Freshchester Pale Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale
BA SCORE
69.1%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 608 ratings
Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Billolick on 02-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,470
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
608
Liked:
420
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
11.58%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
106
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 608 |  Reviews: 160
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass on Thanksgiving Day 2012 - pairing it with appetizers (cheese & crackers, shrimp cocktail). Body is clear orangey amber with a half-finger off-white head and decent splotches of lace.

S: Nose is somewhat muted - I was expecting more hoppiness, to be honest, and was surprised by the toasty malt and caramel malt sweetness. Hops are there, however - a bit of citrus - grapefruit and lemon.

T: Nicely balanced APA with a caramel malt and toasted bread foundation and a lightly citrusy (think grapefruit) hoppiness. Finish is clean with a touch of grainy cracker, bitter lemon and grapefruit pith. Unlike an IPA, however, this is balanced and not a hop assault - though there is a solid lingering bitterness that at times seems piney in addition to the citrus bitterness. . . .

M: Call it medium in heft. Carbonation is appropriate - cleaning the palate and providing a solid brightness.

O: Good stuff. On par with SNPA and the other top-notch APAs. My first pint glass from the growler is quickly empty.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ManapuaMan
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale ale. Picked up while in Mt Kisco, opened within three weeks of bottling. Smooth malt foundation lays the groundwork for the aroma and taste profile. Slightly woodsy, earthy and grainy taste precedes light floral notes from the hops.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange tinged lighter golden with a thin white head atop.Aromas of apricots and mild citric hops,more fruity than bitter,a sweet biscuit malt base is there as well.Again more fruitiness imparted from the hops than bitterness,apricots again show thru as as a light herbal/grassiness,a firm biscuit maltiness lingers in the finish.A solid APA and I like the fruitiness from the hops.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Tiernan
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sour taste, thin, ondraft

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tim6298
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It’s body has a medium amber colored with good clarity and some visible carbonation. It is topped off with a small white head that fades to wispy thin film layer with a thicker ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smell: In the nose I get some light notes of sweet bready and caramel like maltiness. Hops are light and offer a slight herbal and pine like background.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a base maltiness with light caramel notes and bready sweetness. The come in quickly and balance with some herbal and piney notes. The overall feel is a light middle weight with good carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery, this sample from the second and slightly more hoppy batch of P.A. from C.L. This ale pours slightly cloudy, medium golden amber, with an off white head, that initially is loose and creamy and then morphs to a tiny bubble film. It leaves some fine lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy. This is a well balanced, immenantly drinkable and easy quafing Pale, moderatly hoppy with a smooth finish,went very nicely with some aged cheddar and nuts.

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Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: pale malt and citrus hops

Taste: citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, and a granola taste

Mouthfeel: bitter with sweetness in the background and a bitter end, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I am not a huge fan of this style, but I would be if more were made like this. This is about the juiciest APA I have had. Grapefruit just bursts...There is sweetness that mixes well. This one never gets mouth puckeringly bitter but never lets on it is a sweet beer either...This is what I would get if I wanted an APA...If not to style, this would come in still about a 4

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of JC333
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

Classic, clear dark orange in color with a moderately-sized near-white head, eventually leaving spotted lacing down the glass.

Bready aroma along with a bit of caramel and mild citrus/floral notes. Very appropriate, though not particularly powerful.

A classic pale ale: bread and biscuit, a bit of sweetness, floral and earthy hops, moderate bitterness. Classic and very much to-style; very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A classic.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle; clear golden with a thin tight white head and some faint sediment suspended in the beer. Smells malty and a bit yeasty (that old "beer" smell) with some fainter hops rounding it out. Taste is surprisingly hoppy; bit bitter and juicy hops hit the tongue first, with lots of herbal and bitter flavors, even a rye-like taste before a hefty malt flavor takes over and smooths things out. Nice clean mouthfeel, finishes with lingering bitterness. This is an IPA-lover's APA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Wood'n'Tap bar in Wallingford. Decent craft selection there! Was a really nice APA, definitely an all-around balanced kind of beer, but when fresh it leans towards hoppy. Light on the body and very drinkable.

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Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 69.1% out of 100 with 608 ratings
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