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Geary's Autumn Ale - D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Geary's Autumn Ale is a faithful interpretation of the classic brown ales of Great Britain. With a deep auburn color and a subtle nut-like flavor, Geary's Autumn Ale is the perfect choice as the seasons change. Original gravity - 1058; alcohol by volume – 5.8%; two row English malts (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Golding and Fuggle hops.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-15-2003)
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A--Deep, deep ruby red combined with chestnut shells. Purty. Head is cream colored, one finger--dies quickly and doesn't lace.

S--Scotch ale? Definitely a round, syrupy sweetness, nearly cloying. In back there are some toffee and caramel notes. Smells deep and sweet, with hints of thick brandied cherry preserves. Rich nose.

T--The nose comes through up front to give one layer of the flavor profile. But the beer proves to have at least two more. Behind this initial rich porridge and maple syrup first wave is a distinct brown ale profile: nutty, a little chocolate bitterness. Really really nice backbone shows this is a solid brown. Last wave is of hop bitterness combined with subtle earth and a bit of pepper spice, which comes in clean and smooth at the finish. Expertly structured.

M--Could be a better, as it's a tad watery. D--Hell yeah. Such a fireplace beer. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the take on the style tweaks it to be season-specific. Innovative while still tasting traditional.

A fine, fine fall beer. Recommended.

11-05-2009 01:25:57 | More by TheycallmeTim
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Had this interestingly enough at Sebago's brew pub in Portland,pours a lighter brown color with a somewhat creamy off white head.Aroma is sweet and and candyish some burnt sugar aromas stick out to me with some light nutty tones.Flavor is nice and nutty and lightly sweet with hints of cocoa.A solid malty brown from Gearys had a couple of them and was impressed.

10-30-2003 23:33:42 | More by oberon
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kaimcm

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Beer pours a beautiful deep amber/copper when held up to the light. When just sitting there its a nice brown, pretty dark. Off white head on pour subsides to a light coating.

S: I have to really stick my nose in the glass and really inhale hard to get much. Lightly floral/hop aroma's. A little yeast smell.

T: A well balanced brown ale. Malt with some seasonal spice. Nothing particular sticks out (i.e. nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc) but autumnal in character. Light hop bitterness on the finish with just a hint of sugar.

M: A little too carbonated I feel. Too soda like in the mouthfeel. Its not way off, just a bit too much.

D: Could easily put down a few but imagine after the 2nd or so wouldnt even notice taste anymore.

10-09-2005 01:25:17 | More by kaimcm
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

I must be getting old. I don't remember previous versions of this beer tasting so good. It was a medium brown color with a decent white head. A caramel aroma with some spiciness. Taste wasn't too sweet, and I thought I tasted some pumpkin and clove. It had a nice little bite. Good mouthfeel, fairly assertive. I'd like to see this year round.

09-13-2006 21:16:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz short twist off brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Nice blanket of froth that hold a bit of retention. The deep chestnut brown colour is quite alluring.

Smell: Deeply toasted malt husk, hints of chocolate and coffee grinds come to mind. Malty with a smidge of diacetyl in the mix. Brown bread?

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wavering flavours of chocolate and coffee hit to palate randomly, hops lay low but cover the field and keep it balanced. Modest yet a solid malt back bone, not too sweet with the highly toasted and slim amount of roasted malt flavours. Faint fruitiness with a combo of yeast and diacetyl linger with the maltiness in the finish.

Notes: A very solid brown ale, pour this one hard into a big glass to really appreciate it for what it is. This is one style I have missed for a while and I will be visiting it more often through the fall via Geary’s Autumn Ale.

09-08-2003 04:53:50 | More by Jason
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far333

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Copper color with a beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma of toasted malt, some caramel, and cinammon. Flavor is delicate, but full and complex. Smokey, roasty, malty. Not too hoppy. Very full and creamy mouthfeel. Smokey cinammon aftertaste. Also some cocoa and nuttiness. This is really good, I could drink tons of these.

10-21-2003 22:15:05 | More by far333
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yankeeheel

Maine

4/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a bottle with a label that is very fall-like in it's impressionism. I like the artsy touch. Brown is obviously a huge fall color, hence, Geary's brown.

