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Little Linda's Liquid - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Little Linda's LiquidLittle Linda's Liquid

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BA SCORE
84
good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 148
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gregc on 04-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this one. I had tried to track one down for quite a while and was thrilled with the kind BA who gifted me one in a recent BIF. Served a cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009.

Appearance 3 - The pour was rather unremarkable I have to admit. Light pink hue comes across rather dull on top of a liquid with no visible carbonation to speak of. No head, no lacing.

Smell 4 - Aroma is nice, tart cherries, hints of light oak notes start to come through as it warms. Nice balance here between the light fruit and tartness that comes with it. Some sugary sweet notes start to perk up after a few minutes as well. Interesting.

Taste 4 - As I take the first sip cherries are on the tongue right away. A nice quick hitting dash of light sour then comes in clean, with a light touch of spice in it towards the finish. Warming brings out a light oak, hint of grapes perhaps and a well balanced profile. Smooth, long drawn out cherry flavor caps it off quite nicely.

Feel 3.5 - Light, too little carbonation for me left me searching for something more. Though it wasn't bad per se I just felt it needed a bit more of a pop.

Drinkability 4 - Very drinkable, but again it needed a little bit more for me. Still though nice and smooth and the flavors seem to work well together.

Overall 3.75 - Pretty darn solid,. But I am underwhelmed by the hype machine that was created around it. Taken on its own it's a shot above average at best. Not saying not to try it, but it wasn't all there for me.

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for opening this one at our tasting over the weekend.

A: The pour is a pale golden color with some highlights of orange. There's not much in the way of head formation, however.

S: The nose has muted notes of sweet cherries (like pie filling). The funkiness is quite minimal, as is the perception of tartness. There's a slight mustiness, but overall, nothing all that noteworthy going on here.

T: The flavor is similarly lackluster. The sweet cherry pie flavor is there, which I find to be somewhat unpleasant in wild ales. There is a definite acidity and a bit of tartness, but this is not overly sour.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation, which was a pleasant surprise due to the lack of head on the pour.

D: This was a pretty disappointing effort, all told. I was hoping for a nice sour cherry beer, but found an acidic (but not very tart) sweet, cherry beer.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam and Anna for opening this.

Peach colored with a reddish tint, oddly pale for a beer brewed with cherries. Hazy, but nicely carbonated with a fairly lasting head.

Musty and sweaty aroma, but also fairly oxidized. Cardboard-like, this reminds me of the first batch of Rosso that had capping problems. Fruitiness is evident, not necessarily full-on cherry, more like cherries mixed with stonefruit and lemon.

Pleasantly acidic on the tongue. Light bodied, cheesy, sharp, oxidized. Cherries and peaches and wet paper. The oxidation mars what would be a pretty good beer - as it stands, this is fairly enjoyable but flawed. Hopefully this is brewed again and their quality control problems are resolved.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my Cantillon glass it pours a foggy orange. Minimal creme head. Nose is lactic. There is that funkyness. There is also a soft floral kind of fruit tone as well. At first I thought I was getting a whiff of leather smoky tones. Flavor is smooth. Lactic tones are there. I don't really get an out-right cherry flavor on it, but there is a smooth fruit tone that seems ambiguous. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is lower. The complexities could stand to be a bit more thorough, but perhaps some aging will bring that out. Either way this is extremely drinkable, unfortunately. And I say unfortunately because there is only 12.7 ounces of this to be had from this bottle. If this were available in 5 liter containers, I would be happy to sit around and sip on it all day. Hopefully there will be a new batch available sometime soon.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this retired sour beer.

