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Manny's Pale Ale - Georgetown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Georgetown Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-09-2003

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Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 69
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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was a nice orange-colored ale. I had this on-tap and the glass was filled to the top, so I can’t comment on the head.

Smell – The nice floral hops were complimented by a subtle orange aroma and a significant malt balance.

Taste – The hops were big in here for a pale ale. The orange sweetness came out on the tongue as well, which made for a refreshing combination. There was a nice balance of malt in here, too. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and somewhat dry. This was medium-bodied.

Drinkability – I had this with a sandwich and chips, so the thirst-quenching nature of this ale came in handy. I will definitely have it again.

Photo of hbensinger
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice clean amber color with very little head and leaves very little lacing in the glass.
S: very light hop aroma bit very clean otherwise.
T: Very smooth with not much bitterness. Nice hop flavor.
M: Very nice and smooth with medium carbonation.
O: As the label says, "darn tasty beer"

Photo of drinkofczars
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Wonderful glowing deep copper color. Slightly hazy from the unfilteredness.

S- Best smelling beer I have ever put my nose up to. Very hoppy, tones of marijuana, hint of citrus.

T- Delicious beer. Perfect amount of hops, has a good NW Pale Ale bite to it as well. Flavor can vary slightly from keg to keg; that's the only reason I did not give it a 5 on taste.

M- Has a good amount of carbonation and is slightly thicker than a lager beer.

o- My go to beer at the bars in the NW. Best Pale Ale I have ever tasted.

"Darn Tasty Beer" -Mannys
I think it's Damn Tasty

Photo of DoShek
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - poured from growler with a thick two fingers of fluffy off-white head, is a deep cloudy gold color, head subsides to a persistent half-finger and leaves lacing on the side of the glass

Smell - smell of hops comes through, slight malt sweetness, grapefruit and citrus aromas from the hops, bready

Taste - sharp hop bitterness upfront is well balanced by biscuity malt tones on the back end, hops are slightly more assertive than a normal pale ale

Mouthfeel - very smooth, strikes a good balance between watery and full-bodied, it's right where a pale ale should be

Drinkability - incredibly drinkable, is a great anytime beer

Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing is a great beer from a great local brewery. Their slogan is "darn tasty beer" and Manny's fulfills. A benchmark of the style and that's the reason why it's so ubiquitous in the Seattle area. It's hard to go wrong with this, or any of Georgetown's other beers.

Photo of zonker17
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored pale. A bit more on bitter and less floral. Thin. I could drink it again if thirsty on a hot day.

Photo of Nixon
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Manny's is an outstanding beer! The first time I had it was about 7 years ago at the 74th St Ale House in Greenwood. It's local and I liked the red 'Manny ball' logo on the tap handle so I checked it out and have ordered it over all others whenever it's available ever since. I even have the t-shirt!
It's a nice orange-y color and beautifully cloudy from being unfiltered. It has the perfect amount of malty sweetness and the best hop flavor I've ever tasted in a beer. Flavor, not 'bitter beer face' bitterness. This is what beer should taste like in my book.
They recently moved and got some new equipment. I think that in the weeks leading up to the relocation there was an adjustment period while the brewers got to know the new machinery. The beer at the time was a little more clear and a little more bitter. But I've had Manny's again recently it seems that they've now dialed it in perfectly and are again putting out the original, delicious formula.
If you see the red Manny's ball among the tap handles, definitely order one. You'll be glad you did!

Photo of Lambdon
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best Pale Ale I've ever had.

Photo of LPorter33
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

notes: taste of this pale ale didn't agree with me. Just too bitter, almost astringent. Hops aren't diverse enough and just seem to blast you with a one-dimensional bitterness. Probably my least favorite beer I tried while in Seattle and not one I intend to drink again. I much preferred Miller Pond Pale Ale to Manny's.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint shaker glass.Pours a cloudy orange amber, thin off-white head with moderate retention and a hint of lacing. Nice aroma of bready malt, slight citrus and hops. Taste is a well balanced biscuit malt with a hint of roastiness, light citrus hop finish. Medium bodied. A nice well rounded ale with no stand out flavors, but all are well integrated and pleasant to drink. This was an excellent accompaniment to my Italian dinner.

Photo of rainierbear
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's my go to beer

Photo of jacksdad
4/5  rDev +3.9%

This is a good mellow easy drinker. Lots of flavor and citrus, this was a go to session beer of mine for quite a while.

Photo of hopwave
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another always on @ the Conway Tavern...

Poured into a standard Pint glass... Transparent Yellow colour with a thin white head... smell is hoppy goodness/very fuity in the mouth. very easy drinking pale ale leaning more towards the ipa zone imho. give it a try if you see the one on-tap around the great Pacific Northwest...

Photo of jklinck
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a staple of what a pale should be. They use just enough Magnum hops to give it a nice ammount of bitterness but not overpowering like an IPA. There is a nice taste and aroma from the cascades. This is an excellent session beer that tastes great. It has a nice head but does dissipate and leaves behind a little lacing. This is an extremely well balanced beer.

Photo of Masko21
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My absolute favorite pale ale

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

"Malts – 2 Row, Caramel, Carapils
Hops – Summit, Cascade
English Ale Yeast
OG: 1.050
TG: 1.010
ABV 5.4%
IBUs 38
Best By Date: 60 days from packaging"

Draught at Runway Cafe in Georgetown on 06.16.14.

