Golden Delicious | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Golden DeliciousGolden Delicious

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels

Added by mcallister on 02-01-2008

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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 600
Photo of boatshoes
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of a monster package from 6daysbottomocean in the Whale BIF 3. Had been quite interested to try this.

Appearance- Pours a straw golden out the of the bottle with about a finger of fairly fizzy white head sitting on top. Head dies back fairly quickly to a thin sheet across the top and then just small patches. Some small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Very interesting nose. Smells surprisingly strongly of some citrusy hops, along with a fresh fruity apple aroma, a lot of fruity esters, and a touch of slight yeastiness. I really dig the interesting combination of the apple/apple brandy aroma mixing with fruity esters and hops.

Taste- Taste is very similar with the fresh apple and apple brandy flavors coming through first. Again, I get more of the fruity, citrusy hops, and fruity esters to complement the fruit flavors from the apple brandy. Finishes off with a fairly strong dose of fusel tasting alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was satisfactory, but I found it to be a bit thin for the style which was made evident as the beer warmed. Prominent alcohol on the finish also cut down on the drinkability for me as well.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I very much liked the nose on this and thought it had a solid flavor profile as well; however, it could have used a little more heft in the mouth and a little less alcohol on the finish. Definitely try it if you get the chance though.

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold in color with a nice foamy white head, and very good lacing.

Smells of wheat, lemon, grains, floral hops, sweet malt and faint spices.

Tastes of wheat, lemon, floral hops, light caramel, apple, grains, grass, wheat, faint spices and skunky sweet malt, which bordred on cloying. Very nice, light and crisp feel with a very good complex flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, smooth and almost watery, like a hefe-weizen, but better since it has medium carbonation and a medium body.

High drinkability that's very refreshing and a very nice beer. Could drink these all night and all summer since there was no hint of alcohol.

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Photo of Paulydeets
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, with very little lacing, and some bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Looks delicious.

Smell is of apples, alcohol, and some tartness.

Taste is tart apples, a little yeast in the middle and a stong alcohol finish followed by some more tart apples. Alcohol isnt tooo strong and actually kind of refreshing.

Mouthfeel is of slight carrbonation, a little pucker from the apples, and some heat from the alcohol.

Though its strong, still quite drinkable considering im about to polish off this bomber solo tonite!!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split the 750ml bottle with my wife on our anniversary. A marginally hazy medium gold color, with just a wisp of white lace and tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of yeast, apple skins, horse blanket and lemon zest. Crisp and refreshing, with nicely balanced flavors; juicy apple, wood, Belgian spices, alcohol heat and a lingering sweetness. A very nicely done tripel.

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Photo of vacax
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded golden with hints of green with a centimeter of white head, fair retention and lace. Aroma has much Belgian yeast spiciness, fruity esters, apple, and some buttery heat to it. No evidence of barrel aging in the nose that I can detect, mostly a very spicy tripel. The flavor is dominated by spicy Belgian yeast, cloves, peppery bitterness then mild apple and cookie sweetness on the finish. Body is medium, maybe on the lighter side due to the vibrant amount of fizzy carbonation. This is an okay tripel, apparently aged in apple brandy barrels, which seems to have no or a negative effect on the flavor profile.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Todd for grabbing a couple bottles of this during his weekend venture to Southhampton. On Easter Sunday ya have to open something special, right? It comes out of the bottle a murky golden color, with about two fingers of white heading. Fruity nose of apples and dry champagne, but in a very subtle way. Taste is so well rounded between the apple, hops, grains and brandy. It is astonishing how well rounded all of the flavors are, and how they interact in perfect harmony. Mouthfeel is right in the middle, and quite honestly, is just right. There is no over carbonation or excessive use of hops, this is simply put together responsibly. Drinkability is second to none, as the alcohol cannot even be noticed, and the stuff is just so damned tasty. I do not say these sorts of things very often, but this is most definitely the best Tripel I have ever encountered. Some have said that these bottles need to sit for a while to let the alcohol die down, but to hell with that. This beer is more than drinkable now. Originally I was planning on trading my other bottle, but not now. I eagerly await what some time in the cellar aging will do to this gem of a brew. Cheers

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a solid yellow color with a nice fluffy white head. The head retention is good, and sticks around for a while. The lacing is medium. The beer is so thick and yellow, nothing is visible through it.

The smell is of apples, belgian bread yeasts, a little sweet liquor.

Tastes are interesting, never had anything aged in a flavored brandy barrel. It has strong apple flavors with bready yeasts that are common with the style. Clove and orange rind with a bit of sage make small presences during that aftertastes. It has a very good Triple base, and is paired well with the barrel.

