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Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


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

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 06-24-2012)
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WTKeene

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:00:37 | More by WTKeene
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mverity

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit. Pours a nice rosy pinkish brown. Great pink-white head. Laces very well. Aroma is tart and floral in all the best ways. Taste is bright, sweet flowers, tart and citrusy. Light and effervescent on the tongue. Just an amazing sour! I've gotta thank ___ for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 06:33:08 | More by mverity
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine taster. The color is just off-clear and rosey pink.

The aroma is great! There is lots of flowery hibiscus with some sweet tarts mixed in.

The flavor is flowery also. The tartness is mostly in the finish. There is a nice balance here with soft, subtle flavors.

This is delicious; recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:46:32 | More by andrewinski1
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Snifter...

A. Pours a very cloudy, pinkish orange color, similar to grapefruit juice. Quarter finger of crisp white head that erupts nicely with a gentle swirl. Lacing is very good. Excellent looking beverage here.

S. Sweet honey, floral notes presumably from the rose hips, bready qualities, lots of barnyard funk, fruit juice, apples, pears, even some tomato sauce elements. Tart and funky on the nose.

T. Rose water, apple and grape skin, oaky tannins, dry, yeasty finish. Bittering hops also become apparent on the finish. Tartness is present, but not dominant. This is not super sour. It has a lot of funk and a kiss of tartness, but for the most part is a well rounded golden ale with some hop bitterness and tart fruit.

M. It feels overcarbed and the barrel aging dominates just a bit too much, as oaky tannins take over the flavor profile more than is desired.

O. A solid wild ale. I wish it was just a little bit more sour with a little less barrel presence, but very good overall. Not quite as good as Rosso, but certainly worth a look if you are a fan of the style. It has remarkable coloring and a memorable nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:16:57 | More by siege06nd
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light dirty pink color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of tart notes with light oak and some dominant notes of hibiscus. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with light oak notes with some dominant flavours of hibiscus with light dry Brett finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with very good refreshing factor.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 17:06:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Gorgeous orange/red. Like ruby red grapefruit juice.

S - Very funky with a touch of hops. A bit fruity, but mostly just funk in the smell.

T - The funk is there, but this one is very fruity. Lots of cherry, strawberry, and a touch of hops. A bit tart. Floral. Very nice.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonated. Very refreshing.

This is a great, mild sour, with a lot of funk and a lot of fruit. Not very hoppy as the name might suggest, but very easy to drink and quite fruity. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 03:58:55 | More by RoninTK3
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Krombacher pils glass.

Appearance- Absolutely beautiful see through pink with light white bubbly head. Gorgeous.

Smell- Pure funk. Cherry, raspberry, lemon, vinegar. No real floral notes on the nose, but very nice nevertheless.

Taste- Floral flavors dominate. Rosehips are the majority, but other flavors I can't pick out. Light funk and tartness, but not over dominating.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with light tartness. Very nice, but nothing stand out.

Overall- I dig this beer. Light tartness with super funky floral nose. Overall very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 03:09:21 | More by Seanniek91
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with ShowerBeers

A-Clear pink when pouring, cloudy orange/pink in the glass with a one finger head.

S-Funk, grapes, oak yet very floral and grassy as well.

T-Tart and sweet, interesting combination. Lots of floral notes, not sure if balanced or not. Oak and grapes as well.

M-Light, highly carbonated, semi-dry crisp finish.

O-Wow. What a sour. Great to try this. The floral notes were a great addition to a sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:03:01 | More by rlee1390
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mahak213

New York

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- ruby-orange, hazy, muddled looking with a beautiful bright white head that has a slight pink tinge to it when you catch it at the right angle.

Smell- Slightly funky, floral, perfumey, lactic tartness. The smell is slightly muted and doesn't really allow much really stand out

Taste- Mild tartness followed by some citrus and floral hop notes. The floral notes persist along with some funky, earthy qualities on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is on the higher side, mouthfeel is fairly light, finishes clean and drying.