Poured a beautifal tan/brown with a thin light tan head. Smells of caramel, breads, and just a touch of spice. The taste is as smooth as you can get, with a solid, but not overbearing mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. I do believe that the autumn ale and I will be spending many cool evenings together. A really good brown ale.

09-05-2003 21:22:07 | More by yankeeheel
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j_hollings13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-19-2014 15:10:09 | More by j_hollings13
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

A-Deep chestnut red brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Very attractive brew.

S-Sweet nutty malts and toffee

T-Roasted malts, coffee and a slight, not unpleasant sour note in the background. Minor hop zing in the finish to round it all out. Interesting and enjoyable.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-This is a very drinkable offering. Not terribly complex, but what brown is? Almost seems more of a warmer type than a fall offering. I'll have another any time.

03-04-2009 00:40:25 | More by caddybuyer
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

Geary's- Autumn Ale

Appearance- Ruby reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Quick dissipation.
Smell- Caramel/ brown sugar malt.
Taste- Sweet brown sugar with a caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but becoming acidic in the end.

Overall- Not bad but the finish/ aftertaste is slighty metallic. Clean this up just a bit.

09-06-2007 20:23:43 | More by NJpadreFan
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Looks a nice deep chestnut brown with a light tan head that was not very big from my pour. Lacing is decent, but fleeting. The beer smells of bits of coffee grind, milk chocolate and a little diacetyl, over a malty base. There is a dank and nutty hop smell that balances nicely with the malts. Taste comes through as a well blended combination of toasty malts, bits of coffee and chocolate, and just the right amount of hops to blend with the full maltiness. The diacetyl visits my tongue right before the malty finish. This beer has a quality mouthfeel. The carbonation hits stronger at first (not overdone) and then smooths out allowing the full taste to come through. Also a very drinkable beer.

I could definitely drink this all night. A very solid autumn ale. I'll be getting some more when Fall rolls around.

09-02-2005 22:29:09 | More by tastybeer
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

AP: Deep redish amber, plenty of activity, nice 1/8" tall head with a thin but constant covering after it dissipates.

Nose: Nutty, wheaty, mild malted sweetness.

Taste: Pretty much a classic English brown ale with a nutty and wheaty malted flavor. The subtle hop finish balances it out well.

MF: Lively and bold but not thin, rather substantial feeling...medium body.

DA: Not hard to drink.

10-22-2006 04:07:45 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%

A really nice dark amber color.It almost looks like a jar of honey,but the head was a little smallish.A very deep spiced aroma,cinamon,nutmeg,and even a little pumpkin.The taste is OK,nutty and hoppy,but this is a little lighter and watery compared to other seasonals.This wasn't as good as I had hoped.To me,this ale is too light tasting to match against other seasonal ales.

10-08-2005 20:24:02 | More by jmz62565
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asabreed

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice dark amber with small bubbles lurching to the top. The head is pretty nice and foamy, but not thick enough to last a fairly long time, with spots of lacing left behind, though I wish there were more.

Smell: Slight fruitiness from the malt, along with some citrus, some sweet orange peel, and also some bitter citrus from the hops. Smells more like a subtle pale ale than a brown, but as it warms I get some slight brown sugar creeping in too.

Taste: It's not necessarily the complexity I like here as much as the balance, with a nice fruity, malty backbone, along with possibly some maple in there too, but there's a welcoming hop bite that makes the finish, fruity, then fairly dry, with the lingering hops on the tongue. Again, doesn't seem a lot like an English Brown in some ways, but it's pretty solid otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent and also a bit slick unfortunately. Especially as it warms the carbonation for some reason seems to be a bit more sprawling, if that makes sense.

Drinkability: Again, doesn't necessarily seem like a Brown in some ways, but in some ways it does. A beer for autumn, however? Definitely a good choice, even though we're not quite there yet. But I'm enjoying it, and a session is definitely possible here, and I may finish a few more from the 6-pack.

08-25-2006 02:02:25 | More by asabreed
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humanjoe

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

A good pour into a glass generated about an 1/8 to 1/4 inch creamy tan head that disappeared VERY quickly. A little bit of head remained around the edge for a slightly longer time.

