Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Green Man India Pale Ale - Green Man Brewery

Not Rated.
Green Man India Pale AleGreen Man India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

69 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 69
Hads: 370
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005

Green Man India Pale Ale is delectably hoppy with a properly balanced body. Generous hop additions give it a wonderful bitterness and pleasant floral nose, while our combination of traditional British malts creates a rich, satisfying flavor and alluring copper color. This authentic English-style IPA is our flagship ale.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Green Man India Pale Ale Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 69 | Hads: 370
Photo of rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden color that has a nice froth and lace

Smell: Abundance of hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight citrus/malt undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. Nice balance of malt flavor. A bit of a bitter finish from all the hops but very good.

A very good IPA which I highly recommend. (386 characters)

Photo of pincushion
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer!
The aroma caught my nose before I even held the glass.
Floral hoppyness, copper amber color, light head that lingered on the edge more than 3/4 of the glass. I will be seeking the beer out again. I am in Asheville NC for a conference, you can bet I will be doing all I can to find this beer in San Diego CA when I return home. (340 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks more like an English Pale Ale. Amber-brown color with quickly diminishing 1 finger head.

Smell: Smells more like an English Pale Ale. Malt, caramel, toffee, super-slight booze, piney background.

Taste: Unexpected... The taste is the smell in reverse. Hop bitterness, pine, a touch of citrus, followed by a slight wash of sweet malt and booze before the bitterness begins to linger - more like a piney hopped American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium, but more thick than thin. Oily and sticky.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I'm pretty sure it was my first English IPA. If blindfolded, I would've been convinced it was an English Pale Ale by smell and just as equally convinced it was a piney American IPA by taste. I would definitely have this again. (770 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the counter in a plastic cup due to Bele Chere but was crystal clear medium amber with a low white and lasting head.

The aroma was nicely hoppy and earthy with a good caramel backbone and a slight frutiness.

The flavor was assertively bittered and coupled with a nice caramel maltiness and a very nice hop presence in the flavor and bittering. The hop presence was earthy and well balanced with the malt flavors.

The finish was dry and bitterin with a lasting earthy hop presence long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and was well done. A very nicely done English IPA.

Pint at Jack of the Woods.

From the website:
"English in style, it is “monster-hopped,” with English malts plus a special honey malt from Canada, Target and Kent Goldings hops added five times during the brewing process. This orange-amber ale is strong in both flavor and alcohol!
6.0% ABV * 65 IBUs" (916 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper color with average clarity. Fine, rocky head with excellent retention, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma is nice and malty - biscuit, caramel; hops are a bit wanting on the nose, but perhaps this is due to the cold temperature.

The flavor is of herbal hops nicely balanced with nutty malt flavors. Long dry finish with just the right lingering bitterness to inspire another drink.

Medium body, mouthcoating. A very nice example of the British IPA style that shows that all IPAs dont need to be hop bombs to be outstanding. A great accompaniment to food.

Reviewed from notes taken from serving at the Asheville Airport. Served way to cold, but as it warmed up, it showed its stuff beautifully. (718 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of bballmj2k
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Whiskey in Durham. Pleasantly surprised on this one.

A - amber with a couple fingers of head.

S - citrus, herbal hop aroma. Really enticing.

T - big fruit up front. Definitely west coast, oranges, grapefruit, maybe a bit of mango? Not much malt to speak of - bitter finish.

M - medium body, nice bitter finish leaving it quite dry.

Just spent some time in Chicago drinking tons of 3 Floyd's alpha king and this beer compares remarkably well. Impressive. (477 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup for Bele Chere. Sigh.

Amber gold with 1/2 finger head. No lacing. No retention on my plastic drinking vessel.

Faint citrus nose. Like the pale, not enough there but what is there is nice.

Nice bright hop hit. More pine than citrus is present. Very nice hop profile.

Another easy session beer. (323 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice gold with a thick white head. The head left some amazing cascading and lacing on the top half of the glass. It was truly a great looking lacing, I was very impressed.

S-All about citrus hops. Grapefruit leading the charge, then some orange/lemon in the mix. Smells good, but not the most over powering/complex nose.

T-Citrus again; grapefruit, some orange and lemon. It is very balanced as the malt comes in to play in the finish. It also has a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

M-Good mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-I would like to put a 5 for this category, but its dry finish might slightly hinder it and I don't want to over rate this beer. However, it is very sessionable.

Overall, this is a very good beer. If I wasn't planning on driving home I would have drank a couple more of these. I loved it. I can't wait to drink more of this beer and more from Green Man Ales and Brewery. (929 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of beerdown77
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Man IPA pours amber and very clear, not a whole lot of head (but I had it on draught, and the bar tender wasn't trying to create any head). I couldn't smell a whole lot, but the taste was huge and delicious. It almost had a dirty rawness...similar to the Green Man ESB. There was so much flavor and it was surprisingly well rounded for a local place. This was the second sampling that I've tried from this brewery, and I have really enjoyed it both times. There is a nice bite, with a pleasant sweetness/bitterness combo. There was so much flavor in this beer that I wouldn't call it easy drinking, but I want to want more of it. (635 characters)

