Flaming Fury | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2009

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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 222
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by brian23456 at our recent La Crosse sour tasting, thanks Brian. Split with some other BAs and poured into snifters:

A - Light golden color with silverish hues. Slight head but not much carbonation. Lacing is light.

S - Peaches and candy tarts. Cherries, lemon zest, oranges and mild oak. Reminds me a bit of sweetarts.

T - Tart peaches and orange rind. Lemon and lime and bits of oak. Apricots, green apples and grapes. A nice funk and acidity here as well.

M - Smooth and tart funk prickle. Carbonation isn't too bad.

O - I want a growler of this or any size bigger than the current offering size. Its like when I get done working out or biking, instead of drinking water I'd drink Flaming Fury. Just an awesome sour and one worth trying.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle shared by beandip with starrdogg.

Pours a cloudy golden peach concentrate with a thin white head that quickly fades to crown with wispy streaks of lacing.

Aroma is cheesy, funky, peachy and juicy. Lactic and intense, but still a surprising amount of fruit present.

There is a surprising amount of peach juice and sweetness immediately upon first sip that weaves in front of and behind the intense, abrasive sourness. The finish takes an interesting, unexpected turn toward juicy sweet peach fruit with intense dry sour.

Medium thick and syrupy with extremely fine, prickly carbonation.

Amazing how much peach fruit is still present in this and even more so how assertive it is in the finish. This would still be a challenge to work through a 12 oz bottle alone, but I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a light yellow orange with a white head. Nose is very bright, sharp, lemony and acidic. Light salt and fuel on the nose. Pretty good flavor profile, pretty sour but peaches are candy-like. Brightly acidic, probably too much so. Some fuel and acetone on the finish which detracts from the experience quite a bit.

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Photo of fewa
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden orange colorand a nice white head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Sour and lots of lemon and orange fragrances. Don't really smell the funk in here.

Taste: Pungent citrus sourness. Some soil notes and surely some brett in the background. Some hints of grapes and peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a strong carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it could use some improvements in the balance, but not bad, not at all.

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Photo of fiver29
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is lemony tart, sour, peach, apricot, and funk. Light mouthfeel. Wow. This is real tart and sour. The aroma continues into the taste and is real lemony, peach, and funky. Finishes with a mix of funk and fruit flavor. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 375ml shared amongst friends. This is hay strewn hue of gold with orange on this sides and frothy white on top

S: Lactic sour funk with barnyard and horse blanket at the fore

T: Sour funky and fruity, almost tastes like an aged Cantillon

M: Crisply tart and refreshing. give me more.

O: Totally on point for the style. One of the best American Wild Ales out there...

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Photo of sweemzander
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle into a tulip. This has been a longtime want of mine and major props to Kyle for tracking one down and actually sharing it with me! Review #800!

(A)- Pours a pale golden orange color. Some nice white foam down to bubbles and lace. A beauty of a color.

(S)- A wonderful sour and lactic body with tart fruits of lemon, orange, white grape, peach, and maybe mango. Not overly funky, but the acidity coming from this aroma is very very nice.

(T)- A wonderfully powerful acidic sourness. Not palate melting, but a great assertiveness to it. Funky and earthy, but not in a dirty way. Superb fruit and acidity profiles.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Sour as hell, but good funk and fruit too. Acidity is spot on yet powerful.

(D)- A brilliant and fantastic sour. This is what I like to see for the style. Sour power and a great smell, taste, and feel. World class through and through. Captain Lawrence, you need to make this again!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just an enormous thanks to Casey for sharing this one. One of the few brews that I have been eagarly anticipating for quite some time. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: pours a slightly cloudy, orangish yellow. The pour dropped an off white head that receded to a thin rim.

A: funky peaches right off the bat, followed by lemon, some grapefruit, and floral hops. You can just tell this one will be a peach, sour, punch to the taste buds.

