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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 TonyReaves
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious gold with a handsome 3-finger head.

Not getting a lot of aroma, and I'm definitely not getting IPA from this. Smells more malty than anything, with a hint of woody English hops.

I drank this for years without realizing it was considered an IPA. To me, it's a bit sweet/woody with some bitterness in the finish. As a winter warmer, I like it a lot. As an IPA? Not as much.

Medium-to-big bodied, with a light carbonation that makes this beer feel smooth and quaffable. Definitely not Geary's best, but a solid enough beer that I've bought the Winter variety 12-pack twice this year.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I'm buying an IPA as a winter offering. Oh yeah, Sierra Celebration. Nevermind.

Clear orangey gold with a large white head. Good retention and lace. Leafy, grassy hop aroma with tons o' butter--it smells fine, just not that strong. Taste is a buttery, biscuity Ringwood paradise. Peppery hop with grassy undertones for good balance. Fairly crisp.

Not much of an IPA (even by English standards) but a big, buttery balanced pale in it's own right. This beer will only go as far one's love for Ringwood.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the January craft bottle of the month at West on Centre in WR. Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice orange color, slightly opaque. Decent sized head. Not as dark as I was expecting for a winter ale. Definite hop aroma. Nice warming hop flavor with a good mouthfeel. A bit hoppier than I would have expected again for a winter ale. This beer was a nice IPA, but just not what I was hoping for when I ordered it.

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Photo of berley31
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Body is a dark yellow color, and completely clear.

S: There's a slight maltiness to the aroma, but overall it's kind of skunky and unimpressive.

T: Some malt in the flavor, balanced with a bit of bitterness, but overall it's quite harsh. There's something unpleasant that I can't identify, but it's what I remember there being in the Geary's Summer Ale, which is supposed to be a completely different style of beer.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: This beer isn't that good... I wouldn't buy one again. Aside from the Pale Ale, I've never really had a good Geary's experience.

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

12oz screw-top brown bottle purchased at Hannaford's in Augusta, ME. pours a golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of off white head that dissipated slowly. scents of hops grace the nose, lemon, with a little bit of caramel in the background. Hops are definitely present, with bits of lemon and caramel in the background of the flavor. medium bodied with a clean finish. the taste of the hops isn't very astringent with makes the drink a lot more welcoming.


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Photo of fastpass17
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

A: Straw like in color, carbonation is vigorous, head coats the glass nicely

S: Pine like, lite notes of bread, somewhat stale

T: Creamy, mealy, leads into a slight pine tree bitterness

M: Frothy to the tongue, stings towards the end, carbonation rolls throughout the mouth

D: Would enjoy one or two
The style classification is somewhat bewildering, seems more akin to pale not enough hop presence

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was obtained in a trade with a guy in New Hampshire but I can't remember who...damn it if you are he then send me a beermail so I can edit this and give you credit.

Appearance is a dark straw yellow to orange color. There is no and I mean no head or lacing on this one. I can't even manage to get a little head.

The smell is actually a little offensive. It smells like corn and or rice might be in this one. Rice belongs in sake and corn belongs on the cobb folks!

Okay I'm now a little shocked! The appearance and smell weren't that great but the flavor is actually really good. There is a tart hop flavor in the finish that recedes to a sweet malty goodness. I'm surprised it tastes this good. Very refreshing!

The Mouthfeel is very light and more in line with my tastes. It is a bit light for the style but I won't dock any points.

I could drink a couple more of these and to me that's a good sign. I would put this beer on par with some of the macro-euro lagers as far as most characterics are concerned. I would still reach for this over a heine any day but that's just not saying much.

Overall I'd say not bad.

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to Pamola for throwing me one of these at our EBF trade.

Pours a clear amber/golden colour, very thick white head forms, drops some lace rings, and settles to a thin layer, looks alright. Smell is okay, toasty malt, some grain and biscuit, floral, quite fruity, lightly bit of spiciness, oat, not much aroma though. Taste is similar, sweet and toasty at first, some honey, oats and biscuit, floral, light fruitiness, lightly musty, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Nothing really wrong with it, but just lacks anything flavourful or complex, pretty boring. That being said I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Thanks Kyle!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged dull gold. Nose is sweet malts. Slight leafy thing. Flavor is nutty and leafy. It's sweet a bit, but there's a bitter and acrid edge I don't like. Feel is sticky and thick on the liquid and the carbonation. This is decent. Nothing overly interesting. But this might be interesting on cask

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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date.

deep golden straw/pale amber. clear. head fades to wisps. moderate lacing, especially later in the glass.

aroma of pine and citrus candy, then quickly backs off into a caramel and toffee note, again a bit on the candy-like side. hints of diacetyl and fruity esters.

flavor has toasty malts with resinous hops, but a little light and water down. hints of yeasty esters and diacetyl, plus mild to moderate bitterness with a metallic, minerally finish.

ever so slightly watery, but smooth enough, with some astringency in the late finish. lightly prickly carbonation.

if this is indeed aiming for an english IPA, and not american, it's not so bad.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Hefe glass, celer temp (55-60)
Aroma: Alcohol, biscuity sweet malt. Subdued but bright hop aroma.
Appearance: clear, golden. No head. Light film.
Mouthfeel: hearty-medium mouthfeel, good carbonation across the tongue.
Taste: Slight metallic note. Hop bitterness and flavor is well balanced with maltiness.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, I could easily have 2-3 pints of this although it is not as dark or complex as I would expect from a winter ale.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a six pack while traveling through L-A, ME. Out of the bottle this one was a clear, orange color with a foamy white head. The retention was average, the lacing sub-standard. The aroma was slightly musty and macro-lager like with hints of caramel and toffee. The flavors were ok, but really quite bland. Standard malt, hints of spices and generic hops. Nothing offensive, but totally unimpressive. The body was medium, the mouthfeel slightly prickly and the carbonation medium to high. For a craft beer I though it was pretty crappy and a shame to have to drink six...

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Photo of yossarian14
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am utterly unimpressed. To start with, Only SN really pulls off an IPA as their winter seasonal. I don't need a winter warmer, but there is nothing wintery or seasonal about this brew. Be that as it may..it is still an unimpressive English IPA.

Pours a hazed gold with little head. Smells lemony, buttery. Reminds me of my blue moon with a lemon days (they were short lived) Tastes hoppier than it smells, but not until the end, and there is a lasting bitterness. I guess I would call the mouthfeel soapy. It feels slick and bubbly. I'm not really enjoying this.

If I drank this out of a bottle in the heat of summer and it were called a summer ale I wouldn't complain, but thats not the case, and I'm complaining

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Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours much lighter than expected, pure gold with a one finger head. Lemony nose with way more wheat grass than expected as well.

Adequate mouthfeel with very little flavor in the initial hit on the tongue. Turns bitter, but in a stale kind of way. Finishes better than it starts as the hops finally kick in. The finish combines the IPA kick with a winter warmer glow, a strange combination indeed.

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Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of JayNH
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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...

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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