Green Man ESB is an English-style Strong Bitter brewed by Green Man Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.
The Bitter pours a dark but clear reddish brown with copper highlights. It’s capped by a thick pad of cream-colored foam that shows modest retention. A smattering of residue clings to the glass as the head reduces to a thin collar.
A bright aroma of floral hops sweetens with caramel as the beer warms. A scent of toasty malt appears as well.
The palate opens mildly bitter with a taste of floral hops and lemon tea. Toasted bread is met by a soft fermentation of dark fruits before finishing with a sweet dollop of caramel and chocolate. That sweetness is undercut slightly with a mild bite of pine.
A relatively smooth feel sits nicely on the tongue with a body that’s just over medium and moderate carbonation.
The Green Man ESB has a complex yet clean palate that’s wonderfully balanced. Its execution of the Strong Bitter style is superb. And it’s such an easy drinker that’s sure to please most palates.