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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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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 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

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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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.

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4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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 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.

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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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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.

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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of capra12
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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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3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Ginger Man Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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