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

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnnyP on 11-09-2003

Geary’s new Winter Ale is a well balanced and more aggressive bitter, both in alcohol and hop character, without being overpowering. It is dark gold and coppery in color with moderate carbonation. Malt flavors are toasty and fruity, resulting in a tasty blend with firm body balanced by English hops.
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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 166
Photo of illpass78
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle into a dimpled pint glass at Green Elephant, a terrific restaurant in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown-ruby with a very thin head that is gone right away. Carbonation seems heavy.

Aroma: Smells of malt, grass and earth, with a slight medicinal note also noticeable, somewhat like military-grade cough syrup.

Taste: That medicinal taste is noticeable up front. It's bitter all right, but not in a super appealing way. Almost has a paint-like flavor to it. Some maltiness and hops are present, but they're outweighed by rather unpleasant flavors.

Mouthfeel: It's also thinner than I'd prefer. Not much body.

Overall: I like a fair amount of Geary's product, but this isn't one of them. if I want a Geary's beer in the winter, I'll reach for their porter. (787 characters)

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -28%

04/23/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not sure what's up here. Normally I favor 'winter' brews but this has me wondering. There's a dryness in the aftertaste that I'm attributing to an over spicyness. Just as too much cinnamon doesn't taste good without the right amount of sugar, so too, the spices here are unbridled. All that malt & spice w/no sugar creates a bitter aftertaste that's off putting. (400 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with 1/2 inch of head

S: Get a solid maltiness with some sweetness and nice English hops that are lightly fruity and grassy

T: Starts off with the malts, which is full of caramel notes and sweetness. Goes into a nice fruitiness and has the signature Ringwood yeast butter flavor, but it is pleasant and nicely developed

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Prickly

O: I'm really enjoying this. It has a nice kick for a winter time English IPA, and drinks very easily. At $7.99 for a 6-pack, this is a solid deal too. Another option for those who don't enjoy the spiced winter warmers and want something different (659 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense and creamy beige head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of toasted malts and toffee in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of toasted malts and toffee along with notes of caramel and hints of spices. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is evident.
O: This beer tastes very malty, even when considering it is an English IPA and not an American IPA, but this lends some more body to the mouthfeel making it a nice IPA for the winter. (857 characters)

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle, into the pint glass. Considered drinking from skull of recently deceased enemy before remembering that I'd had Fruit Loops out of said skull that morning and had promptly discarded it.

A: Poured with half an inch of light brown head. Clear and deep copper colored, little bubbles are visible rising to the top. Ring of lacing around the rim, and a thin film of foam on top remains. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A mix of toffee, caramel and plum. There's an odd hint of cough syrup as it warms.

T: Caramel and sweet sugar plum with a biscuity finish. Light sweetness on aftertaste.

M: Medium and creamy. Carbonation is a crisp and a little soda-like. Dry finish.

O: This is an IPA? I normally don't read reviews before posting my own, but I checked a few others this time because it felt like something must have gone wrong. Not only did I not get any hop flavors out of this, but I'd be surprised if there was even a hop in the room where this was brewed. I'm not against that; in fact, I bought this and only later remembered hearing that it was an IPA, only to be pleasantly surprised that it wasn't IPA-ish at all.

Nothing to separate this from the pack of other winter brews out there, but enjoy it if someone offers you one. (1,257 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber-brown color with an off-white head and some light lacing. The nose carries some caramel and a bit of toffee. Some bready malt in the background. Light vanilla. Not sure this was much of an EIPA. Either way, I appreciated the light malt character throughout. Almost like a barleywine-light. Maybe a faded bottle already? Either way, fairly enjoyable. Caramel and bread through the flavor. Medium body with a pleasant chewiness. Not fantastic or out of the ordinary, but a well-made brew. (509 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice look amber color. The head was an off white color with a decent retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some sweet malt aromas in there too. The taste of the beer was sweet up front with some basic caramel flavors that were followed up by a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and had a nice crisp bite to it. Overall it's more of just a regular IPA than a Winter Ale in my opinion but still not a bad brew. (483 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy copper body, with an off-white color head, minimal lacing

S: malts, winter/Christmas spices (nutmeg, allspice, clove), light chocolate underneath, really super faint hops that are barely there

T: sweet between the previously mentioned flavors with the hops coming out very slightly to balance it a bit

M: light to medium, smooth, crisp bitter finish, dull watery aftertaste

O: this is an interesting take on an English IPA, but I like it for the most part, probably come back to it (513 characters)

Photo of jackrab
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've always been a fan of Geary's Winter Ale but it seems to me that they tinkered with the recipe this year. As others have noted, there is a sweet, caramel, malt taste and aroma that I do not recall from prior years. I would definitley no longer consider this an English IPA as it is described.

