Hops N' Roses
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #784
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,775
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
302
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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Notes: This golden ale was aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces and a few choice flowers to give it a complex and floral aroma. Tart, tangy and full of flavor. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours. We hope you enjoy.
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Dr Rob last night, thanks for the cellar pulls!
Deep reddish gold in color with a small short lived bubbly white head. Light honey maltiness somewhat vinous with a faint floral hoppy presence to it. Decent.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into wine glass.
Pours a very beautiful orangish/red beer. Some yellow highlights. Looks almost like a wine or champagne.
The flowers are wildly dominant in the smell. Oak and acidic in the background.
The taste is slight and a little underwhelming. The flowers are still the main show with some of the slight oak making for a dry finish. Tart and acidic but very balanced.
Overall, I liked the flowers they got to come through in this and the dry finish works perfectly with it.

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Photo of hophugger
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful rose tinted deep ornge in color with minimal head but outstanding layered lacing as the drinking process continues. Aroma is floral and light. Taste is nice and tangy with touches of oak and souriness. Unfortunately the flavors are muted and the whole taste seems watered down and weak. Watery finish and hardly and fruit or tartness at the end.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have been burned enough by flower beers that i always approach them with a little skepticism. some of them taste like bath and body works, others forced and unnatural, others over the top bitter, and some too subtly done to be there at all, its rare to find a beer with flowers thats this expressive and balanced and delicious! i get a huge waft of fresh flowers on the nose, and it is very rose-esque, although im not sure which ones they actually use. i can tell you though what they almost assuredly dont use, which is lavender, an often way too intense flavor in beers like this, so in the absence of that one, we have a more subtle, earthy, and vegetal element, summery and fresh too. lots of funk in the flavor, some lacto type pucker, a musty bretty funk thats quite mature and rustic to me, and some tannic oak. its complex but not intense, which allows the flowers to be appropriately featured. rose is tastes like to me, but there could be others, low floral bitterness at the end here, and drier. i am missing some hops here, i thought with the name this might also be aggressively dry hopped or something, but that doesnt appear to be the case. fresh cut flowers to finish, it smells like a church on a wedding day, polleny and bright and natural, almost life giving or something, the flower element is very impressive to me. stoked to have had these guys send some kegs out this fall to colorado, i have liked everything i have had from them lately! this one is super unique, great use of the flowers!

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz cork'n'cage bottle into a tulip

L: Nearly clear golden orange pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Falls fast with a nice ring of lacing.

S: Tart and funky.. lemon, floral, and oak.

T/F: Light and refreshing. Tart without being overly sour... not a strong pucker so very drinkable. Great mix of flavors.. lemon/citrus for sure.. some mustyness and oak from the barrel. Floral notes but not terribly strong. Sweet/tart under-ripened fruit. Almost reminiscent of white wine. Finish is sweet/tart and slightly floral.

O: A really fantastic Wild Ale. Super drinkable and flavorful. Very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2016, 12.7 oz. Corked and caged. $13.99 at Arrow Wine. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

Aroma is more farmhouse than wild ale. Don't let the "hops" in the name mislead you or scare you away. There is a slight hoppy quality but this is no hop bomb.

A - Pours a slightly cloud brownish orange with a one-finger off-white head. 3.75

S - Funky barnyard quickly followed by mild lactic notes. Hard for me to find the flower petal aromas. 4.25

T - Lactic with the slightest bit of fruity sweetness. Some oaky bitterness in the finish. 3.75

MF - Light bodied, with a tart dry finish. 4

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Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a hazy, dark orange hue with moderate frothing. Tart, bitter aroma with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Not bad.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/24/16....pours dark purplish brown, some reddishness, no foam at all. Oaky roasted nose. Faint. Barrel aged flavor, woodsy. Soft floral background. Quick bitter bite to close. Flower settles in, more so from the taste than the nose. Sawdusty mouthfeel, accelerated by sediment. Very low carbonation. Quite wet.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

unique brew! flanders red appearance w/ half a finger of head that doesn't last too long. didn't get too much of the floral presence on the scent but it had a strong tart/acidic tone which had my mouth watering. the flavor was completely floral, indicative of the hibiscus & rose hips. was expecting much more tartness from the scent, but was in the mild side. Overall, glad to have tried. will put one down for a while in hopes the brett does something to it. Cheers!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been sitting on this one for 3 years. Poured into a tulip a hazy blood orange ruby-ish with a quickly dissipating head of champagne like bubbles that rapidly vanish. Aroma is floral with maybe a hint of hibiscus. Taste is similar and very light...I don't get any hops... (very much complimented the stuffed clams i had fro lunch) Light, smooth, and thin with a dry finish. Very subtle and well-balanced...thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. A real strong rose hip aroma, almost tomato, a touch sour and wet horse blanket but the rose hips dominate. Pours rose with a slight haze under a slight whisp of a white foam cap. A whole array of flavors attack the palate starting fruity herby, spicy and sour but the sour is not too in your face. The hops come in after the middle and provide a nice balance. The finish dries out. Medium body, medium high carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with just a touch of pink grapefruit; an inch of foam caps the beer and leaves a few spots of lace (4)

