Manny's Pale Ale - Georgetown Brewing Company

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88
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 300
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 300
Photo of JosephEllis
1.36/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this on tap at the Parkway Tavern.

A - Definitely average appearance, a little lighter then I would have wanted.

S - Floral aromas. Not much more to say about this one.

T - I'm not sure if it was just a bad keg, but the taste was incredibly hoppy without any substance.

M - Oily is the only word I can use to describe it. Perhaps it was just the keg (?)

O - I was not a fan. (384 characters)

Photo of LPorter33
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a medium dark amber hue, almost brownish in the glass, the slightest bit of haze here as well. There is a puffy white head on it, spotty and inconsistent lacing.

S — Smells of sweet malts and a bit of hop, little bit earthy and fresh.

T — Tastes of nicely sweet malts as well as a decent hop balance. There isn't a ton going on here, but that is alright I suppose.

M — Light-Medium bodied, this is highly refreshing and drinkable.

O — OK overall, this is a gateway or entryway to craft beer, its just the tip of the iceberg, which is fine by me. (586 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the motel bar. Nice looking medium amber color with a cap of foam to start. Plenty of carbonation. Just a little aroma of something malty, that grainy nose.

A refreshing and unobtrusive light-weight beer. It's the darker color but the lighter style. Just a touch of crackers with a slight leafy hop note. This is a very standard sort of brew, even if I don't know whether to call it a pale ale or an amber. So mellow, it really doesn't matter. It suffers from the malt finally catching up and overwhelming the very slight bitterness. Hop lovers will find this more insipid than inspiring. (599 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap while hanging out in Seattle. Pours a deep bronze color with small white head. Smells of wet dog, some light sweet malt. Malt overpowers much of the expected citrus and pine hops, though not overly sweet. Caramel, bready malts and a crisp finish. Relatively light on the palate, with medium carbonation. Only okay. (321 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Manny's pale ale is one of the staples of the Seattle craft beer scene; a ubiquitous ale that you can find pretty much all over town. The beer pours a copper amber color with fair head retention and light lacing. On the nose, I really don't get much... maybe some light fruit, grain and malt, but really not much to talk about. On the palate, this beer really drinks more like an amber ale then a pale ale. By that I mean the beer has moderate sweetness in the mid palate, with some light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a modest, slightly bitter finish.

It's nice to see a beer like this when visiting a downtown cafe or pub in the capitol hill area, but this is not the sort of beer I'd ever go out of my way to find or drink. The cafe I was at had pilsner urquel and chimay on tap, both of which had more flavor than the glass of Manny's I had. Nothing wrong with the Manny's pale ale, but it's not something I'd normally opt for when out for a night of beers at the pub. (1,017 characters)

Photo of DurtyUI
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Parkway Tavern, Manny's Pale Ale is a murky (borderline turpbid) dark straw with a small off-white head that leaves moderate lace.

Smell is soft bready malt, a light herbal hoppiness that opens some as it warms.

Taste is a also really heavy on the breadiness, whoa, is this a kvass? I guess there's a bit of a cracker feel to it, a light toast, but it's all about the malt. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness but not much character busts through the fresh maltiness save for a bit of herbal mintiness, galena's perhaps? Pretty good though I have to say, but not what I was expecting. This one's everywhere but I'm not a big pale ale fan and never pulled the trigger, so if I got the dregs of a keg or something I wouldn't know, I expected a hoppier pale ale. It could be that my palate's just wrecked from the Maritime Xmas mess I proceeded it with. So bad I had to wash my mouth out with a pale ale! After some food I got some more fruity, citrus like notes from the hops, but again, it's all toast.

Mouthfeel is on the crisp, drier side, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good if you like a bready malt forward pale with a firm bitterness to dry it out. If you're looking for a pale ale that's basically a DIPA, you'll be disappointed. (1,263 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Ruth's Chris steakhouse in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a two finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with delicate grassy hops countered by bread and pale malt notes. Subtle grassy pine character with faint citrus hop character followed by bread, biscuit and light fruit.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a slightly dry finish. Floral and earthy hop character that's not overly dry or bitter followed by citrus rind, bread, biscuit and graham cracker. A well balanced, refreshing beer that pretty sessionable. (686 characters)

Photo of hbensinger
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
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" (296 characters)

Photo of Franch
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Seattle go-to draft when at a bar where you're unable to determine what exactly's on tap but want a micro.

A not-so-hoppy, cloudy, red-orange pale ale that's really quite mild and balanced. Not exactly easy to put away so quickly, but that's probably not the point here.

You can't go wrong. (295 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after Georgetown owner Mann Chao, this pale ale’s made with Summit and Cascade hops. Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Bright, cloudy copper. A creamy, one- inch head of light cream deposits thick, frothy walls on the glass. It has the consistency of shaken egg whites and hangs around for a long while.

