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

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Geary's Autumn AleGeary's Autumn Ale

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164 Ratings
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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.

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Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of drafts of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. A good beer but I'm not sure about the English Brown designation.

Appearance was a light brown to dark amber. Quite clear with lots of fizz.

Smell of dark malts. Not so much fruity as roasty. Chocolate, spices, etc.

Flavor was somewhat mild but also had the characteristics of chocolate, exotic nuts and spices.

Overall a pretty good beer. Definitely one you can drink a lot of. Not my favorite though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 20:55:42 | More by david18
Photo of mnrider


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Pry-off. no Freshness date.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice head, but little retention. Carbonation is plenty as it clings to the glass in clumps. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Toasted malts and a funky artificial flavor.

T/M: Not unlike the smell. Malts are solid and not too sweet. The chocolate and coffee taste are not overbearing and go well with the slight hop bitterness. The finish is on the malty side.

O: Very good Brown Ale. Stay's true to the style with great taste, and easy drinkability. Worth a try if you can find it.


Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:50:38 | More by mnrider
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass. Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good retention. Color is brown.

Aroma: English malt base with caramel and maple syrup. Very malty and sweet. Some chocolate.

Taste: Matches the nose spot on, but with a bit of a grassy kick. It shows some pale malts as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Has an odd aftertaste however.

Overall, a decent brown. Very unexpected. Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:16:55 | More by mothman
Photo of Bendurgin


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear dark brown with a finger of biege head. It settles with some soapy lace.

Nutmeg and clove in the aroma with some nice dark malts coming through. A little bit of hazelnut in the background. Good big malt character with hints of cocoa. Spicy cloves and allspice on the pallet with a slight bitter hop finish; just enough to notice.

Medium bodied with sufficiant carbonation. Overall this one is a nice seasonal offering from one of the local guys.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:52:47 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of AgentZero


2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful dark mahogany colored beer with a finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly to a partial ring. Nothing left on the sides.

S - A lot of caramel, sugar, brown malt. Touches of dark fruit, a little surpring for the sytle. A lot of potent aroma for something of this ABV.

T - Some caramel, brown sugar, a little dark fruit. Most dominant smell here for me is unfortunately something much akin to ginseng. If I felt like tea I would drink this, don't like it that much.

M - Smooth, creamy, lower carbonation.

O - Most of the characteristics of this beer are fine, other than the taste which is a big downer for me. Will pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 04:18:56 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hard from a stubby 12-ounce twist-ff into an over-sized new-wave Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Deep, chestnut brown color with a huge, rocky head of tan carbonation that settles out quickly, leaving behind a trace of slick, foamy resin.

S: Nice, hearth baked malt aroma with a little nutiness and dried, leafy hop cone aromas. Roasted sweetness with a little floral essence.

T: Slick, sweet coating roasted caramel and toffee malts float across the palate and leave a sticky resin. This is broken up a bit by a dose of dry, nutty and bitter hops before washing back with a chalky and slightly buttery malt flavor.

M: Full-bodied, sticky sweet with a nice warming, nutty and earthy malt resin.

O: A nice change of pace from Oktoberfest biers and pumpkin ales that dominate the shelves during autumn. A well-done English brown ale that plays up the malt flavors in a big way with satisfying nutty and earthy flavors to match those falling leaves. Looks a bit flat and viscous, but take the Bros advice and give a hard pour in a big glass to achieve a head worthy of this well-crafted fall brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 17:20:25 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a small head that lasts for less than a minute

S: Some nice roasty malts and subtle earthy hops. Not much behind that, but these are strong enough to give a fairly nice aroma

T: Same as the smell, definitely some caramel and chocolate malts and earthy hops to give a nice autumny taste. Some nutty flavor as well in the aftertaste

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not sticky or sweet like some beers with this robust of a malt profile

O: This is a nice example of an English brown, nothing really jumps out at you, but it still has solid flavor and suits the season well

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 21:10:56 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, autumnal brown that reminds me of maple syrup beneath the foamy tan head that leaves a very dense, sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

An interesting aroma offers equal parts sweet maple and fall spices such as nutmeg and earthy hops as well. As it warms the maple, spices, and faint nuttiness take charge.

The flavor is a bit less sweet, with fainter hints of maple, and more focus on the nuttiness and autumnal spices. The earthy hops from the aroma are a bit fainter as well, though still present.

For a brown ale, this is a bit thinner in the body than I would expect and higher in carbonation. The flavors and aromas are nice, but the body is a touch miss-leading.

