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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Ratings: 606 |  Reviews: 160
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Willytee3
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle fresh from the brewery into a Captain Lawrence Tulip.

Pours and orange color with slight yellow tinge. Good cream color head which retains a thin layer on top. Average lacing for the style.

Smells of malt with touch of apricot happiness, carmel notes and juicy grapefruit.

Tastes of malt with ripe grapefruit followed by a pleasant bitter. Nice touch of tropical fruit balances with the malt. Good mouthfeel with light carbonation that fades away for a perfect sip that lets the malt and fruits mainly slight grapefruit bitterness linger on the palate.

Great Session beer.

In my opinion this compares to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but is more fruity and less dry with less of that west coast bitter hop bite. More balanced with malt and and fruit.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent amber in body with white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of lemon, dish soap, pine, caramel. Tastes of lemon skins, grass, dish soap, a welcomed citrus sweetness towards the finish, mild caramel, and a dry finish. Light in body with medium carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured a hazy amber color with a minimal white head that retained as a ringlet and laced the glass a bit. I didn't get much from the aroma actually, distant fruity hops, grass, light and grainy. Taste was better and more pronounced, sweet biscuit malt backbone overlaid with fresh fruity hop goodness, citrus zest, pine, and a bit of underripe pineapple, bitter and drying finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Quite the easy drinker, and not too deviant from "typical" for the style overall.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear golden orange color, with one finger of off-white head, modest retention, no lacing.

Smell is pretty nice- nice fresh hop smell. Crisp citrus notes, some lemon and grapefruit, a little bit of pale malt.

Taste is very good also- citrus hops up front, followed by pale malt sweetness, then hop bitterness mixed in with a nice grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel is great- medium light body, moderate and prickly carbonation, a little bit of residual sweetness and resin. This is a very good pale ale- if you live in New York, it's well worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber colored body with a creamy head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some traces of lacing stick to the glass.

Aromas begin with of citrus hops, highlighted by grapefruit and orange with balancing sweet pale maltiness and a hint of caramel.

The tastes follow the nose with citrusy, piney hops followied by a balancing pale malt sweetness. As it warms you get hints of caramel maltiness. Fairly balanced overall.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish isn't much of anything either; mild lingering bitterness if anything.

Overall this is an easy, flavorful "session" ale but by no means my favorite. Fairly one noted and you forget what you are drinking as it the flavor profile just isn't too exciting.

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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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