Green Man India Pale Ale | Green Man Brewery

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Green Man India Pale AleGreen Man India Pale Ale
Green Man India Pale AleGreen Man India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Green Man India Pale Ale is delectably hoppy with a properly balanced body. Generous hop additions give it a wonderful bitterness and pleasant floral nose, while our combination of traditional British malts creates a rich, satisfying flavor and alluring copper color. This authentic English-style IPA is our flagship ale.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 545
Photo of teromous
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the shoulder of the bottle in yellow dots: "ENJOY BY 08/11/19.. ..2185"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a golden brown color with some light haze. It has a short, creamy textured, white head with decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a nice floral scent. There is a light bit of green apple aroma to the beer which is off-putting.

Taste: The beer has a light bit of caramel flavor and a nice presence of floral hop character. There is a bit of yeast flavor at the end which is nice. From time to time a bit of caramel shows up. The aftertaste is

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium-light, slick, decent carbonation and bitterness.

Overall: The beer feels "nearly there" with some positive elements such as the floral hop flavor and aroma, and especially the presence of yeast at the end. This is ruined overall by this apple-like presence. Overall it isn't a beer I'm likely to recommend or drink again. I would revisit it in the future to see if it has improved, given that there is some foundation for a good beer here.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A 1" sudsy white head drops quickly with mild lacing. Color is deep gold, abundant carbonation. Aroma of pine, citrus, and bread dough. Mouthfeel is light to medium, sticky, with a very dry finish. Flavor has a nice balance of pine, grapefruit, tangerine with a sweet malt backbone. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into pub glass. Sip from can was killer!
Rich gold body, nice head if wanted, poured lightly it fades out smoothly
Not your fruity aroma thing, it's old school malts, hops, yeast... yes!
Taste is malty, bittering hops, balanced, bold, classic older style
Medium presence and edge, nice feel. Not too big or bold, or wimpy.
I get this every so often, and will recommend any beer lover to try it, if they like a classic style, quality craft brew.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper color, large off white head that lingers,
S: Earthy hops
T: Slight earthy hopiness, really nice sweetness to balance the hops
M: Medium to light
O: I think this is my first example of this style, its not as "impressive" as the American version of the style. Kind of an underwhelming example of an American IPA.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight floral and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight floral and hop flavor
M-A light medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent English IPA

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Photo of KurtisCarman
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I first got into craft beer I would have loved this. It is a solid flagship IPA but it wont blow you away. Some floral flavors and aromas but the beer would benefit if they were a little stronger. If in Asheville you may as well grab one of these.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I get that English IPA's are hardly a crowd's favorite these days, where we can't open a can of hops unless it is triple dry hopped brewed with lactose and oats and dipped in dragonflies soaked in experimental New Zealand hops... but hey, some folks do the English IPA right, such as Yards here in Philly. This Green Man ain't it, alas. Don't bother.

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another amazing beer out of NC! I've only been able to try this once, and the store had it on a shelf refrigerated (RAGE!), but it looked cool, is from a cool town, and had cool artwork. Green Man delivered! Extremely dry and bitter, hoppy and very clean, full body and intense, very well carbonated. This is a serious IPA, heavy in all the right areas, but not heavy on flavors, still very clean and drinkable, just intense in all the good ways\

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Certainly not an in your face American IPA hop bomb, but very well balanced, Beautiful copper color, minimal head, no lacing. Mild hoppy aroma. Taste of bitter hops balanced with malt. Rather thin mouth feel. A good example of a British IPA beer.

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Photo of kdoodah
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with white head. I couldn't detect much citrus floral aroma from it like you do with American style IPA's so I am guessing this is more of the aroma an English IPA would normally have. Taste is very balanced, crisp bitterness on the front but smoothed out cleanly on the end. Not going to say it would be a refrigerator beer for me but if I was in the neighborhood and saw it on a tap wall I would purchase again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at Kroger on Hilton Head on Sunday for $1.69. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured amber-orange with a decent white head initially.

Nose is bready malts and citrusy as it warms.

Taste is a nice bready malt base with the classic grapefruit over the top. Finish is bitter pine and grapefruit, a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall a promising beer that with a few tweaks could be very good.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. seemed to have a julian code of 119? which would suggest its between 2 & 3 months old.

Murky deep amber body. Good foamy white head, leaving some nice lacing.

not getting much on the nose, good or bad.

However, the taste was better than I expected from the murky body and lack of aroma. Being an English IPA, it's very nicely balanced between hops and malt, with neither gaining the upper hand, which I can certainly appreciate a) being English myself, and b) I like to take a break from the all out hop assault once in a while.

Around medium on the mouth, slightly dry on the finish.

Overall, and good honest sessionable English IPA.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a relatively dark gold, and fairly clear. Lots of visible carbonation and a thin half-finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Biscuit malts with quite a bit of husky grain character. Vegetal and grassy hops. Maybe a touch of pilsner malts as well? Not particularly exciting to say the least.

T: Husky biscuit malts with grassy, noble and vegetal hops with just a touch of piney resin. A sharp or brassy character in the hops is here as well, and is unwelcome - it clashes with the toasted sweetness of the malt bill. It finishes with a fair amount of naked alpha-oil bitterness reminiscent of some of my least favorite hoppy offerings from Stone.