I really enjoyed the aromas and flavors offered by this fine fall seasonal. Categorically, the mouthfeel may have been a bit off as mentioned previously. This is certainly a beer worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:56:54 | More by CHADMC3
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 11:10:36 | More by KTCamm
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: brown body with a decent sized foamy off-white head, gave some nice clingy lacing

S: nutty, caramel, malts, subdued hops

T: mainly sweet, some balance as it warms

M: light to medium, sessionable, dry and bitter aftertaste and finish

O: every Autumn since I've lived in Maine, I always get this, my go to Autumn brown ale, maybe not a standout, but can be found anywhere in Maine

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:35:06 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish chestnut colour, quite dark, with a short cap of beige bubbles. A bit of lacing, decent head retention. Caramel malt aroma, sweet with brown sugar and apple, a bit bready with faint hops and a hint of cocoa. Nice flavour as well, bitterness was restrained and let the malts dominate. Not overly sweet though, more of a caramel meets chocolate and dried fruit character. Light, lingering bitterness with a bit of leafy hops. The texture was a little slick, medium bodied with carbonation that was slightly coarse. Not a fan of the mouthfeel on this. Overall it was pretty tasty though. I liked the malts and thought the flavours held together well.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:52:03 | More by DrJay
Photo of thespaceman


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany in color, nice size head emerges and stays with this one, leaving behind some nice amounts of lacing around the glass. Good retention with lots of bubbles streaming up the glass.

Smell: Up front I get some nice malt spice that really warms up the nostrils, a touch of molasses and some light chocolate aromas. A nice baked cookie aroma comes out here as well, weird. I also get a tiny bit of some dark fruit which is well hidden behind the dose of malt spice here.

Taste: Again, from the aroma the malt is really well rounded, giving off a nice spicy flavor yet smokey as well. I get some nice toasted malt here, very "right in your face" for a brown ale, a bit of vanilla and some nutmeg. The flavors mesh well, as a bit of dark fruit and some light chocolate flavors kick in. Finish consists of some more kick from the spices here and more of that nice smoke flavor which is seemingly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This one is medium bodied, sits on the tongue nicely without getting wet. Carbonation is spot on, and the thickness rolls around the mouth pefectly.

Drinkability: One of my new go-to Autumn beers that I've had, this one has all of the characteristics to make a beer perfect for it's season. The toasted malt profile is nicely balanced against the spice in here and that slight smokey flavor really puts this beer over the top. At 5.8%, it's an easier drinker and a good one to have around on a cold autumn night!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:37:24 | More by thespaceman
Photo of SnowGoon99


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: on tap into a mixer glass.

First impression is a dark amber color almost brown. Hints of redness when held up to the light. The head would not fall. It was a great pour by the bartender. Only criticism is that it was served WAY too cold. Had to warm it up a little to get some of the aromas out. Aromas came through like a typical English Brown: toasty, roasty, biscuity, and hints of caramel. After some encouraging it definitely came out with a nice aroma.

Taste was a little more subdued than the aroma. The aroma notes were still there but became a little more jumbled together. Good balance though. Just enough bitterness to make it not too cloying but not so much that it showed through. Great body but they didn't need to do too much thanks to the specialty malts, yeast and alcohol. Would have like a little bit more for the style. Somewhat drinkable as well. Don't think i could buy a six and drink it in a night.

Overall a tasty beer that doesn't blow you away. Definitely one to order at the bar but then move on from.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 00:38:22 | More by SnowGoon99
Photo of ToasterChef


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. A nice head (colored egg shell white) rests atop a dark brown liquid. holding it up to the light, I can tell that this is a clear beer with a few tiny bubbles rising up. There is a brown sugar/molasses aroma to this beer. I think I can smell some crystal malt as well. There isn't any of the spices one would expect to find in an autumnal seasonal.

This is a tasty dark beer. It is malt based, but there is some bite to it. It isn't smokey, but I feel that the malts have some crispy toasted edges that provide a nice taste. Maybe it's charcoal? There isn't much sweetness, but what is there remind me of brown sugar.

The beer is a bit above medium bodied; it feels slightly thick. There isn't too much carbonation. What is there does give my tongue a tingle. I find this seasonal to be quite drinkable. I've found myself having a number of bottles in an evening. It's a tad too strong to be truly sessionable, but the alcohol isn't very strong (either in flavor or potency), which allows one to consume most of a six pack before you realize what you've done (that's why I recommend going straight for the 12 pack).

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:08:23 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of tbart428


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Living in Maine this beer is a good standby beer that always gets me with the label. Who can resist the autumn feel to this label.

A>Anyway the appearance is fantastic for the style and very fitting for the season (deep mahogany coloration with light brown head).

S> The smell is ringwood yeast.

T> The taste is malt forward with earthy undertones. The ringwood (which I do not mind reminds me that I am home) really works well with this beer. The beer has hints of caramel with almond flavor.

M> The mouth on this beer is thin with high carbonation.

