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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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BA SCORE
79
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153 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
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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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clean orange/amber colored beer. Has a good off white head. A light sweet aroma with hints of fruit. The flavor is light also. With a bit of malt sweetness at the start, some fruity esters in the middle and smooth mild hop bitterness on the finish. Not exactly what one would expect from a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:36:21 | More by ybnorml
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proc

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an IPA that is all over the map for me. It has the nuttiness of an ESB, the bitterness level that is more of a pale than an IPA and a nicely bitter finish that stays with you. This pours out to a very nice copper color in the glass with lively carbonation and a moderate head. The aroma is light and the taste shows forth essences of pine and nuts with an interesting hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 03:22:39 | More by proc
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow gold with a moderate off-white head, lots of suspended particles, and decent carbonation. Balanced malt, diacetyl, and hop aroma and flavor. More English style in flavor with the diacetyl being a bit too standoutish in my opinion. Light-medium bodied with a decent balanced finish on the bitter side.

Very average Winter Ale and English IPA at best... nothing special. This should be a year-rounder; not a seasonal in my book.

'4249' lasered on bottom ('04' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 05/27/05

Per Geary's website: Geary's Winter Ale is a hearty India Pale Ale; it has a dry maltiness with an intense floral hop finish.
Availability: November - February
Original gravity: 1060
Alcohol by volume: 6%
Ingredients: Two row English malt (clarity, crystal and wheat); Mt. Hood, Golding & Fuggle hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 21:34:25 | More by RBorsato
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Sixpoint

New York

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap - served at Mug's Ale house in (where else?) Brooklyn, NY.

My first impression? What a nice color. Poured a deep amber color but the head dissipated quickly.

The smell? Unfortunately, I picked up a very strong scent of diacytel in the nose...

Perhaps it was not evident in the taste? Nope. Definitely a strong sense of butterscotch. It's too bad, otherwise, the beer is quite nice.

It starts out full-bodied, malty, and sweet, but ends with a decent hop bitterness. Unfortunately, I am concentrating on the diacytel the entire time.

Perhaps I had a bad pint. I will give this beer a try again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2004 06:08:19 | More by Sixpoint
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 20:02:49 | More by mikereaser
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Ego

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance:
golden to amber, very nice head

nose:
sweet fruits and hop floral... and maybe some toffee, mostly the sweet fruitiness overwhelms the smell

taste/mouthfeel:
nice slight bitter signature.. appraent spice or syrupy flavors, very light (too light) in body, tasty but this bottle seems mislabled as a winter seasonal...

drinkability:
quite drinkable, smooth, crisp, pleasant beer, if anything it is subdued with some nice hints of intrigue

verdict:
a good drinking brew but it doesnt seem like a winter beer. I would have no problem having this chilled on a nice spring or summer day. it doesnt speak to the season in any category.. it is a pretty good beer, just with a misnomer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 04:43:14 | More by Ego
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 01:11:17 | More by goz
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 15:55:42 | More by jwc215
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 12:08:52 | More by beerthulhu
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changeup45

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 18:27:43 | More by changeup45
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:36:25 | More by thekevlarkid
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 15:44:58 | More by Viggo
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 21:09:00 | More by CRJMellor
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fastpass17

New York

3.2/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 05:23:47 | More by fastpass17
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:47:44 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:00:32 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 00:10:01 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 02:54:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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Yeastcakes

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:09:17 | More by Yeastcakes
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:19:54 | More by scottum
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meehandennis

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-24-2014 23:10:36 | More by meehandennis
Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.