Birra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Birra DeCicco - Limone LuppoloBirra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

42 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 42
Hads: 107
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 26
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: drewd0g on 06-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 42 | Hads: 107
Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  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. (373 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a crystal clear bright pale gold color. Huge bubbly white foam quickly dissipates . Lots of tiny bubbles plainly visible.

S - smell is muted. Sovlent/soapy notes. Grainy malt character. Second pour revels a bouqute of citrusy aromas. Lemons, limes and oranges. But still a fairly strong solvent note.

T - grainy malt sweetness up front. Hints of lemon peel follows soon after blending with the tangy flavor of wheat malt. Bitter Orange peel enters mid palate giving a balancing effect. Slight hint of solvent. Citrus notes play off one another on the back end and well past the finish.

M - on the lighter side of medium bodied. Creamy texture. Bright prickly carbonation.

O - Feel this bottle might be passed it prime. Would like to try a fresher for a fairer assesment. (785 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of MarkIntihar
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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! (1,196 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of beenitty
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of Momar42
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Paradiso in DC

A - hazy deep yellow with nice head inthe 12oz pour.

S - lemons, citrus, and hops. Amazing smelling beer especially hit this category.

T - less pronounced in the taste but immensely drinkable. Wheat body carries along the hops and refreshing characteristics. Tasty.

M - light crisp and refreshing. Perfect

O - just an exceptional wheat ale. If I could find this it would be my summer beer of choice I think. I prefer this to Gumballhead. (470 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a duvel snifter from a 22oz bottle

A. Golden, slightly hazy, nice white foam that lasts well enough and leaves a nice lace
S. Lemon orange citrus, dill, solvent
T. Dill spice dominates for me, followed by lemon. Other spicy esters exist and are well paired to a moderate earthy hop
M. Crisp, light, nice bitterness. Mild astringency
O. Too much dill, but nice otherwise (382 characters)

Photo of Adrianized
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of dfclav
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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! (1,225 characters)

Photo of drewd0g
4.7/5  rDev +16%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of jrbuch
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of Supes
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. (653 characters)

Photo of EDNOSE
2.71/5  rDev -33.1%
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. (547 characters)

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Birra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.