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Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Billolick on 11-03-2007

Hops: Columbus, Sterlings, Goldings.
Malts: Canadian Pale, English Crystal, German Munch, German Roast.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 69
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Woody brown pour, slightly hazy, with a ringlet of white bubbles for a head; dots of lacing on the glass. Nutty aroma, roasted malts and toasted grains, some leafy and earthy hop notes, perhaps more pronounced than your average brown ale. Sweet bready malts in the taste, slightly roasty, caramel, toasted grains, leafy hops give a drying bitterness in the finish. It's a brown ale. Medium body, well-balanced and drinkable for the style.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Delta Grill, NYC. Pretty clear overall, nice rich brown color, with a good sized white head. Retention is also good, decent lacing sticks to the glass. Standard aroma is mostly bready malt, nothing profound or overly rich, a little toasty and nutty. Flavor is very much the same, little in the way of hops, maybe a touch of grassy bitterness in the drying finish, light chewy malt, a slight mineral/metallic aspect I found unappealing.

Carbonation and body both medium, easy to drink, but not at all exceptional for me. Not the most exciting style to begin with but the combination of the mineral note with a somewhat boring malt character made this one ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into taster. Pours a brown tinted clear. Nice thick foamy head. Smells of sweet malty caramel.
Taste is of malty caramel and slight hop. Easy drink that did not impress me. I usually love CL beers, but this one didnt seem as good as most of their brews...its a bit thin. Dont get me wrong, its still good and deff drinkable, and low abv...all which makes this a great session brown.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear brown color with a touch of red mixed in and a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malt with a nice mix of nuttiness and some earthy hops. There is a bit of brown sugar and bready malt.

T - Starts off with some rich sweet caramel and nutty malts with some earthy hops in the background. Through the middle, some brown sugar sweetness and bready malts come through. Finish is a mix of caramel and nutty malts with a nice backing of light earthy hops.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a crisp sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice sessionable brown ale. The richness and the sweetness of the malt is nice and also well balanced by the other flavors.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a one finger light beige head that settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of toffee, nut and caramel. There is also a faint earthy hop presence but the nose is dominated bythe sweeter malt notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a slight creamy texture and lots of sweet malt flavor. Slightly toasted with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and oatmeal before finishing with slightly bitter hop character. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. This was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC

Pours a dirty brown color with a creamy beige head that left some lacing as it settled.

The aroma is malty, lots of brown bread notes. The brew has a brown sugar scent as well.

The taste is of brown bread with caramel sweetness. There is a light earthiness to the brew, perhaps some wood notes. There is also some notes of honey and brown sugar.

The beer has a moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Sweet yet balanced on the palate; finishes with some lemony astringency.

Overall, a nice brown ale, sweet and smooth.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark brown with a one inch head. Qucik fade left a decent lace on the top. Smell was light, but very nice malted grain and caramel, sweet and well rounded. The taste felt much thicker then I thought it would. Taste was grainy with some nice english bitter hops rounding it ou. Very nice. It was smooth and slick, very easy going down with a decent bitter hoppy finish. Great carbonation made for a nice smooth mouth feel. Overall a nice classic brown ale

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this growler fill from the Captain Lawrence Brewery.

Brown head disapears to a film and then into a ring around the glass. Light golden color in the edges to a light red color in the center. Not much bubbles.

Big time roasted goodness! Chocalate and coffee is the main focus. Dark fruits come in as well -- like plums and grapes.

Chocalate, roasted coffee, caramel, a little bit of a cherry and plum flavor. This is a roasted malt bomb mixed with some dark fruits in the background. I also get a hint of raisins and a woodiness.

Light body, very easy to go down. Light to medium body. It leaves the lips a little sticky. It leaves the mouth feeling slightly sticky.

