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

Geary's Winter AleGeary's Winter Ale

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147 Ratings
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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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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 15:33:04 | More by berley31
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CheckMate

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 00:57:50 | More by CheckMate
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fastpass17

New York

3.2/5  rDev -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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 05:23:47 | More by fastpass17
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 22:00:08 | More by PerzentRizen
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 15:44:58 | More by Viggo
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:36:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 08:48:33 | More by tai4ji2x
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Yeastcakes

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:09:17 | More by Yeastcakes
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:36:25 | More by thekevlarkid
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 18:59:55 | More by yossarian14
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:54:38 | More by beer2day
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albern

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -15.8%
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 -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 12:16:52 | More by JayNH
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changeup45

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -9.5%
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 -6.6%
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 -2.3%
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 -14.4%
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 +14.4%
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 -28.7%
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 -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 +3.4%
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%
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 -28.2%
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
Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.