Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with just a touch of pink grapefruit; an inch of foam caps the beer and leaves a few spots of lace (4)
Smell: The earthy/leathery Brett aromatics mingle with fruit (grapefruit and berry, presume it is elderberry though I can't say for certain), flowers (rose hips more than hibiscus)) and, to a lesser extent, oak and vanilla (4.75)
Taste: Fruit forward, with the grapefruit and berry tones prominent; growing tartness through the middle, as the floral elements rise with the rose hips, in particular, making a statement; after the swallow, the tartness remains as do the fruit and flowers but the malt becomes more apparent, bringing a bit of toffee to join with the vanilla; oaky aftertaste (4.5)
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderately puckering (4)
Overall: A very interesting beer that has matured nicely developing a nice tartness; not the most sour beer out there but I really like the complexity (4.25)
Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity
08-15-2014 22:47:46 | More by brentk56
4.41/5 rDev +9.2%
Big thanks to cavedave for the awesome BIF beer. Bottle 5/12, tasted 30 July 2014.
Pours 99% clear pale orange, a little rusty. Half a finger of off-white head, not much lacing or retention, which is typical for a sour.
Smell is packed with brett, topped with light floral notes. Lovely, with that rich brett earthy barny funk playing so nicely with the herbs and flowers. Outstanding.
Taste is stellar. An amazing combination of sour and funk. It's got the tartness, the earth, and crispness that lightens it up. Just a touch of lemony fruit.
Feel is good. Medium-light, carbonation works just fine, even if it is a little on the low side. Good for the beer.
This is a really top-notch sour. It's got so many things going on, and they work really well together. Funk, sour, flowery stuff. Yum.
07-31-2014 03:51:07 | More by zeledonia
4.11/5 rDev +1.7%
This one wound up hiding in my beer cellar and I wish I had tried it fresh, and kept a few more for now. Poured into my cognac snifter with a lovely pinkish golden hue. Decent head and a bit of lace. A touch of haze and carbonation in view. Nose is quite lovely with a great combination of bret sourness and pale malt bread and sweetness. Nice oak wafting in. Firm vinous notes and a delicate floral component. Taste is superb with a refreshing tartness that encourages quaffing. Solid oak underpinnings. Light malt core allows the funk and sourness to take center stage. Hibiscus and rose play lightly even at this age. Finish is dry and crisp, almost like a dry hard cider. Some bread crusts linger with faint hops and a touch of medicinal minerals. Feel is well carbonated and light with just enough girth to keep it from water. Just wonderful and delicious.
07-13-2014 06:08:20 | More by scootny
4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 375ml bottle dated 5/12 (courtesy of cestlavie, as an extra) into a Prairie Teku glass.
Appearance: A sizable, bubbly, champagne-style head dissolves relatively quickly into a thick crown around the edge of the glass. The beer itself is particularly beautiful, at the base of the beer it starts a rosy pink, then fades to vermilion, and then to a rusty yellow toward the top. What a beautiful range of colors in here.
Smell: Tart, and barely acetic with some funk backing both up. I can get quite a few floral notes too as I stick my nose deep into the glass. As I stick it deeper, intense dried apricots come through as well. Very complex, but requires some work to truly appreciate the variety.
Taste: Sour but barely, with floral perfume mixing well with cracker malts. The perfume is barely bitter, and the hibiscus is the one flower I can pick out above the other two, although I'm not particularly familiar with elderflower. Lightly bitter, and just a bit watery. The funk on the nose is evident as well.
Mouthfeel: Prickly like cider at first, but quite smooth afterward. Just a bit dry.
Overall: Very interesting sour, and I enjoyed it. Definitely a solid beer worth picking up if you see it.
04-14-2014 00:00:37 | More by WTKeene
Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.