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Green Man India Pale Ale - Green Man Brewery

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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005

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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 70
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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend picked up a growler while over in A-ville and shared with me yesterday.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper with a tight 1/2 finger slight off white head,English IPA aromas more leafy with a hefty dose of biscuit malt.Slightly grainy mouthfeel,English character on the palate as well a hefty lightly sweet biscuit malt flavor dominates up front than it melds into a leafy somewhat herbal/minty hop finish.If your a big fan of the more subtle English variety IPA youll like this alot,for me it was ok.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 12 Bones barbeque joint in Asheville. The brew arrives as a mildly hazed copper amber with a small offwhite head. Nice sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma opens with pink grapefruit, quickly seguing into herbal and grassy hops with a hint of toasty caramel. Smooth and well balanced, with a medium body. Taste has a floral, grassy, and herbal hops bitterness that is balanced very well by a subdued toasty and caramel biscuity maltiness. Supremely well balanced even though the hops run the show. Wow! This one is a pleasant surprise. Very enjoyable, and ideal with the blueberry chipotle sauced rack of ribs.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Bruisin' Ales. I was planning on saving this until a few more people could help me finish but a precariously placed growler and a big dog put an end to that, I'm just glad the whole growler didn't shatter.

Pours a very nice and slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a scaly layer of bubbles on top leaving decent lacing.

Smell of sweet caramel malts with hints of earthy, bitter hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavor is a bit more biscuit-like than the smell led me to believe, but the same earthy hops are there, ending with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with a good amount of a carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had a few glasses last night, and will probably finish the growler without much problem tonight.

Overall this is a solid English IPA, though it's nothing special. Very drinkable, and worth a shot if you're in the area.

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Doyle for pouring me a glass from his growler that he picked up in our oh so outlandish trip to Wine 101.

Pours a dark amber with half inch of foamy head. Good retention. I'm a little surprised by the nose; nutty, woody, earthy, not a lot of hops. Taste is a nutty, earthy maltiness up front followed by a moderate piny hop character and just a hint of yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth; goes down easily.

Not an awful beer. Definitely not what I was expecting. Malt character caught me off guard and the hop character was a little mild for my preference.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at Jack of the Wood in Asheville

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appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy copper body with a sticky beige spiderweb of lace

smell: floral hops, high levels of malt sweetness, earthy

taste: earthy hops, floral sweetness elevated by the cask treatment. good IPA, lacks a major punch but enjoyable

mouthfeel: smooth and juicy

drinkability: good

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had while sitting at the brewery on a recent trip to Asheville. Served from cask into a Green Man shaker. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one and a half finger bone white head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hop, citrus hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, and slight citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IPA. Definitely had a pretty nice citrus aspect going on in this one. I just wish the flavor would have been a little more robust in the citrus aspect. This one is definitely worth trying if you are in the area.

Photo of HopintheSouth
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a pint glass.

A-dark copper with a stained brown

S-citrus background with a fresh bouquet of flowers and grass on the nose

T-the floral aroma comes through again, good bitterness all the way around, definitely heavily loaded in german/english malts/hops

M-good carbonation, creamy malt feel

Not a bad IPA, for a local beer glad I finally got to try this one. I'm not a huge fan of the English-style IPA but this one is pretty tasty. I'd have another,

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Absolutely gorgeous red bronze, just beaming clear and shiny mirror quality, with nice tiny pinhead carbonation. Head manages only about two fingers, a little tan and small swiss cheese bubbles in it's makeup. Decent staying power, clumps and hangs quite a bit with spider like lacing, settling to a one finger puck.

Interesting mellow nose. Mild tea like hop aromatics, soft biscuit notes and light toasted brown bread and grains, just very slight and light. The light character even continues into a soft caramel sweetness as well. Toasty notes really match nicely, but like a true IPA the hops stand forward. Very nice and solid.

Palate comes basic and simple. Mild hop bitterness in mid palate, as a bit of sweet and toasty bread carries the mid palate. Aftertaste and finish washes clean, as the hop bitterness grows to a good green herbality and very spicy hop bitter finish. Soft bodied and a pine like aftertaste to match along with hints of spruce and dried green herbs. A biting toasty quality matches nicely in feel on this with the hop profile and malts together.

