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

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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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albern

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 23:52:33 | More by albern
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with a fair head to start. A little lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted malt, some fruit.

Malt and alcohol dominate here, with some sweet, fermented stone fruit notes and a touch of butter. The hops are present but not exceptional. Touch of brown sugar/caramel. Lots of pieces, but all from different puzzles. Just alright, but off.

Medium body, alcohol warmth, and kinda a burnt finish.

Gave it a shot, but not the best. I wouldn't refuse if offered, and not the worst example, but I won't go out of my way for this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 17:04:29 | More by OtherShoe2
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JayNH

New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer has a decent appearance. Smells malty to me, little hop scent. The taste is where it all went wrong. The beer starts off slightly sweet, but finishes watery. mouthfeel is also thin and watery. Overall I was very disappointed with this brew. It's lacking in hoppiness and is watery tasting. It's not a "bad" beer, just dissapointing for an IPA. I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 12:16:52 | More by JayNH
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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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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:03:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:34:01 | More by scarletfire79
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dsa7783

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:25:24 | More by dsa7783
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark orange, opaque, with a well-retained but rather small whitish head.
The aroma is floral, grassy and even spiced and yeasty, which I was not expecting.
Firm on the palate, the well balanced taste is made of floral hoppiness, bitter and spiced, with a balancing malty cereal sweetness.

I actually did not read about this beer before opening it, and was surprised to not find a winter warmer of some sort. Nevertheless, it is a pleasant, well balanced example of a british IPA, my favorite type of IPA. Not spectacular by any means, but quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 00:28:05 | More by brdc
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erosier

Connecticut

2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nice dark golden yellow with a tall medium bodied off-white / tan head that laces the glass some. It smells of nice tasted malts, some hoppy bitterness, and some spices. The taste is pretty good with a nice toasted malty backbone underneath some wintry spices - some nutmeg and some citrisy flavors are layered over the malt and a citrisy hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is OK. It has a smooth but dull feel that could use a little more carbonation and maybe a crisper feel. The drinkability is pretty good but it was not what I would want in an English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 04:52:52 | More by erosier
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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 02:34:12 | More by DrJay
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very clear and lazily carbonated Goldfinger gold. Almost two fingers of soft off-white head sinks to frothy frost. Serious sheets of lacing slather the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a light lisp of caramel malt tip-toes sweetly about a mild spicy hop note and a mist of yeasty dough. I'd love to say there's more, but I can't.

Upon tasting, pale malt berry sweetness duets with an earthier caramel touch. Hops are more present here with some black pepper and a vague intimation at citrus. A little lash of residual grain sweetness is trod upon as the hops assert more with a crisp bitterness that drives a clean finish. The flavor is fuller than the aroma, but it still could stand to deliver a lot more.

Between light and medium bodied, a slinky flow is complemented by a pleasant, crisp glow.

There's not one single bad thing here. Unfortunately, there's nowhere near enough of what's good either. Flesh it out and it would likely be a fuller and interesting twist on a winter seasonal. Instead, it comes off as an unremarkable, if decently drinkable, session soldier. Maybe I'm overstating it a bit, but it seems there's just no there, there.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 21:56:16 | More by Foxman
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BeerSox

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear golden hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a thin and short wall of lacing. After each sip some spotty lacing is left behind.

The aroma is very thin, leaving hints of apple aromas, which I assume is some sort of hop aroma.

The flavor is pretty bland as well, giving only a glimpse of the malts and a tiny bit of some bittering hops. Light bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is mostly the bittering hops.

I guess the best way to describe this one is acerbic. It's overly harsh in its bitterness considering there is no flavor to back it up. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 04:28:52 | More by BeerSox
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 21:04:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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Bassetdawg

Maine

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, served in a shaker glass

Appearance: light golden color, a thin white head, with little retention

Aroma: a bit of hops with biscuit malt and a hint of apple

Taste and Mouth feel: tends toward sweet malt, with not enough hops to balance. A light, smooth mouth feel.

Drinkability: This IPA is certainly different than most winter seasonals. It is fairly drinkable, but really lacking in hops to be a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 00:04:39 | More by Bassetdawg
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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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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is mostly malts, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, spicy, lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry and a nice little bitter bite to it. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice English IPA, glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Mark.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 01:09:38 | More by Wasatch
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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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IntriqKen

California

3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 01:37:19 | More by IntriqKen
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86sportster883

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geary's Winter Ale pours brilliantly clear, and golden amber, with a white head that quickly diminishes to a ring of tight bubbles and a thin top. It has a fresh hop aroma that is predominantly green apple and sweet fruit on top of an underlying caramel malt base. Moderate, to moderately light body and carbonation combine to give it a slightly thin mouth feel. Yet, it has pleasant hop flavors and lingering bitterness to assure you that you're drinking an English IPA. I would have liked a little more malt counterbalance, but overall, Geary's Winter Ale is a decent IPA with a big dose of English hops. It's just not big on complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 21:56:28 | More by 86sportster883
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice, a little citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a pale and bitter hops burst, then some light spice & citrus sweetness, and all backed up by a hearty toasted malt character. The after-taste is bitter and a little bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, it’s on the light side for a “Winter Ale” and I can’t think of any other winter seasonals that delve into the EIPA style, so in that, I suppose this beer is somewhat unique. However, keeping that in mind, it is a good representation of the style and a decent beer overall, but nothing spectacular. I thought I’d try it since it was on sale for $2.99 for a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 02:59:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much from this, but it turned out to be the star of the night for me. Although, to be honest, I didn't recognize it as an English IPA... thought it was more of a barrel-aged (?) American amber. Oh well.

Poured a cloudy, dusky gold with amber highlights. Good sized bubbly white head sticks around surprisingly long, although it didn't leave much lacing at all.

Aroma is strong floral hops, with some additional kitchen spices. As it warms up, it gets more grassy with some mild sour citrus notes coming through, and weedy field flowers.

Taste is very different from the aroma. Angel food cake and raw yeast, primarily, with lots of unexpected malt power. Strong vanilla and oak notes toward the finish, with those spicy floral hops holding up the middle.

Very silky mouthfeel, although slightly overcarbonated. An oaky, tangy aftertaste that I didn't like that much, especially since that's when the unwelcome alcohol presence appeared (strange in a 6% beer).

Regardless of its flaws, I really enjoyed this and might even seek it out again. Thanks northyorksammy for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 14:16:45 | More by crwills
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber with golden and orange highlights. The finger-thick creamy white head holds well and leaves some decent lace behind.
Smell: Hoppy: floral and grassy over a just lightly sweet, grainy malt. Diacetyl is surprisingly not present at any noticeable level.
Taste: Malty and hoppy upfront (floral, grassy, gently spicy, mildly mineralish). Solidly bitter. Grainy, cereal-like maltiness. Straightforward. Well-rounded. Well-balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bordering on medium/full. Moderate, creamy carbonation.
Drinkability: Geary's Winter Ale is a very nicely done, hoppy, well-rounded and drinkable ale. It's just a bit bigger than a pale ale, not particularly caramelish at all, and not as bitter as what most think of when they think IPA. However, Geary's Winter is an authentic representation of an English style IPA, or what they used to be until just recently when some of the younger breweries started bumping up their hop charges. A solid brew across the board!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 03:18:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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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
Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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