Hops N' Roses | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cosmicevan on 06-24-2012

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289
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
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Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2012.

Pours a hazy light reddish, dark orange color with a substantial white, tight, bubbly head that fades leaving some nice soapy lacing along the sides of the goblet.

Aromas begin with light acidity, some wine barrel, damp wood and some grape skin, vinous notes. As it warms you get the "additions" Hibiscus, Rose Hips, and Elder Flowers. I don't think I could pick them out individually but they come across as earthy and herbal.

The flavors start opposite the nose with the herbal rose hops and flowery flavors. Then you get the oak, white grape again, tart Bretty yeast. Brett opens up more as it warms and adds some horsey, funky, almost cheesiness. Pretty complex for such a young wild ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and tart, much more so than any sour beer I have had recently. Herbal and flowery notes linger as well.

Overall I am quite impressed with this Captain Lawrence release. I was skeptical as I am usually not a fan of beers with weird botanicals added, but this works. This would pair amazing with some skinky cheese for sure.

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish pink color, almost blood orange. The head is airy with tons of bubbles that slowly settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is of tart apples and white vinegar. Some musty white grapes and a light floral note. The yeast provides some spice/funk; some light clove and hay.

The taste is tart; green apples and lemon. There is a nice dry fruitiness to the flavor. Mild grape flavor to go along with the oak. Light vinegar. A small amount of clove from the yeast, perhaps a touch of pepper. There is a bright floral note, subtle but blends in well. I don't really pick up much of the hops, aside for some grassy bitterness but that can come from the flowers.

The feel is light dry and crisp. Slightly sweet but with a cleansing tart finish. Refreshing and quite drinkable.

A well done fruity tart brew. Not overly sour which is a huge plus for me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 3 finger frothy light pink head. Great retention. Color is slightly cloudy, pale orange and rose. Striking. Thick lacing with great cling. Perfect.

Nose is Brett, cobwebs, floral. Spicy. Some hay. Nice funk character and moderately aromatic. Clean too.

Opens with just a touch of tartness. Spicy. Floral, big Brett funk. Cobwebs and flour at the end. Accented finish with a bit more sourness emerging. Like the aroma, real clean and light. Real enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and dry going down. Messy finish with a dry aftertaste. Real refreshing and invigorating.

A surprisingly different and impressive offering from Captain Lawrence. This one seems like it'll get a touch more sour with time which is exactly what it needs. Great beer that has a strong potential for development. Worth getting.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for the bottle. Poured into a Russian River tulip. Beautiful cloudy pink-orange body with a thick white head. The aroma is very floral. Reminds me of rose hip tea. Light funkiness with a touch of Belgian ale spice. The taste is that of a lightly spiced Belgian pale upfront, but then transitions to a slightly bitter, earthy, floral-brett flavor. Body is well carbonated, but still smooth. Nice dryness on the back end, which mixes well with the sweetness of the base beer. Overall, this was another tasty beer from the Captain. I could easily drink a bottle by myself. Might even improve as the brett becomes more dominant.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml capped bottle shared by Neffbeer at our epic tasting. It wasn't on the line-up but he pulled two bottles from his cellar for my birthday. Thanks Andrew!

A: Semi-hazy reddish pink colored body with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Thin film on the surface with a thicker ring around the edges. Sporadic lacing.

S: Huge flowery notes, rose hips, brett and ripened citrus fruits (orange, lemon). Slight acidic sour quality but the funky brett and rose really make up the majority of it.

T: Earthy and herbal, not a big sour punch. The brett works its way into the flavor profile bringing tons of flowery rose notes with it. Hibiscus and hints of oak towards the back end.

M: Bubbly, nicely carbonated. Pretty spot on for the style, this would be an interesting one to let develop. Slightly dry in the linger.

Well, if you like funky brett forward beers and want to experience what flowers would taste like in your beer, this is the one to try. Another awesome small batch experiment from CL that is always fun to try.

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Photo of scootny
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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 chugalug06
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very unique foggy pinkish red color of the brew. Head poured one-finger, and bubby white. No lacing

Tons of flowery roses followed by tons of flowery hops! Brett is in abundance, yum! Light vanilla too.

Very light and refreshing for a hot 100 degree day. Perfect light carbonation, no bitterness or heat. Flavor is a bit non complex and rather underwhelming, but still nice. Flowery and bretty, barrel is noticeable too, just not overwhelming.

I would like more tartness from H&R, but it's very good. Highly recommended, it went down FAST!!

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Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, split with my older brother. Big thanks to cavedave for gifting this one! Bottled 5/12:

Pours like a glass of fresh grapefruit juice - ruby red to pink, with a finger of fizzy whiteness that actually retains pretty well before forming a neat collar around the glass that laces nicely.