I originally had a free tasting of this at the brewery. Simply delicious and in awe when I first had it. As I critique from the growler, a slight taste differential. Not horrible, but not as tasty -- still a very good beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll assume this is the Capt Lawrence Brown Bird (also 4.8%). I got a hint of spoiled beer her, but otherwise it was a balanced brown ale with bready pale malt and darker crust then caramel, toffee and a hint of cocoa. There's a slightly lighter than normal body for a brown ale, which is very welcome. I don't know if this is completely clean, but otherwise it's a great session brown ale.

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Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear light brown with a tan head.
S: Some coffee, but this quickly falls back on the malt backbone.
T: Light coffee and chocolate flavors.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, and very smooth finish.
D: Pretty quaffable, but a bit thin (which is sometimes the case for brown ales).

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rosey brown color, deep with yellow highlights with a decent off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma is mild malt toffee with a hint of coffee. The flavor brings tart almost grapefruit hop with mellow toffee caramel. Mild but likable. It's a tad dry feeling with mild carbonation and solidly drinkable. Medium light bodied. Nice.

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Photo of Kendo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Bryant Cafe in Bryant Park, NYC.

A: Served in a plastic cup. Body is dark amber/brown with a small off white head. Surprised to see such good lace in a plastic cup.

S: Smell isn't too strong -- perhaps a result of the beer being served too cold. I get a bit of basic sweetness and some caramel malt, but that's it.

T: Pleasant brown ale flavors abound: roasted malt, caramel malt, some basic nutty tones, and a nice slight hop finish at the end that cuts the sweetness. Somehow the sweetness makes a return and lingers a bit.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is where you want it.

D: Very quaffable. Sessionable brown ale with nice flavors and balance. I'd seek it out.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at Captain Lawrence Brewery a few times at rosso. Brown Bird is a brown beer like the name suggest. A light brown that you can see through the glass. A nice tan head on top with bubbles but no lace. Smells very nutty and malty, some grain and a light hop nose but i'm really reaching there. Taste is pretty damn bold for a brown. Sharp tastes of sweet malt, an assortment of nuts, caramel and that's about it. Feel is a step above light bordering on medium with adaquate carb, smooth. While this is a good brown, I would not have more than one glass of it, it's just not that exciting.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with a medium bodied and medium sized off white colored head that laces the glass some on the way down as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of a sugary sweetness, some nice biscuity notes, and slight hop finish.
T: Tastes of nice roasted malts, some nutty tones, hints of biscuity malts, and then a nice slight hop finish at the end.
M: Very smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, it's a sessionable brown ale that has nice flavors blended together very nicely and not too high an abv.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Clear copper-brown body with a finger of creamy tan head; excellent retention and nice lacing. Great looking brown.

S: Smooth, understated aroma of toasty, nutty malt. There's just a touch of butterscotchy diacetyl, as well as a little caramel malt sweetness and a little biscuity dryness. Overall, a wonderfully balanced malty nose.

T: Starts out really nutty, and quickly moves to a more toasted, lightly earthy finish. Very smooth and tasty, but not as complex as the aroma.

M: Fairly light and very smooth with moderate carbonation.

D: Lots of flavor and a sub-5% ABV? Yeah, this is a pretty drinkable beer.

Notes: Yet another solid offering from CL. While not my favorite style, this is a great representation of a brown ale.


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Photo of Goldfish19
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ On tap at Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY.

Appearance: Clear brown with a small off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of hops.

Taste: Roasty, nutty, and a little sweet. Some light hops are present at the end making the finish slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A great session beer! ~

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CL Brown Ale. 5oz. taste. On tap @ Tabla in NYC. 2010

Pours a dark copper-brown with a dark-tan, 1 finger head.

Smells like a classic brown ale -- nutty, with caramel, chocolate and coffee scents.

An initial sharp malt flavor is tempered nuttier and toastier malts, and rounded out by coffee, caramel, and chocolate back tones.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:
It's certainly not thick, but it also doesn't taste light or thin in the mouth. This middle ground, mixed with its light carbonation, makes it very pleasantly drinkable. I could have had 2 or 3 more of these.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery and, as expected, I love this beer. And brown ales are not my beer of choice. This is a very flavorful that it both interesting, tasty and sessionable. Color is typical of a brown ale, flavor has a lot of interesting malt, smell is quite distinct and overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a generous finger of lightly tan head; deeper copper brown color

S - A bit hoppy actually; touch of mineral; sweetish maltiness.