Very nice English Ipa.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was much more up my alley I have to admit. Really a great looking beer as the medium amber body makes its way into the glass and is capped nicely by about two inches of white foam that back off and leave a tight ring of lacing around the sides.

Aroma is rich citrus hops, pungent and full with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, orange and rich buttery malts that come through with a great and well balanced body. Smooth, subtle and lip smacking good, the rich citrus flavors pops immediatly as I take the first sip. Melting into a buttery and full mid palate that really balanced it quite nicely. Smooth and even acorss the tongue the body suits it quite well. Goes down smooth and easy, I had no trouble dropping this one quick.

Overall a really solid IPA and a great example of the style.

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Bonefish Grill Asheville. Served in a tall slim glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind

S- Mild hop aroma of grass and pine with some toasty malt beneath.

T- The bitterness starts out subdued which is proper for an English IPA but, after a while, it starts to creep in more and more letting you know this was indeed made in America. Still, there's a solid malt backbone rounding everything out and bringing a nice sweetness to the table.

M- A bit sharp from the hops and slightly dry. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A very solid, sessionable IPA from one of Asheville's mainstay breweries. I like that they go the English route while a lot of other Asheville breweries do a decent American style IPA but they all end up tasting the same for whatever reason. This one sticks out.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a shaker pint, the beer is a medium amber in color with good lacing shown as the glass empties

s: pale grainy malt aroma with an earthy English hop variety that brings dried grapefruit, lots of biscuit, simple stuff

m: the body is medium-light with a light level of carbonation

t: composition much like the aroma - grainy biscuit malt body with a moderate presence of citrusy hops, crisp bitter finish cleans up nicely

d: drinkability is good - a well-rounded beer suited for a few

pint at the brewery tasting room

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Green Man Brewing, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy and herbal hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. No malts are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The herbal and grassy flavors of this IPA make it a refreshing change of pace compared to the other traditional hops used in other beers in the style.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 Oz pilsner-like glass at vbgb in charlotte. Amber in color. Medium head and retention. Aroma is mild grass and mild caramel malt. Listed as an English ipa and it's obvious there isn't anything American in style about it. Taste is mild bitterness, touch of malt sweetness. Nothing over the top but quite drinkable. I would think this is a good gateway ipa.

Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint (at several places in Asheville). The body was clear and honey colored. The off tan thin head left only a ring of foam.

The smell was herbal, crisp hops.

The taste mirrored the aroma. Enough malts but off balance toward the herbal hops. Juicy citrus. Just right. Clean with a nice lingering grassiness.

The mouthfeel was medium with adequate carbonation. Solid.

Photo of patre_tim
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with a slight haze, a very few fine bubbled carbonation rising from half way up the glass to the surface, half a finger of off white head.

S: Caramel, jackfruit, light boiled cabbage.

T: Caramel, light sweetness, jackfruit, onion, medium light bitterness comes in on the end. A toffee quality also comes in near the end. All flavours are subtle.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Well done version of a traditional English IPA. Been a while since I’ve had this style, so its fun to recalibrate from the American spins on this classic. Well done.

Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color with a good sized two finger khaki head that leaves some pretty good sheet lace behind.

Aroma is a citrus/grassy/herbal mixture on a lightly sweet caramel base. Would say its light side but it is an English version of the style so pretty normal.

Taste is good dose of sweet caramel malts hints of toffee. Hops are herbal/earthy in nature with some earthy, tobacco and minty like bitterness in the finish. Petty true to style descent malt base.

Mouthfeel is solid medium average level of CO2.

Overall not a bad try on the style not big fan of the English IPA's but this one is pretty well done.

Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a handsome brown growler into my stone pint glass, a multilayered orange brown appearance, with a wispy rim of head. Plenty of yeast and 'floaties' visible, which is a plus. Nose is reserved and more towards the malt end of the equation with sweet and toasted highlights, Hops understated but present. Glad to be sampling this IPA. Growlers of this are all over the triangle and I am thankful.

