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Birra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Birra DeCicco - Limone LuppoloBirra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drewd0g on 06-21-2011)
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dfclav

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cavedave for this in our awesome growler trade!

A - pours a fairly straw yellow color, a touch more rich - with a nice two finger head that hangs around thanks to the active carbonation.

S - they sure picked a good name for this beer because lemon overpowers all. Don't get me wrong, there's still some tropical esters and a fairly weak grassy-like yeast smell underneath it all, but the lemon dominates.

T - the lighter malt bill used here combined with an ass kicking hop like sorachi ace makes this one hoppy beer. It's very tasty though. Lemon again sits strongly but gives way to lesser tropical flavors in the end.  Thankfully not very sweet, as that would have wrecked this beer in my opinion.

M - fairly light bodied, but the hop resins hang around forever. The complexity of this beer is hurt by the malt bill, because the flavors dissipate rather quickly and the hop resins take over. I like it, but it is admittedly boundary pushing for the style.

O - this is a very good beer. Although not as popular as a lot of styles, CL has done something good in making this beer with these particular hops, and should make it more often. In the end, it's a keeper. Nameless homebrewer, you've done very well!

Serving type: growler

07-27-2011 12:29:50 | More by dfclav
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Wow, I definitely have different tastes than many other reviewers of this beer.

I found both the aroma and the taste of this beer to be overpoweringly lemon. A very strong (and for me unpleasant) aftertaste. Not sure if I had a bad sample or this beer is just not my cup of tea at all. I might have to give it another shot and update my review if it was a bad sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:39:43 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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jrbuch

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour quickly into a Lost Abbey tulip to give a 1 inch head. Copper, burnt orange color. The head disappeared quickly into a thin ring.

S: Lots of citrus, lemon, and cut grass. A musky dry hop like smell. Very pungent, but great.

T: Upfront hoppy with a fairly sweet malt backbone from the wheat. More citrus in the taste and sweet fruit. Seemed a little bitter for the style. Has the CL house flavor.(?)

A great beer, but I would want even more pop from the citra and sorachi.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 14:28:14 | More by jrbuch
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Supes

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cosmo4u for the growler hookup!

Appearance- Golden with a slight amber hue. 2 finger head the slowly goes down and leaves a ring all the way down.

Smell- Nice floral hops with a good amount of citus to it

Taste/Mouthfeel- Grassy hoppy start with lemon zest that lingers till the end. As it warms I get alot more tropical fruit notes. With that perfect creamy wheat finish.

Overall- Love this beer. Its a perfect meld of hops and the malt to make a really wonderful beer. This would for sure be a staple in the house if I didnt have to trade across country to get it. I cant thank cosmo4u enough for introducing such a great brew to me.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2011 00:11:10 | More by Supes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #4 American Pale Wheat Ale on the beeradvocate best of lists. And deservedly so. Served in a pint glass.

Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles, nicely carbonated, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is awesome, fruit, lemon, grass, strong, hoppy throughout.

Beer is thin to medium in body and has a lot of hops going on in there. The sorachi come out first with that sort of spicy lemon grass, the finish is moderately bitter. I really thought this beer could have finished a little less dry and more bitter, it would have improved it in my opinion but overall a great little beer. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 11:57:34 | More by drabmuh
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tumbler.

Cloudy slightly in body with a very simple gray lemon hue. Real nice soft white head kind of creamy giving to some light foam texture. While drinking we have some random scattered lacing. Looks good.

Bouquet is a nice wheat grain, with an incredible soft and fresh hop body. It seems like that soft grain makes the hop come out fresh like true fresh hop beer!, and it's big on tropical fruit. It is flat out fantastic.

Taste brings a solid hop profile, and what a wonderful one it is. Dense, giving to tropical notes I felt of mango and melon. Citrus zest in the mouthfeel with spritzy lemon, giving to almost brut crisp feel, but with a good wheat density.

Overall WOW. What a great marriage, this wonderful play of wheat density and chew, with a tropical hop body, crisp sharp feel and palate, so much going on, so distinct. This is fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 00:25:45 | More by smakawhat
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont. Served in a skinny pint glass.

Pours a slightly-hazed very light golden color with a good-sized white head and some nice spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose carries the distinct markings of Amarillo hops with some really nice floral and citrus notes. The flavor takes it up a notch with a touch of wheat and accompanying feel plus a major hop presence. Light body with crisp carbonation and an absolutely-gorgeous lingering bitterness on the palate that I can still feel 5-plus minutes after my last sip. Simply astounding. In my opinion, this beer has just taken the torch from Gumballhead. Bravo, Captain Lawrence.

