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Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale

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Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Brewery: Captain Lawrence
Locale: Elmsford, NY
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.5%

OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Hazy orange body with all of a centimeter of white head.

Smell: It reminds me of a health food store. Its smells like a cross between apple cider vinegar/kombucha and organic toothpaste.

Flavor: Picking up on the toothpaste note, the general flavor is slightly medicinal with some anise flavors and an odd peppermint cooling sensation. There is a trace of generic pumpkin flavor upon burp, however the second wave of flavor is that of from-old-NYC-pipes water and a hint of sugar.

Feel: It has a thinnish body with high carbonation.

Concluding Remark: I’ll start with the caveat that this is my second pumpkin beer all season. My dearest of friends brought some Post Road to a gathering the other evening, and if it weren’t for our years of friendship, I would’ve rather un-politely declined the aforementioned brew. Thus, Captain Lawrence’s pumpkin is my first true pumpkin beer in nearly two years. (I obnoxiously boycotted pumpkin ales last year, is my memory. No judgment, all, I know many of you are doing the same with PSLs every morning.) And to be frank with you the internet, I should’ve grabbed my go-to bodega beer, Stone’s Go-to-IPA, and resisted the overwhelming urge to review a series of pumpkin ales. CL, what a let down. The label states that it was brewed with pumpkin and spice. That’s nice, and I still want a pony. But I doubt that pony would be any happier cooped up in my small apartment than I am drinking this beer.

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Sixpoint Brownstone

Beer: Brownstone
Brewery: Sixpoint
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 6.0%

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

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Hazy amber body with a dense beige head.

Smell: Hmm…something seems out of place. Are those hops? While there are about a thousand different smells emerging from my glass, spruce and caramel are the dominant aromas.

Flavor: Hmm…something seems out of place. Are those hops? As with the smell, there are a number of flavors swimming around in this glass. Unsurprisingly, hops take the helm of this flavor battle, with a exceedingly delicious herbal character. Other flavors (aka the losers) include Team Sweet Biscuit and Team Salty Caramel.

Feel: This is one of those beers where the mouthfeel is so fantastic (read: appropriately carbonated) that you could drink a million regardless of its flavor. Luckily, the flavor also rules. So make that two million, please.

Concluding Remark: Sixpoint’s Brownstone is not as classic as its name would have you believe. (Brownstones? Vernacular architecture? New York? Anyone?) Instead, it is of the Indian Brown Ale variety with its immense hops content. I’m not shocked that Sixpoint’s Brown Ale favors the hops: they are known for producing big, hoppy ales. Brownstone is no exception. Perhaps I’m just over the sweet maltiness of the last month, but Brownstone is hitting the right spot right now. As I try to be as unbiased as possible (i.e., not let my own personal beer preference trump a stylistically accurate beer), I will say that as an Indian Brown Ale, Sixpoint’s Brownstone is a success. As a straightforward Brown Ale, it’s overly hopped. But if I’ve learned anything from a month of Brown Ales, it’s that it rarely pays to be straightforward. And by “pays” I of course mean that the straightforward Brown Ales were mostly pretty boring.

To end our month of Brown Ales, I transcribed the poem from the back of the Brownstone can:

“…and coming out of the brownstone house to the gray sidewalk, the watered street, one side of the buildings rises with the sun like a glistening field of wheat.”

– Letter to N.Y. (for Louise Craine), Elizabeth Bishop

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