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

Geary's Winter AleGeary's Winter Ale

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.36%


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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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pint is beautiful. It's a light, crystalline, coppery amber that shows plenty of effervescence. The big, foamy, soapy head dimples in a way that reminds me of a feather mattress. I take a sniff and wonder what I'm getting into; the hoppy, bitter scent is not unpleasant by any means, but it is slightly foreboding. It's one of those beers that smells astringent enough to make vague images of green plants spring to mind.

I take one swallow, think "Oh my! Lovely!" and am irrevocably hooked. The taste is not only bloody huge, but marvelously drawn out. The first stage is big, heavy, carbonated, a little creamy, and above all malty. The middle is bitter and slightly fizzy. As the incredibly extended finish comes on, this bitterness becomes more austere, dry, and focused. The eruptions of lacing are an added bonus.

I think this beer is poorly named; it's light years away from what I think of as winter ale. I don't care, though, because it's wonderful stuff. I love its maltiness, its muscle, and its incredible staying power. If it's this fantastic and full-bodied in the bottle, I can't imagine what it's like on draft.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 01:24:49 | More by Weissenheimer
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 17:02:04 | More by smakawhat
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jtw5877

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown hue with a white head. A balanced quasi-IPA, with a hint of ringwood. A very enjoyable beer. Not quite what I would have expected to replace HSA, but a superb beer none the less. I'd recommend this to anybody who enjoys quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 05:20:21 | More by jtw5877
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, golden honey colored. 1/2'' head which fades nicely, leaves respectable lacing.

Smell = Good hops/malt balance. intense and flavorful. A nice sweetness.

Taste = Pretty tasty. Reall ynice balance here. Hops are strong and present as they should be but the sweetness if perfectly toned which creates very good drinkability. There's a bit of floral hops that is interesting and a bit different. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that's the only complaint.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 21:15:19 | More by LPorter33
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Geary's Winter Ale is the first IPA -- the first ANYTHING -- I can compare to a wheatwine. Though I doubt there's any wheat in the mash, the nose on this IPA is old toffee and mysterious (un-American) hops.

Very British (is that East Kent Goldings?).

The mid-palette is much of the same wheatwine/old ale stuff, but not as sweet and backed by a loud pineapple hop backbone. Maybe just a basic pale ale instead of an IPA, but dry enough to seem bitter. Evocative, complex, and true to its name -- no matter what the BAs call it -- of "Winter Ale."

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 22:04:03 | More by ngandhi
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chalkboard Rorschach label...I see a devil cow with a bullring. Slightly hazy deep copper, requiring a vigorous pour to form a modest beige head with average retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is full of dates, raisins, prunes, and figs. Tons of sticky amber malts with minimal hops, yeast, and imperceptable alcohol aroma. Dripping gobs of vanilla and light honey pamper the nose. Very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth with a soft finish and despite the very malty nose, only has a medium body. Taste begins with moderate carbonation acidity, followed by herbal hops, then wierd stuff happens...the malty dates and raisins come out with no malt sweetness to back it up..there is an olfactory illusion, followed by semi-dry herbal bitterness, a wave of alcohol with mild fusels, and a kick in the pants with residual bubblegum. Toast is somewhere in the middle with a very brief caramel appearance towards the finish. Ringwood esters are barely noticeable.

Most certainly not an IPA...more of a DAA (ya know, a double amber ale). Tastes like a Dogfish product because: 1)The yeast (which certainly has less diacetyl tones than DFH), 2)It's wierd, 3)It's not quite as good as you want it to be. As it warms, it takes on flavors of bourbon.

An interesting conundrum of a beer. To make an analogy:
Butter-face="Nice body...but her face...".

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 23:16:56 | More by Mitchster
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date.

deep golden straw/pale amber. clear. head fades to wisps. moderate lacing, especially later in the glass.

aroma of pine and citrus candy, then quickly backs off into a caramel and toffee note, again a bit on the candy-like side. hints of diacetyl and fruity esters.

flavor has toasty malts with resinous hops, but a little light and water down. hints of yeasty esters and diacetyl, plus mild to moderate bitterness with a metallic, minerally finish.

ever so slightly watery, but smooth enough, with some astringency in the late finish. lightly prickly carbonation.

if this is indeed aiming for an english IPA, and not american, it's not so bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 08:48:33 | More by tai4ji2x
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No Date.
It pours a nice clear amber with a fast fading soft white head and minimal lacing.
The aroma is an even mix of doughy malt and floral hops.
Sweet caramel and fresh bread comes through in the malt. A good herbal quality lasts throughout.
There are grapefruity, light tea-like and some lemony sour bitterness.
A faint taste of tart green apples is noticed.
I think Geary's may want to rename a few of their styles. This should be an IPA and Geary's Hampshire Special (though now a year-round brew) should be their Winter style...IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 03:08:15 | More by BeerResearcher
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the wonderful Gilberts chowda house in Portland (Thx Wendell) I had this with a super super freakingly amazingly tasty lobster BLT club sandwich. Mmmm. Anyways, about the beer. It's a light orange colour with a thick white head of pearl coloring. The aromas are all fresh UK golding hops and some spicy, bready, biscuity UK malts. The taste is hoppy up front, but not IPA hoppy. The hops are spicy and meld well with the biscuity British malts. Tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is creamy and the drinkability is good. This is like a pumped up UK pale with nice hopping and good malt flavors. Not what I consider a winter ale, or an IPA, but who cares. This stuff is good!

