Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Manny's Pale Ale | Georgetown Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
88
very good
78 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Manny's Pale AleManny's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Georgetown Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-09-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
354
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
26.14%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 354
Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Parkway Tavern, Manny's Pale Ale is a murky (borderline turpbid) dark straw with a small off-white head that leaves moderate lace.

Smell is soft bready malt, a light herbal hoppiness that opens some as it warms.

Taste is a also really heavy on the breadiness, whoa, is this a kvass? I guess there's a bit of a cracker feel to it, a light toast, but it's all about the malt. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness but not much character busts through the fresh maltiness save for a bit of herbal mintiness, galena's perhaps? Pretty good though I have to say, but not what I was expecting. This one's everywhere but I'm not a big pale ale fan and never pulled the trigger, so if I got the dregs of a keg or something I wouldn't know, I expected a hoppier pale ale. It could be that my palate's just wrecked from the Maritime Xmas mess I proceeded it with. So bad I had to wash my mouth out with a pale ale! After some food I got some more fruity, citrus like notes from the hops, but again, it's all toast.

Mouthfeel is on the crisp, drier side, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good if you like a bready malt forward pale with a firm bitterness to dry it out. If you're looking for a pale ale that's basically a DIPA, you'll be disappointed.

 1,263 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap while hanging out in Seattle. Pours a deep bronze color with small white head. Smells of wet dog, some light sweet malt. Malt overpowers much of the expected citrus and pine hops, though not overly sweet. Caramel, bready malts and a crisp finish. Relatively light on the palate, with medium carbonation. Only okay.

 321 characters

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was a nice orange-colored ale. I had this on-tap and the glass was filled to the top, so I can’t comment on the head.

Smell – The nice floral hops were complimented by a subtle orange aroma and a significant malt balance.

Taste – The hops were big in here for a pale ale. The orange sweetness came out on the tongue as well, which made for a refreshing combination. There was a nice balance of malt in here, too. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and somewhat dry. This was medium-bodied.

Drinkability – I had this with a sandwich and chips, so the thirst-quenching nature of this ale came in handy. I will definitely have it again.

 676 characters

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in the Seattle Airport

A: Hazy gold with a thin off white head.

S: Pale malts, lemon, honey and grapefruit. Really nice aroma.

T: Smooth upfront with some honey malt. Citrus hops and some earthiness on the finish. This was a pretty solid pale ale. I'd definitely do this one again.

 295 characters

Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, this is the standard for sessionable local APA's on tap in Seattle. Hoppy but not overdone. Malt backbone with complexity in the finish. Nice colour and nose and most importantly amazingly drinakble. The other big bonus is that tons of bars and restaurants have this on tap.

 278 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this beer many times under substandard circumstances and nearly wrote it off as undeserving. But when fresh, Manny's Pale is stellar. It starts with a downy soft head sprouting breakaway lacy detritus over a clouded, peach-colored body. It's murkier than pale ales commonly are, but that's unimportant. What matters are the flavor and smell, which are more citric than I remember. The aroma is modest, yet it emanates the floral sweetness of Cascade hops that I find irresistible. The taste hints at guava and nectarine with expert balancing that doesn't let bittering steal the show. The end result is a beer of substantial refreshment value and ease of drinkability.

Overall, a beer of solid structure and appeal. Manny's is bold, but its lack of contrived theatrics keeps it clean.

 795 characters

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.

 586 characters

Photo of Redrover
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap while eating at The Flying Fish in Seattle. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a light copper with a smallish white head.

It has a nice nose of citrus and pine.

Nicely bitter with notes of pine grapefruit and caramel. Balanced with slightly sweet malts. Bigger taste than some APAs.

Mouth is a bit clingy with nice oily coating. Frankly when I saw the light color of the beer, I thought I was in for a mild mannered APA, but this one really stepped up and delivered a nice drinking experience!

 523 characters

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

We ate dinner last night at Cactus! Restaurant on Alki Beach in West Seattle last night. On tap and served in a standard pint glass. Hazy orange color. Not much head, but moderate carbonation. Smell was piney and aromatic. Flavor was very fresh and refreshing. Great amount of hops, but just for flavor, and not overpowering. More hops that usual for an APA, but not as much as an IPA. Keg must have just been tapped, as it tasted brewery fresh. Easily drinkable with a smooth finish. Paired quite well with my Dungeness crab tamales.

 534 characters

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Viking in Spokane. I would've tried this last week but the keg blew just before I got off work. Lately it's popped up at a couple of other places in town as well.

Poured the most orange I've ever seen for a pale ale. Good sized off white head, modest lace.

Smell was of citrus, bitter hops, and bready malts. The citrus was what seemed dominant to me. Not unpleasant at all, but different for a pale ale.

The citrus was less dominant in the taste but was still an active participant. This tastes like an entirely new approach to pale ale, and it tastes pretty good. The hops are there, but it's definitely not a typical west coast hoppy pale ale that could be mistaken for a mellow IPA.

Medium bodied with a normal carbonation for a pale ale.

This was a pretty good session beer. In hot weather it would probably be even better (40 degrees and rainy when I was quaffing this). A nice new wrinkle (around here, anyway, with this only just showing up in these parts) on a style dominated locally by SN and Full Sail, which it tastes completely different from.

