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Green Man India Pale Ale - Green Man Brewery

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71 Reviews

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 378
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 52 | 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.
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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 378
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  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.

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.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.52/5  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.

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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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of beckje01
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Good solid IPA worth a try if your ever in Ashvile.

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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"

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Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
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