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Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 68
Gots: 56 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 06-24-2012)
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 13:18:31 | More by ShanePB
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

08-09-2012 15:25:47 | More by DSlim71
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very unique foggy pinkish red color of the brew. Head poured one-finger, and bubby white. No lacing

Tons of flowery roses followed by tons of flowery hops! Brett is in abundance, yum! Light vanilla too.

Very light and refreshing for a hot 100 degree day. Perfect light carbonation, no bitterness or heat. Flavor is a bit non complex and rather underwhelming, but still nice. Flowery and bretty, barrel is noticeable too, just not overwhelming.

I would like more tartness from H&R, but it's very good. Highly recommended, it went down FAST!!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 00:19:59 | More by chugalug06
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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-05-2012 23:01:25 | More by stevefinny
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dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

08-05-2012 21:36:43 | More by dgeebs07
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-05-2012 20:22:15 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Jerriko

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-05-2012 17:59:32 | More by Jerriko
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sukwonee

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:04:38 | More by sukwonee
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 01:12:39 | More by SpdKilz
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

08-04-2012 19:17:30 | More by djrn2
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:44:05 | More by stakem
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love, love, love this beer. Poured into a wine glass. Really red but towards pink and has a decent foam that creates a little lacing. Funky bretty nose but it is also slightly flowery and peppery. There is a slight bit of jalapeno on the nose. Very well balanced flavor. There is funk, horse blanket, for sure flowery goodness from hibiscus and such. Sour it is not, tart....sure. Really loving what the hibiscus, elder and rose hip additions are doing to this beer. Nice tart dry finish. Thin. While this is certainly not CL's best sour ale it is one of my favorites to date because of it's originality. Some times a beer just jives with you even though you know it is not technically good to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:56:53 | More by pmlondrigan
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-28-2012 05:03:51 | More by oldp0rt
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alpenglocken

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-24-2012 20:01:53 | More by alpenglocken
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1%

07-23-2012 14:35:19 | More by phingdong
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davey101

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:44:52 | More by davey101
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for the bottle. Poured into a Russian River tulip. Beautiful cloudy pink-orange body with a thick white head. The aroma is very floral. Reminds me of rose hip tea. Light funkiness with a touch of Belgian ale spice. The taste is that of a lightly spiced Belgian pale upfront, but then transitions to a slightly bitter, earthy, floral-brett flavor. Body is well carbonated, but still smooth. Nice dryness on the back end, which mixes well with the sweetness of the base beer. Overall, this was another tasty beer from the Captain. I could easily drink a bottle by myself. Might even improve as the brett becomes more dominant.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:31:40 | More by sisuspeed
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Lordquackingstic

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a buddy of mine in two snifters.

A: Shiny ruby red with a frothy pinkish white head. Looks delicious.

S: Sour berries and funkiness. Definitely get a floral aroma.

T: Fucking weird. It's like a hopped up sour. I get the sour berry taste with a light hoppiness to it. The sweetness of the floral additions actually comes through nicely, but not strong enough in my opinion. Very small amount of funk to it.The flavors seem a little too weak.

M: Long lingering taste floral sour taste, but a little watery.

O: This DEFINITELY needs some age on it before it should be consumed. As it is right now, this is a pretty weak sour to me. In time it should gain a little bit more funkiness and lose that weird hop profile that doesn't mesh well with the sour flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:06:50 | More by Lordquackingstic
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fvernon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

07-22-2012 01:57:09 | More by fvernon
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:30:03 | More by VelvetExtract
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Gmann

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 17:16:18 | More by Gmann
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cavedave

New York

4.2/5  rDev +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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 21:55:34 | More by cavedave
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-16-2012 23:29:10 | More by ncaudle
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brystmar

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Josh! Bottled 5/12.

Pinkish-red body pours thin, watery, and active. Fizzy bubbles retain a pink hue. Lace forms with an almost grainy consistency.

Oak and hibiscus aromas right off the bat. Flowery bouquet receives support from soured fruits & funky yeast. The full aroma package reminds me of an Oude Bruin with some flowers thrown in to liven things up. I quite enjoy smelling this brew, despite how British that phrase makes me sound.

First taste is floral and yeasty. Subsequent sips taste like munching on a floral arrangement. Hibiscus & rose hips are out in force as the funky, farmhouse-esque yeast charges forward alongside. Finishes with oak and bitter yeast remnants in the back of my throat. Can't say I like this; also can't say I hate it. But where are the hops?!

The minimal fruitiness came as a surprise to me; this flavor profile is much different than I expected. Has more similarities to a saison than a sour, and it helped me realize I'm not a big fan of hibiscus/rose hips/elderflowers -- particularly when they're this strong. Could use more body too (feels watery). A polarizing flavor profile, for sure.

Man, that was interesting. Can see how others would love this (some in our group did), but the abundantly floral taste doesn't suit me. I'll stick to Mother Barrel.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 17:35:03 | More by brystmar
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-16-2012 12:21:08 | More by whartontallboy
Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.