 1,095 characters

Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a dark burnt orange color with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is citrusy with some floral notes. Taste is some citrus hops along with some malt flavor. Well balanced. Slightly floral at the end with a nice bitter finish. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, flavorful pale ale. Worth having again.

 326 characters

Photo of Ryan011235
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bimbo's Cantina in Seattle on 11/9/11

Cloudy, muddy orange; kinda ugly. Poured a thin, soapy layer of foam. Streaky lace - good at the top, tapering off midway through the glass.

Soapy, solvent citrus hops. Fresh orange rind, lemon peel and some grapefruit. Toasty bread aroma with a subtle cracker sweetness. Tastes alright. Dense citrus, but blunted. Lots of orange peely goodness. A bit juicy. Some earthiness with mild pine resin bitterness. Lots of grains for a pleasant backing - toasty, well-rounded with a brushing of sugar. The feel is between medium and full for the style and enjoyably so. Moderate carbonation nails the feel. Granular on the finish with residual citric tones.

Overall impression - pretty enjoyable PNW pale ale of the dank order.

 788 characters

Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after Georgetown owner Mann Chao, this pale ale’s made with Summit and Cascade hops. Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Bright, cloudy copper. A creamy, one- inch head of light cream deposits thick, frothy walls on the glass. It has the consistency of shaken egg whites and hangs around for a long while.

Bright aroma. Lots of citrusy tangerine; a little grass; crackers; honey.

Same deal in the flavor. Bright tangerine peel, honey, toasted crackers and a touch of apricot. Mild bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Finishes dry.

Moderate, pinching carbonation in a medium body. Smooth. A little fizz as it moves.

Nice, bright citrus notes in this one. A solid pale.

 674 characters

Photo of mikeg67
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Japanese restaurant. Pours hazy orange with a thick, short-lived, white head. Aroma is of bready malt and citrusy hops. Full, crisp body. Biscuit malt and citrusy hops and orange fruit fill the mouth. Very pleasant, balanced Pale Ale. I enjoyed it a lot.

 264 characters

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PF Chang's, Kennewick WA, 3.20.2010 poured into pilsener glass (:.

One finger white head, slow dissipation, some lacing. Clear light golden body, multiple trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose features a pretty complex malt profile, I detect some pilsener with a sharp noble hop presence. Taste is quite crisp, malt forward with hops in the middle, leading to a pretty dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but good effervescence. I can see this being a great session beer that would hit the spot after mowing the lawn. Alas, draft only. I wish they would bottle or can this. IMO one of the country's under-sung APA, worth seeking out for all beerheads traveling through Washington. Not as complex taste-wise or hop forward as a number of other APA, if I didn't know better I'd say this was a Pilsener. Highly recommended.

 849 characters

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.

 730 characters

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!

Eric

 982 characters

Photo of RJLarse
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Pours and amber color and is cloudy. A stark white head forms and produces good lacing on the glass.

The smell is of citrus fruit.

The taste is of malted grain. There is a little fruit flavor including some soft fruit flavors like melons and grapes. It's a pretty typical pale ale, but good.

Mouthfeel is light, but little cloying.

This is a very drinkable beer. A top quality craft brew. I'll have this one again.

 498 characters

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.

 688 characters

Photo of therica
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Pike's Market in Seattle.

Served nicely chilled, a solid darker-amber with a small but firm yellowish head and some small carbonation rising.

From nose to head-taste to taste, there was a rather pronounced scent/taste that I finally identified as being like biting into a grapefruit skin-- slightly musty, tangy, bold, bitter, a bit startling and curious at first, and very unique in my experience. Even a few belches gave the same impression.

I think I would put this in my "mood beer" category, I might go session with it if I were in the mood. Definitely a "must-try" if you happen upon it on-tap. The server said it was her favorite drinking beer, and she's a bit of a beer-fan herself.

 709 characters

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!

 207 characters

Photo of Bfarr
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange with light foam on top. Pale sweetness with some citrusy hops. Some honey and floral and slightly spicy hop balance. Crisp pilsner and pale malts lead to a smooth mouthfeel and semi-dry finish.

This is an easy drinking and pretty flavorful pale ale. I've been lucky to see it a few times in my trip in places that normally only carry A-B or at best Pyramid and Redhook.

 384 characters

Photo of loren01
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orangish color, 2 finger width white head, good lacing
S: Smells citrusy, good hoppy scent
T: Well balanced, good grain maltiness up front. Nice fresh citrusy hoppiness
M: Goes down easily, mild/moderate amt of carbonation
D: Very good pale ale, well balanced and easy drinking

 301 characters

Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I re-reviewed this beer because the prior review was on a growler that had been opened for 4 days prior to sampling. This sample was tasted in a 6 ounce portion in a glass.

A:. I poured a murkey yellow with a rich deep white head that was sticky and lingered before settling into a nice even cover over the top of the liquid.

S: It released the aroma of sweet lightly roasted malts and hints of citrus. .

T: It began with an initial flavor of roasted malts followed by a lemony and grassy bite of hop bitters. It finished with a sourness that lingered.

M: It was light bodied and refreshing.

D: It is a light bodied brew with a modest ABV and reasonably balanced between malts to hops making it a candidate for a session brew. However, the hoppy aftertaste and would make other IPAs better for a long session.

 815 characters

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.

 752 characters

Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe