Green Man India Pale Ale - Green Man Brewery

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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 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 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 BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

Photo of mdfb79
2.54/5  rDev -31%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.27/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears amber in color with a frothy off-white cap that leaves patchy lacing on thr glass.

The aroma is straight hops smelling primarily of pine, herbs, catty and dank. It is mildly fruity and floral as well as it opens up.

The taste is bitter and herby like grass and a bit of pine and dank aspects before getting rindy and zesty. A soft backing of caramel-like grain is present without offering much sweetness. Some alcohol is also evident as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is an interesting and enjoyable ipa that is for the most part middle of the road, but without fault as well.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.12/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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 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 Georgiabeer
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom.

The beer pours and orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, showing some light orange citrus and earthiness. Flavors replicate the nose, though it could use a bit more flavor intensity. The beer is otherwise fairly dry and grainy on the palate, and it reminds me of an English style IPA (which I now see is what the brewer was going for). The beer is very nicely balanced, but with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good in this medium bodied, uncomplicated, easy to understand and appreciate beer.

Nothing special here, but it was a nice enough beer to have with some good pizza.

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 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 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

cell phone notes

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 jbaker67
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Came out a murky dark amber with a slight reddish hue on the edges. A large creamy beige head rested on top. Pretty lace sticks around. The nose pretty basic for the style. Some minor floral tones, mild citrus, and a sweet balanced finish. The body had moderate depth; decent carbonation. Easy drinker. Not too filling. Not a sharp IPA by any means. The hops are tamed down a bit. Well-balanced with toffee sweetness and mild citrus flavors.

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 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 GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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"

Photo of MacQ32
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
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