The beer pours a very hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a little bit funky, with notes of apricots and peaches coming through. Very nice.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of tropical fruit including peaches and apricots. I also get some light funk and a little bit of tartness. Fairly dry and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2009
The beer is carbonated, but it has a hard time forming much of a head. A vigorous pour produces only a spotty, very large bubbled, pale colored head. The beer is a reddish, copper hue that shows a mostly clear, orange tinted, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid mustiness and sort of mushroom note to it as I am pouring it. When inspected more closely it shows a bright tartness that is as much, if not more, acetic in its bite than lactic. A fair amount of spicy, woody oak is noticeable and this accentuates a funky, woody mushroom note as well as a touch of over-ripe cheese character. There is a distinct note here in the nose that took me a while to recognize, but I think it is a fermented out raspberry, almost seed like aroma; the sweetness characteristic of raspberries is gone and instead there is that almost vegetal, spicy fruitiness and slight woodiness that makes raspberries so distinct. I like that the raspberries integrate so well within the nose, they play more of a supporting role and even add to the complexity.

A light carbonation adds some texture to this light, almost watery feeling beer. There is definitely an acetic edge to this beer, but a lactic acidity also plays a role; actually the flavor is a lot less tart than I was expecting based on the aroma. There is that characteristic, raspberry pit, spicy woodiness, perhaps a wisp of sweetness that plays up the fruit character. This has an oaky backbone to it that plays a definite supporting role without overwhelming the other flavors; there are some lingering woody notes and perhaps a hint of oaky astringency.

This is more complex in the nose than in the flavor, which is definitely a bit of a disappointment. Overall not a bad beer though; the texture, and likely the flavor, would have been boosted with a zippier, more substantial carbonation. The texture and the flavor seem a bit flat as a result and in the end this actually seems quite forgettable. Hopefully subsequent takes by this brewer will be a bit more characterful and complex; I wonder if they just need some serious fermentation time.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with golden peach hues and a one finger frothy white head. Decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Funky aroma with lots of tart dark cherry, earthy oak, vanilla and dry bretty effervescence. As it warms it smells more tart and funky but the prominent character of the nose is lacto, brett and dark fruit. Hints of cherry, strawberries and cream, grape and other dark berries.

Tart and puckering without being overly acidic with lots of earthy oak, vanilla, vinous dark fruit and dry brett. There is a really nice balance of tart, sweet, earthy and dry. The oak character is strong with lots of earthy wood flavor and subtle vanilla which balances out the sweet and puckering notes. Hints of tart dark cherries, strawberry and grape as well as some faint light fruit. Slight lactic cream adds to the complexity, body and drinkablity. Lots of dry bretty effervescence . The finish is puckering and bone dry with only a faint vinegary aftertaste that leaves me salvatng for more.

This is one of the better Captain Lawrence sours I've had and I can't believe that the ratings aren't higher. Sour, complex, incredibly flavorful and extremely quaffable with very little acidity. Awesome!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a large snifter. Bottle# ??? out of 250ish. I guess this is a one off.

Linda's liquid looks good with a nice semi bright orange glow with some trace amounts of red depending how your looking at it, I guess we can call it pinkish. A minimal white head reaches 1/4 of an inch and eventually only wraps around the perimiter of the glass, very small lacing, if I can call it that.

Linda's musk is not in your face large but enough to get a good idea of where this is going. For being a wild ale, this is just light on funk and no sign of extreme tartness. Any tartness comes from the addition of tart cherries which are also very faint. A bit of a earthy scent coming from the very faded hops giving off fresh grass. Decent, not eye opening.

Linda tastes very good, im not sure why some people are shitting on her. I'll say that the base golden ale is still very much noticable with just enough wild yeast to call this a wild. The cherry flavor is not as big as other similar wild cherry beers so it comes off more like a squirt of cherry juice. Some oak from the barrel and some light earthy/musty flavors with some lactic coming through. A bit of barnyard and smelly cheese with a lot of warming.

Just a little tart and even less sweetness rolling off the tounge as this goes down. Perhaps the bottle is a bit young. A nice light body with a ok amount of carbonation. Over the course of this I found it to be very smooth but somewhat dead in the water. This is very refreshing finishing on the dry side.

