The Rainmaker | Green Man Brewery

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The RainmakerThe Rainmaker

Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's no myth that this is Green Man's most impressive and sought after special offering. A mammoth Double IPA that boasts 6 different hops, it's the one hopheads wait for. Like a cool rain after a long drought, this one will quench your desire for big flavor and balance.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 94
Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film covering about 50% of the surface surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, and floral hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, and floral in descending order of strength. There is a moderate amounts of hop bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly and a light amount of booziness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy initially which becomes chewy with a moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I really like the hop flavors and aromas but this one is a touch too boozy to be an easy drinker for me. Enjoyable but glad that it comes in a smaller format than bomber now.

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Photo of dbell23
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz, bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber color with one finger head that doesn't stick around. Slight lacing. Smell is really nice with grapefruit and slight malt sweetness, maybe caramel. Taste is great with hoppy sweetness that follows the nose. Starts with a hop pop followed by some sweetness and then a nice sweet hop aftertaste. Really balanced. Taste is the best aspect of this beer and isn't that the point? Not a hop bomb but certainly hoppy enough. Mouthfeel is what it should be. Nice carbonation to start and smooth slightly oily finish. Overall an outstanding dipa from another great Asheville brewery. Will definitely but again, hopefully next weekend when I make a beer run to Asheville.

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Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Love the foam, the head, the lacing. Dull pale amber hue, great clarity. Extra juicy hop nose, grapefruit zest, green tea, peppercorn, grassy, mild caramel, and a hint of alcohol. Big smoothness, semi-chewy, taffy, massive bitterness, warming. A tad creamy with some surprising malt balance. Big time in your face, just takes over the palate but in a good way. This is serious drinking here, fun but serious.

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Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07-02-15

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Vey good head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple, mangos & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, lovely tropical fruit notes, a little woody hop as well up front. Pineyness as this warms, much tropical fruit as well & a little grapefruit, Finishes a little dry, with grapefruit & pineapple & a little bit of caramel & breadyness

MF: Chewy with slight carbonation, very good balance

Easily my favorite beer from these guys, so far, they nailed this one, so drinkable

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Goose Island tulip. The beer pours out a light amber color with a slight haze and sports a beautiful 3 fingers of creamy white head with excellent retention. Nice nose. I get pine, grapefruit, fresh linen, and oranges.

Big herbal hop flavor profile with a silky mouthfeel. Grassy and hemp-like, rather than fruity, but with substantial malt sweetness underneath. Grapefruit, marmalade, triscuits, and cooked cabbage. Dry, hoppy, mealy finish. Sage.

Not an imperial IPA I'd buy again. It definitely has quality and was brewed with great care and craft, but the flavors just don't do it for me. I prefer IIPAs with sharp, fruity bitter flavors. This makes me think of sour mash that was dry-hopped. Still, I'll be trying some other offerings from Green Man if I come across them.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy, off gold/amber color.

Smell is a mix between piney, resinous hops with a slight sweet, tropical orange and grapefruit citrus smell.

Taste has a nice balance between sweet, bready malt and resinous hops. The hop flavor comes through sticky and piney at first, flourishing into a nice citrus bouquet that linger with a grapefruit pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Just a tad on the heavier side.

Overall a great DIPA. Definitely suggest trying it.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an oversized wine glass a deep honey color with a large billowing white head that looks great in the settle.A nice punch of juicy citrus fruit hits in the nose along with more floral hop notes,some mild sweet alcohol and caramel round out the aromas.More resinous than citrusy on the palate with a decent amount of earth as well,not much sweetness until it warms, giving off some booze and deep caramel.I like this DIPA alot the hops are showcased well and not overly sweet and alcoholic.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle at a tasting into a snifter glass. Much thanks to northstar23. From notes.

Pale apricot to lemon yellow body. Quite light but not getting straw color there. Pale white top and collar, with a slightly cloudy body.

