Trickster IPA
Green Man Brewery

Trickster IPATrickster IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,189
Ranked #9,121
4 | pDev: 8.25%
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Trickster IPATrickster IPA
Notes: What’s this? An intriguing disguise to tempt and delight-that’s my surprise. If you crave a dank treat and others don’t lure, you’re already discovered the hoppy cure. Spiced with Simcoe, El Dorado, mosaic and the Ghost of Ted.

76 IBU
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 128 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SRM 3-4, irridescent, sunny gold. The one inch, fine white head falls flat after a few minutes, leaving a fine coating of lace on a PBGC pub pint.

The aroma is sweet, like fresly peeled tangerine. Orange pith follows and turns to grapefruit, then caramel, with warmth. Hops start strong and bright only to quickly fade with slight warmth.

This is a mild IPA. In my opinion, either the bitterness or the fruitiness should be more prominent. Still, it is very tasty, and a good starter IPA. Citrus, caramel and floral flavors are all here, and the finish is very mild as it lingers.

The medium body and Jersey cotton texture work well with the soft, fine carbonation. Alcohol is well below expectations, so use caution if enjoying a second or third pour.

Trickster pairs well with a lazy Sunday afternoon in Autumn. I think it also pairs well with Asiago and Gruyere cheese.

Dec 01, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look - lighter yellow than a normal ipa but with a good lasting white head and pretty clear
smell - dank spiced citrus and tropical fruit (mango pineapple and grapefruit) fruity pine scent
taste - not as much greatness as the scent. more just citrus pine, not as profound fruitiness
feel - medium body and a medium light crisp carbonation
overall - ok beer. Great smell but could use more in the taste.

Jun 27, 2019
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Clemson_OB from South Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The perfect summer IPA! Tropical, fruity, and refreshing while still maintaining a strong hoppy flavor, a nice carbonation, and a perfect bitter bite going down. This will be in the fridge all summer!

May 13, 2019
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The_Dude_Imbibes from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having on draft at Five Points Public House in Albemarle, NC

Look: The Trickster has a golden yellow hue that runs hazy on the initial pour. Slight foamy head leads to nice lacing as the beer goes does.

Smell: To be a 7 percenter, at first smell the beer smells more stronger and more dank than it ends up being. You get a aroma of pineapple, mango and grapefruit, due to the combination of hops involved.

Taste: You get a decent amount of the fruit flavors i mentioned upfront, with the mix of the dank hops, maybe even some citrus involved. Finish feels more malty/bready on the backend, with the fruitiness getting less as the beer warms and feels more muted.

Feel: Boasts some moderate carbonation but this beer, like most hazy-esque IPAs I’ve had, seems to go down very smooth, making them easy to drink.

Overall: Honestly, it’s been a long while since I’ve had a Green Man offering (at least two years). With this new kick of hazy IPAs being a niche, this is one of the better ones I’ve had of the style, though I’m still not the biggest fan. I would have again if I saw it. Would be a good spring/summer offering and I’m intrigued enough to try one of the other versions of it.

May 10, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "IT'S TRICKY! ENJOY BY 6/11/19"

Appearance: The beer comes out of the can heavily carbonated that forms a massive fluffy white head. The head has good retention. It has a light gold body with a light bit of haze. Nice lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a pleasant aroma of hops that have a bit of pine and mint scent. There is a bit of a caramel aroma to the beer.

Taste: It has a nice grain flavor. There is a bit of pine flavor to the beer and a hint of mint at the end.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels a bit thick with a medium-low body and a smooth texture across the palate. Bitterness is fairly low.

Overall: The can claims that this is a "hazy tropical IPA" but it had more of an herbal and earthy character to it. There is a decent enough aroma and it has enough hop presence to keep you interested. I probably wouldn't pick it up again but I wouldn't have a problem drinking it again.

Apr 28, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pint can BB 9/9/19, poured into IPA glass
Bright yellow golden hazy glow , tall energetic head, bubbles rise joyfully
Fresh green citrus, tropicals, very summery and light and exciting, some greenery in the shade
Follows nose and with a tantalizing feel from the agile balance of light malt, fruity hop carbonation and bitterness.
Overall, an excellent IPA to try, enjoy, repeat and share. Great with spicy Asian snacks in summer!

Apr 10, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A so-so aroma of dank hops, citrus fruit, malt, and some tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of citrus fruit (orange, lemon), a mild maltiness (mostly in the finish), an average shot of dank hops (not too much), and some tropical fruit (passionfruit maybe?). This is one of those flavors that's not bad, but seems a little muted. The fruit elements aren't quite as aggressive as they should be. Still, it's kind of likable.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a soft, smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good points. Worth a look.