EDIT: Apparently this is brewed with Citra, Sorachi Ace, and lemon peel. Well, that combination tastes a hell of a lot like Amarillo to me. Either way, very good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 21:10:46 | More by Thorpe429
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dragonWhale

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little something fantastic from Scott..A pale yellow pour with a white head that shirks away from my mouth. Big citrus, lemons and oranges, with a little wheat coming through too. The aroma is fantastic. Crisp and bitter, strong citrus again. The lemon is delicious, the beer well balanced and excellent. I'll put this beer up there with Gumballhead any day. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 05:23:11 | More by dragonWhale
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brees6221 for gifting me with this 32oz growler. You are entirely too generous Ben, thanks again. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a polished clear color of golden copper. A finger of white head forms across the top. The retention of this brew is pretty fantastic, it lasts throughout the entire duration. As the cap slowly fades and sips are taken, a webbing of lace sticks in frothy patches along the glass.

The smell of this brew is bright and lively with hints of lemon and lime that are quite dominating before I even take my nose close to the glass. This brew is quite juicy with hops, I am unfamiliar with this brew's background but I am guessing sorachi ace. I can't imagine what other hop would create this type of lemony fruit aroma without actually adding lemon or lime zest. As the brew comes up to temperature, it picks up a light stinky cheese note, lightly catty and even dank. I cant help but think of how similar this brew smells to Hill Farmstead's Ephraim only much more mellow.

The taste is an intriguing mixture of the previously mentioned lemon rinds and contributing bitterness of such. Whereas the aroma was mostly lemony, the flavor is more in-line with grapefruit pulp. Through the body is a faint wheat grain taste that doesn't last long before going back to the bold hop flavoring. What grain flavoring that is evident is mildly toasty and provides a very faint sweetness. There is no joking here, the hops are the star of this brew. The hops across the back get mildly catty, dank, herbal and just like the aroma led on, somewhat cheesy. The aftertaste is mildly grassy with a persistent moderate bitterness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew, leaning a bit more towards the lighter side. There was a modest amount of carbonation initially that I unintentionally swirled out of solution as I was taking in the aroma. At times this brew gets a bit watery, maybe in part my own fault. Regardless, this brew was pretty much poundable. Without a doubt one of the easier drinking american pale wheat ales I have had with an absurd amount of depth to it's hop characteristics and incorporation. The 6% alcohol level is pretty much perfect in this brew, it provides a mild amount of warmth down the back of the throat as you enter the second half of the glass.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2011 20:34:55 | More by stakem
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koopa

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley.

Appearance: Pours a very transparent straw yellow with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: The lemon peels make the first impression, followed by a light wheat tartness, then some citrusy (lemon and grapefruit) hop notes and a hint of pine round it out. Pretty interesting mixture of Italian lemon peels, citra hops, and sorachi ace hops.

Taste: Like a kristal weizen with a slight piney resinous bittering hop used and a few lemon drops added. Definitely not as lemon driven as the nose. Just a little pith in the finish. I'd give it a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and noticeably undercarbonated.

Overall: An interesting and highly drinkable beer. I think the concept was better than the execution. I personally would have increased the carbonation and used a different bittering hop...one that didn't take away from the citrus as much. Let the DeCicco's product that is featured shine next time. This one falls short in that sense IMHO.

Once you allow yourself to forget about the lemon and you GULP this brew down, it drinks like a very nice herbal bittered pale wheat ale. Super drinkable and enjoyable....

Serving type: growler

07-10-2011 22:21:41 | More by koopa
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r0nyn

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a curvy Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Pours a pretty transparent pineapple-hued yellow, with golden highlights around the edges. Whitish head that builds up to about an inch and a half before receding, leaving tons of sticky lacing. Smell is full of lemony zest along with quite a substantial hop presence. Concentrated whiffs reveal a subdued malt character accompanied by wheat nuances. Quite interesting, to say the least.

Leads off with some big citrusy notes, not just from the titular lemon, but with notes of grapefruit, lime and a bit of tangerine as well. Hops follow in an assertive way, with some tongue-puckering bitterness skittering across the palate. There's a lot of pine and resin to be discerned, almost as if you're chewing a mouthful of citrus-flavored hops. There's a very mild wheat appearance in the finish, enough to provide a subtle counterbalance to the onslaught of hops. Mouthfeel is full and fluffy, coating the tongue well and providing a pleasing and easy to drink experience on a hot summer day.

