Freshchester Pale Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Freshchester Pale AleFreshchester Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of radiorandy
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to wait for the second batch on this before reviewing it. I hope this is how they will continue to brew this classic APA, Scott really has this one down!

Pours a slightly hazy copper-gold color with a consistent thick, tiny bubble head that doesn't go away! Has a nice well-rounded aroma of citrus and some pine that is tamed by its sweet, malty undertones. First taste comes with a wash of slightly bitter/malty sweetness that is followed with clean, fruity hops with slight bitterness. I was impressed that the carbonation was "right-on!" and provided just enough tingle.

After tasting, I put CLB's APA up to the task of being paired with Jamaican Jerk chicken breasts and it did not disappoint! The beer was flavorful enough to keep up with all the Jerk flavor and the hops did their job to cool down each bite.

Don't change this one Scott! Nice job!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours amber brown. Minimal head. Nose is mild. Slight pine tones. Flavor is unbelievably smooth. Move aside hop bombs. Smooth hearty and meaty tones of hops. Feel is nice and thick on liquid with a good carbonation. Oh so drinkable. I feel like this is what an APA should be. Stellar.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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 kkosmoski
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains. My first experience with the highly-praised Captain Lawrence beers, and my expectations were high.

Appeared light amber/orangish in color with a good-sized and lasting white head. Beer had a noticible haze to it, which caught my attention, as I was expecting it to be clearly translucent. Aroma was a very pleasant, citrusy slap in the face-exactly what I was looking for. Flavor was dominated by a solid, piney bitterness throughout. I didn't taste as much citrus as I got in the aroma, mostly pine. Hops are supported by bready/toasted malt in the background, followed by a lingering bitter finish that sticks right on the depths of my tongue. Mouthfeel had a light-medium feel. I thought the drinkability of this beer was very good. Very interesting hop flavors supported by some bready malt and a lingering bitterness that makes you want to keep drinking.

Very impressed with my first try at the Captain's beer. A solid American Pale obviously crafted with a great deal of passion and skill. Looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had during beer dinner at crossroads. this was paired with a pizzette with roasted red pepper sauce, goat cheese & prosciutto. It was a delicious pairing

The beer is a clear orangey amber color with a nice light head that leaves some gently lacing and doesn't disappear immediately. Pleasant and appetizing appearance.

Smell is of american hops. Citrus and piney notes, maybe a bit of apricot. It's not overwhelming hops, a bit restrained and I can already tell that this is going to be decently(not a flattering adverb) balanced pale ale.

Taste is very smooth and well balanced. Good bit of american hops present (gentle hops and fruity notes), but balanced by a good dose of malts (bready and toasted)

Drinkability is quite high. This is something that will go on to my kegerator during the summer (if I had one!) What I mean is that I would love to drink this all the time especially in the summer. Just something that I can drink and enjoy all day.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to gpcollen1 for hooking me up with this growler! Thanks George!

Pours an orangey amber with a slow stream of bubbles rising up and a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Decent amount of sticky lacing.

Smell is toasted bread and fresh biscuits with floral and citrus hops. There's some fresh cut grass and a bit of grapefruit and orange peel.

Taste starts of with some light bready malts and toasted bread/biscuits before a mild hop bitterness with some herbal/floral hop flavors. Finishes dry with a fading bitterness.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

A great Pale Ale. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: nice gold amber color, nice foamy 1 finger head with great retention, reduced to lacing cap that rings the glass

S: neutral smell slight citrus and caramel

T: nice pale pale, slight caramel well balanced with citrus. And very slight pine.

M&d: very nice pale ale, good malt and bitterness. Well balanced, slight drying mouth.

What a refreshing beer.


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Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy sort of golden peach and yellow color, almost some pink in the dying light. Bright white head with decent, if not slightly moderate head and retention.
Aroma of very mild lemon, grapefruit and orange rinds on some pale and cyrstal malts. Some honeyish notes are released as it warmed.
Flavor is very mild but refreshing with light caramel leading the way and subtle citrus and grainy notes weaving in and out.
Mouthfeel is light but crisp and toasty. Solid subdued underpinnings make you search a bit but very enjoyable. Could almost classify this has a mild hybrid ?
Drinkability is excessively, great session beer and the growler disappeared in the blink of eye.

(may want to work on the name a bit though !)

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a good oily hop with excellent peppery and piney characteristics. There was a good light caramel malt as well.

The taste consisted of a strong peppery and citrus hop and a very good soft grain bill.

