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

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BA SCORE
79
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155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnnyP on 11-09-2003)
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Reviews by avylover:
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avylover

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%

pours in my pint glass a fairly light golden color, just a tad darker than say a bud. Nice frothy white head. Very nice looking brew. Aroma is rather weak. Some spicy hops and a creamy maltiness detected, but nothing to blow your socks off. I like the creamy taste of this brew, which goes well with the floral hop aftertaste. I hope this is not a HSA replacement, because it's not up to par with that. Less full & less tasty. Still this is a decent brew with a nice creamy yet carbonated mouthfeel and great drinkability.

12-28-2004 00:59:20 | More by avylover
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

This is a fairly recent edition, three years or so now. Hampshire Special Ale was Geary's winter brew, but it's now year-round, and this is the winter offering. It was amber in color with a thick white head and some nice lacing. It had a sweet caramel odor, and was sweet, spicy in taste, with a little bit of hops. Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable. I know it's listed as an English style IPA, but it seems more of a winter warmer to me.

04-18-2006 11:37:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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sponberg

New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%

What the HELL is that on the label? We discussed this at Mahar's, and people were trying to decide between an OMD or Ultravox album cover, a wagon, some sort of film noir still (Nosferatu?) or what the inside of Three Dollar Dewey's looks like at 3 AM in a snowstorm. Through a window.

Luckily, the beer's easier to figure out. The color of an old copper penny, with a whitish head that lasts. The aroma's not bad, it's just nondescript.

The flavor is, well, interesting. There's a lot going on here. A bitter apricot malt sweetness slides into a almond-hazelnut nuttiness, with hints of cocoa or bitter coffee as it slides down. Sweetish, with very distant butterscotch notes (if it's Ringwood, it's well controlled). I give the taste a 4.5 just because it's fun to figure out. I give the mouthfeel a 4 because I could tell that it had some after a pint of cask conditioned Imperial stout. Drinkable, but I don't know that I'd need more than 3 in an evening.

(looks up at style) This is an IPA??? Norfolk and Waypal. Too malty, too much fruitiness, not nearly enough bitterness or hop presence. Accept it for what it is (a fruity winter brown) and enjoy.

11-27-2003 03:55:59 | More by sponberg
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

03-26-2010 20:58:11 | More by bishopdc0
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%

12 oz brown bottle with now freshness date.

Appearance: Dim copper colour, good lacing with minimal stickage. The clarity is fine too.

Smell: Big buttery fruity mess in the aroma. Hops and malt get thrown to the side but some alcohol comes forth, fresh aroma but quite sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Faded yet rough hop, sweet malt is everywhere. Bitterness struggles to wade of the waves of buttery and fruity flavours.

Notes: I don’t buy it at all that this is an IPA, a good ale to be had but nothing really that special for a winter seasonal … especially replacing H.S.A. as their winter seasonal I expected a bit more.

11-26-2003 23:19:26 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

12 ouncer w/o freshness dating. Pours bland almond , light tan head, minor lacing. Nose is just some musty malt. Medium bodied brew, nothing too exciting going on here, just a decent, middle of the road British style ale. Wonder why they call this a "winter ale". Notes of caramel, bready malts and some moderate piney hops late. Enjoyable and drinkable. Decent sessioner.

12-19-2005 02:31:35 | More by Billolick
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-14-2011 19:30:35 | More by bpfrush
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a clear copper with a nice white head. Smells very hoppy with some scant malt sneaking through.

Tastes like a mild IPA. Slight caramel malt up front followed by a carbonated middle which leads to a slightly bitter hoppy end. Not my idea of a traditional winter brew but it's not bad.

12-18-2003 20:30:03 | More by yankeeheel
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Dillonius


3/5  rDev -13.3%

06-23-2014 15:44:32 | More by Dillonius
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IntriqKen

California

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

Yellowish golden orange with a full finger white head that melts to very sticky lacing.

Aroma is a combination of the sweet malt and some fruity hops.

