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Freshchester Pale Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by Billolick on 02-12-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
596
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
22.48%
 
 
Wants:
21
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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 596
Photo of BigBigPickle
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's across the board. This is a legit pale ale with good session qualities.

A: Golden color with small head, no stayingpower and very good lacing.

S: Apricot? A little yeast and a bit of white wine (was I drunk?)/

T: Good hop bitterness - very clean, crisp.

M: Decent carbonaiton - nice hop pucker. Crisp.

D: Good session beer - at 5.6% youa re pushing that description so be careful. Enjoyed.

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Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice a clear amber-orange-yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied head that fades a little slowly and laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malt, caramel malts, some nice bready aromas all mixed with a citrus-y and earthy hop aroma.
T: Very nice malt characteristic with caramel flavors, some nice toasted and roasted malt all mixed together with very good, well balanced citrus-y, earthy, and floral hop flavors to finish it off.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect body weight, perfect carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, very sessionable. All the flavors were there and mixed very well.

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Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully clear orange amber with a prodigious head and quality lacing all the way down. Carbonation visible with each sip.

Smell is bright and citrusy with a large toasted malt and caramel sweet breadiness. A bit of butterscotch and fruitiness. Hops really are the star here. They are not overly large but they are showcased nicely.

Taste is superbly balanced with a caramel and toffee malt core and a lightly grapefruited hoppiness. A big toasted flavor runs through it giving a broader palate. Finish is clean with a firm hop profile. A light whole grain cracker lingers with a touch of grapefruit skin.

Feel is crisp and smooth with a nice weight. Carbonation cleans the mouth and gives a refreshing personality.

What a great quaffer this one is. While the abv is on the higher side it still ranks as an ideal session ale. Thirst quenching and refreshing it makes me glad that a $9.50 refill is only 25 minutes away. A great beer for this time of year through the summer and even the fall.

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Photo of Coolcheech
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice amber, with a creamy, off white head; about 1/2 finger (maybe due to my shitty pouring). Lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Fruity (citrus) and hoppy. I found the smell to be pretty potent, and very nice.

T: Hoppy, but not overly hoppy, which I like. From the smell I thought it would be more fruity, however, it's only very subtle.

M: Nice medium body. For a Pale Ale, I'd say it was on the full bodied side of the spectrum.

D: Refreshing while being substantial; I would definitely sit down with a few glasses.

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Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ineedabeerhere!

Pours a pretty golden yellow. Thin white crust of a head. Smells like floral hops. Not much citrus in the aroma, if any.

Taste is primarily ... hmmm .... This is a pretty pale tasting pale beer, if that makes any sense. Some mild sweet malt, and .... and ... some yeast, I guess, but I'm hard pressed to assign a flavor to it. The floral-iness carries through to the flavor, if that's possible. Very little, if any citrus. Some mild toasty maltiness along with the mellow hop presence. That's about it.

Fairly quaffable.

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

On tap at Back Forty, NYC.

Pours lacy gold. Nose of lemon zest and coriander. Mild lemon cake malts with spicy (noble?) hops and more citrus. Such a creamy mouthfeel!

Balanced, and subtle - lots of interesting flavor but nothing overwhelms. Very drinkable; a classic APA.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a clean looking amber red color with a creamy head of ivory foam. Left some nice lacing and carbonation looked good for the head retention.

S: Smells nice and piney, with a spicy bit of coriander and lemon zest in the nose as well.

T: Tastes nice and balanced. A flavorful caramel malt flavor blends nicely with the juicy citrus and pine hops used, but do not leave a slick residue whatsoever. As the name implies, quite fresh tasting, even waving a hint of herbal mint flavors as well in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is clean, slightly creamy and medium-bodied.

D: I'm historically not a fan of APAs, but this is a nice, balanced brew to session or have with a meal. Worthy of a growler pick-up and certainly when out to dinner. Went really well with my Maui burger and 50/50 fires.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Fresh Chester Pale Ale...on tap at Hop Devil.

Appearance-light red dark gold color, some lace. Decent medium head.

Smell-light hoppiness mixed in with alcohol and spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel-rush of golden hops, sweet honey flavor as well. Smooth, good taste, goes down easily with one last light touch of honey and hops, interesting sweetness.

Drinkability-long as you don't mind your APAs on the hoppy or sweet side you are good.

Overall-one of the better APAs I've tried, definitely unique with the sweetness, not for everybody but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Archie Moore's in SoNo. Pours a light amber color. No evidence of head or lacing, but my shaker glass was filled to the brim.

Smell/taste is malty and hoppy. There is a perfect amount of hops here to keep the beer tasty and on track but never overpowering. Tastes almost like some ESBs I've had.

Very drinkable. Easy to drink multiple pints of this brew.

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Photo of david18
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite pale ales and it is often overlooked from among other pale ales as well as other captain lawrence offerings (especially the Liquid Gold). I think this is their best beer and very drinkable any time of day or any season. Very good hops character without being too overhwhelming. And at 5.6% ABV, very sessionable. Ask your local beer bar to provide this beer.

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Photo of capra12
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at Rattle and Hum on 7/24/09.

Appearance: Light brown with head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Slight hint of hops, a very light aroma profile.

Taste: Opens nice and mellow with a slightly spicy and malty transition to the middle of the brew. Hops take over the finish with some slight sour notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a mild hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'd have another on the same night.