Overall- One of my favorite AWA, and despite the high price tag I keep going back for more bottles. If you can still grab a bottle, I'd go for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 04:01:38 | More by mahak213
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SpeedwayJim for the trade at the Voodoo Barrel Room Collection release.

A: Pours out of the bottle with an aggressive carbonation, which yields an off white or light pink head about two or three inches in height. Bubbles race up through the orange-pink liquid at an impressive rate and make this quite the attractive brew. 5

S: The aroma is yeasty, with notes of hibiscus, hay, slight oak, and is floral. The aroma is particularly tart, but there are some hints of it. There's a slight fruitiness in there as well. Intricate and interesting, the aroma also is quite inviting. 4

T: The tartness fills the middle of the taste, but the yeasty hay taste is dominant. Fruits and hibiscus fill the backend, which leaves a dry and tart finish. The taste isn't as full as I wanted it to be, but it is balanced and tasty. I think more tartness would have done this beer a lot of favors. 3

MF: The body is light with a huge twinge of carbonation on every sip. Very drinkable, the beer is receding in my glass much quicker than I want it to! 4

O: This was a really nice beer, but not one that blows the style away in the taste category. Definitely made a good trade for this, although I don't think I'd search it out again. 4

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 19:03:15 | More by russwbeck
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle, purchased at Cpt. Lawrence. Shared at a SEPA tasting, March '13.

Hazy reddish-amber pour with a small pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer; maybe a few dots of lacing. Aroma of leather, rose petals, slight hints of citrusy sourness, but fairly mild on that end. Flavor was markedly herbal and floral, with the flowery elements of the brew easily being the dominant factor here, earthy, leathery, some yeasty notes, wet grass, there was a little sour twinge to it, but it was very mild, making this almost come off more as a herbed/spiced beer than a wild ale. Light-medium body, slightly above average carbonation. Not really what I expected, and not really something I'd seek out again, but it was a decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 13:39:28 | More by Rifugium
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared thanks to Andrew MacWilliams, a huge rate beer contributor.

Pours a nice rosy red with gold mixed in. Not much head, but a nice fizzy ring remains.

Th smell is very complex with the flower additives, really reminds me of walking into a greenhouse in many ways. Some honey and a touch of funkiness, a nice amount of slight fruitiness in a berry variety. Nce oak too.

The flavor also explodes with the flavors of flowers, honey, strawberry, straw, and slight funk and yeast. Oak in there as well as an overtone to all th other flavors, it is very tasty but I can't imagine drinking a whole lot of this beer.

The feel is good, almost feels like an artisan soda in th way it drinks with good carbonation and a slick, easy to drink body. Overall a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:22:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 5/12.

Appearance - Amber body with a nice white head. Nice consistent foam on the surface. Lasts forever.

Smell - Wow that's unique. Extremely floral. Definitely hoppy. Fruity acidity to it as well. Complex and nice.

Taste - Far less interesting. Hoppy up front. Not really that sour. Sweet malts are prevalent and stronger than the sourness. Floral flavors are strong and a little odd. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly heavy. Medium low carbonation. Needs to be drier.

Overall - The smell is really fascinating and the taste just isn't. Captain Lawrence continues to be mediocre for me. It is a clean tasting sour though.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:09:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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Chase_Myhran


4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

The body of the Captain Lawrence Hops n' Roses is ruby/orange with a thin white head that gives way to a less impressive outer ring. Beautiful yet short lived lacing as one swirls the glass. A cloudy and bright sense of beading lends to a lively looking glass of american sour ale. The aroma gives a sweet grapefruit type sensation to the nostrils with only a slightly boozy finish with sour notes ta boot. A healthy mix of smooth citrus flavors meets the front of your palet. The middle doesn't set off any fireworks but does set up nicely for the grand finale. This masterpiece finishes like a prized stallion at the Kentucky Derby with fruity flavors that lead to a dry finish much like that of a fine champagne. This particular brew by Captain Lawrence is sure to please, even at such a steep price.
Enjoy, my friends!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:50:43 | More by Chase_Myhran
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.25.12

A - Pours a tangerine-red with a quarter inch off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Roses, herbal, hoppy.