The color was a deep reddish brown and the beer is quite clear.

The smell is a toasted, nutty, and malty. Behind that I get a very subtle floral hoppy character. Not over-powering and seems to match the malt characteristics well.

The taste is slightly sweet in the beginning that transitions after a second or two too a nice bitterness at the back of the tongue. This bitterness lingers for a good 10 to 15 second count.

The mouthfeel is nothing to write home about at all. This beer had a very watery feel to it and to me there was something missing in it.

Overall, aside from the mouthfeel, the drinkability and enjoyability of this beer is still good. I'm looking forward to finishing the 6pack over the next couple of weeks..

10-27-2006 03:38:00 | More by humanjoe
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Kinsman

California

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%

A light translucent brown with ruby red highlights. A creamy ecru head, about a finger thick rest atop and leaves a bit of a sticky lace behind.

Nose is full of malts and light on the hops. Notably present are caramel and toasted malt.

Flavor provides a nice delicate balance between sweeter caramel malts with a nice light hop bitterness. A bit of an earthy hop note, but its rather subdued.

Moutfeel provides a hearty medium body with a nice crisp finish.

Overall, this is a nice brown ale to be enjoyed this time of year. However, nothing about it really sticks out.

09-22-2010 21:16:47 | More by Kinsman
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

A style that you dont find too often. Pours a very deep brown, very appropriatley labeled bottle, in fact, all Autumn ales should be as such. Virtually no head, very little carbonation. As the name suggests, it's Autunm-ie, brown, with deep reddish hues. At 5.8%, a great session beer. Goes down easily. Seasonals are so good. Is it bad to wish they were available all year?!?!?!?

09-25-2007 02:34:54 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark amber with high fizzy foam. Foam sticks but pulls away. Strong toffee/caramel notes in the nose. Malt too. Big malt taste with sneaky hop finish. Sweet throughout. Some cola taste. Light carbonation makes it a touch syruppy. Good though.

09-24-2011 11:10:36 | More by KTCamm
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ZacMetalFan

Maine

4/5  rDev +7%

04-18-2012 01:56:28 | More by ZacMetalFan
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george42

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

02-12-2013 21:27:23 | More by george42
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev 0%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2013.

The pour is mahogany brown with a modest head that lingers. Modest head that does not last long. Good clarity.

The aroma is mainly malty and sweet with some caramel notes. Some sugary and sweet notes.

The body tends to be lighter with some acidity.

The taste has a decent sweet malty character with mild bitterness. It was a decent enough brew.

12-25-2013 05:46:00 | More by puboflyons
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Pours a deep, dark marzen color with a thin light tan head with some reddish hues.

S: creamy caramel, noble hop aroma and some earthy woody notes.

T: The palate is dry with some burnt woodiness, some leaves and some light burnt caramel for flavor. The aftertaste is a grainy with a dry malt grind left on the tongue. A little rough and unpolished. A gritty and grainy textured beer for the fall season.

M: Mouthful is gritty and grainy, leaving a granular malty fade along with some dry citrus grind.

D: A big drinking brown fall fest beer. moderate.

03-17-2008 02:51:21 | More by beerthulhu
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ububru

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-14-2011 21:20:28 | More by ububru
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a clear brown with an off-white head.

Sweet, nutty, and malty aroma. Very pleasant indeed.

Toasty and nutty on the palate with an all-around buttery character. Subtle hops leave a nice impression. Maybe a little woodiness too?

Medium-bodied with a great carbonation level. Nice and smooth.

A very tasty beer and a great English brown. I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting. My first Geary's beer, purchased at Brawley's in Charlotte, NC. Thanks for bringing these to NC, Mike!

09-11-2005 02:46:17 | More by hyuga
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wedge

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Deep clear ruby brown with pronounced carbonation. A small head shrinks to a slick fine covering and lacing. Light aroma - sweet and malty / faint hops. Suprisingly flavorful...nice balance between dark malts and hops. Sweet with even some underlying hints of fruit. Smooth/slick - well carbonated - bigger and dryer than expected.

Nice english brown...seems it would fit the Fall weather in NE quite well.

09-07-2005 00:57:07 | More by wedge
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Geary's Autumn Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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