The nose is stuffed with floral acidity - tart lemon peel, smooth citrus character, sweet cherry or raspberry, smells gorgeous. The floral qualities really open up as the beer warms.

Refreshingly tart, like lime or grapefruit. Lavender and hibiscus play an obvious role. Slight sourness, and a pleasantly dry finish. Very smooth.

What a unique beer this is. Very thankful to have had the chance to taste this one. Thanks Dave!

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy rosé in color and has a moderately active amount of visible carbonation evident from the bubbles quickly rising to the surface of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high light pink-hued head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Pleasant aromas of hibiscus and rose hips are present in the nose along with a little amount of sourness.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell and also has some hints of oak and white wine from the barrel aging process. The sourness is rather subtle compared to other beers in the style.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy to drink wild ale—especially if you are unaccustomed to sourness—because the taste is not dominated by a prominent amount of sourness and tartness.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rosey pink with 3-4 finger head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Brett, citrus, some floral-ness. Very unique.

T: It's a floral sour. It kind of tastes like a Korean gum I used to chew growing up haha. It's nice. I also taste some fruit...

M: It's not as carbonated as it looks but it's good (maybe I am serving it too cold).

O: This beer is quite unique (at least unique to me). Floral sour. Nicely done, imo.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeers, poured into a HF tulip.

Pour: A completely hazy blood orange with a finger of light pink white head. Head leaves fantastic lacing, and leaves a nice rim and film on the body.

Smell: A clean barnyard funk, followed by a nice lemon zest. Floral notes come out in the form of lavender and roses.

Taste: Barnyard funk and lemon come out up front. Then, the floral aging comes out in full force - lavender and roses create for a tart and floral affair that has a nice lingering presence.

Mouthfeel: Sticky as it sits in the mouth, but incredibly dry after the sip is over.

Overall: This, like the other wild ale WhereTheWildBeers sent me (Old HLT) was unlike any other wild or sour I've ever had. The aging process with hibiscus, rose hips, and elderflowers really created a bouquet, especially mid-palate through the end of the sip. Seek out if you can!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a pink, rosy colored brew. It puts up a one finger head of the lightest pink bubbles. This shows okay retention, but recedes into aggregates of fat white bubbles all around the glass. These are easily bolstered by a simple swirl. Lacing is spotty and creamy. There is a thick haze throughout, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears medium. The aroma is tart and juicy, with bright citric hops and massive loads of Brett goodness. The mix of the flowers imparts a breezy tropical air that helps to cut the vinegar-level tartness. Oak is faint, yet sticky, and comes on the back with some medicinals, toasty pale malts, and light booze, all arriving with warmth. Our first impression is that you can really taste the flowery inclusions much more than you can smell them. As we sip, tart Brett mixes with airy malts. The blend is nice but puckers the mouth severely. This bite is added to by lemon and tangerine juiciness and earthen hops. The peak hits with light medicinals and some of that woodiness from the barreling. The sourness of the yeast continues, weaving in and out of the pale and slightly sweeter and bready grain profile, which is most apparent at this point in the swallow. The finish shows more sourness and more hoppiness. The flowery profile starts to work in much more heavily towards the end, with herbal and earthy qualities again, mixing nicely with the finishing bite. The aftertaste breathes of raw roses and plant vine, citric hops, big Brett sourness, chalky malt sourness, and light fusel booze. The body is medium but a bit syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. There is beautiful slurp and smack to each sip, with a soft frothy cream building as you swirl it around your mouth. The mouth is wet and satiated, with only slight astringency after a little while. The abv is appropriate, and the beer has great drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how light and drinkable it remained, despite the big flavoring. The Brett was huge, but still somehow worked very nicely with both the hop flavoring and the interesting mix of aromatics. We were expecting much more of a flowery pop to the nose, so we were surprised to find that they were much more apparent towards the very end and aftertaste of the sip. It seems though that that is where they belong, as the flowery goodness adds a unique dimension to a big, sour beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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 WTKeene
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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 mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at City Swiggers on the UES in NYC a few weeks ago, been excited to crack it. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Bottled in May 2012.

a - Pours a murky medium copper color with a reddish tint, two inches of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for 1-2 minutes and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of brett, oranges, fruity malts, citrus, oak, light wine, light floral hops, and some sour dark fruits. Lots of brett and some light sourness; a very ncie nose for me as I love brett. As it warms up it gets a little funkier too, which is a welcome addition.

t - Tastes of citrus, earthy notes, brett, fruit malts, oak, a tiny bit of sourness but not much, elderflowers, and floral hops. The taste is nice, but not nearly as bretty or sour as the nose. A tiny bit weak; a big step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not a lot of acidity, and very easy to drink. Very nice body.

o - Overall a good, but not great sour. It looks nice and the nose is great, as it is a nice mix of brett and sour fruits, as well as light funk as it warms up….very promising. Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite get there. Not sure if it is because of the elderflower/roses, but it did not really have that sourness and funk from the nose, and the brett was dialed down. Still a very good beer, I'd certainly have it again based on the beer itself, but not sure I would pick it up again based on the price ($17 or so for a 375ml bottle). Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

A hazy dark pink and rose with a quickly forming, though not all too persistent, near white and light pink, big-bubbled head that dies down eventually becoming a thin ring around the top of the beer, eventually leaving large dots of concentrated bubbles down the glass.

