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Green Man ESB - Green Man Brewery

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 314
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 28.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006

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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 314
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bier Garden, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted, toasted and nutty malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is both very drinkable and flavorful. It has just enough underlying hops to prevent this from being too malty.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a fine beer, however there are a few things about it that offsets the style. A good firm malt base seems to headge on sweet barley grains with a bit of astringency (husks) in the mouthfeel. The hops also seem a bit high, citrus / pine, and bite-ey. But the beer comes together nicely with a cleanly brewed taste of fermentation and attenuation. Nearly mint-y in the finish. Body could be maltier with a higher gravity (use English malts) would have sweetened the beer and rounded out the (American) hop abrasion. Call it beer, and it's pretty tasty stuff. Call it an ESB, and it stumbles a bit.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Jack of the Wood.Poured a clear rich bronze with a thin soapy-like head atop,fruity malt notes in the nose with light toast,and lingering leafy hop although light.A tad thin in the feel with malt tilted fruit on the palate,some biscuit and caramel sweetness as well makes it more malt tilted,a leafy hop smack comes in the finish.A decent ESB but I have had better.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather interesting offering I have to say. I would guess this is more in the vain of a traditional ESB. A nice amber pour with a good bit of cloudiness to it. A big head of white comes up and fades quickly leaving behind a ring of lacing and thick pillow across the top. Aroma is herbal, lots of grassy and thick hop notes that are melted in with tons of bready notes and a touch of a woodsy note. A rather full body with a medium carbonation that really came across quite nicely and allowed the flavor to really show off quite nicely. Rich and full the green resiny flavor is well balanced and very full. Oily and dry in the finish this one begs for another sip almost immediatly.

Overall a very solid and really well put together ale. I would not mind at all getting to try this one again anyday.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listed as being 5.5% at the time of this rating.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Pale, bready malts with some slight sweetish toffee notes.

Taste: Biscuity, pale maltiness with a bit of toffee-like sweetness. Earthy, medium hop bitterness. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent ESB.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fine creamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and nutty malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and nutty malts with just a hint of roasted malts. There is a slight amount of earthy hops present which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink with a pleasant flavor that is not too malty but not bitter either - well balanced. Definitely a beer that I could have several during a session and I think it would pair very nicely with pub food.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep copper red, with a big chestnut brown tone to the entire glass, deep and rich. Virtually no visible rising carbonation, even through a somewhat clear body. Head is two fingers barely tall, with a very light tan appearance. Settling with a soapy to creamy top, a little bit of ring initial lace, but fairly small. Fairly ok and solid. Very impressive body color.

Lots of toasty notes almost bordering towards classic brown ale nutty quality for the aroma. A good mild sense of caramel, even a little bit of soft vanilla wants to poke out with a bit of sweet brown spices and sugars. Fairly straight and simple but also inviting and nice. Great simple nose.

Palate comes nicely, simply, and very light with lots of airy toast. Hinting brown ale toasting bread crust aromas pop in the mid palate. A wash of cream and vanilla flavors come out nicely, but with subtlety and a simple light ale body. Crisp but also dense finish with a good coating malt feel. Nutty finish and aftertastes of brown bread wash and linger long, fresh and clean. A bit of a playful feel to with a little bit of prickly carbonation just to tease and keep it lively.

Overall, a very fun ESB and hints towards nutty English Brown with a little bit of spunk and play. Very nice.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white head that lasted an average amount of time. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, caramel, and light hops.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, a little bit of hops, caramel, and a slight nuttiness in the finish. A pretty solid flavor considering ESBs are rarely overly complex beers. The caramel is a good touch.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole this is a well done beer. It won't blow you away, but it is worth trying.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very toasty, almost roasted malt aroma, which is unexpected for the style. Flavor is similar, with a lightly bitter finish. Nice malt character, but the roastiness is out of place.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew on tap yesterday at the Mellow Mushroom.

The color is a clear, deep reddish-brown. The head is compact and sits for a short time, leaving a constant foam and small traces of itself behind.
The smell is solid if not a bit light and thin. A nice balance of bitterness with slight sweet malts combine with lots of woody/herbal/grassy notes.
The taste is subdued but good. The bitterness is on par for the style, ESB not being as bitter as one would expect by the name or experience with, say, IPAs. That said, this one gets the style well. Lots of breads and toastiness are backed by slight notes of caramel and mix with the herbal and grassy flavors, making for a well-balanced, dry finish.
The body is medium. Nothing stands out about the mouthfeel. It's pretty smooth with an average carbonation.
This beer is certainly sessionable and makes for good drinking.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery into an Aviator shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and subtle roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice ESB. The flavor was nicely balanced with the sweet and roasted malts. The aroma was a little lacking as far as intensity, but still wasn't bad. Worth trying for an ESB fan out there.

