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

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Geary's Winter AleGeary's Winter Ale

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119 Reviews

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 166
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 4
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 beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of goz
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a clear dark copper, with a smallish white head that mostly last, good lacing. Aroma is fruity, buttery, with some earthy hints in the back. Flavor is mostly butterscotch, toffee, with some sweet fruitiness as well. Medium body. Very typical ringwood stuff present here, nothing new or special, IMO.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a thin head that becomes a thin, patchy cover.

The smell is buttery with some faint tea-like leafiness and sweet, grainy malt. Mild aroma.

The taste is buttery from start to finish. Some leafiness/English hops that are just about taken over by sweet, grainy malt. A touch of raw alcohol. Finishes rather abruptly.

It's a bit thin for an IPA and a winter one at that. It does have some silky smoothness to it, but I'm thinking more from the buttery diacetyl than from anything else. Some alcohol and sweetness linger for a little while.

Not "bad", and has a certain "drinkability" to it. But, it's not far from an English Pale Ale with a touch more alcohol noticeablility. Not much of an IPA, or even more - not much of a winter ale. Rather bland and forgettable.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense hop floral finish? Not really. Actually I wasn't completely sure this was considered an IPA. Pours a darker golden color, medium-bodied and a pretty good amount of head on top. A little more malty than hoppy in the aroma. Some hops with a sweet malty taste and doesn't have an agressive hop bite I'd like in an IPA. Decent beer though

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a six pack while traveling through L-A, ME. Out of the bottle this one was a clear, orange color with a foamy white head. The retention was average, the lacing sub-standard. The aroma was slightly musty and macro-lager like with hints of caramel and toffee. The flavors were ok, but really quite bland. Standard malt, hints of spices and generic hops. Nothing offensive, but totally unimpressive. The body was medium, the mouthfeel slightly prickly and the carbonation medium to high. For a craft beer I though it was pretty crappy and a shame to have to drink six...

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An easy to find beer but I don't remember what it was like. pours a pale golden yellow color. Smells sweet, tastes, a bit citrusy, a bit of malt but tastes a lot like a full flavored lager, not an ale. Average mouthfeel. Overall quite average, like I said it tastes a bit like a lager, looks like one too, but a good one. Not sure if I would really recommend it other than tell a beer newbie to try iy.

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Photo of fastpass17
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

A: Straw like in color, carbonation is vigorous, head coats the glass nicely

S: Pine like, lite notes of bread, somewhat stale

T: Creamy, mealy, leads into a slight pine tree bitterness

M: Frothy to the tongue, stings towards the end, carbonation rolls throughout the mouth

D: Would enjoy one or two
The style classification is somewhat bewildering, seems more akin to pale not enough hop presence

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to Pamola for throwing me one of these at our EBF trade.

Pours a clear amber/golden colour, very thick white head forms, drops some lace rings, and settles to a thin layer, looks alright. Smell is okay, toasty malt, some grain and biscuit, floral, quite fruity, lightly bit of spiciness, oat, not much aroma though. Taste is similar, sweet and toasty at first, some honey, oats and biscuit, floral, light fruitiness, lightly musty, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Nothing really wrong with it, but just lacks anything flavourful or complex, pretty boring. That being said I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Thanks Kyle!

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I don't know when they changed the labels, and if mine was older, but it looked nothing like the one in the picture. It looked more like a 4th grader made it in some cheap Microsoft program. It offended me, and the beer's appearance grade suffered accordingly.

The pour was a strange orange that looked dull in some lights, and down right toxic in others.

Aromas were unremarkable, but not bad either. Taste started with some light fruits, like apples, quickly giving way to some grassy flavors and a hint of black pepper.

I don't recall it being bitter, but every sip left me with a bitter face, as if my body was anticipating something that wasn't there. I think it was the fact that the feel was not quite crisp, but not leaving much of an aftertaste either. I'm just not sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't really a problem to drink it, but I just don't see myself getting more.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a very small head. Smells of sweet malt with hoppy aromas but all aromas are very light.

Taste is spicy with syrupy malty flavors. Somewhat hoppy but not nearly as bold as I was expecting. Not much finish, just kind of fizzles out. Mouthfeel is sticky with very little aftertaste.

Not enough malt for a winter and certainly not enough hops or spice to make up for it. It's smooth and drinkable but that's about it. This is the replacement for Geary's HSA?

