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

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
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 twelvsies
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.

twelvsies, Sep 17, 2005
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 .

LPorter33, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
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!!!

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
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.

GolgiIPAratus, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of ikats
3.63/5  rDev +2%

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.

ikats, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of HoorayBeer
4.2/5  rDev +18%

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.

HoorayBeer, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

kmpitz2, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

clvand0, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

villainchiwwin, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

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 Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

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 crookedhalo
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

crookedhalo, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

alexgash, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Hibernator, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

whartontallboy, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Hazy honey colored with a firm orangey-beige head that rises up a half inch high and then settles down low, but leaves a racing stripe all around the inside of the glass just above the beer. Aroma is malty and biscuity, with a little bit of fruit. Flavor is also malty, light and on the sweet side, with pear and cinnamon. Understated hop profile, barely there, but an orange peel bitter lingers. Decent selection, but fairly average.

far333, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of Hagbard
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

A standard, but very well made and solid pale ale. Pours a light golden hue with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of a light citrusy hoppy nature. The taste is of light hops balanced nicely by a malt background. I taste some sort of fruity presence at the finish. The aftertaste is mildly bitter. This is a very nice pale ale, but lacks depth and complexity. This is probably more a style trait than a specific trait of this beer. My only complaint is that the carbonation level seems a bit on the high side.

Hagbard, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Label Lore: Dual labeled body & neck with a giant illustrated lobster touting “Brewed and bottled in Portland ME.”

Coppery crystal clear pour into me pilsner glass under an eggshell white spotty thin coating.

Fresh hoppy crispness. Bright lemony hops and grassy aroma. Some tree bark notes.

First Swigs: Citrousy lemons and malts. Well balanced. A quizzical malt back bone that hides sort of like an over steeped tea. I’m even throwin’ in Maple Syrup. Dry acidic aftertaste. This tastes like a kitchen sink, but in a good way. Everything is in there.

Huge foamy feel and medium bodied. Mixed thoughts on the Drinkability.

Last Swigs: Maple syrup and hops. Did I write that? A Michael Jackson Best Beer. Plenty of banged up spice. This deserves a re-visit.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of scottum
2.42/5  rDev -32%

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
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

After a thin pour, a negligible head vaporizes to become a little ring around edge of beer, despite a few streaming bubbles. Beer is translucent bronze in color and very clear, with highlights that are somewhat metallic in reflectivity. Detecting an aroma is quite a struggle, but eventually I find an intitial biscuits-and-toothpaste (!) combination that's not all that pleasant... and some bitter orange rind with warmth. No real nosefeel to speak of. Flavor is mostly a mellow bitterness with a rugged acridity in the aftertaste, with suggestions of sourdough bread and an indistinct, somewhat citric fruitiness. On the plus side, the bitterness is full-bodied rather than piquant, which aids the drinkability. Mouthfeel is sufficiently slick for a session beer, but is also, frankly, boring. Above average but not memorable.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3/5  rDev -15.7%

A clean amber ale with not much of an off white head that disappears quickly. The aroma had a light malty sweetness about it but not much else. The taste started out with a easy sweet maltyness and finished with a smooth hop finish. Not a bad ale for having more than one.

ybnorml, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of BigPapaLager
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured a faint copper color with a compact think sticky head. A nice pale ale sittin out by the fire. Abit of hops and a bit of malt, blending well together. A bit of a butery taste was present. A good beer, but not my favorite of the style or from them.

BigPapaLager, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance – This ale was a light, almost florescent orange with a modest head.

Smell – This had a nice, light, citrusy hop nose with a mix of butter and a distinctive toasted malt balance.

Taste – The hops showed up from the nose pretty much as expected, but the buttery characteristic of this Pale Ale came on strong. This one had a bit of tanginess at the end, which I didn’t care for.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body with a creamy smooth buttery mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This was a nice, refreshing Pale Ale that one would welcome on a hot summer day.

RoyalT, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a lovely clear medium amber with a small white head. Little retention or lacing.

Smells distinctly caramel with a hint of bread in the background.

Nicley malted with the pale and caramel reaching out to say hello!. Turns form a slightly sweet front in to a generously hopped back end. Pleasantly grassy with a little bit of tart grapefruit like hop.

Moderate in body and carbonation.

Very drinkable. A pale that should appeal to a lot of palates.

yankeeheel, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of taez555
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

This beer poured a frothy head with a very clear tan body.

The nose was an interesting mix of vegetables, biscuit malt, soft fruit and a mellow citrus hop.

The taste had a sharp citrus hop, earthy grapefruit peel hop presence. A big, but slightly overshadowing malt touch. Slight dirt and wood flavors. Medium bodied with a very nice even bitterness.

Really this is just a classic New England Pale Ale (if such a thing exists). A mix of English ale, american hoppyness and just that classic new england water taste. A great session beer.

taez555, Mar 31, 2004
Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.