Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.33/5 rDev +11%
750ml bottle, split with friends on New Years Eve. Thanks to a generous trader who included this with our swap - much appreciated!!
Golden Delicious looks wonderful in my small snifter/tasting glass. The beer is golden with just a touch of amber. The head retention is noteworthy as is the lace, while the beer is hazy and has some visible bubbles creeping up from the bottom.
The smell and taste are really unique. The smell is alluring with notes of sweet apples, apple skin, oak, brandy and some vanilla. Some sweet caramel and wild brett add to the depth and make me want a full sip now! This beer is really good and makes a unique transition from the smell to the taste. Some initial sweet apple flavors are overtaken with brandy and wood. Then, the wild yeast comes into play and gives a touch of funk and some tartness. This has depth and offers up a caramel apple spice thing I've never had in a beer before. Cool!
The mouthfeel is defined by medium body and some good carbonation that works to make this more drinkable than it should be for such a big tasting beer. Some notable booze is quick to flee away and this ends up finishing with lingering sweetness and brandy. A unique and rewarding beer from the good Captain.
01-03-2011 15:41:41 | More by jampics2
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4.68/5 rDev +20%
A: A medium golden beer with good clarity. The white head is long lasting leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.
S: A moderate amount of the classic tripple aromas of pepper and orange paired with a light oak aroma. There is a pronounced floral alcohol aroma. Medium-low tropical fruit hops aroma brings a interesting twist to the nose.
T: Sweet and tart backed by some solid oak flavors, having a moderate honey-like malt sweetness and a medium hops bitterness. The alcohol makes its presence know bring. The hops flavor is a medium pineapple and citrus hops character. The balance is somewhat bitter with the hops bitterness being a bit stronger than the malt. The finish is medium while with and aftertaste of hops bitterness and oak.
M: A medium bodied beer with strong carbonation and a moderately-strong alcohol warmth that extends from the palate to the belly.
O: A phenomenal beer that brings together flavors of tropical hops, malt sweetness and oak in an pleasing if not slightly bold manner.
05-27-2013 00:37:54 | More by MadScientist
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Cracked this one with my dad after it being in the cellar until now. Hazy golden yellow pour with lots of carbonation. 1/4" of stark white bubbly head. Tons of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of spice, apple and wood upfront. Bright grains with a nice kick of the Amarillo hops that are still noticeable. Brandy warmth tickles the nostrils as well. Lovely.
First sip brings sweet crisp malts. Lots of spiciness and tropical fruits. Apple comes through nicely. Wood and brandy swirl throughout as it flows down. Finishes mildly sweet with an overall spiced apple feel. The tripel asserts itself well but the apple brandy takes it to a whole new level.
Smooth, good carbonation overall. Easy to drink really and the alcohol heat has mellowed nicely from when I first drank this brew. Yummy stuff and well worth cracking if you have one lying around!!
01-27-2010 02:28:00 | More by orbitalr0x
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
App-Lighter than I expected from what the people at the brewery said. Golden Straw like color with a small white head, very appealing since I knew although it looked like a american light lager it wouldnt taste like one.
Aroma- Awesome, pure greatness. Apple brandy and slight yeasty bread with a hint of american hops
Mouth-Slight carb which I love and thin enough to make it easy drinking but full enough to prove its quality.
Taste-Well Rounded awesome apple taste, balanced with good malt and american hops. The base Xtra Gold is still there with a solid apple tartness. Kind of a sourness to it which makes the beer complex while still drinkable.
Overall- I just love it and everything Captain Lawrence has done thus far. There DIPA is one of the east coasts best if you ask me and this is the first apple brandy beer I've had and I cant see it being second to any other.
Side Note- Should def not be classified as a Triple, The base beer is an American Triple and this is and american sour aged beer. New category should be made lol if not switched cause ppl may get the wrong idea and not want to try this beer.