Smell: The earthy/leathery Brett aromatics mingle with fruit (grapefruit and berry, presume it is elderberry though I can't say for certain), flowers (rose hips more than hibiscus)) and, to a lesser extent, oak and vanilla (4.75)

Taste: Fruit forward, with the grapefruit and berry tones prominent; growing tartness through the middle, as the floral elements rise with the rose hips, in particular, making a statement; after the swallow, the tartness remains as do the fruit and flowers but the malt becomes more apparent, bringing a bit of toffee to join with the vanilla; oaky aftertaste (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderately puckering (4)

Overall: A very interesting beer that has matured nicely developing a nice tartness; not the most sour beer out there but I really like the complexity (4.25)

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeledonia
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cavedave for the awesome BIF beer. Bottle 5/12, tasted 30 July 2014.

Pours 99% clear pale orange, a little rusty. Half a finger of off-white head, not much lacing or retention, which is typical for a sour.

Smell is packed with brett, topped with light floral notes. Lovely, with that rich brett earthy barny funk playing so nicely with the herbs and flowers. Outstanding.

Taste is stellar. An amazing combination of sour and funk. It's got the tartness, the earth, and crispness that lightens it up. Just a touch of lemony fruit.

Feel is good. Medium-light, carbonation works just fine, even if it is a little on the low side. Good for the beer.

This is a really top-notch sour. It's got so many things going on, and they work really well together. Funk, sour, flowery stuff. Yum.

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Photo of scootny
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one wound up hiding in my beer cellar and I wish I had tried it fresh, and kept a few more for now. Poured into my cognac snifter with a lovely pinkish golden hue. Decent head and a bit of lace. A touch of haze and carbonation in view. Nose is quite lovely with a great combination of bret sourness and pale malt bread and sweetness. Nice oak wafting in. Firm vinous notes and a delicate floral component. Taste is superb with a refreshing tartness that encourages quaffing. Solid oak underpinnings. Light malt core allows the funk and sourness to take center stage. Hibiscus and rose play lightly even at this age. Finish is dry and crisp, almost like a dry hard cider. Some bread crusts linger with faint hops and a touch of medicinal minerals. Feel is well carbonated and light with just enough girth to keep it from water. Just wonderful and delicious.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated 5/12 (courtesy of cestlavie, as an extra) into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: A sizable, bubbly, champagne-style head dissolves relatively quickly into a thick crown around the edge of the glass. The beer itself is particularly beautiful, at the base of the beer it starts a rosy pink, then fades to vermilion, and then to a rusty yellow toward the top. What a beautiful range of colors in here.

Smell: Tart, and barely acetic with some funk backing both up. I can get quite a few floral notes too as I stick my nose deep into the glass. As I stick it deeper, intense dried apricots come through as well. Very complex, but requires some work to truly appreciate the variety.

Taste: Sour but barely, with floral perfume mixing well with cracker malts. The perfume is barely bitter, and the hibiscus is the one flower I can pick out above the other two, although I'm not particularly familiar with elderflower. Lightly bitter, and just a bit watery. The funk on the nose is evident as well.

Mouthfeel: Prickly like cider at first, but quite smooth afterward. Just a bit dry.

Overall: Very interesting sour, and I enjoyed it. Definitely a solid beer worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of mverity
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit. Pours a nice rosy pinkish brown. Great pink-white head. Laces very well. Aroma is tart and floral in all the best ways. Taste is bright, sweet flowers, tart and citrusy. Light and effervescent on the tongue. Just an amazing sour! I've gotta thank ___ for this beer.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine taster. The color is just off-clear and rosey pink.

The aroma is great! There is lots of flowery hibiscus with some sweet tarts mixed in.

The flavor is flowery also. The tartness is mostly in the finish. There is a nice balance here with soft, subtle flavors.

This is delicious; recommend.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Snifter...

A. Pours a very cloudy, pinkish orange color, similar to grapefruit juice. Quarter finger of crisp white head that erupts nicely with a gentle swirl. Lacing is very good. Excellent looking beverage here.

