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Captain Lawrence Captain’s Kölsch

Captains-Kolsch

Beer: Captain’s Kölsch
Brewery: 
Captain Lawrence
Style: Kölsch
ABV: 5.5%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Bright, clear golden body with a small white head that, in typical Kölsch-style, quickly simmers down to a few bubbles.

Smell: If ever a beer smelled like the innards of a German bierhaus, well, this would be among the German beers that smell like the innards of a German bierhaus. Dominant aromas are lemon, a funky yeast, biscuits, and fresh white bread.

Flavor: Not quite as strong as its smell, the taste is a combination of copper, lemon floor cleaner, pretzels, and a crisp bitterness from the addition of American hops.

Feel: It has a thinnish body with high carbonation.

Concluding Remark: I can’t in my right mind give a non-German Kölsch a 5, right? Captain Lawrence’s Captain’s Kölsch isn’t in the Kölsch Konvention, after all. HOWEVER, if I wasn’t such a stickler for the beer rules (which are in no way affiliated with the BJCP guidelines or anyone else’s rules or ideas or beliefs or religions), the Captain would be well on its way to earning the top award that every beer seeks: theyearinbeer’s 5 pint glass rating. Alas, this is my house, and my rule is that I can’t give a “Kölsch-style” beer a perfect score.

So, 4.5 it is for Captain Lawrence of New York. Nevertheless, the Captain is exactly what you would expect of a German-American Kölsch-style ale. It’s hella refreshing, with a seemingly impossible lightness that is balanced by a surprising amount of flavor for the style. And good looks to Captain Lawrence for not dousing their  Kölsch with hops; no, they mitigated what was probably an uncontrollable desire to dump in gallons of hops and instead included just a smattering of Crystal hops.

My final words are, this beer would please anyone. Simply put, excellent job, Captain Lawrence. But, if you’re looking for that 5 pint rating, I suggest you pack your bags and head off to Cologne and get your ass into the Kölsch Konvetion.

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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine Ale

Beer: My Bloody Valentine Ale
Brewery:
 AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: American Amber Ale
ABV: 6.66%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Crimson, dried blood colored body with a huge sticky, foaming head.

Smell: This smells like hops incarnate. I would even go as far to say that this is one of the most aromatic and floral smelling beers ever. If you continue to sniff at it–and you might even if you’re not a weirdo beer smeller like me–you will start getting wafts of milk chocolate of the Russell Stover variety. Smarmy doily box included.

Flavor: The smell sets you up to think that you’re about to taste one of the hoppiest beers of all time. Sadly for some and a wave of relief for others, you’re in for a surprise. The initial flavor is a sugary caramel taste. Just as you become accustomed to that pleasant flavor, there is a sharp floral hop taste that beats that sugar flavor to a bloody pulp. At that very moment, a cheap Valentine’s Day chocolate flavor kicks in until a final wave of  bitter hops dropkicks you in the throat . The chocolate and hops flavors bicker for awhile, each trying to have the final word, um, taste. In the end, just like a breakup and the end of the good beer, there is no winner. Instead, all that you’re left with is the memory of what was and you’re stuck trying to make sense of the last six months, I mean, six minutes.  There is no resolve because there is nothing to hold on to…just a feeling, uh, I mean, taste.

Feel: Smooth, full body with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: My Bloody Valentine is the wondrous San Diego-based AleSmith’s seasonal beer. Apparently this is a cousin of their  Evil Dead Red Ale. Could this brewery be anymore amazemo? If My Bloody Valentine tastes like hops + chocolate, I’m morbidly curious what  _____ + hops equals Evil Dead Red.

Let me just say, this 6.66% ale is phenomenal. This is the first time I’ve tried an ale this hoppy that also has a striking chocolate flavor. While My Blood Valentine has the hop profile of an Amber/Red Ale, as you keep drinking it, it begins to acquire caramel, raspberry, and cherry flavors. I do believe that this is one of the more unique beers I have tried.

My Bloody Valentine Ale is axing its way into my heart.

Regardless of its overall bizarreness, this is one hella good beer; there are no two ways around that. It’s a one way ticket in the “hell yes” direction. Sadly, those on the East Coast won’t be able to find this beer–I purchased it during a recent stint on the West Coast. HOWEVER. I have one more bottle, and in the spirit of My Blood Valentine’s Day, I am willing to share it. Inquire within. Especially if you are Kevin Shields. Extra especially if you are Kevin Shields ca. 1990.

ks, b mine, pls.

ks, b mine, pls.

Just like when we all queued  up the Dark Side of the Moon to the Wizard of Oz in college, if you drink My Bloody Valentine to Loveless from start to end, you will reach a slightly euphoric state. So, this Valentine’s Day, instead of looking for a valentine at your local bar at 11:58pm, pick up My Bloody Valentine and listen to My Bloody Valentine. And if that’s not possible because you don’t live in California and your Loveless CD is scratched beyond all repair just like your last relationship, just drink a beer. The end. Happy bloody Valentine’s Day.
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