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

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 119
Photo of AJD1201
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy copper body, with an off-white color head, minimal lacing

S: malts, winter/Christmas spices (nutmeg, allspice, clove), light chocolate underneath, really super faint hops that are barely there

T: sweet between the previously mentioned flavors with the hops coming out very slightly to balance it a bit

M: light to medium, smooth, crisp bitter finish, dull watery aftertaste

O: this is an interesting take on an English IPA, but I like it for the most part, probably come back to it

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jackrab
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've always been a fan of Geary's Winter Ale but it seems to me that they tinkered with the recipe this year. As others have noted, there is a sweet, caramel, malt taste and aroma that I do not recall from prior years. I would definitley no longer consider this an English IPA as it is described.

The beer still has a nice coppery appearance in the glass, with a thick, full head. The drinking texture is also very good, with just the right amount of carbonation. Beyond that I found the taste a bit too sweet for my preference. Though if you are a fan of that kind of taste I think you will like this beer - that is if they are still selling it, it may be out of season by now.

Photo of rinhaak
2.24/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

My bottle had a very different label than the photo shown here, though it was named the same. Blue label with the name "Geary's" in big, red, bold letters at a 45° angle across the front.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black hue with a solid head. Sadly, this was all I liked with this beer. It was overly sweet, with strong vanilla flavors that did not seem natural. The vanilla overpowered both the nose and mouth and was hard to move beyond. There were some chocolate malts mixed in there somewhere as well.

I am not against a vanilla-flavored winter ale; though it's not my favorite style in general, I have had some I quite enjoy. This beer, however, was so strong in the vanilla, that it tasted like the brewer dumped a ton of imitation vanilla extract into each bottle. And for the first time ever, I could not even finish the beer in my glass.

Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a reddish amber with a finger of brownish head and some nice lacing left of the glass.

The smell is butterscotch with some malty aroma coming out with a small hop aroma. Some slight toffee aroma within the strong butterscotch.

The taste is all butterscotch and malty maple syrup flavor. This is a beer that makes me want to eat pancakes or French toast. A slight sugary flavor comes in with some slight toffee and at the very end a bitterness hits just slightly toward the end to hit all the corners. There is a great buttery flavor that seems to mingle with the toffee flavor at about mid sip and them mixes together on the way down.

The feel of the beer is light but medium in body and goes down easy enough with a nice light aftertaste. This beer would be interesting pair with some some with maple syrup or a well buttered pancake.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16 oz. Pilsner Glass.

A- Very deep amber very slight off white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S- Hops and Butterscotch.

T- Pear like start, some butterscotch in there, bitterness with an earthy hops taste.

M- Average mouthfeel not too thin carbonation is sufficent for this style.

D- A Pleasent beer, not very complex but quite drinkable. This does not taste like any IPA I've had before, seems more like an ALT.

Overall- It's not what I would call an IPA.

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

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a beer mug. The mug fills with a brown liquid with a good amount of visible carbonation. An egg shell colored head is made up of cascading bubbles of various sizes. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

A pleasant malty aroma has notes of chocolate and vanilla. It's warm and sweet, but not too strong.

Well balanced malts make up the flavor. There is some chocolate, candi sugar and a slight nuttiness. It's not a spicy winter ale, but a tasty warming one.

Medium body and carbonation. A wet, slick coat is left behind. It isn't too thick. It retains a good amount of flavor.

I can drink a lot of this beer. It's tasty, not too strong, and readily available this time of year.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one was left at my house after New Year's so I'll give it a go. Poured into a pint glass. Nice one inch light colored head on top of a hazeless copper colored body.

As I pour this guy I get a nice whiff of banana. This smells like chocolate malted milk bells. I'm expecting a whopper. Pretty interesting.

The taste has a nice sweet maltiness to it and a hint of crisp bitterness is noticed in the finish. This is a little sweeter than I expected. The chocolate malt flavor is also prominent in the taste.

The carbonation is a little sharper than I would like for this. I imagine a smooth creamy texture, but this isn't terrible.

