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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.

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Photo of redfox405
1/5  rDev -71.9%

redfox405, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of soxandbeer
1/5  rDev -71.9%

soxandbeer, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.2/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a huge tan head and lasting lace. The aroma is fruity with hints of caramel. The flavor if of malt sweetness followed by a bold, hop bitterness that lasts through the bitter aftertaste. It's got a medium mouthfeel. Gearys Pale Ale is barely drinkable, the hops just overpower it. Not recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of John_Squires
1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

John_Squires, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of SmellTheGluv
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

SmellTheGluv, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
1.88/5  rDev -47.2%
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!

NJpadreFan, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured with a massive head almost more of the laundry soap variety. Hazy brown color. Fairly average across the spectrum of smell, taste, mouthfeel. It had a bitter after taste which to me tasted more like cheap hops than by deliberate design. Drinkable but to me this is still just cheap beer.

MoreThanWine, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz stubby twist off bottle to pint glass. Sampled 8/31/11. No date or ABV listed on the packaging.

A: Two fingers of a fluffy cream-colored head billows just over the rim of the glass. The medium-light copper colored body is magnificently clear. Semi long lasting fading into a sudsy film and collar. Spare lacing.

S: The malt character brings about notes of grainy bread and caramel with a little toffee that firmly identifies this brew as an English-style Pale Ale.

T: Very little hop presence provides requisite bitterness but not much else. Caramel, toffee, light plum and perhaps a cola-like sweetness and feel.

M: Medium body with a texture approaching creamy but low[er] levels of carbonation add a syruppy quality.

O: Not my style but a nice change of pace. Happily purchased while vacationing in Maine. Drinks around 5.5% ABV.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottled poured into a Duvel tulip.

See-thru orange/amber body with a finger of off-white. This reduces to a thin island and a collar of foam in fairly short order. A bit of wet lacing here and there.

Tame nose with some floral notes the only indication of hops. Bready sweetness with something akin to orange sherbet lingering.

Shockingly astringent as it hits the tongue. Plenty of bitterness, but without any real hop flavor other than a touch of leafiness. A hint of nuttiness in the finish. Dry as hell, with not much in the way of sweetness. Some noticeable oxidation. Really an odd beer, not a lot to recommend here.

PDXHops, Jun 18, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a four-fingered cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Strong hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy, bitter aftertaste - typical pale. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of scottum
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to be a nice light amber color with a huge white head. Tastes of both malts and hops, but not good malts or good hops. The flavor profile has good balance, but it isn't balancing anything good so that point is moot. I can not quite pinpoint why I'm not into this brew, but I am certainly not into this brew and I will not recommend it to anyone. Maine beer is overrated as a rule anyway. Not worth your time.

scottum, Oct 18, 2004
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2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
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"

bewareOFpenguin, Jan 31, 2003
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Marcelozicker, Aug 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Ghostface, Mar 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

jk3, Mar 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

rinhaak, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of klewis
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours amber with a small head and a steady flow of brisk carbonation. Little lacing.

S: A faint vegetal aroma, but not much smell at all.

T: See above, and replace aroma/smell, with taste/flavor.

M: Light-bodied and fizzy with a clean finish.

D: Nothing offensive, but there's nothing here that suggests that this is a beer that I should drink again.

klewis, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled: 7.29.05

A small head rests on a copper colored liquid. The foam goes quickly.

The smell is metallic and gluey. But that's masking the bitterness that sort of peers through on a good inhalation.

The flavor is bitter then metallic, in that order. There's a slight sweetness to it, and an almost fruity berry flavor. Very average. But this is another Maine beer that's better than the big beer co. offerings sitting next to it in the cooler when you're in the middle of nowhere. Lightly carbed.

Drinkability is that this is drinkable. Pretty mediocre beer, but as mentioned above, you go with what you got. And in the wilderness, local micros will always prevail in my selection versus the mass alternative.

GolgiIPAratus, Aug 09, 2005
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Duesler, Jul 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

MJHolsey, Yesterday at 05:03 AM
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2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is some very faint lacing. The head stuck around for a few minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - metallic, slight skunkiness, hops, and roasted malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fair amount of carbonation, and the first noticeable flavour is a smokiness and/or roasted/burnt nuts. Lots of malts and light hops and a little bit of a metallic taste. I couldn't track down a freshness date on this bottle, so I have no idea if I'm tasting a good sample.. but there is something slightly off-putting about this beer. It finishes with an odd skunky/bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Once again, I may be drinking and old batch.. but I didn't care for this beer and wouldn't seek it out again.

spinrsx, Oct 03, 2010
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a brownish orange colour with two finger spoay head. The head dissipates quickly to a half inch of white soap. Lacing is minimal

S-biscuits and pine needles. This smells somewhat unique.

T-Very bisquity with a piney/soapy hop aftertaste. The sweetness is mellowed and the finish is somewhat dry and citric. There is a somewhat vague cabbage like underlying quality here. Wierd. The aftertaste is somewhat artificial tasting. Neither the hops nor the malt stand out in any particular way.

M-Not too thin on the body, there is a medium high level of small bubbled carbonation.

D-This is kind of blah. There are some off flavours though it isnt a terrible beer by any means. there are so many better pale ales out there that there isn't enough reason for me to buy this one again. I can see how some people may like this one but it really doesnt do it for me.

sleazo, Jul 20, 2007
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2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-thick, off white head. Orange-brown body.

S-floral and some citrus hop smell.

T-citrus, sweet malt with some roast.

M-medium

D-an okay and drinkable brew but not fantastic. I would drink this beer again.

jneiswender, Jan 19, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

jmz62565, Oct 09, 2005
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Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.