T - Subtle hops, then rose, hibiscus, and herbal-earthy, and finishes with more hops.

D - Low carbonation and a medium body.

O - Light and shocking refreshing. All the ingredients make an apperance.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 06:16:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
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harrymel

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 05/2012

Pours a lovely rosy apricot ale with a sheet of bone white foam. Smells of mmmm, elderflowers, rosehips, some lemon zest, a little funk, some grapefruit pith and a little bit of hay. Tastes of baking soda, more floral tones, tart, some metal, a hint of ammonia and chalk. Flavor does not match the nose for me. A touch of peppercorn and the elderflower emerges as it warms. Body is really empty with low carb and a wet finish. This was a nice smelling beer, but the flavor did not deliver with the assertiveness the aroma produced. It was lacking in the body department as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 08:57:56 | More by harrymel
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MadScientist

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A glowing medium amber with a red hue and a fair amount of haze. The head quickly dissipates leaving a ring of pink, rocky bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: It's and interesting aroma reminiscent of a gauze blended with an herbal tea. A moderately-strong brett aroma of horsey tartness with wet blanket and an acid sharpness. There is a moderate hibiscus and rose hips, herbal tea aroma as well. As with most sours the malt is faint but not absent.

T: There is a straight forward sour from the fermentation followed by a slightly astringent, herbaceous sourness that the hibiscus and rose hips are bringing and probably from the elderflowers too thought I've never tasted those. There is a delicate honey like flavor but a malt sweetness with a light vanilla flavor blended with the oak character. The balance is fairly tart and the finish is very dry. The aftertaste is herbal and a touch oaky.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated with a light prickling astringency on the back of the tongue.

O: An interesting and ambitious sour that blend the fermented sour flavors with three sour adjuncts. There is a funky herb aroma that I find a bit off putting however I enjoy this would definitely pick up another bottle. I like dry, tart sours and this defiantly dry and tart.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 23:56:49 | More by MadScientist
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence cervoise. Pours a nice, bright pink color with a tall light pink head. Good retention and lacing. Wow, it’s an elderflower beer that tastes good. More else and hibiscus. Very well done. Subtle and nuanced, but still pungent. Fairly tart.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:34:06 | More by Thorpe429
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joefuzz

New York

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pink tinted gold with a good sized head. Smells of wild flowers and brett. Taste is very sweet up front and ends with a huge funky brett character as it goes down. Mouthfeel and carbonation are just as expected. Overall this beer was not all that great right out of the fridge...but after it warmed up a little it transformed into something pretty great. At $16 a 12oz I don't think I will be picking up another bottle but I am very glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 08:47:26 | More by joefuzz
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to merc7186 for grabbing this bottle for me...

A: Pours a pinkish-red, watered down cranberry juice like color. There is one full finger of light pink head that fades quickly after the pour. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is brett, rose hips, lemon citrus, funk, and sour. Damn this beer smells good. It's exactly what I like in funky beers.

T: It starts out sweet and floral, but it the citrus and sour take hold in the middle of this beer. the flavors transition perfectly on the palate without any note becoming overwhelming. The finish is sour and funk mixed with light floral sweetness. This is really enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out sweet, sours up, and then finishes with a mix of both. Not too drying, not to bitter, and not too sweet. Just right.

