I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date whatsoever.
Appearance: Dark copper hue with visible sediment in suspension. Forms a
good sized, eggshell foamy head which mostly dissipates but does leave
nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: An earthy aroma of tree bark, pine needles, and dark cereal grain.
Taste: I’m inclined to believe the bottle I’m drinking is old, however
there is absolutely no markings of a freshness date on the bottle at all
(if that’s not irony considering the name I don’t know what is).
Therefore, if the brewery doesn’t seem to care about freshness then
neither do I and all I can do is review what I have. That being said,
Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale is not a horrible beer, but it’s
definitely not a good one.
This beer claims to be a pale ale but has a palette akin to an amber
ale. The hops are quite mild and the maltiness is too twangy for the
style. It almost reminds me of a sorghum base as there’s a touch of
sourness right on the finish. The label description mentions West Coast
influence, but there’s none of that here. No citrus, no flowers; instead
just a general earthy character of tree bark and light resin. There is a
faint taste of caramel and toffee, but both are short-lived and mild
and cannot save the beer from itself.
Drinkability: While I wasn’t a fan of the flavor, at least Captain
Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale is an easy beer to drink. The mouthfeel
and body are both on the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation.
It goes down smooth, but the aftertaste is a tad annoying: a
combination of starch and residual bitterness. It’s perfectly efficient
at 5.6% ABV, but it’s a moot point considering this is only a tolerable