Im not sure what the ABV on this one is but if Linda came in a bomber or bigger I would have no problem killing my liver and stomach lining with it. This is smooth and light on the funk/sour/tartness, but there is enough to classify it as wild. With the tame wildness of Linda I can see this pairing well with a assortment of foods. Hopefully CL makes a revamped version of this down the line.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle with red wax on the cap. The wax smells disgusting. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

The beer is effervescent and bright golden with a pillowy one inch, angelic pure white head. The retention is very good and there's a nice amount of thick soapy lacing on the glass. This beer looks fantastic.

The aroma is earthy, with some oak and fruitiness. There's a lot of Brett in the nose, imparting musty barnyard, goaty, and horse blanket characteristics. Some vinegar is present. The sour and tart cherries aren't dominant in the nose, but they're noticeable beneath the Brett. The aroma is moderately tart. Smells great.

The initial flavor is tart with a Brett attack. It's slightly musty, and not as...well, Bretty as the nose. The cherries are noticeable shortly after, lending sweetness to this tart beer. Vinegar is present, and the finish is very dry and oaky, with a medium level of tartness. The finish leaves my mouth tasting like cherries and, strangely enough, golden delicious apples. Weird. There's some sugary sweetness in the finish.

Light bodied with a high level of carbonation, and a very dry mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid sour from Captain Lawrence. It looks great, has a very nice mouthfeel, and smells fantastic, but the taste wasn't what I was expecting. The flavors don't blend together well. The Brett seems to fight the cherries. The beer at all times seems to be contemplating whether to be sweet or tart.

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy orange color with a fizzy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but it left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. Very nice for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of sour cherry flavor to it. It's tart, acidic and funky with a bit of the barrel characteristics coming through. The cherry flavor is excellent in it.

The taste has a sharp acidic tartness to it up front. The cherries seem to cut through that with a bit of sweetness in the finish though. It's moderately sour and funky but it also has a strong musty almost basement like flavor going on as well. It has a very dry finish to it and also shows a bit of the woody oak flavors coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, it's a very good American Wild ale. The cherries were very nicely done in it. Overall a very solid American wild ale. It's not the sourest of the sours, but the flavors just worked for me. I love real cherries in beer when done right.

Photo of AlexFields
1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdubfl for this one.

A: Pours a murky sort of yellow hue with a small white head. No retention or lace.

S: Lots of tart cherry, funky brett, with mild oak and vinegar.

T: Good bit of cherry for sure. Mild tartness with Brett noted. The oak is there but not in a very big way. A bit of aspirin flavor as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium, sort of slick.

D: Just okay, not my favorite sour.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/7/2009. Bottle, huge thanks to j12601! Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour funk, light fruits (cherry I suppose). Flavor is a little minerally, some cheese, and sour funk. Some sweet tart cherries in the finish. It was ok, but overall I was a little disappointed.

Photo of ffejherb
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing this 375ml bottle with Brewslut and myself on 4/9/10.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy orange liquid with a tiny white cap that quickly dispersed into a thin ring and wispy veil.

S - Aroma suggests a vinous quality with sour grapes and a hint of floral sweetness with subtle funky basement notes. A hint of oaky astringency also develops as I allowed the liquid to reach room temperature.

T - The flavor is much sweeter that the aroma would imply, with an almost artificial sweetener character. Think Splenda. The funk is somewhat muted, especially when compared to the aroma, although the sour grape character is quite obvious, as well as oaky notes. Finishes with sharp herbal tones in the backend.

M - Thin, moderately carbonated body with a semi-dry finish and fair amount of tartness on the palate.

D - Interesting, and although not a favorite of mine from Captain Lawrence, I did appreciate it's unique, complex qualities and deviation from the typical American Wild Ale fare.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by beerloco on New Years Day thanks!

Appearance: Pours golden orange with a large off white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of granny smith apples, some wild yeast presence, and some cherry notes.

Taste: Very earthy...like potting soil and perlite to me. Not much sourness but a bit dry/tart. A bit of barnyard presence and a leather note too. Good, but not "Big" by any means.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a light body. Appropriate for the style but not sensational.

Drinkability: No problems drinking this one.

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Little Linda's Liquid from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.