The mouthfeel was full and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall a very good IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a sturdy head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Fruity aroma with grapefruit and a hint of pineapple

Taste: Biscuity up front, but that is quickly surpassed by a piney bitterness that abounds; after the swallow, the bitter flavors become more fruity with the grapefruit and pineapple joining the fray and persisting through a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and aggressively bitter for an APA; nicely balanced by the malt

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very deep amber pour with 3 fingers of detergent-like head
smells soapy, piney, caramel... grapefruit..?? is this an ipa?

this is a very subtle crossover of apa to ipa.. a very mellow blend of hops, malty sweetness, and citrus flavors rise up front. i gotta admit, this reminds me a lot of dfh 60min as far as flavor goes, just a little less hoppy.

medium body, creamy on the lips, nicely carbonated. overall this is an excellent go-to. we need more captain lawrence in my area, it's getting expensive to mail order!

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Photo of rdilauro
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice golden amber into my glass. A small but dense creamy head added to the appearance.
I could detect the hops and citrus in the aroma. Very pleasant, nothing too much or too little.
The first taste was really nice. It was smooth, a perfect balance between Malt,Yeast and Hops. Relatively big , but not bold.
A nice lingering aftertaste.
For me, it was a really nice Pale Ale. I wasnt looking for tons of hops in this one, and I got just what I was after.
An easy drinking pale ale with all the things you are looking for to have on a nice sunny relaxing day.

I had this one at room temperature. I tasted the first one from the cooler. Honestly, the room temperature one was even better tasting.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears a nice, slightly hazed copper color with a big white head. Retention is okay.

S: Toasted malt with a nice pine, citrus and floral bite from the hops. Very nice.

T: Solid malt backbone of toasted grain and light caramel/toffee, followed by sweet, floral and orangey hop flavor which becomes more resiny and grapefruit-like in the dry, hoppy aftertaste. Very little bitterness.

M: Medium body with excellent carbonation.

O: One of the best pale ales I've had. Loaded with awesome hop flavor that is just complex enough but still easy drinking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another gem in a little growler, i wish more places did this!

amber color that had a good bit of cloudiness to it that helped give it that solid an really full look i wanted. nice head of white capped it off nearly perfectly.

highly hopped aroma with a ton citrus coming though. light buttery an biscuit like middle is well placed and gives it a certain depth that is welcomed for sure. really just ideally placed i have to say. smooth sailing from here on in as the nice bite from the hops dries out the palate and leaves me sitting with a really nice and full flavor that was just spot on and a great dry finish,

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper orange amber hazing color with a slightly off-white head with good retention.
smells of fresh fruits and light caramel. hops are evident
The taste matches the aromas, very fresh tasting, good session beer. slightly bitter but well balanced.
great mouthfeel, crisp beer with good carbonation. goes for easy drinking.
overall a nice fresh beer that I could drink all summer long.

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Photo of kennyo
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growler purchase from the brewery. On a side note, what a great little layout, nice size samplers, people just hanging.

Pours a hazy, new copper penny color with big thickwhite heads.

Aroma is hoppy with citrus/grapefruit tones

Flavor is creamy/malty/som hop bitterness/some hop bite

Very nice mouthfeel, sweet on back of throat, nice long aftertaste

A well made beer by this Westchester brewing company.


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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy red/burnt siena color. Off-white head sits an
T a half inch in height and leaves sticky webs of lacing.

S: Earthy American hops. Pine, tea and tobacco. Pithy grapefruit and orange. Lemon zest. Solid toast and caramel malt base.

T: Citrusy hops jump out. Orange, ruby red grapefruit, and lemon, all zested. Marmalade. Hop flavors morph on the mid palate as flavors of pine, bark, tea and tobacco come forward. Hints of ripe red berries, bubblegum, and marmalade. Fat toast and caramel malt base shows some English flare. Earthy and toasty finish.

M: Medium bodied with some rich malt texture that presses in gently. Round and creamy. Tight, acutely scrubbing carbonation. Some gritty hop astringency.

O: A well-brewed American Pale with a very classic feel to it. Textbook and pretty tasty.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler 24 hours after being filled.

I'm not often impressed by pale ales, but this beer got me. All the flavors were familiar, but it was like they were turned up to 11. The malts are a big bready mix of biscuit, toast, and all-grain crust. Pizza and sandwiches need to be paired with this beer.

Then there's the hops. A great profile of American citrusy hops with grapefruit and a harsher fruit zest finish. All very tasty and in a nice balance to the malts.

Basically this pale ale is big on flavor and bitterness while still maintaining bitterness. A must-try for pale ale fans.