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2005 20:50:41 | More by francisweizen
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jimbotrost

Michigan

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 02-17-06 Purchased 6 pack for 9.99 ++ at Ideal Party Store in Bay City, Michiigan. The pour is slight copper with and orange tinge. A medium white head tops it off. The nose is pleasantly spiced with aromas of hop and a touch of pine. Flavor is malt, not overly sweet, dry and spicy, body is drying and the finish is chalky. Nice holiday beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 15:12:22 | More by jimbotrost
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this ale pours a wounderful deep copper color with a thin off white that that quickly vanishes.
the aroma is malty with hint of carmelized malty and hopsack.
the flavor is very malty, a little grainy, hop spice, grassy, a little sweetness, finishing with a firm bitterness.
this is a pretty good beer, but not what i would call a winter seasonal, it would need more malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 05:38:19 | More by plaztikjezuz
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 03:18:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 20:44:48 | More by Liverpool08
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color with a slight haze. The smell is a strong mix of floral English hops and robust malts. There’s a fittingly musty, earthy quality to the smell as well. Very nice indeed. The taste begins with a solid malty sweetness up front, accompanied by a slight warming. Finish is exquisitely balanced with bitterness. It all comes together as a no-nonsense, solidly drinkable beer. Medium to full mouthfeel with a lot of softness. This is one good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 01:51:56 | More by Suds
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark orange, opaque, with a well-retained but rather small whitish head.
The aroma is floral, grassy and even spiced and yeasty, which I was not expecting.
Firm on the palate, the well balanced taste is made of floral hoppiness, bitter and spiced, with a balancing malty cereal sweetness.

I actually did not read about this beer before opening it, and was surprised to not find a winter warmer of some sort. Nevertheless, it is a pleasant, well balanced example of a british IPA, my favorite type of IPA. Not spectacular by any means, but quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 00:28:05 | More by brdc
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Mosstrooper

California

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:31:49 | More by Mosstrooper
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sponberg

New York

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium golden body, clear, with a thick film of gauzey white head. Nose is fruity, with apples, bananas, pineapple (all jumbled together). Some toffee and biscuit in there as well, accented by fragrant, herbal hops. Light buttered toast bitterness up front quickly gives way to sweetish, juicy fruit. Kind of sugary. Fruit and sugar wafer are overtaken by moderately bitter hops in the finish. Floral and herbal and nice. Definitely in the English IPA style, with fruity malt forward and hops way to the back. Body is a little thin, but not bad. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:47:59 | More by alexgash
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86sportster883

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geary's Winter Ale pours brilliantly clear, and golden amber, with a white head that quickly diminishes to a ring of tight bubbles and a thin top. It has a fresh hop aroma that is predominantly green apple and sweet fruit on top of an underlying caramel malt base. Moderate, to moderately light body and carbonation combine to give it a slightly thin mouth feel. Yet, it has pleasant hop flavors and lingering bitterness to assure you that you're drinking an English IPA. I would have liked a little more malt counterbalance, but overall, Geary's Winter Ale is a decent IPA with a big dose of English hops. It's just not big on complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 21:56:28 | More by 86sportster883
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with thin off-white head. Smells malty and fruity (apricot?). Tastes like apricot, with some malt and floral notes. Medium in body. Rather tasty and enjoyable, but doesn’t tast much like an IPA. Reminds me in some ways to DFH Aprihop or Magic Hat #9... I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 01:10:35 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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CheckMate

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:08:44 | More by beyah
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WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent with a small hint of floral hops; nothing special. The taste is pretty damn good. It has a great balance of malts and hops. There seems to be some light crystal malts here along with a generous portion of floral type hops. This is really tastey. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. I think this is a good drinking beer. I would buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 02:26:27 | More by WesWes
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Geary's Winter Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a copper orange with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Little spots of lacings cling to the glassware.

Whiffs of floral hops and candy sugars.

Sweet and toasted grain flavors. The finish blends a floral and fruity hop quality. A touch of buttery caramel smoothness rounds out the sip.

A sessionable IPA with a solid drinkability level.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 00:44:57 | More by Hibernator
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Durge

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light sparkling golden amber colored ale with a fair white head and nominal lacing. The aroma is a pleasantly spicey wheat and clove. The flavor suggests tangy citrus hops and allspice, apple. There's a warm maltiness noted as you go but overall it's fairly dry and tingly. Good drinkability. Very likeable and worth a try. A winter brew that is lively but not heavily alcoholed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 05:14:28 | More by Durge
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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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