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Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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37 Reviews
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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 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 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 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 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

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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)

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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 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 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 koopa
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

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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 aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

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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 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 sleazo
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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

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Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.