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Green Man India Pale Ale | Green Man Brewery

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Green Man India Pale AleGreen Man India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
greenmanbrewery.com

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.

Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
481
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
26.63%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
106
For Trade:
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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly hazy medium copper color. It was served to me with a small sticky head.

s: Lots of leafy, lightly citric hops leap out of the glass. Moderate caramel malt balance.

t: Hugely hoppy with lots of overt bitterness. Some citrus, but mainly grassy or leafy. Sweet caramel is plenty noticeable.

m: Heavier than expected for an average sized IPA.

o: Really nice IPA to pass the time with while I waited for my BBQ.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper color with average clarity. Fine, rocky head with excellent retention, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma is nice and malty - biscuit, caramel; hops are a bit wanting on the nose, but perhaps this is due to the cold temperature.

The flavor is of herbal hops nicely balanced with nutty malt flavors. Long dry finish with just the right lingering bitterness to inspire another drink.

Medium body, mouthcoating. A very nice example of the British IPA style that shows that all IPAs dont need to be hop bombs to be outstanding. A great accompaniment to food.

Reviewed from notes taken from serving at the Asheville Airport. Served way to cold, but as it warmed up, it showed its stuff beautifully.

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Photo of bballmj2k
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Whiskey in Durham. Pleasantly surprised on this one.

A - amber with a couple fingers of head.

S - citrus, herbal hop aroma. Really enticing.

T - big fruit up front. Definitely west coast, oranges, grapefruit, maybe a bit of mango? Not much malt to speak of - bitter finish.

M - medium body, nice bitter finish leaving it quite dry.

Just spent some time in Chicago drinking tons of 3 Floyd's alpha king and this beer compares remarkably well. Impressive.

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Photo of bosox941827
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on pint in Raleigh a few months back and thought it was good, so when I heard they just started sending growlers to the Triangle, I pounced and got one at the Beer Dispensary in Apex.
A - Amber-brown, with just a bit of a head, which dissipates fairly rapidly
S - Get mostly malt off this one, but a bit of hops as well
T - Here's where this one stands out; a bit of malty sweetness, which is followed up quickly by an extremely flavorful hop kick, which is piney and bitter, but also very tasty. Also get a bit of chocolate, earthy malt which only reveals itself at the very end of the palate and adds a bit of complexity. DEFINITELY in the west coast style. To those below not getting much hops out of this one, perhaps you had an old sample? Did Green Man change their recipe? This one is very fresh and the hop flavor is substantial and hangs around in the mouth for a LONG time, too. Very, very solid, IMO - really liking this.
M - Fairly smooth; popped the growler 2 days after I got it and still had a decent amount of carbonation left.
Surprised and impressed with this one - Triangle beer drinkers seek this one out!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a handsome brown growler into my stone pint glass, a multilayered orange brown appearance, with a wispy rim of head. Plenty of yeast and 'floaties' visible, which is a plus. Nose is reserved and more towards the malt end of the equation with sweet and toasted highlights, Hops understated but present. Glad to be sampling this IPA. Growlers of this are all over the triangle and I am thankful.

Well balanced but I am surprised at the strength of the hops. This one has the citrus and pine flavors I am used to seeing in west coast brewers. The mellow biscuit and toffee flavors blend well throughout. Dry and impressively weighty texture throughout.

Definitely worth trying if you like the style. I enjoyed this IPA and am looking forward to more growlers from these brewers.

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Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Doyle for pouring me a glass from his growler that he picked up in our oh so outlandish trip to Wine 101.

Pours a dark amber with half inch of foamy head. Good retention. I'm a little surprised by the nose; nutty, woody, earthy, not a lot of hops. Taste is a nutty, earthy maltiness up front followed by a moderate piny hop character and just a hint of yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth; goes down easily.

Not an awful beer. Definitely not what I was expecting. Malt character caught me off guard and the hop character was a little mild for my preference.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 Oz pilsner-like glass at vbgb in charlotte. Amber in color. Medium head and retention. Aroma is mild grass and mild caramel malt. Listed as an English ipa and it's obvious there isn't anything American in style about it. Taste is mild bitterness, touch of malt sweetness. Nothing over the top but quite drinkable. I would think this is a good gateway ipa.

