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

Geary's Pale AleGeary's Pale Ale

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%

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 albern


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Geary's is not for all tastes, but it is a good beer if you appreciate the English Pale malts used and the slightly dry flavors. The beer pours a clear amber color with a small slightly creamy white head, with a touch of lace. The nose is the prickly, unmistakeable English Pale malts, maybe a touch of caramel.

The beer is quite dry, a bit prickly on the mouth, some dry caramel flavors, English malts abound, there are some leafy hops to balance things out, some cracked graininess, and some toffee flavors as well. The dry, slightly bittering cream soda flavors, the saltene feel in the finish, the toffee flavors, and the rather traditional English Pale malts pretty much define this beer. The aftertaste is fairly mild. There isn't tons of carbonation to this beer either. The beer does clean the palate quite nicely. This is an all around decent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 22:12:44 | More by albern
Photo of jneiswender


2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-thick, off white head. Orange-brown body.

S-floral and some citrus hop smell.

T-citrus, sweet malt with some roast.


D-an okay and drinkable brew but not fantastic. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 01:35:00 | More by jneiswender
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink a lot of this back in the early 90's. Have not seen it in years so I was very happy to see it back in PA. A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for around $1.75. Poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a clear rich copper color with at least an inch of dense bone white head. Flavors and aromas are of grassy citrus tinged hops, lemon, toasted grain, a decent amount of caramelized malt, bready and earthy. Above aerge body with ample carbonation for a pale ale. Still quite drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:29:43 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured on-tap with a very small head that quickly diminished to a thin film. The beer is a dark orange color, with a clear body with some slight haziness.

S: Lightly hoppy and some citrus... pretty much exactly what you'd expect from an APA.

T: Flavor comes across as citrusy at first, but then ending with a very nice, hoppy bitterness that sticks with you for a good amount of time after swallowing. Problem is, it seems to have that astringency that all Geary's beers have.

M: Medium-bodied, with a creamy/oily texture. Nice carbonation.

D: An easy-to-drink APA with good taste and mouthfeel. Nothing overly special, but still a very decent entry and probably my favorite Geary's beer to date.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2009 23:13:43 | More by berley31
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in Wells, ME on August 4, 2009.

A: Copper looking color with an average sticky head.
S: Malts + earthy hops. Notes of caramel but very faint. As for the hops, it is not strong.
T: Malts + caramel in the after-taste. Dry on the finish.
M: Thin.
D: Good to very good.

Nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:20:22 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of tigg924


3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, light orange-brown, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: earth and malt..not the strongest smelling beer I have had

Taste: malt, caramel, and leafy hops. There is some spice in there, but I cannot place it.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-high carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: slightly above average pale. I could have two or three. This strikes me as being very similar in character to Abita's Restoration Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 17:06:42 | More by tigg924
Photo of zeff80


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a white, three-finger, pillowy head of foam. It left behind very thick patches of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, grasses and other floral notes. It had a slight burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness, citrus and a subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied brew.

D - How can you not try a beer in the Northeast that has a lobster on the label? And its a good pale ale, too.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 01:44:10 | More by zeff80
Photo of dasenebler


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep rich copper with a decent, two finger head. Aroma is full of sweet malt and a touch of yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is somewhat lacking, just not a whole lot there. There is some dry bitterness from the hops, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. A bit watered-down tasting. Malts are biscuit- and caramel-like. Definitely some yeast presence thanks to the Ringwood element. Carbonation was good, and mouthfeel was surprisingly slippery and soft. Nevertheless, highly drinkable and light at 4.5 percent.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:43:09 | More by dasenebler
Photo of thartman


4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture perfect pour from 12oz bottle...two-finger white,sticky, head, deep golden amber,..with a floaty or two! Sticky lacing on the glass after each sip. Classic smell of cascade hops. Crisp clean taste, not too overpowering, hint of citrus and hops mixed with, sweet malt and grain,... and a sweet tea aftertaste. Reminds me more of an English Ale with extra carbonation, than a Pale Ale. Slick mouthfeel going down, with a dry finish,....very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 22:28:02 | More by thartman
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug as a cloudy copper color with just over a finger of creamy head, which evaporated after about a minute or so. Scent is faintly of fresh hops and malts, reminded me somewhat of fresh cut grass. Taste is more malty than hoppy, though you can taste a bit of hops if you search for it. Dry finish with no bitterness or long lasting aftertaste. Very good and drinkable overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 23:31:04 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/copper/orange color with a decent sized head, minimal lacing.

Smell is predominately malty with an earthy hop presence.

Taste is crisp and refreshing, rather balanced because of the malt presence but there is some piney hops, but certainly not an overwhelming pale ale.

