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

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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of dsa7783
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Outstanding pour, with a full, five-fingered head atop a deep, copper hue that deposited a fine layer of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Caramel aroma replete with strong hints of citrus, mint, and cloves...
Smooth, robust, crisp, refreshing, nutty taste with strong nuances of bread, butter, toffee, and slight caramel...
Nice, medium bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability...
Worth a try...

Photo of ckeegan04
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to joepais for the chance to try this one.

A - Copper color with thick khaki colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Strong aroma of caramel malt and floral hop. The malt aroma is the dominant smell and very strong.

T - Very dry malt flavor with some graininess as well. A nice floral/earthy bitterness causes you to pucker up a little.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the creamy side. Tastes more like an English pale ale to me.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my summer beer last year, and a strong contender for an overall mid-road session beer. Nothing fancy here.

Pours a pale orange with very little head retention.

No distinct/unique aroma. No sour/sweet notes, -- just light scented malty Beer!

Mouthfeel is noticeably thin, a bit watery with an oily, bit buttery finish -- no astringent bitterness here -- just a fade.

Taste. Nothing overwhelming here. Not over hopped, not weak- but smooth. Light toasted grain, light hop bitterness. Real nice to knock a couple of these out as you flip burgers. Good with BBQ as well.

A safe, solid beer. If more interesting styles are available at the local watering hole, they are in line ahead of this one. But a safe mid-road bet just the same -- try one!

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper-Amber with a small head and small lace. The aroma is grassy notes,malts and floral hops. The taste is hops,caramel with bitter sweet tones and malts & yeast. The overall feel is bitter and grains with medium carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is light and simple. Good American brew. No complaints here.

Notes: So what if this does not blow your mind! Appreciate the good Ale. Decent balance with a low ABV.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark golden orange color with a slight white head. Visible carbonation was strong and aggressive.

S: light hops, citurs, orange and caramel sweetness.

T: The flavor was dry and lightly hopped with pine needles, citrus, pale malt. Nothing that really stands out. There was some biscuity natue while the drink finished dry and crisp.

M: chewy, with medium body and a fizziness from the active carbonation.

D: Moderately average drinkability, nothing that really made me look forward to the next sip.

Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle this one pours a clear orange-copper color with a whispy white head and fair lacing. I detect a leafy, medicinal, almost floral-hops and grass aroma. The flavor is bitter hops with a peppery tingle on the tongue. Not very complex, a little harsh perhaps. Fairly thin with a sort of charcoal quality at the back. Drinkable but a bit tough on the taste buds, despite the hint of some caramel sweetness. The peppery bitterness dominates. An interesting pale ale option. Not bad but I think I prefer this one on tap.

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

EDIT: After looking at some of the other reviews, I'm going to have to assume that the tangy character and deep red body are due to aging; I got this dusty six pack from the bottom of a shelf in a local store where no one buys microbrews. No telling how old it is.

A- Surprisingly deep ruby-red body poured from shorty bottle, little egg shell foam head that drops back to few spritzes of head. View from the top is a more traditional burnt sienna pale body, which is odd. God this thing is dark. Little carbonation settled on the bottom, no sediment.

S- Floral and citrus hops; the grassy, bitter hops stand out with a hint of grapefruit and soy sauce.

T- Bitter, floral hops above buttery smoothness with a small undertone of sweet, Belgian (?) candied malts. Tangy.

M - Thin, watery body with a little carbonation at the end.

D - Overall this is a bit dark and tangy for a pale, which, for me, is a nice change of pace. A little bitter, or tangy, maybe, though it doesn't seem too overpowering. Would need to have another one or two to see how it weighs on me. A pretty good Pale.

Photo of steinlifter
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light copper, no head to speak of, but did leave broken lace all the way down.
smell was hard to grasp,apple aroma with hop whiff.
taste was much better....apple type flavor up front followed by a nice hop infusion, bit of a bite though, some grassiness, and a bit of malt.
mouthfeel was bubbly and a bit creamy,some chewiness
Overall I thought that this was a mediocre beer, not bad, but not great either.

Photo of adowney523
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Appearance is crystal-clear, bright amber with a white head thats retains well from moderate carbonation.

Smell gives sweet bubble gum and some buttery diacetyl.

Tastes of nice roasted/toasty notes in the finish with some diacetyl and slight sulphur. Mild hop bitterness.

Very smooth with a pleasant dry finish. I think this is a great example of a pale ale with the yeast flavors coming through in a good way.

Photo of mltobin
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pured from bottle into a curved glass.

A nice amber tone, with a short head, that soon laces.

A medium smell, with some pleasant citrus tones.

Crisp and refreshing, tastes like beer infused with some oranges and spice.

Light and sweet, smooth all around.

A good beer, I prefer it over most other pale ales.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a soft spot for this beer. I worked in Maine a couple of years ago and every night I would go to the hotel and drink one of these and eat something with lobster in it (which is pairs nicely with) On to the beer

A: Amber/copper color with a decent amount of white head.

S: Not much of a nose with only a faint hop smell

T: Super crisp with a nice hop/malt combo. Nothing too fancy.

M: Solid med body with good carbonation for the style.

D: Super drinkable session beer. The only thing I don't like is how much it costs in NY. This beer cost as much as the lobster did in Maine. While I enjoy it I have to be feeling nostalgic to drop $11 for a six pack of this.

