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Green Man ESB - Green Man Brewery

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-16-2013 02:57:15 | More by RedneckBeerz
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wedge

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 20:49:22 | More by wedge
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-03-2011 23:47:27 | More by tclapper
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-24-2012 05:36:13 | More by Falcone
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-20-2013 02:16:32 | More by Stinger80OH
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-01-2013 17:06:12 | More by smithj4
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-12-2011 00:21:14 | More by jak
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charlzm

California

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 18:33:00 | More by charlzm
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-09-2014 17:06:50 | More by OldTime
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-12-2012 01:12:52 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Lantern


3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-27-2011 12:08:48 | More by Lantern
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 23:09:28 | More by MacQ32
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-28-2014 20:12:23 | More by DRBiser
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-14-2013 18:23:21 | More by mikeincharleston
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-12-2013 19:19:30 | More by mychalg9
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-27-2011 20:33:31 | More by GJ40
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-13-2014 01:19:06 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-06-2013 20:55:10 | More by dvmin98
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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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rangerred

Tennessee

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin half finger head. While the head is not big it has decent retention and ok lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malt with some hints of coffee. A little biscuit in there too. Nothing really in the way of hops.

The flavor is roasted malt and toast with some biscuit. Caramel and toffee underneath and it is quite sweet throughout. Some light spicy hops underneath with a moderate bitterness. Way too much carbonation with a spritzy but sweet mouthfeel.

Overall, not very good. Tastes like a homebrewed brown ale. No real yeast character and way too much carbonation. I'll pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:06:21 | More by rangerred
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-19-2012 18:25:01 | More by BigTrubble
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babaracas

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 03:33:33 | More by babaracas
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-10-2013 00:56:25 | More by kristougher
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DustinSWB

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-26-2014 15:46:04 | More by DustinSWB
Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.