Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
12-18-2012 23:56:49 | More by MadScientist
4.95/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
09-20-2013 06:33:08 | More by mverity
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
$15 for the 12 ounce bottle(!), purchased at the mother ship in Elmsford, NY a few weeks ago. Bottled in 5/12 written on the label.
Pours near clear, darker rose tinged copper. Light tan head, initially 1-2 inches then rapidly going to a thicker fine bubble film and leaving moderate blobs of slippery lacing.
Sweet fruity nose at first with grape juice, then notes of a damp barnyard emerge and add to the mix.
More fruity then sour initially. As it warms more earthy, musty and barn yardy notes come through.
Moderate sour and tart notes, with slight Brett characteristics of barn yard and sweat socks. Also more fruity grape juice type notes included.
I think this one needs more time in the botle to hopefully let the sour develop some more bite. Unlikely I will ever know if this happens as at this price, I'm very likely one and done here.
Be sure to let this one warm up!
08-15-2012 19:18:07 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
Acquired via trade
A hazy dark pink and rose with a quickly forming, though not all too persistent, near white and light pink, big-bubbled head that dies down eventually becoming a thin ring around the top of the beer, eventually leaving large dots of concentrated bubbles down the glass.
Though I had no idea what to expect, this certainly wasn't it. The initial whiff warns of some sourness in my future (not a bad thing!), along with some dark red berries, along with very mild funk, oak, and floral notes, though I don't know if I would have called them "rose hips" myself without some coaching from the bottle. Very nice and unique. As this warms, more and more earthy funk character presents.
The flavor is initially quite sour along with red berries and floral notes. There's a distinct, grassy, barnyard funk element that comes out during the swallow. Unique and quite tasty.
Medium bodied with high carbonation; very drinkable.
Excellent, interesting, floral sour from Captain Lawrence.
08-21-2012 01:25:59 | More by ehammond1
4.21/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-23-2013 04:01:38 | More by mahak213
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
375ml capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a 3 finger frothy light pink head. Great retention. Color is slightly cloudy, pale orange and rose. Striking. Thick lacing with great cling. Perfect.
Nose is Brett, cobwebs, floral. Spicy. Some hay. Nice funk character and moderately aromatic. Clean too.
Opens with just a touch of tartness. Spicy. Floral, big Brett funk. Cobwebs and flour at the end. Accented finish with a bit more sourness emerging. Like the aroma, real clean and light. Real enjoyable.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and dry going down. Messy finish with a dry aftertaste. Real refreshing and invigorating.
A surprisingly different and impressive offering from Captain Lawrence. This one seems like it'll get a touch more sour with time which is exactly what it needs. Great beer that has a strong potential for development. Worth getting.
07-04-2012 01:39:51 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.54/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
02-02-2013 03:50:43 | More by Chase_Myhran
3.36/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
02-21-2013 01:09:59 | More by Alieniloquium
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a gift package recently! Shared this one during our Labor Day tasting with beeruser, funkydelic, sincereNc, and MSquared2! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy pale reddish pink with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and diaper. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and tart cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Diaper in the aroma!? OH HELL YEAH, this is going be good! It definitely did not disappoint on this fact. Even the appearance on this one was very nice for the style. While it wasn't the most complex brew I have had from the style, everything in this one was spot on and complimented the other almost perfectly. Not sure if much more could be done to improve this one as it was definitely a very pleasant surprise to get as an extra! I suggest you find some this yourself if you have not done so already.
09-04-2012 14:48:37 | More by thagr81us
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours a brownish pink color, almost blood orange. The head is airy with tons of bubbles that slowly settles into a puffy cap.
The aroma is of tart apples and white vinegar. Some musty white grapes and a light floral note. The yeast provides some spice/funk; some light clove and hay.
The taste is tart; green apples and lemon. There is a nice dry fruitiness to the flavor. Mild grape flavor to go along with the oak. Light vinegar. A small amount of clove from the yeast, perhaps a touch of pepper. There is a bright floral note, subtle but blends in well. I don't really pick up much of the hops, aside for some grassy bitterness but that can come from the flowers.
The feel is light dry and crisp. Slightly sweet but with a cleansing tart finish. Refreshing and quite drinkable.
A well done fruity tart brew. Not overly sour which is a huge plus for me.
07-21-2012 17:16:18 | More by Gmann
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
Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.