A: Brown/yellow cloudy body. It has a ring of foam.

S: Flower, bready sweetness, and citrus.

T: Flower, bready sweetness, and citrus dominate.

M: Crisp.

O: This was the 3rd time having this and it has been different all 3 times. It has been strangely filtered the first couple of times and unfiltered later. I remember reading an article by Eater Seattle about how Georgetown Brewing makes frequent adjustments, so that explains the changes in this beer. This is a subtle pale ale. It's not very complex, but it's a good go-to beer.

Rating: B, 85/100.

Photo of sukwonee
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Total Wine poured into a pint glass. I have had this multiple times at various bars and I have to say this beer tastes different depending where I am having it. First time having it from a growler.

A: Hazy orange body with one finger head. Spotty lacing

S: Floral hops, citrus

T: I am very partial to this beer haha. This is one of the beers that is always available everytime I go out and enjoy multiple pints of in a session. Flora hops, citrus, malt. Well balanced. I love it. Very simple.

M: This growler seems a bit flat in carbonation. I remember this beer being more carbonated. Medium to light body.

O: Very solid hoppy pale ale. I wish they bottle this.

Photo of DurtyUI
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crisp and clean slightly hoppy pale ale endowed with a lingering fresh bouquet. With a gorgeous amber golden cloudy colour, her lean legs kept calling me back for more.

A perfect introduction to the local libations brewed in Georgetown WA. This is why I love hoppy beers with their clean bite.. it's a great palette cleanser with any meal.

Photo of xoqx
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an orange-amber brew that’s as thick and hazy as an unfiltered wheat beer. I’d doubt it’s a pale ale if I hadn’t seen it poured so many times before. It has a thick head with moderate retention and heavy, thick lacing. There is a sweet malty, biscuity smell. The taste is nicely balanced between malt and hops and is full of honey sweet malts and hops imparting fruity and floral tastes. The finish is medium long and the mouthfeel is very chewy. This is a drinkable beer. It feels like more of a gutful than other pale ales, but this could just be my own interpretation of the very cloudy appearance and the chewy mouthfeel.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a dark burnt orange color with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is citrusy with some floral notes. Taste is some citrus hops along with some malt flavor. Well balanced. Slightly floral at the end with a nice bitter finish. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, flavorful pale ale. Worth having again.

Photo of bondjedi
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Who is this Manny, that has given the world such a fine brew? I would like to make his acquaintance.

Served up in a pint glass, virtually no head. Some splendid lacing. Smell is inoffensive, taste and mouthfeel most noteworthy for the sweetness. It's the dominant characteristic, without being saccharine.

I didn't get as tipsy from the two that I drank as I had hoped I would get. Bravo to you, Manny, wherever your dwell.

Photo of mikeg67
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Japanese restaurant. Pours hazy orange with a thick, short-lived, white head. Aroma is of bready malt and citrusy hops. Full, crisp body. Biscuit malt and citrusy hops and orange fruit fill the mouth. Very pleasant, balanced Pale Ale. I enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bimbo's Cantina in Seattle on 11/9/11

Cloudy, muddy orange; kinda ugly. Poured a thin, soapy layer of foam. Streaky lace - good at the top, tapering off midway through the glass.

Soapy, solvent citrus hops. Fresh orange rind, lemon peel and some grapefruit. Toasty bread aroma with a subtle cracker sweetness. Tastes alright. Dense citrus, but blunted. Lots of orange peely goodness. A bit juicy. Some earthiness with mild pine resin bitterness. Lots of grains for a pleasant backing - toasty, well-rounded with a brushing of sugar. The feel is between medium and full for the style and enjoyably so. Moderate carbonation nails the feel. Granular on the finish with residual citric tones.

Overall impression - pretty enjoyable PNW pale ale of the dank order.

Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thick 2” head that lingered. Thick lacing developed.

Smell: orange citrus and floral hops were easily evident.

Taste: Nice malt backbone with caramel, orange citrus, and floral hop bitterness that was very pleasant on the tastebuds. A bit of spiciness was detected. Bold and flavorful for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry from start to finish. The orange and floral tones lingered softly into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy drinking – a clear session brew. Worth trying of you see it on tap.

Photo of Franch
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a seattle institution - when i came to seattle, i was told to order both this and mac and jack's african amber - neither of which impressed. i get the feeling that they are the "good beer" that's on tap at anywhere in the seattle area, much like there's a one-off bell's offering anywhere in ann arbor, or back in downstate illinois there will be a sam adams lager. nothing special, but if the option is between this and BMC beers, manny's it is.

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap several times over the course of a couple week's at Sport in downtown Seattle, which unfortunately does not qualify to be listed on BA.

Beer poured a nice golden yellow with a decent white head that did not persist for very long. Aroma of cascade hops and Mac and Jack's yeast are quite evident. The yeast carried over the the flavor and mixed well with the spiciness of the hops and the malt. Was a better balanced IPA than most you will find in the NW, but still sat nicely on the hoppy side with mostly citrus notes. This may end up taking the place of some of the Mac and Jack's I typically order as a session beer. Very well brewed.

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Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.