The mouthfeel is a bit dry and astringent, and oily. It has some wine characters to it, oily and dry being the main two. Very good, and another winner from Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a blue wax sealed 750ml bottle into two snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the hook-up!

2010 Batch

A: Pours a bright and hazy, rich golden hue. Capping this was a short lived, bubbly, bright white layer of foam that reached about one finger in thickness. Minor lacing was left behind.

S: Aromas of tart, fresh picked apples, subtle spices, roadside cider, and a touch of alcohol. After it warmed I picked up scents of peach, apricot, pineapple, and cinnamon. Finally noticed the Amarillo hops at the tail end of the bottle.

T: See above. Taste follows the smell very closely. Fruity, spicy, and I noticed the flavor of candi sugar late in the bottle. Didn't notice much "barrel" until late in the finish when it takes on a woody flavor. Alcohol is barely noticable.

M: Pretty full bodied. Sticky. Nice amount of candi sweetness, tart fruit, and woody dryness. Finishes with all three of those things on the tongue.

D: Very nice. Though the alcohol presence felt at a minimum (as far as smell, taste, and mouthfeel are concerned) this one definitely had a warming affect on my belly by the end of the bottle. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a 750ml bottle on 3/18/10.

A - Poured a clear pale golden body with a finger of creamy white head that settled into a thin patch and deposited some stringy lace around the glass.

S - Sweet and slightly tart juicy apple character with a hint of barrel wood and slight alcohol notes. Sweet caramel malt works nicely with fruity hops, giving the aroma a pleasant crispness and fresh fleshy fruit character.

T - Sweet apples and caramel malt with a spicy, fruity hop character and very subtle brandy presence. Woody notes are also apparent, providing depth and complexity to the flavor. Crisp yet juicy with mild alcohol notes on the tongue. Finishes with a spicy yeast presence that harkens to Belgian-style ales, then quickly segues into a hint of sourness.

M - Light bodied with a slightly syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a crisp mouthfeel. Finishes with a hint of dryness and slight sour tartness on the palate.

D - Complex yet subtle, the fruit really works nicely with the woody characteristics and yeast here. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. In this case, the addition of apples and the faint brandy barrel character really enhanced this Tripel and transformed it into something really special.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks out to BeerTruth who froze his toes off for this one! 750 mL bottle, 2010 vintage. Pours a slightly cloudy, light gold color with a large-bubbled white head. Retention is pretty poor and only leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Last pour or two is nearly impenetrable to light.

Nose is phenomenal! Apples and tripels seem like a match made in heaven. Green apples, alcohol and Belgian yeast esters are all equally prevalent and mouth-wateringly delicious. Hints of brandy soaked pears, honeydew melon and refined sugar. Smells good...very good.

Taste is tart apples without a whole lot of Belgian yeast influence, unfortunately. Alcohol plays a major role in the flavor while the woody tones from barrel aging are pretty mild. Fairly low carbonation for the style accentuates the apple nuances and brandy aspect. Juicy Amarillo hops are a nice touch. This is my first Captain Lawrence beer and I am digging it quite a bit. A unique and very fun beer to try. Thanks again Adam!

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a slim white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has your typical tripel aroma; lots of pale malts, alcohol warmth, some sweetness. The twist here is the apple brandy barrels. They lend a very nice character to the beer. It's a mildly aggressive and seems to tame the alcohol warmth quite well. The taste is good also. It has a nice pale malt flavor that's a bit heavy handed in alcohol warmth. There is a light touch of hops and then the delicious apple brandy flavor. I can't get enough of these barrel aged beers. It definitely makes this a much more complex beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is another quality beer from Captain Lawrence. It's a solid tripel with outstanding barrel character; an interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of maximum12
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gn0sis for sending a bottle of this my way in a recent trade that included another long-sought bottle. Two big wants in one small box, me likes tradin' like that!

OK, enough blather. Pour is sunlight golden as the name promises, clear, pale as my shoulders in April, no head at all. Smell is noncommittal what with a mild mixing of brandy & apple & a noted shot of alcohol.

Golden Delicious is unique, capital U, let me correct that, Unique. Sweet, sweet apple & brandy could be identified after having ones taste buds thoroughly removed, & they run this show with an iron fist. Wow. Fanstastic. If hard cider tasted really good, this is what it should emulate. Non-apple tropical notes are evident too, probably just apples that became confused through the whole process & morphed into a slightly less red, round form. The base beer is almost entirely hidden by the barrel aging, but it must be good, because if it weren't, this wouldn't work so well.