S. Sweet honey, floral notes presumably from the rose hips, bready qualities, lots of barnyard funk, fruit juice, apples, pears, even some tomato sauce elements. Tart and funky on the nose.

T. Rose water, apple and grape skin, oaky tannins, dry, yeasty finish. Bittering hops also become apparent on the finish. Tartness is present, but not dominant. This is not super sour. It has a lot of funk and a kiss of tartness, but for the most part is a well rounded golden ale with some hop bitterness and tart fruit.

M. It feels overcarbed and the barrel aging dominates just a bit too much, as oaky tannins take over the flavor profile more than is desired.

O. A solid wild ale. I wish it was just a little bit more sour with a little less barrel presence, but very good overall. Not quite as good as Rosso, but certainly worth a look if you are a fan of the style. It has remarkable coloring and a memorable nose.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light dirty pink color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of tart notes with light oak and some dominant notes of hibiscus. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with light oak notes with some dominant flavours of hibiscus with light dry Brett finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with very good refreshing factor.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Gorgeous orange/red. Like ruby red grapefruit juice.

S - Very funky with a touch of hops. A bit fruity, but mostly just funk in the smell.

T - The funk is there, but this one is very fruity. Lots of cherry, strawberry, and a touch of hops. A bit tart. Floral. Very nice.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonated. Very refreshing.

This is a great, mild sour, with a lot of funk and a lot of fruit. Not very hoppy as the name might suggest, but very easy to drink and quite fruity. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Krombacher pils glass.

Appearance- Absolutely beautiful see through pink with light white bubbly head. Gorgeous.

Smell- Pure funk. Cherry, raspberry, lemon, vinegar. No real floral notes on the nose, but very nice nevertheless.

Taste- Floral flavors dominate. Rosehips are the majority, but other flavors I can't pick out. Light funk and tartness, but not over dominating.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with light tartness. Very nice, but nothing stand out.

Overall- I dig this beer. Light tartness with super funky floral nose. Overall very nice beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with ShowerBeers

A-Clear pink when pouring, cloudy orange/pink in the glass with a one finger head.

S-Funk, grapes, oak yet very floral and grassy as well.

T-Tart and sweet, interesting combination. Lots of floral notes, not sure if balanced or not. Oak and grapes as well.

M-Light, highly carbonated, semi-dry crisp finish.

O-Wow. What a sour. Great to try this. The floral notes were a great addition to a sour.

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Photo of mahak213
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- ruby-orange, hazy, muddled looking with a beautiful bright white head that has a slight pink tinge to it when you catch it at the right angle.

Smell- Slightly funky, floral, perfumey, lactic tartness. The smell is slightly muted and doesn't really allow much really stand out

Taste- Mild tartness followed by some citrus and floral hop notes. The floral notes persist along with some funky, earthy qualities on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is on the higher side, mouthfeel is fairly light, finishes clean and drying.

Overall- One of my favorite AWA, and despite the high price tag I keep going back for more bottles. If you can still grab a bottle, I'd go for it.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SpeedwayJim for the trade at the Voodoo Barrel Room Collection release.

A: Pours out of the bottle with an aggressive carbonation, which yields an off white or light pink head about two or three inches in height. Bubbles race up through the orange-pink liquid at an impressive rate and make this quite the attractive brew. 5

S: The aroma is yeasty, with notes of hibiscus, hay, slight oak, and is floral. The aroma is particularly tart, but there are some hints of it. There's a slight fruitiness in there as well. Intricate and interesting, the aroma also is quite inviting. 4

T: The tartness fills the middle of the taste, but the yeasty hay taste is dominant. Fruits and hibiscus fill the backend, which leaves a dry and tart finish. The taste isn't as full as I wanted it to be, but it is balanced and tasty. I think more tartness would have done this beer a lot of favors. 3

MF: The body is light with a huge twinge of carbonation on every sip. Very drinkable, the beer is receding in my glass much quicker than I want it to! 4

O: This was a really nice beer, but not one that blows the style away in the taste category. Definitely made a good trade for this, although I don't think I'd search it out again. 4

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Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle, purchased at Cpt. Lawrence. Shared at a SEPA tasting, March '13.

Hazy reddish-amber pour with a small pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer; maybe a few dots of lacing. Aroma of leather, rose petals, slight hints of citrusy sourness, but fairly mild on that end. Flavor was markedly herbal and floral, with the flowery elements of the brew easily being the dominant factor here, earthy, leathery, some yeasty notes, wet grass, there was a little sour twinge to it, but it was very mild, making this almost come off more as a herbed/spiced beer than a wild ale. Light-medium body, slightly above average carbonation. Not really what I expected, and not really something I'd seek out again, but it was a decent beer overall.

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Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 302 ratings