Man Beer - Bull & Bush Brewery

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2003

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

Self-touting lines like, “The beer you’ve been practising for” and “Colorado’s IPA” on the label, this beer with balls sets high expectations. Thankfully, they’re met. Craft beer is dominated by IPAs, but this nod to Noble English IPAs stands out with its tribute to hop flavor (vs. bitterness), malty depth and balance. Man? Woman? Who cares. Drink and enjoy.

STYLE: English IPA
ABV: 7.7%

LOOK: Dark copper, slight haze; thick, clingy, eggshell head

SMELL: Fruity esters, leafy hops, malty

TASTE: Medium bodied, gritty, leafy, rinds, fruity, jammy, estery, alcohol, sweet malts, toasty malts, biscuity dryness

Photo of blitz134
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer after I arrived in Denver. Sampled this at the Falling Rock Tap House. Went perfectly with my burger. This one was recommended by the waiter who mentioned that Bull and Bush was his other job. I was surprised by this one...

Chill hazed dark amber caramel color. 1/2" white head, thick and laced the glass well. Strong citrus and pine aromas. Hops dominted but there was a touch of caramel malts. Nice. Strong bitterness and pine resin dominate. Grapefruit citrus and some earthy hops. This is what I like in an IPA. Mediumish body, lasting bitterness and a biting crispness. Highly drinkable and quite refreshing. No hints of the alcohol in this. Good stuff...

Photo of Franziskaner
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy in appearance. Copper penny color. Moderate head retention. The aroma is just a faint whiff of hops and is a bit underwhelming. Now the flavor is a different story. The hops are a bit more on the grapefruit side and quickly make their presence known. There's some good balance with the malt but this is hop forward. Pretty smooth mouthfeel. Just a hint of somewhat of an applesauce/vinegar aftertaste.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Bull and Bush Pub. Excellent copper color with crystal clear clarity and a half inch of off-white head.

Aroma is citrus hops and a touch of sweetness.

Taste is amazingly citrusy - I would love to know what kind of hops they use because it was almost erie how fruity this one was! It's fairly sweet too but well balanced with all those hops.

Mouthfeel was really creamy and smooth. Nicely bittered and alcohol is concealed well.

Very drinkable even at 7% and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this Man Beer, even to a woman!

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at falling rock, a nice suprise for sure!

Pours a ruddy red to mahogany with a 3/4" white head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: A hint of fruittyness

T" Malty& fruitty with loads of piney hops. Finishes fruitty & hoppy...

MF: Rich, full & perfectly carbonated

Drinks way easier than the 7.0 abv. A very nice balanced IPA. I need to go check this pub out...

Photo of sterstar1
1.98/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I know, I know. Locals love this beer but I cant handle it. It's way too hoppy. Talk about bitter beer face. It's similar to extremely spicy food. It's so bitter, you can't taste any of the underlying flavors or really enjoy it. My mouth felt like someone had washed it out with soap. You hop-heads will love it. Drink on and be happy brother. I'll have a Royal Oil (when they have it) instead.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz pint glass:

The beer was served a nice clear, amber color with a white head that was not retained. The beer has a nice lacing though.

Light hop aroma, citrus perhaps with maybe a hint of sweetness from the malted barley.

Taste is good, pretty well piney hops. I really did not get a whole lot more out of it, but it was solid.

The body had a lighter medium feel to it with good carbonation, it was smooth and pretty easy to drink with a slightly better than average dry bitter aftertaste. Overall, it was a nice IPA, but I found it rather simple and I have had much better IPA's.

Photo of rallison
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, on to the infamous Man Beer! From notes during my GABF 07 trip (had at the brewpub itself).

This beer has a wonderful balance. The malt here serves as an excellent complement to the hops. Hops are fresh, citrusy and floral - not very resiny. Nice lingering bitter finish that isn't overly bitter.

Very drinkable!

I remember this being a very, very drinkable beer. Try some!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock, Denver. Pours a burnt brown golden color with thick head. Smell is way too malty and too hoppy. Taste again, is too malty, way too malty and too hoppy. I know its an English IPA, which would explain the malts, but it just didnt work for me. I love hops (and a good english ale), but there was something overly unbalanced about this one...
there are just way better options in Denver than to have a Man Beer...

Photo of jacobdunne
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly malty IPA. Oh my, it's so delicious! The MAN beer has become one of my favorite beers. Not fruity at all but has an interesting taste that makes you wanna keep sippin! Will have again and again!

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived with a thin, off-white head. I noted good clarity in a deep-copper colored beer. The nose had a nice, hoppy presence intermingled with a lightly malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium with a decent hop presence in the mouth. The finish was also hoppy, but nicely balanced by the malt.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A recent business trip brought me to Denver, and I wanted to sample a bit of the local flavor. I found this pub mentioned on several sites, so I added it to my list of places to check out. Glad I did!

The Man Beer was one of three beers they were offering in cask-conditioned serving style at the time of my visit (early May '04). What the server brought me was a pint of lovely copper-colored liquid, with hardly any head to speak of. What little there was disappeared very quickly. Oddly, the small little skim of foam that remained laced the glass all the way down as I drank. Being cask-conditioned, I got exactly what I had expected - a room temperature beer with a very low level of carbonation. The server "warned" me to expect this several times while I ordered my beer and food. Guess they've had a few sent back as "flat and hot". They also had it on tap, at "regular" temps and with standard levels of CO2.

The scent of hops was definitely up front, but not as overpowering as in some IPAs. This wasn't just a "liquid hop-delivery vehicle", but a rather well-balanced beer, relative to the style. The taste of hops hit me first, but the malt didn't give up the fight, and in fact stood its ground quite nicely. Mouthfeel was medium full, probably due to the lower levels of carbonation. Again, just what I was expecting, and very satisfying.

