Archive for the ‘Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.’ Category

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

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

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

Session IPAs are popping up everywhere. They seem to be one of the new trends. If done right, I’m all about these beers. But, because they’re popular and there are so many, it’s hard to find a great example. This happens to be one that is done really well. It even has a graphic on the label of a hop relaxing on a hammock. I could see doing that while having a few of these. I even put it in one of our plastic outdoor glasses that we bought.

effortless

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The only thing effortless about this beer is the way it drinks. Domestic and imported malts play the back seat to the loads of American grown hops that were dumped into both the kettle and the fermenter. Dry hopped for a mouthwatering aroma with Mosaic and Palisade hops.”

Random: This beer features Cascade, Mosaic, Palisade and Tomahawk hops.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the (plastic) glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange in color with high carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with grass and grapefruit flesh. The taste was pleasantly bitter. It also had lots of grass and grapefruit without any sweetness from the malt. It had a very light and crisp body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grapefruit bitterness. A bottle of this set me back $1.99 ($.17 per ounce). This beer does exactly what a session IPA should do. It provides a lot of flavor, is very crisp and drinkable and is reasonably priced. I’ll definitely be throwing a few of these back on my deck.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was the beer that the other half ordered while we at Rocky Hill Inn. I was surprised that I had never heard of this beer before, but after seeing it was a pilot, draft only beer, I understood why. We ordered a beet salad to go with the beers and when the beets came out, they looked like they were rotting. Needless to say, we sent them back and got a new salad. Despite this, the beer paired really well with the salad. Anyways, let see how the beer was on its own.

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ABV: 5.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: This beer is a draft-only pilot batch.

Random: I’m listening to Mets/Nationals game and I can’t believe they’re beating them 6-2.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with light carbonation visible. The nose had notes of light Belgian yeast and lemon with lots of floral scents. They weren’t kidding about the flowers in this one, but they definitely did not smell frozen. The taste had a lot of lemon along with the floral notes that I got in the nose. Yeast and light spice were present. This beer was really bright and the flowers were bordering on a little bit too much. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was long with yeast and with flowers. Despite the flowers bordering on overwhelming, I enjoyed this beer and I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Happy Monday! For once, the other half is home on a Monday, so we get to spend two whole days together. She is still asleep, so I’m watching “Millionaire Matchmaker” and updating the blog. Anyways, this was a beer that I picked up from Half Time. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Deep and dark as a cold winter night…the Frost Monster is lurking. Brewed with a massive amount of malt to give it the rich, roasty and smokey flavors expected of such an ale. Drink it this winter or lay some down for winters to come.”

Random: It is still way too freaking cold for me. I’m sitting in the living room in a hat and fleece and fleece pants.

This beer poured with a one finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the Flying Dog goblet. The body was a dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had a lot of smoke and some peat to it with espresso. The taste was also filled with smoke and ash. Dark chocolate and espresso came through next. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a long and smoky finish. Alcohol was really well-hidden. For $3.99 a bottle, this broke down to $.33 an ounce, which is on the more expensive side. The beer had decent flavor, but nothing impressive. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

It looks like this is going to be the last review from 2014, and what a beer to end on. I can’t say that I’ve had a beer of any style that was aged in apple brandy barrels, so I was excited for this one.

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ABV: 11%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There’s nothing quite like Mom’s apple pie…but I am willing to bet this beer is pretty dark close. An American Tripel, dry-hopped with Amarillo hops and aged in Apple Brandy barrels from one of this country’s oldest distilleries. The tropical aroma of the hops and the delicate apple aroma from the barrels are a perfect match. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy.”

Random: I hope everyone has a very happy New Year’s!

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light orange color with generous carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with apple brandy, wood, and golden fruit along with some yeast. Booze came through too. The taste had an even more pronounced apple brandy note. Booze hit right up front and had intense warming on the back of the throat. Toasted oak and vanilla were there too and some yeast came through at the end. After a few sips, I picked up champagne notes too. The body was on the thicker side with seltzer-like carbonation. The finish was dry, with apple brandy. For $3.19 a bottle, which breaks down to $.27 per ounce, which isn’t insanely pricey, especially given how flavorful this beer was. I would definitely have this again. I may just pick up another bottle to age it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0