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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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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
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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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Petershib85:
Photo of Petershib85
2.78/5  rDev -21%
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

Petershib85, Sep 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a dark but translucent brown in color with a radiant white head that looks even brighter in comparison to the ale.

Smell - This is nicely balanced with a soft hop aroma and a mild, almost brownish type of malt.

Taste - There's a big grainy malt character that springs up at the taste. The hops are not overpowering but not wimpy, either. This beer is nice but there's an off, kind of tangy brown note that throws off the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a mild bitterness just at the end.

Drinkability - This is very drinkable for a DIPA. It is on the lighter side of the style so goes down well.

RoyalT, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a cherry amber color with a thin tan head and a very little bit of lacing. It had a pronounced floral aroma. The taste was mostly piney hops, but not too hoppy. I didn't get much malt presence, and thought it was a bit on the unbalanced side. I really like Geary's, but I think this could have been a better DIPA.

lordofthewiens, May 20, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been lucky enough to have had this beer straight from the fermenter at the brewery. The first sample we had wasn't finished, hadn't fully carbonated. We then sampled and by sampled I mean full glasses, the finished stuff and I was amazing.
The smell is of earthy hops, is very pleasant. The beer pours amber with a thick white head. The taste starts with a malty sweetness, the carbonation cuts the malt and introduces the bitterness. The bitterness lingers but dissipates to leave a very pleasant hop flavor rare it in Imperials that just overwhelm you with bitterness. This is a very drinkable Imperial but is not weak on flavor. (as a side note I recently visited the brewery again and they had a standard IPA being brewed for the spring)

bishopdc0, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this beer is no longer retired. It's listed on the Geary's web site as year-round. Just picked some up at Liquor Depot in Simsbury, CT.

Pours a clear burnished copper with a swarm of fine bubbles rising upwards to a tightly bubbled half inch head of orangey-beige.

Low aroma of doughey malt and subtle floral hop.

Flavors of caramel malt, marshmallow and toffee, ABV warmth, some non-descript hop bitterness offsetting the strong malt sweetness.

Smooth mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. Tasty and drinkable beer, but seems more like a strong ale.

far333, May 03, 2009
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Trashcat, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of king75
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

king75, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of ZacMetalFan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ZacMetalFan, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

u2carew, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on August 4th, 2009 in Wells, ME.

The beer is copper color with no head... The smell is piny hops mainly... almost all I get I would say. The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Nothing complex just piny/resinous hops. Very dry in the taste. It is on the low side for a Double IPA, I would say it is more like a strong IPA... :) Not bad, however not excellent too. I enjoyed drinking it. The drinkability is quite good for this DIPA.

ZorPrime, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- Copper orange color, basically opaque, with some head and lacing, though that likely had more to do with the way the bartender poured it.
S- Excellent spicy scent to it.
T- I loved this hoppy beer, even though it doesn't appear to have gotten the best reviews from others. It''s a bitter IPA with a fruity undertone to it, perhaps appleish. I don't really know. Very refreshing.

Amalak, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of bignick
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline 4/20/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a pretty good take on the DIPA style. While it is not overwhelming, it doesn't disapoint, either. What strikes me most about this beer is the lack of a hop punch. Sure, while the hops are obviously present, they are pretty well-balanced and seem to surround the inside of the mouth rather than kick it. There is a nice sweetness, without being sticky. It is a bit bready, but also extremely drinakble for its style and abv. I like this offering, and I am glad I tried it.

bignick, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark amber color with a decent sized semi-tan head, the head fades fast though and leaves no lacing.

Smell is mostly caramel malt for a DIPA, there is some hoppiness to it but it doesn't have that raw hop aroma or strong citrus aroma that most DIPA's have.

Taste is definitely way too malty and lacking a strong hop bite but for a DIPA it is rather easy to drink, just not an extreme version of the style.

deltatauhobbit, May 22, 2009
Photo of WeldBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

WeldBeerMan, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light grapefruit hops nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light sweet grapefruit hops. Not enough beef for an imperial IPA - needs more malt and hops. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

smcolw, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of portia99
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

portia99, May 15, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13.6%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

avalon07, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

DoreenAndDave, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy/copper color with a small, tan head that had lots of bubbles. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and bubblegum. There was a sharp roasted malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted of very spicy hops with a piney flavor. There was a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a pretty good DIPA.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

ToasterChef, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of nelnutter
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep amber color with a nice 1.5 finger head. OK retention and some lacing.

S: Mostly caramel malt with some hoppiness but was expecting much stronger and more citrus than what I was finding.

T: Very consistent with the smell...it's OK, but a bit too malty and the hoppiness was a bit of a let-down for my liking. Alcohol taste is pretty well-hidden for the most part considering the content, but certainly present.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly syrupy.

D: Definitely very drinkable overall, just wish there was a bit more of a hop bite.

nelnutter, Feb 20, 2010
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Geary's Imperial IPA from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.