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Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

254 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 69
Gots: 57 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 06-24-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

duceswild, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to DSlim71 for hooking me up with this. 375ml capped bottle poured into a matching CL cervoise. The brew pours a clear color of ruby grapefruit initially that gets a bit hazed to clouded with subsequent pours. A lightly stained pink head sits atop the brew that initially swells to several fingers but settles to just over a finger that is maintained with rising bubbles of carbonation.

The aroma smells like this is really gonna bring it with the sourness. There is an acidic to lactic edge that brings out lemony aromatics that get coupled with more of a leathery to wet oak and earthy scent. There is an herbal inclusion also present. Initially there is a bit of citrus character somewhat even reminiscent of the ruby grapefruit that this brew looks. As this brew warms up, it loses that original lactic tang and the citrus character that went with it. It starts to pick up almost a soapy character that is somewhat medicinal.

The taste is surprisingly not sour like the aroma let on. Granted it is tart but the flavors are more earthy and herbal from the additions of hibiscus, rose hips and elderflowers. The barrel presence is quite evident here with a mild vanilla accent that leads into a flavor of wet oak, leather, cork, earth and grass. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of a soapy flavor that throws an interesting mix into play that is quite evident in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. At times this seems a bit watery and thin. It is however an interesting take on the style with some nice character that differs from the norm. The sour head will probably write this brew off as an utter failure. However, I find it to be subtle and enjoyable. A bit more acidity might make this brew pop but at the same time it would take away from the additions. I am intrigued by this brew but can't say that I would return to it again with great anticipation considering the price point on this.

stakem, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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).

dbrauneis, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Billolick, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -1%

Gonzoillini, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -1%

BARFLYB, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%

afsdan, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -1%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

ShanePB, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -1%

Zaphog, May 10, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -1%

PEIhop, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -25.7%

chippo33, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

drummermattie02, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

THECPJ, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -1%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of xnicknj
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

xnicknj, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

claspada, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Lare453, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -1%

bsuedekum, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pink with a quickly receding head. Aroma is fruity and floral and slightly musty. There's bright fruit in the taste, light oak and herbal notes, finishing with slight bitterness. Moderate to high carbonation. Better than I thought it would be (I'm not a fan of rose hips or hibiscus in general), but still not one of CL's better offerings.

kscaldef, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Peter!

Pouring pink red with a white head that falls off pretty quick, this is particularly attractive because of its color. The nose is sulfury, yeasty and floral, with the rose and elderflowers being quite prominent. The yeast character is a little frothy, if that makes sense.

This beer tastes like Rooh Afza. Very floral with a lot of rose and elderflower fruitiness in a nice blend, the floral aspects completely dominate the hops. A mild lactic sourness, drying and refreshing, is present. Medium-light in body, this beer has a mildly peppery finish. Nice stuff, recommended

DefenCorps, Aug 20, 2012
Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.