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Manny's Pale Ale - Georgetown Brewing Company

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 324
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 26.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 49 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-09-2003

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Photo of DAS206
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Perfect blend of hoppiness, bitterness, and maltiness. Hits all your mouth senses and makes you feel like you are drinking a beer and not just having a cold one. What a beer should look, taste, and feel like in my opinion. All the beers are Georgetown are worth tasting, but Manny's is the creme de la creme.

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Photo of spencerw
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Manny's Pale Ale is the best brewed micro beer I have ever tried. Georgetown Brewery has done a wonderful job with this one. Available in a lot of local eateries, pubs, etc, and can be purchased there at the brewery in Georgetown, South Seattle.

Appearance: Beautiful! Rustic amber coloring with a light head that provides a great lacing as you drink it down.

Smell: Crisp, light hop and sweet malty aroma. A slight tang smell in the background, denoting a tad bit of sweetness but nothing but picture perfect!

Taste: A wonderfully balanced brew with a hit of bitterness in the beginning that fades away into light malt...then the bites comes back at the end, leaving a citrus, hoppy, pure taste behind.

Mouth feel: Crisp and lively, medium body brew with light carbonation. A nice creamy feel at the end.

Drinkability: A perfectly brewed beer. PERFECT!! Good session beer and could accommodate most food courses. Strongly recommend trying it, especially if you live in WA State.

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Photo of Nixon
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

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Photo of beertunes
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap, in a straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy golden yellow color, with an inch of fluffy white head that dissipated within a minute, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. A smooth, even aroma with just a hint of hop scent. A solid, balanced flavor that leaves just a bit of hop kick on the finish. Excellently smooth body that is full without being heavy. Top-notch drinkability, you can settle in with this beer for whatever your duration is without getting fatigued. This is what a Pale Ale should be, it's not an IPA lite. A solid, well balanced, fulfilling, satisfying beer that deserves more credit than it gets. Worth going out of your way to try, as of now it's only available on tap, the brewery is moving to a larger space which will hopefully allow bottling.

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Photo of WertMaker
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Restobar 1285 in Florence, Oregon; this Pale ale was golden straw with a slight haze, subtitle hops in the nose and an inviting creamy mouth feel. The hops are laid back an do not make you wonder if this is an IPA as they are gently supported by the malts in this pale. Not your typical Northwest hop slam pale, Manny's is refreshing, very approachable, and paired well with the steamed littleneck clams I had for lunch.

Just one of the Georgetown brews I am starting to like... a lot!

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Photo of drinkofczars
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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

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Photo of Scottmanimus
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A personal favorite of mine. I love having this beer when I'm out at the bar with co workers. It's got a great satisfying taste that makes it real easy to drink. Smoother than its similar metaphorical cousin Mac N Jacks. Fun fact it actually has caramel in it. Not sure why but it
definitely tastes fantastic. I'd say it's a must have.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, this is the standard for sessionable local APA's on tap in Seattle. Hoppy but not overdone. Malt backbone with complexity in the finish. Nice colour and nose and most importantly amazingly drinakble. The other big bonus is that tons of bars and restaurants have this on tap.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This ale has outstanding color. It is a glowing amber. I'm more interested in how a beer tastes but still the color is amazing. There is a perfect balance of biscuity malt and hops. The hop character is such that I would have guessed it was dry hopped but I don't think it is. Thick head of foam for a pale ale. I have had this numerous times on tap and from a growler fill. It is always delicious. Much like Mac & Jack Amber, this is a ubiquitous choice in the Seattle area for restaurants with a limited beer selection, and a godsend because it is about the finest pale ale you will find anywhere. This is hands down the best pale ale I have tried and a tremendous value at 8 bucks for a growler.

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Photo of DoShek
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of bondjedi
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of blackc5
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, well-chilled.

A- A rusty, somewhat cloudy, straw color with a respectable head. A nice amount of thin lacing that sticks around.

S - Very hoppy and floral. Citrus is there, but takes a back seat to the floral scents. Some sweetness in the malts, perhaps a bit of honey.

T - An excellent pale ale. Starts with a bit of that honey sweetness, but quickly gives way to a nice balance of citrusy, lemongrass hops. Hoppier than most other pale ales IMHO. Great aftertaste that makes you want to savor it even though I gulped this down pretty fast since it was so smooth.

M - Smooth, clean and crisp. A perfect feel on the tongue.