The beer still has a nice coppery appearance in the glass, with a thick, full head. The drinking texture is also very good, with just the right amount of carbonation. Beyond that I found the taste a bit too sweet for my preference. Though if you are a fan of that kind of taste I think you will like this beer - that is if they are still selling it, it may be out of season by now. (680 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
2.24/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

My bottle had a very different label than the photo shown here, though it was named the same. Blue label with the name "Geary's" in big, red, bold letters at a 45° angle across the front.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black hue with a solid head. Sadly, this was all I liked with this beer. It was overly sweet, with strong vanilla flavors that did not seem natural. The vanilla overpowered both the nose and mouth and was hard to move beyond. There were some chocolate malts mixed in there somewhere as well.

I am not against a vanilla-flavored winter ale; though it's not my favorite style in general, I have had some I quite enjoy. This beer, however, was so strong in the vanilla, that it tasted like the brewer dumped a ton of imitation vanilla extract into each bottle. And for the first time ever, I could not even finish the beer in my glass. (891 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a reddish amber with a finger of brownish head and some nice lacing left of the glass.

The smell is butterscotch with some malty aroma coming out with a small hop aroma. Some slight toffee aroma within the strong butterscotch.

The taste is all butterscotch and malty maple syrup flavor. This is a beer that makes me want to eat pancakes or French toast. A slight sugary flavor comes in with some slight toffee and at the very end a bitterness hits just slightly toward the end to hit all the corners. There is a great buttery flavor that seems to mingle with the toffee flavor at about mid sip and them mixes together on the way down.

The feel of the beer is light but medium in body and goes down easy enough with a nice light aftertaste. This beer would be interesting pair with some some with maple syrup or a well buttered pancake. (910 characters)

Photo of beyah
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16 oz. Pilsner Glass.

A- Very deep amber very slight off white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S- Hops and Butterscotch.

T- Pear like start, some butterscotch in there, bitterness with an earthy hops taste.

M- Average mouthfeel not too thin carbonation is sufficent for this style.

D- A Pleasent beer, not very complex but quite drinkable. This does not taste like any IPA I've had before, seems more like an ALT.

Overall- It's not what I would call an IPA. (497 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a beer mug. The mug fills with a brown liquid with a good amount of visible carbonation. An egg shell colored head is made up of cascading bubbles of various sizes. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

A pleasant malty aroma has notes of chocolate and vanilla. It's warm and sweet, but not too strong.

Well balanced malts make up the flavor. There is some chocolate, candi sugar and a slight nuttiness. It's not a spicy winter ale, but a tasty warming one.

Medium body and carbonation. A wet, slick coat is left behind. It isn't too thick. It retains a good amount of flavor.

I can drink a lot of this beer. It's tasty, not too strong, and readily available this time of year. (726 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one was left at my house after New Year's so I'll give it a go. Poured into a pint glass. Nice one inch light colored head on top of a hazeless copper colored body.

As I pour this guy I get a nice whiff of banana. This smells like chocolate malted milk bells. I'm expecting a whopper. Pretty interesting.

The taste has a nice sweet maltiness to it and a hint of crisp bitterness is noticed in the finish. This is a little sweeter than I expected. The chocolate malt flavor is also prominent in the taste.

The carbonation is a little sharper than I would like for this. I imagine a smooth creamy texture, but this isn't terrible.

This is more enjoyable than expected. I might actually get this when I'm out on the town some time. (737 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a large, fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind many large spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet white grapes and apple, with a hint of citrus. Also has hints of earthy hops or maybe yeast.

Taste: Begins with a pear-like flavor, middling out to some buttery malt and finishing with a champagne-like flavor with some decent bitterness at the very end.

