Green Man ESB, an English-style Strong Bitter by Green Man Brewery

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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.

Appearance

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.

Aroma

A bright aroma of floral hops sweetens with caramel as the beer warms. A scent of toasty malt appears as well.

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Flavor

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.

Mouthfeel

A relatively smooth feel sits nicely on the tongue with a body that’s just over medium and moderate carbonation.

Overall

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.

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2 thoughts on “Green Man ESB

  1. Green Man ESB is absolutely my favorite beer. But I desperately need to find it in a can! I have to hide my special brew from visitors as they go straight for it and leave the cheap beer behind!
    I had to purchase a tiny Frigidaire plug in cooler! It only holds six cans! I have it well hidden but it won’t hold the Green Man bottles. Where can I find it in cans near Lenoir NC?

  2. Green Man ESB is absolutely my favorite beer. But I desperately need to find it in a can! I have to hide my special brew from visitors as they go straight for it and leave the cheap beer behind!
    I had to purchase a tiny Frigidaire plug in cooler! It only holds six cans! I have it well hidden but it won’t hold the Green Man bottles. Where can I find it in cans near Lenoir NC?

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