D - A great session ale, with a near perfect pale ale balance. Medium-bodied and carbonation.

Going to have to stop by and pick up a growler of this soon.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Came to the table a cloudy and glowing goldish amber color with a thin head that was quickly gone. Amazingly this beer laced the glass almost perfectly.

S: Very crisp. Earthy and grassy hops are not over powering and there is a strong pale malt scent mixed with fresh cut green apples.

T: Whoa, Manny, you naughty boy, this is a devilish creation. Perfect hop forward with firm malt backbone delivery. Apples and grassy notes speckled the mid swig before ending with a bitter pop. Nearly perfect.

M: Felt a little heavier than expected, full and creamy.

O: Manny kills the APA style with this one. Great balance and flavor presentation. Could drink this one infinitely.

Find it and buy it. Very enjoyable. Crisp and sophisticated profile.

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Photo of hopwave
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

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Photo of sockeye101
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great find...this was recommended to me by a friend and since then I've seen it popping up in many places. Appearance is a very cloudy orange/copper color with a one finger head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Smells- Sweet and citrus, very pleasant. Taste- has a nice sharp bitter up front that smooths into kind of an earthy malty finish with another bitter lingering effect. Not what I was expecting at all, but very, very good. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent, I could have many, many Manny's . If you have the chance to give it a go, I suggest you do.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this beer many times under substandard circumstances and nearly wrote it off as undeserving. But when fresh, Manny's Pale is stellar. It starts with a downy soft head sprouting breakaway lacy detritus over a clouded, peach-colored body. It's murkier than pale ales commonly are, but that's unimportant. What matters are the flavor and smell, which are more citric than I remember. The aroma is modest, yet it emanates the floral sweetness of Cascade hops that I find irresistible. The taste hints at guava and nectarine with expert balancing that doesn't let bittering steal the show. The end result is a beer of substantial refreshment value and ease of drinkability.

Overall, a beer of solid structure and appeal. Manny's is bold, but its lack of contrived theatrics keeps it clean.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn fine pale ale. Pours a cloudy amber with orange lights breaking through. The head while nice and off white frothy at first settles into a fizz. The smell is very strong of citrus, light hints of caramelized malts make up the rest, very light hint of hops as well. The taste was suprisingly pleasing, the citrus hops rejuvinated and refreshed while the thick sweet cinnamon toast/caramel malts were filling, nice crisp and refreshing. The elements come into a perfect harmony. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

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Photo of vladimerjr
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer while at a pier restaurant/bar in Seattle on business after trying 3 local beers and being fairly upset about not seeing my familiar local brews. I was pleasantly suprised.
The beer was very full looking with a good color but with no head (though not the beer fault it seemed). The smell let me down a bit but the flavor was excellent. Tasted as full as it looked and was not overly hopped up.

I was very happy with the result and it was the only beer I had on the 3 day trip that I ordered twice.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

"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.

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Photo of loren01
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orangish color, 2 finger width white head, good lacing
S: Smells citrusy, good hoppy scent
T: Well balanced, good grain maltiness up front. Nice fresh citrusy hoppiness
M: Goes down easily, mild/moderate amt of carbonation
D: Very good pale ale, well balanced and easy drinking

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Photo of Bfarr
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange with light foam on top. Pale sweetness with some citrusy hops. Some honey and floral and slightly spicy hop balance. Crisp pilsner and pale malts lead to a smooth mouthfeel and semi-dry finish.

This is an easy drinking and pretty flavorful pale ale. I've been lucky to see it a few times in my trip in places that normally only carry A-B or at best Pyramid and Redhook.

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Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty straw color with a small white head ad good carbonatrion. Nose is floral, citrus. Taste has a good balance to it, very tasty and refreshing. Plenty of floral and pine notes with a biscuity element to it. Really smooth, balanced just plain good overall.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tav.

Pours a hazy amber color. With a 1 finger head that disspiates quickly but leaves lots of lacing.

S a hoppy floral nose with notes of citrus.

T more citrus and floral notes with some lingering bitterness on the finish.

M light in body quite refreshing.

Overall a great nw beer and an excellent example of a pale ale.

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Photo of cltcprd
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Manny's is a great PNW Pale Ale. I found it after consuming many Mac & Jack's African Ambers and never went back to M&J. It goes down smooth and is quite tasty.

I've introduced lots of people to Manny's and even people that don't drink beer think it tastes great. I think that's the mark of a truly good beer.

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Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
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