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Green Man ESB - Green Man Brewery

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006)
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burnzgtm

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +37.7%

07-11-2014 18:17:42 | More by burnzgtm
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DeadGuyRyan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +37.7%

09-19-2012 02:22:14 | More by DeadGuyRyan
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DuffDaddy

Florida

5/5  rDev +37.7%

10-16-2013 17:18:32 | More by DuffDaddy
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drperm

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer on tap at Jack of the Wood ok, but having it cask-conditioned at Brewgrass has changed my life!

Regarding the appearance, it pours pure foam into the glass before settling into a shimmering raw umber. It sits poised with good posture, laced with a delicate doily of white foam.

As it approaches the nose, an aroma of freshly-cracked roasted barley awakens and caresses the olfactory. This flows seamlessly into a melange of fresh hops and a nostalgic hint of summer meadows untainted by industrialism.

The taste is creamy-smooth, roasty, and above all mellow: mellow like the quiet sage who only speaks once a month, but when his mouth opens pure poetic wisdom spouts forth.

As it tickles the tongue and continues its journey, it leaves a calling-card: more mellowness, richly smooth. I could make sweet love to this brew all night (or day!) long.

Overall: Have I mentioned yet that I think I'm in love?

Serving type: cask

09-25-2008 17:33:09 | More by drperm
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

02-19-2014 04:30:38 | More by RochefortChris
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

01-30-2014 01:07:10 | More by hollywood_15063
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DrinkDrankDronk

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-20-2013 02:20:53 | More by DrinkDrankDronk
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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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matt82gill

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-30-2012 02:34:24 | More by matt82gill
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sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-08-2014 23:02:52 | More by sammy806
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ninaturner

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-01-2013 14:39:56 | More by ninaturner
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Eddsdds


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

01-01-2013 02:16:57 | More by Eddsdds
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mshall


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-27-2012 16:02:44 | More by mshall
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-03-2014 00:28:10 | More by xJMFCx
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dcs1548

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-14-2014 00:12:50 | More by dcs1548
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wceaton

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-21-2012 02:19:10 | More by wceaton
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beerdown77

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been excited to try this beer for a few reasons: One, it's a local place and I appreciate that. Two, it comes recommended by a friend. This beer was good. I thoroughly enjoyed the intense hoppy flavor, which I was not expecting. It had a robust, natural element. I enjoyed the "rawness" and heaviness despite the fact that it is only 5.3%. Maybe there is power of suggestion in the name, but earthy and organic came to mind as well. I could have a few of these in a row and am looking forward to trying Green Man's other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 00:26:52 | More by beerdown77
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plaid75

New York

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a delightful mix of toasted malts and herbal hops.

The taste was very well balanced with a push toward the toasty breadiness of the malts. The vibrant herbal hop made its presence known however.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a well made ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 00:47:17 | More by plaid75
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in north Raleiigh

Pours a reddish amber with little head. Nose detects caramel and nutty malts. Taste is robust offering caramel and nutty malts but a clean hop bitterness to finish. Clean and well balanced. Medium to full bodied. A nice first introduction to Green Man.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 02:39:07 | More by tdm168
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jsausley

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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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beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best things about Jack of the Wood is the cask handle.

Cloudy copper color with thin head. Nice thick lace.

Subtle citrus hit with light malt presence in the nose.

Very chewy beer with lots of body. Smoky, peaty, bread pudding, and a citrus bite all combine for a very interesting presentation. Peat, like a scotch ale, creeps in too.

Thick body. Not syrupy, just thick.

I could drink a lot of these.

Serving type: cask

08-21-2010 00:31:44 | More by beer2day
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber nearly brown in color and has a pretty big haze to it. Head is about one finger, fizzy and off white. Head has fair retention .

Nose has some rich doughy bready malt forward. There is a faint hazelnut sweetness also present hops are there but light, hard to detect particular aromas, maybe some herbal aromas.

Taste is great. Some more bready malt is forward that fades into a light herbal hop midsection before a slightly doughy malt finishs the beer leaving sone residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body is cut with moderate to high carbonation and leaves it pretty soft and highly drinkable. Very light bitterness lets the malt really come out.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:07:41 | More by Fcolle2
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13esd

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-27-2011 21:58:50 | More by 13esd
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-05-2011 20:36:12 | More by russpowell
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-13-2013 05:39:10 | More by BeerZack
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Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.