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Manny's Pale Ale | Georgetown Brewing Company

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Manny's Pale AleManny's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Georgetown Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-09-2003

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 362
Photo of dleigh
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My go-to beer from like 2008 when I turned 21 until I sadly left Seattle in 2012. A true classic. As a Seattlite in exile, I haven't had Manny's in years, but I can still taste it's nutty/bready malt and its gentle hoppiness. This is a different beast than the other "pale ales" that are basically just IPAs (lookin' at you zombie dust and alpha king), so don't go in expecting an IPA. More malt here, less hops. But a totally quaffable, great beer.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap during a layover at Sea-Tac. This is a hazy blood orange, with plenty of soft white head. It smells and tastes of bready malt, citrus and pine. This is a Seattle institution, with good reason!

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Photo of swedave
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I tried on a recent trip to Seattle, and it was a great start! Off the tap in the hotel bar and I revisited this selection several times

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Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer on-tap at an Irish pub in Seattleas my wife and I arrived here on vacation earlier today. Served in a clear plastic pint glass, this beer draws a fairly clear, slightly cloudy/hazy color with a nice white head that's about 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch thick when first served to me. Head eventually settled to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of my glass along with a bit of lacing. Aromas of toasted, caramel malt sweetness along with some earthy, piney hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with moderately toasted, breadth caramel malt sweetness that gives way to the aforementioned earthy, piney and slightly citrusy hops that give this a nice bitterness on the back end to balance the flavor profile out all around. Has a somewhat crisp, slightly prickly, somewhat smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink inbthebrightvway a beer of this style ought to be. Glad I got a chance to try this one on St. Patty's Day!


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Photo of gandres
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Tap to taster glass,
Appearance: Pours light amber/dark yellow
Aroma: Very aromatic- strong smell of hops
Taste: Balance bitter
Mouth Feel:
Overall: Very good beer, excellent for the price

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderate citrusy-piney, grassy hops, accompanied by some grainy malt

A: Hazy, amber/orangish color with a thin white head that has moderate retention. Some lacing evident.

T: Moderate citrusy-piney, grassy hops, with moderate malt sweetness. The beer has a moderate hop bitterness and a semi-dry finish.

M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright. The beer is sessionable, however it finishes a bit sweet and has too much of a lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Absolutely gorgeous beer, cloudy amber with medium creamy head, good lacing all around the glass. Aroma of malt and fruit, Taste is slightly sweet malt, bread and more fruit (apples?). Abrupt finish, medium weight body, easy to drink.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Seattle airport.
This was in a pint glass.
The appearance had a hazy orange brown body, no head, no lacing, no transparency. The smell had a strong grassiness up front, lightly hopped. The taste was mainly bitter as the hops take over, grassy bitter aftertaste, sticky finish. On the palate, it sat about at a light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation is spot on for the style and for me. Overall, good APA I’d have it again.

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Photo of WertMaker
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Restobar 1285 in Florence, Oregon; this Pale ale was golden straw with a slight haze, subtitle hops in the nose and an inviting creamy mouth feel. The hops are laid back an do not make you wonder if this is an IPA as they are gently supported by the malts in this pale. Not your typical Northwest hop slam pale, Manny's is refreshing, very approachable, and paired well with the steamed littleneck clams I had for lunch.

Just one of the Georgetown brews I am starting to like... a lot!

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This ale has outstanding color. It is a glowing amber. I'm more interested in how a beer tastes but still the color is amazing. There is a perfect balance of biscuity malt and hops. The hop character is such that I would have guessed it was dry hopped but I don't think it is. Thick head of foam for a pale ale. I have had this numerous times on tap and from a growler fill. It is always delicious. Much like Mac & Jack Amber, this is a ubiquitous choice in the Seattle area for restaurants with a limited beer selection, and a godsend because it is about the finest pale ale you will find anywhere. This is hands down the best pale ale I have tried and a tremendous value at 8 bucks for a growler.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice pale ale, slightly on the darker, maltier side but with nice balance. Hops are not in your face but are pleasant: piney and spicy, most likely cascade driven.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a decent looking pale orange to light brown color with a slim white little head. It quickly dissipates leaving barely any lacing.
The smell starts off with a sweet biscuit to grassy and semi-citrus hops. A little bit of pine underneath.
The taste takes all of those previously mentioned flavors and adds them nicely. A semi-sweet aftertaste leads into a nice sweet little finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels right for an APA.
Overall, this is a pretty good APA and definitely goes well with food. I also had it with a big ol' sloppy BBQ sauced bacon cheeseburger and even that went pretty well. I'd have this again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With no sarcasm, my girlfriend's sister claimed that this is "probably one of the five best beers ever." I hadn't heard of it, but was told it's basically (or literally) tap only and in the Washington area. Served from the tap at their house.

It's good. What more should I say. It's the definition of an exceptionally well balanced pale ale. Malty sweetness, some mild hop bitterness, clean all the way through: super easy drinking, and pretty tasty to boot. This is a good example to others that beer doesn't have to have a ton of ingredients to have a really nice flavor.

I enjoyed it, but I was obviously let down after being told this would be one of the best beers I've ever had -- sorry if I'm low-balling because of that.

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Photo of Scottmanimus
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A personal favorite of mine. I love having this beer when I'm out at the bar with co workers. It's got a great satisfying taste that makes it real easy to drink. Smoother than its similar metaphorical cousin Mac N Jacks. Fun fact it actually has caramel in it. Not sure why but it
definitely tastes fantastic. I'd say it's a must have.