O: I seriously enjoyed this beer. It has all the flavor and funk that I love in sours and wild ales. I love the floral components. I love the lemon citrus notes. I love the barnyard. Really nice beer. I'd love to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 06:28:53 | More by trxxpaxxs
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color, thin cap of prickly bubbles. Scent strong with the funk and tartness, hard to get below but some floral qualities work their way into the nose. Taste initially begins with strong funk and tartness, but herbal and floral notes appear as the palate adapts, some vinous qualities, notes of vanilla and oak join in. Medium bodied, lacking in carbonation for the style. Solid beer, but I wanted to like it more than i actually did.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 17:45:33 | More by rfgetz
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good beer overall. Beer is orangish and hazy with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation, it looks good.

Aroma is lactic and strong with a nice tartness and good yeast character.

Beer is quite sour, light on the palate effervescent and clean on the finish. Moderate tartness on the finish with a great overall feel to the beer. This was one of the surprise stars of the night for me and I'm glad I got to try it. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 19:49:52 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this interesting beer.

Fizzy pink head fades fairly quickly to a light head covering but leaves layers of bubbly lacing everywhere, over crystal clear fire rosy orange red colored.

Nose starts with funk, big Brett kick right away, some tart sour fruit with cranberry and light sour cherry, juicy berry like, as well as floral flower like aromas bit of a rose hip like, light barrel and vanilla oak,.

Taste again funk to start, some chewy bready funky Brett, dry and bready, light horse blanket but not a lot. Then sour fruit, tart berry and cherry, as well as floral flowers that are present but light, little rose hips, hint of hibiscus and tea like flowery flavor. Earthy yeast flavors, tart fruits bring it to the finish, long lingering tart fruit, light funk, and a bit of bitterness on the dry finish.

Mouth is med bodied decent carb, fairly sour but not overly.

Overall nice but not great. Good funk, nice Brett and tart sour fruit, but the flowery aromas are too muted. Oh yeah, and wasn't there supposed to be hops in this?

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 13:12:52 | More by jlindros
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portia99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle received in trade with Hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one Greg! Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours as a hazy pink hued ruby red grapefruit juice bodied beer with two fingers of dense pillowy foam tinted pink and showing good staying power. Foamy lace is left on virtually the entire surface of the glass as the head slowly falls to the surface. Good looking wild ale.

S - From a long distance away, the funky and barnyardy brett hits the nose immediately. Alongside the funk is the distinctly noticeable floral content of the beer...rose petals especially. Quite perfumey which is interesting and a bit odd as an offset to the barnyard...although somehow it really works well. As the glass sits a bit, the floral overpowers the funk and gives a welcoming soft aroma.

T - Would have never guessed the level of sourness from the aroma. Quite tart on first sip which gives way to a strong earthy component, some mild medicinal bitterness, and lots of herbal and floral character. After the initial few sips, the level of sourness seems to be less intense and blends a lot more evenly with the other flavors in the beer.

M - Lighter body buoyed a bit by the firm and foamy carbonation of the beer. Combination of tart, earthy and heavily floral flavors fill the mouth with a complexity of flavor.

O - Overall an interesting wild ale. Not super tart, especially after the first couple of sips, lots of earth and a plethora of floral character. A bit different than most other wilds out there, but in an enjoyable way. Probably a good call with the 375ml bottle, as I'm not sure I can put down a lot of this...375 seems about right. Another interesting offering from CL...they just keep the wilds coming - more hits than misses on their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 23:40:50 | More by portia99
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light strawberry juice hue with a half finger fizzy pink head that faded quickly to leave a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Lots of nice floral notes, faint rose and hibiscus notes. Not getting much barrel, hops, and super light funk.

T - Taste isnt bad, initially. Initial taste is lightly funky with good floral notes, solid hibiscus , slight barrel notes as well. Not getting any hops, just a faint, very drinkable wild. Then the aftertaste hits...super, super medicinal. Unpleasantly so.

M - Mouthfeel is great for a wild. Nice light mouthfeel and carbonation.

O - Overall This was a solid wild ale, until the aftertaste kicked in. Once that happens its just unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 04:46:22 | More by rudzud
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Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.