Brown Ale
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #237
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,917
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 7.79%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
72
From:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  3
Gots
  6
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: Hops: Columbus, Sterlings, Goldings.
Malts: Canadian Pale, English Crystal, German Munch, German Roast.
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by BARFLYB:
Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at Captain Lawrence Brewery a few times at rosso. Brown Bird is a brown beer like the name suggest. A light brown that you can see through the glass. A nice tan head on top with bubbles but no lace. Smells very nutty and malty, some grain and a light hop nose but i'm really reaching there. Taste is pretty damn bold for a brown. Sharp tastes of sweet malt, an assortment of nuts, caramel and that's about it. Feel is a step above light bordering on medium with adaquate carb, smooth. While this is a good brown, I would not have more than one glass of it, it's just not that exciting.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear brown with a nice white head. Aroma of light, sour fruits. Flavor though was rather bitter and bleh. The flavors in this did not work well together. I didn't really care for this. 7/4/5/4/12 (3.2/5)

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn. I believe this beer is actually called Brown Bird Ale. I've notified the Bros and hope they update the name if I'm correct.

Appearance: light brown with good clarity and a nice 2 finger rocky beige head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Touch of sweetness, toast, nuts, and a slight floral hop note.

Taste: The malt is so lightly roasted that it allows the nutty flavors to have equal time. Just a dash of hops but it adds some needed complexity. Well blended with a very smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with decent carbonation. This category is not the highlight of the beer. Could stand to be a touch creamier.

Drinkability: Easy sipper. Smooth balanced flavor and low ABV.

Probably my least favorite offering from Captain Lawrence that I've tried but still a great beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Textbook brown ale color: deep almost burnt caramel, but light enough to pass light through. No red at all in the body, and the color is very uniform. Half-finger white fizzy head dies immediately to a skim, and the glass gets dots of foam--let's call them toes instead of legs, or threads rather than sheeting.

S--Very little hops so there's nothing strident here, but if you open the holes a bit and really snuff and swirl, snuff and swirl, you get more than just sweetish malt notes, as there's clearly something darker and nuttier cutting the caramel. A definite roasted character comes through in the nose.

T--And lasts through the tasting. Roasted and nutty are the primary adjectives of this beer, with toffee and caramel taking a back seat. There's even a splash of hops on the finish, but it's mild. The real star here is the hazelnut/walnut flavor that's more than roasted; like real nuts the taste adds bitterness to balance the sweeter notes. Could use a bit more biscuity/crackery malt notes.

M&D--Mouthfeel isn't anything to rave about, as you'd expect something a little more oily or at least silky, slick somehow, given the nuttiness, but ends up simply being thin and a little watery. Easy to drink, this brew makes a great middle depth addition to its exemplary triumverate of session beers, which include on the light end the Freshchester Pale and on the dark the Pleasantville Smoked Porter.

Very subtle and smooth brown ale. More like an English brown than Sixpoint Brownstone, which is kind of a brown porter, or Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, which is fairly sweet for the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a one finger light beige head that settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of toffee, nut and caramel. There is also a faint earthy hop presence but the nose is dominated bythe sweeter malt notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a slight creamy texture and lots of sweet malt flavor. Slightly toasted with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and oatmeal before finishing with slightly bitter hop character. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. This was a pleasant surprise.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewhouse in South Norwalk CT.

Pours brownish copper, dark, with very light foam. Smells like a classic brown ale - malt, chocolate, nutty, hints of coffee and caramel.

Taste is very smooth - very light carbonation in the mouth. Smooth and sweet, with an ever so mild hop presence. Tasty.

Very drinkable. Could easily have ordered up 2nds or 3rds.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Woody brown pour, slightly hazy, with a ringlet of white bubbles for a head; dots of lacing on the glass. Nutty aroma, roasted malts and toasted grains, some leafy and earthy hop notes, perhaps more pronounced than your average brown ale. Sweet bready malts in the taste, slightly roasty, caramel, toasted grains, leafy hops give a drying bitterness in the finish. It's a brown ale. Medium body, well-balanced and drinkable for the style.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Clear copper-brown body with a finger of creamy tan head; excellent retention and nice lacing. Great looking brown.

S: Smooth, understated aroma of toasty, nutty malt. There's just a touch of butterscotchy diacetyl, as well as a little caramel malt sweetness and a little biscuity dryness. Overall, a wonderfully balanced malty nose.

T: Starts out really nutty, and quickly moves to a more toasted, lightly earthy finish. Very smooth and tasty, but not as complex as the aroma.

M: Fairly light and very smooth with moderate carbonation.

D: Lots of flavor and a sub-5% ABV? Yeah, this is a pretty drinkable beer.

Notes: Yet another solid offering from CL. While not my favorite style, this is a great representation of a brown ale.

Cheers!

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HumanCarBomb
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ On tap at Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY.

Appearance: Clear brown with a small off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of hops.

Taste: Roasty, nutty, and a little sweet. Some light hops are present at the end making the finish slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A great session beer! ~

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear brown color with a touch of red mixed in and a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malt with a nice mix of nuttiness and some earthy hops. There is a bit of brown sugar and bready malt.

T - Starts off with some rich sweet caramel and nutty malts with some earthy hops in the background. Through the middle, some brown sugar sweetness and bready malts come through. Finish is a mix of caramel and nutty malts with a nice backing of light earthy hops.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a crisp sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice sessionable brown ale. The richness and the sweetness of the malt is nice and also well balanced by the other flavors.

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Photo of EFR94
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sleazo
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_pours a medium brown with hints of copper. Nice big fluffy head settles into a good cap. The lace clings to the sides of the glass 4.5

S_rich sweet caramlised malt slight nuttiness peanut/hazelnut 4.5

T_sweet rich malt cascades over the tongue upon first sip follwed by a rich hazelnut tasting finish. This is a full bodied brown. A vague hop bitterness makes its presence known but does not dominate. Some smokiness is there as well. 5

M_on the thicker side, as I said this badboy is rich 4.5

D_quite a quafable brown ale. One of the better ones I have tried and a pleasure to have around from the Captain. Also nice to have another session beer from them. 4.5

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Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear light brown with a tan head.
S: Some coffee, but this quickly falls back on the malt backbone.
T: Light coffee and chocolate flavors.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, and very smooth finish.
D: Pretty quaffable, but a bit thin (which is sometimes the case for brown ales).

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CL Brown Ale. 5oz. taste. On tap @ Tabla in NYC. 2010

Appearance:
Pours a dark copper-brown with a dark-tan, 1 finger head.

Aroma:
Smells like a classic brown ale -- nutty, with caramel, chocolate and coffee scents.

Taste:
An initial sharp malt flavor is tempered nuttier and toastier malts, and rounded out by coffee, caramel, and chocolate back tones.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:
It's certainly not thick, but it also doesn't taste light or thin in the mouth. This middle ground, mixed with its light carbonation, makes it very pleasantly drinkable. I could have had 2 or 3 more of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 72 ratings