Taste is much more about the hops. Nice dry bitterness in the mouth but not really a fresh or green taste at all. Definitely much more a British styled IPA than an American style IPA.

A decent drinker but nothing really special here.

04-12-2007 01:37:19 | More by IntriqKen
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

Geary's- Winter Ale

A- Light yellowish/ orange with a frothy head. No lacing.
S- Hints of clove, bubblegum, tangerine, straw, toffee.
T- Light clove and orange with a light creamy malt base. Earthy straw/ hay finish.
M- Sweet and creamy. A very mild dry finish.

Overall- Tasty and enjoyable but won't be that memorable. Try it if you see it but don't go out of your way.

12-31-2007 21:04:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

2006 12 oz bottle>Pint glass

AP: Pours a clear golden amber color with plenty of streaming bubbles that create a 1/8" white head, leaves some sparse lacing behind.

Nose: This is a wheaty, bready, and malted scent with an herbal and mildly spiced hop scent underneath.

Taste: The Wheaty and bready malted effect is dominant in the taste along with some oats. The Herbal and spiced tasting hops becomes leafy in the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. The hops is underwhelming but subtle with a decent malted backbone.

MF: Crisp, clean and lvely feeling medium body. Good bite on the tongue and rather substantial going down.

DA: Not bad for the style, I enjoyed the subtle herbed/leafy hop flavor...not every IPA, especially an English IPA has to be a hop bomb to be enjoyed.

12-06-2006 16:43:07 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

Not significant head,golden colour, a good floral and spice aroma and spicy aftertaste. The golding and fuggle hops are understated. Appropriate carbonation. Cross style to a winter warmer. mouthfeel on the thin side.I am surprised this was on clearance at Belmont Part Goods in Dayton, maybe it was last year's, but it was good value.

11-19-2006 02:11:51 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance: Clear deep amber with golden and orange highlights. The finger-thick creamy white head holds well and leaves some decent lace behind.
Smell: Hoppy: floral and grassy over a just lightly sweet, grainy malt. Diacetyl is surprisingly not present at any noticeable level.
Taste: Malty and hoppy upfront (floral, grassy, gently spicy, mildly mineralish). Solidly bitter. Grainy, cereal-like maltiness. Straightforward. Well-rounded. Well-balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bordering on medium/full. Moderate, creamy carbonation.
Drinkability: Geary's Winter Ale is a very nicely done, hoppy, well-rounded and drinkable ale. It's just a bit bigger than a pale ale, not particularly caramelish at all, and not as bitter as what most think of when they think IPA. However, Geary's Winter is an authentic representation of an English style IPA, or what they used to be until just recently when some of the younger breweries started bumping up their hop charges. A solid brew across the board!

03-05-2007 03:18:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-17-2012 01:57:36 | More by cliff1066
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Clear, coppery in hue with a brassy shine as well, the color is lovely. The head was white in color; at the apex the foam reached one finger in height before quickly dissipating to a fizzy cap. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing. There isn’t much noteworthy about the appearance of this beer. The nose is pleasant, earthy from an English hop influence. Must be Golding and Fuggles. Light citrus notes. The malt construction is equally English. Caramel. Bread. Yeast must be Ringwood. Fruity. Buttery. I found an occasional whiff of alcohol. The potency is modest but the nose is plenty articulate; it helps I like what it is saying. The bouquet is organized just right; I’m impressed. Inviting. The palate follows the path the nose setout. Honesty is the best policy, right? I hate beers that lie. This one didn’t, so I’ll be honest too. The palate isn’t as good as the nose, mainly because I don’t understand what is going on. It’s a bit of a mess. Fruity and spicy at times, there is heat that comes from the alcohol and, it would seem, the yeast. It’s like a candy heat; this clashes with the caramel/toffee malt. Hops offer grassy, earthy flavors that do work with the malt and with the buttery, fruity, dirty yeast to a lesser degree. Vague notes of citrus. A suggestion of leaves. Dry at the finish. Woody and sweet. Odd. Overall the palate is okay, it lacks richness… what is there to sink my teeth into? Not much. Also, on what planet is this an IPA? I reviewed this bottle without this knowledge and my numbers are based on what I tasted. If I reviewed this as an IPA I would have “ripped” this beer. My point is this, there is nothing bad about the taste and there are good points too but there isn’t anything special about it. Of course not every winter seasonal needs to be a high alcohol/spice/hopped beer; that is not what I’m suggesting. This beer is okay. Just okay. Around medium in body, the carbonation is on the low side but the mouthfeel is still decent. It works. Sure, this beer is drinkable. I’d have little problem drinking a six-pack of this. If this were a local beer I’d buy it yearly. It’s a simple but lovely quaff. Thanks ppoitras for the bottle, it was a welcomed addition to the 2004 Secret Santa!