T: all I can say is wow. The peaches taste like they are fresh. The sourness is prevalent but not over the top. Lemon and floral notes present. And the there is the residual sweetness at the back, it's almost a vanilla/coconut type of flavor. It finishes dry, sour, and sweet. Simply put, this is fantastic!

M: medium body. aggressive carbonation delivers the peachy, sour goodness all over the palate.

D and overall impression: drinkability is as high as it gets for a beer of this magnitude. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have ever had, and probably my favorite sour to date. I love this beer! Skal.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Enormous thanks to Jason for sharing this, a long-time top want of mine.

A: Milky pale gold body with chunks of yeast and a thin, wispy layer of white bubbles on top. I volunteered for the dregs on this one, and while it shows, I won't hold it against the beer. This might kill me, and I can't wait!

S: Wow, that's sour. Super sour. And awesome. I can feel my nose hairs curling from the sheer acidity. Dry, citric, peach, acetic, and sharp as a razor. Wow.

T: Warheads. Sour Patch Kids. Lemon/lime/peach/cider-vinegar acidity. I feel like this would burn through the bottom of my mouth if I held it for too long. I love it.

M: Smooth medium body with light, prickly carbonation to complement the sharp acidity.

D: This is the definition of intense, and I say bring it on!

Notes: This is one beer that can only be called an experience - and I'm just sad I'm not likely to have it again (unless Captain Lawrence decides to grace us with another batch...hint, hint). I even had some great peachy emissions the morning after the tasting, and it was clear that FF was the culprit. I've never been happier to smell my own farts.


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Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source. This beer has a very thin half finger white head that immediately fades away leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Very funky barnyard aroma with lots of horseblanket, earthy oak, musty band-aid and tart dry brett. I'm actually very surprised and impressed with how funky this beer smells. Much closer to a Belgian sour than an American Wild Ale. The barnyard funk/brett is very prominent and takes a lot away from the peach, which I am faintly picking up.

Medium bodied with an extremely tart, puckering, funky and sour flavor. Very funky with lots of dry brett effervescence. Extremely dry and tart with a slight vinegar presence that adds to the puckering mouthfeel. Slight lactic creaminess adds to the mouthfeel and increases drinkability. The dry, tart funk is nicely balanced by the sweet juicy fruit flavor. There is plenty of fresh peach flavor which is surprising since it was very faint in the aroma. I'm also picking up slight apple and pear but the flavor here is mostly peach. Lots of earthy oak character with a slight vinous character. Very well balanced with a great blend of funk, dry, sour, vinegar and sweet fruit flavor. There is a long, dry finish that is sweet, vinegary and extremely puckering, leaving me salivating for the next sip. Very good!

EDIT: as I continued to drink this beer it started to burn a hole in my stomach and gave me incredible heart burn. It's still goes down pretty easy but I had to adjust the drinkability score.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze and barely a trace of a head that kicked up. A placid surface for the duration with an errant dot or two of lacing at best.

Aromatics lead off with acid-spritzed peach pits, cider vinegar, and lactic tannins. The level of sourness in the nose already begins the jowel-watering. Bright, sharp acid with peachy fruit.

Light bodied with a pointed, crisp, drying mouthfeel. Tongue-curling.

Sour, acidic peach pits, cider vinegar, and lactic acid start the palate. Extremely sour and beyond tart. Quite dry but still fruity. Hints of crushed Flintstone aspirin, oaky tannins, battery acid, and rancid apples follow through.

Finishes with a lingering, sharp-as-tacks sourness, crushed peach pits, and bright, hammering acid.

This ones the real deal for sour lovers. Not to compare to other beers, but this is a lot like Yellow Bus, but more sour.
Go east coast!

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Photo of abecall98
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nick, for sharing this gem.

A - pours a bright yellow. Little head, looks rather dull.

S - oh man, funky stuff. Smells of peaches picked too early, but I love it. It's musty. The beer smell lasts as I drink it, barnyard funk all over.