Bright aroma. Lots of citrusy tangerine; a little grass; crackers; honey.

Same deal in the flavor. Bright tangerine peel, honey, toasted crackers and a touch of apricot. Mild bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Finishes dry.

Moderate, pinching carbonation in a medium body. Smooth. A little fizz as it moves.

Nice, bright citrus notes in this one. A solid pale. (674 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at Mac's Smokehouse in the sodo area of Seattle.

Appearance: a murky light-hued orange-brown with very little head.

Smell: a fairly light aroma mostly consisting of spicy, peppery hops.

Taste: somewhat grainy, with just enough malt to balance out a collection of mostly spicy and peppery hops. Pretty good, actually.

Mouthfeel: medium body with light carbonation. Not bad.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable, but while it is tasty, its flavor is not very complex or dynamic and gets pretty tired after awhile. (531 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer plenty of times, but for some reason, haven't reviewed it yet.

A - Pours a hazy golden-amber hue, with a silky smooth single finger off-white head. Leaves a feathery lacing around the glass as it's consumed.

S - Smell is of honey, crackers, citrus fruits, and floral notes.

T - Taste is a well balanced blend of honey-malt sweetness, and "crackery" malt texture overall, with subtle citrus fruits (mostly apricot and grapefruit that I pick up on), and a crisp, floral finish.

M - Body is on the lighter side of medium, but not too light. Moderate carbonation. Very, very sessionable.

O - Overall, this is just a solid, basic go-to pale ale, and a good session beer. I prefer the other offerings from Georgetown, but it's nice to have this one available at virtually every bar in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. (835 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We ate dinner last night at Cactus! Restaurant on Alki Beach in West Seattle last night. On tap and served in a standard pint glass. Hazy orange color. Not much head, but moderate carbonation. Smell was piney and aromatic. Flavor was very fresh and refreshing. Great amount of hops, but just for flavor, and not overpowering. More hops that usual for an APA, but not as much as an IPA. Keg must have just been tapped, as it tasted brewery fresh. Easily drinkable with a smooth finish. Paired quite well with my Dungeness crab tamales. (534 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With no sarcasm, my girlfriend's sister claimed that this is "probably one of the five best beers ever." I hadn't heard of it, but was told it's basically (or literally) tap only and in the Washington area. Served from the tap at their house.

It's good. What more should I say. It's the definition of an exceptionally well balanced pale ale. Malty sweetness, some mild hop bitterness, clean all the way through: super easy drinking, and pretty tasty to boot. This is a good example to others that beer doesn't have to have a ton of ingredients to have a really nice flavor.

I enjoyed it, but I was obviously let down after being told this would be one of the best beers I've ever had -- sorry if I'm low-balling because of that. (730 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I re-reviewed this beer because the prior review was on a growler that had been opened for 4 days prior to sampling. This sample was tasted in a 6 ounce portion in a glass.

A:. I poured a murkey yellow with a rich deep white head that was sticky and lingered before settling into a nice even cover over the top of the liquid.

S: It released the aroma of sweet lightly roasted malts and hints of citrus. .

T: It began with an initial flavor of roasted malts followed by a lemony and grassy bite of hop bitters. It finished with a sourness that lingered.

M: It was light bodied and refreshing.

D: It is a light bodied brew with a modest ABV and reasonably balanced between malts to hops making it a candidate for a session brew. However, the hoppy aftertaste and would make other IPAs better for a long session. (815 characters)

Photo of xoqx
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap on 2/26/12. Have had this a number of times and finally took the time to review it.

Appearance: Hazy golden straw color with a thin layer of foam that provided light lacing.

Smell: Fresh orange, lemon, and some sweet aromas.

Taste: Lightly glides over the palate with a honey sweetness and citrus flavors. Hops are mild with a very soft bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels light and clean on the palate and above average carbonation levels.

Overall: A mild, lightly hopped APA that is refreshing. This is all over the place in the Seattle area and a good transition beer for those that are new to craft. Glad it is an integral part of the scene here. (671 characters)

Photo of therica
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Pike's Market in Seattle.

Served nicely chilled, a solid darker-amber with a small but firm yellowish head and some small carbonation rising.

From nose to head-taste to taste, there was a rather pronounced scent/taste that I finally identified as being like biting into a grapefruit skin-- slightly musty, tangy, bold, bitter, a bit startling and curious at first, and very unique in my experience. Even a few belches gave the same impression.

I think I would put this in my "mood beer" category, I might go session with it if I were in the mood. Definitely a "must-try" if you happen upon it on-tap. The server said it was her favorite drinking beer, and she's a bit of a beer-fan herself. (709 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (440 characters)

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Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.