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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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 599
Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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 oberon
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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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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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Photo of JRed
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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Photo of ehammond1
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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Photo of Rifugium
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
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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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 claspada
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Pete's Saloon in Elmsford, just a few blocks from the brewery.

Appearance: medium copper hue with impeccable clarity. Effervescence is minimal and there's a thin head of creamy tan foam, but leaving a nice lace on the glass. I rather like it.

Smell: bready, nutty aroma with a light dose of citrus hops. Mild but well crafted; again almost like a copper ale.

Taste: bready and nutty with good citrusy and earthy hops and a pretty persistent bitterness at the end. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a light and refreshing carbonation. Not terribly substantial, but quite nice when you're hot and thirsty.

Overall: a refreshing and tasty pale ale; it matches the traditional definition much more than the west coast APAs I'm used to.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange with a finger of off white soapy head. Extremely lively, lots of carbonation bubbles shooting up from the bottom of my glass.

Bready with a decent amount of pine and some slight tropical hops on the nose.

The taste stays in the same line. Bready backbone with some nice piney hops. I get a slight tinge of citrus, but not too much.

Medium bodied with a nice carbonation sting on the tongue. Very smooth and easy to drink. Slightly dry hop finish. Definitely the highlight of the beer.

Overall this is an easy drinking pale ale. The mouthfeel made this beer without a doubt but the nose and taste were pretty solid as well. Nothing special here but I wouldn't kick a six pack of this out of bed for eating crackers if you catch my drift.

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

A - a light pecan brown color with a half finger of off white head that diminishes by about 50% after a few minutes

S - a splendidly balanced aroma, a mild hop profile with that awesome iced tea aroma that I find with many APA's. If anything it leans a bit towards hoppier than maltier

T - definitely hoppier, what a great beer. Understated tasty hop platform that builds a little more oomph at the back of the sip

M&D - hard to tell if this is a sessionable hoppy beer or a hoppy sessionable beer. Either way I enjoy it very much, I will put this on my list of go-to's for a six-pack to bring to a social function

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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 alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear, golden orange. Two fingers of cobwebby, light beige head. Some frothy lacing. Nose shows a balance of malt and hops. Pine and citrus play nicely with fruity, almost tropically, malt.

Toasted grains up front. Herbal, grassy bitterness picks up. Cookie and sweetish fruit malt build a nice solid foundation. Floral, citrus, and pine hop notes carry to the finish. Dryish and refreshing, with lots of lingering hop and sugary malt goodness. Medium-bodied, with a lively, yet natural, feel. Very nice and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing. It is a pale orange with good clarity and some bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: slightly bready and malty notes, some fruity notes, and citrus in there also.

Taste: bready and caramel up front with slight citrus hop bitterness. A nice and balanced beer and traditional to the style.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice offering from Capt. Lawrence. Happy to have stumbled across this one and happy that somebody brought these beers from NY to MA too.

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

On tap at a bar in NYC..cant remember the name of the bar.
Pours a caramel amber color with small amount of head into standard pint glass. Smells of hoppy malts with some notes of pine and candy. Taste is very smooth malted hops with a nice balance of bitter hops with sweet malts. Very drinkable and full of flavor. A Captain standard and a great session brew.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops.

I found this to be a refreshing and exceptionally tasty pale ale; on the darker, deep golden side, with a finger of white head that settles slowly and good lacing. Aroma is mildy citric and hoppy, biscuity malt and lightly sweet. The flavor follows suit; it’s hopped just enough for a contemporary pale but not so much it’s really an IPA. There are aspects of citrus, pine, and some floral notes, moderate bitterness, with a solid biscuit malt backbone and again, just a touch of sweetness. Finish is fairly dry.

Body was just on the light side of medium; moderate carbonation was enough to make it crisp and clean but not so much to make it prickly. I imagine the tap serving smoothed it out a bit and would be interested in contrasting it with the bottled version (which I will pick up soon!).

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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 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 SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Whartontallboy for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a dark amber color and two fingers of slightly off white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Lots of hops, breadiness, caramel, malts, and floral notes.

Taste – A bit hoppier than I was expecting from the aroma. After the nice hop bite you get a slight orange citrus flavor that fades rather quickly into bready malts. Finishes with a sweet caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes just a tad dry.

Overall – A solid APA and one I am enjoying on this beautiful Friday night.

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

A- the pour is orangeish brown, quite dark for an APA. One inch cap of off white foam.

S- toasty grain, very bready and doughy malt, bright and citrusy hops.

T- there is a great balance between cereal grain, bread, and lemon peel and grapefruity hops.

O- A pretty remarkably balanced pale ale here. I really enjoyed it, a bit more hops would make this stellar.

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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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Freshchester Pale Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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