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

Drinkability: A good beer overall and one of the more unique IPAs I have had. I would enjoy having this beer again, but it doesn't really seem suited for winter. (716 characters)

Photo of Casey10
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this in the past and I had heard they changed the receipe this year so I decided to give it a review.

This was a darker style beer. Upon tasting the beer had a lot of toffe/ maple syrup notes to it. A previous reviewer mentioned it tasted like waffles with syrup I could definately see that, and it is not a bad thing either.

This is a nice winter warmer the changes that have been made are subtle but worth it.

This is a nice beer for the style and a worth a try at least. (489 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique and very nice Warmer. It breaks from tradition with a whole different kind of flavor. This has a very smooth creamy Maple/gingerbread taste. Its like a warm serving of liquid waffles. Its certainly not going to be a beer for everyone, but I like it. Smooth, creamy and not too overly sweet. (307 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From on tap a tight cream colored bubbles of 1 finger size, with a gorgeous dark red clear color, and excellent lacing. Really good looking beer this one is.

Bouquet is slightly floral, but mostly of tasty cream. Hints of burnt fireplace embers, roasting, and a big brown sugar smell.

Taste has a root beer quality to it with some faint hop, sassafrass, and faint cola with an alcohol feel that has a winter warmer quality. Fruit cherry finish with light brown sugar and a little alcohol sting. You either like this in this beer or you don't and I do.

However, it is odd for this style and somewhat confusing, it tastes more like a cream ale but I would love to have this again anytime. (689 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to papallo for this!

Never thought about an EIPA as a winter ale, but I dig some EIPA's so who am I to complain?

Pours a light coppery color with a nearly white head. Looks pretty decent.

Smells pretty evenly of buttery malts and bitter hops. Par for the style, but only a bit above average.

Medium bodied, but closer to a lighter feel. Nothing bad, nothing too out the ordinary though.

Pretty damn drinkable and a damn decent take on the style... nice choice of a winter ale IMO. (492 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear light rusty orange with just a layer of fine bubbles

S - slight grain aroma along with some nice hops

T - strong wheat taste but a bit metallic, seems like this might be an old bottle

M/D - decent mouthfeel and carbonation but not much flavor to speak of. I'll have to try this again to make sure it wasn't just a bad bottle. (346 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice dark pee like yellow with a very tall fizzy white head. Almost looks like it may be infected, I hope not. The head took forever to die, and it left behind huge chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, fruit, and mild pine.

T: Not infected at all. Mild grain and sweet malts. Light pine with a touch of citrus. Mild, not bad overall.

M: On the lighter side of medium, quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Just okay, could use a bit more flavor. (457 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale copper with light amounts of carbonation noticeable. Very thin head with a bubbly white collar that leaves sparse amounts of lace. Nice aroma. Fresh yeastiness. Buttery attributes. Some hop notes too. Base is a lot of malt and a lot of yeast. Toffeish and buttery. Hops are minimal, though there is a slight lingering bitterness. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Decent enough. That's about it. Doesn't compare to Summit's English Style IPA. (449 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you looking for a dark beer with Christmas spices this is not your beer. Its a traditional English style ale. The aroma is malty with a slight citrus background. It has a golden amber color and a nice white head. The beer starts with a sweet malt and with a slightly harsh carbonation that brings out the earth hop flavor. The hop flavor is more of a pale ale flavor, but the buttery malt makes is a real English style. What I love about this beer is it's not traditional. Geary's is smart why try and make another dark ale as the HSA and porter are some of the best beers ever created. (589 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never would have guessed this as an IPA...boy the ringwood butterscotch notes overwhelm anything from the hops...tastes a lot like Geary Ale (which I like) but with an additional very mild floral hop aroma and flavor.

It's fine and different but nothing I would buy again. (273 characters)

Photo of ericj551
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geary's Winter pours a hazy light copper with a thin but nice head. The aroma is buttery with some grassy, earthy maybe slightly sour bitterness. The flavor is some pale malt up front, with some toffee, but not sweet. The diacetyl comes through quickly and overwhelms the the herbal and grassy hops. The is a solid bitterness, but it seems to lack balance because of the buttery flavor. The mouthfeel is slick and there is a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. (456 characters)

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