Though I had no idea what to expect, this certainly wasn't it. The initial whiff warns of some sourness in my future (not a bad thing!), along with some dark red berries, along with very mild funk, oak, and floral notes, though I don't know if I would have called them "rose hips" myself without some coaching from the bottle. Very nice and unique. As this warms, more and more earthy funk character presents.

The flavor is initially quite sour along with red berries and floral notes. There's a distinct, grassy, barnyard funk element that comes out during the swallow. Unique and quite tasty.

Medium bodied with high carbonation; very drinkable.

Excellent, interesting, floral sour from Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 5/12 hand written on the label.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy ruby red in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head with a very light tinge of pink that fairly quickly reduces to a medium sized mottled patch of extremely thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer really smells like it is going to be massively sour, there are some pretty strong notes of brett with lots of tart fruits. There are light floral/herbal aromas from the floral/herbal hops and the introduction of rose, hibiscus, and elderflower. Quite appealing.

T: Not as sour as I expected from the smell, but there is a decent amount of tartness. The introduction of the herbal/floral notes from the rose, hibiscus, and elderflower is really a nice touch. There are notes from the barrel aging present - oak, vanilla, and something almost leather-like. There is a very light amount of brett flavor and some light notes of citrus.

M: Just slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidity and minimal amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, not overly sour but this beer has some very nice flavors and aromas from the contribution of the rose, hibiscus, and elderflower. I feel this would be a very approachable American Wild Ale for people that are not looking for over the top sourness (or just getting started with the style).

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence cervoise. Pours a nice, bright pink color with a tall light pink head. Good retention and lacing. Wow, it’s an elderflower beer that tastes good. More else and hibiscus. Very well done. Subtle and nuanced, but still pungent. Fairly tart.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 joefuzz
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pink tinted gold with a good sized head. Smells of wild flowers and brett. Taste is very sweet up front and ends with a huge funky brett character as it goes down. Mouthfeel and carbonation are just as expected. Overall this beer was not all that great right out of the fridge...but after it warmed up a little it transformed into something pretty great. At $16 a 12oz I don't think I will be picking up another bottle but I am very glad I tried it.

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Photo of mahak213
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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 cavedave
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick and cloudy, the color of dark pink grapefruit flesh, a thin beige cap aloft that retreats almost instantly to a lasting ring. A line of lace lingers.

Wonderful tart notes in the medium strength aroma, full of gentle vinegar, fruity funk, hoppy citrus, and a resinous floral perfume which is just faint enough to not overtake the other scents. Intoxicating and alluring.

I could see some not liking this, but in fact, second bottle now, I have fallen in love with it. A well-balanced combination of flavors, light candy sweet and rose water on this side of the tracks, bright sour, light grassy and fruity funk, and tropical/citrus hops on the other. Well balanced and interesting, quite delicious.

Low carb. could even use a bit more fizz, very viscous and resiny, lasting finish, a sipper for sure.

Delicious, interesting, and part of what I like best is it tastes quite different, and is fantastically crafted. Another gem from Mr. V

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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 davey101
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in: 5/12. Extremely slow gush after opening. Thanks Os!

A - Dark orange body with a pink tint. Somewhat hazy yet it lets a lot of light through. Really lasting bone white head with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Really saison like. Grass, hay, lemons, and then the floral kick comes into play. A bit of spice and sweetness from the different flowers. I can't describe this aroma other than calling it "floral". It works really well though and its never comes off as being too floral. Some warm oak and red grape notes in the finish.

T - Definitely a liquid gold base. Hay and grass, a bit of spicy coriander, tart lemons, light brett and oak notes. This is followed by some very subtle but interesting floral flavors. Earthy, spicy and cheesy with some sweetness. Mouth feel is spritzy with a surprising alcohol presence despite the low ABV.

O - Captain Lawrence is on a real roll for me. This is a really interesting and well executed wild ale. The flowers are rather subtle and just compliment the oak aged base beer and the critters. I was thinking it would be either too much floral, or synthetic like an air freshener. I'm happy to say thats not the case.

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Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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