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Beer – #443 – Green Man – IPA

Green Man are a brewery that I’ve not seen represented in my locale. So I snapped up a couple of bottles, the first this, the Green Man IPA.

“Our latest seasonal release is so hoppy it will pop your taste buds with flavour! This artfully crafted pale golden coloured ale is delightfully different. Like the IPA’s the British soldiers of the 19th century had brewed for them in India. No added sugar.”

Brewed by Green Man Brewery (NZ) to the style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Dunedin, New Zealand

This is a 500ml bottle (17fl oz), of beer that is 63 IBU things, 5% ABV making it 165 calories a serve and  200 for the bottle and 2  standard drinks units in NZ.

I’ve noticed various ABV measures for this beer too, I’d suggest that might be the batch brewing process variation but am open to correction.


Man needing shave shares beer picture

Man needing shave shares beer picture

Green Man India Pale Ale is delectably hoppy with a properly balanced body. Generous hop additions give it a wonderful bitterness and pleasant floral nose, while our combination of traditional British malts creates a rich, satisfying flavor and alluring copper color. This authentic English-style IPA is our flagship ale.

Green Man IPA 5.4% ABV is so tasty it will pop your taste buds with flavour! This artfully crafted ale is delightfully different. An IPA which is full of Hops, but balanced with delicious malt and is oh so Drinkable.

I’m always keen to try new things, so I have a smile already.

 Lively opening, aroma though is more the sourness that you get from Belgium style beers, I thought.

Green man ipaDarker than I expected in colour as a pour, a goodly sized head that appears persistent. Aroma still that off sour.

Bitter! Gosh yes.  Really sharp and at the front , with not a lot of length and no finish. Strange-ish but not totally unpleasing,

Fairly easy drinking even if the initial taste is tartly bitter. So a beer that should slot in the “Session” category. Can’t shake that sense of “Belgium yeast” in this though.  Might be why I like it as I do.

The IPA category is, I have mentioned before, a highly competitive arena. This take on an IPA lacks any of the grassiness, or the floral notes, the middle part of the malts and it could do with a more tart finish than it has.

But it’s drinkable, scarily easy so. But I think that might be for reasons that appeal my palate rather than this being like an IPA that would be familiar and recognisable.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. I’ve stumbled into a bunch of really acceptable beers lately, nothing spectacular or outstanding but a rich vein of acceptable.  This is an okay beer, with a strange profile that isn’t really like IPA, but has an appeal to me, so I like it.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes but not for the right reasons I suspect.
  2. Would I have another? I could probably do that.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think that this would be ok to share a few of over sportsball.

New Music to accompany – this time The New Pornographers – this from their new album – Brill Bruisers – the track of the same name.

The New Pornographers is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1999 inVancouverBritish Columbia. Neko Case is a member, and she is a bit a good!


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine


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