This is more enjoyable than expected. I might actually get this when I'm out on the town some time.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a large, fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind many large spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet white grapes and apple, with a hint of citrus. Also has hints of earthy hops or maybe yeast.

Taste: Begins with a pear-like flavor, middling out to some buttery malt and finishing with a champagne-like flavor with some decent bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a dry-ish finish.

Drinkability: A good beer overall and one of the more unique IPAs I have had. I would enjoy having this beer again, but it doesn't really seem suited for winter.

Photo of Casey10
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this in the past and I had heard they changed the receipe this year so I decided to give it a review.

This was a darker style beer. Upon tasting the beer had a lot of toffe/ maple syrup notes to it. A previous reviewer mentioned it tasted like waffles with syrup I could definately see that, and it is not a bad thing either.

This is a nice winter warmer the changes that have been made are subtle but worth it.

This is a nice beer for the style and a worth a try at least.

Photo of Liverpool08
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique and very nice Warmer. It breaks from tradition with a whole different kind of flavor. This has a very smooth creamy Maple/gingerbread taste. Its like a warm serving of liquid waffles. Its certainly not going to be a beer for everyone, but I like it. Smooth, creamy and not too overly sweet.

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to papallo for this!

Never thought about an EIPA as a winter ale, but I dig some EIPA's so who am I to complain?

Pours a light coppery color with a nearly white head. Looks pretty decent.

Smells pretty evenly of buttery malts and bitter hops. Par for the style, but only a bit above average.

Medium bodied, but closer to a lighter feel. Nothing bad, nothing too out the ordinary though.

Pretty damn drinkable and a damn decent take on the style... nice choice of a winter ale IMO.

Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear light rusty orange with just a layer of fine bubbles

S - slight grain aroma along with some nice hops

T - strong wheat taste but a bit metallic, seems like this might be an old bottle

M/D - decent mouthfeel and carbonation but not much flavor to speak of. I'll have to try this again to make sure it wasn't just a bad bottle.

Photo of tpd975
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice dark pee like yellow with a very tall fizzy white head. Almost looks like it may be infected, I hope not. The head took forever to die, and it left behind huge chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, fruit, and mild pine.

T: Not infected at all. Mild grain and sweet malts. Light pine with a touch of citrus. Mild, not bad overall.

M: On the lighter side of medium, quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Just okay, could use a bit more flavor.

Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale copper with light amounts of carbonation noticeable. Very thin head with a bubbly white collar that leaves sparse amounts of lace. Nice aroma. Fresh yeastiness. Buttery attributes. Some hop notes too. Base is a lot of malt and a lot of yeast. Toffeish and buttery. Hops are minimal, though there is a slight lingering bitterness. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Decent enough. That's about it. Doesn't compare to Summit's English Style IPA.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you looking for a dark beer with Christmas spices this is not your beer. Its a traditional English style ale. The aroma is malty with a slight citrus background. It has a golden amber color and a nice white head. The beer starts with a sweet malt and with a slightly harsh carbonation that brings out the earth hop flavor. The hop flavor is more of a pale ale flavor, but the buttery malt makes is a real English style. What I love about this beer is it's not traditional. Geary's is smart why try and make another dark ale as the HSA and porter are some of the best beers ever created.

Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never would have guessed this as an IPA...boy the ringwood butterscotch notes overwhelm anything from the hops...tastes a lot like Geary Ale (which I like) but with an additional very mild floral hop aroma and flavor.

It's fine and different but nothing I would buy again.

Photo of ericj551
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geary's Winter pours a hazy light copper with a thin but nice head. The aroma is buttery with some grassy, earthy maybe slightly sour bitterness. The flavor is some pale malt up front, with some toffee, but not sweet. The diacetyl comes through quickly and overwhelms the the herbal and grassy hops. The is a solid bitterness, but it seems to lack balance because of the buttery flavor. The mouthfeel is slick and there is a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

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.

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.

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.

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