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Photo of Moose90
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a medium dark amber hue, almost brownish in the glass, the slightest bit of haze here as well. There is a puffy white head on it, spotty and inconsistent lacing.

S — Smells of sweet malts and a bit of hop, little bit earthy and fresh.

T — Tastes of nicely sweet malts as well as a decent hop balance. There isn't a ton going on here, but that is alright I suppose.

M — Light-Medium bodied, this is highly refreshing and drinkable.

O — OK overall, this is a gateway or entryway to craft beer, its just the tip of the iceberg, which is fine by me.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer that I have reviewed away from my home. I took a notebook...
Served on tap at; The Spanaway Exchange Tavern(est 1890)

Pours a hazy brown body with a half inch white head. Good lacing

Faint floral smell, seems about right for a pale ale

It had a slightly bitter aftertaste that was spot on for me. Just the right amount of hops !

Mouth feel was nice. Good carbonation (not sure if this was because it was on tap)

Very tasty overall. This may become my "go to" beer when I'm out and about this summer. Would be very refreshing on a warm day.

Paired it with a quarter pound hotdog and they seemed to go well together

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

"Malts – 2 Row, Caramel, Carapils
Hops – Summit, Cascade
English Ale Yeast
OG: 1.050
TG: 1.010
ABV 5.4%
IBUs 38
Best By Date: 60 days from packaging"

Draught at Runway Cafe in Georgetown on 06.16.14.

A: Brown/yellow cloudy body. It has a ring of foam.

S: Flower, bready sweetness, and citrus.

T: Flower, bready sweetness, and citrus dominate.

M: Crisp.

O: This was the 3rd time having this and it has been different all 3 times. It has been strangely filtered the first couple of times and unfiltered later. I remember reading an article by Eater Seattle about how Georgetown Brewing makes frequent adjustments, so that explains the changes in this beer. This is a subtle pale ale. It's not very complex, but it's a good go-to beer.

Rating: B, 85/100.

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Photo of DAS206
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Perfect blend of hoppiness, bitterness, and maltiness. Hits all your mouth senses and makes you feel like you are drinking a beer and not just having a cold one. What a beer should look, taste, and feel like in my opinion. All the beers are Georgetown are worth tasting, but Manny's is the creme de la creme.

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Photo of hbensinger
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice clean amber color with very little head and leaves very little lacing in the glass.
S: very light hop aroma bit very clean otherwise.
T: Very smooth with not much bitterness. Nice hop flavor.
M: Very nice and smooth with medium carbonation.
O: As the label says, "darn tasty beer"

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the motel bar. Nice looking medium amber color with a cap of foam to start. Plenty of carbonation. Just a little aroma of something malty, that grainy nose.

A refreshing and unobtrusive light-weight beer. It's the darker color but the lighter style. Just a touch of crackers with a slight leafy hop note. This is a very standard sort of brew, even if I don't know whether to call it a pale ale or an amber. So mellow, it really doesn't matter. It suffers from the malt finally catching up and overwhelming the very slight bitterness. Hop lovers will find this more insipid than inspiring.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Seattle go-to draft when at a bar where you're unable to determine what exactly's on tap but want a micro.

A not-so-hoppy, cloudy, red-orange pale ale that's really quite mild and balanced. Not exactly easy to put away so quickly, but that's probably not the point here.

You can't go wrong.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into ice cold mug - nice start. Nice light amber color and 2 finger head. The taste is very mild, but I like it a lot. Nice malty balance with slight fruitiness, but more hops than I was anticipating. This is a great go to Pale Ale I am seeing more in Oregon (where the selection is generally OR or nothing. Not to heavy on the alcohol. Will have again

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer plenty of times, but for some reason, haven't reviewed it yet.

A - Pours a hazy golden-amber hue, with a silky smooth single finger off-white head. Leaves a feathery lacing around the glass as it's consumed.

S - Smell is of honey, crackers, citrus fruits, and floral notes.

T - Taste is a well balanced blend of honey-malt sweetness, and "crackery" malt texture overall, with subtle citrus fruits (mostly apricot and grapefruit that I pick up on), and a crisp, floral finish.

M - Body is on the lighter side of medium, but not too light. Moderate carbonation. Very, very sessionable.

O - Overall, this is just a solid, basic go-to pale ale, and a good session beer. I prefer the other offerings from Georgetown, but it's nice to have this one available at virtually every bar in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Total Wine poured into a pint glass. I have had this multiple times at various bars and I have to say this beer tastes different depending where I am having it. First time having it from a growler.

A: Hazy orange body with one finger head. Spotty lacing

S: Floral hops, citrus

T: I am very partial to this beer haha. This is one of the beers that is always available everytime I go out and enjoy multiple pints of in a session. Flora hops, citrus, malt. Well balanced. I love it. Very simple.

M: This growler seems a bit flat in carbonation. I remember this beer being more carbonated. Medium to light body.

O: Very solid hoppy pale ale. I wish they bottle this.

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Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Ruth's Chris steakhouse in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a two finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with delicate grassy hops countered by bread and pale malt notes. Subtle grassy pine character with faint citrus hop character followed by bread, biscuit and light fruit.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a slightly dry finish. Floral and earthy hop character that's not overly dry or bitter followed by citrus rind, bread, biscuit and graham cracker. A well balanced, refreshing beer that pretty sessionable.

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