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

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Geary's Autumn AleGeary's Autumn Ale

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-15-2003

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.
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Reviews by kunzbrew:
Photo of kunzbrew
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This fall festive beer pours a dark amber color with highlights of ruby red. The head is not big, but thick. The malt is very present in aroma and the hops are also very strong, I am really liking htis one. The robustness of the malts is something I have not tasted before in this beer. The hops are still strong in flavor and rustiness of the malts are still going strong in the flavor. This is my favorite fall beer so this year.


More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kaimcm
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of humanjoe
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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..

Photo of Kinsman
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?!?!?!?

Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Reds76
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty, a bit bland and a tiny bit sour but not in the way I prefer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of hyuga
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out again to the kind New England trader that sent me an awesome collection of fall seasonals. I decided to pull this one out last night while I was grilling dinner. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/23/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color, with a nice maple brown color to it. Nice clarity allowed me to see straight through to a nice carbonation stream that kept coming up through the glass throughout the session. Nice head of white foam capped the top and reached a height of around two inches before finally settling down to a thin veil of lace across the top.

The aroma was a touch light, but nonetheless, very well defined. Nice touches of caramel, brown sugar, spiced apples and maple were all prominent from the very beginning. A wonderful touch of light English hops rounded out the aroma. The flavor was even deeper in its uniqueness. Nice light and earthy hops came across the front of the profile on the first initial sip, lightly puckering before being overall by a very sweet malt flavor. Hints of maple and molasses, light caramel and the nicest little touch of spice all playing very well off of each other. Smooth creamy feel was very well received with good carbonation that prickled the tongue a bit at times. Easy and smooth to drink, I had no issue at all with having this one go down while I was cooking, though not something I would throw down quickly as the flavor lended itself more to being enjoyed.

Overall this was a very solid beer with a very solid and very sweet flavor. I would have no issue at all with having this again, and it was one of the better seasonal I had this week.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent looking murky brown colour with hints of ruby throughout. Head is essentially non-existent save for a thin lacing.

The aroma is of dark berries, caramel malt, a bit of wood and perhaps a touch of chocolate as well.

Flavour is more rugged than the aroma would lead on. Chocolate comes through much more here along with an earthy malt flavour. Sweetness from caramel is in the back at best and berry flavours are muted and at the finish of each sip.

This was an okay brown ale. Nothing special about it yet nothing terribly wrong with it either. Eh.

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