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

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first micro beers I tried, thank you 'beer of the month club' circa 1990...

I recently found this beer again at a beer place close to where I work.

Pours a nice brown/amber color with a good amount of head and very nice lace.

It smells the way an APA should, sweet and malty.

Whoa!... this is a really good beer and the price won't kill you. It cost the same as a six of Saranac Pale Ale and it's slightly better tasting.

It's good beer, sweet, malty, and then a hint of hop bites my tongue.

I could "pound" these all night... I'm a bad boy!

Photo of Liquids
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly caramelly hued distinctly yellow color; the color looks thick and dense in the tall glass with effervescent carbonation holding a two finger billowy and bubbled head, from a rousing pour. The head is off-white and holds - really good appearance for a pale ale here. The head held to the end leaving a dollop at the bottom of the glass and that always ups the well merited high appearance points here. Aroma is much like some of my favorite pils - hoppy with a noble spicy note and a pale sweet malt aroma (not caramel) with some American hop kick detectable as well, though far more subtle than the other aromas. Taste - this is a toasty malt beer up front, then turns hoppy, spicy, and a tad caramelly.

This is not ultra sweet up front but fairly balanced, and the hops do kick but it remains toasty and malty in character and not water. Any more hops here would be bad to me and hide the malt depth and character, and the toasted flavor makes it far rounder and more interesting than most straight pales which are soo booring to me, malt-wise. This is also very clean. Taste is more American in hop style but it's not overhopped, and the subtle spicy nobles help, which show up more in the aroma, while the citrusy/piney hopes showed more in the flavor.

I love the toasted flavor! my favorite "American Pale Ale" yet. Mouthfeel is ultra thick and fully, and I've tried most of the Geary's line in the last month, and surprisingly full mouth feel (on par with and as here, at times in defiance of style) is a characteristic of their brews. Outstanding - the brewer is truly a 'master.' More carbonation that I'd like, but this is right on for style, not flat. Drinkability wise, this, like the other Geary's beers I've tasted, are all around winners. Drinkable! This is outstanding - finally a true pale ale with some real character (other than hops). And so far Geary's has helped me reconsider my previous aversion for both pale and strong ales, making versions of both that I enjoy.

Photo of aluskungs
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a nice ruby-copper. There is a thin head which does disappear except around the edges, I though hops aid in head retention. Good evident carbonation given away by the rising bubbles.

Nice nose, full hop oil aroma. Fresh grassy hay like smell.

Pale Ale? English IPA? American Pale Ale? A bit to hoppy for a pale ale I think, but hey it tastes damn good! Good strong hop bite recedes to reveal a malt sweetness. Very crisp beer with a hop aftertaste not is not at all undesirable.

A full flavored beer that is not heavy. Would go great with the lobster on the label!

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

This glass of foam with a beer the colour of a year old penny underneath it has a very lively carbonation with a cascade of small bubbles racing each other to the top.
The aroma has a touch of caromel, little else.
The taste is that of roasted caromel with a barley back and ending with mild sence of grapefruit.
The mouthfeel is a wee bit empty with the exception of a few lepracauns dancing on your tongue for a few seconds.
A little to sweet for my taste but I'm sure it has a lot to offer for others.

Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an English pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a medium, caramely gold... head is bone white and two fingers high, settling to a quarter inch. Average Joe.

Smell- Sweet caramel(?) malt, mild biscuit underneath. Hops are restrained. Definitely some metallic notes, which diminish quickly as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- Big biscuity malt charcter way up front, with a sharp hop bitterness right at the finish line. Very distinctive yeast properties, calling to mind some of Geary's other offerings. A sourdough-like tartness is evident at the sides and back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Active and pleasing in the mouth, without being overly carbonated. I would have liked more of hop bite, however this beer certainly has its place. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear medium amber color with moderate off-white head.
Smell is unremrkable with a light caramel sweetness noted.
Taste is almostly austerell dry with an almost complete absence of any malt flavor. It's so dry so as to almost burn the throat and mouth.
Finishes with more dryness.
I like a a hoppy beer but this one just didn't cut it for me.

Photo of joedon
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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

Photo of bencharles
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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 -


Photo of klewis
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tempest
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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)

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

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ericj551
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JasonCoop
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of ypsifly
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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).

Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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