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

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-18-2006

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.
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Photo of bishopdc0
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
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 nelnutter
3.21/5  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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
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 cpetrone84
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Photo of jamie2dope
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Amalak
4.48/5  rDev +26.9%
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 deereless
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Copper to reddish brown, thick frothy head - 3.25, S: An imperial IPA? Aromas are quite muted though there are faint signs of caramel malts and the slightest sign of citrus, likely Cascade hops - 2.50, T: The flavor profile provides stronger signs of an Imperial IPA than the nose though it is still on the side of meek, some pine and grapefruit, slightly resiny with an okay hop bite - 2.75, M: Medium bodied, slightly malty and creamy - 3.50, D: A little too timid for what an Imperial IPA should be, drinkable but not a standout of the style - 2.75

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ZorPrime
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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 dickroop
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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 RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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 lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 gford217
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bignick
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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