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Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 69
Gots: 51 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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?

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of mverity
4.94/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$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!

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. A real strong rose hip aroma, almost tomato, a touch sour and wet horse blanket but the rose hips dominate. Pours rose with a slight haze under a slight whisp of a white foam cap. A whole array of flavors attack the palate starting fruity herby, spicy and sour but the sour is not too in your face. The hops come in after the middle and provide a nice balance. The finish dries out. Medium body, medium high carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

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.

Photo of mahak213
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Chase_Myhran
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scootny
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to my buddy Dan (Dslim71) for this beer. Cheers friend!

Appearance – Pours into a CL pint glass (yes I know I should have used something else but I had to match the beer  ) with a gorgeous red/deep orange hue and about a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Lots of floral notes (derrr), hay, must, barnyard funk, perfume, hops, and honestly rose petals. Ton’s going on here. An utterly amazing aroma.

Taste – A slight tartness up front, with a decent amount of yeast. As with the nose, you can really taste “flowers” if you will. I may be off but the flavor is reminiscent of the aroma of lilac bushes. A nice sweetness comes through midway, but not in a sweet malty way which I often disagree with. It is more of a candy sweetness that melds quite well with the heavy floral flavors. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, crisp carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Overall – A very interesting beer. Very glad I was able to try it. I’d love to sit on one and see how it becomes, but wanted to drink this fresh. I am happy I did! Cheers!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, split with my older brother. Big thanks to cavedave for gifting this one! Bottled 5/12:

Pours like a glass of fresh grapefruit juice - ruby red to pink, with a finger of fizzy whiteness that actually retains pretty well before forming a neat collar around the glass that laces nicely.

The nose is stuffed with floral acidity - tart lemon peel, smooth citrus character, sweet cherry or raspberry, smells gorgeous. The floral qualities really open up as the beer warms.

Refreshingly tart, like lime or grapefruit. Lavender and hibiscus play an obvious role. Slight sourness, and a pleasantly dry finish. Very smooth.

What a unique beer this is. Very thankful to have had the chance to taste this one. Thanks Dave!

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy rosé in color and has a moderately active amount of visible carbonation evident from the bubbles quickly rising to the surface of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high light pink-hued head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Pleasant aromas of hibiscus and rose hips are present in the nose along with a little amount of sourness.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell and also has some hints of oak and white wine from the barrel aging process. The sourness is rather subtle compared to other beers in the style.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy to drink wild ale—especially if you are unaccustomed to sourness—because the taste is not dominated by a prominent amount of sourness and tartness.

Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml capped bottle shared by Neffbeer at our epic tasting. It wasn't on the line-up but he pulled two bottles from his cellar for my birthday. Thanks Andrew!

A: Semi-hazy reddish pink colored body with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Thin film on the surface with a thicker ring around the edges. Sporadic lacing.

S: Huge flowery notes, rose hips, brett and ripened citrus fruits (orange, lemon). Slight acidic sour quality but the funky brett and rose really make up the majority of it.

T: Earthy and herbal, not a big sour punch. The brett works its way into the flavor profile bringing tons of flowery rose notes with it. Hibiscus and hints of oak towards the back end.

M: Bubbly, nicely carbonated. Pretty spot on for the style, this would be an interesting one to let develop. Slightly dry in the linger.

Well, if you like funky brett forward beers and want to experience what flowers would taste like in your beer, this is the one to try. Another awesome small batch experiment from CL that is always fun to try.

Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2012.

Pours a hazy light reddish, dark orange color with a substantial white, tight, bubbly head that fades leaving some nice soapy lacing along the sides of the goblet.

Aromas begin with light acidity, some wine barrel, damp wood and some grape skin, vinous notes. As it warms you get the "additions" Hibiscus, Rose Hips, and Elder Flowers. I don't think I could pick them out individually but they come across as earthy and herbal.

The flavors start opposite the nose with the herbal rose hops and flowery flavors. Then you get the oak, white grape again, tart Bretty yeast. Brett opens up more as it warms and adds some horsey, funky, almost cheesiness. Pretty complex for such a young wild ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and tart, much more so than any sour beer I have had recently. Herbal and flowery notes linger as well.

Overall I am quite impressed with this Captain Lawrence release. I was skeptical as I am usually not a fan of beers with weird botanicals added, but this works. This would pair amazing with some skinky cheese for sure.

Photo of RoninTK3
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of sukwonee
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rosey pink with 3-4 finger head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Brett, citrus, some floral-ness. Very unique.

T: It's a floral sour. It kind of tastes like a Korean gum I used to chew growing up haha. It's nice. I also taste some fruit...

M: It's not as carbonated as it looks but it's good (maybe I am serving it too cold).

O: This beer is quite unique (at least unique to me). Floral sour. Nicely done, imo.

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 5/12 hand written on the label.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy ruby red in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head with a very light tinge of pink that fairly quickly reduces to a medium sized mottled patch of extremely thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer really smells like it is going to be massively sour, there are some pretty strong notes of brett with lots of tart fruits. There are light floral/herbal aromas from the floral/herbal hops and the introduction of rose, hibiscus, and elderflower. Quite appealing.

T: Not as sour as I expected from the smell, but there is a decent amount of tartness. The introduction of the herbal/floral notes from the rose, hibiscus, and elderflower is really a nice touch. There are notes from the barrel aging present - oak, vanilla, and something almost leather-like. There is a very light amount of brett flavor and some light notes of citrus.

M: Just slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidity and minimal amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, not overly sour but this beer has some very nice flavors and aromas from the contribution of the rose, hibiscus, and elderflower. I feel this would be a very approachable American Wild Ale for people that are not looking for over the top sourness (or just getting started with the style).

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.