Oct 21, 2014

Green Man Brewing IPA

This bottle of Green Man’s IPA was the last of a batch of brews that I brought home from the Outer Banks this past Summer. At 6.2% ABV and 63 IBU, it’s a solid English-style IPA, if a bit on the shy side.

Despite the fairly elevated bitterness units, this balanced brew doesn’t bite too hard. The herbal, floral hop flavors are more earthy and subdued, joining a bready malt backbone in an effort to create an easy drinking, smooth flowing experience. And it does just that.


The beer pours a slightly hazy, rich amber in color with a pillowy stack of tawny foam that left behind thick lacing on the glass. It certainly looks good.

Green Man Brewing IPA photo


Caramel, bread, pine resin, grapefruit, a slight pineapple note and grassy hops combine for a great smelling beer.


The nose on the brew is a bit misleading as it’s not as fruity as it hinted. The hop character is more herbal, floral and leafy as hints of pine and a moderate amount of bready, caramel malt plays along. The beer is nicely balanced and medium bodied with a touch of malt sweetness that lingers lightly. For the most part, it’s a bit subdued, but not bad.


I think that I was expecting something more Americanized when I first cracked this brew open, but in the end I still found Green Man’s IPA enjoyable. It’s pretty much right in line with most English IPAs that I’ve had in the past and it’s easy to see why this is the company’s flagship brew — it drinks easy and refreshes nicely.

Rating: 3.25/5

More: ,