Drinkable as apple cider next to a roaring fire. This is a beer that should be released & consumed in the fall, to keep you warm & make you grin after a glass or two. Very flat beer, but it works, because the addition of the brandy, & the apple, tells my mouth it should be flat. That it's virtually not a beer. The only slight drawback is the extreme sweetness, I can already feel my gums drawing away from my teeth after a few sips. Aw, hell, who needs gums anyways.

Fantastic. Excellent. I daresay this is what many brewers aspire too when they try to create a beer that hasn't been done 363 times before. Kudos!

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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley NY for $15.99

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy deep straw to light golden with a 1 finger white crown that displays little retention and some lace.

Smell: Sweet pale malt, green granny smith apple skins, and a hint of brandy.

Taste: The light sweetness contrasts the hint of apple brandy well. The granny smith apples aren't as prominent in the taste for me as they are in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Nice crispness with decent carbonation but too thin IMHO.

Drinkability: This is a nice brew on an autumn or winter day / night.

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Photo of BTPete
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with friends during superbowl. Bottle picked up an recent release. Poured to snifter.

A: Golden yellow, almost no head or lacing.

S: Lot of apples. Really sweet with hints of other green fruit. Maybe vinous. Love the apple brandy barrels on this one.

T: Really nice up front and smooth. Really strong apple flavor all around. I think the apple covers up some of the complexity but it's a good beer. A little hot from the booze. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Very low carb. I would have expected higher being a tripel. I get some bubbles on a big swirl but nothing sticking around. I will have to check other reviews from both batches to see if this is the way it is.

D: Wiked. People loved this beer and I'm glad I was able to get a few bottles of it. Although the barrel aging (fruit flavor) seems to dominate it does not diminish in any way. I do question the carbonation but don't feel that it takes away from it at all.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a tasting glass at EBF.

The beer pours a cloudy gold with a hint of honey. The head is white only rising a finger but doesn't last long and has light lacing.

The aroma is medium with a nice balanced feel. It starts off very floral but at the end you get a strong burst of the brandy. The alcohol is pretty strong a whiff of sweetness to it.

The taste sadly let me down because I was really excited after the aroma. The nice balance is gone as the taste is dominated by the alcohol. The apply brandy barrels just dominate. It is lightly sweet but then just woody alcohol with a bite.

If it was more like White Oak from the The Bruery(great balance of flowers and wood), this beer would be awesome. Close but not there yet.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to Anthony for making this review possible!

Bottle opened with a "pssh", in the glass there wasn't much carbonation, but a visually appealing web of tiny bubbles sat on the surface. Some spotty lacing too, but I think the higher abv contributed to a general lack of foam. The body was a hazy gold, and over time there was a string of pearls that clung to one side of the glass.

Aroma was fruity, floral, yet somewhat subdued. Pleasant, and not too boozy.

Flavor was dry, apple, cidery minus any sourness, plenty of spicy oak, with a touch of noticeable alcohol (this is a tripel after all). Slightly sweet but mostly dry in the finish. Light carb with a mellow feel. I'd suspect this would really creep on you if drinking a bottle to yourself.

It was nice to try this one, CL always makes good use of their barrels. Thanks again Anthony!

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Photo of jsh420
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

big thanks to hopstoopid120 for the trade

pours cloudy golden yellow with a 1/4 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells is not very strong some apples some wood notes some booze

taste - wow very strong - apple brandy hell yes - tart & sweet apple booze - not many other flavors very dry brew

mouthfeel is light to medium low carbonation almost flat - boring much like a wine

drinkability is so so - the mouthfeel killed this beer

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Photo of Overlord
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Ineedabeerhere.

My review doesn't necessarily indicate how interesting/unique it was to try this beer.

Pours a slightly hazy ... wait for it ... keep waiting ... GOLD! Shocking, I know.

Smells like candied apples with a bit of spice and alcohol. Okay. Kind of interesting. I'm not really getting much of a brandy aroma (wasn't this aged in apple brandy barrels?) but the apples are definitely there. Unfortunately, they're more like mulled apple cider notes, rather than being sharp, biting, and distinct.

Taste is too spicy. Why ... why did they do this? Mulled apple cider again comes to mind. Too much booze, also. There's some sweet notes, people mention oak but I get none, and a kind of weird mineralized spiciness that leaves a pungent aftertaste.