07-17-2012 04:07:36 | More by bnewall3
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Large green bottle, purchased a few weeks ago (when it first came out) @ the brewery. Pours dark cloudy apricot, under an off white short lasting head and leaving thick and splotchy lacing. Initially this one was aggressively carbonated and prickly on the tongue. After the bottle was allowed to sit open for about 45 mins, the carbonation calmed down and became more appealing and more drinkable. The nose similarly was initially sharp and somewhat off putting , but with time calmed down and became more rounded out. In short this one, IMHO, has some carbonation issues that need some special handling and perhaps will be dealt if and when this one gets brewed and aged in barrels again. Anyway, after a little time to "calm down and cool out" this one smells of alcohol, tastes of alcohol, apple brandy, and candied apple. Its clearly a strong, sweet and currently "hot" beer. I believe Scott said it's about 10%. Its heady, complex, flavorful and currently in need of some more time to age and hopefully "relax" a wee bit. Currently it is a warming, yet tasty and interesting sipper. I've got 10 bottles sitting in my beer closet. I'll give em at least a few more months in the bottle (likely till its gets summary warm in my house) and then continue to crack em open, enjoy em and evaluate how this local (at least to me) offering changes and hopefully improves over time.
02-27-2008 02:22:56 | More by Billolick
3.74/5 rDev -4.1%
750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.
Pours out a slightly hazy golden color. Nice 1/4 inch or so of white head shows decent retention, decent lacing as well.
Smells really off at first, kind of like a vinious, oxidized concentrate apple/ grape juice. As it warms this diminishes a bit bringing out some nice caramely brandy booze notes and a bit of barrel. A bit of tart green apple comes in as it warms even further.
Concentrate apple juice with a bit of concentrate grape juice, a touch vinious, a bit of tart apple and brandy barrel. Carmel candy green apple. Still tastes a bit oxidized and old, however maybe not as much as the aroma suggested.
Crisp carbonation and just a touch dry, but there is some sweetness mid sip.
I was really planing on liking this beer a lot before I opened it, but it was a bit of a letdown. Most likely an older bottle. It would probably be great if it wasn't for all the oxidation type flavors, right its just topping out as good to OK. I'll have to seek out a fresher bottle.
04-07-2013 16:42:41 | More by dogfishandi
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
Received this as part of a monster package from 6daysbottomocean in the Whale BIF 3. Had been quite interested to try this.
Appearance- Pours a straw golden out the of the bottle with about a finger of fairly fizzy white head sitting on top. Head dies back fairly quickly to a thin sheet across the top and then just small patches. Some small amounts of lacing.
Smell- Very interesting nose. Smells surprisingly strongly of some citrusy hops, along with a fresh fruity apple aroma, a lot of fruity esters, and a touch of slight yeastiness. I really dig the interesting combination of the apple/apple brandy aroma mixing with fruity esters and hops.
Taste- Taste is very similar with the fresh apple and apple brandy flavors coming through first. Again, I get more of the fruity, citrusy hops, and fruity esters to complement the fruit flavors from the apple brandy. Finishes off with a fairly strong dose of fusel tasting alcohol.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was satisfactory, but I found it to be a bit thin for the style which was made evident as the beer warmed. Prominent alcohol on the finish also cut down on the drinkability for me as well.
Overall, a very interesting beer. I very much liked the nose on this and thought it had a solid flavor profile as well; however, it could have used a little more heft in the mouth and a little less alcohol on the finish. Definitely try it if you get the chance though.
05-25-2010 21:08:58 | More by boatshoes
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip. Courtesy of BA infi.
Has a hazy golden hue, along with a fluffy white head full of crisp bubbles, leaving a trail of stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. This thing smells like straight up sweet, sweet apple juice. Not just apple cider, but freshly made apple juice. There's some mild malty notes on the back end along with a touch of booze. Really quite remarkable.