Very impressive nose. Creamy notes of vanilla and peach. Mushed and rotten mango, and holy crap this thing smells like durian fruit. This is dam scary here, this sort of funky earth fruit thing and must. Ugh... insane, very impressive and unique.

Palate manages to calm down a bit, which is probably a good thing. Fruit angle comes out like a big punch mix, and slightly sweet in the mid palate on the hop angle. Some nice apricot warmth comes out of this, with a good controlled almost silky palate. Controlled warmth, definitely big ipa territory but surprisingly not hot or too boozy.

Overall just a wild fruit component to this and a big surprise. Very unique IPA would love to have a bottle of this again someday.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is underrated. Not that I am biased, but maybe I am. I have been to the brewpub numerous times, I like Green Man.

Appearance: Hazy bronze with a nice head retention that just sits there and stays.

Smell: Floral, hoppy, resinous and dank. Some Pine but not as much as others. Some alcohol is detected in the aroma.

Taste: Very nicely balance. A full flavor, tropical fruits, earthy dried fruits present, some piney bitterness, but not overwhelming. Malt sweetness is definitely there, but far from cloying, well balanced.

Overall: I loved this beer and found a great deal on it. I would buy it again. Even though it is a bit pricey but the bomber is larger than the standard 22 oz.

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Photo of Omnium
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > tulip glass.

A -Orange gold in color a finger of off white fizzy head very little lacing.
S - Lots of pine and hop resin, orange juice, some caramel malts, some white grape, light citrus.
T - You get the bold hop resin with a nice medium bite. Some grassy and pine notes at the end of that, and a mild caramel malt base. Big orange juice some grapefruit. You do not feel or taste the 9.3% at all.
M - Smooth with a good bitterness, super drinkable.
O - Excels in aroma and feel, big beer without feeling big. Flavor could use a bit of an improvement, but still a great double IPA.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the barkeep at Greenman, accompanied by pretzels and spicy mustard.

A nice copper color and vibrant fluffy head meets my eyes as a blast of piney sweet hops hits my nose.

Taste is very nice, with the sweet piney hopes letting the malts balance it perfectly, while also throwing in a bit of floral and tropical notes. There is a honey like sweetness in this beer as well, but it is quite subtle.

Mouthfeel was excellent.

Overall a very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh 750ml capped bottle into a Teku glass.

Pours a dark copper, almost orange color with a nice inch and half white head. The smell is very hoppy with a hint of mango fruitiness detectable too. Quite an appealing aroma. The taste is all about the hops - and a good bit of them. Its not sweet by any means, but its also not very bitter either. there are definitely a good bit of bready malts present in the taste too. also getting grapefruit and pine. its surprisingly drinkable. ABV isnt detectable. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall this is quite a good DIPA. The flavor profile is a bit simple but still quite good. Smells a tad better than it tastes. A bit of a strange taste with the malts but still..Recommended.

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Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee

A - cloudy orange with a big, soft, thick, white head that has great retention

S - grapefruit, a bit floral

T - bread, faint sweet malt, dark bread like pumpernickel, huge grapefruit, faint bitter finish, some pine

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice DIPA. The hop presence has great character and it has an all around good drinkability. My only complaint is that there is a dark bread component that I think is at odds with the rest of the flavor profile. Other than that this is a really good, highly drinkable, clean DIPA that is worth checking out.

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3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I easily achieve three fingers of thick fluffy off white head with a generous pour. This head has very nice staying power, fading slowly and leaving waves of fat choppy lace. Body is an attractive amber gold tone. Nose is soft but pleasurable with citrus rind based hoppy goodness. Some slight piney woodsy feel in the background as well. The bitterness shocks the tongue with first sip. The body of this beer is a raw array of vegetable forward hops. Fresh cut grass, celery, cabbage, and wet pine come to mind. Leaves a odd bitter hue on the back of the tongue. Its not all that bad but it seems the malts may be interacting weirdly with the hops in terms of balance on this one. I really wanted to love this one. Overall it is just OK for me.

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The Rainmaker from Green Man Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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