Green Man ESB | Green Man Brewery

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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
Ratings:
397
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.06%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
83
For Trade:
1
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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of conoraugustine
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Blacken72
2.37/5  rDev -36.5%
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 TheBeard89
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of tillmac62
2.65/5  rDev -29%
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 sweemzander
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of rangerred
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin half finger head. While the head is not big it has decent retention and ok lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malt with some hints of coffee. A little biscuit in there too. Nothing really in the way of hops.

The flavor is roasted malt and toast with some biscuit. Caramel and toffee underneath and it is quite sweet throughout. Some light spicy hops underneath with a moderate bitterness. Way too much carbonation with a spritzy but sweet mouthfeel.

Overall, not very good. Tastes like a homebrewed brown ale. No real yeast character and way too much carbonation. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've head this on draft at their pub, but it was a while back and this is for the bottled version.

Appearance is fine. Slightly hazy brown. Not much head after pouring.

Nose is malt and caramel, but not much else.

Taste is ok for the style. On the sweeter side. Nothing off putting, but perhaps the short, slightly sour finish. No real depth, but nothing bad.

Mouthfeel is strangely viscous. Not exactly what I had in mind.

Overall it's fine, but nothing to write home about.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ecmoon3
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of csustar001
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of EinFesteBurg
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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Green Man ESB from Green Man Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 397 ratings.
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