale ale.

Longstaff, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Nice amber colored pale ale, crisp and clear with tine carbo bubbles making the journey up the glass. A small slightly off white head is full and thick and fades into a cap with some thin lacing left in it's wake.

Sweet toffee, and cereal grain malt aromas. A nutmeg aroma shows through and some light stone fruit qualities of peach, tangerine and a bit of pine as well as floral aromas. Nice.

I bought this growler at the brewery as they were out of the Captain's reserve for growlering (did get to try it however and damn tasty it was). I wasn't crazy about this there but I did try out of order as I did the Cap's Reserve first. Well I can now say this is a damn tasty pale ale. Very malt driven with the same malty characteristics as the aroma. Full of semi sweet toffee and cereal bready malts. Nice tingly carbonation really enhances the mouthfeel and makes the mouthfeel very attractive and pleasant. Very floral in hop variety with a nectarine fruit profile and hints of peach. Mouth if full and hop bitterness is moderate and balances the sweet malt nearly perfectly. I can say this growler is going down!

mcallister, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Captain lawrence pale ale. Mark bar happy hour

darkish umber hue with a pillowy head. Lovely sticky lace clings to the side of the glass as I drink this down.

S-toasted biscuits and bread with a nice ammount of citrus hops.

T-clean tasting. The toasted malt provides the canvas and the hops the paint. The taste is similar to the smell. This is another well balanced pale ale

M-rich and creamy with a refreshing carbonation.

D- another winner from the Captain. This is becoming one of my favourites. I am lucky to be in the distribution zone.

sleazo, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice two finger head that lingers awhile. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: floral and piney bitterness along with some orange citrus is bold an easy to detect.

Taste: pine, oranges, lemon zest, and caramel candy sweetness make up a very well balanced and impressive pale ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish with a bit of dryness at the end. Short aftertaste is dominates by the pleasant bitterness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: since this was a newly tapped keg, the freshness and simple flavors were exciting for the tastebuds. This is a great session pale ale.

Gavage, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Fresh Chester pours a clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of white that holds well and leaves some thin-but-nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is welcomely restrained in its use of over-the-top, juicy/citrusy Pacific northwest hops; and it's softly citrusy (expressing mainly lemons and dull grapefruit), as well as lightly piney, grassy, and gently floral aroma is quite seductive.

The flavor is malty and sweetish, lightly honeyish and caramelish, and balanced by lemony, spicy, grassy, softly piney, and floral hops. The bitterness is solid, but sublime, and acts as ballast so that the malt and hops can shine without shakles... very nicely balanced and well-rounded! It finishes dry, but with a short-lingering note of sweetish malt, and then more long-lingering notes of spicy/piney, and citrusy and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation.

Very easy to drink! Quite possibly the most refined and balanced beer to come out of Captain Lawrence so far. Very nice indeed!!!

NeroFiddled, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a good oily hop with excellent peppery and piney characteristics. There was a good light caramel malt as well.

The taste consisted of a strong peppery and citrus hop and a very good soft grain bill.

The mouthfeel was full and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall a very good IPA.

plaid75, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

on-tap at The Ginger Man in NYC

Pours light amber with a creamy head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some traces of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit and orange with sweet grains and a hint of caramel.

The taste is of citrusy, piney hops followied by a balancing sweetness - caramel almost a hint of chocolatey sweetness. Bitterness stays just ahead. Very well-balanced - hops and malt blend nicely.

The body thins just a tad, but holds on in a light to medium body. Smooth. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

An easy, flavorful "session". A very nice example of the style.

jwc215, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Shiredave
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

Fresh from the brewery filled growler, it pours a golden amber with a creamy white head that clings in blotches on the pint glass. carbonation is moderate and steady and easily seen thru the clear beer. Perfect by style guidelines so it gets a 5 for lookin good.
Aroma is a great blend of woodsy/ citrus hop and soft caramel malt. Not really eye opening but also not cookie cutter cascade citrus and grapefruit found in so many Pales these days.
Balance is the key to this beers fresh, exceptional flavors - sweet bready malt up front with nutty undertones and a seemless transition into mild spruce and tangerine hop flavors. The malt balance is never lost, toasty grain and hop mingling in respectfull harmony. Fresh fresh fresh! Mellow, non tongue strangling bitter finish makes me reach for another swallow.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but on point for the session beer its designed to be. More complex than your average / more well known Pale Ales.

Shiredave, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by gpcollen1. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the crystal clear golden amber brew. Head falls sedately, pocks in the froth here and there, with good lacing. Aroma is lightly malty with lemony fresh hops. Taste also is well-balanced upfront, with citrus kicking it from the middle until the (pun intended) bitter end. Quick with the hoppy burp too. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb. Could see myself drinking this one again...and again...

ppoitras, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of gpcollen1
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Gorgeously golden with streaks of rust this girl slinks her way into my Imperial Pint from a day-fresh growler. Quite a lofty head, settling into a comfortable ½ inch. A get a hint of a soft coniferous forest, hints of pine and spruce, sweetness too.