D> This beer is highly drinkable and in my opinion a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 01:53:11 | More by tbart428
Photo of dball


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine brown ale. If you like browns give it a try. The Autumn is a nice deep brown color with a small head and very little lace in the glass. The smell brings a hint of sweetness and it comes out in the beer as a subtle caramel flavor. That being said the Autumn is not too sweet by any stretch. For me it isn't my favorite but my wife loves browns and she really thought this was a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 00:11:57 | More by dball
Photo of ChugsMugs


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice deep brown, ruby in light, with a 1 finger creamy head.

S- Sweets. Strong presence of caramel, almost candy shop like. Mollases, even some fruit.. strangely an apple/watermelon mix comes to mind. Also reminds me of those cowstail candies.

T- Has some roasted malt in the swallow, but up front hits you with sweets. I might be crazy but I swear there is a very subtle lingering of watermelon or some other melon fruit.

M- Not too thin, mildly carbonated. Leaves the smokey flavor behind.

D- I'm a huge fan of Geary's Pale, and this is another fine specimen of their brewery. I would gladly buy another.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:58:03 | More by ChugsMugs
Photo of Kinsman


3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large tan head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, maple, roasted malts, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready and mildly sweet with flavors of roasted malts, caramel, maple and nuts up front. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but there's a still a decent balance created. There's also a hint of spices in the background. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation but a bit high for the style, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are some others in the style that I would chose first.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:25:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a transparent cedar color. Pours with a 1 finger or so foamy cream colored head. Head faces to a thick collar and has good retention from there. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is mild and has a balance of slightly nutty and earthy characters.

T-Flavor is moderate in strength. Nuttiness and a caramel malt backbone are the highlights upfront then a lot of earthy tones kick in for the finish. What lingers is a slight sweetness as well as a slight bitterness.

M-Well done. Smooth and silky all the way through with a nice medium weight body and light to medium carbonation.

D- This has been in my fridge for awhile and I was pleasantly surprised by this. A decent to good Autumn English Brown overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 03:50:47 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of Minkybut


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this delicious beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice mahogany color and poured a wonderful fat head. The lacing was really good also. The beer was spicy smelling and had a really good hazelnut flavor. I really liked. This is a great beer that I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 22:34:57 | More by Minkybut
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, murky amber color with lighter nut brown highlights. Pushed up about a finger of thin, bubbly head that dissipated fairly quickly without much trace of a head.

Really fragrant nose. Caramelized malts hit first, with a light fruitiness dominated by some spicy hops on the tail end.

On the tongue, this beer presents its caramel character first and foremost, balanced out by an earthy and spicy hop profile. The caramel presents a little burnt, toasty aspect as it fades, which is kind of nice. There is some sweetness that transforms into a slightly alcoholic, carbonated finish.

The mouthfeel was slightly disappointing for me; I wanted a little bit thicker mouthfeel with the malty and earthy flavors coming through, but it's actually pretty thin and carbonated. Not bad, just not what I had in mind.

Overall, a solid beer from a brewery I've never sampled before. A flavorful brown ale that doesn't sacrifice drinkability for pretty big flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:17:29 | More by feelmefoam
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a very small, light brown head. Body is brown, but actually looks more like a deep ruby color when held to the light. Completely clear.

S: Nice aroma of mostly sweet malt; the caramel seems to be quite heavy. Maybe a little bit of chocolate coming through as well.

T: Flavor is lightly sweet (again with the caramel), but it finishes slightly bitter. First few sips seemed almost harsh to me, but as it warmed up a bit it really smoothed out, and started to grow on me. Long duration for the flavor; this is a beer that stays with you.

M: Light-bodied with a slightly oily texture, and average carbonation.

D: By the end of the beer I decided I had enjoyed it... little skeptical at first, but as I said, it grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 17:58:58 | More by berley31
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It's a deep brown, like a dark cherry/oak or mahogany color. There is a dense white creamy looking head with very small bubbles to it that sticks around about 3/4ths of the session. There is a massive sheet of lace that makes it's way back down to the liquid after a few seconds. The smell isn't very strong at first. It's pretty heavy on the malt with some hints of chocolate and followed by some pine hops. The taste is a step up from the smell. Like the smell it's heavy on the malt accompanied by chocolate and molasses, with a slight hop finish. It starts off sweet and finishes off a little bitter. The mouthfeel is good, it's well balanced but full bodied, and the drinkablilty is good as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 03:17:53 | More by AndyAvalanche
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2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights. Smallish head. Aroma of sweet malts and the characteristic Maine beer smell of Ringwood yeast.

Flavor starts out okay, but the residual aftertaste makes this beer seem that it was scorched. Gross burnt flavor. It's a sweet, malty brown ale with good potential, but the aftertaste ruins everything for me. Buttery ringwood yeast flavor is present. Mouthfeel is kind of watery.

Geary's has been going downhill for the past couple of years. Though their Pale Ale and London Porter are still solid beers, the seasonal offerings are underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 03:21:50 | More by dasenebler
Geary's Autumn Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.