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Geary's Imperial IPA - D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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Geary's Imperial IPAGeary's Imperial IPA

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This ale has its origins in the traditional English style, with a generous helping of American exuberance. Bright copper in color, it has an assertive hop bitterness balanced with a subtle malt foundation. Dry hopping at two sates of the brewing process provides floral and fruity hop flavors adding to the complexity of the brew. Alcohol by volume of 8.2%. Original gravity ~ 1082; Malts ~ Two row English malt (pale, crystal and black); Hops ~ Cascade, Mt. Hood and Golding.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-18-2006)
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Reviews by Flounder57:
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a small puffy head. It is an amber copper color with some haziness to it and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: I am picking up citrus notes in there that is mostly grapefruit. It also has some bready and caramel notes to it too. Maltiness balances out the scent really well.

Taste: The maltiness of the beer hides the hop flavors. They are there, put the hops are in the rear of the sip. Still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: I would others over this, but this beer is still a good one whether bottle or draft. Four packs in Maine are reasonable priced for this solid beer too.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 20:00:33 | More by Flounder57
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-27-2014 17:58:01 | More by Latarnik
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MA08

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-17-2013 13:12:21 | More by MA08
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Petershib85


2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. I really perfer the more hopy IPA's This one is a bit too malty and not hoppy enough for an IPA in my opinion. It also has a strong alcahol presents. It is definately worth trying if you like the sweeter malty beers or if you like to experiment with different beers. If you are a hop head like me, this is not really the beer for you. Good Luck

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 02:14:38 | More by Petershib85
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WeldBeerMan


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-29-2012 01:34:27 | More by WeldBeerMan
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

05-05-2012 18:11:15 | More by PeteRiz
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ZacMetalFan

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-18-2012 01:57:05 | More by ZacMetalFan
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15%

01-30-2012 08:39:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-13-2011 20:29:58 | More by DeutschesBier
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -15%

12-01-2011 06:15:15 | More by rab53
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-15-2011 22:45:01 | More by nmann08
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-14-2011 22:09:05 | More by Lawnboy33
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of hops, caramel, malt and booze.

T: Tasted of hops, some light citrus, caramel malt, and a distinct alcohol presence. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but somewhat unfocused.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Slightly acidic. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an OK beer, though I think of a few DIPAs I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 12:11:22 | More by avalon07
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma caramelized malts, grassy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus up front. Then a strong hops bitterness follows but it’s a bit subdued for the style. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, tamer than most but still a good representation of style, although there are better 2IPA’s out there this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:22:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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dugmar

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gorgeous color and pour.

Odd moldy, leather smell and taste. Tastes like a leather shoe that has been left in a closet with a blanket that a wet dog slept on for several hours, but for some reason I kinda like it. Not good, not bad, but I won't rush out to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:22:30 | More by dugmar
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king75

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dirty blond amber color, with an inch of head.

S-Hops and malts.

T- has that IPA hoppy bite up front, but quickly turns to a smooth malty taste with a clean after taste.

M- very smooth feel. Glides across the palate light, but not too light. Pretty well balanced.

D- I like this beer. It was different, my first Imperial IPA. Not as hoppy as most IPA's or DIPA's I've had but still not a bad choice of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 13:41:43 | More by king75
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a two finger head, tan in color. Tight, creamy and sticky lacing. Clear body. Amber in color.
S) Bold caramel aroma with subtle hints of citrus fruit.
T) Caramel malts with what seems to be English style hops. Well balanced. Notes of grapefruit. Grassy bitter in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Chewy.
D) A decent imperial IPA. I'd categorize this as more of an English style imperial rather than the American hop bomb style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 23:51:40 | More by u2carew
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almychristopher

New York

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a clear reddish brown color with a creamy off white head that seems intent to stick around for the duration. the aroma brings a nice balance of sweet malt and floral hops. the taste follows with a sweet malt profile followed by a nice clean floral hop taste, the bitterness at the end caps it nicely. the full body and creamy head combined with the warmth make this a pleasant drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 04:20:53 | More by almychristopher
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

EDIT: Just noticed this was my 911th review... ha

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip

Pours 1 and 1/2 finger of a light peach hued white head. Fades down leaving a bit of sticky lace. Color is a very dark burnt peach hued bronze/brown.

Aroma: At first this smells like a peach wine cooler or something of the sort. Very fruity with the slightest tone of hops showing. Some mangoes show in the fruit blend. It is surprisingly pleasant, but not what I would look for in an iipa.

Taste: A big malty body on this one. Some alcohol showing. Really can't tell this is an iipa. Some hops show, maybe of the floral type, but nothing over the top. It has bitterness to it it, but the hops just don't show too much. More fruity notes and malts here. Mangoes and peaches with a hint at grapefruit citrus?

Mouthfeel: Bitter and crisp with a touch of smoothness to it. Medium to full bodied for the style with an higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky with an awkward aftertaste.

