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

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BA SCORE
81
good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our flagship. This is a classic British pale ale with a nod to the legendary beers of Burton-on-Trent. Copper-colored, dry, clean, and crisp with lots of late hop taste, in an appetizing complex with ale fruitiness from imported Hampshire yeast. Original gravity - 1047; alcohol by volume - 4.5%; two row English malt (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood, Tettnang and Fuggle Hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Reviews by gueuzeonhigh:
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice dense enduring foamy head.
Room light steaming through the lacing foam exposes its makeup reflecting rays in all directions while colonies of bubbles clump together like islands of life adhering to the glass in random patterns.

The nose is mild, perhaps barely discernable. After careful study, I detect a note of alcohol that rises from the amber brew.

Color- a clear golden amber. I would not call this beer “pale” but maybe that’s a matter of semantics.

The flavor could use “more dimension”. It starts with a predominant hops statement that’s intertwined with notes of malt. The commingled sensation dissipates leaving a clean bitterness on my tongue. Below the lusty hops song, echoes quieter sweeter tones of malt that remain evident although eventually over powered by the more vociferous hops. I keep wishing there was more body and more... “something else” in the flavor profile-- hence “more dimension”. I confess, I could be missing the essence of a “pale ale”.

The long lasting and refreshing finish washes my palate clear of lingering flavors. This cordial sensation adds to the comfortable mouthfeel.

While in my opinion not a complex flavored pale ale , Geary’s holds it’s own as a quality craft brew.

gueuzeonhigh, Oct 08, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had heard alot about this beer and gave it a try while in Portland,mildlydissapointed.Pours a nice medium golden color with a lighter head that does leave some decent lacing,aroma is malty and slightly metallic.Taste seema little dry for me not quite enough malty-sweetness there is a hoppiness in the finish but not enough sweetness for my liking.

oberon, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This ale was a light, almost florescent orange with a modest head.

Smell – This had a nice, light, citrusy hop nose with a mix of butter and a distinctive toasted malt balance.

Taste – The hops showed up from the nose pretty much as expected, but the buttery characteristic of this Pale Ale came on strong. This one had a bit of tanginess at the end, which I didn’t care for.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body with a creamy smooth buttery mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This was a nice, refreshing Pale Ale that one would welcome on a hot summer day.

RoyalT, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of SmellTheGluv
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

SmellTheGluv, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear orange color with a small head but some nice lacing. It had a fresh grain, sweet aroma. The taste was malty with some caramel. Hops showed up later. A nice, respectable beer. I drink this or the HSA as my everyday beers. Try it, you'll like it.

lordofthewiens, May 10, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice orange/amber colour, decent head. Aroma is raw with notes of bubblegum. Not too sweet and not too bitter ... balanced. Smooth with light fruit and wood flavours, followed by a dry and crisp grain flavour and feel on the palate, which leans heavily towards overwhelming while it sticks all the way to the finish. I'm not overly found of this character.

You either like Geary's, or you don't. I happen to like this brew, overall. It's fairly traditional, a slice of Ringwood brewing history in New England and a good drink.

Todd, May 18, 2002
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet, as i like less then 5 minutes from the brewery.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Allagash tulip.
A classic amber color with a very nice sticky head. The head stays and laces very well. the head stays with a good cover to the end.

The aroma is pleasant, English pale, malt up front, biscuit and slight almost citrus earthy hops in the end.

The taste starts with malt

The mouth is smooth but quickly the carbonation builds. The malt makes a smooth film on the tongue as the carbonation subsides. A slight bitter and clean finish.

This is one of my go to pales but don't expect an American pale

bishopdc0, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The label on the 12 oz. short twist bottle pictures a fat Maine Lobster with a red "Geary's" banner across it. No drink before date.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy white lace.

Smell: A some what leafy and herbal hop aroma mixes with malty caramel and a bit of fruit.

Taste: Dry malt flavours of grain and a touch of caramel make this brew a bit chewy in the mouth-feel. Some salt, from hard water, helps to enhance the ample bitterness and the complex hop leaf flavours of herb and spice.

Notes: A wonderful English style pale ale with a New England twist. Gets even better when at cellar temperature.

Jason, Mar 31, 2002
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium shade of amber, hazt, minimal head is white, not , much lacing left behind. Nose is caramel, yeast and flowery. Biscuity malts up front, balanced by soft and mellow hops. Balanced and highly drinkable pale. Fine sessioner. Another tasty creation from Geary.

