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Ginger Man Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ginger Man Ale
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gregc on 09-26-2008

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 26
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ginger Man, their house ale. Dark yellow with white head and lace. Dry beverage, some ginger in front. Above average mouthfeel. As good as the style normally is, though I do not usually go in for ginger.Appropriately carbonated, which is what they do at this bar.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy honey color and a one finger head that quickly becomes a ringlet, while dotting the Imperial pint glass with spots of lace

Smell: Biscuity malt underneath, but the stone and tart fruit aspects dominate

Taste: From the get-go, the sweeter stone fruits and tart fruit elements both appear, bringing flavors of peach, pear, green apples and strawberry (yes, strawberry, to my surprise); a bit of biscuity malt underneath, but this is all about the fruity and tart flavors right through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing and well-balanced ale; a good entry level beer to explore the tart and sour sides; perhaps the recipe has changed, but I am not seeing much of what I tasted in prior reviews

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another small growler sent down from NY for me to sample. Opened this one up after dinner to sit and chill with in front of the tv. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/02/2010,

The pour was ok, nothing spectacular by any means, but again ok. Amber in color and very clear with some decent carbonation that led to a small head, maybe an inch that faded quickly leaving only token side glass lacing and bare top. Aroma is very malty, lots of bready and grain notes bouncing around in here. Ginger is either very well blended in the profile, or not much is actually put in as I am picking up next to nothing. Heavier feel then I have had in other ginger ales, but again it seemed to be lacing much complexity or depth in the flavor. Just dry malts, a muted, lightly bitter hop note that came across somewhat fruity towards the end, but mostly stayed in the herbal realm. Fleating taste on the finish.

Overall a give it an ehh. It was a decent try at the style, but it was no where near complex enough to hold my intrest. A sessionable beer for sure, just not terribly intresting.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Hazy golden honey color with a thin white head that retained as a ringlet and left spotty lacing on the glass. Bready aroma, ginger and brown sugar. Most ginger-based beers I've had, well, are basically just that: beers featuring ginger spice. This one tasted closer to a gingersnap cookie, which was a pleasant surprise. Ginger and brown sugar, caramel malts, Honey-Nut Cheerios sensation in there somewhere, with a hint of dry apricot and mild drying hops on the finish. Medium body, appropriate carbonation, easily drinkable. I had no problem going back for more.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gman in the da heart of NYC baby, pours glowing orangy amber, with a fine bubble head, light and creamy, leaving a fine web of sheeting and then wispy lace. Mild bready and spiced up nose. Belgian yeasties in evidence, toasty malts and a definite ginger presence noted . Quality sessioner/quaffer. Nice holiday type spicing, then strong ginger notes in the finish. Interesting, tasty and a quite pleasurable offering from the good captain. Highly recommended. Get to the Gingerman and give this one a try.

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint for $6.50 at the Ginger Man in Manhattan. Now I haven't had many ginger beers, but this is easily the best. You can tell the root is in the beer, but it blends wonderfully with light caramel malt and a spicy lemon yeast character. This was a tasty relatively-sessionable Belgian ale. I'd order it again.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap
Gingerman is a golden beer with yellowish spots and a loose white head up above that leaves no marks. The smell is malty, with light ginger and some hops that barely make the radar. This taste pretty good for a ginger beer, I like it much better than Left Hand's version. The ginger does not invade making it easier for bigger sips and might I say gulps. A bready middle and finish with a dry aftertaste. The feel is lighter than medium and the carb is kind of low. I would drink this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

To be fair, I must admit that I had my introduction to this brew at an open house at the Maltose Express in Monroe, CT. It was a packed house that Saturday and my ration was limited to a couple of plastic cups worth. Still, I wasn't disappointed in this orange- brown-amber colored ale. It had a fair off-white head and what suggested (sans-glass) good lacing. The aroma was a mild dusty spice ginger with some tasteful touches of orange and wheat. The taste was peppery crisp malt and wheat with a pleasant ginger overtone. Very refreshing and drinkable. The spice follows right down your gullet. A nice surprise that seems like a pumpkin ale brew in many ways. Still, as is usually the case for me with these spice brews, I really don't see having more than a couple of these at a sitting, assuming there are other decent choices available, of course (I'm not stupid!).

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange body with a lovely two-finger head of creamy off-white foam - one of the prettiest on-tap pours I've seen. Good retention (I forgot my review notebook in the car, and the head was still half-there when I got back), and a decent amount of spotty lacing.

S: Clean, restrained aroma of dry pale pilsner malt, spicy yeast, and ginger. Not overly exciting, but thoroughly pleasant.

T: Ginger dominates, being the only noticeable flavor at first, and only giving way to fruity esters on the finish. While the ginger certainly muscles other flavors out of the way, it isn't overpowering in its own right - it's quite tasty, in fact.

M: Smooth medium body with a moderate amount of very prickly carbonation.

D: Goes down with great ease.

Notes: I've never had an actual ginger ale before, and I'm a little surprised. It adds an interesting level of complexity to what I'm guessing is CL's Liquid Gold BPA. I'd love to try this paired with sushi and pickled ginger.


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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Ginger Man. Pours a light brown/amber with a small white head. Aroma of light ginger and sweet malt. Flavor is heavily spiced with lots of ginger. I guess if you liked ginger or spiced beers you'll probably enjoy this one but I wasn't really a fan.
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Ginger Man Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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