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Birra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 28
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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Photo of rab53
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale-medium yellow. Small firm white head. Aroma is of lemon-scented Pledge. This begins to fade as the head dies down, but enough of the unpleasant smell remains to make it unappealing. Tastes like a typical pale wheat ale with a slice of lemon dropped inside. Mouthfeel is inviting. Will not seek this one out again. Another mediocre offering.

rab53, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of EDNOSE
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

The head was nice and I hoped the hops would outweigh the lemon once I got to taste it. However, this was a lemon bomb and that so outweighed the rest of the characteristics that it overwhelmed. there are better wheat ales out there for sure.

On a clean palate on a summer day with the taste being a craving, maybe it would be better. Today the tartness overwhelmed the rest of the beer.

Today ... Though ... Just ok. Bought at deciccos ardsley in october. Possibly past its prime given the target described on the label.

EDNOSE, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, straw colored pour. Fluffy white head.

S: Citra hops really shine through in the aroma, hop presence is tangerine. Light spice mingles nicely.

T: Does not quite follow the nose. Less citrus and more grassy flavors. Really getting the impression of lemon juice and rind. Supporting malt adds subtle sweetness. Refreshing..

M: A light body and high amount off carbonation increase drinkability.

O: An interesting and refreshing beer. If the taste followed the nose more closely, it could be even better.

zoolzoo, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy light golden color. A finger of white billowy white head. Quite a bit of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S:The nose screams Captain Lawrence yeast. Like Golden Delicious lite. Just a nice hoppy beer. The wheat comes across nicely as well.

T: You get quite a bit of lemon out of the beer. It is hoppy but a little bit astringent. It is a hard thing to nail down. Well balanced though. Xtra gold light with hops.

M: Lighter side of the body. Carbonation is nice and has some distinct bubbles. Soft mouthfeel.

D: I liked it. Really nice summer beer overall. Nothing crazy but super easy drinking and full of flavor.

aerozeppl, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of MarkIntihar
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle. Gracious extra from Mike (AgentZero)!

A - Pours a cloudy yellow orange, with the emphasis more on the yellow. About a finger's worth of head. Looks more like a wheat beer than a pale, but I guess that makes some sense.

S - Smell is citrus dominant, with heavy lemon and orange being the most discernible. Some spice in the nose as well, almost giving a heat-like quality to it, which I'm clearly having trouble describing. Almost a saison-like funk to it as well, which is somewhat odd, but seems to work.

T - Taste is much more hop forward, with a nice barrage of hops hitting the taste buds immediately. Followed and complimented nicely by the citrus that was present in the nose. Fades back to bitter hops at the end. Not getting the funk or the spice that was picked up in the nose, which is actually kind of disappointing. Also can definitely pick up the wheat base in this one.

M - Carbonation is well done, but this one has quite a bite to it, not hiding the alcohol very well. It almost stings the tongue on the way down.

O - Overall a solid offering, but nothing mind blowing. Very grateful to review my first Captain Lawrence beer though! Thanks again Mike!

MarkIntihar, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden straw color with a very impressive head; nice retention and spots of lace

Smell: Smells like Lemon Pledge; I cannot decide whether that is a bad thing entirely, but it is not an enticing aroma to me

Taste: Bready, up front, with a strong dose of pithy, bitter lemon arriving by mid-palate; very harsh, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I decided to score this more highly as I respect what the brewery was going after even though I didn't find it particularly palatable; I'll cast my ballot with Gumballhead for the style

brentk56, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of beenitty
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark yellow, nice head and exploding carbonation makes this one look very nice

S: Hops, Lemon Rind, Tropical Fruits

T: Spice, Lemons

M: Creamy Slight Bitterness, Feels like IPA

D: Super High, Light and Tasty.

Downed 1/2 growler w/o missing a beat.

Lemon taste isnt an all night type of beer, as Im thinking this, I'm pouring another pint.

At first felt like too much lemon, but this one opened up nicely. This one is borderline hype. One of the best CL offerings I've had.

beenitty, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared by Matt.

Hazy golden straw body with a wispy white head. Aroma is hoppy and lemony, straw, grain, wheat and grass. Flavor is more like a wheaty IPA with lemon than a hoppy wheat. Lemon and grass bitterness persists through the finish. Refreshing and light, but not quite as unique as I hoped for from reading other reviews.

yourefragile, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this for my first ever BA trade. So glad I had the opportunity to try this. This is a very refreshing, light beer. Lots of citrus notes, a good hop profile, and a smooth finish. This is a perfect summer type beer. I wish it was more readily available. Looking forward to trying more of Captain Lawrence's offerings in the future.

Retail1LO, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to cosmo4u. Split with the crew and poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, whisps on top, thin collar, white head.

S - Lots of citrus up front, some straw/hay, and then follwed with some bitter hoppy notes. The combo of citrus/wheat/hops is enjoyable and really unique.

T - Big citrus, nice amount of bitter hops, some off-putting metallic character. Kinda has a Pine-Sol/kitchen cleaner taste to it on the finish, which I don't much care for. The finish doesn't ruin the taste, but it would be a lot better without it.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, oily citrus finish.

O - A solid pale wheat but Gumballhead is miles and miles better then this one. They are different, but still, if I want a pale wheat (or something similar), I'll go local. Decent but not outstanding.

Sean9689, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one a random Friday night. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy, pale golden straw body.

S - Grain, sweet caramel malts, and the trademark Sorachi Ace lemony hop character. There's a slightly cloying note that I can't totally identify in the aroma - sort of Pledge-esque.

T - Taste is a nice blend of citrus hops, sweet sugar malt, and lightly toasted grains. I actually think this tastes better than it smells, which is unusual.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a particularly smooth texture for a wheat ale.

D - A solid hoppy wheat ale, but with a slightly off-putting saccharine quality to the aroma. I'm slightly disappointed by this one, as I generally love Sorachi Ace. Still, quite easy to quaff, with no trace of the 6% to be found.

MasterSki, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice white head with spiderweb lacing. Clear bright yellow body. "East Coast Ales" on the side of the label, trying to figure out if this is some of the East vs West coast jibe some people talk about.

Aroma is lemongrass, sorachi ace hops (6 oz in my fridge) wheat and a pungent lemon.

Taste is great for a Pale American Wheat Ale. I am a huge fan of gumballhead, but if I had the two of these in six packs next to each other, I would choose Limone Luppolo in a second. Too bad it is not in six packs... hopefully in due time though at the new CL location with a full bottling line. In any case, medium mouthfeel for the style and high carbonation with a little carb tongue sting at the end.

Overall a great APWA. This is easily in contention for my favorite American Pale Wheat Ale, with lil Sumpin Sumpin riding on its side.

alpinebryant, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of dfclav
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

dfclav, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Nascartailgatefa, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of jrbuch
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

jrbuch, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Supes
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Supes, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

dragonWhale, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

stakem, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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....

koopa, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of r0nyn
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

r0nyn, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Billolick, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Adrianized
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Adrianized, Jun 28, 2011
Birra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.