T - Hops come through, a bit grassy; nice maltiness against the hops though. Touch of chocolate nib, some roastiness

M - Thinner to Medium MF; snappy carbonation

D - Easy drinker, not the most interesting brew, but tasty enough and certainly sessionable.

Overall, worth a look.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Croxley Ales, New Hyde Park, New York.

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a musty hop with a toasted malt.

The taste consisted of a grassy hop, an earthy grain and some soft toasted malts.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty ale. More of an amber than a brown.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown. Nose is malty floral tones. Flavor is earthy and leafy. Kind of a soil edge to it with a tangy cloying fruit thing as well. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is minimal in it's bite. A decent brown ale. Not my favorite from CL, but it'll do I guess. Would probably do better under cask conditioning.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Black Rabbit in NYC

Captain Lawrence is another New York brewery that I don't see in Boston. I was impressed last time I went to New York. Their Brown Ale pours a clear, garnet brown and is topped by a light brown head that fades to a film leaving spots of lace. The aroma is malty: toasty, bready, and chocolate notes as well a hint of fruit.

Toasty and roasty upfront. Chocolate notes and a bit of sweetness in the center. The finish has a light, roasted bitterness. Light-to-medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. The roasted malts give a nice husky character.

A nice session beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewhouse in South Norwalk CT.

Pours brownish copper, dark, with very light foam. Smells like a classic brown ale - malt, chocolate, nutty, hints of coffee and caramel.

Taste is very smooth - very light carbonation in the mouth. Smooth and sweet, with an ever so mild hop presence. Tasty.

Very drinkable. Could easily have ordered up 2nds or 3rds.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Captain Lawrence pint glass at The Brewhouse Restaurant in Norwalk, Conn.

A: Poured a nice medium copper-brown color with a thin head of creamy white foam. The carbonation is good and the lace is decent.

S: Smells slightly roasted, nutty and bitter. Some sweetness and spice comes through in the nose as well.

T: A nice sharp malt flavor initially, smoothed out by nutty and toastier malt flavors. Some caramel sweetness can be detected against the slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet sharp, with a nice lingering malt aftertaste.

D: A really nice session brown ale which paired fantastically with my "beer burger." Good ABV, nice, rounded flavors make this brown a very palatable representation of the style.

Served in a restaurant called the Brewhouse which interestingly enough does make make any of its own beer, this Captain Lawrence offering was tasty and satisfying for a cool winter night. Would make for a great session beer any time of the year.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Textbook brown ale color: deep almost burnt caramel, but light enough to pass light through. No red at all in the body, and the color is very uniform. Half-finger white fizzy head dies immediately to a skim, and the glass gets dots of foam--let's call them toes instead of legs, or threads rather than sheeting.

S--Very little hops so there's nothing strident here, but if you open the holes a bit and really snuff and swirl, snuff and swirl, you get more than just sweetish malt notes, as there's clearly something darker and nuttier cutting the caramel. A definite roasted character comes through in the nose.

T--And lasts through the tasting. Roasted and nutty are the primary adjectives of this beer, with toffee and caramel taking a back seat. There's even a splash of hops on the finish, but it's mild. The real star here is the hazelnut/walnut flavor that's more than roasted; like real nuts the taste adds bitterness to balance the sweeter notes. Could use a bit more biscuity/crackery malt notes.

M&D--Mouthfeel isn't anything to rave about, as you'd expect something a little more oily or at least silky, slick somehow, given the nuttiness, but ends up simply being thin and a little watery. Easy to drink, this brew makes a great middle depth addition to its exemplary triumverate of session beers, which include on the light end the Freshchester Pale and on the dark the Pleasantville Smoked Porter.

Very subtle and smooth brown ale. More like an English brown than Sixpoint Brownstone, which is kind of a brown porter, or Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, which is fairly sweet for the style.

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