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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 mfavoino
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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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 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 jamescain
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to jl28r1 for sharing this one

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head about a centimeter thick that fades to a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Slightly fruity aroma, peaches, pineapple, and citrus with subtle honey notes.

Taste: Fruity flavor, grapefruit, peaches with a slight honey flavor coming through the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Definitely enjoyable, but a middle of the road pale.

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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 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 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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Photo of Franch
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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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 Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber, slightly hazy look. Good smell of citrus and oily hops. But this is not a big hop bomb. Its very well balanced, a nice crisp but smooth hop, with some nice malt balance that finish very crisp and light. A great match for food, especially the fried oysters I had in Seattle. This beer is proof that every APA from the NW doesn't have to be a big hop explosion, but rather a nice clean American Ale.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DurtyUI
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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 AccidentalKate
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 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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Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.