T - wow. The taste is tart as hell right at the front. Like a midget peach grabs onto your tongue and punches it. The sweetness of the peach follows, and the beer finishes with funk and a wet taste peach flavor. I love it.

M - very carbonated, just how I like my sours to be. The beer is a viscous carbonated wet waterfall of wonderful.

D - for how sour this beer is, the flavors of the peach and funk balance this baby. Very approachable for sour fans, and makes you want more.

O - this beer is a great expirience. Anybody who enjoys fruity sours, should try this. Lovely.

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Photo of Exiled
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Smell is sour peaches, lemon, funk, and some oak. Taste is sour, sweet peaches, citrus, wood, and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel, and low carbonation. Overall it is a lil sweeter than I would of liked, but still very good.

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Photo of BTPete
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle drank on 5/19/10 poured to tulip.

A: Golden hazy yellow, 1 cm head, lots of bubbles in the glass.

S: Sweet peach and white fruit aroma. Some mustiness and funk underlying but overall the aroma is a bit muted.

T: Nice tart fruit with some sour notes at the end. Semi-dry in the finish. Really drinking nicely right now regardless of aroma. Beer opens up in taste and aroma as it warms.

M: Active in my mouth with some prickly carbonation. Medium body.

D: Please make more!

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to psprings for the trade.

Pours a hazy, lemon-biscuit color with a thin ring of foam on top. Light lacing left behind.

Peaches, tropical citrus and a bit of ethanol on the nose. Lots of fresh, juicy peaches. A little bit of bready malt. Juicy, fuity and a touch of sourness. Really liking the peaches.

Tipping back the glass results in an acidic rush of mouth puckering peach. Lots of sourness in this one. One of the most sour beers I have ever had, if not the most sour. Especially for a wild with less than one year of age on it. Hints of vanilla from the oak and juicy peaches. Some hay and light barnyard. Wow, so sour. The name Flaming Fury really makes sense in this case.

Mouthfeel is mouth puckering to say the least. Sweet at first, but then a wave of acidic sourness that burns all the way down your throat. Carbonation is light and spritzy. If you can get past the sourness the body has a smooth, almost cheese like, creaminess to it.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. This is definitely a sipper, but your hand keeps going back for more and more. So much sour acidity with delicious peaches. I wouldn't call this an easy drinker, but it is still quite refreshing. Another excellent beer from Captain Lawrence. A must try for all sour heads.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy brilliant golden yellow. A nice thick full head with nice lacing. The smell is of light fruit up front, sour - a lot of sour certainly citrusy. It smells delicious. I smells a bit champagne like.
The taste very sour, dry oak, some fruitiness. At first it's acidic then it becomes a long dry slightly sour finish.

The mouthfeel is sublime. Delicate mild smooth structure yet active carbonation. Light body just perfect!

Overall it is really tasty stuff - if you can get it of course!

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Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle shared by cloudskipper.

This beer pours hazy golden-orange with a white head and not great retention.

Aroma is decent but not great. Stale crackers and mild funk with a little peach.

Flavor is pretty nice, with peach and your typical American wild ale yeast. Slightly perfumy and slightly sweet.

Decent palate, somewhat tingly from the wild yeast with medium body and lively carbonation.

Drinkability is good, but overall this beer was pretty underwhelming.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared in early May 2009 thanks to kennyo.

Pours hazy orange with bubbly cream head.

Aroma was super tart lactic lemon, but the peach started to come through as it warmed.

Flavor was an overpowering tart biting lemon that almost seemed too excessive. However, it had a beautiful peach finish. I wish the sourness was toned a little, but the peaches really came through.

This was a relatively dry and light sour that had a good bit of carb.

Overall, a fantastic fruit sour, but I really couldn't drink more than a few ounces since it's so puckeringly tart.

