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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

156 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.43%
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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Photo of connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, an IPA as a winter ale??? Well, Geary's is definitely different.

This was a deep yellow, clear ale with a half finger head. The head did not last too long, dying down to a thin film of foam.

The aroma was lightly fruity, but too faint to really identify amidst the other scents. There was a little bit of caramel, and a definite floral scent.

Taste was of caramel and toffee initially, with some hop bitterness without any resinous character. Quite interesting... but not what I expected in an IPA.

Mouthfeel was OK... just plain average. Nothing stood out.

Drinkability... a little below average. I wouldn't get this one again if I wanted an IPA, either American or English. It just didn't seem to fit the style that well.

connecticutpoet, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

RBorsato, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

ybnorml, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of taez555
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

taez555, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a near-white head. Smells of spice and fruit of some sort (citrus/fig?) First sip has a strong spicy punch to it with a bite toward the end and strong yeasty taste to it, imbuing the brew with a breadlike flavor, reminds me of a lager quite a bit. The aftertaste is somewhat medicinal in character, a bit like mouthwash I'm afraid.

Overall this isn't a bad brew and certainly has it's good point but even what it does well still suffers from a lack of balance, and there are some subtle flavor shades that just aren't working for me.

Gaisgeil, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

RonfromJersey, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

bditty187, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of avylover
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours in my pint glass a fairly light golden color, just a tad darker than say a bud. Nice frothy white head. Very nice looking brew. Aroma is rather weak. Some spicy hops and a creamy maltiness detected, but nothing to blow your socks off. I like the creamy taste of this brew, which goes well with the floral hop aftertaste. I hope this is not a HSA replacement, because it's not up to par with that. Less full & less tasty. Still this is a decent brew with a nice creamy yet carbonated mouthfeel and great drinkability.

avylover, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Ego
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Ego, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Sixpoint, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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.

Suds, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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...".

Mitchster, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
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

ngandhi, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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!

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

BeerResearcher, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

WesWes, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pure amber with a quarter inch head. Sort of a pale malty aroma. Certainly a robust taste, I feel a grainy spiciness. I like the finish most, as it transforms from a sweet malty flavor into a dry leafy ending. It's not bad, but not incredibly original and not something I would search out to buy.

Hhawk06, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a clear amber color with a medium sized head. Lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was pleasant, as hops and malt were strongest, some faint spiciness was also detectable.

The flavor was mostly malt and hop bitterness, but not overly aggressive on either front. The mouthfeel was dry, and the malt seemed to ride the tongue the longest into the aftertaste. Medium bodied and had good carbonation levels. The IPA style definition is questionable here.

Gavage, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of jtw5877
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

jtw5877, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of scottum
3.25/5  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.

scottum, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of proc
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

proc, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

yankeeheel, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of Weissenheimer
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Weissenheimer, Dec 13, 2003
Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.