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Manny's Pale Ale - Georgetown Brewing Company

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Manny's Pale AleManny's Pale Ale

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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 mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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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 John_M
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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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 Derek
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at a dockside restaurant in Seattle.

A very approachable/drinkable American pale ale.

The colour is a lighter amber than most.

The bitterness is similar to Pikes, but it doesn't have as much hop flavour.

A very good beer. Just not an exceptional beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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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 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 notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in the Seattle Airport

A: Hazy gold with a thin off white head.

S: Pale malts, lemon, honey and grapefruit. Really nice aroma.

T: Smooth upfront with some honey malt. Citrus hops and some earthiness on the finish. This was a pretty solid pale ale. I'd definitely do this one again.

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Photo of Redrover
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap while eating at The Flying Fish in Seattle. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a light copper with a smallish white head.

It has a nice nose of citrus and pine.

Nicely bitter with notes of pine grapefruit and caramel. Balanced with slightly sweet malts. Bigger taste than some APAs.

Mouth is a bit clingy with nice oily coating. Frankly when I saw the light color of the beer, I thought I was in for a mild mannered APA, but this one really stepped up and delivered a nice drinking experience!

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Photo of Moose90
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Viking in Spokane. I would've tried this last week but the keg blew just before I got off work. Lately it's popped up at a couple of other places in town as well.

Poured the most orange I've ever seen for a pale ale. Good sized off white head, modest lace.

Smell was of citrus, bitter hops, and bready malts. The citrus was what seemed dominant to me. Not unpleasant at all, but different for a pale ale.

The citrus was less dominant in the taste but was still an active participant. This tastes like an entirely new approach to pale ale, and it tastes pretty good. The hops are there, but it's definitely not a typical west coast hoppy pale ale that could be mistaken for a mellow IPA.

Medium bodied with a normal carbonation for a pale ale.

This was a pretty good session beer. In hot weather it would probably be even better (40 degrees and rainy when I was quaffing this). A nice new wrinkle (around here, anyway, with this only just showing up in these parts) on a style dominated locally by SN and Full Sail, which it tastes completely different from.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Absolutely gorgeous beer, cloudy amber with medium creamy head, good lacing all around the glass. Aroma of malt and fruit, Taste is slightly sweet malt, bread and more fruit (apples?). Abrupt finish, medium weight body, easy to drink.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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

On tap at PF Chang's, Kennewick WA, 3.20.2010 poured into pilsener glass (:.

One finger white head, slow dissipation, some lacing. Clear light golden body, multiple trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose features a pretty complex malt profile, I detect some pilsener with a sharp noble hop presence. Taste is quite crisp, malt forward with hops in the middle, leading to a pretty dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but good effervescence. I can see this being a great session beer that would hit the spot after mowing the lawn. Alas, draft only. I wish they would bottle or can this. IMO one of the country's under-sung APA, worth seeking out for all beerheads traveling through Washington. Not as complex taste-wise or hop forward as a number of other APA, if I didn't know better I'd say this was a Pilsener. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
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