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Green Man ESB - Green Man Brewery

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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metter98

New York

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 20:20:11 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 02:17:38 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2007 17:25:30 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 00:21:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-19-2014 21:20:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-10-2013 00:40:07 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-19-2010 18:01:42 | More by oberon
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 00:15:33 | More by dbrauneis
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plaid75

New York

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-19-2014 04:17:02 | More by Gonzoillini
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-10-2014 16:33:19 | More by sendbeer
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 19:07:54 | More by thagr81us
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Brenden

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 12:50:01 | More by Brenden
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blackie

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 14:25:26 | More by blackie
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pathman

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-29-2013 22:18:25 | More by pathman
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

04-21-2014 23:22:13 | More by sweemzander
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-20-2013 02:41:12 | More by AngusOg
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: cask

01-10-2010 14:51:29 | More by Deuane
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-26-2013 02:04:45 | More by ZEB89
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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-04-2013 00:20:35 | More by jsanford
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-30-2013 22:49:34 | More by buckyp
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-30-2013 00:59:05 | More by ADTaber
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 00:02:53 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.