merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Mild Yam, Mild Grainy
T: Yam, Mild Cinnamon
M: Medicore Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Malty
Overall, a pretty mild pumpkin ale...not much more than that. Travlr (25863) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Draft. Hazy amber brown color, small off white head. Aroma is subtle mixed spice and gourd. Taste is malt forward, spice in the background, and a bit of fruit. Not bad. to14go (33) - ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle. Honey cake and cynamon aroma. Dip amber color. Light body. High carbonation. Short bitter finish. Brewbie (479) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2013
12oz bottle. amber wit a big fluffy white head. smells just like pumpkin pie in the oven. lot of spice. the taste is nice, just a little more subdued than I would expect from the big aroma. malty, pumpkin finish. nutmeg MaBeer1972 (2144) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Six pack from Manchester CT. Pours out a clear light amber with frothy light tan head. Aroma of roasty malts and pumpkin. Spice is kept well in check and this one is very smooth and drinkable with a lingering roasty-spice finish.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle, pours medium brown, aroma is spicey, taste is lots of all spice, cinnimon and pumpkin spices, overall pretty nice. trapped (3503) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 15, 2013
Drought. Slightly hazy amber-orange color with small foamy off-white head, nondescript aroma, fizzy, pumpkin flavor, abrupt finish. Nice but not super seasonal ale. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Poured a hazy amber orange with a thin head of loose tan foam. There was a burst of bubbles after the pour then a steady stream of effervescence. Nose is lightly sweet malt and a light spice. Nutmeg, allspice and a little ginger. Some sweet biscuit. I am not getting a lot of pumpkin but it’s faint int he background. Taste is dry biscuit with a nice toasted malt sweetness. Light spice. The carbonation is very strong and the body of the beer is thin so it drinks a little watery and a lot like soda. There’s a touch of pumpkin flavor that becomes stronger as it warms and a mild bitter finish that is dry and tasty. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
The nose on this one is very pleasing but the drink is too thin. It was just ok.
12 oz bottle courtesy of a BlackIPA Box. Thanks, Shawn. I love getting all the Captain Lawrence ticks. Pours a deeper dark amber hue, decent haziness and a darker brownish amber hue throughout, fall and autumn hues, gentle darker orange amber glow in the body spreads out to the edges and bottom. Frothy whitish head atop stays as a mellow filmy layer, laces as a smaller loose ring, decent lacing as it goes. Aromas show pumpkin, squash, and some decent spiciness, cinnamon and nutmeg meet some gentle sweeter biscuity malts, touch of caramel and toffee, carmelized and toasty feel. More pumpkin, a bit carmelized, sweet, but not overbearing here. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body, pumpkin, cooked and raw are a bit tart, some simple sweetness. Lighter body than anticipated. A bit of sweetness, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg hit as a decent layer into the middle. Some vanilla, caramel and subtle more gentle sweetness into the back of the middle and backend give more of the expected and enjoyed Pumpkin beer experience. A bit spicy, toasty, firm actual pumpkin presence doesn’t really emphasize the spiciness or sweeter, sticky malt elements usually typical of the style. Backend and finish throw some bigger pumpkin juice elements, not sweet and cloying, almost a bit tart or dry at times. Finish is a bit spicy, lingering nutmeg, gentle pie spice, not really sweet, perhaps some bread and gentle carmelized sugars playing us out. Not bad, a bit odd, not as expected. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.50 ($0.12 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy light brown/dark orange hue. No visible carbonation. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which mostly fizzles away and leaves little lacing.
Smell: More of a yam scent than pumpkin. Spices are more of potpourri than pie.
Taste: I don’t know why I keep buying Captain Lawrence beers. I find them to be underwhelming as a whole, though I thought a pumpkin ale would be a no-brainer. And while this beer isn’t bad per se, it’s definitely not good, either. The overall palette seems a little dirty to me - there’s a bunch of additives to this brew, obviously, yet none are really all that pleasant to drink. The spices and pumpkin flavors taste like literally ground-up potpourri, whereas a lot of pumpkin ales taste like a figurative potpourri.
The first half of the swig isn’t too bad. A light amber maltiness, though nothing distinctive stands out. There’s dry spicy bitterness through the middle, but probably a little more than necessary. The finish has what should be the tasty pumpkin pie taste (it’s brewed with pureed pumpkin), but it tastes very rustic, earthy and almost soured. Nutmeg is prominent, but that seems to be about the only noticeable spice. It’s not off-putting, but it’s just not complex or balanced enough to be appealing to me.
Drinkability: With a fairly light body and crisp mouthfeel, it’s no challenge to down a glass of Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale. There is a residual aftertaste of starch and spice, but it’s quite tolerable. At 5% ABV it’s too big to session, but too light to have the robustness of a higher-end pumpkin beer.