Green Man Brewery

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Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #67
Ranked #23,383
3.72 | pDev: 11.83%
Nov 13, 2023
Feb 02, 2006
A malty amber ale boasting rich toasted and caramel flavors, Green Man ESB is one of our award-winning signature brews. Our blend of authentic British malts and hops creates a nutty aroma, full body, and a sweet finish. Prepare yourself for a truly exceptional interpretation of a traditional English style.
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Rated: 4.31 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Nov 13, 2023
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can poured into a mug.
Best by 1/30/24

L: Dark amber and a bit cloudy, 2 finger antique-white head, foam has moderate retention and leaves bits of lace.
S: Herbal/orange hops and caramel malt.
T: Mild flavor, herbal and woody hops, caramel and toasted malt.
F: Soft feel with a harder crisp finish,
O: Very drinkable, good Bitter.
Nov 12, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by LaPlaya from Oregon

Oct 02, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 25, 2023
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Reviewed by startreker from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Nice amber hue, with a nice foam, and decent lacing.

Smell: Toasted Malt forward with dark fruits on the nose.

Taste: Malty with a hint of bitterness from the hops, and dark fruits that follows.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and full bodied.

Overall: Very creamy, with a lovely toasted malt and dark fruitiness to make this a very enjoyable beer! I always keep this in my rotation. If your a person that enjoys a full bodied malty experience, this is for you! Very easy drinking, and full of flavor!
Aug 06, 2023
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Pours a copper shade of burnt orange with a one finger eggshell head. Doesn't lace the glass. Moderate head retention.

Aroma: Caramel, salted pretzels and graham crackers. Toffee and toasted pecan.

Taste: Really nice flavor to it. Bitter toffee upfront which quickly transitions into delicate flavors of hoppy pine with just the lightest touch of orange peel on the back end. Some sweet fruit cake notes to it as well.

Feel: Sessionable and refreshingly bitter / dry. Medium bodied with low carbonation levels.

Overall: Enjoyed this a lot. Solid ESB.
May 10, 2023
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a can. Not much on the nose. It has the caramel notes and the light hops that one expects from an ESB, but I've had better. It's very drinkable, but I won't search for it.
Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 3.68 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jan 21, 2023
Rated: 3.95 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
"Best by 6/3/23"; drank 1/4/23 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; nice lace.

Cream soda, faint caramel & faint oak notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream soda, mild raisin & faint oak flavors.

Pretty damn flavorful; I enjoyed this!
Jan 05, 2023
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by merlin929 from Georgia

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by shadyside from Georgia

Jun 27, 2022
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can with a best by date of 10-22-22. Opened 6-25-22.
2 finger pillowy sand colored head with very good retention. Deep copper body. Thick and sticky lacing. Minerality, clay, and bread crust in a pleasant and malty aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Malty, earthy finish with a hint of sweetness. Very Good.
Jun 26, 2022
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Rated by cmb

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draft. Good, drinkable, smooth, somewhat bitter. Fairly carbonated.
Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by DOCRW from Kentucky

Mar 10, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 3.19 by SouthCrescent from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Purchased on-tap at The 2nd Act for $6.00. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Rust-amber and with a slight opacity, with a one-finger pale white head that goes away quickly.
S - Caramel. Slight stone fruit. Faint nutty citrus.
T - Candied citrus with earthy undertones. Not much else, but you don't really need much else.
F - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very easy-to-drink, and refreshing.
O - A very good afternoon brew. Not too complex, and just simple enough. Quite enjoyable, and the bar for the style. I've had it before, and I plan on getting it again!
Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Clear light brown, frothy khaki colored head with good retention.

Aroma: Some caramel plus apple or apricot like esters.

Flavor: Toasted malt, caramel, apple notes. Mild bitterness.

Mouth-Feel: Medium bodied. Short bitter finish.

Overall: Nice easy drinking beer. Lots of interesting malt notes and some fruity esters. A little lighter bodied than I expected, but not thin at all. Notable bitterness, but not offensive.
Jan 06, 2022
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 493 ratings