Little Linda's Liquid | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gregc on 04-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
18.73%
 
 
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146
Gots:
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Photekut
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

Photo of AlexFields
1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of monsterzero
1.76/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

375ml bottle shared 4 ways. Really really excited to finally try this one.

A: Very murky/cloudy. Orange-pink haze.

S: Hmm... Dirty rain water?

T: DIRTY RAIN WATER! What a coincidence..

M: Flat. Thin. Slightly acidic.

O: Well past its' prime. Two sips and down the drain... :(

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam and Anna for opening this.

Peach colored with a reddish tint, oddly pale for a beer brewed with cherries. Hazy, but nicely carbonated with a fairly lasting head.

Musty and sweaty aroma, but also fairly oxidized. Cardboard-like, this reminds me of the first batch of Rosso that had capping problems. Fruitiness is evident, not necessarily full-on cherry, more like cherries mixed with stonefruit and lemon.

Pleasantly acidic on the tongue. Light bodied, cheesy, sharp, oxidized. Cherries and peaches and wet paper. The oxidation mars what would be a pretty good beer - as it stands, this is fairly enjoyable but flawed. Hopefully this is brewed again and their quality control problems are resolved.

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Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of vacax
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden beer with the slightest tinge of red. A few large white bubbles to be seen, but not much head. Aromas of earthy sweet cherries, crisp with barely any malts, traces of honey and flora. Very little aroma. Tastes like cherry water with a light tartness. Light bodied with a light carbonation, watery feel matches the watery taste. Drinkable in that there is hardly any flavor to deal with, but the high acid content burns the lips, bringing it down. I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy/foggy red/orange. Minimal head.

Smell: Big time funk with the cherries, got me very excited. Lots of earth, horse blanket funk, vinegar, brett, wet leather

Taste: The funk and the cherries do not mesh, and it ruins this beer. They are like oil and water. I have had well executed beers with both of them, but this is not one of them. I like funk, I love cherries. Sadly this one fails to combine the two. Also vinegar, granny smith apples, wet leather.

Drinkability: Tiniest little bottle, but with the above-mentioned issues it was enough. Perhaps age will fix this issue.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Super thick red wax on the bottle. Clear golden pour with a touch of pink and a small bubbly head. Funky upfront with light cherry and wet oak scents as well. A bit acidic with some vinegar and honey accents.

First sip birngs funky, cheesy flavors upfront with an underlying tart cherry that's rather mellow. A touch of honey midway through along with mineral water. Lemon zest and puckering tartness on the way down. Odd brew here, flavors seem off.

Mouthfeel is light and arid with solid carbonation. Overall, flavor is just a bit weird and seems infected in not a good way. Shared this one at that was more than enough. Glad to have had the opportunity but this didn't do it for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of portia99
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass. After several unsuccessful attempts to trade this one away, there's nothing left to do but drink this. Bruins/Capitals - Game 7 - seems like a good occasion.

A - Bottle opens with not even a whisper of carbonation...not a good start. Pours a pale and well hazed link pinkish orangey gold...reminiscient of fruit juice. A few sparse bubbles make their way to the surface, but seems to be more from the turbulence of the pour rather than any carbonation activity. The stillness is the only detractor for an otherwise good looking wild ale.

S - Very oaky/woody on the nose. Lots of white wine like aromas here too, grapey, apples, quite tart with lemons, tart cherries. Smells quite acidic - this is making me think it will be really sour...here's hoping. Bretty funk mixes nicely with the acidic and wine-like aspects of the beer. Sourness is mostly acetic and vinegary with hints of lactic sourness mixed in too.

T - Yep, as suspected from the opening and the pour, totally still...oh well - on to the flavors. Overall, really not that sour at all - smell is rather misleading. A bit of a mix of earthy and some metallic flavors at the base. Lots of oak, some mild funk, earthy and vaguely mushroom-like, not a corked&caged bottle - but cork, tart cherries, grape juice.

M - Totally still...not a bubble of life to this bottle - really disappointing. Body is quite thin and water-like. Not much tartness/sourness at all - not the slightest bit puckering. Combo of earthy flavors is a bit too strong and leaves behind a bit of a dry, metallic, drink out of a steel can kind of feel on the swallow.

O - Bottle past its prime in all likelyhood. Cap was solidly secured under a painfully difficult to remove 1/16th - 1/8th inch of wax so doubtful that it leaked...might have been on the still side to begin with - bad bottle - probably will never know. I think a little life could have helped this one out tremendously. Flavor was good, a bit heavy on the earthy to be ideal, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/7/2009. Bottle, huge thanks to j12601! Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour funk, light fruits (cherry I suppose). Flavor is a little minerally, some cheese, and sour funk. Some sweet tart cherries in the finish. It was ok, but overall I was a little disappointed.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale apricot orange color. Some decent white froth and buttles.

(S)- Huge aromas of cheesy funk to this. Tart and acidic oaky smells, but alot of serious barnyard funk to the finish.

(T)- Again, a serious dirty cheesy oak funk to this. Minimal fruits in the background, but they are there. Minimal tartness.

(M)- A good carbonation level still. It is seriously funky in a very dirty/cheesy way. Still retained some of its fruitiness, but VERY subtle.

(O)- Very excited to have finally tried this one, but I think I got it with too much age on it; past its prime. Still enjoyable though.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for opening this one at our tasting over the weekend.

A: The pour is a pale golden color with some highlights of orange. There's not much in the way of head formation, however.

