The Rainmaker
Green Man Brewery

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Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,631
Ranked #8,641
4.06 | pDev: 8.13%
Jun 27, 2022
Feb 15, 2013
The RainmakerThe Rainmaker
Notes: 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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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured an orange-gold body with decent head that leaves a touch of lace ring down glass. The hops are mild, earthy and have notes of citric. Smooth, slightly bitter, a mostly clean and smooth beer with slight grapefruit sweetness as well as a touch of tropical fruits. Sweetness balances with dry hops and beer is easy to drink and has a clean finish with touch of dryness.
Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Dec 15, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4 by JamesLeung from Florida

Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by MJSFS from Florida

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
can dated best by may 22 - pours a thick hazy medium gold, dense white head endures awhile...
full nose of various hops and malted grain....
sweet malts are soon rained on by hop bitterness and a clean smooth finish, very much like rainwater on a window pane-
potent brew to sip on when you wanna pace yourself- very enjoyable
Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by ManlyWealth from Georgia

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Gotta hand it to you Green Man Brewers, this is a world class DIPA. I first had it on draft at your Brewery in Ashville. It was so fricken good, I purchased a 4 pack before I left Ashville!
Pours a beautiful transparent gold, with a very healthy white head. Aroma is bold, piney & citrus. A classic, world class DIPA taste that retains that bitter, hoppy IPA flavor we all love, but at an 8.2% ABV. Mouth feel is classic! Overall, it’s a must have if you’ve never tried it. And a definite repeat, 3-peat, 4-peat, very drinkable staple for IPA lovers!
Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Van_boi from New Hampshire

May 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

May 24, 2019
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Finally, awesome. Poured from fresh can out of the Green Man ipa variety 12 pack

Look - ample golden/straw, hazy body, nice white head. Lacing...

Smell - Hello! Amazing fresh aromas are lively, dank, wet, juicy, resinous, thick, green and powerful good. SO nice.

Taste - big wet hops, light malt ghost, and the alcohol is non-detectable for me. Nice & dry afters.

Feel - good indeed, complements the awesome taste and aromas

Overall - worth the wait. Very drinkable, and one to contemplate and really enjoy! I feel like a more knowledgeable imbiber after really enjoying The Rainmaker by Green Man. If you are a hophead, you gotta make it Rain.
Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by rangerred from Tennessee

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by JohnTurano from Florida

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Jul 18, 2017
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Reviewed by OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.07/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
The Rainmaker pours to a medium creamy off-white head on a slightly hazy golden body that is alive with fine-grained carbonation; lacing is fair, consisting of spiky bands. The nose is light-medium in intensity, leading with biscuity malt notes that are quickly overtaken by a blend of pineapple, pine and hints of perfumey florals, all topped by deceptively subdued alcohol overtones. Midpalate, the malt becomes much more apparent as the nutty/caramelly character increases significantly and we get a good view of the bready malt foundation; as a consequence, perceived bitterness is pushed back a good bit to moderate. Compounding the maltiness is a big, distracting boozy undertow that shows as solvent-like. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a flash of nutty malt, followed by the onset of a significant, lasting piney bitterness that has an undesirable fusel charater lurking behind it. Retrogustative olfaction is slightly grassy. Mouthfeel is quite astringent and is big for the light-medium body; the texture is medium-creamy and faintly peppery from the unexpectedly muted carbonation. Between the astringency and the excessive booziness, this is not a pleasant beer to drink. (12 oz bottle, no code date)
Jun 03, 2017
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours deep caramel in color. The smell is of a typical IPA with semi-strong hops aromatics. The taste is stronger than I expected due to the ABV, didn't see that coming. Not too much after taste to speak of. The resiny bite hits then retreats pretty easily. Great beer.
May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

May 14, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by zimm421 from Ohio

May 06, 2017
Rated: 4.66 by mtbeer3649 from Washington

Oct 21, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by curtisjoseph from North Carolina

Oct 04, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by tmm313 from Georgia

Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by MGoeltz from Tennessee

Jul 15, 2016
Rated: 4 by Nate2034 from South Carolina

Jun 20, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Jun 17, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by Jaycase from Illinois

Jun 08, 2016
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by woodchip from North Carolina

May 31, 2016
Rated: 4 by kell50 from North Carolina

May 31, 2016
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Reviewed by dbell23 from Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +17%
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.
May 15, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 06, 2016
Rated: 4 by Mantooth from North Carolina

May 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
May 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by xt0n1cx from Virginia

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Apr 22, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by mgigs from Maine

Oct 19, 2015
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