Friday, May 3, 2013

Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (870) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2013
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 beverage. 
Grade: 3/10