Rambler
Green Man Brewery

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,419
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,831
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 12.14%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
63
From:
Green Man Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  10
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Green Man Rambler Spring Ale

In the spring a beer drinker's fancy turns to thoughts of Pale Ale. We pay our respects to this celebrated style with a hybrid of legendary British malt and vibrant American hops. The dry hopped finish rejuvenates the taste buds and leaves your mouth feeling groovy. "...drink a thousand times. It's time to ramble on."
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Crimson-RV from Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle with a 1.5 inch head the beer had a light citrus aroma with a bready and earthy taste and a medium hop presence it had a thin mouthfeel and a good dry finish

Jul 21, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 12 oz bottle in SC.

Clear amber body that's topped by a creamy, durable off-white head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: citrus and biscuits.

Flavor: more malt presence than expected but the hops eventually dominate the aftertaste.

Feel: soft medium+ carbonation and smooth, light body. Dry finish. Nice but a bit too thin.

Overall: a fine APA

Apr 21, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle

It is a semi transparent, dark gold to reddish copper color. Big foamy, cream colored head.

It smells like biscuity caramel malts with some sharp floraly hops and a touch of citrus.

It tastes pretty malty, and like an English style pale. Very earthy. There is a zesty, orange-lemon-grapefruit citrus, some flower petals, and slightly bitter pine. The soft, light bread flavor comes back around. The lingering flavor is orange and grapefruit rind.

The body is light, crisp, and well carbonated. Finish is a little dry.

It reminds me of an old school, or English Pale. Very balanced. Reminiscent of SNPA for me.

Mar 27, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly dark golden brew, verging on a reddish amber. Pours a strong off-white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Beer is very active and nearly transparent.

Aroma is a balanced blend of grainy pale and caramel malts, and piney hops.

Flavor follows: despite the impression that a "dry hopped pale ale" might veer well into IPA territory, this brew stays firmly planted in APA territory. There's a prominent caramel malt backbone: grains, a touch of brown sugar, earth. Accompanying the malt is a wonderfully brisk hop bitterness, restrained in flavors to pine, leaves, and a bit of citrus peel.

Lively and well carbonated, this is a crisp, semi-dry ale that goes down pretty easily. Nice body with a slightly clingy hop oil finish.

Reminiscent of the classic SNPA, this is a nice take on a dry hopped pale ale. Light, relatively low ABV, and quite enjoyable.

Mar 24, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear orange color with thick foamy off white head, great lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Very light floral citrus smell. Pine, orange peel, grapefruit.

Taste - Nice flavors,kind of has a green tea flavor, light floral, orange, grapefruit, slightly sweet caramel flavor and a touch of spice.

Feel - Medium bodied, not overly carbonated but just a touch higher a hint of dryness on the finish.

Overall - A really nice pale ale, good flavors the head never goes away well balanced.

Mar 12, 2017
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a dark orange color with a white head.
S - a get some pine.
T- taste like a piney IPA.
F - Medium carbonation
O - pretty sessionable pale ale.

Apr 23, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep bronze and fairly clear, with a little bit of haze and some interesting dark brass to brown hue for a body color. Minimal rising carbonation, that reach to a fairly tiny, barely small two finger off white head. Laces a little with some rings a bit, but keeps a thin and stable puck.

Real nice subtle aroma. Hints toward floral hops, and small faint tropics, with some dry biscuit and toasty aromas. Loving some of these malt profiles on these Green Man brews, and some mild faint dry grain hits the back of the throat as well. Nice and basic and solid, even a strange bit of nut seems to come out as well.

Palate comes off subdued and subtle, but also very neutral. Mellow malt backbone with minimal sweetness. Light bodied but with some depth but really reaching for some of the malt quality to peak out. Slightly peppery finish with a touch of hop bitterness, but missing lots of the hinted unique flavors expected from the nose.

Overall, subtlety is nice, but there has to be something for me to jump into to want more and while this is good it comes off as missing some pieces.

Apr 22, 2015
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle picked up in Asheville 4.2015.

L - Bronze with not much clarity, 1 finger of head and some lacing. Damn good looking pale ale. Looks like a strong DIPA

S - Flora hops, grains, slightly boozy.

T - A tasty hoppy pale ale! Definitely a yummy spring ale. A ton of flavor for 5.5%.

F - well carbonated and well balanced.

O - Great beer! Well done. Very drinkable.