An interesting beer. Not very drinkable at all. Too much seasoning. Mouthfeel was decnt.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, sampled this at SC Day 2010 on 2/6/10.

a - A murky golden color with a moderate amount of head and carbonation.

s - Very fruity aroma. Smells of apples, brandy, sweeter fruits and malts. Smell was a little more boozy than I would have liked.

t - Tastes of apples, booze, some sweet malts, and some spices. A little hot.

m - Medium to full bodied.

d - Overall I thought this was a decent Tripel, but I was left somewhat disappointed. I thought it smelled and tasted a little boozy to me, and think it could definitely benefit from sitting for a year in a cellar.

EDIT: 11/27/14 notes. Drank a 2012 bottle on Thanksgiving and loved it.

Thought it wa smuch better than fresh and really mellows out. Would recommend getting a bottle of two and laying it down for 2-3 years.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the release 1/30, Pleasantville, NY. 750ml into goblet.

A- Aggressive pour leaves a half-finger of large, white bubbles that settle into a thin layer of carbonation at the top. Beer is gold/orange in color and looks pale in the light.

S- Well.. the Apple Brandy barrels come through in spades. Both in boozy fruit sweetness and the barrel itself.

T- hop bite gets washed away with apple sweetness and is followed by a drying oak presence. A bit hot, flavorful but powerful. Really settles down after the initial shock and tastes like spiced apples... very tasty.

M- Flavors and ABV come in hard and don't pull any punches. A bit boozy, a bit hoppy, thankfully healthy carbonation keeps this moving along.

D- I've never had a barrel-aged tripel that I'm aware of. This was a pretty good stab at it, though. Golden Delicious disappeared from my glass faster than I thought, despite the hotness. I think I just set a new personal speed record for unintentionally killing a bottle.

I think time will be kind to this one in mellowing it out. Looking forward to trying another bottle in 6 months or so and will re-review if needed.

EDIT: Emailed CL and they put the ABV around 11%

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Photo of alyankus
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up today at the release.

It pours a gorgeous golden color. Seriously this might just be the truest gold color I have seen in beer, however, it is under carbonated as there is little to no head.

The nose is dead on to their description as "like Mom's apple pie". Lots of apple brandy notes with hints of vanilla, oak, and spicebox.

The palate is a mirror of the nose with a slight bit more emphasis on the brandy character and a pleasant buttery quality.

It is fairly easy to sip except for a slight booziness that shines through on the finish. There is enough acidity to balance any perceived sweetness but the heat seems to be a little misplaced. I wonder if with time it won't come together more and any heat would fade.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this one with my dad after it being in the cellar until now. Hazy golden yellow pour with lots of carbonation. 1/4" of stark white bubbly head. Tons of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of spice, apple and wood upfront. Bright grains with a nice kick of the Amarillo hops that are still noticeable. Brandy warmth tickles the nostrils as well. Lovely.

First sip brings sweet crisp malts. Lots of spiciness and tropical fruits. Apple comes through nicely. Wood and brandy swirl throughout as it flows down. Finishes mildly sweet with an overall spiced apple feel. The tripel asserts itself well but the apple brandy takes it to a whole new level.

Smooth, good carbonation overall. Easy to drink really and the alcohol heat has mellowed nicely from when I first drank this brew. Yummy stuff and well worth cracking if you have one lying around!!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle - batch 1 from 2007. Poured into a snifter. Appears a hazed golden yellow color with about a finger of fizzy, quickly fading white foam. Nose and flavors consist of a good dose of brandy, pretty boozy, even after a few years in the bottle, oak, pears, apple skins, apple brandy, sweet malts. Decent body with ample, effervescent carbonation. You have to like brandy to get into this one. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 1 had at 10/10 epic tasting. From notes. Thanks for donating this one, Scott!!

Pours a nearly still hazy orangey amber color.

Smells awesome. Mom's apple pie, spiced apple cider and a wonderful spiciness that is reminiscent of the aromas a fall breeze brings to your nostrils. Alcohol and belgian yeast esters as well.

Taste mirrors this, but is surprisingly hot for such an old bottle. How much apple brandy was left in the barrels when they were filled? That would definitely explain the hotness and the lack of head formation. Definitely hurts the drinkability. I look forward to another future batch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Scott! It was very generous of you to toss in some beers for an already excessive tasting. This was batch 1, about 3 years old?

Golden in color with a thin white head that recedes to a ring rapidly. Great clarity. The nose is boozy and hot, with apple pie spices, a big spicy apple brandy character and some alcohol. Mild honey, mild fruit. The alcohol is noticeable and almost harsh. The palate opens up with a combo of boozy heat, apple brandy and some hot, almost solventy alcohol. Apples, honey and a dry, spicy finish with hot alcohol. Light in body with medium carbonation, this is decent, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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