Photo of alexskovan
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale coppery amber with a puffy white head that dropped to a quarter inch. Subtle aroma of malt, very understated. Taste is solid but unremarkable. An APA that isn't overly hopped, but isn't overly anything else either. Nicely rounded, a bit of that British hard-water feel in the mouth.

A solid, but unremarkable beer. A good one for a session.

Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass

A: Copper-orange with medium off-white head with minimal retention.

S: Spicy hops with a bit of berry fruitiness in the nose.

T: Resembles a spicy marzen in many ways. Has a very distinct sharp character with balanced hop and malt contributions, although a bit more malt by my taste. It has an almost salty and spicy very dry finish that is unique, but not especially enjoyable.

M: Dry and sticky with long, spice-like aftertase. Body is medium.

D: Unique and distinct but the sharpness and dryness would make it difficult to enjoy a large number of these.

Photo of davidt
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-orange color with a thin head. Aroma is malt, with some bittering hop in the background. The flavor is malty, with a bit of breadiness coming out as the beer warms. Only slight citrus hops. There’s lingering malt after taste. A nice, easy to drink English-style Pale Ale.

Photo of wesleyhighley
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The roast on the malt was a bit strong for a pale ale, but good. There was a fruity taste to it and a good bitterness that faded quickly. This is a very drinkable beer, but I wouldn't ever put it in a list of my favorites. This pale is slightly better than average.

Photo of sstackho
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (thanks Dad). Pours a miedium gold. Not much aroma. Flavour is a bit weak throughout. I think this is what brewers refer to as "crisp". The beer gets slightly better as it warms, but it remains unexciting. Disappointing, even as an English pale ale.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a nice thick head. Aroma is strong and malty with some hops showing through. Taste is very strong, biscuity and leaves a nice, dry aftertaste. It reminds me more of an English Pale Ale though, due to the way it finishes and the body. It's still a smooth and very drinkable representation of this style.

Photo of williamherbert
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking clear dark orange beer. Lots of visible carbonation. Minsicule head. Richly orange with the slightest haze.

The smell is slight. Mostly a dry yeast aroma backed by a biscuity English malt.The yeast scent comes out with agitation. Very very dry-smelling.

There is much more pale malt in the taste than in the smell. The malt is very dry, as is the heavy (ringwood?) yest. An English ale with extra dry pale malt added. Some sweet malt notes, too. (Caramel?) The hops are very mild. It is also unusually nutty for a pale; nutty like a brown. It's pretty good.

Feels thick and "yeasty." Dry and a tiny bit bubbly. Creamy and substantial. It's a nutty pale, almost a brown, except in color. A roasted pale.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a golden amber, with thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Strong hoppy aroma of floral, perfume and grass was followed by flavor of the same, though it was more pleasant in the nose than the mouth. Finish was short, dry and stale, probably due to these floral hops.

Michael Jackson listed this in his 500 Great Beers guide....I’m thinking he must have added this one toward the end. Not much to this one.

Photo of sleazo
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twistoff bottle pours a clear copper color with a one finger off-white head which diminishes pretty quickly and leaves minimal lace or stick. Smell is grain and toasted malt, little bit of caramel and some buttery diacetyl. Just like Shipyard with that ringwood yeast. Hmmm...is this a pale ale? Where are the hops? I don't smell much of any...little floral aroma in the nose, that's about it.

Taste is really the same as the smell. The toasted grain and caramel malt characters are nice but I find this severely underhopped. No grassy, floral, piney or citrus hop characteristics stand out here. Not bad, but very boring. Also, a la Shipyard, their ringwood yeast gives off a diacetyl aroma and flavor that I don't care for (although it's not as bad as some of Shipyard's). My favorite brewery, Middle Ages, uses ringwood but I love their brews...what am I missing here?

I'm underwhelmed by this one. Mostly I'm disappointed by the lack of any hop profile whatsoever. There are much better Pale Ale's out there.

Photo of BBM
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with two fingers of white head. Aroma was fruity, slightly bitter, with some citrus notes.

This one is slightly more flavorful and interesting than your color-by-numbers APA, with a steady balance between the floral and fruity hops and the malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. If you see it somewhere, give it a shot; APA fans won't be disappointed.

Photo of northernbrews
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from Merchant's in Dearborn.

Appearance: Pours a half-inch white head in my DFH snifter. The body is brown with a little bit of orange around the edges. The head fades slowly to a thin layer.

Aroma: There are hints of gentle piney and rustic hop flavors. This is followed by slight orange peel and roasted malts.

Taste: This starts slightly creamy with hints of hops and malt. The flavors are very mild with no major flavors coming through.

Mouthfeel: Starts with the creamy head. Then it gets slightly spritzy. The flavors fad rather quickly.

Drinkability: This goes down pretty smooth...likely due to the lack of any pronounced flavor. I could probably drink a few of these, but I'm already ready for something else after just one of these.

Overall: This is decent for a pale ale. I wish it were a bit more hoppy. This would be a nice transition beer for the BMC drinkers. It's unlikely I'll buy this again.

Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a white head that dissipated to a nice white ring. Pleasant aromas of mild citrus hops. Taste is of fresh and mildy earthy hops, citrus, and a bit of peppery spice. Also to be found is a light maltiness and faint buttery quality. Overall a very solid and drinkable anytime APA.

Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.