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%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
57
For Trade:
7
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Photo of DrMindbender
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 alpinebryant
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pinkish hue pretty clear in color with a very white sticky head that left heavy lacing.

S: Aroma of floral funk. Rose hips , hibiscus and other flowers, but clearly the rose hips as I had a beer a week ago that also had that familiar rose hip flavor. Funky brett along with a light wheat presence.

T: The rose hips clearly stand out and are rather pronounced here. Perfumey and floral just as one would expect a beer with flower parts in it. The funk is light but mostly bretty in nature with a bit of funk. Behind the brett and tiny bit of funk flavor, this is overwhelmingly light and non complex. It is relatively refreshing, and a nice treat, but not the most sour of Captain Lawrence's American Wild Ales.

M: Heavy carbonation with a very light mouthfeel. This could be the weak point although it is slightly refreshing it is somewhat of a letdown with the complexity.

O: I enjoyed this as a refreshing American Wild Ale. I typically prefer a little more sourness in my beers and the sourness to prevail over a flavor addition from a spice or flower. In any case, it is pretty good and worth a try.

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Photo of Conceptuallogic
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of jmg480
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brystmar
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Josh! Bottled 5/12.

Pinkish-red body pours thin, watery, and active. Fizzy bubbles retain a pink hue. Lace forms with an almost grainy consistency.

Oak and hibiscus aromas right off the bat. Flowery bouquet receives support from soured fruits & funky yeast. The full aroma package reminds me of an Oude Bruin with some flowers thrown in to liven things up. I quite enjoy smelling this brew, despite how British that phrase makes me sound.

First taste is floral and yeasty. Subsequent sips taste like munching on a floral arrangement. Hibiscus & rose hips are out in force as the funky, farmhouse-esque yeast charges forward alongside. Finishes with oak and bitter yeast remnants in the back of my throat. Can't say I like this; also can't say I hate it. But where are the hops?!

The minimal fruitiness came as a surprise to me; this flavor profile is much different than I expected. Has more similarities to a saison than a sour, and it helped me realize I'm not a big fan of hibiscus/rose hips/elderflowers -- particularly when they're this strong. Could use more body too (feels watery). A polarizing flavor profile, for sure.

Man, that was interesting. Can see how others would love this (some in our group did), but the abundantly floral taste doesn't suit me. I'll stick to Mother Barrel.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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 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 Lordquackingstic
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a buddy of mine in two snifters.

A: Shiny ruby red with a frothy pinkish white head. Looks delicious.

S: Sour berries and funkiness. Definitely get a floral aroma.

T: Fucking weird. It's like a hopped up sour. I get the sour berry taste with a light hoppiness to it. The sweetness of the floral additions actually comes through nicely, but not strong enough in my opinion. Very small amount of funk to it.The flavors seem a little too weak.

M: Long lingering taste floral sour taste, but a little watery.

O: This DEFINITELY needs some age on it before it should be consumed. As it is right now, this is a pretty weak sour to me. In time it should gain a little bit more funkiness and lose that weird hop profile that doesn't mesh well with the sour flavors.

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Photo of Sellen
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KWMiles
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerMe42
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jodan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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