Mar 14, 2019
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can pour into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy gold color. 1 finger of white foam that leaves decent lacing. Faint tropical fruit and grassy herbs. Drinks easy but needs a bit more umph. Potential is there but falls a bit short. Not bad but gets lost in a very crowded field.

Aug 26, 2018
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a month-old can, pours a deep straw-gold. Medium haze. White foam leaves good lacing down the glass. Smell is a little muted, but the taste has lots of earthy herbs and tropical fruit. Low bitterness. Good beer.

Jul 07, 2018
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can 5/22/18 poured into a pint glass, a semi hazy golden orange with a one finger white head. The head retains for the majority of the glass until slowly receding. The aroma is orange, tangerine, and tropical fruit. The taste is in line, with the addition of some mint, grains, and lemon notes. As it warms it gets slightly more bitter. The feel is medium light, with the carbonation medium, though sometimes smooth. Overall, a decent “tropical” IPA, which I will admit is a sub style I am only finding enjoyable when it is paired with the right food.

Jul 01, 2018
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American "Tropical IPA" brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops. Poured from a can into a Rhinegeist tulip. The pour is gold in color, slightly hazy, and sports a very impressive 3 fingers of tight white foam. On the nose I get notes of lime, pineapple, and orange.

Medium light body with a firm feel and a soft bitter flavor. Lots of carbonation to help stimulate the palate and intensify the flavor. Up front is some sweet toast, honey, and lemon, then bright flavors of pineapple and orange. A little sweetness carries through to the finish, but doesn't diminish the pleasant citrus fruit. I get some quinine-like bitterness on the finish as well. Overall very refreshing and enjoyable IPA.

Jun 05, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, big white head; hoppy aroma; hoppy, grassy taste; Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

I had about a third of a can in a tasting session after sampling several other IPAs. I probably need to give this one another go.

Apr 21, 2018
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argock from Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

CANNED ON 2/13/18
Very clear golden/light amber with solid 1-finger head and sticky lacing.
Aromas are mix of honeysuckle, grapefruit, orange, pine, light resin, and a light caramel note.
Flavor is cohesive with classic profile of grapefruit, orange, lime, honeysuckle herbal, light woodiness, and grain with light C-20 type of caramel note to add a touch of countering sweetness. Very well-crafted West Coast style IPA — mellow but enough bitterness to round out a very balanced beer. No alcohol heat or off flavors — just a touch of floral sweetness.
Feel is also well-done with a light-medium body, medium carbonation, and perfect dry finish with just a tiny bit of tackiness. Drinks like far less that 7%.
Trickster IPA is a solid IPA that drinks well 9-10 weeks from canning. I had one earlier this month that was kind of flat and underwhelming. Maybe it takes a couple of months to calm down and allow the superb hop aromas and flavors to jump out. I will be looking for this when I am looking for a West Coast IPA moving forward.

Mar 26, 2018
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Reef from South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 1/5/18
I haven’t seen Trickster in our stores. I ran this one to ground at The Community Tap in Greenville.
Looks: A normal pour raises two inches of white head. Color is hazy golden. No particulates. Cloudy head is stubborn and leaves a full curtain of lacing painting the glass and covering the surface. With such a great appearance, I’m expecting great aroma and taste.
Aroma: strong citrus, grapefruit, mango, apricot nose. Lesser pine and yeast notes.
Taste: Pine steps up, with the citrus and tropical fruits slightly behind. Pepper and savory yeast at the tail end.
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, lasting the full pint. Bitter, little or no sweetness at any point, but well short of astringent. Dry, refreshing finish. Flavors stay consistent as the glass warms, no fall off or decay.
Overall: Lives up to the positive buzz I had heard. Green Man ESB and porter have been long time favorites on visits to Asheville, but I did not expect an IPA this good. Definitely on the lookout for more.

Mar 11, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

although not brewed in florida, this beer i think gets my nomination for the best ipa type we found in the state on our trip last week, its a really fantastic ipa, and put many of them that we tried to shame. the simcoe, el dorado, mosaic complexion is really tough to beat, some fresh zesty grapefruit and northwestern bitterness from the mosaic, a cantaloupe and passion fruit and white grape vibe from the el dorado, fruity and even sweet next to the simcoe, and finally the familiar mosaic which has birch and pineapple and vegetal freshness to it, its a perfect blend of varietals and the grain here is light enough to stay out of the way in smell and taste, but substantial enough to give this some real frothy grainy body that i love with the more delicate hops. bitterness is only mild but this is long for being as dry as it is, meaning i taste one hop nuance after another long after the swallow, its not here and gone but rather lingering in a cool way, not dependent on residual alpha acid or malt sweetness to extend the hop experience. great carbonation and sort of frothy texture from the pale malt, fresh fruity hops all the way through, expert balance and high drinkability. a very tasty and well rounded ipa overall, we were impressed with this one. wishing i had access to some more hoppy stuff from green man!

edit: just as good if not better fresh on tap at the brewery. one of their best, and the hoppy stuff is what they do better than anything. killer ipa here!

