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Green Man ESB - Green Man Brewery

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221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

dcs1548, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

wceaton, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of beerdown77
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

beerdown77, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of myelo
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

myelo, Jul 15, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

plaid75, Nov 10, 2012
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4.12/5  rDev +11.7%

hxchase, Sep 07, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +11.4%

Tucquan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

tdm168, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

beer2day, Aug 21, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Fcolle2, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

13esd, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

russpowell, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

BeerZack, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

TheWillMitch, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

MostlyNorwegian, May 01, 2014
Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the brewery.

This beer was a bit lighter than most ESB's. The smell was bitter. The taste was bitter with a sweet ending. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth. The drinkability was good. I could drink these again. I was going to get this in my growler but the Oatmeal Stout was awfully good.

Enola, May 09, 2006
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

jnice1984, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

thatoneguymike, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

AngusOg, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Falcone, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

RyanAU, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

PuckPuck, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

greeniedgator, Nov 06, 2014
Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.