Captain Lawrence is a fairly new brewery and has been getting a LOT of buzz in the craft beer community for their high quality beers. I'm especially proud of the fact that they're an upstate New York brewery! For today's episode I'm reviewing a mini growler of their Liquid Gold - a Belgian-style pale ale. Jeremy, the manager of Brew Crew, REALLY recommended I try it, so I did. Here ya go.
3.8AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark gold/apricot color with a hazy complexion. Forms a small, white, frothy head with good retention and minimal lacing.
Smell: Strong scent of tropical fruits - like pure juice concentrate or syrup. Mango, peach, tangerine and a touch of perfume-like flowers.
Taste: Much like the aroma the palate starts off with a refreshing splash of tropical fruit juice. It’s reminiscent of gum, candy, or jelly. There is only minimal bitterness here, making the beer quite refreshing. However, as I drink on the palate seems to dilute itself and the individual flavors become homogenized. It’s not watery at all, just noticeably mild. The taste does remain pleasing until the last drop, though.
Drinkability: Supposedly a Belgian pale or golden ale, Liquid Gold drinks like something more wholly American. The mouthfeel is soft with minimal carbonation. It seems to be on the lower end of medium-bodied, and although there is genuine taste to the palate, the low bitterness and smooth palate make it highly quaffable. This beer would fare well in the summer as it’s quite thirst-quenching. The 6% ABV might even be a tad high, but I think it could be drank in large quantities without overwhelming the average drinker.
Overall, a fun beer to drink and experience.