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Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%
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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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 37
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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its always great to walk into your local brewery and be informed that a new beer has been created and is now available to sample. So, this is just released on tap at the brewery, sampled from a growler, pours typical, clear dark honey amber, the medium tan head is short lived, evolves to a thick film and then leaves plenty of fine sheeting and blotchy lacing. Toasty nose. Nice malty brown, brewer Scott said this turned out a bit dryer then he was shooting for, so look for a slightly sweater version next time. As it is this is an easy drinking and mighty tasty brown. Notes of smooth malts, light milk chocolate, toasted whole wheat bread, slightly nutty and highly enjoyable. Nice sessioner....another quality offering from the good Captain, what a suprise....well worth a try

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got my growlers filled at the brewery while in between sampling some crazy homebrew & the locals giving me the 30 second tour. Great people; great place.

Forget capping on foam, cap it on more beer! 68-69 ounces, ready to glug on down. I've been really thirsty lately. :)

Looks like black tea. Very boring. Decent oatmealish-looking froth develops up top, but it dies real quick, & there isn't any activity to see in the filtered beer down below.

Smells of southern sweet tea & newspaper.

Tastes mimic a dry scotch ale, black tea, & pecans(not roasted :|). A dusty bread crust on the finish. It came off stale.

Carbonation is pretty well off despite not seeing any. Very light in body. Dry & tacky.

I usually do my growler reviews half way through the second pour. It was down to the wire with this one. The beer didn't "wow" me, but I went about my business & before I knew it, I was down to the last few ounces.

A decent beer, but lacks the roasted nuttiness I've come to love from other browns. The atmosphere over there at the brewery though, makes everything taste better. :)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mile Square in Hoboken...
Appearance: Nut-brown hue, minimal head, minor lacing...
Smell: Non-assertive hints of roasted malts, slight caramel, and cappuccino...
Taste: Hazlenuts, slight mocha, roasted malts... Sweet finish with a slightly smokey note...
Definitely one of the best Brown Ale's I've sampled...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head over the clear brown brew. Head falls slowly, with prevalent sticky lace. Aroma is lightly nutty, with slight floral hop notes. Taste is moderately malty at the start, quickly tempered by hoppiness, which lasts into the aftertaste with an increasing bitter presence. Mouthfeel is clean, and drinkability is pretty easy. Not my fave of theirs, but it certainly earns points for it's sessionability.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler over the weekend, poured into a chalice. The popularity surprised the owners and this dandy is moving out of the seasonals and into regular circulation.

A light brown with 2 finger head with respectably lacing. Head stays with you the entire beer.

S_Light sweetness and floral tints

T_luscious malty candy with touches of hops in the well blended finish.

M_Much lighter than i expected. However it let the tastes and aromas escape more.

D_Easy as pie. I'm glad they have branching off from the Pale Ales.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Kendo
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler given to me by a very generous BA by the handle of sleazo, God I love free beer.

Smell, usual nutty flavors, some toffee, hint of molasses, and little hint of bourbon or smoke, can't really tell what it is

Taste, Mmm, delicious. Big hit of firm sweetness with a kick of nuts (the plant), assertive bitterness, but I can't say the hops are present. They don't really flex their flavor, but provide a nice balance. I pick up some bourbon or whiskey flavors as well, very mild, not really noticeable unless you look for them kind of flavors. Quite dry in the finish which is how I like my Brown Ales personally. Not sticky or overly sweet like some.

Overall, this is a fantastic example of the style. Nice dance between the malts and hops, balanced a tad on the bitterness side, but the flavors all meld for a truly great beer.

Please start bottling this is all I can say. Not that we get Captain Lawrence stuff anyway...

Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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 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).

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.