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

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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 joedon


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

Kind of disappointing pale ale. I've had other Geary beers and was favorably impressed. This one is not a good effort.

Slightly dull gold color with white sticky head. Almost no aroma, not hoppy at all.

Taste is kind of blah; fairly strong bitterness and some sour hop flavor but almost no malts evident. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery. It's drinkable but without much enthusiasm. There are lots of better pale ales available.

12-17-2006 19:12:14 | More by joedon
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark red/orange with good carbonation. The head is a small 1 finger, off white and foamy.

The smell is good very hopy.

The taste is classic pale ale, no frills, no twists, very regular.

The mouthfeel is bitter sharp. Nice in a pale ale

The drinkability is ok but not a big winner. I like some thing different. MK

12-13-2006 06:40:25 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of bencharles


3.95/5  rDev +11%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: amber/copper for sure, it was inviting as all hell -
just perfect if you ask me :)

Smell: hoppy, not too fruity, but very malty with minimal hints of citrus

Taste: crisp, not too bitter, just the perfect mix of hops...wicked earthy, and crisp (did i mention crisp yet?)

...this is probably one of the best pale ale's i've had (taste-wise)

i could drink GPA all day, while i was watching the sun go down over the lake, listening to '74 grateful dead...geary's...always a great decision -


10-14-2006 18:21:39 | More by bencharles
Photo of klewis


2.53/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

09-08-2006 03:56:16 | More by klewis
Photo of tempest


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

09-02-2006 00:26:47 | More by tempest
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District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

twistoff bottle harvested from my recent trip to yankee spirits

amber. with a pinky finger of tighty whitey sudsy head... not much lacing. the aromas that spring forth seem to be of an english variety (website says cascade, mt. hood, tettnang, fuggle. i suppose it could be any but the former—my nose isn't that good, yet). crisp malts, too

very dry, distinct british mouthfeel first and foremost. fruity with slight caramel elements and plenty of hop flavor: earthy, woody.

this is not an APA. their website even says so. but it's good (no 4.5s but good session brew)

08-09-2006 02:25:45 | More by bruachan
Photo of akahn


4/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a nice deep red/amber color with a white skim and ring. Plenty of streaming carbonation.

A good pale malty aroma, caramel and biscuity.

Profound malt character in the taste; a little bit nutty, a bit of caramel and biscuit. Actually strikes me as similar to Anchor Steam in malt character. Sweetness is briskly washed away by a hop tingle and carbonation. Balanced, refreshing, tasty, seems much more English to me than American. Solid medium body, mellow carbonation, really drinkable and quenching for how competent it is. Recommended.

07-11-2006 02:43:46 | More by akahn
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

07-09-2006 04:34:18 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a medium copper hue with a thin layer of lacy head. Little to no retention.

The smell was essentially a malty experience. Not much hop detected.

The taste featured a spicy oily hop flavor that was couched in a substantial bicuity malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness and chewy. There was a mildly dry finish.

Overall a nice and maltier than most APA. Very quaffable.

07-06-2006 02:29:21 | More by plaid75
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a pale coppers, with a light head. I smell hops and a bit of estery ringwood. Taste is bitter and hoppy, not a lot of hop flavor, but a good amount of bitterness. It's backed up by a light buttery ringwood flavor and a bit of caramel malt. The beer is surprisingly thin, not bad, just not as full as I would expect.

06-10-2006 00:50:32 | More by ericj551
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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

05-10-2006 22:28:02 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of JasonCoop


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

04-02-2006 08:42:12 | More by JasonCoop
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +18%

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.

03-21-2006 05:22:43 | More by daliandragon
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4.13/5  rDev +16%

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.

03-05-2006 03:59:41 | More by ypsifly
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

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).

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


4.4/5  rDev +23.6%

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.

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


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

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

1.88/5  rDev -47.2%

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!

11-23-2005 20:10:56 | More by NJpadreFan
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

10-15-2005 12:24:21 | More by Suds
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2.93/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-29-2005 03:57:13 | More by hyuga
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4.6/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

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 .

09-05-2005 03:59:45 | More by LPorter33
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3.95/5  rDev +11%

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!!!

08-22-2005 01:19:47 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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2.68/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

08-09-2005 16:11:59 | More by GolgiIPAratus
Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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