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Photo of Durge
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine lives in Chappaqua, not far from the brewery and had a fridge full of growlers including this wonderful pale ale. It's a hazey orange amber color with a great off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is a light orange hop bitterness and sourdough bread. The flavor is crisp orange bread as well, with a light malt presence but the hop bitterness is very solid for a pale ale, and scrumscious. There is a slight butter and nut flavor in the mix, mellow and edible. Mid to full bodied, refreshing and very nice drinkability. This is clearly a great, tried and true pale ale if you lean toward the hop head side. If you rely on a milder brew for your pale ale, this might rate a bit lower for you.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Medium-dark body with small head, which dissipated quickly, left a small cap, which retained pretty well.
S/T: One of the more aggressively-hopped APA's. The hops are slightly spicy, and the bready maltiness, along with butterscotch, round it out, but this is far from balanced, a feature I really like in my APA's.
M: Nice and full.
D: It was somewhere between an APA and an IPA, as I see it. A little too aggressive, not balanced enough, but not bad.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden honey brown color with an average off-white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a subdued juicy hop, nice and fresh; the aroma could use a bit more strength. The taste starts off with a juicy grapefruit hop which is quickly balanced with a sweet caramel malt; very balanced. There is some spicy grassy hop in here as well. Light to moderate feel with tingly carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness but still fairly balanced. A very solid APA, good hop flavors and a nice malt body. Good sweetness and no buttery flavors.

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Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at 50 Coins in Ridgefield.

Appearance is a faint brown color with a one finger head. The smell is of faint hops and some spices. Taste is smooth and well-balanced, a very nice american pale ale. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, this is a great beer. Drinkability is well above average, Captain Lawrence makes a great pale ale, and this seems to be their most widely distributed beer, be sure to try it if it presents itself !

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Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Finger of soapy white foam with an light orangey-brown hue

S - Citruisy/grapefruit aromas with some nice malty sweetness

T - Grassy and citric hop bitterness; faintly sweet malt backing; really well-balanced

M - Thinner MF; lighter carbonation but nice enough

D - Really awesome in this dept.; quality session brew comes to mind.

Overall, I see why this holds "fresh" in its name. Great stuff, and definitely seek it out when in and around NYC.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at Clark's Ale House's Cask Ale fest/Peoples Real Ale Festival.

Poured an orangey golden with a thin off white head. Head retention is weak, lacing the same.

Smells of dry citrus hops and mild spice, very weak malt.

Taste is very balanced, strong dry citrus hop upfront, alot of hop spice that lingers, malt comes through as bready and much more defined than the nose.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very smooth and dry.

Drinkability here is good, not the best Pale I've had but the first I've had on cask. I'd drink it again.

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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 bonbini26
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Rattle n Hum 03-13-09

Pours a copper/amber color with a decent white head. A little more on the malty/bready side than most APA's, a decent hop/malt balance, mouthfeel is a little on the light side, but drinkable. definitely a great session APA, not the best i've had but one of the better

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours a light copper, with a creamy off white head, and lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose is a bit of biscuit, and crisp, resiny hops with a bit of citrus.

Taste is sweet caramel and biscuit malt up front, with a clean citrus note emerging early, with resiny pine hops emerging to dominate closer to the finish, providing a firm, slightly dry, lingering bitterness on the palate.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, another pale that blurs the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Unfortunately, APA is one of those styles that can go from light and refreshing to bruising fairly quickly. This was in that camp for me.

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Photo of diddly
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler from the brewery.

I'm a big fan of this beer. Very healthy amount of hops, getting close to an IPA.

Nice light brown color, with a good head.

Smell is powerful, with the hops taking over.

Taste and mouth feel are great - strong hop flavor, balanced nicely with the other components. It appears the growler was the right size.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at GingerMan. The beer is clear, dark orange color, creamy looking head. The smell is a little hopopy, pine needle type. The taste has the bite from the hops, mostly in the aftertaste, with good malt balance. Almost an IPA, but keeps on the APA side of the line.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear dark red/brown with some white head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of floral and some citrus hops, bitterness. Tasty. One of the better pale ales I've had.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.7/5

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Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Clear honey orange pour with a nice finger of creamy off white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: I mainly get sweet grain and caramel malts on this one. Neither very hoppy, nor much to ponder in my humble opinion.

Taste: Extremely smooth well balanced ale. No bitterness, not much after taste, but not true to the APA style in my opinion. This one taste more like an english ale to me. Slightly bready, buttery, caramel like, etc.

Mouthfeel: I would have rated Fresh Chester higher in this category if it wasn't a touch thin. However its quite creamy and worthy of the 4.0 rating.

Drinkability: Can you say session beer?

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Pours up copper brownish, a little darker than I expected, with almost no head. What's there is fizzy and off-white and doesn't last.

S--A decent nose, with some floral notes from what I think are Cascade hops, along with an undertone of honeyed malt.

T--Follows the nose for the most part. More of a malt presence than many APAs I've had (and as the color would suggest), with caramel and toffee biscuit up front providing a great balance to the milder than most American recipe's bitter hops on the back end. Enough dry to keep you wanting more, but nott so much that you get worn out. The word that leaps to my mind with this beer is balance. Almost perfect malt and hop spectrum, much more so than other APAs I've had (Switchback, Sierra Nevada, Tuckerman's, Smutty). Not really a hophead's APA. Reminded me a great deal of Great Lakes' Burning River, if you've had that.

M&D--Both were fine--mouthfeel was pitch perfect, a little chewy with even pleasant carbonation--though I gotta bitch a little about the ABV. It's low for an American session beer, but geez, a beer this straightforward in England would be at or below 4 percent! It would be great if American brewers could get flavor while backing off on the booziness a tad. Can't complain about the Captain overall, though, as all of Mr. Vaccaro's beers start at a baseline of excellent, it seems, and go up from there.

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 596 ratings.
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