Pumpkin Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Willytee3:
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale 2012. 12oz bottle poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip glass.
Pours a clear red-orange amber. Thin head with good ring and thin film, lacing present but fades quickly.
Smells of spice and pumpin, a touch of sour wood and dry malt.
Tastes of spicy dry malt and fleshy gourd. A bit of hops bite on the finish with lingering cinnamon spice.
Overall a an enjoyable pumpkin beer that does not overdue the spices although a bit off balance with the dry malt. However I do like the dry malt contrast of this beer that makes it an approachable favorite of mine among this seasonal specialty.
09-06-2012 04:06:04 | More by Willytee3
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3.04/5 rDev -15.3%
A pretty"below"standard pumpkin ale here.Pours into a standard pint glass a cleat light brass color with a minimal head.Light pumpkin spice in the nose along with a sour note wich I didn't care for much.A lighter fizzy feel in the mouth, flavors have a sourness too that leaves the spice notes behind,for a non- funked out pumpkin ale this has some sourness that Iam not a fan of.Captain Lawrence from what I have had is pretty top notch...except for this.
10-08-2013 22:24:50 | More by oberon
3.61/5 rDev +0.6%
A: A medium amber with good clarity. The head is low and made of long lasting ivory bubbles.
S: The smell is nicely balance with moderate aromas of spice, malt sweetness and pumpkin with the spice being mainly note of allspice and ginger with lesser amounts of clove and cinnamon.
T: A medium amount of pie spice flavors blended with a caramel malt sweetness and pumpkin flavors. There is a moderately-low hop bitterness that combines with the spice to balance the malt. The finish is moderately dry.
M: A medium-full bodied beer that feels pretty light from the high level of carbonation. A slight astringency from the spice noted in the aftertaste.
O: I like that the spice isn't overdone and the overall balance if the flavors is there. Between the spice, carbonation and dryness it's almost drinks like a pumpkin saison.
10-02-2013 23:57:27 | More by MadScientist
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Always a treat to walk into the Captain Lawrence Brewery and get to try a new offering from Scott and the crew. Had 2 samples at the brewery, purchased a growler, came home and sampled further, right away. Nothing like fresh, local , and best of all world class quality beer. This one pours out of the growler very clear, darker orangy amber, under an off white head that leaves spots of sticky lace. Nose of typical fall spice, toasty malts and a final resiny hop whiff. I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, but this one is understated pumpkin/spice wise, leading to a tasty, enjoyable fall offering. Moderate pumpkin on the palate, moderate apple pie spicing thing going on. Crisp and tasty, with balanced malt/hop underlying the whole deal. A nice accompaniment to thanksgiving dinner comes to mind. I'm unlikely to often go for this one ahead of other CL choices, but its simply another quality beer choice from the good Captain.
10-03-2008 23:54:51 | More by Billolick
2.65/5 rDev -26.2%
Slightly hazed caramel orange colore with particulate matter suspended. Low head dissipates quickly. Very faint aroma of malt and spice. So faint that I can't identify the spice.
Flavor is initially malty, but moves to odd spices and faint vanilla. Pumpkin seems to be missing, as does the typical cinnamon and nutmeg. Again, I can't identify the spice. Odd flavor in the finish that I also can't identify except to say unpleasant.
Mouthfeel has a sharpness from overcarbonation, and finishes metallic. I'm just not enjoying this beer.
08-31-2013 23:02:18 | More by far333
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.
Bear in mind this is my first pumpkin ale, so I may be a little off on the parameters of the style. Here goes nothing:
A--Pretty straight copper with a finger of fizzy off-white head that died quickly and left no lacing. Lots of active carbonation in the glass during the tasting.
S--Up front it's all squash, all the time. The only other thing I could trace out was some floral and some nutmeg, and that was upon repeated sniffs.
T--The pumpkin comes through in the very beginning on the sides of the mouth and then resurges on the aftertaste. In between you get subtle spice pulls--mostly nutmeg, again, but something a bit sweeter, like a cinnamon stick essence. Only pumpkin pie spice missing was clove. The finish is pretty dynamic, with a decent hop dryness tugging away amid a full deep squash ring that lasts well after you're done tasting. The finale on this one is the best part of it.
M&D--Feel is viscous, almost oily, with a sting of carbonation. Don't know the ABV but it doesn't seem high and is certainly not prominent. Not eminently drinkable in the Platonic sense--just as I don't want to sit down to a bowlful of butternut, I'm not going to throw back five or six of these--but this CL offering may be better than others. I'm ignorant in that dept. But if CL's track record is any judge, most of the pumpkins I taste after this will fall off. Would pair well with game.
10-08-2008 19:42:19 | More by TheycallmeTim
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
From a growler purchased at the brewery. Poured into a traditonal pint glass.
Appearance: Lighter orange body, not a lot of carbonation coming to the top of the glass. Quickly dissipating head and little lacing left.
Smell: A bit of clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin filling. Not terribly spicy, but that's about it, and it's a bit boring in some ways.
Taste: Again, you can taste the spices, but there's not a lot of backbone. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit of pie filling. Not a lingering or complex finish.
Mouthfeel: A bit watery and thin, but nothing that detracts too much since the beer isn't really all that complex.
Drinkability: Don't get me wrong, I could drink this again, and pumpkin ales aren't easy, or so it seems, to create. But there's just something ho-hum about it overall. I'd like to try the cask vanilla version, because I think that's what this brew calls for: some barrel aging or additions.
11-29-2009 19:41:27 | More by asabreed
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Syracuse Real Ale Festival. Medium orange colour, average mouthfeel. Interesting carbonation with nice, understated spices of nutmeg, cinammon, brown sugar, and of course the gourd itself. Average acceptable pumkin style beer. Drinkable, though nothing special.
10-27-2009 00:53:24 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 64 oz growler into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear, dark amber color with less than a finger of head, minimal retention and no lacing.
Smell is pretty typical of a pumpkin ale- pumpkin, some cinnamon, balanced with some caramel malt, very faint trace of citrus hops.
Taste is consistent with the nose- a little bitterness up front, followed by the pumpkin, then barley makes its appearance, taken over by the pumpkin and spice. Nice, but nothing groundbreaking.
Mouthfeel is nice- medium light body, light prickly carbonation, sweet finish. This is a decent pumpkin ale- as I said, nothing particularly interesting but easy drinking. Manages to fend off the heat from Sriracha.
As an aside: I wonder if american brewers who make pumpkin ales instead of oktoberfests don't want to put in the time to lager? The marzen is a better style in my opinion...
09-20-2012 23:42:52 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a clear golden copper color with a sudsy off-white head that settles into a solid ring.
The aroma is of light pumpkin along with light cinnamon and nutmeg. The aroma is not overpowering but you can tell that it is a pumpkin ale.
Light pumpkin spice in the flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice pop through. The base is a neutral amber malt that lets the spice pop through. Some tea like flavors in the end.
The feel is light but solid with fizzy carbonation. Very balanced and crisp on the finish. A bit astringent. Real easy to drink.
An average pumpkin ale; a bit too light on the pumpkin flavor. It does drink very easy.
09-18-2011 00:51:41 | More by Gmann
Pumpkin Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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