12-28-2004 03:29:49 | More by bditty187
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

Free, thanks to HLS Student Government. It is true what they say, things are better when they're free....at least i think that's what people say.

Pours a light copper with a small amount of head and little lacing. good head retention throughout the session. doesn't smell like an IPA - has the hops, but is more sweet than citrusy. taste is similar. candied sugar and a little bit of a buttery sensation. light body. not so highly drinkable. just kinda has a weird flavor that i wouldnt really want more than 1 of.

02-23-2007 02:09:57 | More by Lnedrive14
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timbre

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.3%

01-26-2012 07:45:32 | More by timbre
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ZacMetalFan

Maine

4/5  rDev +15.6%

04-18-2012 01:56:00 | More by ZacMetalFan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -9%

A: Poured a light orange with a thin, foamy white head that was moderately lasting leaving only faint traces of lacing. Visible carbonation was semi-strong and vibrant.

S: some faint caramel and oranges and dry spicings.

T: The initial flavor was tart orange grinds with a dry biscuity sour malting. There was a light earthiness from the hopping before the beer finished with a sour bite leaving an upleasant aftertaste tang.

M: medium, smooth but very bland.

D: Sorry, a very bland drinking beer and would have to pass on this one. You could safely draino the remainder of the beer and not feel the least bit guilty.

07-11-2008 12:08:52 | More by beerthulhu
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -28.3%

Bottle courtesy of Northyorksammy: Poured a light orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet malt and light hops is mostly boring. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt and light English hops. Body is a bout average with some average carbonation. I was quite surprise that this is being classified as an IPA and could not have guess by drinking this beer.

02-16-2007 18:22:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a hyper clear brass with a gold tint. Small but tightly bubbled off-white head that leaves no lace.
Aroma of floral hops some grassiness and a bit of caramel of top of some buttery diacetyl notes.
Flavor has some really fruity yeasty esters and relatively small amount of hay and grassy hop notes.
Mouthfeel was medium to light with a smoothness and a dry quick finish.
Drinkability is a little above average. Don't get this an Enlgish IPA or any IPA for that matter but it's not unpleasant just sort of muted and not very memorable.

05-31-2006 21:09:00 | More by CRJMellor
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BeerSox

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear golden hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a thin and short wall of lacing. After each sip some spotty lacing is left behind.

The aroma is very thin, leaving hints of apple aromas, which I assume is some sort of hop aroma.

The flavor is pretty bland as well, giving only a glimpse of the malts and a tiny bit of some bittering hops. Light bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is mostly the bittering hops.

I guess the best way to describe this one is acerbic. It's overly harsh in its bitterness considering there is no flavor to back it up. Not recommended.

01-13-2008 04:28:52 | More by BeerSox
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CheckMate

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

12oz screw-top brown bottle purchased at Hannaford's in Augusta, ME. pours a golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of off white head that dissipated slowly. scents of hops grace the nose, lemon, with a little bit of caramel in the background. Hops are definitely present, with bits of lemon and caramel in the background of the flavor. medium bodied with a clean finish. the taste of the hops isn't very astringent with makes the drink a lot more welcoming.

Cheers!

12-30-2009 00:57:50 | More by CheckMate
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

07-10-2010 23:11:45 | More by EgadBananas
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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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