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

Geary's Winter AleGeary's Winter Ale

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79
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147 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.36%


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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Gavage

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 19:58:11 | More by Gavage
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jtw5877

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 05:20:21 | More by jtw5877
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scottum

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:19:54 | More by scottum
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proc

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 03:22:39 | More by proc
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 20:30:03 | More by yankeeheel
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 01:24:49 | More by Weissenheimer
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goz

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a clear dark copper, with a smallish white head that mostly last, good lacing. Aroma is fruity, buttery, with some earthy hints in the back. Flavor is mostly butterscotch, toffee, with some sweet fruitiness as well. Medium body. Very typical ringwood stuff present here, nothing new or special, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 01:11:17 | More by goz
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is a mystery. The color is pure amber and it pours with a three fingered, white head that leaves a good lace. No nose, well maybe faint hops. Very smooth. Starts with a good malty/hoppy mix and finishes with just a hint of hoppy aftertaste. This is no IPA - hops that would be ripping your face off are not there.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 23:13:05 | More by jdhilt
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sponberg

New York

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What the HELL is that on the label? We discussed this at Mahar's, and people were trying to decide between an OMD or Ultravox album cover, a wagon, some sort of film noir still (Nosferatu?) or what the inside of Three Dollar Dewey's looks like at 3 AM in a snowstorm. Through a window.

Luckily, the beer's easier to figure out. The color of an old copper penny, with a whitish head that lasts. The aroma's not bad, it's just nondescript.

The flavor is, well, interesting. There's a lot going on here. A bitter apricot malt sweetness slides into a almond-hazelnut nuttiness, with hints of cocoa or bitter coffee as it slides down. Sweetish, with very distant butterscotch notes (if it's Ringwood, it's well controlled). I give the taste a 4.5 just because it's fun to figure out. I give the mouthfeel a 4 because I could tell that it had some after a pint of cask conditioned Imperial stout. Drinkable, but I don't know that I'd need more than 3 in an evening.

(looks up at style) This is an IPA??? Norfolk and Waypal. Too malty, too much fruitiness, not nearly enough bitterness or hop presence. Accept it for what it is (a fruity winter brown) and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 03:55:59 | More by sponberg
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with now freshness date.

Appearance: Dim copper colour, good lacing with minimal stickage. The clarity is fine too.

Smell: Big buttery fruity mess in the aroma. Hops and malt get thrown to the side but some alcohol comes forth, fresh aroma but quite sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Faded yet rough hop, sweet malt is everywhere. Bitterness struggles to wade of the waves of buttery and fruity flavours.

Notes: I don’t buy it at all that this is an IPA, a good ale to be had but nothing really that special for a winter seasonal … especially replacing H.S.A. as their winter seasonal I expected a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 23:19:26 | More by Jason
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a very small head. Smells of sweet malt with hoppy aromas but all aromas are very light.

Taste is spicy with syrupy malty flavors. Somewhat hoppy but not nearly as bold as I was expecting. Not much finish, just kind of fizzles out. Mouthfeel is sticky with very little aftertaste.

Not enough malt for a winter and certainly not enough hops or spice to make up for it. It's smooth and drinkable but that's about it. This is the replacement for Geary's HSA?

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 00:10:01 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From on tap a tight cream colored bubbles of 1 finger size, with a gorgeous dark red clear color, and excellent lacing. Really good looking beer this one is.

Bouquet is slightly floral, but mostly of tasty cream. Hints of burnt fireplace embers, roasting, and a big brown sugar smell.

Taste has a root beer quality to it with some faint hop, sassafrass, and faint cola with an alcohol feel that has a winter warmer quality. Fruit cherry finish with light brown sugar and a little alcohol sting. You either like this in this beer or you don't and I do.

However, it is odd for this style and somewhat confusing, it tastes more like a cream ale but I would love to have this again anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 17:02:04 | More by smakawhat
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argock

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-17-2009 03:03:32 | More by argock
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Durge

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 05:14:28 | More by Durge
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2005 20:50:41 | More by francisweizen
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Sixpoint

New York

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2004 06:08:19 | More by Sixpoint
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Great Lost Bear...Pour was a dark reddish copper, the head was very light in texture. Aroma was reminiscent of fresh green hops. I thought the mouthfeel was very clean. There's some astringency from the hops. I also picked up more of a grassy hop taste (as opposed to citrus/pine). Pleasant and enjoyable, but I think I liked the Autumn better...the winter is lacking some flavor in comparison imo. pat

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2003 13:46:21 | More by PatandDavid
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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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