On the whole, a very well-done beer, perfect for the season. Captain Lawrence is not a brewery I have very much experience with, but after sampling this, I think that will likely have to change in the coming future.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2011 15:00:58 | More by r0nyn
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Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshie growler fill from DeCicco's/Ardsley, NY.
They also have bottles available.

Pours on the clear side, moderate off white head, leaves thicker and higher lacing, and low sheeting.

Spice, hops, dank tropical fruit in the nose.

Hoppy, crisp and refreshing, lots of lemony/citric goodness. Plenty of lemon/lime, some ginger and mint, grapefruit, super juicy and tropical fruit spiked hops. Full throttle summer beer. Bring on the BBQ and spiced food for this one.

Gonna keep getting growlers filled of this one till its all gone, then give the bottles a try.
Well done Captain.

Serving type: growler

06-29-2011 01:35:33 | More by Billolick
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Alex from Decicco's for recommending this.  Poured into a snifter.

Clear golden in color.  I can see carbonation rising from the bottom.  1.5 finger thick white foamy head from a gentle pour which settles to a big bubbly film.  Excellent lacing.

On the nose I get fresh cut grass and refreshing citrus hops; lemons, limes, and pink grapefruit.  A faint bready malt in the background.

Wow this has a refreshing taste to it!  The first thing that hits you is lemon zest.  Then it's piney resin and finishes with grapefruit and pine bitterness.  The hops oil coats the palate; aftertaste is lemony and welcome.

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation.  Very easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise.  I haven't had the normal CL-DeCicco's collaboration brew, now I'll have to try it.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2011 21:20:11 | More by Adrianized
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a wheat beer this is surprisingly transparent, bright yellow gold in color yielding a loose one finger head when poured hard from my growler. The head sticks to the glass as I travel through my beer. Aromatically this beer packs a big citrusy hop punch, along with some great sweet lemon scent it makes for a very welcome experience. Pretty balanced flavor, sweet honey wheat and barley right up front paired with a great citrus hop flavor and a clearly unique lemon experience. Amazing that the lemon worked so well. Finishes off with a bit more lemon and a clean lingering hop bitterness. Pretty full bodied beer due much to the wheat I assume. An amazingly crafted beer refreshing for summer, and so sad it is a one off.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2011 00:34:47 | More by pmlondrigan
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cavedave

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was made at Capt. Lawrence with the help of a great and overly shy homebrewer BA who shall remain nameless.

Pours a beautiful, clear, straw/gold, with ample white head that lasts, plentiful lace.

A bit of grain, neutral sweet, and yeasty tart back up a bright citrus hop aroma, fronted by alluringly lavish lemon.

Bright in the mouth with a starkly tasty blast of grainy sweet and lemon. It has other hop flavors going on, some orange, grapefruit, a bit of grass, light floral, but the lemon from the rind additions and Sorachi Ace are the star performers and make an exceptionally delicious beer.

Very viscous, coats the mouth with hop and citrus oils, low carb., super finish, this baby rocks the mouthfeel.

Bettah get you some of this heeaahh now! Once word of this gets out, Limone Lupulo ain't lastin' long on shelf, if you catch my drift.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2011 14:52:58 | More by cavedave
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear for a wheat ale...nice bright gold.
Smell is faint lemony citrus hop.
Really great balance in the taste; the wheat is not overpowering, but lays out a nice subtle floury backdrop for the lemon and hops. It is also not too lemony; rather, the subtle lemon melds well with the lemony hops. What a great tasting and easy drinking summer beer. Very reasonable pricing for growlers of this at DeCicco's. I bought a growler and a bottle....probably should have bought another growler at least. My guess is that this will sell quickly.

Update 6-27-11
Had a 750ml bottle last night. Also excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 20:25:50 | More by Hautacam
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drewd0g

New York

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The newest addition to the Birra DeCicco series. This beer is awesome, a hoppy wheat ale brewed with Italian Lemons. The taste is clean and crisp, unlike most wheat based beers. The hops are very flavorful. The aroma is Italian Lemons and Sorachi Ace Hops. Taste is refreshing and delicious. The perfect summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:08:01 | More by drewd0g
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Birra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.