Wayfarer
Green Man Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #3,557
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,738
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
210
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Green Man Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  35
SCORE
87
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Local390 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing. Bitter taste with a clean finish. Pours nice on draft with a good head. Golden color, great smell, not hoppy but clean and has a great taste.

Nov 24, 2020
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

golden clear thick head
smell is grapefruit and floral tropical hops with sweet malt but light
feel is balance toward bitter with medium high carbonation and light astringency with mild sweet mix with bitter in finish
tangerine and bitter lime with tangelo-like acid in hop flavor with moderate sweet malt and tannin present tea like astringency with mild alcohol in taste
a nice amount of body and oily with hop texture byt still mostly dry in finish
a very good Anerican IPA at a little past its prime it still has a lot of hop flavor

May 09, 2020
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jkrich from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: bright and clear, golden-honey hue with a sustained, pillowy white head. It looks more like a pale lager.

Very strong and fresh aromatics of tropical fruit.

This is quite the refreshing, thirst-quenching ale for a late Florida summer day. The first right after the pour was rather astringent until the ale was allowed to warm a little in the glass. Now, the nuances come to the fore - very nice flavors of mango and mild grapefruit with a faint malt background. Those bittersweet, tropical flavors linger pleasantly on the palate. While this ale is hardly unique - I remember the same flavors from numerous other IPAs - it still quite enjoyable and worth seeking out.

The body is perhaps a little too thin but again, the flavor profile and the lingering bitterness are well balanced.

I am glad to see more products from this brewery available down here. I hope they stay around long enough for me to try some of their other offerings.

Sep 01, 2019
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on draft at the Green Mansion on 7/23/19.
L - Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head.
S - Has a nice hoppy smell.
T - Tastes of citrus with a slight happiness.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very drinkable IPA.

Jul 27, 2019
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hophugger from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With an enjoy by date of 07/02/2019, this beer pours a light mango color with average head and no lacing that can be seen. Aroma is flat malts, orange peel and light pineapple and a light sear on the nose in the whiffs. Taste is light earthiness and some semi-bitter citrus, nothing that really stands out. Mouth feel is light and crisp and finish ends quickly, leaving just some light notes of grain, earthiness and citrus. An average IPA

Apr 03, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow pour with medium head and good carbonation.
An intriguing aroma, hops and something I can't describe.
Hoppy and slightly bitter taste that follows to the aftertaste.
On the 1 to 10 scale of would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this beer scale it ranks a 6.5

Mar 29, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

It is hard for me to like an AIPA that goes above 70 IBU, but Wayfarer comes close.
While it is a pretty good Looker and Smeller (more aromatic hops), the bitter hops comes through in the Taste and leave too tangy a tinge for my tongue in the finish. But if it sells beer to others, why not ?

I particularly like Green Man's story of being Asheville's first taproom in the previous century and now having fathered a local craft movement. I have never been to Asheville, but if it ever happens I hope to visit the fount.

Jan 19, 2019
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazyish yellow-orange body, thicc head probably because of a bad pour on my part
Bright citrus, grapefruit, nectarines, peach, lavender, sugar, lemon
Grapefruit, lemon, pine, hoppy bitterness at the end
Medium body, fine grained carbonation
This is a pretty good beer. I'd say it's on par with sweetwater's IPA. Smells more complex than it tastes

Oct 16, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color with a huge fluffy head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Nice tropical aroma with notes of passion fruit, pineapple, orange-lemon, flowers and a distant mango.
Citrusy flavor with notes of pine, lemon, grapefruit, resin, tea bags, lemongrass, a bit of dry onion and flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It feels lower than its 70 IBUs.
Rather light body with appropriate carbonation.
Crisp and well attenuated American IPA with citrusy-pine notes. Extremely refreshing in this hot summer day.

Mar 11, 2018
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber color with a small white head that goes away quickly. Has a more of a honey grainy smell than it does hops (this was a fresh can). Has a overpowering honey taste with some hops.

Jan 22, 2018
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Ocalafox from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one has great color when viewed with fire or a well lit area. Real pleasant nose with citrus in the forefront. Taste is solid citrus with a light, not overbearing malt follow. If I could get this local for 9.99 a six I'd scoop it up.

Jan 02, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date code I can't figure out.

L - Deep amber, clear, thin white head, minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and pineapple with a sweet/floral backbone.

T - Lemon, floral, slightly piney on the finish.

M - Light, slightly dry finish.

O - Decent flavor, easy to drink, nice low ABV. I could drink a lot of these in the summer.

Nov 15, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Can lists APB as 6.0%, 70 IPU.