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

On draft at eds in dilworth.
A. Almost no head, but I think the bar is to blame, not the beer!
S. Same here, but has an ipa hint. Some strong simcoe??
T. A. Good bite up front, and a nice malt backbone, but there is something missing...
O. An ok ipa, go for their esb not this.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had while sitting at the brewery on a recent trip to Asheville. Served from cask into a Green Man shaker. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one and a half finger bone white head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hop, citrus hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, and slight citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IPA. Definitely had a pretty nice citrus aspect going on in this one. I just wish the flavor would have been a little more robust in the citrus aspect. This one is definitely worth trying if you are in the area.

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Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jack of the Wood, in a shaker pint. Mostly clear dark orange with thin off-white head leaving a ring of fine lace. Smell: earthy, peach tea, slight grapefruit, lots of caramel. Taste: fruiy - peach and orange - herbal spiciness, a little grapefruit rind. Big toffee backbone. Nice lingering bitterness. Solid carbonation. A nice English-American IPA hybrid.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.27/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler forced on me by Lunch in the most horrifying beer rape I've ever been the recipient of...too dramatic? Hombre Verde IPA from where-ever.

Beer looked OK, poured into a Russian River wine glass, the glass I was using was by far the best part of the beer, followed by the appearance, everything else in a distance third. Beer was amber and mostly clear, thin head of medium and some small bubbles, I dare say a little lacing too.

"oh no..." is what I said when I smelled the beer. And I meant it, it would be one thing if it were just grassy, but it kind of smelled like boiled cabbage and grass. Time to power on.

Nope, not like this at all. Beer is thin and has nearly no hop flavor, some malt on the lead off but overall the beer is just a gross mess of off flavors. Why am I drinking this? Well I'm not anymore.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.12/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer appears clear and orange in color, with a half inch of head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is odd, with scents of hops and weird herbal notes. The flavor brings more of the same, with a prominent taste of overly cooked vegetables. The beer is out of balance and off putting. An astringent bitter taste lingers on the tongue. Not recommended.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 3/5/11 notes. Growler shared by Lunch; thanks Paul.

a - Pours an amber/copper color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light bready malts, citrus hops, floral notes, and light vegetable. Not that

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, light floral notes, and vegetables again. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a very good IPA. Smell and taste seemed to have a lot of grain/bready malts to it, as well as a small amount of vegetables, which I did not enjoy. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.24/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler shared by Lunch. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it slowly falls down my glass. The nose brings forward some light malt and English hops--maybe grassy and herbal--but along with that comes a bit of an off care and slight vegetal notes. The taste is similarly lacking in any hop component and simply has a mild graininess with a bit of vegetable skin. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation for the serving type. Drinkability is not particularly good. I would not say that there were any straight-out flaws or off-flavors with this beer, just that there was nearly nothing in the way of hop or malt character to really hide any flaws.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice gold with a thick white head. The head left some amazing cascading and lacing on the top half of the glass. It was truly a great looking lacing, I was very impressed.

S-All about citrus hops. Grapefruit leading the charge, then some orange/lemon in the mix. Smells good, but not the most over powering/complex nose.

T-Citrus again; grapefruit, some orange and lemon. It is very balanced as the malt comes in to play in the finish. It also has a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

M-Good mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-I would like to put a 5 for this category, but its dry finish might slightly hinder it and I don't want to over rate this beer. However, it is very sessionable.

Overall, this is a very good beer. If I wasn't planning on driving home I would have drank a couple more of these. I loved it. I can't wait to drink more of this beer and more from Green Man Ales and Brewery.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Man IPA pours amber and very clear, not a whole lot of head (but I had it on draught, and the bar tender wasn't trying to create any head). I couldn't smell a whole lot, but the taste was huge and delicious. It almost had a dirty rawness...similar to the Green Man ESB. There was so much flavor and it was surprisingly well rounded for a local place. This was the second sampling that I've tried from this brewery, and I have really enjoyed it both times. There is a nice bite, with a pleasant sweetness/bitterness combo. There was so much flavor in this beer that I wouldn't call it easy drinking, but I want to want more of it.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Duckworth's in Mooresville. Consumed on 9/20/10. Reviewed from notes.

Came out a murky dark amber with a slight reddish hue on the edges. A large creamy beige head rested on top. Pretty lace sticks around. The nose pretty basic for the style. Some minor floral tones, mild citrus, and a sweet balanced finish.