The first thing that hits you is the light bite of the hops. I get very far off hints of fruit, light and dry, just the way I like it – definitely not too dry. Moderately carbonated with a light lithe body – just right for this brew.

Truly a sessionable brew, enjoyed from a day fresh growler whilst enjoying football. Life doesn’t get any better than this!!

gpcollen1, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at d.b.a. in NYC.

A: Pours an amber peachish color with not much head. Retention minimal but left nice lacing.
S: Toasted wheat aromas with not many hops.
T: Pearish notes with a grape infusion that almost tasted like a mild white wine. Nice toasted wheat notes. Smooth with a nice hop bitterness. A bit grainy mouthfeel.
D: Drinkable pale ale. Glad I got to try this one on tap.

bjohnson, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a hazy sort of golden peach and yellow color, almost some pink in the dying light. Bright white head with decent, if not slightly moderate head and retention.
Aroma of very mild lemon, grapefruit and orange rinds on some pale and cyrstal malts. Some honeyish notes are released as it warmed.
Flavor is very mild but refreshing with light caramel leading the way and subtle citrus and grainy notes weaving in and out.
Mouthfeel is light but crisp and toasty. Solid subdued underpinnings make you search a bit but very enjoyable. Could almost classify this has a mild hybrid ?
Drinkability is excessively, great session beer and the growler disappeared in the blink of eye.

(may want to work on the name a bit though !)

CRJMellor, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

i believe 'freshchester' is one word, cest la vie...

clear orange with golden highlights of toasted grass and some mahogany accents in spots of varying density. carbonation shows in a fluffy yet thin retentive head which leaves some amoebic lace.

candy-tart hops breathe the air above the beer like apple skins and orange rinds. piney nose in the rear with some textbook english malt bitterness. fairly hoppy rendition with an overall mild-medium nose that makes me want to dive right in.

easy drinking with a quick hop bitterness that evens out with the basest raw vegetal, pumpkin flesh sweet planty aspect and light phenols. a nice fruity yet tart english yeastiness is evenly dry but not abrasive. warmth opens up flavors of dried apricot and a raw grainy homebrew coziness.

really easy to drink for almost 6% and much less dangerous than mass consumption of the liquid gold. nice full-bodied yet drinkable beer, proving that taste and body need not be sacrificed in the name of lower alcohol and ease of imbibing. an excellent brew despite its being my least favorite of all the captain L beers i tried.

keep your eye out for these guy(s). great things to come.

goodbyeohio, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of radiorandy
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Wanted to wait for the second batch on this before reviewing it. I hope this is how they will continue to brew this classic APA, Scott really has this one down!

Pours a slightly hazy copper-gold color with a consistent thick, tiny bubble head that doesn't go away! Has a nice well-rounded aroma of citrus and some pine that is tamed by its sweet, malty undertones. First taste comes with a wash of slightly bitter/malty sweetness that is followed with clean, fruity hops with slight bitterness. I was impressed that the carbonation was "right-on!" and provided just enough tingle.

After tasting, I put CLB's APA up to the task of being paired with Jamaican Jerk chicken breasts and it did not disappoint! The beer was flavorful enough to keep up with all the Jerk flavor and the hops did their job to cool down each bite.

Don't change this one Scott! Nice job!

radiorandy, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of kennyo
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

growler purchase from the brewery. On a side note, what a great little layout, nice size samplers, people just hanging.

Pours a hazy, new copper penny color with big thickwhite heads.

Aroma is hoppy with citrus/grapefruit tones

Flavor is creamy/malty/som hop bitterness/some hop bite

Very nice mouthfeel, sweet on back of throat, nice long aftertaste

A well made beer by this Westchester brewing company.


kennyo, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.53/5  rDev +18%

Picked up a growler fresh from the brewery.
This pale ale pours a amberish-gold, with a thin frothy white head.
There is a strong smell of hops on the nose, with sweet and subtle cirtus scents lingering.
Fresh Chester Pale Ale is bitter on the entrance and very smooth and slightly sweet with great citrus tastes on the finish. It is hoppy yet not overly bitter, which makes it easy to sit and drink a bunch of this beer, without tiring of the taste or the bitterness.

A great beer from an upstart brewery. I highly recommend visiting for a taste of what they are brewing

DaggerEyes, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Fresh from the brewery, this sample from the second and slightly more hoppy batch of P.A. from C.L. This ale pours slightly cloudy, medium golden amber, with an off white head, that initially is loose and creamy and then morphs to a tiny bubble film. It leaves some fine lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy. This is a well balanced, immenantly drinkable and easy quafing Pale, moderatly hoppy with a smooth finish,went very nicely with some aged cheddar and nuts.

Billolick, Feb 12, 2006
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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.