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Green Man ESB - Green Man Brewery

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199 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +8.7%

zekeman17, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of JohnParadee
3/5  rDev -18.5%

JohnParadee, May 21, 2014
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

LJWalker, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

GJ40, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dvmin98, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

kristougher, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -18.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of rangerred
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

rangerred, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of babaracas
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

babaracas, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

BigTrubble, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bigbluebeerguy, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

brother_kenneth, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

MastaShonuf, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of DustinSWB
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DustinSWB, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

JohnQVegas, Oct 31, 2010
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jaswilson2, May 20, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +23.9%

tfsimpkins, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BlueMoon10, Today at 12:22 AM
Photo of Brewsed
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Brewsed, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of wcudwight
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a nice sized sticky head. Lot's of lace cascades down the sides of the glass.
Grainy aroma with some fruit. Sour apples.
Taste comes together much better than the aroma. Sweet grainy malts. Nice hoppiness in the finish. This kind of leans more to an IPA for me. I taste citrus hops. There's also a roasted flavor for this beer that I didn't expect.
Mouthfeel is smooth and it's an easy to drink session beer.

wcudwight, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev -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.

Treyliff, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

RochefortChris, Feb 19, 2014
Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.