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Manny's Pale Ale - Georgetown Brewing Company

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87
very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-09-2003)
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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -22.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +29.9%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

mactrail, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Gavage, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

duceswild, May 02, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

corby112, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mdaschaf, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

John_M, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

rab53, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

beertunes, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Derek, Aug 05, 2005
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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

flagmantho, Sep 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dirtylou, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

ccrida, Jan 07, 2009
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.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

mhaugo, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of RedDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

RedDiamond, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

twelveinches, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

canucklehead, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

strongaf, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kurmaraja, Jul 10, 2014
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Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.