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

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Geary's Pale AleGeary's Pale Ale

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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.
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Reviews by pbrian:
Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like JonnyP, this was one of my first micros back in the summer of '87 on a trip to Portland. A sentimental favorite that got me hooked on the dry Ringwood style beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  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.

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.63/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of pwoods
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.97/5  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)

Photo of NJpadreFan
1.88/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Geary's Pale Ale

Appearance- light orange/ copper with a soapy white head. Heavily carbonated.
Smell- skunky malt. Sweet like a sugar/corn mash concoction.
Taste- metallic with a slight skunky maltiness.
Mouthfeel very watery at first then becoming bitter with metallic aftertaste. bleech.

Overall- I am hoping that this is a skunked bottle. It is undrinkable. down the drain you go. Tastes like a Meister Brau in a can!

Photo of jmz62565
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear dark amber color,but the head is smallish,one finger.This has a slight spice aroma,but not much.This tastes a little light.For a pale ale this isn't very hoppy.Geary's has made a pale ale thats dry,but with not much flavor.I don't think I would buy this again,it's OK,but there are so many betterpale ales on the market.

Photo of king75
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- gold, with a reddish hue about an inch of quickly receding head.

S- Light citrus and hop aromas but nothing to distinct.

T- light hop taste, a little citrus, taste a little too BMC for my liking.

M- crisp and refreshing, light bodied very good feel to it.

D- could easily throw a few of these back, but there is nothing distinct enough about this beer to separate it from the rest of the run of the mills APA's. It is definitely better than the crap that the major brewing companies produce, but nothing to brag home about.

Photo of Rpritham
4.51/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into glass but I would say:
Forms a 2cm foam head, which dissipates in <30 seconds

A:Amber and clear-like water that has too much iron in it, but looks inviting.

S: dull smoky oak aroma- pleasing and not overpowering

T: if bitter could taste delicious and pleasant this would be it- the aftertaste is similar to the smell.

M: carbonated, which first feels like a rush to the taste buds and spreads across the palette without too much intensity.

Overall I thoroughly enjoy it. Definitely one of my new favorite pale ale's

Photo of tempest
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm generally a fan of ringwood beers, and this is no exception. I was a little worried as the bottle was a touch dusty, but I think the beer pulled through. Looked good and smelled of hops with a touch of ringwood. Tastes of grapefruit and orange peel. The ringwood is there and nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is a touch weak, especially for an APA (I'd call it an English Pale Ale). Not an amazing beer, but definately session worthy.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer can be summed up in one word: "uneventful". Even on tap, it had no real hops or malts that jumped out. It did not even have that "pale" taste that I look for in this style. It was just there, bland. It went down easy, due to the fact it had no taste. This should be called "Geary's Ultra"

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this one during my very first ''Homegrown Mount Hood Single Hop Ale'' 's boil.

12oz bottle from girlfriend's trip to Maine. Into wine glass...

A- Something between a dark gold and a light amber. Clear with a nice very light beige head. Okay retention.

S-Honey. Some metallic malt (a bit like ''Griffon Rousse''). Some floral hop hiding somewhere in the bottom.

T- Oh. Better than expected. Woody bitterness reminding me of a few others like Brasseurs Illimités' ''Cascade Simple Malt'' Crisp and bitter are the main things going on here. Very little sweetness.

M- Medium to full. The carbonation is very nice. Very crisp and foamy. Dry finish.

D- Very good. So crisp and light, it goes right down yet it's far from being watery or seltzer-like. Only the woody bitterness can stop you.

I would probably buy one or two if I visited Maine. Don't really like the taste but the great mouthfeel makes it all good.

Photo of tkelley
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle from beer of the every other month shipment poured into a tulip glass.

A - very clear brownish copper body with a very thin head. Not good lacing but might be more to do with choice of used glass.

N - toffee and baked bread with a little fruity or spicy hops. Buttery yeast as well.

T - no surprises following the smell. Not overly bitter. More malt than hops but with an interesting flavor profile. Sweet and grassy and a little fruity. Ring wood buttery yeast flavor. Not bad here.

M -bubbly and a little hot? Not watery but not heavy at all.

O - pretty good English style. Cheers!

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