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Photo of ucusty
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eyedrinkale for sharing this one! Hazy orange pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is extremely lactic with subtle hints of peaches pineapple and green apple. Flavor is dry and extremely acidic. Finish is peachy, dry and leaves a burning sensation in the back of my throat due to all the acidity. Too bad this has been so hard for me to acquire b/c its a damn fine sour and I wish I had some tucked away!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened at a recent tasting with bmanning, Azurelimits, amyliz4, and hhanson.

A: Pours a pale, clody apricot with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing as it makes its way down.

S: Way sour with plenty of character behind it. Loads of unripe peach alongside oak, apricot, more sourness, and some green apple.

T: Loads of sourness pack the initial punch, followed by peaches, apricots, oak, and green apple. Not the most complex of sours, but this one really hit hard. The peach flavor wasn't too strong; mostly the sourness coming through right now.

M: Mouth-puckering to the extreme. Definitely one of the most sour beers I've had in a long time.

D: A little too unbalanced in the sour direction without accompanying complexity to be truly drinkable, but the several-ounce pour that I had was very nice to work through.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this one Jim!

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a finger of head that dies down to a persistent collar. This one just glows with its peachy goodness.

The aroma is a blast of tart citrus. I would have a tough time making out the peaches if I didn't already know that that is what it was. Lots of lemon, grape, and apples mixed in. Not much funk, but there is a bit of mustiness present.

The flavor is WOW sour....sour and fruity and sour and musty and sour and delicious. Did I mention sour? The peaches here lend an awesome fruit backbone but much like the aroma I wouldn't be able to distinguish them from other citrus fruit if I didn't already know that they were in the barrels. There are hints of band-aid funk, but they remain subdued.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit more prickly than I prefer but fairly normal for the style. Overall this one has just kicked my ass with its sour goodness. My palate is dead after 4 oz. and I love it. I wish I had cases of this because it is exactly what I look for in an American Wild Ale.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this one finally

A - Very nice and simple. Little to no head, but not uncommon for a sour. Light carbonation.

S - Outstanding. Peaches crossing to a pina colada. Sourness was definitely there with some other spice like notes.

T - So much going on. Peaches start but the sourness takes over. Not as funky or hard as cantillon, but a more restrained sourness. This was really great. Slowly drank the glass letting it evolve.

M - Solid mouth feel, a bit on the chewy side.

D - An outstanding funky sour. This really was a special treat.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Scott Vaccaro for this masterpiece.

A: Milky, hazy, with a thin film swirly head. Looks like an apple juice tripel. A little sedimentation is the only thing that hurts the appearance.

S: Pungent aroma of fresh peaches, hot phenols, sour candy straws.

T: "Millions of peaches, peaches for me". Tart moreso than funky, earthy, potent. A little bit goes a long way with this guy.

M: Good amount of carbonation, smooth, dry. Fills your mouth with peach.

D: A bottle a night of Flaming Fury will make the doctor scurry.

Overall, a quite fulfilling beer. One to be cherished. If you have multiple bottles - drink one now, and save one for years to come.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kennyo for sharing.

A: A cloudy, hazy golden body. Real thin slightly fizzy head. Very little retention. No lacing.

S: Tremendously funky. Peach, green apple, lactic notes and some vinegar tucked in the background. Quite inviting.

T: Wow, this sucker was tart. More tart than I was expecting. Again peach and green apples are most prominent with a woodsy oak and general musty funkiness.

M: Moderate carbonation is nice with this medium bodied brew. Honestly, I found the tartness a bit distracting. I've had some tarter brews, but there was something about the tartness here that was a little off-putting. Maybe the lack of lemon notes to cut through it? Maybe not dry-enough?

D: Very solid, and an interesting treat. I am saving my bottle for a while I think to see how the tartness progresses with age.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to swalden28 for sharing this sour gem out of a 375 ml bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some lemon and other citrus notes. The flavor is tart lemons as well as sour apple. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The beer finishes very dry, just begging you to take another drink. An outstanding sour that I wish I could try again.

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Flaming Fury from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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