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

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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
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 NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +15.6%

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!

03-05-2007 03:18:32 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

02-23-2007 02:09:57 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of Hibernator


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

Geary's Winter Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a copper orange with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Little spots of lacings cling to the glassware.

Whiffs of floral hops and candy sugars.

Sweet and toasted grain flavors. The finish blends a floral and fruity hop quality. A touch of buttery caramel smoothness rounds out the sip.

A sessionable IPA with a solid drinkability level.

02-23-2007 00:44:57 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Vancer


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

02-22-2007 15:50:18 | More by Vancer
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Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -28.3%

Bottle courtesy of Northyorksammy: Poured a light orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet malt and light hops is mostly boring. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt and light English hops. Body is a bout average with some average carbonation. I was quite surprise that this is being classified as an IPA and could not have guess by drinking this beer.

02-16-2007 18:22:25 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of plaztikjezuz


4/5  rDev +15.6%

this ale pours a wounderful deep copper color with a thin off white that that quickly vanishes.
the aroma is malty with hint of carmelized malty and hopsack.
the flavor is very malty, a little grainy, hop spice, grassy, a little sweetness, finishing with a firm bitterness.
this is a pretty good beer, but not what i would call a winter seasonal, it would need more malt.

01-29-2007 05:38:19 | More by plaztikjezuz
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3.93/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

01-28-2007 23:47:59 | More by alexgash
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3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, golden color. Modest, mainly white head. Easily stirred up after receding. Not much lacing or legs.

Aroma was mainly malt, breadlike with a hint of caramel and/or honey. Pepper, cinnamon & clove. Grass towards finish. Bit of medicinal smell.

Taste was almost all about the malt. Biscuity/grainy dominant flavor, some grass and spices in there. Tiny hint of sweet in there. Hoppy finish, grassy & herbal.

Medium in body, medium + in carbonation. Drying.

Malty, but I like it. Not too sweet or spiced, with a nice low-key bitter finish. My note to self (before I knew the style) was a hoppy ESB, so basically well balanced with just a bit of a nod to the hops.

01-15-2007 16:27:04 | More by
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

Clear orange gold with a small white head that fell to a few islands and a ring. Nose is slightly floral with a dusty flour hit. The taste starts with an easygoing crispiness that is almost lager like, but then the hop presence comes forward which makes the finish both mildly astringent and dry. Alcohol is not noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish, easily the most satisfying part of the experience. Decent drinkability. Worth a try.

01-14-2007 00:52:05 | More by pentathlete
Photo of smcolw


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours pale amber, completely clear. Small head; nearly no lace--spotty.

Mild aroma of strawberries and raspberries. Very little hop smell, particularly for the style

This is a dry beer where the malt is the strongest flavor. while the hop is present, it is far less pronounced than expected. I think this closer to a Bitter than an IPA. The full body is notably good (read: full) with a lower than average carbonation level.

Overall, this is another very good bitter. I like the dry character that is enhanced by the creaminess of the liquid. While the hop bitterness is understated, it is a very well balanced beer.

12-30-2006 22:30:11 | More by smcolw
Photo of joedon


2.95/5  rDev -14.7%

I bought this in a mixed six-pack at Charles St. Liquors in Boston. So far, only the Hampshire Special was any good. This is another lame beer like their Pale Ale.
Dull gold color and a weak white head. No aroma worth noting. Taste is fuller and hoppier than the pale but still pretty tame for an IPA. Probably comes up to just below my idea of a pale ale. I know the category is English IPA but it just doesn't do much for me.

12-19-2006 23:07:19 | More by joedon
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New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

12-06-2006 16:43:07 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

11-21-2006 01:10:35 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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2.78/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

11-20-2006 04:23:49 | More by phisig137
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

11-19-2006 02:11:51 | More by Sammy
Photo of CRJMellor


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

05-31-2006 21:09:00 | More by CRJMellor
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3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

04-18-2006 11:37:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

03-25-2006 15:12:22 | More by jimbotrost
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

03-12-2006 02:25:40 | More by Oktoberfest
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

02-10-2006 01:06:27 | More by scriabin
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

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.


01-25-2006 23:27:05 | More by NClifestyle
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4.22/5  rDev +22%

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.

12-31-2005 21:15:19 | More by LPorter33
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

12-19-2005 02:31:35 | More by Billolick
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

12-03-2005 02:34:13 | More by SixpointJMH
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

09-03-2005 03:16:38 | More by connecticutpoet
Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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