Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Brown Ale
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

37 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 37 | Hads: 69
Photo of PEBKAC
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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. :)

 1,089 characters

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear brown with a nice white head. Aroma of light, sour fruits. Flavor though was rather bitter and bleh. The flavors in this did not work well together. I didn't really care for this. 7/4/5/4/12 (3.2/5)

 253 characters

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.

 688 characters

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.

 398 characters

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.

 491 characters

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.

 592 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

 543 characters

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.

 390 characters

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.

 331 characters

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.

 604 characters

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.

 392 characters

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.

 335 characters

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.

 443 characters

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.

 549 characters

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.

 607 characters

Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +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.

 1,657 characters

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.

 594 characters

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

 459 characters

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.

 569 characters

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.

 300 characters

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).

 315 characters

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.

 1,012 characters

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.

 903 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.