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Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Deep amber brown in color with a low head

s: Good caramel malt aromas bring a moderate sweetness. Earthy hops provide some balance.

m: medium-low carbonation and a medium body

t: Seems a bit light and bland but there is a decent grainy malt presence. Nondescript hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. Could use a bit more character. Considerably "husky".

d: easy enough...nothing off and a decent beer

on-tap at Jack of the Wood

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at 12south Nashville. Pours a deep seethrough brown with nice looking head. Pretty much no aroma...so I didn't penalize it but its not good.
Taste is pretty boring but not offensive. Just blah...alt like watery malt. Meh
Its very mild and boring...not bad, just boring.
I wouldnt get again.

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Photo of wedge
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish copper color with a small, but nicely creamy off-white head. Smells of toasted, nutty malts, spicy, earthy hops, and cocoa. Balanced flavor of biscuity malts, chocolaty sweetness, toasted caramel, and some grassy, floral hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel thanks to a lower amount of carbonation. Pretty nice little easy drinker here. I've come to appreciate Green Man more over the last couple of years.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright, clear, dark copper with a ringing off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Lightly sweet biscuit malt with a touch of toffee and subtle fruity notes.

T-Sweet biscuit malt with accents of caramel and toffee. Light fruity notes of apricot and cherry in the semi-dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, nice straight forward and easy drinking. Very smooth but quite bouncy at the same time!

D-A very well done American version of this English classic. The cask delivery is iconic and makes this quite the session brew.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep brown with a slight tint of amber, really nice finger of light chocolate colored head, retention is ok, a thin layer remains after several minutes, lacing is ok too.

S - Toasted toffee malts, earthy/woody flavors, slightly chocolaty with some earthy hop notes.

T - Roasty bitter malts and earthy (slightly lemony) hops up front, not dry/hoppy bitter at all initially. Sweet toffee and traces of chocolate malts shine through and the finish is a bit citrusy/almost funky (in a very mild way). Aftertaste is that citrusy/slight funk, quite woody, and fairly bitter from earthy hops. Mildly dry (bitter) aftertaste lingers a decent bit

M - Lighter bodied, pretty well carbonated, very drinkable.

O - Tasty, guzzled 4 or 5 sips at once and am enjoying it more. Not amazing, but decent flavor, lots going on, and very drinkable.

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Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed December 26th, 2013 at Harrah's Casino, Cherokee, NC.

Medium amber with reddish/ruby highlights. Minimal head.

Aroma is nutty, roasted malts.

Flavor is almost like a brown ale: toffee, melanoidin, low bitterness. Some light resiny hop character on finish.

Carbonation tingle, medium bodied.

I would drink this again, especially if I see it on tap at a mega-casino! Nice local alternative to the usual BMC fare.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Color is slightly hazy copper brown with a very small fast disappearing head, leaving no lace. Smells of straight barley with so toasted malt notes and a bit of earthy hops. Taste is toast and malty, slightly bready, herbal and earthy hops at the end with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light in carbonation, medium body and slick finish.

This one was ok, but nothing mind blowing. Not something I'd get again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a nice dark amber color to it that makes it appealing. When it comes to the taste and smell, the beer is a very smokey ESB but still pretty good. The hops could be stronger and less earthy but is still enough to give it a nice hop bite.

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Photo of babaracas
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jack of the Wood in a shaker pint. A hazy aged copper with a quarter inch of off-white head that stuck around and deposited a thin sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: really sparse -- toffee, minerally. Taste: toffee, decently fruity, apricot, mildly nutty, with an earthy and herbal bitterness. Finishes earthy and a little nutty, drying. Decent.

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Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Jack of the Wood in Asheville, NC.

A deep, deep amber if not light brown. A nice foamy head. Aroma was mild with biscuit and a hint of brown sugar. Flavor was bready malts with minimal hops. Slightly tart. Not especially complex. A smooth, silky mouthfeel that delivered well from the cask.

English in spirit but not in complexity. A smooth, enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Omnium
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Heads up., I cant justly rate this because I feel it does not conform to style.
Bottle > Tulip glass

A - clear brown with a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Very nutty, some woodiness to it, cedar, big roasted maltiness, light grassy and earthy hop tone.
T - Extra, special....brown ale? seriously this is closer to an amber, but especially a brown way more so than and ESB, no hops really come through in the flavor, its roasty malts.
M. Mildly creamy, smooth.
O - In no way shape or form is this an ESB, its way too roasty and there's barely any hop profile...But it is a good brown ale!

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Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.