Ginger Man Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by gregc on 09-26-2008

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Photo of CHickman
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Had it on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC a while back and thought it had OK taste with the ginger not adding a nice finish to it; I appreciate using ginger since it's in the name of the joint, but this is not a beer I'd have again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC, in a nonic pint glass.

A- Poured a dirty orange color. Not clear or hazy, dirty. The minimal at best white head disappeared quickly. No lacing.

S- Some hint of ginger and malt, call it mild gingerbread. There was no hint whatsoever of any Belgian style in the nose. Maybe a little raisin.

T- Talc malts and breads with some spice and ginger.

M- Bordering on offensive. No carbonation.

O- At length, I try to avoid killing a beer. This beer almost killed me and my wife, figuratively speaking. We did not get it at all.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Gingerman - SONO.
Poured into pint glass. Not quite sure what is going on with this beer. Smells very malty, not belgian-ey at all.

Taste isn't all that good. Overly malty, with very little hop flavor at all. Not impressed and somewhat disappointed to pay $6 for it.
Such a great establishment needs a better brew...

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap @ the Ginger Man during a recent trip to NY.

Arrived at my table a clear amber color with a decent amount of head.

Scent contained a light yet wonderful ginger aroma, with some malty character in the background.

Taste is slightly malty, but gives way to a fresh ginger flavor. While being universally present, the ginger flavor isn't overpowering. It is pretty much bang on what I would imagine a belgian pale ale with ginger would be.

I will admit to loving ginger. I've tried some ginger beers before, with results ranging from ok to good. The Ginger Man Ale is a big step up from the previous best. I heartily recommend it to anyone who likes ginger beverages.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a draft of this at george keeleys on the upper west side. I wanted to like this beer better but the Ginger flavor was just a little too strong for me. Color and aroma are good but,again the ginger flavor is just a little too much. I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes - According to the chalk board at Gingerman, this is a new recipe - consumed August 2009)

A - Half-finger of white head; lightly hazy marigold color

S - Gingery and spicy; white pepper; a little yeasty

T - Ginger comes through in the taste first much like the nose; yeasty; white pepper doesn't come through in the taste which is unfortunate; decent enough

M - Medium; nice touch of carbonation to keep it lively and finishes a bit dry

D - Not bad drinking; interesting; but became a bit of a chore after a bit; still tasty

Overall, nice novelty brew that I wouldn't mind having once in a blue moon, but I don't think I would seek this out often.

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Photo of capra12
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo on 8/12/09,

Appearance: Tan with light head retention.

Smell: Spicy, zesty and hoppy

Taste: Opens mellow where the zest and tangy kick in the middle and carry over to the finish. Just before the finish there is a mild hoppiness leaving a tangy and subtly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and leaves me mouth rather dry.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another of this fine brew.

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Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Ginger Man.

Appearance is a medium brown with a smallish head.
Smell consists of malt, ginger, with other spices and earthy notes.
Sipping this ale, I taste a sweetness in addition to some of the other characteristics mentioned above. But, it is a very well balanced beer with all of this going on.
Mouthfeel has some carbonation to it and is easy going.
Drinkability is better than I expected for any beer with an emphasis on ginger as an ingredient. You could have a few of these with some friends while playing poker or just hanging out.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crisp dry refresher. Clear and pale copper in hue with a good head and such. The nose is fruity with cherries and sour apple. A sweet maltiness and a sizable ginger note. Taste is more ginger and a tart sourness with a delectable malt backbone and a faint wheat twang. Belgian yeast adds a nuttiness and depth. An extra dry finish shows some hop florals and a rich dark sweet roll with graham and ginger. This one leaves you smackin' your tongue on your palate.

A crisp dry feel with medium light weight and a clean carbonation.

Super drinkability as I had to force myself to leave some for my wife. This is a great summer brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of talkinghatrack
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On draft at Ginger Man, from notes.

a - pretty standard.

s - like sniffing a plate of fresh ginger with a few banana slices.

t - slightly bitter ginger water. I dig ginger but this brew didn't do much for me.

m - light body. Perhaps too light.

d - Good ABV mask (5.75%) is its main positive attribute. Fun to try but I won't get another one.

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Photo of drseamus
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JohnQVegas and aerozeppl for providing and sharing, respectively.

A: Orange body, no head. Some visible carbonation.

S: Strong ginger and cinnamon aroma. Some yeast esters also.

T: Strong ginger with backup cinnamon. Candi sugar and deep molasses back them up.

M: Smooth & syrupy. Uncarbonated.

D: Still alright, but not great.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnQVegas for sending this one my way.

A:Very nice clear copper color with a half finger of white head.

S: Tons of ginger in the nose. Nice belgian yeast character as well. Candidied sugar and cloves as well.

T: Lots of ginger. Very sweet throughout. Nice sugar/sweetness. A good amount of malt made it's way through as well.

M: Nice medium body. Excellent carbonation for a growler fill.

D: Very drinkable. This would make a nice summer beer very refreshing.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 20-oz. pint glass at the Gingerman in Norwalk, Conn.

A: Poured a medium brown color with orange and raspberry colored highlights when held to the light. The two-finger head of off-white foam left only a little lace and dissipated about 2/3 into the brew.

S: Smells slightly sweet and spicy, with notes of cinnamon and allspice added to the fruity aromas and hop resin.

T: Decidedly Belgian-tasting with an aggressive hop profile which let off flavors of spiced fruits and vanilla. This combined with the innate sweetness of caramel and roasted malts used to give off a bit of a ginger cookie taste. Interesting and challenging, but a bit potent of a bouquet.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and fairly smooth.

D: The brew feels a bit boozy under it's spice-laden exterior. Not a bad U.S. version of a Belgian style, but it's made more challenging than enjoyable because of this complex mix. Good to try, but I don't know that I could stick with this brew all night.

Had to have this one for that "when in Rome" posterity. If Captain Lawrence or other brewers in CT decide to make a beer for the Gingerman, I'd love to try it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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.
6/4/6/4/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of bonbini26
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Ginger Man obviously...12/20/08

Pours, a medium amber color, with a lot of carbonation. The smell is of fresh ginger root, very impressive. Taste is of a pale ale, with a nice ginger finish. Drinks pretty easy. Overall an interesting brew, i was always a little skeptical about ginger beer, but was very impressed by this one

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Photo of nasty15108
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler (filled at Pawling Beer&Soda) into a Ommegang goblet.

A - Poured a bright orange/amber color. The pour produced a slightly off-white head of foam that quickly subsided into a thin film. Good lacing scattered around the glass.

S - Very herbal/spiced aroma. Detected a good amount of pine and ginger. Slightly floral and earthy.

T - Slightly malty with a well balanced mixture of spices. Herbal/medicinal finish.

MF&D - Medium/light bodied ale. A little too medicinal for my taste, but overall a quality ale.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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