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Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.88%
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 sleazo
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_pours a medium brown with hints of copper. Nice big fluffy head settles into a good cap. The lace clings to the sides of the glass 4.5

S_rich sweet caramlised malt slight nuttiness peanut/hazelnut 4.5

T_sweet rich malt cascades over the tongue upon first sip follwed by a rich hazelnut tasting finish. This is a full bodied brown. A vague hop bitterness makes its presence known but does not dominate. Some smokiness is there as well. 5

M_on the thicker side, as I said this badboy is rich 4.5

D_quite a quafable brown ale. One of the better ones I have tried and a pleasure to have around from the Captain. Also nice to have another session beer from them. 4.5 (667 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery today.

A: Poured a translucent brown with a nice amount of head considering it was a sample glass. Was even able to get some lacing.

S: Very sweet and earthy brown ale.Molasses was in there.

T: Lots of sweet malt up front. The hops came in at the end to balance it out. Well done.

M: Very creamy. Feels a lot heavier than it tastes.

D: Could be an excellent session beer. The only problem is I can't get it anywhere near me. They do sell kegs though... (488 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of HimerMan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really awesome brown ale from Captain Lawrence - tried many times on tap at location, on tap at Gingerman and in growlers.

Very nice brown color with a nice sticky off-white head.

Great malty flavor with huge balance of its hops. No alcohol presence, and at its low %, this is definitely a great one to session.

This is incredibly easy to drink, one growler is not at all enough - at least when you split it.

I would highly suggest trying this one if you have the chance - its not in bottles, at least at this point in time. When I get a kegerator, this will definitely be something I will seek out for it.

Awesome stuff - and a phenomenal place.

Cheers. (660 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Cheers! (787 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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... (932 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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... (348 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Goldfish19
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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! ~ (341 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn. I believe this beer is actually called Brown Bird Ale. I've notified the Bros and hope they update the name if I'm correct.

Appearance: light brown with good clarity and a nice 2 finger rocky beige head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Touch of sweetness, toast, nuts, and a slight floral hop note.

Taste: The malt is so lightly roasted that it allows the nutty flavors to have equal time. Just a dash of hops but it adds some needed complexity. Well blended with a very smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with decent carbonation. This category is not the highlight of the beer. Could stand to be a touch creamier.

Drinkability: Easy sipper. Smooth balanced flavor and low ABV.

Probably my least favorite offering from Captain Lawrence that I've tried but still a great beer. (844 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (459 characters)

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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). (315 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (782 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,657 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Taste:
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. (594 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice deep, clear, brown with minimal head. Smell is light roasted malts.
Taste is a good balance of sweet toasty caramel malt with the hops , which don't punch....some nutty flavors as previously noted. It had a dry almost chalky finish that I liked. Brown ales aren't my favorite style, but I thought this was was very drinkable.Very happy to see Captain Lawrence on tap in CT ! (381 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (392 characters)

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Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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