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Green Man India Pale Ale - Green Man Brewery

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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005)
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Photo of bosox941827
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

bosox941827, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

daliandragon, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

tdm168, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

KickbacksSteve, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of kflack
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

kflack, May 20, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

thagr81us, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

babaracas, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.25/5  rDev -39%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

thegodfather2701, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

beerdown77, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Duckworth's in Mooresville. Consumed on 9/20/10. Reviewed from notes.

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. This is not a 'hop-heads' IPA, but it is easily accessible and good. I liked it.

Onenote81, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

John_M, May 31, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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

blackie, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.48/5  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.

PDXHops, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Norfawkers, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

beer2day, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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

dirtylou, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

merlin48, May 23, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

atsprings, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  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.

glid02, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jack of the Woods Publick House, Asheville, NC. Wandered here after leaving Monk's Cafe. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Served a hazy orange amber, copper-colored, deep, with one-finger of a relatively fast-fading nearly-white head that surprisingly leaves a great deal of sticky, fluffy lacing.

Aroma: Mint and fruity esters dominate here, with flourishes of pineapple and strawberry coming across. It's pleasant, but very, very light, almost too light and "high up" in the nose.

Taste: Very nice. A moderate, well-balanced amount of bitterness, relatively heavily roasted, biscuity malts providing the balance, and equal parts orange zest and basil/mint providing the balance. Very leafy and citrusy. This one's really, really well balanced among its components.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with an average amount of effervescence providing a very smooth and even, fluffy, fairly light mouth.

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise!! It was the end of the evening, we were wandering, not expecting to find anything ... and I came across this. It's not the world's best IPA, but it's a low abv%, tasty, sessionable brew, interesting and local, and I'm very glad to have tried it.

CrellMoset, Jan 11, 2009
Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.