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

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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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 JasonCoop


4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice clear copper color with small head. dissipates quickly but leaves lace.

smells very lemony. somewhat flowery. nice and fruity, hoppy.

taste - nice brew. nice dry malty brew with crisp earthy hops on the finish. nicely balanced ale. i'm impressed.

mouthfeel is medium but nice and crisp. drinkability is ok. nice malty pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 08:42:12 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this beer for a while, ever since I saw it (and it's giant lobster on the label in a beer book by Michael Jackson. I found it for 99 cents at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, Ohio where I was visiting a friend, and jumped right on it. It seems Portland, Maine is a pretty good brewing town, guess I'll have to get up there soon.
This pale ale pours a burnt orange color with an unexpected but very welcome inch thick head that lingers on fairly impressively. The head is thick and foamy, which I prefer to the extra wet or bubbly heads. Nose is pleasant with medium hops and sweet dark malt which is a solid combination but also has a hint of spice, perhaps cinammon. Overall, quite promising.
Although the hops are certainly up front it's still a fairly mellow taste for an American pale, and more complex than most examples of the style I've tried. The hops give way to a malty but bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is understated but complimentary to the taste. A nice basic texture for the hops to play their role.
Overall, quite impressive for my first Geary's. I'd consider a six pack of this time well spent.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 05:22:43 | More by daliandragon
Photo of ypsifly


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce undated stubby with a twist off. Purchased at Cost Plus in Westland and poured into a pint glass.

Clear reddish brown under an inch of white. Good amount of carbonation that gives the head nice retention. Surprisingly thick lines of lace for such a relatively small beer.

The nose has a nice balance of caramel from the malts paired with citric to floral hops. Not too shabby.

Caramel and biscuits upfront flowing into leafy hops and a clean dry finish that has lingering hop leaf in the after taste.

Moderate to full mouth with no residuals. A solid session beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 03:59:41 | More by ypsifly
Photo of kmo1030


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber with a thin white head.
smells sweet and grainy with a little bit of herbal spicy hops.
the taste is mostly sweet and caramel ladden with a little buttery diacetyl for good measure. some spicy vaguely tea-like, vaguely metallic hops round out the back, though something about them is a little harsh. improves with significant warmth, as in near room temp.
medium body with adequate carbonation
eh, it's a pale ale, but nothing spectacular, there are much better ones to spend your money on. if the brewery was closer to where i live i might be more interested in trying it again really fresh (not saying freshness was an issue here).

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 23:56:51 | More by kmo1030
Photo of jamie2dope


4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Geary's flagship product, lets see how it turns out. Pours a perfect amber color and an impressive half inch white head: a very good looking beer. Nose was of doughy biscuits, light fruit and a marvelous floral bouquet to top it off. The taste was rather dry, with the biscuit flavors accompanied by a nice hoppiness and some slight juice tastes pulling through at the end. Mouthfeel was damn near perfect in its medium body. This is also a beer that is very easy to drink...It seems like an ideal candidate for even some beer drinkers not accustomed to heavier hop loads and new tastes. I really enjoyed this Pale Ale. With the alcohol being relatively low and the quality of the taste being so high, I have to say that this is one of the better, if not best Pale Ales that I have sampled in months past.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 04:32:57 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of abcsofbeer


2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a medium amber color that is fairly clear and well carbonated; lots of bubbles. The head is thick, white in color; about 2 fingers high. There are thick wisps of lace left around the glass.

The aroma is similar to wet straw and grassy. There is not much in the way of hoppiness. The taste is mildly hoppy and has a very carbonated taste. There is a dry flavor with slight bitterness and some citrus. This one is a weak attempt at a pale ale, imo.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 00:58:34 | More by abcsofbeer
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New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev -47.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 20:10:56 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Suds


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In general, I’ve been satisfied with Geary’s brews. This one didn’t quite stand up to the expectation.
Pours a golden-amber (I’m tempted to say orange-ish) color. The head is white an brilliant, but of average quality and duration. The aroma is a extremely citrusy…like sticking grapefruit slices up your nostrils. There’s a little malt and ester play going on behind the scenes, but the smell is all about the hops. The taste has a slight caramel bent to it, and is notably dry and abrupt. Medium fullness of body, but the dryness and citric quality don’t seem to match the hops. It just doesn’t come together very well. Finish is hoppy and dry. Certainly, this is an American style pale ale, but unfortunately, it’s an average one.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 12:24:21 | More by Suds
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2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 22:07:36 | More by jmz62565
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden-amber brew with a thin-ring white head.

The aroma is fruity and malty. Grainy with a light hoppiness.

A bit fruity on the palate too, and very spicy-hoppy in an English way (although American hops were used). Grainy and dry with a hint of citrus. Well-balanced.

Well-carbonated for a good, clean mouthfeel.