Look - Clear golden, with thin white head and patchy lacing
Smell - Citrus, tropical
Taste - Citrus hops with solid malt backbone
Feel - Smooth and clean
Overall - Refreshing IPA, easy to drink

Sep 19, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of slightly white, frothy, shortlived head that leaves a thin coating of patchy lace. Aroma is light citrus & floral with a slight tropical hint backed by a thin sweet malt. Taste is herbal & citrus hops backed by a thin caramel sweetness. Finishes with a resinous pine & grapefruit pith hop bite with pepper & a bitterness that like Green Man IPA intensifies & lingers long in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp & prickly.

Aug 04, 2017
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Wicked Weed IPA glass. Clear and dark gold in color with 3 fingers of well-retained foam. Bright citrusy nose. Lemon, grapefruit, fresh linen, and a little toast.

Medium-light body with a rather thin feel and a mild hoppy flavor. Follows the nose well, but the flavors aren't as punchy as one would expect. Toast and marmalade up front and lemon character throughout, but a little grassy as well. Not one I would buy again, but still pleasant and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Jul 12, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep gold color, thin white head, moderate lacing
S: citrus and tropical fruit
T: citrus, light pine and malt
F: all the mouthfeel is upfront, dry finish
O: much better than the year round IPA

Apr 22, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rusty-orange and golden yellow with a thing quarter finger of bubbles and a slight chill haze but otherwise clear and clean.

Lemony and orangey citrus fruit notes right out of the gate with a breath of tropical fruit and a whisper of bready toasted malts.

Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruits dance on the tongue while the biscuity toasted malt backbone lends a nice sweetness to the overall flavor but still lets the hops shine. A slightly herbal/grassy bitterness emerges on the swallow, but is wiped clean before the next swallow and does not linger.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, balanced.

Overall, during my visit to Green Man Brewery I enjoyed many of their beers on tap, but this one absolutely stood out and seemed like a familiar old friend reminiscent of a local Chicago favorite of mine. Needless to say I grabbed a few six packs before I left the brewery, but I can outright say if this was available in my local area it would be a staple in my fridge.

Jan 07, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wayfarer is a slightly hazy, effervescent deep-gold beer that wears a large, pebbly head the color of ancient ivory; head retention is brief but lacing is good, consisting of complexly tattered bands and sheets. The aroma is light-medium in intensity: it leads with a minty/bready aroma that expands to a unique blend of minty/aromatic and tea-like herbals; the front notes are then supplanted by canned pineapple and white frosting with more subtle fennel seed and citrus. Modest alcohol overtones top the aroma. At the front of the palate, the flavor is a tartish, mildly bitter blend of the high ends of pineapple and citrus; the lower end of the fruit notes is strangely subsumed by an almost desert-grade dryness- I've never had an IPA this dry on the front end- that the hints of caramel malt can't budge. Mid-palate, the dryness eases up some, allowing the fruit notes to fill out a bit, but the hesitantly increasing malt character does little to round things out. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a bit of nutty malt, and is astringent and a bit watery on the back end; the linger is a quite resinous, but paradoxically mild, pine bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Retrogustative olfaction is vaguely grassy. Mouthfeel is on point for the light-medium body, and is decidedly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy and quite prickly from the over-assertive, coarse-grained, soda-like carbonation. (12 oz can, 24 days after pkg)

Nov 05, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, lemon, and pinedrop aroma on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with light pine and some more citrus.

Oct 16, 2016
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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and citrus.

Overall: Good IPA. I would have this one again.

Oct 09, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy orange amber with a medium head that hangs out for a minute. nose; fresh orange pulp, & mosaic hops. taste; light bready malt, citrus pith, light onion/garlic, & mosaic hops. pithy overall. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. simple & sessiony.

Aug 26, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can dated 6/5/16 (I think; it was a little smeared). Drank on 7/7/2016. Hazy brownish gold color. Nice but subdued hop-forward aroma. Taste has a decent blend and balance for the type but seemed a bit thin for a craft beer, especially for an IPA (versus simply pale ale).

Jul 09, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An above average American Pale Ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. It is a little malt forward for me. I need a little more hop punch. However, this beer is definitely a crushable example. Pound a few on gameday.

Jun 09, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My can looks a touch different from the one pictured, with no "Summer IPA" label and claiming 6.0 abv and 70 IBUs. Pours a handsome cloudy golden starting to turn amber with bright bome white head that lasts about two minutes. Nose is heavy on the grapefruit hops, which is solid.

Relatively balanced and mellow, with different hop notes appearing at intervals, cirtus first, than floral/herbal, followed by a touch of pine in the aftertaste. A little mint or something similar also appears briefly. Body is medium, but refreshing.

Very much a mellow, complex summer drinking beer.

May 22, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold color with a white head. A few ribbons of lacing left behind. The smell is grapefruit, pine and sweet malts. The taste is mildly sweet with citrus and a lot of bitter pine at the end. Nice carbonation. Pretty tasty IPA.

May 03, 2016
Wayfarer from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 210 ratings