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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Billolick on 02-12-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
596
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
22.48%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
100
For Trade:
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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 596
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Poured very murky for a Pale Ale. Also quite dark. Lack of head does leave incredibly consistent lacing surprisingly.

S-Hoppy and bread. Citrus mixed with sweet bread. Not very intense but it does boast a nice overall aroma.

T-Quite like the nose. Lacks enough hoppiness to really make me a big fan. Very nice balance however. Bready, grainy, and citrusy hoppiness.

M-Mellow carbonation. Smooth and creamy. More body than most Pale Ales.

O/D-A pretty nice Pale Ale. Quite unique. Very close to loving this beer. But I will say I really enjoyed it in the end. A good sipper that goes down quick.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another one from the new bottling line at capt lawrence. enjoyed out of a captain lawrence taster tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent amber with a generous frothy white head (almost looks ipa-ish). lacing was thick and chunky and the head hung out forever. really milkshake like. one of the biggest heads i've seen on a pale ale...one of the more attractive pale ales i've seen.

s - very earthy and malty. no real hop presence to speak of. almost fat tire like in the smell...grainy and grassy.

t - much like the nose suggests, lots of earthiness and malt forward. large grain bill. somewhat buttery and bready. more english pale than american, but tasty.

m - medium bodied, buttery.

o - overall a nice pale ale...heavy on the malts, but it works nicely. pretty sessionable at 5.6. if you are looking for a hoppy pale ale, look elsewhere, but an easy drinker that is relatively unassuming and goes down smooth, this is your beer.

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

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow with an average sized white head. The head reduces over time but leaves a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very faint aroma overall with a more grainy/malty aroma than one of hops.

T: A very sharp flavor of a solid malt body with a pleasant hop profile as well. Well balanced and hints of citrus from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drinker and lighter in hops than some of the west coast examples of this style. Very enjoyable and a quite sessionable beer. This would be good at a sunny but cool afternoon cook out.

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Photo of beerisblood
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great beer. Not as hoppy as some of the West coast stuff, but good just the same. it's a mild APA. A good version for those trying to break the mass produced brain wash assault. IMO, this should be their flagship. Great session beer. Can be found through out westchester (NY) county. Always fun visiting the brewery too!

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

Wow on draft...

A- freshchester pours a slightly copper body with a fair head of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. Color is both appealing and inviting

S- a grainy bill with some bready and buttery scents. A little bit of fruitiness as well

T- a solid malt flavor completely matched with a hop presence that stays under the radar. Not a blast of flavor but moreover refreshing. Enjoyable

M- carbonation is spot on and a crisp flavor of grain remains

O- a good am pale ale that is not overextended with any flavors. Very crisp and will be enjoyed again

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice yellowish gold color with a strong looking white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a nice amount of hops and grainy malts. The taste of the beer is pretty good, it's got a nice balance of hops and malts in there. The mouthfeel of this beer is easy going and smooth. Overall this beer is pretty good, I would like to have it again one day.

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Photo of OutFox
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The 12th Street Ale House in NYC.

A - Deep copper in color. Pure white head with great lacing and decent retention.

S - Not a lot of hops in the nose which is pleasing since most breweries are making over hopped pales these days. Malty sort of sweet aroma.

T - Great balance. Enough hops to get the citrus from them and well countered well by the malt.

M - Not to light. Good palate coating mouthfeel. Seriously enjoyable.

O - Captain Lawrence is a fantastic brewery and this is a prime example. Great pale ale. Its a great session sort of beer. Great to drink during g football because it has great taste and isn't to heavy.

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

Bierkraft growler

A: Clear orange, decent retention and lacing.

S: Floral and fruity hops with a very light breadiness.

T: Butter and bread with floral and citrus hops. There is a solid hop bitterness. On the first pint, I found that the bitterness took over the malt and hop character. After eating, and also on the following day, I found the bitterness much less pronounced and that the floral hops and bready malt came though much more, making for a nicely balanced beer.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

O: A solid, drinkable (except for the first pint) pale ale.

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

Had on-tap at Pug Uglies in Manhattan.

A - This beer pours a nice light copper color. It has a thin white head on top. The head doesn't stick around long, and leaves some decent lace on the glass.

S - There is a nice slightly sweet caramel maltiness here, as well as a nice bit of citrus. There is also a bit of floral and pine hops.

T - There is a nice sweet caramel malt backbone with a nice piney bitter hop presence. There is some breadiness and citrus here as well. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really nice flavor. It is slightly sweet and has a nice bitter hop bite to it.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily drink a few pints of this in a sitting. Overall, I think its a really nice APA. It is more on the hoppy side for the style, but I like that in a pale ale. I would buy this again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a murky burnt orangey amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is citrusy with some floral and tropical fruit notes. Smells sweet and hoppy. Taste is some bitter citrus upfront with a big amount of floral hops. Floral finish. Easy to drink with a nice amount of bitter flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Overall, its a pretty good Pale Ale worth a second look.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bmanning's wedding. Many pours into a pint glass.