Apr 18, 2015
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mst934 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As mentioned by another, and agreeing, the first go'round of this beer left me less than stoked. HOWEVER, tasting this beer a time or two since the first encounter has me wanting more. Green Man always puts out a solid seasonal beer. From this, to Wayfarer in the Summer then Harvester in the Fall and wrapping up with Forester in the Winter. Rambler has a ton of floral aromatics up front, with a nice malt body and crispy citrus/grassy hop finish. I had to come back and adjust my first score of the beer because, as mentioned, it has grown on me. It's a perfect welcome to the season and if you find yourself in their distro area, pick up a 6 pack. It's worth the money!

Apr 04, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It first I wasn't too impressed with an average appearance and mild aroma, but the flavor and body more than make up for that. Excellent hop and malt flavor very good balance. Wish I had more of this one.

Mar 27, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks like spring but does NOT feel like spring here in NC but it's nice to see alot of the spring seasonals on the shelves to choose from right now.Pours into a nonic a clear copper color with a thin wispy white head atop.Fresh grasyy and citric hops jump out in the nose wich was a pleasant surprise, a little sugary sweetness is detected as well.Grapefruit and herbal hops on the palate,mild caramel/biscuit sweetness with a drying finish.A solid pale ale here,it's pretty straightforward and not one to write a long review about but it's pretty damn good.

Mar 26, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear dark copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass as well as some amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized mottled patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy and herbal hops with some lighter aromas of floral hops that fade in intensity as the beer warms up. Very light aromas of cracker malts with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cracker and lightly toasted malts with some lighter notes of caramel sweetness. That is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of spicy and herbal hops with light flavors of earthy and floral hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: I found this beer pretty easy to drink with an enjoyable flavor - perhaps not exactly what I was thinking of for a spring beer but still enjoyable. I could easily have a couple of these in a session and the alcohol is well hidden.

Mar 22, 2014
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very clear, woody color and a modest white head that brings some scattered lace with it. Darker than I thought it would be... Aroma is both fall leafy and green leafy, earthy, tea-like, lightly sweet, spicy, a smidge musky, with some lemon and fresh grains. Increasingly flowery as it warms... Seems very light in both malt and hops, but flavors are certainly there. Flavors include woodiness, root veggies, something similar to rooibos tea, crackery graininess, lemon rind/or maybe just general citrus rind, stinky flowers, with an elongated dry, powdery, crisp-smacky finish. Steady, even bitterness that sticks out a bit over the lightness of this beer.

Pretty interesting. This seems in flavor + aroma to be more suited for Autumn, but it is very easy drinking, crisp, and dry which all are appropriate for Spring. Then there's the slight bit of lemon that peeks out casually. Maybe its a good bookends beer for the warm season in general.

Mar 14, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Super clear amber with a quickly dissolving, little white head. Spicy, peppery, leafy hop aromas on top of a pleasant toasted/crackery malt base. Damp earth and tea. Flavor is along the same lines, but with an enhanced oily, resinous quality. Earthy, spicy, floral, and crisp with some malty sweetness and a slight husky note. More and more enjoyable as I drink it. Almost a rye-like sort of spiciness. No too light, but very easy to drink down. I think if I were at Green Man, I might order another, but I'm not sure I'd get a whole six pack.

Mar 14, 2014
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FeloniousDrunk from New York

3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a fresh pint glass. A nice tan with some amber hues around the edges. Clear as glass and with a beautifully murky 1-finger ecru head. Minimal effervescence and a nice bit of lacing.

S: Light, crisp, refreshing smell, like a new spring morning during the thaw. Light floral hop notes and a touch of sediment (likely from the English malts) but overall it's understated and delicate.

T: Very hop-forward with great floral notes up front. It balances out through the middle, with some dry maltiness, and it finishes with a nice dry backbone. Light flavors of earth, freshly cut grass, flowers, and some tasty grains. A great balance of dry and light.

M: Light and airy in the mouth, with a dry, slightly chewy afterfeel. Substantial enough so as to not be confused with a light beer, but well below standard Pale Ale or IPA weight. A great session feel.

O: For the style (spring ale) I would put it near the top. The Spring seasonal beer has yet to settle on a definitive style, with different breweries oscillating between bocks, kolschs, and pilsners. Those breweries should take note: a light, tastefully hoppy, and sessionable Spring Ale is the way to go!

Mar 13, 2014
Rambler from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 63 ratings