The Rainmaker | Green Man Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
101 Ratings
The RainmakerThe Rainmaker
BEER INFO

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

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.

Meet the maker!

Added by SPLITGRIN on 02-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of cmukid87
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldManMetal
3.07/5  rDev -24%
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)

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zimm421
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mtbeer3649
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of curtisjoseph
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmm313
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGoeltz
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nate2034
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agentveba
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaycase
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 woodchip
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbell23
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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 SadMachine
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 xt0n1cx
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mgigs
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of conoraugustine
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mbbransc
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Rainmaker from Green Man Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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