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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

156 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Cattafin, Mar 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Ghostface, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Arborescence, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

sprucetip, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

tpauer, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

AndrewMichael, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

timbre, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

NuclearRich, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

rderedin, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

verdict603, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

tclapper, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Yabev15, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

ale207, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

AJD1201, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.81/5  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

BeerKangaroo, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jackrab
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

jackrab, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

rinhaak, Mar 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Duhast500, Mar 07, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

beyah, Mar 05, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

ToasterChef, Jan 16, 2011
Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.