Tonight’s beer is a selection from Captain Lawrence. We were there around Christmastime and got to see their expansion, but couldn’t stay for trivia night.
Style: New England IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are currently brewing on a 40bbl NSI brewing system with a Siemens Braumat automation package, allowing us to crank out the equivalent of 80 kegs per brew. Base 2-Row malt and specialty malts are milled in our Kunzel 4-roll malt mill, allowing us to achieve the best grist consistency. Once milled, the first stop for the ground malt in the brew house is the lauter tun. This is where the malts are mixed with hot water to create an oatmeal like substance called “mash”. As the mash rests, the enzymes in the malt begin to convert all the starch into fermentable sugars. Once the sugars have been created, the sweet wort is separated from the spent grains and pumped into the boiling kettle. The spent grain is given to Hemlock Hill Farms to feed their growing heard of cattle. We’re very happy to provide this valuable food source to a local farmer free of charge.”
Random: I had soft serve last Summer after not having it for years and it was better than I remembered it.
The beer poured with a loose, half finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was vey hazy, which was to be expected. It was bright orange and I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer. The nose was sweet with some lactose and then a lot of peach. I didn’t pick up the vanilla note. But, I definitely got it in the taste. It was quite sweet up front with the lactose and vanilla and then some peach syrup came through. The body was lighter than I expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with vanilla. I wanted to like this beer more, but it was just too sweet for me.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0