Mar 02, 2018
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andresblanket from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

canned 1/19/18

L-very slightly hazy golden orange-ish, substansial puffy white head that wants to hang out with me..i'll allow it

S-candied tangerine, orange gummy, slight acetone..scratch and sniff orange nail polish, halloween pillow case filled with those orange candy peanuts, orange smoothie

t-sweet orange into semi bitter smoothie like

f-low med carb

oa-sweeter than some and nicely subtle..not total juicebomb but not west coast wrecker either..interesting but maybe one dimensional aroma and straight forward swallow. I dig it. also the nail polish comment may have gone too far...i definitely get a tiny bit of acetone but i'm no off flavor expert so take it with a grain of salt yo

Mar 02, 2018
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MagicJeff from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into my Duvel tulip. Cool can. LORD OF THE FLIES-esuqe.

Look: Murky old gold. Not entirely hazy but a little bit. Nice off white head, about a finger retained.
Smell: Pineapple bomb. Sweet green apple. Candied pineapple. Fresh cut fescue grass. Candied lemon.
Taste: Orange juice. Sweet Toffee. Slightest black pepper/alcohol notes.
Feel: Medium bodied. As it warms up, the peppery, alcoholic notes pick up. Not a bad thing, but something that keeps this from being crush-able, IMO.
Overall: Very solid offering. I think this beer would pair really well with food. Sharp cheeses (Stilton or cheddar) and spicy Szechuan come to mind.

Feb 21, 2018
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber color with a medium white head that goes away quickly. Has a juicy fruity smell to it along with hops. Can taste the hops with some grain with hints of citrus.

Jan 02, 2018
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Yellow with a minor amount of clarity. 1/2 a finger of head

S - Hoppy, with a good mix of citrus and pine

T - A well balanced delicious IPA. Citrus and pine

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - An excellent IPA - much better than the standard Green Man IPA

Nov 11, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from NC.
Pours with an amber body that is topped with an excellent, durable white head.
Dank and fruity hoppy aroma and very fruity flavor. In fact, this is so fruity, juicy and fresh tasting I scoured the label for an indication of added citrus (apparently none).
Medium body and carbonation; fairly dry. Mostly hidden alcohol.

Aug 16, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Foggy pale gold with a fluffy finger of off-white foam.

Smell is pine, rug, cat, grapefruit and cologne.

Taste is orange and cherry fruit gummies unfortunately peppered with a little coppery blood.

Frothy, light and semi-dry.

Jul 10, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass with moderate golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts with slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly lighter than moderate flavors of toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts with a slightly heavier than light amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and herbal hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing with a very pleasant hop profile. Definitely one that I would happily have again.

Jan 19, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Trickster is a crystal-clear, effervescent pale-amber beer topped by a medium, slightly pebbly off-white head that leaves fair lacing in the form of rotten bands and caverns; head retention is modest. The nose is medium in intensity, leading with toasty malt and cotton candy, backed by an enticing, distinctive blend of florals comprising candy-like spice, cannabis and more subtle perfume, with a bit of citrus and modest alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate is medium-bitter grapefruit with candy-like florals; mid-palate the hops expand to follow the nose, plus a nice orange citrus character and a bit of grassiness. A bit of bready malt shows, pushing perceived bitterness back a bit to modest-for-style. The finish is pretty clean, just a slight bit of nutty malt and perfume, followed by the onset of a mild, slightly perfumey, slightly yeasty citrus/pine bitterness that lasts for awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is candy-like and grassy. Mouthfeel is on par with the light-medium body, and is fairly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

Dec 29, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange beer with a nose full of citrus and caramel. A thin film of head is pervasive and bands of lacing cling to the glass. The taste is sweet with caramel and orange that melts into a appropriate bitterness that, while it lingers, does not throw off the balance.

Dec 23, 2016
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head which lingers for a bit.

S: Tropical, citrus, grapefruit, a little orange.

T: Follows nose. Some bitterness on the end.

F: Medium body, moderately carbonated.

O: A great hoppy, citrus oriented ipa.

Oct 31, 2016
Trickster IPA from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 128 ratings