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Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
373
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
28.11%
 
 
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 373
Photo of tillmac62
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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 rangerred
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
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 -20.5%
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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Photo of hman43
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
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 TheRougeBastard
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Harrahs Cherokee casino. Poured a dark brown with little head. Smell was nearly indistinguishable, I don't know how else to describe it. Taste was alright but to be fair, I had just come from another brewery and enjoyed several top flight IPA's, so my palate may have been wrecked. So suffice it to say, this isn't a beer to follow an IPA. I'll give this another try one of these days.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on-tap at Pandora's Pies

Appearance is a clear copper with a small white head that goes down to a film. Smell is of a nice mellow caramel malt with some light skunk. Overall not a huge nose. The initial taste is the funk/skunk that was just noticeable in the nose, it is far more prominent in the taste. After the unpleasantness, some of those nice English malts come through followed by some light hop spiciness. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium in body and carb.

This is an ok beer, the funkiness almost ruins it but it is just barely saved by the nice malt. If it didn't have the funk this would be in the 3.5-4 range. One cannot help but to compare a beer to the epitome of its style and this one simply does not match up to Fuller's.

notes: I have a suspicion that this keg is old as the location (college town) suggests to me that an ESB wouldn't be the most ordered beer, also, the keg kicked soon after.
from notes 1/31/12

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: a deep red, almost blood red if it wasn't so clear. Just a touch of an off white head. Pretty clear with just a touch of haze

Smell: sweetness. Fruity slightly caramel sweetness. No hop aroma but you know the hops are there balancing the sweetness.

Taste: opens up with fruit. Sweetness is always present as it moves towards caramel. A bitterness is apparent as the sweetness kicks off but it doesn't leave muc flavor

Mouthfeel: light and kind of insignificant

Overall: pretty drinkable but just missing enough to not be good. The sweetness is fought off by the hops but still win by a landslide. Almost too sweet

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Photo of DrMullet
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color. Presents with a roasted malty smell. Flavor is dominated by roasted malt with coffee overtones. More a brow ale than an ESB. Very disappointed.

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Photo of Fulkrum78
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at Twelve Bones in Asheville, NC. Nice beer, with a great brown color and decent head. Not as much on the aroma side of things as I would expect, but that could have been part of sitting outside. I got a malty backbone to this, and not so much of the hoppiness that I would have expected out of an ESB. Tasty beer, just not what I had expected.

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Photo of babaracas
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jack of the Wood in a shaker pint. A hazy aged copper with a quarter inch of off-white head that stuck around and deposited a thin sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: really sparse -- toffee, minerally. Taste: toffee, decently fruity, apricot, mildly nutty, with an earthy and herbal bitterness. Finishes earthy and a little nutty, drying. Decent.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Color is slightly hazy copper brown with a very small fast disappearing head, leaving no lace. Smells of straight barley with so toasted malt notes and a bit of earthy hops. Taste is toast and malty, slightly bready, herbal and earthy hops at the end with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light in carbonation, medium body and slick finish.

This one was ok, but nothing mind blowing. Not something I'd get again.

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Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Deep amber brown in color with a low head

s: Good caramel malt aromas bring a moderate sweetness. Earthy hops provide some balance.

m: medium-low carbonation and a medium body

t: Seems a bit light and bland but there is a decent grainy malt presence. Nondescript hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. Could use a bit more character. Considerably "husky".

d: easy enough...nothing off and a decent beer

on-tap at Jack of the Wood

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Photo of denver10
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours caramelish amber wit a dirty cream colored head. Aroma is kinda ashy and earthy, caramel,coffee cake, and nutty. Toffee, earthy, caramel dominate the flavor. Maybe a touch of roast thrown in. A medium bodied, semi active mouthfeel. Overall, solid beer here. Would drink again.

My rating: 3.40

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Photo of MacMalt
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. It pours a brown-cola color with a thin, milk-white head and very little lacing. It smells of sweet roasted malt, toast, nuts, cocoa, and caramel. The taste is rather bland: mostly malt with nuts. I'm not tasting any sweetness. It's light, thin, and easy to drink with an ABV of only 5.5% Unfortunately, this ESB lacks the character and taste of Fuller's and the other stars of the style. It's simply not very tasty. I did like the green man face on the bottle cap.

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

Poured from tap into pint at 12south Nashville. Pours a deep seethrough brown with nice looking head. Pretty much no aroma...so I didn't penalize it but its not good.
Taste is pretty boring but not offensive. Just blah...alt like watery malt. Meh
Its very mild and boring...not bad, just boring.
I wouldnt get again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a fine beer, however there are a few things about it that offsets the style. A good firm malt base seems to headge on sweet barley grains with a bit of astringency (husks) in the mouthfeel. The hops also seem a bit high, citrus / pine, and bite-ey. But the beer comes together nicely with a cleanly brewed taste of fermentation and attenuation. Nearly mint-y in the finish. Body could be maltier with a higher gravity (use English malts) would have sweetened the beer and rounded out the (American) hop abrasion. Call it beer, and it's pretty tasty stuff. Call it an ESB, and it stumbles a bit.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a nice sized sticky head. Lot's of lace cascades down the sides of the glass.
Grainy aroma with some fruit. Sour apples.
Taste comes together much better than the aroma. Sweet grainy malts. Nice hoppiness in the finish. This kind of leans more to an IPA for me. I taste citrus hops. There's also a roasted flavor for this beer that I didn't expect.
Mouthfeel is smooth and it's an easy to drink session beer.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a visit of the Local brew of Ashville, NC. Pours brownish orange into the pint glass with a quick head. Banana and coffee aroma. Smooth grain and barley malt. Some fruit notes. Think I will change up on my next order. Good selection here at the Bier Garten.

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Photo of lastmango
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Root beer color with tan thin head. Faint oak/chocolate smell. Nice malty flavor with almost no bite at the end. Expected more bitterness.

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Photo of Myotus
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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 GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Jack of the Wood in Asheville, NC.

A deep, deep amber if not light brown. A nice foamy head. Aroma was mild with biscuit and a hint of brown sugar. Flavor was bready malts with minimal hops. Slightly tart. Not especially complex. A smooth, silky mouthfeel that delivered well from the cask.

English in spirit but not in complexity. A smooth, enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listed as being 5.5% at the time of this rating.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Pale, bready malts with some slight sweetish toffee notes.

Taste: Biscuity, pale maltiness with a bit of toffee-like sweetness. Earthy, medium hop bitterness. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent ESB.

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Photo of tlema1
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Omnium
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Heads up., I cant justly rate this because I feel it does not conform to style.
Bottle > Tulip glass

A - clear brown with a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Very nutty, some woodiness to it, cedar, big roasted maltiness, light grassy and earthy hop tone.
T - Extra, special....brown ale? seriously this is closer to an amber, but especially a brown way more so than and ESB, no hops really come through in the flavor, its roasty malts.
M. Mildly creamy, smooth.
O - In no way shape or form is this an ESB, its way too roasty and there's barely any hop profile...But it is a good brown ale!

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Photo of PhillipJFry
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Has a nice amber color and little head retention.

s: Interesting caramel malts and some unique hops.

m: medium body and average composition.

t: Some hop flavors and a moderate bitterness. I wish there was just a bit more to this one.

d: Real easy drinking, like most Green Man offerings.

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