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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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BA SCORE
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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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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13.3%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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 rab53
3/5  rDev -15%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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 gford217
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of connecticutpoet poured into a tulip.

Pours very dark for a DIPA, a deep clear amber with a big creamy white head that shows great retention and lacing. It's a very appetizing looking brew.

The aroma is almost that of a balanced DIPA. It's got plenty of citrus hops including oranges and grapefruits but the caramel malt sweetness is also a major player in the nose. Doesn't quite smell like a DIPA.

The taste is even sweeter than the aroma suggests with the sweet caramel malts really dominating the taste. There is some earthy hops that show throughout as well with a slight bitterness in the finish. In addition, there is a sweet vanilla type sweetness that shows up in the finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and not nearly as (hop) bitter as I was expecting. There is another toasty bitterness that comes through that doesn't seem to be hop-related.

This is a nice, drinkable DIPA but the hop profile is probably not quite as significant as I would like, even for a balanced DIPA.

gford217, May 17, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-nice deep amber color with a great hazy attribute, small white head leaving very little lace

S-strong bready malt, hint caramel and citrus

T-lighter flavors for an imperial IPA, bready malt up front, some caramel, followed by a taste of pine resign and slight bitter finish

M-very syrupy and crisp going down, pretty smooth and does bring a fair amount of carbonation

D-i don't care for it too much, it has a decent mouthfeel but the taste isn't doing it for me

cpetrone84, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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 OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

OtherShoe2, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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 far333
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 portia99
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.

portia99, May 15, 2010
Photo of Flounder57
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.

Flounder57, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
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.

htomsirveaux, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of u2carew
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.

u2carew, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of silentjay
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.

silentjay, May 14, 2010
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Geary's Imperial IPA from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.