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

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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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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.

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)

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.

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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Photo of dickroop
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geary's new offering of an Imperial IPA is intriguing. I know Geary's pale ale and summer ale as brews that are solid stand-bys for enjoying with lobster and Maine's summer times. I wasn't tempted to buy the Imperial IPA when I saw it for sale, but sure was glad to have a chance to try it when a bottle came my way. I developed a much better opinion of it, and bought some to carry home, hopefully to share with folks after vacation.

The ale poured into a tumbler a clear and dark coppery bronze with minimal head. It's aroma was sweet malt, a little fruity (with pear notes?), also an earthy smell I'd call creekwater (it's a good thing, don't worry).

The taste was sweet to start but overtaken quickly with bitterness that finished fairly clean for such strong beer. There's a little sour tang around the edges and a strong alcohol presence. Hops are mildly floral, but mostly there's just plenty of bitter/sweet balance, with enough bitter to make it pair well with strong food flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost a little syrupy.

Drinkability is good for a DIPA. This is a nice solid offering, and if you like Geary's other brews, this one will be familiar... and stronger.

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper with a light skim of a white head. Some spotty lacing.

Rich pine hop aroma, some good toasted malt and fruit sweetness, almost juice-like ---and then something off, so much so that I put the pint down a number of times to clear my senses and find it again. Something sour, stale, and not right there. Really worried the first time that I had an infected bottle, but I didn't. Just an odd whiff in there -- so you have to hunt for it.

Good strong well-hopped brew with some decent sweet toasted malt and light fruit. Good balance and pleasant finish. Can't find the 8.2% in the flavor.

Medium-chewy and a little mouth coating effect. I'd expect a bit more out of a DIPA, but this was adequate and pleasant.

Overall, I was impressed with how easy this went down. Not your typical DIPA. A bit on the light side for that category, but still a very good brew from these guys. Purists and West-coast DIPA drinkers will trash this one in comparison to others, but I think this stands up pretty decently. Some flaws, but you'll still drink all that you buy - gladly.

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.

Photo of almychristopher
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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.

Photo of ZacMetalFan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I did not expect an Imperial IPA to ever come out of Geary's. Oh well, I guess they're just a little late to the party. Pour does not give off very much heading, but the color is a good looking dark strawberry. Not too much to say about the nose, other than that the hops are not in your face, and instead it comes off more sweet, with some interesting grain smells happening. Interestingly, this beer does something I did not think could be done: It takes all the elements of an English IPA, and somehow makes it feel imperial. The hops and malt are balanced really well, and play off of one another quite nicely. It is actually hard to believe that this beer weighs as much as it does. Had I not read the ABV on this site, I would have guessed it was much lighter in alcohol. I bought a single of this beer just to see how it was, but I think next time I might opt for the four pack. I really like how Geary's has successfully injected their penchant for English style ales into a style that is as American as they get. It is unlike most double IPAs out there, which is a good thing in my opinion.

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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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