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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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119 Reviews

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 166
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnnyP on 11-09-2003

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.
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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 166
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 12 oz bottle>Pint glass

AP: Pours a clear golden amber color with plenty of streaming bubbles that create a 1/8" white head, leaves some sparse lacing behind.

Nose: This is a wheaty, bready, and malted scent with an herbal and mildly spiced hop scent underneath.

Taste: The Wheaty and bready malted effect is dominant in the taste along with some oats. The Herbal and spiced tasting hops becomes leafy in the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. The hops is underwhelming but subtle with a decent malted backbone.

MF: Crisp, clean and lvely feeling medium body. Good bite on the tongue and rather substantial going down.

DA: Not bad for the style, I enjoyed the subtle herbed/leafy hop flavor...not every IPA, especially an English IPA has to be a hop bomb to be enjoyed.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with thin off-white head. Smells malty and fruity (apricot?). Tastes like apricot, with some malt and floral notes. Medium in body. Rather tasty and enjoyable, but doesn’t tast much like an IPA. Reminds me in some ways to DFH Aprihop or Magic Hat #9... I like it.

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Photo of phisig137
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange, darker amber color, with a half finger head. No retention, and no lacing.

Aroma is lightly malty, with a slight diacetyl note. No real hops to speak of, and not a very interesting nose.

Flavor is slightly malty up front, with a bitter finish that doesn't particularly taste of hops. Not a whole lot of flavor, and what is there isn't all that great. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thin. Drinkability is decent.

Lackluster beer from a brewery that is definitely hit or miss. This one is a definite miss. Not very good at all. Even though I know this bottle to be quite fresh, this just tastes stale and slightly oxidized. Every bottle in the six pack tastes this way, and a friend of mine with a seperate six pack from a different case confirms the flavor. I'm sorry that I bought a whole six pack of this one. Not interesting at all, and not recommended. It may be relatively cheap, but it isn't worth it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not significant head,golden colour, a good floral and spice aroma and spicy aftertaste. The golding and fuggle hops are understated. Appropriate carbonation. Cross style to a winter warmer. mouthfeel on the thin side.I am surprised this was on clearance at Belmont Part Goods in Dayton, maybe it was last year's, but it was good value.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 02-17-06 Purchased 6 pack for 9.99 ++ at Ideal Party Store in Bay City, Michiigan. The pour is slight copper with and orange tinge. A medium white head tops it off. The nose is pleasantly spiced with aromas of hop and a touch of pine. Flavor is malt, not overly sweet, dry and spicy, body is drying and the finish is chalky. Nice holiday beer.

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Photo of Oktoberfest
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle on clearance at the local emporium. As others have said this is an IPA rather than what I would traditionally think of as a Winter Ale. Very smooth and drinkable with muted citrus and pine taste characteristic of an IPA. Finish is sweet. Not something I'd reach for when looking for an IPA but a very good beer in its own right. I will look for other Geary's styles the next time I'm out.

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Photo of scriabin
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This year doesn't feel so much like winter but it it's always cool to find a nice winter ale to lose yourself in. This one pours with a thinnish head and a nice amber color. The taste is sweet, with a mix of berries, hops, and a little barley, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. But it goes down smoothly and is definitely worth a second round.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a winter warmer, I really liked this beer. Had some spice, some honey and ginger bits, was warming but very easy drinking. Nothing really that special to look at, but taste and smell were nice enough.
As an English IPA, I was left a little disappointed. I realized that EIPA's are less hoppy than Americans, but this just didn't really do it. I would drink more of these, as I like the beer, but reviewing to style, it's a bit off.


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Photo of LPorter33
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, golden honey colored. 1/2'' head which fades nicely, leaves respectable lacing.

Smell = Good hops/malt balance. intense and flavorful. A nice sweetness.

Taste = Pretty tasty. Reall ynice balance here. Hops are strong and present as they should be but the sweetness if perfectly toned which creates very good drinkability. There's a bit of floral hops that is interesting and a bit different. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that's the only complaint.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer w/o freshness dating. Pours bland almond , light tan head, minor lacing. Nose is just some musty malt. Medium bodied brew, nothing too exciting going on here, just a decent, middle of the road British style ale. Wonder why they call this a "winter ale". Notes of caramel, bready malts and some moderate piney hops late. Enjoyable and drinkable. Decent sessioner.

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

This one pours a nice crisp copper colour with a big yet minimally sticky frothy white head. It looks quite nice overall.

The aroma is malty and at times earthy. Hop notes are faint, with some sweetness and some floral notes intermingled here and there.

The flavour is decent, but far from what I'd expect from an IPA. As was the case with the aroma, the flavour is lacking in hop character, something that should obviously be at the forefront of an IPA. Instead, there is alot of malty goodness with hints of butter and wood and with the hops scattered about throughout. There is a slight alcohol warming here as well, which was a bit of a surprise considering the tame ABV.

This isn't a bad brew by any means, it's just not an IPA and it's a weird choice as a winter brew. I'd call it pretty good overall but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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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!

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Photo of ybnorml
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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!

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Photo of avylover
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

golden to amber, very nice head

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

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...

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

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.

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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.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.