Photo of bosox941827
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on pint in Raleigh a few months back and thought it was good, so when I heard they just started sending growlers to the Triangle, I pounced and got one at the Beer Dispensary in Apex.
A - Amber-brown, with just a bit of a head, which dissipates fairly rapidly
S - Get mostly malt off this one, but a bit of hops as well
T - Here's where this one stands out; a bit of malty sweetness, which is followed up quickly by an extremely flavorful hop kick, which is piney and bitter, but also very tasty. Also get a bit of chocolate, earthy malt which only reveals itself at the very end of the palate and adds a bit of complexity. DEFINITELY in the west coast style. To those below not getting much hops out of this one, perhaps you had an old sample? Did Green Man change their recipe? This one is very fresh and the hop flavor is substantial and hangs around in the mouth for a LONG time, too. Very, very solid, IMO - really liking this.
M - Fairly smooth; popped the growler 2 days after I got it and still had a decent amount of carbonation left.
Surprised and impressed with this one - Triangle beer drinkers seek this one out! (1,137 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed deep amber color, two fingers of head stays around for a while. Floral herbal hop nose with toasted bread and some fallen apples, great aroma. Smooth and creamy with a hearty medium body. Hints of caramel and toasted bread from the malt, prickly zesty hop bitterness is assertive on the palate. Herbal woody tones with some light floral and citrus flavors from the hops. Balance but clearly hop forward. A great rendition of the style, American in size for sure. (520 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours amber/ruby with nearly a finger of off-white/caramel head, retention is a little lacking, fantastic (thin) lacing however.

S - Lots of sweet caramel, super slight crisp hop bitterness, pretty mild.

T - Much more bitter than I would have thought (somewhat bitter, relative to smell its bitter), grassy and somewhat citrusy, great balance of caramel sweetness. Fantastically balanced

M - Lighter bodied yet still very smooth, medium/low carbonation - super enjoyable to drink.

O - Very well balanced, smooth, fantastically drinkable. Nothing to crazy but just extremely well balanced in every way, great beer. (621 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Norfawkers
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the IPA on tap and from the cask and the cask seems to be the better choice. You can really taste the fullness of the flavors that the carbonation from the tap mask.

Appearance: Creamy smoothness, lots of head and lacing, deep amber

Smell: Hoppy deliciousness

Taste: Full hop flavor with a hint of smoke

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and smooth; quite versatile as a sipping beer or with a meal. Try the cask over the tap if the choice presents itself (488 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an orangish amber color…a really nice hue, fairly transparent, I see tons of bubble action in the middle…mother of pearl head is a thick stack of tiny bubbles forming about a pinky finger in width…a really nice looking brew…(4.5/5)

Smell: Yum! A nice aroma here…it’s got a very woodsy, earthy and slightly musky tone but there’s a noticeable fruit cocktail sweetness that keeps it from going over the edge for me…yeast is also prevalent…while I can’t say that it’s too diverse, what it has is nice…(3.75/5)

Taste: Hmmm…very much like the nose, earthy, woodsy with a touch of musky yeast…there’s a rye, malty bite after the initial taste that takes over the flavor and lends to the earthy bitterness/earthy malt that follow…there’s a peachy fruit sweetness in the background that rounds out the taste…it really does finish much like it starts, with a earthy bitterness that coats the tongue…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium carbonation…it fluffs up bringing earthy hoppy bitterness to the palate…a hoppy creaminess lingers into the after taste…a hoppy bitterness sticks on the tongue, leaving a very nice flavor…yum! (4/5)

Overall: I’m very impressed with this brew…I’ve had it before at their restaurant, but not out of the bottle and it’s translated well in mass production…beers typically of this IPA style I find too pungent with earthy/musky bitterness, but there’s something about this one that is different…the drinkability is fantastic, this will definitely become one of my staple brews in the fridge…Green Man sells growlers and that is what I’d recommend buying…a fantastic brew that will bring a happy buzz while throwing 18 at Richmond Hills…thank goodness for summer! (4.25/5)

www.brewreport.blogspot.com (1,826 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (708 characters)

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

This one pours a nice amber in color with good carbonation and excellent lacing down the glass. Smell is a good balance of hops and malt. Somewhat piney and earthy with hints of citrus in there as well but malts are about as pronounced. Caramel malts and I notice the honey sweetness as the beer is described to have. Mouthfeel isn't overly bitter and pretty light. Not too drying and not the same feeling as an English or American IPA. Good drinkability but it gets you easier than the Porter will. A nice take on the English version of the IPA. I enjoyed it. (560 characters)

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

a: This was a slightly hazy medium copper color. It was served to me with a small sticky head.

s: Lots of leafy, lightly citric hops leap out of the glass. Moderate caramel malt balance.

t: Hugely hoppy with lots of overt bitterness. Some citrus, but mainly grassy or leafy. Sweet caramel is plenty noticeable.

m: Heavier than expected for an average sized IPA.

o: Really nice IPA to pass the time with while I waited for my BBQ. (433 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber in color with a slight haze and a good one and a half finger off white head that has good retention.

Smell has a some good hop aromas forward with mainly floral and herbal notes. Smells nicely balanced with a good amount of rich caramel and bready malt.

Taste is good. There is a nice light herbal hoppy note forward over a rich bready malty body. Nicely balanced and no individule ingredient is overdone.

Mouthfeel is good medium body and small bubble carbonation give this a medium feel. Lots of hoppy resin and oil leave this slightly sticky. (565 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (965 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.