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Green Man India Pale Ale - Green Man Brewery

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.
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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 380
Photo of Schwarzwald
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great IPA from Green Man. I really am having trouble giving this a fair review but, I will try. I always get this when I go to my favorite restaurant in Knoxville at the moment... Tupelo Honey in Market Square Knoxville. So with this world-class food they have Green Man beer.

I love this easy drinking IPA. Not too hoppy and smarty. Never see the head but the color is warm and dark. Nice mouth feel with lots of bubble and pop.

Flavor is great and I keep coming back to it. Give it a try with the green at Tupelo Honey!

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Photo of BierStein711
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught into pint

Dark amber pint with three finger off-white head, moderate carbonation

Smells of pine, apricot, and oranges

Taste: pine forward with apricot

Mouthfeel: thicker

Overall, this is a great beer! I hope they distribute to IL sometime.

I'd put this in my fridge.

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Photo of PhilDaBrewer
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.24/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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)


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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.

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Photo of jpro
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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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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Photo of CliffBrake
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of bballmj2k
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of bosox941827
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jack of the Wood, in a shaker pint. Mostly clear dark orange with thin off-white head leaving a ring of fine lace. Smell: earthy, peach tea, slight grapefruit, lots of caramel. Taste: fruiy - peach and orange - herbal spiciness, a little grapefruit rind. Big toffee backbone. Nice lingering bitterness. Solid carbonation. A nice English-American IPA hybrid.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
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