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber colored pale ale, crisp and clear with tine carbo bubbles making the journey up the glass. A small slightly off white head is full and thick and fades into a cap with some thin lacing left in it's wake.

Sweet toffee, and cereal grain malt aromas. A nutmeg aroma shows through and some light stone fruit qualities of peach, tangerine and a bit of pine as well as floral aromas. Nice.

I bought this growler at the brewery as they were out of the Captain's reserve for growlering (did get to try it however and damn tasty it was). I wasn't crazy about this there but I did try out of order as I did the Cap's Reserve first. Well I can now say this is a damn tasty pale ale. Very malt driven with the same malty characteristics as the aroma. Full of semi sweet toffee and cereal bready malts. Nice tingly carbonation really enhances the mouthfeel and makes the mouthfeel very attractive and pleasant. Very floral in hop variety with a nectarine fruit profile and hints of peach. Mouth if full and hop bitterness is moderate and balances the sweet malt nearly perfectly. I can say this growler is going down!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Chester pours a clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of white that holds well and leaves some thin-but-nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is welcomely restrained in its use of over-the-top, juicy/citrusy Pacific northwest hops; and it's softly citrusy (expressing mainly lemons and dull grapefruit), as well as lightly piney, grassy, and gently floral aroma is quite seductive.

The flavor is malty and sweetish, lightly honeyish and caramelish, and balanced by lemony, spicy, grassy, softly piney, and floral hops. The bitterness is solid, but sublime, and acts as ballast so that the malt and hops can shine without shakles... very nicely balanced and well-rounded! It finishes dry, but with a short-lingering note of sweetish malt, and then more long-lingering notes of spicy/piney, and citrusy and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation.

Very easy to drink! Quite possibly the most refined and balanced beer to come out of Captain Lawrence so far. Very nice indeed!!!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Served into a pint glass...

Impressive offering from a brewery that IMO, will soon be gaining plenty of notariety. Well-balanced, flavorful, drinkable, hoppy, tasty IPA? Oh yes.

A- Dark golden color with a lot of orange and brown hues. Spiderweb lacing, creamy head, beautiful!

S- Smell was really hoppy and citrusy. Reminded me of a west coast style APA in the nose.

T- Taste was of caramel, sugars, citrus hops (grapefruit). Bready and bitter towards the back end.

M- Medium bodied- creamy- there is a lot to this beer.

D- Sessionable APA, one of my favorites to date. Give it a try!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent amber, two finger head, not much carbonation with some lacing.

S-Nice balance between the malt bill and the grassy and citrus hops.

T-Grass and citrus hops, some caramel, good balance with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth.

O-One of the better APAs out there, not overpowering but well balanced.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into imperial pint glasses. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this hook up from a while ago!

A: Pours a rich, deep gold with 3-4 fingers of sticky, khaki colored foam. Retention was excellent and thick ropes of lace were left coating the glass.

S: Pine needles and toasty malt. Really quite simple and clean.

T: Piney hops, toasted malt, and a touch of tangy citrus. Continues on with the simple and clean theme.

M: Dry and bitter with a zesty/tingly sting during the finish.

D: Very refreshing and drinkable. A great beer that excelled by slipping under the radar.

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Photo of davey101
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a few months back. In my drunken stupor I gave it a "4" under the "Hads" category. Let see if the bottle matches that. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No clue on age, but Captain six packs are new to CT so it can't be too old.

A - Nice amber body. Massive fluffy off white head forms. That settles down after a while to a dirty cap of sudsy foam. Very nice lacing and retention. Looks about perfect for a pale ale.

S - Rather english in aroma. Bready and caramel toffee malts followed by a pleasant citrus and piney hop finish. Well balanced and inviting.

T - Really tasty. Starts off with a blast of malts, very caramel and toffee heavy. This is followed by citrus fruit and some piney resin. Finally a light bitterness washes over everything and sticks around a bit on the tongue. Flavors end cleanly and abruptly. Mouth feel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Really enjoyable flavors with just enough bitterness to keep it from being too drinkable. A really impressive pale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Interesting pale it's a clear amber brown with a 1/2 inch of sudsy opaque colored head.

S - First smell is of some great citrus hops, a touch of caramel, toffee, and English malts. Rather unexpected to get more sweet than hoppy.

T - Citrus and mango hops carry the beer well into the finish with sweet English malts giving a mid bit of toffee and tea. Not very bittering and balanced.

M - Light to medium.

Overall this may be the best beer I have had by these guys. Way easier to drink than the DIPA and renews my love for hoppy pale ales. Will have to get this again.

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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