Liquid Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Billolick on 02-04-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
595
Reviews:
171
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
118
For Trade:
1
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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThePorterSorter for sharing this.

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz. mug.

Appearance- Haystack gold with a bubbly, fizzy head that quickly fades into a frothy quarter-inch residual head. Not much to speak of. Bubbles bursting from underneath, all over the glass gives this a fun champagne-like vibe. The name does it justice. Looks like gold.

Smell- Spice, strong Belgian yeastiness, dry barnyard air. Finishes with sweet, bready malts. Smells like a Belgian style.

Taste- Sweet alfalfa, straw, a blend of spices- coriander, nutmeg, allspice. Finishes with hints of corn and rice malts. Only a hint of bitterness. Not much hop character to speak of. Perhaps drowned out by the spiciness. Surprisingly sweet for a Belgian style.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light and fizzy. Just like it looks. Very champagne-like texture.

Overall- Truth be told, I am not big on "golden" ales. I usually find them lacking in substance, and not much more complex than full flavor macro brews. This one however, was a bit more palatable. Easy drinking and smooth, without overpowering flavors akin to some Belgian styles. When I think Belgian, the term "bold" usually comes to mind. Strong sipping beer rather than beer that can be consumed quickly. Though this one is a bit bland, I still find it refreshing and sessionable. At 6% ABV, it doesn't even seem that strong. This one might be a great Belgian for Summertime.

Cheers.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of phishbone23
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of GotWad629
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours yellow gold with a small head that quickly dissipates

S - Fruity and spicy esters, with hints of apples and some bubblegum. It does smell a bit musty and stale.

T- Similar to the smell. Dry and spicy with hints of banana, bubblegum, and apple. I'm still getting that musty stale flavor as well which is disappointing.

M - A thin slightly watery body with sharp prickly carbonation

Overall a pretty good example of a BPA. Crisp and refreshing but the mustiness is throwing me off.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of chugalug06
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks very unrefined. Foggy yellow with thin white soapy head; no lacing.

Banana, very Belgian, bready, clovey.

Watery, thin, strong bitterness, cloves, banana, pepper, dry, sweet from Belgian yeast, bready, overly carbonated. Slightly past due.

This brew is out of balance and could use refining. Recommended, but not over the top. Glad I tired it, but I believe CL would do better on their next brew..

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date on the bottle, but picked this one up in the early fall. Using a goblet glass for the pour.

Sure enough, the beer is a wonderfully clear yellow-gold color with a sudsy, almost cider-y like, carbonation that has too many big bubbles popping away to hold firm.

Wafts of peppercorn and mild funk meshes with a dry hard cider aroma focused on pear and dried apricot. Whole lotta yeasty tang going on, which usually turns me off, but it's unlike your typical Belgian Golden Ale or Belgian Pale.

Peppery note with a chalky chew to it takes center stage. Peeled layers reveal apple and white grape juice along with some floral hop elements that are unique for this style of ale. Seemingly obvious and fitting addition of coriander keeps it bristling with spices; the American hops keeping it bitter and complex. Straw and fruit skin/must all provide dryness. There's an almost Brett-y funk undercurrent that impresses me. All around stellar, yet delicate, flavor.

Drinks softly with a medium body and tightly-wound carbonation. Concealed alcohol reveals itself now and again as it warms, but promises easy drinkability.

A most impressive American-made Belgian Pale Ale that soars above many others in its complexity and subtleties. I so badly wish I had at least one more of these to enjoy when this one's finally kicked the bucket.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 595 ratings.
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