Green Man India Pale Ale - Green Man Brewery

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.12/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer appears clear and orange in color, with a half inch of head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is odd, with scents of hops and weird herbal notes. The flavor brings more of the same, with a prominent taste of overly cooked vegetables. The beer is out of balance and off putting. An astringent bitter taste lingers on the tongue. Not recommended. (413 characters)

Photo of blordo1685
2.21/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

While this beer promotes itself as an English IPA, I believe it is fair to review this beer based on its overall taste.

A - Poured a deep orange, clear, 2 finger head with off white bubbles.

S - Very bitter astringent hop aroma with some faint malt notes.

T - Non distinct bitter up front, followed by maltiness but not pleasant. One dimensional with a medium mouthfeel.

O- This is a bland, non descript ale with no complexity. After a couple of attempts at this one, I finally decided to pour this down the drain while remembering I had a Lagunitas on hand. (562 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.24/5  rDev -38.8%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler forced on me by Lunch in the most horrifying beer rape I've ever been the recipient of...too dramatic? Hombre Verde IPA from where-ever.

Beer looked OK, poured into a Russian River wine glass, the glass I was using was by far the best part of the beer, followed by the appearance, everything else in a distance third. Beer was amber and mostly clear, thin head of medium and some small bubbles, I dare say a little lacing too.

"oh no..." is what I said when I smelled the beer. And I meant it, it would be one thing if it were just grassy, but it kind of smelled like boiled cabbage and grass. Time to power on.

Nope, not like this at all. Beer is thin and has nearly no hop flavor, some malt on the lead off but overall the beer is just a gross mess of off flavors. Why am I drinking this? Well I'm not anymore. (823 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 3/5/11 notes. Growler shared by Lunch; thanks Paul.

a - Pours an amber/copper color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light bready malts, citrus hops, floral notes, and light vegetable. Not that

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, light floral notes, and vegetables again. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a very good IPA. Smell and taste seemed to have a lot of grain/bready malts to it, as well as a small amount of vegetables, which I did not enjoy. Wouldn't seek out again. (569 characters)

Photo of PhilDaBrewer
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Definitely an English IPA. Pours a copper color with minimal head. Smell is earthy, grassy, slightly sweet. Taste is also earthy - clay mixed with a bit of swamp water. Nice mouthfeel! Overall, this beer leaves a lot to be desired and this reviewer feels it's average, at best. Try something else. (297 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love ipas, but I wasn't impressed with this one. It started well enough with a nice pour, amber with a very good head, some nice retention, and a bit of lacing. The aromas were thin and grainy with a touch of bitter hops. A bit of sweetness as well, but not really integrated. Taste was similar. A thinly carbonated hop tea with no real malt nalance. Thin and watery, with one note spicy bitter hops and just a residual sweetness. Out of whack and quickly tiresome to the palate. Needs more carbonation, structure, and malt. (526 characters)

Photo of beckje01
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to wcudwight for this growler trade.

A- Amber with very little head and no activity.

S- Lots of hops with a slight sweet smell in there too.

T- Hops, hops and some hops the beer ends a bit bitter but really I only taste hops.

M- light good feel.

D- Easy really had a pint very quickly.

Notes:
Good solid IPA worth a try if your ever in Ashvile. (371 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nothing special here, but a decent choice if you're a hophead. A nicely done, well balance IPA. It isn't a standout knock em out of the park brew, but for sitting around shooting the breeze and craving some hops, it gets the job done. Worth a try if you see it on tap somewhere. (278 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Light copper with some copper hues. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops to a small cap and collar with some splotches of lacing. Slight haze. Minimal visible carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Mild earthy hop profile. Some juicy fruit, namely apple and some grapefruit. A bit bready with some caramel malt sweetness. Cooked malts. Some British malt influence makes it a bit woodsy and minerally. Pretty mild overall.

Taste: Herbal and earthy with a soft fruitiness. Apple skin and pear. A touch of grapefruit and pithy bitterness. Malts are lightly sweet with a bready and caramel malt finish. Cooked malts. A bit toasted. A bit of backing minerals. Grassy and herbal. Some peach as well. Balanced and easy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit of lingering earthy bitterness. A bit wet.