Taste is more of the same from the nose, with the apple flavorings just taking charge and dictating the entire flavor experience. There's a subtle yeasty quality that appears ever so briefly, lending an added complexity. Underneath the apple onslaught is a definite malt character, providing some balance and unique contrast. The booziness is definitely prevalent on the back end, with the brandy barrel aroma and nuances coming into play. It doesn't state the ABV on this beer, but I'd wager it's at least 10%, as you can really taste it. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, with a slightly drying finish that's almost chewy.
A very interesting take on the tripel style, which is known for its fruity characteristics. Instead of the typical banana, its a ton of apples, through and through. Quite tasty, but with a definite kick, this one will keep you sipping.
07-18-2011 00:47:18 | More by r0nyn
2.88/5 rDev -26.2%
Almost from the time I opened this bottle, I knew I was not going to find it that appealing. So true,the bouquet to me was masked with aot of malt. It was hard to distinguish other attributes.
The taste was someone un-easy. Almost like an apple that just isnt right.
This type is just not my type of beer. I generally love anything that they make there.
08-01-2012 19:13:15 | More by rdilauro
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Bottle sampled courtesy of my cousin on a recent trip back to the U.S. Sampled along side the Xtra Gold as well. This beer poured a deeper golden, almost brown color compared to the Xtra gold. There was a definite apple note in the aroma, pleasing. The taste was apple, alcohol but had a nice hop bitterness. The taste overall I felt was a little dominated by a hot, alochol taste from the brandy barrel aging. Maybe this beer needs a little time to sit and mellow.
04-06-2008 14:56:56 | More by ggaughan
4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
Review from notes. Was looking forward to trying this beer for a while.
A: Pours a hazy pale orange color with one finger of thick, foamy head, white in color. Lots of small bubble release from the bottom. Very thick and foamy lacing left behind.
S: Definitely some apple on the aroma with a little bit of brandy, as well as a hint of caramel. There is a little tart/funky aroma as well. Very inviting.
T: Again, more applies, a little of the brandy, and some caramel malt. There is also some bready malt at the end. It is a little acetic, slightly tart. Different for a tripel, but I like it a lot.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. On the sweet side and unexpectedly tart for a tripel, but quite drinkable.
O: Very tasty, the apple flavor is fantasti. Very different for a tripel, but a nice change. Sneaky alcohol content, as this goes down very easy. Want more!
08-27-2011 20:19:23 | More by mdaschaf
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Many thanks as always to ShogoKawada for this one! Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.
Golden saffron body, lightly cloudy with a delicate half finger of ivory receding to an uneven collar and burbling slick. Fast running, sandy lacing and choppy legs. Average retention.
Apple brandy suggests the fruit's skin, seeds, and concentrated dark sugars along with a light leathery note. Dried rather than juicy apples in the nose at least. Somewhat floral as well, more from yeast than hops, which is appropriate for a Tripel.
Very dry, mineral-laden, tart, and complex flavor profile. The apple flavors are wonderful, though there is a bit of excess heat from the alcohol, though it isn't overwhelming at all. Light vinuous character suggests a Pinot gris almost more than an ale. Low bitterness throughout with a faint herbal quality (roses, white tea, etc) in the finish.
A mix of spritzy and effervescent; slightly tannic and astringent, though very crisp overall.
Very pleased I cellared this until the weather got hot - as this is a very refreshing beer (despite being more of a sipper). While it isn't quite in line with the style, and time may have mellowed the hops (probably dulling the impact intended by the brewer), this is an excellent, creative, gentle, and almost sour ale. Well worth seeking out.
06-24-2011 02:51:28 | More by augustgarage
3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
Beautiful hazy yellow to amber. No appreciable head.
Expected more brandy notes. Aroma is more of a tripel. Mos def smells hot.
I like this but it is too hot. Needs another year on it. Apple comes thru nicely though. A good triple.
Dry without any astringency. Good carbonation. Very boozy. Medium body.
I like it but I'll like it better with some time on it.
10-24-2010 22:02:26 | More by telecomz
Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.