M: The body is a touch thin, but good carbonation sensation. The alcohol shines through more than most IPAs but not anything you'd call "hot".

O: This isn't good. It's not "off" in an infected kind of way. It's more like a poorly planned, poorly executed stab at an obligatory "hoppy beer" at the brewpub down the street offering Trivia Night and Ladies 2-4-1. I'm really disappointed in my second Green Man beer. Estimated score from the first bottle: 3.28

UPDATE – I noticed on here that it's described as an English IPA. I was unaware of that when I bought the six-pack. Either it's not labeled well, or this was an incidence of poor reading on my part. Either is possible.

UPDATE #2: On a second drinking, from a different bottle on a different night - and keeping the listed style in mind - I enjoyed it quite a bit more. Perhaps because I was expecting an English IPA rather than an American, or just bottle variation, I’m not sure. My tasting notes remain similar as far as flavors, but a couple weeks in the fridge seem to have melded the malt and hops together some. Maybe this is one NOT to drink as fresh as the APA/AIPAs? Or maybe just a different mindset and a different night and a different bottle. Also poured this second bottle into a teku glass for whatever that’s worth. Ratings reflect my new (higher) opinion.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a beautiful beer! The presentation may be the highpoint of this brew. Pours a clear deep amber producing 3+ fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, beige head that leaves heavy webs of thick lacing with a chunky, deep island cap so thick there is no collar ring. Aroma is very balanced caramel malt & pepper with a floral, earthy herbal & thin citrus & pine hop profile. Taste is similar but not very balanced: sweet fronted it rapidly transitions to a robust hop bitterness of herbal/floral, citrus pith & zest & resinous pine from just before mid-sip through the spicy finish that increases to produce a very bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, silky with a nice peppery finish & grainy, astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of JayQue
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK IPA. Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Big antique white head (hard pour) and nice hazy orange color. Head retention is better than average with some spotty patches of lacing on the glass. Fairly faint aroma of floral hops. Taste is mild floral hops and slightly sweet bready malt. Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style and somewhat crisp. Mild bitterness. OK brew, nothing that memorable.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter pine notes with a hint of citrus.

Overall: Good IPA. Not the best I've ever had but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a nonic pint glass.

Pours a burnt copper color with a 1F linen-white colored head. Heavy spot lacing and good retention.

Whole grain bread and pleasant floral hop aromas.

Malted grain and herbal hops Slightly nutty and earthy.

Bold English style body. Solid malt with hop overbite. Finishes quite clean and a bit dry; I expected some sweetness from its malts.

It looks and plays (taste, etc.) the part of an English IPA, then deals the American touch of more hops. Nice.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, semi-opaque amber, with a fair to small head of off-white suds.

Aroma: Floral hops, refreshingly different in it’s old-school English IPA fashion.

Taste: Sticky, resinous hops with notes of grapefruit, pine, floral, and herbal all at once. Finishes a bit bitter but this is a nice change from all the overly tropical IPA tastes dominating the scene. Definitely plays the old-school line but with slightly amped-up hops. Really good, unique, and notably different.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: English hops, earthy and slightly citrus, floral, lemon

T: sweeter malt up front, biscuit, caramel, hop profile is slightly peppery and citrus, lemon and grapefruit, finish has a slight pine flavor

M: medium to full bodied

O: nice balance on this IPA

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My 600th beer. My Dad brought it after passing through Norther Alabama on his way up to Massachusetts and left a few singles. I had a great many Green Man's during a stay in Asheville, but not this flagship beer. It's solid, a worth everyday IPA, full of brassily expressed hops that nonetheless don't have the slightest skunk nor bad tang to them. Good stuff.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Some what reddish color, with a fluffy white head.
S: Strong earthy hop smell
T: A nice crisp bitterness of earthy and herbal hops. Fairly strong hop taste with a crisp finish.
M: Medium to light bodied.
O: I enjoy this beer a lot. It's my favorite easily-available IPA. It served a lot around where I'm from, and when I want a crisp IPA, this is my go to choice.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: very little aroma here as some hints of citrus and hop bitterness comes through.

Taste: caramel, orange, ripe fruit, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: a decent English style IPA that is easy to quaff. Definitely could be a sessionable beer.

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Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and clear Amber with 1 finger head. Smell of this one is very strange to my nose, mildy unpleasant. Tastes earthy with mild hop flavor, no bitterness. Nice lacing.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rather clear orange color. Soft, off- white head with mild retention and good lacing.
Smells of English malts. Nutty, bready, crusty bread. Also pick up the earthy, Noble hops.
Taste follows nose. A hint of spicy hops as well.
Feel is close to medium-bodied. Finish is spicy.
Overall, this is a good IPA of the English variety.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright reddish Amber rousing a 1” white to off-white foam cap with moderate persistence. S:Earthy, dank vegetal aromas with traces of resin, citrus and mint. T: Earthy, woody hops, mineral, light fruit, traces of tropical fruit. Hop forward but well balanced by the malt. Malt medium low, medium bitterness, medium hop flavors. Lingering bitterness with a dry finish. F: Very creamy. Medium to medium low body, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A very good English style IPA.

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Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 545 ratings