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Manny's Pale Ale - Georgetown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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.

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drinkofczars

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 02:56:51 | More by drinkofczars
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legalpete19340

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 02:50:32 | More by legalpete19340
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bondjedi

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 22:11:12 | More by bondjedi
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Nixon

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 20:37:47 | More by Nixon
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 19:31:00 | More by morebeergood
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Bfarr

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 14:56:53 | More by Bfarr
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jdense

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 15:07:41 | More by jdense
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spencerw

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 20:50:28 | More by spencerw
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flagmantho

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 23:57:59 | More by flagmantho
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blackc5

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 06:03:18 | More by blackc5
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DurtyUI

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 23:48:47 | More by DurtyUI
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 03:45:35 | More by barleywinefiend
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AccidentalKate

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good for an American PA. Light amber coloring with a hint of gold. Very light head, but beligium lace that hangs to the side of the glass like a miser to money.

Aroma: Light and malty. A bit of a honey smell in the background, denoting a tad bit of sweetness.

Taste: A nice balanced hit of bitterness in the beginning that fades away into light malt. Then the bitterness comes back at the end, leaving a bit of a metallic taste behind.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively, with light carbonation. A nice creamy feel at the end.

Drinkability:A good, if not great beer. Could be a little more bold, and could take a few more chance. But one shouldn't turn this beer away.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 00:13:10 | More by AccidentalKate
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beertunes

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +24%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 09:31:33 | More by beertunes
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 06:37:10 | More by RedDiamond
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erikm25

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber coloring with burnt copper hues. Sits crisply. From the tap the head is minimal. Ends up being more noticeable if you are filling a glass straight from the growler. Good stuff. One finger and off white. Decent retention and the lacing was surprisingly nice.

S: Little bit of hops and a little bit of malts. Nothing overwhelming, just solid. The right amount of subtle fruits and tangy bitterness.

T: Hops are present but balanced nicely against a bready malt backbone. Has a thick sweetness coupled against fresh pine. Citrus with solid toasted caramel malts. This will go great with a steak or a burger as it has a nice hops ending. Throw on some Warhorse and throwback this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation and overall mouth feel.

D: I've had this a number of times on tap and fresh from brewery growlers. Even though I have only been in Seattle for a short time I can see why this brewery has a cult following. They aren't trying to reinvent the wheel. However, they are delivering solid beers to a local market. At the end of the day I have a ton of respect for that endeavor and will continue to support them. If you are in Seattle they are on tap everywhere so give it a whirl.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 04:51:24 | More by erikm25
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ccrida

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 01:41:32 | More by ccrida
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DoShek

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2008 06:28:04 | More by DoShek
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 22:15:46 | More by LPorter33
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Matty1918

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber color with a small head and left some lacing throughout the beer.

Good hops aroma slightly citrus and sweet.

A nice tasting ale. The hops are there but are not overpowering like a traditional IPA. Very well balanced and a very good session beer. I'm glad I tried this. I'll look for it on the East coast. A very well crafted ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 18:49:39 | More by Matty1918
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 18:27:03 | More by canucklehead
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dnichols

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2007 15:53:22 | More by dnichols
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jklinck

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2007 09:25:32 | More by jklinck
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Redrover

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2007 18:15:07 | More by Redrover
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cltcprd

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2007 23:03:08 | More by cltcprd
Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
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