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Green Man ESB | Green Man Brewery

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3.69/5
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399 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,800
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
399
pDev:
12.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
86
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of chiefbender
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregoreaux
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bb-magic
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers I've been familiar with forever but I guess never reviewed. Dark color for an ESB, kind of a nut brown with little head. Aroma is malty and sweet with caramel and chocolate notes but not much for hops.

Light in carbonation, which is a plus, but again little hopping to balance the chocolate and even coffee flavors. This is a nice tasting ale but could either use a bit more bitterness or a style change to English Brown or Dark Ale.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

BOD 2/19/16. Pours clear, and when held to light, a beautiful garnet hue. Poor head volume, lacing and retention.

Very atypical ESB nose that has a bit of char. Underneath is a rich caramel base with hints of plum.

Almost medium body that is quite smooth with creamy aspects. Body / carbonation is very well done - just the right amount of effervescence. The middle is a fair burst while the finish is nice and prickly.

The flavor profile is good, but also atypical for the style. Missing are the robust earthy hop bitterness flavors and an actual bitterness level that is, well...bitter. This is more an amber or brown ale. Compare this to a Fullers ESB...the contrast is quite striking. Caramel with a bit of char encompasses the tasting experience. A light nuttiness lays underneath and becomes noticeable from the middle on. The finish is somewhat clean with a malty note trailing off. As an amber or brown I would rate this around 3.5, but for the ESB style, it is subpar.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Myotus
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (indecipherable bottle date) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 23Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 1 minute and 15 seconds. Copper in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are very subtle in quantity and medium in size. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thin.
SMELL: Mild aromas of toast, plums, figs, floral hops, and earthy hops are backed by subtle caramel, toffee, white grape, and pear aromas.
TASTE: Mild floral hop, fig, and plum flavors first step onto the palate as mild earthy hop flavors quickly follow in their footsteps. Mild flavors of white grapes, pears, and spicy hops along with subtle bitter hop, caramel, and toffee flavors make a late appearance as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is mild. This beer goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild and pleasant dryness.
NOTE: A solid brew, however, I have tasted much better (and much worse) from this style. Definitely worth a try if you ever in North Carolina, especially if you love the balanced English styles.

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Photo of PHarm
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WiggyKGB
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear, dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is malt driven with some nuttiness in the background. The taste is pure malt heaven with some toffee tossed in.

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Photo of Beerfull
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerTest
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blacken72
2.37/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown pour with little head. Little smell or flavor. Slight nut at first then a sweet finish.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: mahogany color with a thin tan head
S: very faint malt, caramel nose
T: malty, some chocolate a little sweetness
F: medium body, good tongue coating
O: I call this a really good gateway craft beer

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Photo of TheBeard89
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of hman43
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: It pours black, but there is some that makes it through. It has a full head with lacing.

Smell: It has a strong malt aroma that features chocolate. There are some dark fruit aromas and hints of floral hops.

Taste: It has roasted malt flavors with chocolate, floral hops, and hints of fruit.

Feel: It has high carbonation with a moderate feel to is. It is moderately bitter on the palate.

Overall: It is a bitter finishing beer that highlights the malt backbone with some fruit and floral elements.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 399 ratings
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