Overall: Hey, they did something!

It's a solid English IPA, but the hop profile seems a bit off. Herbal and earthy without enough malt balance to keep it in check. (1,021 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a thin, bubbly off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of earthy, herbaceous hops and vague hints of English toffee.

Taste: Mild toffee flavor and sweetness that quickly shifts to a moderately spicy hop taste that lasts into the gently lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Cask and you shall receive! (381 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (553 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark copper with just a thin white head. Decent lacing, however, and a thin off-white cap on top of the beer.

Aroma is very earthy with plenty of hints of toast and caramel. Some pine and overripe orange as well. Pretty good.

The flavor has more of the piney earthiness expected from an English IPA. Nothing tropical at all about this. Just the slightest hint of fruit but it is more of the overripe variety. Bitterness is moderate to high but not too excessive. Lingering bitterness in the finish with a slight sweetness.

Overall, this is a good, albeit fairly run of the mill, English IPA. Nice earthiness from the hops but lacks a bit of the maltiness complexity found in other examples. All in all a good beer. (763 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler from Bruisin' Ales into a Le Merle tulip glass pours a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a decent amount of Earthy hops (a hint of pine) and biscuity malts. The taste is a decent balance of Earthy hops and sweet malts, almost more like a standard Pale Ale, but the beer does leave a nice bitter hoppy finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with a touch of dryness and decent carbonation. This one is somewhat enjoyable, but I must say it's the weakest Asheville IPA I've had yet, and I've now had them all, at least until the next one comes around. (593 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Its funny to see the palate shift that occurs as beers once thought hop-dominant now seems a sensibly balanced IPA. Revisiting this classy brew, it now seems like a hop-forward American Pale Ale with a drier tone. Here's a deeper look...

Once enjoyed at the garage-type Green Man Ales brewery and also at Jack of the Wood- both in downtown Asheville, the ale pours a deeper amber color than is standard for the style. A frothy mid-statured head separates from the beer's body and laces the surface with eggshell foam and with spottily lace.

Pine and citrus are foremost on the nose. But backed by stern burnt caramel notes, the aromas are balanced and fairly strong. Bread crust, fresh seared barley and buckwheat round out the robust scent, but hops are always in command.

Deep and toasted sweetness of bread crust, burnt caramel and cardamom-rich rye bread provide the underpinning for the hop onslaught that ensues- grapefruit peels, bitter orange zest and pine needles rise to command the middle palate; just ahead of a turn to dryish malt and resinous hop bitterness to close.

Medium bodied, its easy to celebrate a lighter tone because of the finishing hop dryness, fleeting malt texture and alcohol warmth. But the bulk of the taste is moderately rich with malt starch, carbonated creaminess and light dextrin.

Even though the ale tries to balance with robust Amber Ale attributes, the hops stand proud and keep the focus on those classic American taste. Its a renegade IPA that gives no cares to the style police, but achieves a perfect balance and set of complexities that are unique onto its own. (1,611 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good IPA. Has a dark amber color, I had a not to over-powering taste of hops. The only issue I had was there was hardly a smell to it, a very faint hoppy smell. (178 characters)

Photo of kflack
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

A: copper; a touch cloudy; light tab head leaves nothing more than a few specks of lace.

S: earthy hops; toasted caramel malt.

T: follows aroma; pretty standard.

M: medium-full; high carbonation.

O: a pretty standard English IPA. (256 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of abastias
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Label Date: May 12, 2015
A: Translucent golden orange toffee color. Thick head of yellow-white foam lasting a minute or so.
S: Mossy light aroma. Artisanal bread crust. Spicy.
T: Earthy bitter flat hoppiness with sustain.Piney.
M: Sticky hoppiness, with medium viscosity. Fine bubbles.
O: Well balanced, lightly flavored IPA. Not overly hoppy. (343 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (521 characters)

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Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
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