One of Maine's first craft beer movements and is still quite popular today. While now and days it'll probably be considered "unoffensive", when it first came out it was probably quite daring for the area.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 15:18:59 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of ToasterChef


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle into the center of my Geary's pint glass. This pale ale has slightly darker copper color and a white head the just touches the rim of my 12 ounce glass. Over the first minute, the head has settled to about half-inch in size, with a few traces of lace around the glass, but nothing impressive. I like the grassy hop smell of this beer. There is also grain-like maltiness to the aroma. The taste also has a maltiness to it, but I think it's more roasted than grainy. I can also taste a mild hop bitterness. It ends with a touch of sweetness that fades and leaves nothing but the slightly bitter taste. There carbonation is good and the body of the beer is of medium intensity. It leaves a hint of a coating, but nothing syrupy. It is slightly buttery.

After a few minutes of tasting, the head has reduced to a dusting of foam on the top of the beer, with a slight bulge of bubbles in the center of the glass. The sides have lace all around, with a definite line marking the level of the the beer left after each sip.

This is a pretty good pale ale; it's a beer I've had many times. It is my default beer to order when I'm out at a bar in Portland and don't see anything too interesting on the draft list, as almost every bar it town serves Geary's pale. I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain any, but if someone brings some to a party, bum a bottle from them. I will also mention that is probably a good beer to give to your non-craft beer drinking friends who are weary of micros.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 23:55:27 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of ChugsMugs


4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- amber brown, great carbonation on the sides of the glass and a 1/2 inch head that is slowly dissapearing.

S- A slight bit of fruitiness, hoppiness. maybe a hint of decomposing leaves or earth.

T- fantastic. a little kick in the mouth at first that gets taken over by a sweetness that rests on the tounge. The earthy smell is carried over into the taste of this beer.

M- very easy to drink. smooth going down and tends to slide down the throat maybe a little with too much ease at times.

D- Get a twelve-pack now to save the trip back to the store if you only got six.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:14:51 | More by ChugsMugs
Photo of spointon


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

I poured this one from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= Poured a very clear orange-copper color with a 1/2" white head that quickly settled to a thin cap and left only minor lace spotting in its wake.

S= Very English smelling ale here. The malts pushed a rich caramelly sweetness through the aroma and the hops gave this a very woodsy, earthy, leafy sort of scent. Smells like toffee cooking on a clean fall day.

T= Somewhat of a disappointment after that pleasant aroma. The flavor is drier than I expected considering the caramel sweet smell (though some caramel malt does appear in the flavor profile too). I think this bottle has some age on it... The hops were tea-like and leafy. Finished dry.

MF= Way to the thin side of medium bodied, with a moderately crisp carbonation feel.

D= A solid and interesting English pale ale. I could easily session this one, especially if it was a bit fresher.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:45:18 | More by spointon
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - pint glass, cool
A - Sharp hops with some maltiness in the background.
A - quarter inch of head (typical of how this place pours, not necessarily on the beer), tea colored, light haziness.
M - medium body and carbonation.
T - Hops are forward but not overpowering. Malt supports well but does not figure much in the flavor. Nice bright hopiness lingers in the mouth.
D - I can always have a pint of this, but it is not necessarily a session beer because the hoppiness does build on itself after a while.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 23:22:57 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of donkeyrunner


4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, dark copper color. Sticky lace and foam island retention. Smells of pale malt and mild, leafy, hop spice.

High, spritzy carbonation buoys pale malt with mild caramel and hop spice. Peppery, drying aftertaste. Nothing remarkable or suprising but pleasant and highly drinkable. Very New Englandish.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:20:32 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of GregPearson33


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber with a thin head that dissipated after about 30 seconds. Thought it was a pretty fruity smell for a pale ale, but definitely enticing! Very enjoyable drink: mouthfeel was on the lighter side with medium carbonation and great drinkability. The taste reflected the fruity quaff, but had a great hoppy character as well. If I hadn't gotten it as a single I would definitely grab another one!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 20:58:34 | More by GregPearson33
Photo of JoKo


4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into standard Wolaver's Oatmeal stout pint glass, this beer is a copper brown color with a caramel colored off-white head.

Smell: Fresh bread up front, with some hints of caramel.

Taste: Bread maltiness up front with some nice crisp piney, citrus flavored hops in the background quickly coming up front after each sip. There is a very nice balance between hops and malts with this beer.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is very smooth and medium bodied with some moderate carbonation.

Drink ability: This beer is very drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew and would buy it again when available.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:39:45 | More by JoKo
Photo of thespaceman


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice deep gold in color, nice pour shows a good size head, minimal lacing on the glass, good retention.