Overall, this iipa just wasn't for me. Not a lot of good flavors here. I had a hard time even telling it was an iipa. Good to get to try a new beer, but I may have struggles finishing this, if I even can.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:57:14 | More by mothman
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DoreenAndDave

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a light head. Aroma is hoppy with some malt, burnt toast, and bread. Taste is good. Malty up front with some caramel and bread. Finishes with an assertive hop bitterness. The hops are a little dull -- it's good and hoppy, but there isn't much in the way of citrus or pine or any of the brighter hop notes. Mouthfeel is fine, and this is a drinkable beer. Not too carbonated, and there is a pleasant warming from the alcohol. All in all, a fine double IPA. Sturdy and solid, nothing amazing, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 04:12:27 | More by DoreenAndDave
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge head, recedes in a foamy way, leaving some spotty, large-bubbled lace. The color is dark gold and nearly clear.

The smell is closer to the British versions of IPA's: Lots of sweet caramel. Surprisingly mild hop aroma. It's closer to amber in terms of the nose.

Crystal malt is predominant taste up front. Bittering hop takes over in a non-descript way. The swallow features mild alcohol warmth indicating the higher ABV. The mouthfeel is as expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 20:15:07 | More by smcolw
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portia99

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an nice deep pure amber color, crystal clear with only a thing collar of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing at all around the edges as the level of the liquid falls.

S - Hmm, not really that much there...aroma levels are very low, uncharacteristically so. I get a yeast induced fruitiness with a touch of chlorine sanitizer, some light caramel and only the slightest of floral hop aroma. Not at all what I was expecting from a DIPA that came with a good recommendation.

T - Fruity, soapy, buttery diacetyl, a bit of bubblegum, sweet caramelly malt. A bitterness that does not remotely approach that of an imperial IPA. British styling all the way...and only of normal IPA character - if that. Where...are...the...hops!?!?!?!

M - Mouthfeel is thin and almost approaching the watery character. Lots of fruity flavors expand to fill every crevice in the mouth. No bitterness at all.

D - Is the brewer really classifying this as an American Imperial IPA?!? Not at all like any DIPA I've ever had. I can't even say this is an East Coast interpretation....there is little to no hop character or bitterness. Fermentation induced fruitiness and higher fusel alcohols. Really not what I was expecting. Definitely not a DIPA, probably not a strong ale (at least not one of the better ones)...more like an English style Pale Ale or maybe IPA (stretching it). I find this beer rather enjoyable, but not as a DIPA. I just don't see it. If the label said English pale ale...I think I'd be pretty happy with it. Pretty good beer, but definitely not as advertised - not a imperial IPA in my opinion...don't care what the label says.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:00:10 | More by portia99
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a red copper with a small, off-white head that disappears quick and leaves little lacing.

smells oddly of buttered toast. some earthy english hops are there, but butter, caramel, and toffee have me expecting a malt-forward beer. pretty muted.

taste has a lot more bitterness than is detected in the aroma. a good amount of toasted malts, but balanced with decent amount of earthy, spicy hops. definitely an english IPA flavor profile, but slightly stronger, though much more muted than most imperial IPAs.

creamy and slick with a decent amount of carbonation. light medium body.

goes down ok. Nothing keeps you wanting the next sip. I think the best description of this beer would have been an english-style imperial IPA. not bad, a bit unique, but not something I would reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 04:16:39 | More by silentjay
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

reviewed from my notes. Served from a cask at the Great Lost Bear. There was no mention of "Imperial" on the tap handle, just Geary's IPA, but otherwise it looked like the familiar logo (like what you can see in the above picture), so I am disinclined to think this is a new beer. My first impression is that this is a big, foamy beer. The head is thick and made of pure white foam. On top of this foam is a collection of bigger soap bubbles that I can watch pop. There were a lot of smaller carbonation bubbles cascading to the top when it was first poured, kind of like a beer served from a nitro tap. The liquid is golden orange and translucent. After the beer had settled, there was no visible carbonation rising. I really liked the smell of the beer. It had an earthy and citrus hop aroma. It was slightly sweet but also very crisp. It made me excited to take a sip, but unfortunately the flavor didn't match the aroma. It tasted a bit watery, but was also creamy. There is lots of foamy carbonation within the liquid, but the finish is quick and limp. I can pick out a little bit of the hop flavor while the beer sits in my mouth and some more at the finish, but I believe that a drinker shouldn't have to look for flavor in an IPA, it should be in your face. The hops were citrus and pine. The malt character was sweet and banana-like. Like I mentioned above, the body was creamy. It left a lot of coat behind, but it wasn't thick, just far-reaching. This pour drinks well enough, but I expected (and wanted) something hoppier. Fans of non-hoppy beer may be able to use this as an introduction to the style, but I wouldn't go for this selection if you are in the mood for a hop bomb. I'll probably give beer another shot, in a fresh bottle, just to see if the flavors are different in a non-casked version.

Serving type: cask

04-26-2010 13:39:51 | More by ToasterChef
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Mar 2010. Received in trade with mutterfudder, thanks!

Poured in an Abita shaker pint. Small but thick light tan head. Beer is clear deep amber red in color. Minimal carbonation, almost flat. Strong aroma of English toffee and resin. Starts quite bitter and buttery. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes but quickly transitions to dryer and more bitter hop notes. Bitterness seems a bit light for an IIPA. Ethanol becomes fairly pronounced towards the end.

Overall decent, I disliked the the butteriness but A enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 18:28:03 | More by htomsirveaux
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Geary's Imperial IPA from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.