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Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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90
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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
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:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

We pour a pink, rosy colored brew. It puts up a one finger head of the lightest pink bubbles. This shows okay retention, but recedes into aggregates of fat white bubbles all around the glass. These are easily bolstered by a simple swirl. Lacing is spotty and creamy. There is a thick haze throughout, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears medium. The aroma is tart and juicy, with bright citric hops and massive loads of Brett goodness. The mix of the flowers imparts a breezy tropical air that helps to cut the vinegar-level tartness. Oak is faint, yet sticky, and comes on the back with some medicinals, toasty pale malts, and light booze, all arriving with warmth. Our first impression is that you can really taste the flowery inclusions much more than you can smell them. As we sip, tart Brett mixes with airy malts. The blend is nice but puckers the mouth severely. This bite is added to by lemon and tangerine juiciness and earthen hops. The peak hits with light medicinals and some of that woodiness from the barreling. The sourness of the yeast continues, weaving in and out of the pale and slightly sweeter and bready grain profile, which is most apparent at this point in the swallow. The finish shows more sourness and more hoppiness. The flowery profile starts to work in much more heavily towards the end, with herbal and earthy qualities again, mixing nicely with the finishing bite. The aftertaste breathes of raw roses and plant vine, citric hops, big Brett sourness, chalky malt sourness, and light fusel booze. The body is medium but a bit syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. There is beautiful slurp and smack to each sip, with a soft frothy cream building as you swirl it around your mouth. The mouth is wet and satiated, with only slight astringency after a little while. The abv is appropriate, and the beer has great drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how light and drinkable it remained, despite the big flavoring. The Brett was huge, but still somehow worked very nicely with both the hop flavoring and the interesting mix of aromatics. We were expecting much more of a flowery pop to the nose, so we were surprised to find that they were much more apparent towards the very end and aftertaste of the sip. It seems though that that is where they belong, as the flowery goodness adds a unique dimension to a big, sour beer.

Photo of July2Nov
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pinkish hue pretty clear in color with a very white sticky head that left heavy lacing.

S: Aroma of floral funk. Rose hips , hibiscus and other flowers, but clearly the rose hips as I had a beer a week ago that also had that familiar rose hip flavor. Funky brett along with a light wheat presence.

T: The rose hips clearly stand out and are rather pronounced here. Perfumey and floral just as one would expect a beer with flower parts in it. The funk is light but mostly bretty in nature with a bit of funk. Behind the brett and tiny bit of funk flavor, this is overwhelmingly light and non complex. It is relatively refreshing, and a nice treat, but not the most sour of Captain Lawrence's American Wild Ales.

M: Heavy carbonation with a very light mouthfeel. This could be the weak point although it is slightly refreshing it is somewhat of a letdown with the complexity.

O: I enjoyed this as a refreshing American Wild Ale. I typically prefer a little more sourness in my beers and the sourness to prevail over a flavor addition from a spice or flower. In any case, it is pretty good and worth a try.

Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kscaldef
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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 cfh64
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, Bottle dated 5/12
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a pinkish orange color. Bright white head of about a finger. Sticks around a while. Tons of carbonation streaming up the glass. They'll be some lacing on the glass. Good amount of unused yeast in the bottle.

S: This is fairly cold initially, but I still get the funk from the Brett. Barnyard. Wet hay. Horseblanket. You name it. Tart green apples. As I swirl I do get some of those floral notes but assume they'll come up more as it warms. I do get some rose hints as this came up.

T: On the tip of the tongue, I do get the tart fruity acidity I'd epic from a sour. It's not Gueuze like or anything, but nice. In the middle of the mouth I do get some barrel character, some roundness to the tart notes. I also get some fruit, strawberry and cherry hints, that might be from the florals added to this aged product. The finish is tart and dry to the style. Drinking on this a while, more of that oak character (slight vanilla and wood), as well as more florals as you dig your nose in.

M: Light leading to medium due to prickly carbonation.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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 DaveHack
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

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 DSlim71
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chugalug06
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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!!

Photo of stevefinny
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Jerriko
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 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!

Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.