Certainly a good pale ale, one that I could have a few of. I think it's more English than American in overall character. I think I prefer the other 3 Geary's beers that I've had (HSA, London Porter, Autumn) over this one though.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 03:57:13 | More by hyuga
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4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this earlier this summer and was wondering if it was just a fluke that I liked it so much on that particular night but upon picking up a sixer and trying it from the bottle this is just a world class beer, and I'm baffled once again that it gets average reviews. It may be slightly better on tap, but it's no slouch from the bottle either. I just love the hopping of this brew. It's perfect. Nice dusty, spicy, herbal boquet of hops on top of a nice pale malt profile. Excellent dry mouthfeel and this beer is so nice to drink. I've sort of become addicted to it. Everytime I got into the store I end up debating whether to get the Geary's or something I haven't had recently, and this beer usually wins it out. And that's strange because I never usually drink a lot of the same beer over and over. I definately urge people to go out and try this again with an open mind, because I think it's one of the best examples of a well made beer that I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 19:48:12 | More by twelvsies
Photo of LPorter33


3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single bottle in E.Millinocket, Maine.

A pretty Average APA with slightly above average taste and drinkability. Other than that it's typical. Nothing special to go back to. Pretty standard for an American micro brewery. Similar to Sarnac .

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 03:59:45 | More by LPorter33
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a very popular brand in MA, but nonetheless quite good. Light pale in apperence with a pretty healthy head that maintained its retention and lacing to the bottle of the glass. This beer was heavily spiced with a mild hop aftertaste, a good dinner beer. This is a pretty light APA it could almost be and EPA. Out of all the beers I have discovered this summer, this is by far the most consumable. Good to go!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 01:19:47 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 16:11:59 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with moderate white head. Light carbonation.

Aroma: Pale malts in the front, herbal hops in the back.

Taste: Sweet, malty taste with dry, hoppy finish. Light-medium body. Some fruits and caramel.

Nicely done beer. I am not a big PA fan (not hoppy enough), but this a quality interpretation that I find very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 03:43:47 | More by ikats
Photo of HoorayBeer


4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber brown coloring. Small head that vanished quickly.

Nice rich aroma, smells of caramel malts and hops. Very plesant smell.

Nice sweet taste, the caramel malts come through with the hops lingering. Very smoothe and easy to drink. Has a small bite to it, but not harsh at all. Overall a very good, yet different Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 02:11:46 | More by HoorayBeer
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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a light coating of head over top. The nose is big on spicey and peppery hop. Not a lot of sweet caramel, but its there in the back. The flavor is rather dull as well. Just a light caramel malt with a slight orangey and pepperyness hanging over it. I'd like a little more hop in there. The feel is a light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Just an okay beer. I don't think I would visit it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 00:20:54 | More by kmpitz2
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3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly comprised of caramel with hints of diacetyl, but I don't get much in the hop category. The flavor is very similar to the aroma - caramel and diacetyl. No hops there. Nothing noticeable at least. Body is light to moderate and the drinkability is ok. Perhaps this is an old bottle, but it's definately missing something.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 00:19:18 | More by clvand0
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz. shorty bottle
very thick creamy foam head dwindled to 2 cm. stubborn head; lacing that clings slowly slides down side of glass. pale faded golden color with a mix of amber and orange hues or an ever-so-light reddish beige. raw hops nose with a tiny bit of butter and graininess with slight musty, earthy tones. caramel and maltiness at first taste with a complimenting hint of sweet citrus lay on the tongue before being shot through with hops bitterness. hops fade fast to leave a lingering sweet graininess. luscious light mouthfeel with conservative carbonation avoids becoming too thin. easy to drink and delicious but admittedly hoppy (as a pale ale oughta be). love 'em.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 01:09:00 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -37%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 22:20:21 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 01:16:06 | More by Billolick
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden/light amber color with a pillowy off-white head. Moderate lacing left behind. Lightly toasty malt profile with some faint cirtus rind fruity esters and a light hopping. moderate diacetyl levels. Very crisp and non-descript in flavor, some light malty notes and a slightly bitter finish. Water content has a slight mineral taste that is consisent with a good English-style pale ale. Lightly grassy, vegetal finish. A decent interpretation of an English-style pale ale. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 08:49:49 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of alexgash


3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite clear, dull orange-copper with a finger of guazey, off-white head. Smell is quite citrusy: grapefruit and lemon hops. Light biscuit malt and a faint trace of gunmetal. Tart, acidic grapefruit hop assault up front. Refreshing and appetizing. Thin malt backbone that flashes shortbread and sweet biscuits. Not bad. Light-medium bodied, with nice refreshing carbonation. Nice session pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 22:34:55 | More by alexgash
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of the Geary's Pale Ale while in Maine.

I had this from a 12 oz brown short bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. I was unable to find a freshness date on the label.

Pours a bright orange color with a decent head, but the head quickly turns into a thin lacing. The sides of the glass are left clean without any sticky lacings.

Aroma is buttery, bready and grainy.

This is an easy drinking APA from Geary's. Grainy dryness and crisp with a buttery sweet mouthfeel. Toasted malts and a sour hop punch on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 17:55:24 | More by Hibernator
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange pour with a small white head that leaves little lacing. Smell is dominated by a malty grain aroma of baking bread and biscuits. Taste is similarly malty with an understated citrus character playing well underneath the other flavors. The finish is extremely dry, almost puckeringly so, but it makes a nice complement to the toasty malt flavors of the aftertaste.
Overall: nicely malty session brew with enough hop character to keep from overmalting my tongue. I definitely wouldn't mind having another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 23:43:26 | More by whartontallboy
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