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Hefe glass, celer temp (55-60)
Aroma: Alcohol, biscuity sweet malt. Subdued but bright hop aroma.
Appearance: clear, golden. No head. Light film.
Mouthfeel: hearty-medium mouthfeel, good carbonation across the tongue.
Taste: Slight metallic note. Hop bitterness and flavor is well balanced with maltiness.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, I could easily have 2-3 pints of this although it is not as dark or complex as I would expect from a winter ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color, brief, bubbly head, snow-white, til it's gone.
Aroma, softly citric, mildly hoppy, just a little bit fruity.
Taste: minimal...faintly soapy, odd fruit notes, a bit banana and grape...this is an odd beer, not at all what I'd imagine as a Winter Ale, or as an ale, or as a Winter anything...thin body, lackluster flavor, small showing from any ingredients...wham, bam, thank-you-ma'am finish...and what is up with the label? incoherent chalkboard scribblings signifying what exactly?
Didn't like this one...

...yet I thank BeerReasearcher for it!

And P.S., I never noticed it's designation as an I.P.A....didn't feel it, especially as I had a Bell's TwoHearted Ale before this...hops are so small, that this claim is a flat out lie...I've got to go get me some Masala Mama to appease my hop-thirsty tongue!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of scottum
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper amber with a nice off-white head. Got that ringwood yeast thing going for it. Malts are round and balanced by a mild crisp hop. I am not understanding of why this is listed as an IPA. 'd rate this beer higher if it were another style, but for an IPA the numbers should be lower. Mouthfeel is nice, quite drinkable beer, but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a medium-sized, foamy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of toffee, spice, and dried orange peel.

Taste: Toffee maltiness with a mild, restrained sweetness. A bit spice, a bit orangey. Medium hop bitterness. Floral, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery, I must say.

Drinkability: So-so, it was a bit bland.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

High marks to Geary's for letting everyone know on their website the specifics on each of their beers. Winter ale has crystal and wheat malts; Fugle, Golding, Mt Hood hops. The beer is an IPA, maybe lacking a bit of character to be an English IPA. I'm not sure how that translates into a Winter Ale, at all. The beer pours a clear golden color (the lightest colored winter warmer I've seen), ample carbonation, a small white head, no lacing, just a tad bit of retention. The nose on the beer has the smell of ringwood yeast, a tad musty, a bit of English style malt. Not bad, a bit of diacetyl in the nose as well.

The taste is a touch biting, some leafy hop, but it seems to be faded. There is a decent and full palate of malts to this beer, some earthy, some a bit musty, some bready qualities, perhaps, but the acerbic bite, the yeastiness, and buttery flavors, diminish the maltiness of the beer. The bittering hop lasts too long into the finish and aftertaste. Not a bad beer, I'm not good with calling this a winter ale, but even as an English IPA, this isn't the best one you'll find, for sure. It's okay, nothing great.

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Photo of ericj551
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white head with a clear orange/amber body.

The nose was a mix of malt, biscuit, fruit and even a faint hint of mint.

It starts with a nice big hop bitterness balanced against a round malt. There’s a mellowed pepper and pine type bitterness. Caramel, biscuit, pretty much a run of the mill standard type clean malt flavor. The hop bitterness overshadows the malt but overall balances making it not undrinkable. It really takes its time to finish.

This is a winter beer? Tastes like just a decent IPA to me. Still though, a nice session beer, but I’ll go for the H.S.A. next time.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, golden color. Modest, mainly white head. Easily stirred up after receding. Not much lacing or legs.

Aroma was mainly malt, breadlike with a hint of caramel and/or honey. Pepper, cinnamon & clove. Grass towards finish. Bit of medicinal smell.

Taste was almost all about the malt. Biscuity/grainy dominant flavor, some grass and spices in there. Tiny hint of sweet in there. Hoppy finish, grassy & herbal.

Medium in body, medium + in carbonation. Drying.

Malty, but I like it. Not too sweet or spiced, with a nice low-key bitter finish. My note to self (before I knew the style) was a hoppy ESB, so basically well balanced with just a bit of a nod to the hops.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark golden, decent head and lacing. for an ipa, i'd have to agree that there isn't that in your face kind of aroma. subtle citrus and slight spice. tastes like all the ingredients are there but everything needs to be turned up. subtle is the name of the game here, subtle citrus, subtle pepper spice, slight alcohol taste. very sessionable but not satisfying as a winter beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.