Captain Spontaneous | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by barczar on 01-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright, fresh, and somewhat earthen- Captain Spontaneous leads with a dialogue of spicy hops and ripe barley kernels, and does so in unadulterated form.

Brilliantly clear and sprite with carbonation, the beer carries light impressions to the eye. Light straw in color, the beer builds a fluffy cottony head to top the beer. Lacing impressively while retention is stern- the beer might actually be mistaken for richer lager because of its lighter color and champagne impressions.

Whole grain, bread dough, and a kiss of rye set the aromatic tone. But then the earthy and citrusy scent rises to give impressions of lemongrass, grapefruit, and alligator pepper. Tingling the nose, the sharp notes are in stark juxtaposition to the base aromas of fresh baking breads.

The early palate is crisp and clean with the taste of dry crackers, freshly kilned grain, and short-lived grain sweetness. Just as the taste turns to rye-like earthy spice, also rises are the spicy and citrusy hop flavors that capture the taste of white grapefruit peels and pith, lemon, freshly mulled grass, and an unmistakable peppery bite. Sharp, crisp and bitter heading into finish, the beer surprisingly releases an aftertaste of delicious bready malts that's usually reserved for wheat beers. But here it's present in a barley-forward pale ale.

The beer's clean and crisp flavor is alive in body as well- making it highly refreshing and drinkable. Dry malt textures harbor a relatively high rate of carbonation early that reinforces the notion of dryness. But as the carbonation retracts, the skim malt body goes with it- leaving behind a sharp almost-astringent bitterness to contend with spice, light alcohol warmth, and raw grain textures to finish.

Captain Spontaneous captures the taste of freshly kilned, raw barley as well as any pale ale that I have tasted. This is nearly ideal for the spicy, citrus, and earthy hops to over shadow the malts ever so slightly- fine if not overdone; insinuating an approach into IPA territory, but with pilsner-like attributes.

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Had on tap into a pint glass. The smell put me off right from the start. Pine-sol, disinfectant, overly lemon nose. The taste emulated the smell. This is my response to what I feel are overly spiced beers. Very difficult at the beginning, but became much more palatable midway through the glass. I am glad I tried it, but will not revisit.

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Had on tap at the Eccentric Café.

The board stated this as having 5.4% ABV.

This pours a vibrant golden with a great white foam top.

It has a light, lemony hop aroma. The flavor has a mild bitterness with grassy hops and a toasted biscuit malt flavor ending with a touch of honeyed sweetness. Almost a pils-like hop profile in the lemony grassiness. This is a light and easy drinker, one which I enjoyed immensely. It wouldn’t surprise me of this was a trial brew or an experimental hop variant that graduated to production status.

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Pours a brilliant light golden color with a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates into a layer of thin film on the surface, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is initially subtle, with light citrus accompanied by bready malt and a hint of pilsner skunkiness. Grassy hops emerge.

Flavor reveals more herbal hops, with a fairly sweet bready, crackery malt backbone. There's an underpinning of grapefruit and lime citrus that is fleeting, and is overtaken by resiny hops at the decidedly bitter, dry finish. There's a skunkiness present.

Body is moderate and creamy, with carbonation a touch on the high side. There's an astringent bite that lingers.

A fairly understated brew. More bitter than some examples of the style. Somewhat lacking in flavoring hops. A little too bitter for my preference.

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Captain Spontaneous from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 23 ratings