Winter Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The one thing we all need on a dark winter night is a beer to help us forget about the cold and remind us that sunny days lie ahead. Not too dark, but evenly brewed with spices and malts, making it a solid winter warmer.

Added by Billolick on 11-24-2012

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by EkimGram:
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3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a pint. Colour is a light brown with a faint orange tint. Head is short and fades slowly to a film leaving moderate lacing. Small traces of visible carbonation.

Smell: Malty, nutty, bready, and a little sweet.

Taste: Starts off malty and bitter but quickly fades into a balanced nutty biscuit flavour. Aftertaste is bready and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very carbonated, almost abrasive. Finishes clean.

Overall: This brew is slightly above average at best. The flavours are nice but the intense carbonation takes away from what should be polished simplicity.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh growler pour from the brewery this afternoon. I'm guessing at the "style", but it seems to land somewhere between an amber/mild/brown ale.

Pours pretty typical, lighter almond amber, retentive khaki head, with a nice low sheet of tiny bubble, as well as ringed lace.

Fairly nondescript nose. I'm getting some mild malts , honey and vanilla.

Toffee flows over the tongue. Flavor profile is built upon waves of smooth malts This new brew is an easy drinking sessioner. Highly enjoyable quaffer that doesnt punch you in the face.

I'm likely partial to my local brewery, but this seems like another high quality creation from the Captain. Not sure how much production there will be of this one, bottles? etc. But I'm a fan

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Photo of tigg924
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, brown in color, with medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: chocolate, nut, big toasted malt towards the middle, and holiday spices at the end

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet, moderate carbonation

Overall: A super malty English brown ale that throws an interesting twist with holiday spices at the end. Not my favorite from the brewery, but interesting. I am glad I got a six of this beer.

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Photo of Lgrec8
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JC333
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MikePags
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brooklynbrews
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. "Winter Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 11042015" - 39 days old
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

First off, who is this Captain Lawrence? Let's see... James Lawrence, born 1781 in Burlington, NJ... studied law but joined the U.S. Navy in 1798... rose through the ranks having seen a good amount of action... died of wounds incurred in battle aboard the USS Chesapeake on June 4th, 1814 just 2 months after being promoted to Captain... quoted as having said "Don't give up the ship. Fight her till she sinks." as he was carried below deck... in addition to being memorialized in the naming of 5 U.S. ships, many places are also named after him including Captain Lawrence Street in Lawrence, MA

Deep mahogany in color, and clear, beneath a rocky head of yellowed white, it offers a gently fruity aroma backed by softly caramels and toasty malts. In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly moderate carbonation. The flavor is richer than the aroma suggests with notes of milk chocolate, golden caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. A restrained spiciness rounds it out along with a median bitterness and low-level leafy and grassy hops. It finishes mainly dry, lingering with some residual malt that's both caramels and subtly chocolatey, giving way to leafy and earthy Goldings, and then a gentle dusting of spice.

While it may not impress in girth, it definitely impresses in refinement! The subtle spiciness is magnificent, adding just an edge of liveliness to an otherwise fairly straight-forward but nicely done English-style brown ale. Rounded, balanced, polished, and drinkable!

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Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ace1117
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

English brown ale? I know northern browns like Newcastle can be a little fruity, but this is practically juicy. Winter warmer IMO. Anyways, it's a tasty beer. I'm not usually a big winter warm fan, but this has a great balance of easters and bready malt. Underneath the cherry and strawberry notes is a blend of light caramel syrup and toasty bread crust. There's a hint of earthy hops in the finish, which makes this a clean, well-rounded winter beer. Check it out. It's just a step ahead of many American winter warmer-type beers. It's just a little more crisp and complex.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown ale with a little bit of spice.
Very pleasant and enjoyable but nothing makes it stand out.
Smells of toasted malts.
The taste is malty, and slightly sweet and just a little bit of spice.

Because the spice is so mild, this ale would go great with many types of food.

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Photo of StevenH
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Betajeff
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a brownish hue. The tight head is short and settles into a light cap.

The aroma is doughy and has notes of brown bread. Perhaps some black pepper and tea like scents. Not much "wintery spice" in the nose.

The taste is quite bready and has some toasted notes. There is some lemony tea like flavors to go along with an earthy spice. Can't quite pick out the specific spice but overall it is bitter. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon as it warms.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but finishes with an earthy bitterness. Drinks fairly easy.

An ok brew, nothing really exciting. Well made, but nothing really pops to me.

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods in Ridge Hill. A nice clear light chestnut brown with a little carbonation streaming up my glass. A nice amount of lace as well. Smell is front loaded with malts and toffee. Big wave of spices as well. Nutmeg is the bigger player, with peppery holiday spiciness that flows back into a mild fruitiness. Taste is malty and full of toasted and nutty nuances. Spices are well done and take a good nutty brown ale and transform it into a top tier holiday session ale. Finish is dry with a crisp earthy hop bitterness. A light mineral sourness that gives a nod to and good English nut brown ale. Feel is light and crisp with a mild effervescence that is perfect. A wonderful addition to the holiday beer world. The toasted and spiced facets of this one will lend itself well to many holiday and winter meals.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as a single.

Pours light brown, very little foam. Nutty and bready nose. Taste is sweet with caramel cherry notations. Toasty. Slight spice at the finish gives a subtle kick. Some fruitiness. Light carbonation buzz. Good beer.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Winter Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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