The body had moderate depth; decent carbonation. Easy drinker. Not too filling. Not a sharp IPA by any means. The hops are tamed down a bit. Well-balanced with toffee sweetness and mild citrus flavors. This is not a 'hop-heads' IPA, but it is easily accessible and good. I liked it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was much more up my alley I have to admit. Really a great looking beer as the medium amber body makes its way into the glass and is capped nicely by about two inches of white foam that back off and leave a tight ring of lacing around the sides.

Aroma is rich citrus hops, pungent and full with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, orange and rich buttery malts that come through with a great and well balanced body. Smooth, subtle and lip smacking good, the rich citrus flavors pops immediatly as I take the first sip. Melting into a buttery and full mid palate that really balanced it quite nicely. Smooth and even acorss the tongue the body suits it quite well. Goes down smooth and easy, I had no trouble dropping this one quick.

Overall a really solid IPA and a great example of the style.

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Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom.

The beer pours and orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, showing some light orange citrus and earthiness. Flavors replicate the nose, though it could use a bit more flavor intensity. The beer is otherwise fairly dry and grainy on the palate, and it reminds me of an English style IPA (which I now see is what the brewer was going for). The beer is very nicely balanced, but with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good in this medium bodied, uncomplicated, easy to understand and appreciate beer.

Nothing special here, but it was a nice enough beer to have with some good pizza.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a shaker pint, the beer is a medium amber in color with good lacing shown as the glass empties

s: pale grainy malt aroma with an earthy English hop variety that brings dried grapefruit, lots of biscuit, simple stuff

m: the body is medium-light with a light level of carbonation

t: composition much like the aroma - grainy biscuit malt body with a moderate presence of citrusy hops, crisp bitter finish cleans up nicely

d: drinkability is good - a well-rounded beer suited for a few

pint at the brewery tasting room

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Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Edit: Gave this another shot and am adjusting scores accordingly. Take 2 was much improved all around with a nice leafiness, a pleasant little punch of bitterness, and a mild grittiness in feel. Consider this one "mildy recommended" now.
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Original Review

On tap at the Jack of the Wood pub in a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy copperish caramel (kinda dark in there) with a finger of cream-colored head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Smells a bit tame, with lots of sweet malt, but only a modest level of earthy hops.

Something definitely seems wrong here. Tastes fairly oxidized, which I didn't realize would be possible out of the keg (could be something other than oxidation is causing it, but the cardboard flavor is quite prominent). Hops are rather muted, or masked by the cardboard flavor.

Overall impression: Maybe I'll give this one another try, because it's hard to believe it would sell tasting like this all the time.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the IPA on tap and from the cask and the cask seems to be the better choice. You can really taste the fullness of the flavors that the carbonation from the tap mask.

Appearance: Creamy smoothness, lots of head and lacing, deep amber

Smell: Hoppy deliciousness

Taste: Full hop flavor with a hint of smoke

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and smooth; quite versatile as a sipping beer or with a meal. Try the cask over the tap if the choice presents itself

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup for Bele Chere. Sigh.

Amber gold with 1/2 finger head. No lacing. No retention on my plastic drinking vessel.

Faint citrus nose. Like the pale, not enough there but what is there is nice.

Nice bright hop hit. More pine than citrus is present. Very nice hop profile.

Another easy session beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at Jack of the Wood in Asheville

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy copper body with a sticky beige spiderweb of lace

smell: floral hops, high levels of malt sweetness, earthy

taste: earthy hops, floral sweetness elevated by the cask treatment. good IPA, lacks a major punch but enjoyable

mouthfeel: smooth and juicy

drinkability: good

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 12 Bones barbeque joint in Asheville. The brew arrives as a mildly hazed copper amber with a small offwhite head. Nice sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma opens with pink grapefruit, quickly seguing into herbal and grassy hops with a hint of toasty caramel. Smooth and well balanced, with a medium body. Taste has a floral, grassy, and herbal hops bitterness that is balanced very well by a subdued toasty and caramel biscuity maltiness. Supremely well balanced even though the hops run the show. Wow! This one is a pleasant surprise. Very enjoyable, and ideal with the blueberry chipotle sauced rack of ribs.

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Green Man India Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery
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