It went down smoothly, without the mouth-drying character of other beers that make you think you're drinking liquid hop extract. Bitter and hoppy, but without trying to impress the easily impressible with just how much bitterness they could add to it. Very well balanced beer I'd love to drink again and again, and will whenever I'm back in Denver.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF Weekend '08
The beer struck me as more of an English IPA than an American. The malt sweetness, though well attenuated shows firm caramel notes and a lot of fruitiness. Hops seem to be a blend of American grapefruity hops, but some flavorful English varieties as well. The hop-malt balance and gravities sure fall in line and create a crisp, dry finish with a long lingering hop bitterness. Certainly a standout of the visit.

Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap the other night at the brewery. Poured from the tap a dark yellow/amber color with a light beige head. Aromas of floral/piney hops and caramel malt. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with good hoppy flavors and a malty backbone.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy caramel body.

Quite hoppy aroma. Pine, orange, and grapefruit.

Caramel malt upfront, hoppy finish. Very american: citrus and pine. Agressively bitter.

Good ipa, but typical. At least a dozen co ipas just like, but still it is worth trying.

Maybe a little too much carbonation.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small head for this beer. Patches of foam, lace a bit over a rusty colored amber.
Smell was very much IPA, citrus and touches of malt to take the 'sting' out.
Taste was very crisp, floral, citrus and some roasted malt or biscuit.
Easy drinking, leaves a clean palate that wants more beer.

Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-11-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: On tap at the Bull & Bush

Copper colored, clear beer with good retention and lace. Aromas are of both caramel malt and earthy English hops, plus some citrus notes.

Taste is similar to the nose - this is a well-balanced IPA in the English tradition. Hoppy but not too intense; the hops are kept in check by the malt backbone. Finishes with a bit of citrus hop bite.

Very pleasant example of the style and recommended.

Photo of chugalug06
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep clear blood red in color with small(er) white head slightly tinted with yellows. Lacing is mild.

Tons of crystal malt and light pine hops. Very mild aroma and moderate hops.

Very light, next to zero dry bitterness. Most of the bitterness is wet and relaxed. Funky aftertaste, kinda reminds me of dry earthy rubber... Missing a bit of crispness. Carbonation is dead on target.

A different take on an IPA (yes, I realize it's an English Style). Recommended at the price ($5/16oz). On tap, it's a bit more crisp and bitter than bottled, but still nice and smooth; an easy drinker for a warm summer day. Keep em' coming B&B!!!

Photo of filabrazilia
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this beer at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver.

This beer poured a dark amber with a thick beige head. The lacing left
sheets on the side of the glass. I really enjoyed the looks of this IPA.

There was a distinct hoppy aroma that was pungent and fruity. Absoultely delightful to smell.

There was a balanced flavor of malty sweetness and bitter hoppiness. While the hops danced on my tongue, the malt soothed the sensation. This was a great experience. This beer has a great mouthfeel--explosive and creamy at the same time. The finish is dry.

While I really enjoyed this beer, I would not want to have more than two at one sitting. This beer is supposed to be savored and remembered. I can't wait to try the cask conditioned version.


Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle cap info (trivia): Torreys Peak 14.275'

Crystal-clear, reddish copper colored body with a respectable white, frothy head. Mildly grainy nose with a touch of pine resin. Warm, bread flavor with a gently bold and persistent hop bitterness; faint caramel and toffee notes. Medium bodied; smooth with a residual sugar heft.

A very nice example of an English styled IPA. It looks great, especially with the 'age-rings' of foam clinging to the glass after every sip, and tastes great for the style with a warm, grainy character and a nice touch of hop bitterness to balance things out. There is also a dull fruity tone to things as well. The relatively high ABV stays subdued and is barely noticeable. Easy drinking with a wonderful depth and complexity.

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white head. Aroma is bready, doughy even, earthy, piney, alittle citrus rind. Flavor followed suit. A medium body, creamy. Overall,a very nice beer. Kinda a english ipa and esb hybrid, I approve. Would definetely drink again.

Photo of AlleywayRover
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in Denver CO.
Came out light copper color, slightly cloudy. Light fizzy head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma was all citrus hops.
I got a lot of caramel malt off the top. Citrus hops followed and left with hop bitterness.
Medium body, lightly carbonated.

This is a British-themed brewery's American IPA. It seemed like q fusion of styles to me. The citrus and the hoppy flavors are very American, but the more bitter hop aftertaste struck my more like an English IPA.
Very good and drinkable.

Photo of hoppytobehere
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't care for this one. Heavy on malt. Hop flavors were subtle and not very interesting. Freshness was not an issue, bottle was 2 months old.

Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a beige head. Nose has grassy hops and bready malts. Taste has soft bitter hops up front followed by sweet candy malts. Medium body is nicely carbonated. Well balanced IPA, but could use a bit more of a hop presence. Nice session beer to match any of their burgers.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Men in tights? The appearance had a lighter coppery color with good clarity. Served a little warm, maybe that explains the clarity. Nice head and limited retention

The nose is hoppy with citrus and grapefruit notes. Some earthy notes on the back end as well. Good balance with malt but hops are stronger for sure. The malt has a grainy aroma but some caramel and biscuit notes are there as well. Some touches of soapy aromas that was a little off for me.

The taste was more balance between hops and malt then the nose originally indicated. First impression was the citrus hop flavor. Then the caramel malt flavor balances that out. Finishes with a nice piney finish with a touch of bready undertones. A nice balance between hops but finishing having the edge. A offset yeast finish as well with some DMS that I found in most of B&B’s beers.

The body has a mid feel with a nice sweet to bready finish. Decent carbonation that if anything was light. Overall a good beer and would like more than one. Mel Brooks?

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Man Beer from Bull & Bush Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.