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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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

djrn2, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.4%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high light beige head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of floral hops..
T: There are flavors of toasted malts in the taste along with notes of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable, especially given its low alcohol content.

metter98, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that accounts well for itself in the lacing department

Smell: Toffee, apples and leafy, tea-like hops

Taste: Opens with a toffee and apples flavor that builds in malty intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the leafy hops intersect with the fruit and toffee: lots of Ringwood character along with a bit of a mineral aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Since this is so English in character, it is hard to think of this as an APA, though it may be slightly hoppier in style; decent, if you are a Ringwood fan, which I am not

brentk56, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker than tangerine, brighter than burnt orange. Multiple bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, then fly off to join those rushing off the bottom. The small cap, midway between ivory and ecru, deposits no more than a scalloped collar of lace. This is an acceptable looking pale ale.

I can't appreciate Cascade hops in the nose. Since the others (Mt. Hood, Tettnang and Fuggles) are more prominent, the beer smells more like an English pale, as the brewery intended, than an American one. In any case, the nose isn't strong enough or interesting enough for it to matter much.

The flavor profile is a definite improvement. The choice of malts, in addition to the choice of hops, ensures that Geary's Pale Ale isn't your ordinary, everyday pale ale. I always find it odd when a brewery decides to use chocolate malt in a beer of this style. Crystal malt is the biggest contributor on the palate, since toasted barley and caramel are the dominant non-hoppy flavors.

As far as hops, quite a few have been added. Their tea leaf-like flavor and bitterness are abundant, especially on the crisp, drying finish. Yep, English pale ale all the way. Most Brits would probably find the beer to be too bitter, but it's right up this American hophead's alley.

The mouthfeel is a shade too light and a shade too carbonated for it to be considered on par with the flavor. Drinkability isn't impacted though, as long as I pause every so often for burp breaks. I guess I'm just a nitpicker when it comes to carbonation, but dammit, it matters.

Geary's Pale Ale is anything but a typical version for brewers who ply their trade on this side of the Atlantic. It's a good one though, and would make a wonderful session ale as long as one has a high tolerance for bubbles. Thanks to Maine's own, jrdegriselles, for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

kjkinsey, Mar 03, 2012
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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Hmm, I wonder if this beer would go well with lobster? Oh well, I only have a burger. It'll haveta do. The beer pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises the starkly simple dichotomy of sweet caramel and flowery hops. The taste is very similar, though the flowers and caramel are now joined by a light orange, complete with bitterness from the peel. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a dry, almost grainy feel. Overall, a nice pale, nothing overtly exciting, but a very drinkable li'l brew.

TMoney2591, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a white, three-finger, pillowy head of foam. It left behind very thick patches of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, grasses and other floral notes. It had a slight burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness, citrus and a subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied brew.

D - How can you not try a beer in the Northeast that has a lobster on the label? And its a good pale ale, too.

zeff80, Jun 30, 2009
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 TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus, a little spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a pale hops bitterness, then some flavors of caramel, tea & a little citrus follow along with a decent malt character to provide some sweetness and balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and a little bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, definitely seems to lean toward the English style of pale ales and taste very similar to their Winter Ale, I could drink this beer for a little while but I might look for something with a little more flavor and a harder kick after a few.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear slightly lighter brown. Nose is a bit wood like with a slight caramel character. Flavor is smooth, but doesn’t really carry a strong profile. There are bark tones to it and a mild mature wood sweetness to it, but it never really kicks you in the mouth. This is just one of those mature beers. Nothing showy. Not trying to be outlandish. It is what it is. Feel is smooth on the liquid with a decent carbonation. Highly drinkable. Just an overall good beer. Well made and smooth.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly reddish gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a good scent of pale malts and aroma hops. It has a bit of sweet maltiness to it; probably some light crystal malts added. The taste is decent. It has a good balance between pale and light crystal malts along with some mild flavoring hops. It is slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer is quite enjoyable and highly drinkable.

WesWes, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a thick foamy head that immediately settles to a very thin cover, leaving spotted lacing on the glass.

The smell if of sweet grains with some mild fruitiness.

Sweet malt starts it off. An orange fruitiness comes through - not so much in a citrusy way though - more of a tropicial fruitiness mixed with an earthiness. There is a slight metallic tinge in the finish that is so slight it is almost negligible. Sweet malt stays just ahead of fruitiness.

It has something of an odd feel. (Harsh carbonation? - not sure to be honest), but something of a nothingness happens....Still - it has a medium body.

This is certainly more of an English Pale Ale, with an East Coast influence. On the mark for the taste, but the feel diminishes drinkability. Modest abv makes it a candidate for a "session", though I don't know how long it would hold my interest.

jwc215, Feb 19, 2007
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very impressive head with a strong rocky remnant after the dissipation. Moderate lace. Clear, amber color.

Pleasant mixture of dry maltiness and mild bittering hop. Very English in the style. Somewhat earthy.

Very dry beer with a low level hops which interestingly creates a decent balance. Again, the earthiness comes through on the palate. Standard body for the style. Very dry.

smcolw, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with a thin head. Little lacing developed on the glass during the drink. The aroma was average, as some malt sweetness and citrus tones were detected. The flavor was nice and well balanced. Malt and bitterness most noticable with some faint orange flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth and the body was medium. Nice carbonation levels. Relatively clean finish and little aftertaste. Very drinkable and can be a session beer.

Gavage, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

tempest, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

dbrauneis, Jan 01, 2012
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
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured amber with a big fluffy light tan head that fairly quickly dissipated with no lacing. Mostly malt on the nose with just a whiff of hops. A little weak tasting at first, but with a nice but restrained hop aftertaste. Fairly nice flavor profile- dry, nicely balanced hops and malt. Tastes more like an ESB than an American pale ale. The beer is not quite as crisp as I would like and it does have a little bit of a soapy mouthfeel midpalate and then finishes dryer and slightly astringent. Overall not bad, could be a session beer with some english cheese and crackers.

Georgiabeer, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
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
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Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.