S: The nose has muted notes of sweet cherries (like pie filling). The funkiness is quite minimal, as is the perception of tartness. There's a slight mustiness, but overall, nothing all that noteworthy going on here.

T: The flavor is similarly lackluster. The sweet cherry pie flavor is there, which I find to be somewhat unpleasant in wild ales. There is a definite acidity and a bit of tartness, but this is not overly sour.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation, which was a pleasant surprise due to the lack of head on the pour.

D: This was a pretty disappointing effort, all told. I was hoping for a nice sour cherry beer, but found an acidic (but not very tart) sweet, cherry beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2009
The beer is carbonated, but it has a hard time forming much of a head. A vigorous pour produces only a spotty, very large bubbled, pale colored head. The beer is a reddish, copper hue that shows a mostly clear, orange tinted, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid mustiness and sort of mushroom note to it as I am pouring it. When inspected more closely it shows a bright tartness that is as much, if not more, acetic in its bite than lactic. A fair amount of spicy, woody oak is noticeable and this accentuates a funky, woody mushroom note as well as a touch of over-ripe cheese character. There is a distinct note here in the nose that took me a while to recognize, but I think it is a fermented out raspberry, almost seed like aroma; the sweetness characteristic of raspberries is gone and instead there is that almost vegetal, spicy fruitiness and slight woodiness that makes raspberries so distinct. I like that the raspberries integrate so well within the nose, they play more of a supporting role and even add to the complexity.

A light carbonation adds some texture to this light, almost watery feeling beer. There is definitely an acetic edge to this beer, but a lactic acidity also plays a role; actually the flavor is a lot less tart than I was expecting based on the aroma. There is that characteristic, raspberry pit, spicy woodiness, perhaps a wisp of sweetness that plays up the fruit character. This has an oaky backbone to it that plays a definite supporting role without overwhelming the other flavors; there are some lingering woody notes and perhaps a hint of oaky astringency.

This is more complex in the nose than in the flavor, which is definitely a bit of a disappointment. Overall not a bad beer though; the texture, and likely the flavor, would have been boosted with a zippier, more substantial carbonation. The texture and the flavor seem a bit flat as a result and in the end this actually seems quite forgettable. Hopefully subsequent takes by this brewer will be a bit more characterful and complex; I wonder if they just need some serious fermentation time.

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

Picked up this bottle from the brewery way back when but had never opened a bottle until I brought one to a tasting. From notes, 1/16.

First pour yielded an amberish yellow color with decent clarity. Some stray bubbles float to the surface, but no real head formation.

Smells just kind of musty and dirty. No real developed funkiness here. Some sweaty tartness. Earthy and just kind of dusty like that old box of pasta you left in the way back of your cupboard. Relatively low sourness in the taste, same kind of odd dirtiness apparent in the aroma... some fruitiness but really not distinctly cherry.

Low level of carbonation creates a somewhat slippery of a mouthfeel which almost exacerbates the weird profile of the funk flavors. Pretty drinkable, but I'm left wondering what the ABV is. Overall an interesting attempt, but could've been a lot better if Scott had maybe left it in the barrels longer and given it more of a chance to develop. That combined with a larger addition of fruit could make for a world-class beer, as is, it's a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored with a very nice white head highly carbonated with sticky tight lace around the glass.

Effervesence of cherry, oak, raspberry esters, tart funky character with a slight hint of brett.

Hmmmm mildew and moldy flavors on the finish are a bit offputting. However the tartness and acidity of the cherry flavor on the beginning and middle are quite nice. Oak adds tannin and body with some sourness and funk but not overly puckering. Nice beer but if not for the mildewy flavor it would be a higher scorer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdubfl for this one.

A: Pours a murky sort of yellow hue with a small white head. No retention or lace.

S: Lots of tart cherry, funky brett, with mild oak and vinegar.

T: Good bit of cherry for sure. Mild tartness with Brett noted. The oak is there but not in a very big way. A bit of aspirin flavor as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium, sort of slick.

D: Just okay, not my favorite sour.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing this 375ml bottle with Brewslut and myself on 4/9/10.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy orange liquid with a tiny white cap that quickly dispersed into a thin ring and wispy veil.

S - Aroma suggests a vinous quality with sour grapes and a hint of floral sweetness with subtle funky basement notes. A hint of oaky astringency also develops as I allowed the liquid to reach room temperature.

T - The flavor is much sweeter that the aroma would imply, with an almost artificial sweetener character. Think Splenda. The funk is somewhat muted, especially when compared to the aroma, although the sour grape character is quite obvious, as well as oaky notes. Finishes with sharp herbal tones in the backend.

M - Thin, moderately carbonated body with a semi-dry finish and fair amount of tartness on the palate.

D - Interesting, and although not a favorite of mine from Captain Lawrence, I did appreciate it's unique, complex qualities and deviation from the typical American Wild Ale fare.

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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes after consumption at hoppymcgee's tasting. Thanks Jon!

A - Very hazy apple gold with lots of sediment (probably a product of this being the dregs of the bottle). Very low carbonation with zero head.

S - Very sour/tart green apples, with strong hints of ammonia

T - Underwhelming, and disparate from the nose as its not nearly as sour as I expected. Lots of apple and cherry.

M - Very thin and flat, almost even thinner than water.

D - Not one I'd seek out again, but glad I tried it. I don't think this is Scott's best showing by far.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Little Linda's Liquid from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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