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

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from TheManiacalOne as part of BC2. Thanks!
This one poured a clear, bright orange with a thin off-white cap that fell quickly to a ring. There was a bit of fine, sticky lacing. The aroma was fruity, herbal, grassy, and a little toasty. Medium bitterness with some fruit and malt up front. It finished a little spicy, nearly peppery, with lingering herbal/grassy notes and slight warmth. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation, a little on the dry side. Fairly well balanced with the hops coming on a little strong for an English IPA. Pretty drinkable stuff.

Photo of Bighuge
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never would have guessed this as an IPA...boy the ringwood butterscotch notes overwhelm anything from the hops...tastes a lot like Geary Ale (which I like) but with an additional very mild floral hop aroma and flavor.

It's fine and different but nothing I would buy again.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of alexgash
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another SB 2007 payoff from jrdegriselles, heh and thanks!

Nice brew, poured a clear amber, sticky white laces were appealing. Good sniff of nice malts and winter spices, although subtle. Solid quaff of a winter warmer – crisp hops and the ginger and coriander were nicely available throughout the bottle. Dry and snappy, I suspected 5.5%, I now see its 6% - so I would say to make this a session brew in anyone’s book.

Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-cask at Bukowski's Tavern (Boston, MA).

A: Very dark murky brown with 1/2-finger of oatmeal colored lace with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Musty, malty and herbal hops aromas

T: Malt dominates with caramel, dark malt, and light licorice note with herbal, spicy hops without much other personality

M: Medium-body supported by the low carbonation from the cask leaves a smooth, coating feel.

D: A subdued, tasty ale that won't win any awards but is a solid offering.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden with a light white head that fell quickly to the edges of the surface but lasted well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly fruity with some English hops (fuggle?), some caramel and some diacetyl.

The flavor was decidedly bitter with some caramel and diacetyl. The bitterness was pleasant and well balanced while hop flavor was nearly nonexistent.

The finish was dry with a lingering slickness from diacetyl. The body was medium. Nothing screamed diacetyl in the beer and the diacetyl really did not detract from it either. Nicely drinkable, but may fall better into the ESB style.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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...".

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short, fat, stout, 12 oz bottle copped singly from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.49...
Pours a light, golden-colored hue with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left a negligent amount of lacing...
For an IPA, the hop aroma was almost non-existent and certainly nothing to write home about... perhaps a faint suggestion of hops with a slight level of carbonation evident and a tinge of vanilla, but that's all...
Less than spectacular taste, nothing to brag about at all... Geary's Hampshire Special Ale was great, but this one was a let-down...
Bland, flat, watered-down taste with not much going on at all...
Light, weak, pale mouthfeel, but drinkability was decent due to the relatively modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Not recommended...

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I'm buying an IPA as a winter offering. Oh yeah, Sierra Celebration. Nevermind.

Clear orangey gold with a large white head. Good retention and lace. Leafy, grassy hop aroma with tons o' butter--it smells fine, just not that strong. Taste is a buttery, biscuity Ringwood paradise. Peppery hop with grassy undertones for good balance. Fairly crisp.

Not much of an IPA (even by English standards) but a big, buttery balanced pale in it's own right. This beer will only go as far one's love for Ringwood.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a clear, bright golden orange, topped by a fist full of tight, smooth, just-off-white foam.

Good fresh light citrus aroma, nothing overpowering, but certainly inviting.

Taste has a soft, light malt start, a footprint but not a deep impression in the snow. Bit of caramel carrys thru. A nice hop wash arrives, tasty but not biting, a smooth lightly tingly sensation. A bit earthy, not citrus nor pine. The hops roll thru the aftertaste, pleasantly fading away. Nothing earth-moving, much less shattering, but enjoyable.

Good mouthfeel, extremely creamy, and solid but not syrupy.

Very easy drinkability, a fine winter session ale.

A nice everyday beer for the winter, a simple, easy break from the spices and the Big Beers which abound. No Hampshire Special Ale by any means, however. As to style, while BA and the brewer's site list this as an IPA, a British Bitter might have been closer to the mark. Overall, not bad, but I'd rather have HSA back as their winter seasonal.

Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev -13%

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