Billolick, Mar 23, 2005
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, light orange-brown, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: earth and malt..not the strongest smelling beer I have had

Taste: malt, caramel, and leafy hops. There is some spice in there, but I cannot place it.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-high carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: slightly above average pale. I could have two or three. This strikes me as being very similar in character to Abita's Restoration Pale Ale.

tigg924, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from a friend who had a 6 pack. want really sure what to expect, had never heard of geary's before, but apparently there pretty popular in maine. this one pours a very clear amber orange color with a slightly off white head that goes away real quick. a little bit of lacing. im not crazy about the smell at all. its very buttery up front, a little bit of caramel malt, and a little bit of hops. the butteriness comes through in the taste as well as a little bit of the caramel. some citrus hops at the end. the carbonation really bites the tongue on the finish. pretty light body, light mouthfeel. this is a pretty sessionable beer, i thought there was actually more than 4.5% for some reason. it actually reminds me more of an amber ale than a pale ale. im not crazy about this one, definately would not seek it out in the future, but if i got it for free again id definately take it.

dogfishandi, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -15.7%

juicebox, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nectar of the gods as far as I'm concerned. Perfect off white head, clear light amber color, sweet malty caramel aroma with hint of fruit. This is all a pale ale can be: crisp refreshing attack, almost lemony, followed by bittersweet malt middle, closing to a hoppy, but well balanced finish. Eat your heart out, Bass. A lower score on drinkability because the first sip usually tastes the best. Nicely salty, VERY New England, a true seaside beer, goes great with seafood (hint: take a look at the label). I love malts and this has plenty -- PLUS an incredible hop element to twist it to just the right dynamic. Bliss.

Thrasher, May 22, 2002
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey colored with a firm orangey-beige head that rises up a half inch high and then settles down low, but leaves a racing stripe all around the inside of the glass just above the beer. Aroma is malty and biscuity, with a little bit of fruit. Flavor is also malty, light and on the sweet side, with pear and cinnamon. Understated hop profile, barely there, but an orange peel bitter lingers. Decent selection, but fairly average.

far333, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear medium amber with a small white head. Little retention or lacing.

Smells distinctly caramel with a hint of bread in the background.

Nicley malted with the pale and caramel reaching out to say hello!. Turns form a slightly sweet front in to a generously hopped back end. Pleasantly grassy with a little bit of tart grapefruit like hop.

Moderate in body and carbonation.

Very drinkable. A pale that should appeal to a lot of palates.

yankeeheel, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

briandaube, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -15.7%

doremite, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's been great getting into this community of beer fanatics, and since I have been here there is one beer that has been suggested by one man over and over again.Yep, it's Geary's Pale Ale, and right now everything else can wait, because this beer is my 100th review. This will be my first Maine beer, and this review is for JohnnyP and the rest of BAs from throughout New England. Appearance, well hey there's a lobster on the bottle it has to be from Maine!!! Pours a copper amber tone with an off white cream colored head. Is leaving a nice thin lace down the sides of my pint glass. The aroma is filled with sweet malt and a good amount of hop aroma, very pleasant aroma here. There is a nut flavor in the first sip that's complemented with a balanced blend of malts and hops, pretty good all around brew. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body, but this beer has such a great taste there doesn't need to be any fireworks in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable, could be a go to session brew if it was widely available down my way, but I now see why JohnnyP holds this beer in a special place in his heart. Gets this West Virginian's seal of approval, if you haven't tried a beer from Maine here's a place to start.

WVbeergeek, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of Dillonius
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Dillonius, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried one of these courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of husky malts with some light hop aromas up front. As the beer warms some diacetyl comes out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nice and malty with some hop presence up front, then as it warms it gets more buttery as diacetyl comes out more. There's a solidly bitter ending throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is just about right for an APA and the carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good. At 4.5% this would be a good session beer.

Overall there's nothing terribly exciting about this beer, but it does what it does well. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gregc for this bottle in the Secret Santa box he sent me.

12oz. stubby brown twist off bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a bright amber with good clarity. 1 1/2 fingers of slightly rocky head forms and holds for a few minutes. Decent lacing.

S: Maybe a touch of citrus behind a mostly floral and grassy hop base(English?). Some grainy malts to balance equally. Has a bit of a medicinal aroma.

T/M: Manageable bitterness level. Again, the hops are more on the English side with just a bit of citrus coming through. The malts are lightly sweet and grainy to balance. There is still that medicinal or maybe even metallic taste. Body is medium to medium light and nice and crisp. A touch of dryness to finish.

D: Very drinkable as it should be. The nice crisp drink definitely helps. Not overly interesting, though, and maybe a bit off.

pwoods, Jan 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

dcbeers, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of caddybuyer
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium orange amber with moderate clarity. Decent initial white head that settles quickly.

S- Clean, malty earthy hop aroma, but nothing overpowering.

T- Robust taste with a strong hops with bitterness carrying through to the finish with a bit of citrus and malty bread along the way.

M- Well balanced in carbonation and a clean finish

D- A very drinkable brew, and one which goes particulaly well with seafood (or is that lobster on the label leading me)

caddybuyer, Oct 26, 2008
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Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.