Pours a moderate orange-copper color with a good white head and nice retention. Spotty lacing on the glass throughout. The nose carries some light bready notes plus a plethora of hop character. There's some citrus and pine hops and the overall character is mildly floral. The flavor is along the same lines, though the bitterness comes through more than hop flavor. Medium body with good carbonation and a nice bitterness. Overall, a very well made pale.

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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 hmk22
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great exemplar of the APA style with all the hoppiness and texture you'd want. Every American craft brewer lives or dies by his pale ale it seems, and CL's recipe is a first class offering, esp. if you can get it right at the brewery -- super-fresh, with an irresitable hops aroma, and just the right ("castle") temperature. A great intro. to CL's offerings.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Citrus flavors from the hops stand out in the taste; however these are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a slight amount of dryness.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and the good balance in the flavors makes it an excellent accompaniment to food.

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Photo of drewd0g
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled and enjoyed on the same day.
2 finger head with lots of lacing. piney and citrusy in the nose. strong hop presence. kind of flirts with the line between IPA & DIPA. not much sweetness. crisp clean, and a little creamy. medium-high carbonation. highly drinkable, a really good beer.

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Photo of wcintula
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden beer with a thick creamy head. Smells of pale malts. Strong hop bite, stronger than most pale ales I'm familiar with. Very crisp, a strong carbonation. I'm not happy that this was my first beer from this brewery because I read a lot of good things about them and I don't think this one is too good.

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

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear orange with a white head.
S: Light hops, bready malt.
T: Very similar to the taste, great hop/malt balance.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, and very smooth finish.
D: Sessionable for sure. Easy drinking and well constructed.

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

On tap @ The Gingerman in Norwalk, CT. $6 for a pint.

A- Nice golden color, big sticky head with fantastic heavy lace rings all the way down the glass.

N- Citrus hops and some pleasing floral notes. Light and crisp.

T- Great bouquet of hop flavors here- bitterness is very low but citrus and mild pine resin flavors permiate. A bit grassy at times, but more 'new growth' than 'barnyard stank'. Nice mild malt base rounds it out.

M- Great carbonation, a bit of a heavy body (for the style) makes this one stand out.

D- What can I say? This is one of the best pale ales out there. If it's on tap, I'm ordering it. This would be my second favorite pale ale of all time- closely behind Alesmith X.

Paired fantastically w/ a roasted red pepper and mozarella chicken paninni.

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Photo of taigor
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber, almost brown color with big head that dissipated quickly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Very hoppy smell with hints of yeast and spices.

T - Slightly sweet to start with caramel and malts followed by citrus hoppy bitterness and slightly dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very good pale ale that I would definitely recommend.

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

Had on tap at TJ Finley's in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: orange/amber with some cloudiness. Creamy white two finger head that retains for a long time and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.

Smell: fruity hops with some citrus and some floral hops as well. Not much malt is present in the smell.

Taste: sweet like honey in the front with the hop flavors from the nose coming forward further along down the taste. Very delicious blend of hop flavors here.

Feel: medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

Drink: very easy drinking. I could and would drink this one all night.

Overall, a very solid APA. I've been meaning to get more into Captain Lawrence and saw it on tap and figured I'd go for it and I'm glad I did. Definitely worth a go.

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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.

Cheers!!!!

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

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus hops and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/2/10 notes. Had on tap at Paradiso in Dupont.

a - Pours a murky yellow-golden color with 1 inch of white head and no carbonation.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, and pine hops.

t - Tastes of smooth earthy malts, light citrus hops, and fruit.

m - Very smooth and creamy. Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A pretty good, east drinking pale ale. Would try again.

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Photo of Pahn
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow orange. Bartender left no head, just a lasting foam around the surface of the beer. Big rings and walls of lacing form all over the glass, but disappear by the end of the beer.

Smell: Fresh bread and a bit of orange citrus hops. Faint citric/piny hop aroma that almost smells soapy. On the whole the smell is fairly restrained, but good. Some beautiful whole grain bread aroma comes out after the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet, with a nice hop kick and big malt backbone, bready and a little toasty. Refreshing and spicy. There's just enough of everything going on here; that crisp, orange-y hop bite, that airy, malty breadiness that develops afterwards, and that nice clean finish. Just an excellently balanced pale ale. Wouldn't be too hard to argue for a perfect score for flavor.

Mouthfeel: Perfection for the style; medium bodied, but so smooth and creamy. This beer feels like it's coming from a cask, but it's not. Beautiful.

Drinkability: This is the kind of beer that you could spend hours in the pub throwing back. The definition of drinkability.

I haven't had enough of Captain Lawrence's beers, but the resounding impression I'm getting is: these guys know what they're doing. If I were a brewer, making a beer this fine would be a personal goal.

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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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