Well balanced but I am surprised at the strength of the hops. This one has the citrus and pine flavors I am used to seeing in west coast brewers. The mellow biscuit and toffee flavors blend well throughout. Dry and impressively weighty texture throughout.

Definitely worth trying if you like the style. I enjoyed this IPA and am looking forward to more growlers from these brewers.

Photo of surfcaster
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just an outstanding take on the English IPA. Underrated IMO due to the expectations many have for an American IPA. Subtle.

Photo of BigBry
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Fox and Hound in Raleigh
The beer is clear, amber orange color, off white head with very good retention and thick lace lines.
Moderate aromas of herbal hops, nice and clean.
The taste has lots of hop flavors, grassy and herbal, bitterness but not a lot of malts.
Medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation.
A flavorful, easy to drink E IPA, not overly bitter, very good.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.24/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler shared by Lunch. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it slowly falls down my glass. The nose brings forward some light malt and English hops--maybe grassy and herbal--but along with that comes a bit of an off care and slight vegetal notes. The taste is similarly lacking in any hop component and simply has a mild graininess with a bit of vegetable skin. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation for the serving type. Drinkability is not particularly good. I would not say that there were any straight-out flaws or off-flavors with this beer, just that there was nearly nothing in the way of hop or malt character to really hide any flaws.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange color with crystal clear perfect clarity. Just about half a finger of off white head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smell: herbal hops. Crystal slightly sweet malts

Taste: opens up with crystal and Pilsner malt. Slightly sweet and spicy. Blends with a moderate herbal hop. Balanced and nice blend

Mouthfeel: slightly high bitterness for the hop taste. Good medium body and pretty drinkable.

Overall: a beer that would do well if you are in the mood for a herbal/ crystal taste. But needs more distinction in its malt to hop profiles

Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Edit: Gave this another shot and am adjusting scores accordingly. Take 2 was much improved all around with a nice leafiness, a pleasant little punch of bitterness, and a mild grittiness in feel. Consider this one "mildy recommended" now.
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Original Review

On tap at the Jack of the Wood pub in a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy copperish caramel (kinda dark in there) with a finger of cream-colored head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Smells a bit tame, with lots of sweet malt, but only a modest level of earthy hops.

Something definitely seems wrong here. Tastes fairly oxidized, which I didn't realize would be possible out of the keg (could be something other than oxidation is causing it, but the cardboard flavor is quite prominent). Hops are rather muted, or masked by the cardboard flavor.

Overall impression: Maybe I'll give this one another try, because it's hard to believe it would sell tasting like this all the time.

Photo of kflack
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at eds in dilworth.
A. Almost no head, but I think the bar is to blame, not the beer!
S. Same here, but has an ipa hint. Some strong simcoe??
T. A. Good bite up front, and a nice malt backbone, but there is something missing...
O. An ok ipa, go for their esb not this.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, auburn-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, bright white head that starts around a half an inch and settles quickly into a surface coat. Nose of biscuit and toffee in the backbone, with a sharp, tart, grapefruit character and some floral highlights. Smells bright and light. Flavors are bitter and tart forward, with grapefruit notes abound. Solid roasted toffee backbone, with a rich sweetness. Very well balanced, and some peppery notes at the end of the palate. Spiced and resiny bitter aftertaste on a light, smooth body. The beer has a crisp, drying finish. Very balanced and very solid. Good beer.

Photo of ezterry
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask green man IPA at Jack of the wood

A: a amber with a good two fingers of head, a bit of head remains for a good while

S:nice smell some hint of the hops nothing overpowering

T: tastes very mild as first but becomes much more, nice bitterness and flavor from the hops but not to the point of sensory overload while also some nice hint of malt in the rest of your mouth.

M: feels a little thin at first but catches up to have a nice overall texture

O: very nice combination of the hop flavor of an IPA while also being a medium body beer it makes for a good combo unlike some other local IPAs where I feel the hops are designed for sensory overload and cause me to have a lingering aftertaste.

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Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.