Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
4.7/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a few of these at the brewery tasting room yesterday. While sampling the new Mother Barrel sour I couldn't resist popping this one as well.
From the bottle: Malt beverage aged in oak barrels with rose hips, elderflowers and hibiscus.
American Sour Ale: This golden ale has aged in oak barrels with brettanomyces and a few choice flowers to give it a complex and floral aroma. Tart, tany and full of flavor. Straight from the captains cellar to yours. We hope you enjoy.
- Scott Vaccaro
a - beer pours a deep hue of pink!!! with a generous frothy pinkish white foamy head that leaves chunky lacing all over the glass. it never seems to fully dissolve. i'm a sucker for a pink beer...just stunning!!!
s - very complex. lots of fresh flowers with some zingy spices and almost heated tart. smells extremely fresh and has an almost fresh from the oven type smell if that makes sense (probably the dankness from all them flowers?). the oak is somewhat in the background, but the brett brings a big barnyard funk but all of this sits in the backseat to the fresh cut flower smell. intense and unique. yhere is a matvellous sweetness from the brett that shows once I adjust to the heavy floral notes in the taste.
t - out of this world!!! REALLY tasty. again, a medley of thick fresh cut flowers with strong heavy sweaty barnyard funk, rounded out by the oak to mellow things out. not so much an in your face sour as an in your face bouquet of flowers. almost a strong cheese type of funk. i bet this beer would go great with some tangy cheese. extremely different and unique.
m - thick and full, but soft carbonation. not as tart as i had expected, but funky to the max. easy drinker and quite smooth. very floral.
o - overall, it is like i got slammed in the face with a bouquet of flowers. there is a sweaty thickness to the beer that is tamed back by the oak and the brett gives a big barnyard funkiness to the beer. really a wonderful surprise and treat! extremely glad i picked this up...tempted to road trip for more. what a pleasant surprise!!!
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2012 19:43:58 | More by cosmicevan
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4.11/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 06:08:20 | More by scootny
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
Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.