Captain Lawrence Pomme Sauvage

It took forever, but we finally visited Captain Lawrence. Val is from Westchester County, NY, so we’re up there with some frequency, but never had a chance to visit before. The brewery itself is pretty large and has an indoor and outdoor space. The outdoor space has cornhole, which I love, and has a decent selection of food. If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American Sour Ale aged in French Oak Fourdres with New York grown apples sourced locally from Harvest Moon Orchard in North Salem. Bright and acidic, with notes of apple and funk. Enjoy now or lay it down for years to come.”

Random: This season of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” has a lot of crying it. It’s bordering on annoying.

The beer poured with a thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and yellow. I couldn’t see a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with funk and oak along with some fruit. The taste was even brighter. It started with a lot of tartness and apples. It quickly went into some oak along with vanilla. It had earthiness as well. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of funk. I bought this beer directly from the brewery during my last visit and I forget how much I paid for it. Either way, this was an outstanding, funky beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Captain Lawrence Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version)

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I picked up directly from the brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After working at some of the top breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Scott Vaccaro decided to open Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., in Pleasantville NY back in 2006. He started out with a small 15 barrel brew house and would bring kegs of beer down to the city in his Volkswagon Jetta to spread the flow of beer out to the masses. From those humble beginnings in Pleasantville, Scott’s New York craft beer started getting a lot of attention, and demand for his drinks began to grow. In 2012 Captain Lawrence, moved into its new digs in Elmsford NY, almost tripling the production space with a 40 barrel brew house and larger fermenting tanks. But more important was the installation of the bottling line. Bottled Captain Lawrence was few and far between, but because of the new installation, Scott was finally able to bottle his great ales to sell in stores.”

Random: Why is “Lip Sync Battle” so addictive?

The beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It took awhile to go away, but left limited lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black in color. There was no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had roasted malts, brown bread and a lot of smoke. There was also a hint of apple, I assume from the barrel aging. The taste started off with an intense amount of smoke. It quickly went into roasted malts and chocolate. The oak came through next with apple and vanilla and then went into a booze note. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with booze and oak. I bought this beer directly from the brewery, so I don’t recall how much I paid for it, but this was an outstanding beer. The flavor was intense at the beginning, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence 6th Borough Pilsner

Val and I saw this new offering from Captain Lawrence sitting on the shelves. The 6th borough refers to Westchester, which is where Val is from. I’ve been getting into pilsners a lot lately, so this seemed like a good choice. Let’s see how it was.

6thboroughpilsner

ABV: 5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The 6th borough may just be a state of mind, but we live here, and this beer was brewed here. Bright, crisp and hoppy, this beer will bring you back to the ‘burbs’ with each sip.”

Random: This beer came in at 35 IBUs.

This beer poured with a four finger, slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was pleasant with bread, light lemon pith, and a touch of tin. The taste was crisp and refreshing. It had the same notes of lemon pith and tin, but a lot of grassy hops came through too. Pale malt came through at the end and gave a small shot of sweetness. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pale malt. A can of this was $1.59, which came to $.13 per ounce. This beer was quite affordable, but it just had a bit too much metal for me. It was still a solid beer though and I wouldn’t refuse one if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Captain Lawrence Flaming Fury

We’ve been binging on “Empire” all day and all of the storylines are getting a bit confusing. Val has been looking at cooking websites all day and it seems like she has zoned out. Occasionally she asks me what’s going on and I give her a recap and then she goes back to the computer.

flamingfury

ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Created by blending our Sour Golden Ale with ripe and juicy Hudson Valley peaches. Aged in French oak foundres until the tart flavors of the beer and the sweet flavors of the peaches meld into one. Enjoy on a hot Summer day with a peach in hand.”

Random: Peach pie is one of my favorite pies.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass and a slight crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose was fragrant with peaches, vanilla and oak. There was some lemon juice as well. The taste started with lacto sourness with lemon juice. Peaches came through next with lemon and orange zest. There was oak along with some vanilla as well. The alcohol was present, although not overwhelming. The body was light with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy and tart finish. This was a really good sour and I wish there was a touch more peach, but other than that, it was solid.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence Hudson Valley Harvest – Sour Strawberry

Whenever Val and I watch any house shows, I’m absolutely shocked by home prices outside of the tri-state area. We’re both New York transplants to Jersey, albeit I came to the dark side much earlier than she did, but anywhere outside of this area is so much cheaper. I will say where we are is much cheaper than where Val grew up in Westchester, which is close to where this brewery is.

sourstrawberry

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love local Hudson Valley, NY ingredients. And when we buy local, we help ensure a strong future for local products and our community. We’re proud to partner with local farmers and choose fruit crops that are harvested at their peak of freshness and flavor, then fermented in aged oak barrels for a unique and delicious SOUR Ale.”

Random: Val loves strawberries, although my favorite berry is the blackberry.

This beer was corked and caged. When I popped the cork out, it gushed all over my counter and sink. After I cleaned up and got it into the glass, it was nice and agitated. This resulted in a five-finger white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on my Teku glass. The body was hazy orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose was pungent with apricots, strawberries and funk. I didn’t get any oak on the nose. The taste had the funk turned down slightly. It had some toasted oak, vanilla and light strawberry. There was some bready yeast as well, but the flavor was really mild, too much so, in my opinion. The body was watery with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberry and lightly toasted oak. This was an expensive beer at $14.99 for the bottle ($1.18 per ounce). I wanted to love this beer, but the flavors were just too mild for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence Hop Commander

when I picked this beer up, I had full expectations that it was a brand new IPA from Captain Lawrence. Upon doing my research, I found that this may not be accurate, although I can’t find compelling evidence that this isn’t a new recipe. Either way, I’m hoping that it’s a decent beer.

hopcommander

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This is a re-branding of their regular IPA, although I can’t figure out if the recipe changed.

Random: I still need to get out to the brewery. In all of our trips through Westchester, I still haven’t made it there.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was really strong, filled with tropical fruit. I specifically picked up mango and then pine resin came through. On first sip, it seemed to be more pine dominant. The pine resin was strong along with pine needles. After a few sips, the tropical fruit came in with mango and pineapple. Grapefruit zest came through as well. One thing I noticed was that there was no malt to speak of. It was quite hop-forward. The body was thicker than expected, but didn’t overwhelm the beer. It had plentiful high carbonation too. The finish was quick with the remnants of tropical fruit and grapefruit zest. A single bottle of this was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed the beer, but it could have used a touch of malt to balance it out and some more depth.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Captain Lawrence Palate Shifter IPA

This was the beer that I popped open for IPA day. I find these beer holidays a fun thing that gets people to try different styles. In the case of IPA day, I don’t think that most people need an excuse to try a new IPA. I surely don’t. Anyways, let’s get to this beer out of Westchester County. I have an affinity for them, especially since Val is from Westchester.

palateshifter

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, is big, hoppy and not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to experience a sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA.”

Random: This beer was previously known as the Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA.

This beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly. The head left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had pine, alcohol, and then some malt. The taste was really nice. It wasn’t intensely bitter, but had pine and grapefruit zest. There was also some malt, and the alcohol was well-hidden in the taste. It was really well-balanced and had a medium thick body. It had moderate carbonation. The finish was long and filled with grapefruit zest. This was $2.89 for the single bottle, which broke down to $.24 per ounce. This was a really good beer that I would have again and yet another standout from Captain Lawrence.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0