Hops N' Roses | 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): 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
291
Reviews:
65
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
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58
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57
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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 Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 5/12.

Appearance - Amber body with a nice white head. Nice consistent foam on the surface. Lasts forever.

Smell - Wow that's unique. Extremely floral. Definitely hoppy. Fruity acidity to it as well. Complex and nice.

Taste - Far less interesting. Hoppy up front. Not really that sour. Sweet malts are prevalent and stronger than the sourness. Floral flavors are strong and a little odd. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly heavy. Medium low carbonation. Needs to be drier.

Overall - The smell is really fascinating and the taste just isn't. Captain Lawrence continues to be mediocre for me. It is a clean tasting sour though.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

The beer is fairly hazy and appears a radiant light orange hue. The head is an inch and a half, appearing soft and white, bordering on pink. Lasting retention and ample lacing. An outstanding appearance.

The nose brings forth scents of flowers, fresh garden vegetables, salad greens, pickles, cucumbers, roses/rose petals, all atop a nice bed of brett funk.

The flavor is very floral. The rose character is the star of the show here. Definitely a wild ale, but not incredibly funky or sour. Hints of raspberry. Lingering oak and brettanomyces in the finish. The sourness increases as the beer is allowed to warm.

I must say, I am really enjoying this beer. Creative and well executed. Kudos to the folks at Captain Lawrence. I am happy to have more of these.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to DSlim71 for hooking me up with this. 375ml capped bottle poured into a matching CL cervoise. The brew pours a clear color of ruby grapefruit initially that gets a bit hazed to clouded with subsequent pours. A lightly stained pink head sits atop the brew that initially swells to several fingers but settles to just over a finger that is maintained with rising bubbles of carbonation.

The aroma smells like this is really gonna bring it with the sourness. There is an acidic to lactic edge that brings out lemony aromatics that get coupled with more of a leathery to wet oak and earthy scent. There is an herbal inclusion also present. Initially there is a bit of citrus character somewhat even reminiscent of the ruby grapefruit that this brew looks. As this brew warms up, it loses that original lactic tang and the citrus character that went with it. It starts to pick up almost a soapy character that is somewhat medicinal.

The taste is surprisingly not sour like the aroma let on. Granted it is tart but the flavors are more earthy and herbal from the additions of hibiscus, rose hips and elderflowers. The barrel presence is quite evident here with a mild vanilla accent that leads into a flavor of wet oak, leather, cork, earth and grass. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of a soapy flavor that throws an interesting mix into play that is quite evident in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. At times this seems a bit watery and thin. It is however an interesting take on the style with some nice character that differs from the norm. The sour head will probably write this brew off as an utter failure. However, I find it to be subtle and enjoyable. A bit more acidity might make this brew pop but at the same time it would take away from the additions. I am intrigued by this brew but can't say that I would return to it again with great anticipation considering the price point on this.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$15 for the 12 ounce bottle(!), purchased at the mother ship in Elmsford, NY a few weeks ago. Bottled in 5/12 written on the label.

Pours near clear, darker rose tinged copper. Light tan head, initially 1-2 inches then rapidly going to a thicker fine bubble film and leaving moderate blobs of slippery lacing.

Sweet fruity nose at first with grape juice, then notes of a damp barnyard emerge and add to the mix.

More fruity then sour initially. As it warms more earthy, musty and barn yardy notes come through.

Moderate sour and tart notes, with slight Brett characteristics of barn yard and sweat socks. Also more fruity grape juice type notes included.

I think this one needs more time in the botle to hopefully let the sour develop some more bite. Unlikely I will ever know if this happens as at this price, I'm very likely one and done here.

Be sure to let this one warm up!

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Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BEER88
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good beer overall. Beer is orangish and hazy with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation, it looks good.

Aroma is lactic and strong with a nice tartness and good yeast character.

Beer is quite sour, light on the palate effervescent and clean on the finish. Moderate tartness on the finish with a great overall feel to the beer. This was one of the surprise stars of the night for me and I'm glad I got to try it. I'd have it again.

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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 afsdan
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%

Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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