Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 259
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 3.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 48 | FT: 6
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: cosmicevan on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mverity
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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!!! (2,061 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of Chase_Myhran
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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! (823 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (799 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 (1,022 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been sitting on this one for 3 years. Poured into a tulip a hazy blood orange ruby-ish with a quickly dissipating head of champagne like bubbles that rapidly vanish. Aroma is floral with maybe a hint of hibiscus. Taste is similar and very light...I don't get any hops... (very much complimented the stuffed clams i had fro lunch) Light, smooth, and thin with a dry finish. Very subtle and well-balanced...thoroughly enjoyed. (430 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours like pink grapefruit juice. Opaque. Mild head. Did I mention this beer is pink!? Looks awesome. Just like grapefruit juice.

S-Tartness along with a consistent light oakiness. Very vibrant in he tart fruit department. Citrusy. Perfumey. Definitely floral with sporadic spiciness.

T-Tastes phenomenal. Tartness is moderate-to-intense. Funky. Grapefruit juice. Not a very complex sour but the labor it presents is pretty delicious. Quie floral too. Honeysuckle sweetness too.

M-Relatively light but still quite expressive. Bubbly. Goes down with a peppy finish. High acidity. Remains tart well after the sip.

O/D-A pleasant sour ale. The ale version of pink grapefruit juice. Very tasty. Acidity limits he drinkability a bit but this was a Vermont Brewfest gem. (770 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (1,153 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in: 5/12. Extremely slow gush after opening. Thanks Os!

A - Dark orange body with a pink tint. Somewhat hazy yet it lets a lot of light through. Really lasting bone white head with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Really saison like. Grass, hay, lemons, and then the floral kick comes into play. A bit of spice and sweetness from the different flowers. I can't describe this aroma other than calling it "floral". It works really well though and its never comes off as being too floral. Some warm oak and red grape notes in the finish.

T - Definitely a liquid gold base. Hay and grass, a bit of spicy coriander, tart lemons, light brett and oak notes. This is followed by some very subtle but interesting floral flavors. Earthy, spicy and cheesy with some sweetness. Mouth feel is spritzy with a surprising alcohol presence despite the low ABV.

O - Captain Lawrence is on a real roll for me. This is a really interesting and well executed wild ale. The flowers are rather subtle and just compliment the oak aged base beer and the critters. I was thinking it would be either too much floral, or synthetic like an air freshener. I'm happy to say thats not the case. (1,206 characters)

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

330mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours an electric orange red color with some pinkish hues. A thick froth of white head slowly dissolves into patchy lacing and a bubbled film which coats the brew.

Floral and funky in the nose with light sourness. Hints of citrus peel and sweetness. Earthy and lightly acidic with some lingering fruit tones. Explosive floral notes with roses and plants - very unique and inviting.

Funky and tart right up front with citrus fruit notes. Orange and grapefruit with hop bitterness, mitigated by some floral hints and roses. Biscuit and bread in the malt backbone. Herbal and floral in the finish with citrus hops and soft sweetness.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue with a champagne-like feel. This is a unique, memorable example of a floral wild ale - I'm happy I have more. (852 characters)

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

The beer is fairly hazy and appears a radiant light orange hue. The head is an inch and a half, appearing soft and white, bordering on pink. Lasting retention and ample lacing. An outstanding appearance.

The nose brings forth scents of flowers, fresh garden vegetables, salad greens, pickles, cucumbers, roses/rose petals, all atop a nice bed of brett funk.

The flavor is very floral. The rose character is the star of the show here. Definitely a wild ale, but not incredibly funky or sour. Hints of raspberry. Lingering oak and brettanomyces in the finish. The sourness increases as the beer is allowed to warm.

I must say, I am really enjoying this beer. Creative and well executed. Kudos to the folks at Captain Lawrence. I am happy to have more of these. (763 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick and cloudy, the color of dark pink grapefruit flesh, a thin beige cap aloft that retreats almost instantly to a lasting ring. A line of lace lingers.

Wonderful tart notes in the medium strength aroma, full of gentle vinegar, fruity funk, hoppy citrus, and a resinous floral perfume which is just faint enough to not overtake the other scents. Intoxicating and alluring.

I could see some not liking this, but in fact, second bottle now, I have fallen in love with it. A well-balanced combination of flavors, light candy sweet and rose water on this side of the tracks, bright sour, light grassy and fruity funk, and tropical/citrus hops on the other. Well balanced and interesting, quite delicious.

Low carb. could even use a bit more fizz, very viscous and resiny, lasting finish, a sipper for sure.

Delicious, interesting, and part of what I like best is it tastes quite different, and is fantastically crafted. Another gem from Mr. V (956 characters)

Photo of mahak213
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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). (1,515 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at City Swiggers on the UES in NYC a few weeks ago, been excited to crack it. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Bottled in May 2012.

a - Pours a murky medium copper color with a reddish tint, two inches of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for 1-2 minutes and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of brett, oranges, fruity malts, citrus, oak, light wine, light floral hops, and some sour dark fruits. Lots of brett and some light sourness; a very ncie nose for me as I love brett. As it warms up it gets a little funkier too, which is a welcome addition.

t - Tastes of citrus, earthy notes, brett, fruit malts, oak, a tiny bit of sourness but not much, elderflowers, and floral hops. The taste is nice, but not nearly as bretty or sour as the nose. A tiny bit weak; a big step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not a lot of acidity, and very easy to drink. Very nice body.

o - Overall a good, but not great sour. It looks nice and the nose is great, as it is a nice mix of brett and sour fruits, as well as light funk as it warms up….very promising. Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite get there. Not sure if it is because of the elderflower/roses, but it did not really have that sourness and funk from the nose, and the brett was dialed down. Still a very good beer, I'd certainly have it again based on the beer itself, but not sure I would pick it up again based on the price ($17 or so for a 375ml bottle). Worth trying at least once. (1,578 characters)

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Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.