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): 7.00%

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
Ranking:
#4,210
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
302
pDev:
9.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
58
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Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle received in trade with Hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one Greg! Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours as a hazy pink hued ruby red grapefruit juice bodied beer with two fingers of dense pillowy foam tinted pink and showing good staying power. Foamy lace is left on virtually the entire surface of the glass as the head slowly falls to the surface. Good looking wild ale.

S - From a long distance away, the funky and barnyardy brett hits the nose immediately. Alongside the funk is the distinctly noticeable floral content of the beer...rose petals especially. Quite perfumey which is interesting and a bit odd as an offset to the barnyard...although somehow it really works well. As the glass sits a bit, the floral overpowers the funk and gives a welcoming soft aroma.

T - Would have never guessed the level of sourness from the aroma. Quite tart on first sip which gives way to a strong earthy component, some mild medicinal bitterness, and lots of herbal and floral character. After the initial few sips, the level of sourness seems to be less intense and blends a lot more evenly with the other flavors in the beer.

M - Lighter body buoyed a bit by the firm and foamy carbonation of the beer. Combination of tart, earthy and heavily floral flavors fill the mouth with a complexity of flavor.

O - Overall an interesting wild ale. Not super tart, especially after the first couple of sips, lots of earth and a plethora of floral character. A bit different than most other wilds out there, but in an enjoyable way. Probably a good call with the 375ml bottle, as I'm not sure I can put down a lot of this...375 seems about right. Another interesting offering from CL...they just keep the wilds coming - more hits than misses on their stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light strawberry juice hue with a half finger fizzy pink head that faded quickly to leave a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Lots of nice floral notes, faint rose and hibiscus notes. Not getting much barrel, hops, and super light funk.

T - Taste isnt bad, initially. Initial taste is lightly funky with good floral notes, solid hibiscus , slight barrel notes as well. Not getting any hops, just a faint, very drinkable wild. Then the aftertaste hits...super, super medicinal. Unpleasantly so.

M - Mouthfeel is great for a wild. Nice light mouthfeel and carbonation.

O - Overall This was a solid wild ale, until the aftertaste kicked in. Once that happens its just unpleasant.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of cfrances33
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a gift package recently! Shared this one during our Labor Day tasting with beeruser, funkydelic, sincereNc, and MSquared2! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy pale reddish pink with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and diaper. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and tart cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Diaper in the aroma!? OH HELL YEAH, this is going be good! It definitely did not disappoint on this fact. Even the appearance on this one was very nice for the style. While it wasn't the most complex brew I have had from the style, everything in this one was spot on and complimented the other almost perfectly. Not sure if much more could be done to improve this one as it was definitely a very pleasant surprise to get as an extra! I suggest you find some this yourself if you have not done so already.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 302 ratings