Smell: A bit of citrus florals, some wheat, and a bit of grassy elements. Not your typical pale through aromas but it smells good.

Taste: A nice pop of fruit is evident, a nice hop oil accompanies the fruit, small malt profile gets thrown to the side by the hops. A bit of a salty aftertaste, not enough to throw the beer off just felt it was pretty evident upon drinking it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated! This one is almost Duvel consistency, very champagne like body, light yet overcarbonated. Not complaining because it actually gave this beer character, but maybe a little too much.

Drinkability: I liked this brew, it was clean, adventerous, and came with enough firepower to make this one refreshing. I think if the carbo was lowered a tad, it would be even better. Overall, an enjoyable pale!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 19:56:05 | More by thespaceman
Photo of joshsbeerblog


4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

translucent orange color... hoppy aroma... bitterness up-front but balancing malts aren't far behind... smooth.

a long time favorite that you will find in my fridge as often as any other beer. pretty close to the ultimate maine beer experience if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 03:23:19 | More by joshsbeerblog
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from a friend who had a 6 pack. want really sure what to expect, had never heard of geary's before, but apparently there pretty popular in maine. this one pours a very clear amber orange color with a slightly off white head that goes away real quick. a little bit of lacing. im not crazy about the smell at all. its very buttery up front, a little bit of caramel malt, and a little bit of hops. the butteriness comes through in the taste as well as a little bit of the caramel. some citrus hops at the end. the carbonation really bites the tongue on the finish. pretty light body, light mouthfeel. this is a pretty sessionable beer, i thought there was actually more than 4.5% for some reason. it actually reminds me more of an amber ale than a pale ale. im not crazy about this one, definately would not seek it out in the future, but if i got it for free again id definately take it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 23:31:13 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a Geary's sampler. I visited the state of Maine last summer on vacation and figured I could not leave until I brought home some beer from one of the state's most prestigious craft breweries, Geary's. Everything about this beer seems to scream Maine, especially that big lobster on the label.

Geary's Pale Ale pours an orange gold color with a finger of foam that lasts for a few minutes. The aroma contains some caramel and buttery malts, along with some fruitiness and a citric hop presence. The mouthfeel was a little more carbonated than I had anticipated, and the fizziness added a little sting to the palette. The flavor contains some light buttery caramel malts. A slight nuttiness is present. There is a pretty good citric/grapefruit like hoppiness present throughout the beer, and it seems that there is a bit of woodiness in the hops as well. The citric hoppiness leads to some dryness in the finish, and the brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a good, decent, yet simple pale ale. I was surprised as this was a bit hoppier than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 04:21:38 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of thryn


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a picture of a lobster on the bottle. That makes me want lobster. It also makes me think this beer should go well with lobster. But I don't have any lobster. So I hope this beer goes well with itself, which is what I'll be pairing it with.

A sparkling clear golden amber. No real head, though that could have been my pour. Some sticky looking lace.

Nose is bready malt with a faint citrusy hop presence and slight caramel tinge.

There was a time I thought Sam Adams Boston Lager was too hoppy. There was a time when I couldn't drink Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. My palate has clearly changed, because I want more hop from an APA than this has.
That said, there's nothing wrong with this if I think of it as a classic pale ale. It has good bready malt characteristics, and ... I think I'm finally understanding diacetyl. I would characterize this as slightly buttery. Maybe I'm just thinking of lobster again, but I don't think so. There's a slight bitterness to the finish, and some butteriness.

Body's solid but not heavy. Enough carbonation to make it refreshing. It's totally drinkable ... but not interesting enough to make me want to go back for more. It wouldn't languish too long in my fridge, though.

I think if it was hopped up a little it would be killer with lobster. As it is, it would still probably be pretty damned good with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 08:13:28 | More by thryn
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried one of these courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of husky malts with some light hop aromas up front. As the beer warms some diacetyl comes out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nice and malty with some hop presence up front, then as it warms it gets more buttery as diacetyl comes out more. There's a solidly bitter ending throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is just about right for an APA and the carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good. At 4.5% this would be a good session beer.

Overall there's nothing terribly exciting about this beer, but it does what it does well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 13:45:33 | More by glid02
Photo of mirish72


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geary's is a solid New England pale ale. It is a solid and consistently good ale that you can enjoy hanging out at a BBQ or with dinner.

It isn't as hoppy as lot of pale ales, but I kind of think of it as an Down East Sierra Nevada, it makes you want to go to Maine and eat seafood.

It is typically a bit less expensive than other pale ales, so that makes it a little easier justifying picking one and having it in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:36:32 | More by mirish72
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