Brown Ale
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #237
Ranked #20,965
3.85 | pDev: 7.79%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Hops: Columbus, Sterlings, Goldings.
Malts: Canadian Pale, English Crystal, German Munch, German Roast.
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 72
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mile Square in Hoboken...
Appearance: Nut-brown hue, minimal head, minor lacing...
Smell: Non-assertive hints of roasted malts, slight caramel, and cappuccino...
Taste: Hazlenuts, slight mocha, roasted malts... Sweet finish with a slightly smokey note...
Definitely one of the best Brown Ale's I've sampled...
Good stuff...

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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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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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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler over the weekend, poured into a chalice. The popularity surprised the owners and this dandy is moving out of the seasonals and into regular circulation.

A light brown with 2 finger head with respectably lacing. Head stays with you the entire beer.

S_Light sweetness and floral tints

T_luscious malty candy with touches of hops in the well blended finish.

M_Much lighter than i expected. However it let the tastes and aromas escape more.

D_Easy as pie. I'm glad they have branching off from the Pale Ales.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice deep, clear, brown with minimal head. Smell is light roasted malts.
Taste is a good balance of sweet toasty caramel malt with the hops , which don't punch....some nutty flavors as previously noted. It had a dry almost chalky finish that I liked. Brown ales aren't my favorite style, but I thought this was was very drinkable.Very happy to see Captain Lawrence on tap in CT !

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

Really awesome brown ale from Captain Lawrence - tried many times on tap at location, on tap at Gingerman and in growlers.

Very nice brown color with a nice sticky off-white head.

Great malty flavor with huge balance of its hops. No alcohol presence, and at its low %, this is definitely a great one to session.

This is incredibly easy to drink, one growler is not at all enough - at least when you split it.

I would highly suggest trying this one if you have the chance - its not in bottles, at least at this point in time. When I get a kegerator, this will definitely be something I will seek out for it.

Awesome stuff - and a phenomenal place.


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Photo of PEBKAC
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got my growlers filled at the brewery while in between sampling some crazy homebrew & the locals giving me the 30 second tour. Great people; great place.

Forget capping on foam, cap it on more beer! 68-69 ounces, ready to glug on down. I've been really thirsty lately. :)

Looks like black tea. Very boring. Decent oatmealish-looking froth develops up top, but it dies real quick, & there isn't any activity to see in the filtered beer down below.

Smells of southern sweet tea & newspaper.

Tastes mimic a dry scotch ale, black tea, & pecans(not roasted :|). A dusty bread crust on the finish. It came off stale.

Carbonation is pretty well off despite not seeing any. Very light in body. Dry & tacky.

I usually do my growler reviews half way through the second pour. It was down to the wire with this one. The beer didn't "wow" me, but I went about my business & before I knew it, I was down to the last few ounces.

A decent beer, but lacks the roasted nuttiness I've come to love from other browns. The atmosphere over there at the brewery though, makes everything taste better. :)

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery today.

A: Poured a translucent brown with a nice amount of head considering it was a sample glass. Was even able to get some lacing.

S: Very sweet and earthy brown ale.Molasses was in there.

T: Lots of sweet malt up front. The hops came in at the end to balance it out. Well done.

M: Very creamy. Feels a lot heavier than it tastes.

D: Could be an excellent session beer. The only problem is I can't get it anywhere near me. They do sell kegs though...

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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by gpcollen1. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head over the clear brown brew. Head falls slowly, with prevalent sticky lace. Aroma is lightly nutty, with slight floral hop notes. Taste is moderately malty at the start, quickly tempered by hoppiness, which lasts into the aftertaste with an increasing bitter presence. Mouthfeel is clean, and drinkability is pretty easy. Not my fave of theirs, but it certainly earns points for it's sessionability.

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

Growler given to me by a very generous BA by the handle of sleazo, God I love free beer.

Smell, usual nutty flavors, some toffee, hint of molasses, and little hint of bourbon or smoke, can't really tell what it is

Taste, Mmm, delicious. Big hit of firm sweetness with a kick of nuts (the plant), assertive bitterness, but I can't say the hops are present. They don't really flex their flavor, but provide a nice balance. I pick up some bourbon or whiskey flavors as well, very mild, not really noticeable unless you look for them kind of flavors. Quite dry in the finish which is how I like my Brown Ales personally. Not sticky or overly sweet like some.

Overall, this is a fantastic example of the style. Nice dance between the malts and hops, balanced a tad on the bitterness side, but the flavors all meld for a truly great beer.

Please start bottling this is all I can say. Not that we get Captain Lawrence stuff anyway...

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

Its always great to walk into your local brewery and be informed that a new beer has been created and is now available to sample. So, this is just released on tap at the brewery, sampled from a growler, pours typical, clear dark honey amber, the medium tan head is short lived, evolves to a thick film and then leaves plenty of fine sheeting and blotchy lacing. Toasty nose. Nice malty brown, brewer Scott said this turned out a bit dryer then he was shooting for, so look for a slightly sweater version next time. As it is this is an easy drinking and mighty tasty brown. Notes of smooth malts, light milk chocolate, toasted whole wheat bread, slightly nutty and highly enjoyable. Nice sessioner....another quality offering from the good Captain, what a suprise....well worth a try

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