Barrel Select Gold | 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:
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Added by acurtis on 10-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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172
Gots:
25
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluehende
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nater919
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of broadway848
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice light sour. Good color and decent head. Good amounts of yeast, fruity sourness and a nice barnyard funk. Fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp citrus finish

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Photo of LeRose
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a lightly hazy gold color, pure white head that looks like is going to live a while. A visual beauty this is.

The aroma is delectable - earthy, peppery, just a hint of farm fresh funkiness, a little bit of citrus leaning toward lime, floral top notes and the faintest whiff of wood, a little sweetness.

It drinks more gently than I would expect from the smell. It is "soft" on the palate with a sweet malt cushion underneath everything. Tartness is present, but it is a well-rounded fruity tartness that comes in after an initial kiss from a 7-Up-like lemon-lime and a bit of a peppery bite. Mid -palate there is a decidedly fruity note, but before it can dominate the flavor, some mild earthy funk comes to play. There is a mild bitterness to clean it all up and round this beer out nicely. Just a gentle oakiness to remind you of the barrel, maybe a tiny hint of vanilla.

So...a bunch of assertive flavors all playing nice in the sandbox. It isn't quite crisp...there is an aftertaste that just lingers without accumulating much, so it still manages to feel refreshing. Just enough of a persistent reminder to look forward to the next sip, Mildly carbonated despite the look.

Everything you would expect to find in a wild ale is in here, but it takes a little effort to unlayer the onion, so to speak. Really finding these subtly complex brews are a lot of fun to drink, and I could drink a lot of this one. This is a worthy brew.

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Photo of JW_WNC
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2015.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap:
Looks a little muddy, a dirty brown gold. A decent little rim for a sour, though.

Nose is generally sour melon, nice and light sour combined with a tart fruit background.

The taste follows the nose, with a sour watermelon (specifically near the rind) flavor. In fact, a little lime spritzer added to the bitter part of a watermelon might be a good description for what im getting. Easily quaffable with a grassy to earthy base upon which the tart (more than sour) notes are laid. Maybe a slight lean to an unsweetened grapefruit soda (or somewhat flat seltzer)

A nice beer that is tart but not puckering, a little woody but integrated well, a little earthy but countered by the former aspects. Enjoyable beer, all in all.

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Photo of MVBINTANG
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cloudy with a nice healthy froth in tulip. Some sediment. Great nose, I got pears and wood. Significant barny funk in a good way to me. Certainly woody and pleasant. I notice these lose the initial bread bite as the glass warms in my hand. well carbonated. Overall a great American Wild Ale from a program that is only getting better.

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/13/2017 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, citrus, caramelized malts and oak.

T: The taste starts out with some tartness from wild yeast and citrus that is quickly followed by some caramel and fruit sweetness along with some oak aging essence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sour beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/24...pours cloudy gold, hazy with sediment floating about and with a layer of white foam. Light woodsy taste, hints of pears and apricots. Wood based flavor, loads of oak. Light sour, smooth, fast finisher. Solid.

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at a beer store in New York City. Bottled 2015. Regrettably brief impressions below.

Bottle has a cage over a cork.

Rudimentary but nevertheless effective, bringing notes of oak married to an acidic golden sour ale build replete with notes of complex bacteria, microflora, and Belgian blonde malts.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light, with acidity and tart twang.

Low B (3.54) / GOOD

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly crystal clear, golden amber liquid was topped by a super tight and creamy, two-finger tall, bright white crown. Thick, streaky patches of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was intriguing. Crisp and slightly tart. Oaky notes came through big time. There was a dry, powdery yeastiness. Bready malts were apparent. Lots of white wine too. A plastic-y note was detectable initially but it subsided as the beer sat.

The flavor profile was solid but somewhat unusual for the style. Bready and biscuity malts appeared on the front end along with an intense oakiness. Crisp, dry and very white wine-like in the center. Touch of lemony tartness. More oak and lemon notes on the back end and in the finish. Touch of sweetness. Lemon candies came to mind. Fairly low acididy for the style.

The mouthfeel was super creamy and plush. Really fluffy and smooth. The liquid contained an ultra fine, zippy effervescence that frothed up beautifully on the palate.

Barrel Select Gold is a balanced, oak-forward wild ale with a minimal amount of tartness and acidity. In many ways, this had more qualities of an easy-drinking Belgian gueuze than a typical American wild ale. While this seemed to be lackig a bit in terms of depth of character, it was a welcomed change to many of the sour bombs oversaturating the maket today.

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Photo of fehrminator
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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