Bluecoat Gin - Leaderboard
Go to drinknjshore.com on your phone!

Beer Review: Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious

by Tara Nurin on Sep 3, 2012 in Beer

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. head brewer Scotty Vaccaro is arguably one of the finest and most well-respected brewers in New York State. Considering New York is the nation’s second-largest grower of apples, it’s appropriate for the University of California Davis fermentation science grad to brew Golden Delicious, an American-style Tripel aged in apple brandy barrels from one of the oldest distilleries in the U.S. (which Vaccaro declines to name). The ale, which won a Great American Beer Festival bronze medal in the “Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer” category in 2008, the first year it was released, appears seasonally. More than any other beer I’ve tasted, Golden Delicious mirrors the season in which it’s sold: evolving gracefully from a summer afternoon chiller to a chilly autumn liqueur as it warms in the glass.

An aggressive pour into a goblet results in a rocky, three-finger head that radiates a gorgeously clean, pure ivory. Though the head doesn’t stick around too long, it does leave behind a heavy lacing on the glass. 

The color is gentle brass, more yellow than red, and the clarity is hazy but not cloudy, somewhere between opaque and translucent in way that recalls opening one’s eyes in a heavily chlorinated pool. Some drinkers might call it “blurry.” 

An initial nose full of alcohol belies the taste of well-balanced sweetness and the light interplay between the apples and the faint Amarillo hops. There’s also a mild sour aroma that doesn’t translate to the flavor. The taste is tart rather than sour, and tingly instead of biting. 

As it warms, the brandy shines through in a way that takes this ale from an upbeat warm-weather bite of green apple to a fireside liqueur that would feel at home on a dessert table. Exactly like the season when it’s meant to be drunk. 

Photo by Tara Nurin

Recent Articles
Official Easter Cocktail: Zombie Peep Corpse Reviver
Win a Pair of Tickets to the Sold Out SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington DC!
New Documentary Explores the Lore of Malort, AKA the World's Worst Liquor
From Around The Web

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
New Documentary Explores the Lore of Malort, AKA the World's Worst Liquor

New Documentary Explores the Lore of Malort, AKA the World's Worst Liquor

For anyone who's ever had the pleasure of throwing back a shot of the stuff, the first question that comes to ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 11, 2014
The Brewers Art Wants to Hear From Fans On What to Rename its Ozzy Beer

The Brewers Art Wants to Hear From Fans On What to Rename its Ozzy Beer

This week The Brewers Art announced that it will change the name of Ozzy, but solemnly swears that the recipe ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 11, 2014
Sat
May 31
Taylor Avenue Waterfront 
Sat
May 31
Fri
May 9
National Building Museum  
Fri
May 9
Avalon Community Hall 
SPONSORED
Go to drinknjshore.com on your phone!
Win a Pair of Tickets to the Sold Out SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington DC!

Win a Pair of Tickets to the Sold Out SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington DC!

We're giving away a pair of tickets to this year's sold out SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington D...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 14, 2014
Drinking on the Job: Freelancers Choose Bars Over Coffee Shops as Places to Conduct Business
by The Drink Nation Apr 9, 2014
Samuel Adams Has a Real Gas With HeliYum's Introduction on April Fools Day

Samuel Adams Has a Real Gas With HeliYum's Introduction on April Fools Day

Prank or not, the new brew's introduction is nothing short of genius. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 2, 2014
How I Met Your Mother Ended, But It's Legen (Wait For It) Dary Bar Lives On In NYC

How I Met Your Mother Ended, But It's Legen (Wait For It) Dary Bar Lives On In NYC

On Monday, March 31, 2014, Barney Stinson and company will suit up for the last time as long-running CBS sitco...read more ›

by Mike Bertha Mar 31, 2014
Beer Review: Fire & Blood Red Ale, Brewery Ommegang's Third Game of Thrones Beer

Beer Review: Fire & Blood Red Ale, Brewery Ommegang's Third Game of Thrones Beer

Like its predecessors, Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout, Fire & Blood draws inspiration from th...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 31, 2014
The Brewers Art Gets a Cease and Desist Letter From Ozzy Osbourne

The Brewers Art Gets a Cease and Desist Letter From Ozzy Osbourne

At issue is the label that depicts a fist tattooed with OZZY and headless, bleeding bats. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 27, 2014
Beer Taps Installed at Colorado Governor's Mansion Are Totally Harshing Pot Activists Vibes

Beer Taps Installed at Colorado Governor's Mansion Are Totally Harshing Pot Activists Vibes

Installing the taps came as a move to help promote Colorado Craft Beer Week. ...read more ›

by Drink Denver Mar 26, 2014
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close