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Green Man ESB - Green Man Brewery

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006)
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Sam Smith Tulip Imperial Pint.

Pours hazy dark copper with a thinnish off-white head that quickly fades to nothing. Bumped up for over-valuation, and also because it's a growler.

Nose is as I remember it at the pub - beautifully malty, toasty, rich caramel, hints of toffee, chocolate, and the perfect amount of floral hops for balance.

Taste is excellent, and follows the nose very closely - intros with a blend of floral, slightly earthy hops and toasty, rich, complex malt. Like the nose, toasty caramel, a bit of restrained fruitiness, a bit nutty, hints of chocolate and toffee mingle with the lovely earthiness from the hops. This beer literally nails the style for me. Beautifully put together, expertly done.

Mouthfeel is restrained, medium-full bodied and with a very light carbonation, perhaps just a bit too light. Drying in the finish, and with a nice silkiness to it.

Drinkability was fantastic - this beer had more flavor than some beers I've tried twice its size. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2010 18:13:00 | More by JohnQVegas
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GMan

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-28-2014 21:46:11 | More by GMan
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, amber-brown coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of roasted caramel and toffee, with hints of coffee in the backbone, too. Flavors are a toffee and coffee blend forward, with a bittersweet balance throughout. Smooth and light bodied, with a richly sweet and roasted aftertaste. The flavor is smooth and sweet. Solid, simple, balanced, well crafted brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2014 02:12:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bearden Beer Market in Knoxville.

Hazy, dark amber color with thin tan head. Prominent bread, roasted malt aroma with mold floral hops. Taste is reacted malts with caramel, fruity sweetness balanced by mild bitterness. Medium body with mild carbonation. Very mild ethanol warmth.

Overall a great ESB, very smooth with strong, sweet malt.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2014 01:13:59 | More by myelo
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +36.6%

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Nevada

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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jsausley

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from the Boston, MA brewery.

Batch 1218, bottle 14154.

This beer has been one of my perennial favorites when visiting the mountains of North Carolina and the vicinity of Asheville where it is most commonly found on draft. The first time I had this beer was at the 12 Bones restaurant on the UNC-Asheville campus, served on draft with a delicious North Carolina barbecue meal. ESB stands for Extra Special Bitter but the bottle says "special amber ale." It comes in a beautiful bottle with a gorgeous smooth label that I couldn't help but run my thumb over.

A: ESB has a really dark reddish-brown color that is more transparent than translucent. It is rich in color like a fine, dark red wood. It did not pour a very noticeable head on my pour, but it could be due to the fact that I reviewed from a bottle rather than on draft. There was however significant carbonation bubbling deep within the beer, but you have to stare into its deep color to find it.

S: This ale is more flavorful than fragrant. It smells of roasted malt and coffee with a light hint of chocolate.

T: This is a wonderfully flavorful beer. The first sip is packed of roasted malt and coffee flavors and hits you hard with its boldness. It has a malty, nutty body a slight tinge of hops is somewhat sweet on the tongue. There are hints of herbs and earthy flavors and very little fruit or citrus. It is not a very bitter beer (32 IBU) and lacks a significant amount noticeable aftertaste apart from a slight bitterness.

M: Smooth and crisp but lacking carbonation. It is a very drinkable texture and smoothness.

O: Overall this is one of my favorite beers that I buy locally. It's rich and bold but not overpowering, which you would expect from a nice craft ale. I still prefer the Green Man IPA (which I have not reviewed yet) but I wouldn't turn down this lovely malty ale with its rich flavor and dark color.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 23:29:20 | More by jsausley
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.