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Geary's Summer Ale | D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale

Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The style of this ale is traditionally European, similar to a German kolsch: full bodied with a spicy hop tang and a rich, crystal clear golden color. Alcohol content is approximately 6% by volume.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are fruity aromas in the nose—apples and grapes seem to stand out in particular—along with some hits of biscuit malts and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and has lots of flavors of apples and grapes along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has lots of fruity flavors. If it wasn’t for the dryness, you might think this was an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours.a moderate golden yellow color with a short white head. Nose brings some light malt, honey, and faint fruit. Taste is slightly-sweetened dough and a bit of grain. Light, crisp feel with great carbonation levels to match the flavor. A good summer brew and quite nice drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a summer beer this is no light ale or lager here a nice deep golden rich color and flavor.A nice creamy head to this beer with a malty and fruity with a hint of yeast to it,flavor is a big malt attack in the start with nice fruitiness with a light hop profile,a bigger tasting beer for a summer but not heavy a great beer for any season.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep-amber body topped by a short head of creamy ivory foam. The head holds well, maintaining a thin lid throughout most of the glass, and even leaves some nice lace along the way. The nose is buttery and lightly fruity above some mild, spicy hops. It's fine, slightly elevated carbonation leaves it initially crisp in the mouth; but it's medium and dextrinous body soon rounds it out. Buttery diacetyl remains in the flavor alongside some nice fruitiness (white grape, apple, light strawberry) over a lightly toasted malt base. Its well-balanced with a firm bitterness that leads into a long-lingering dry finish where a quick flash of fruit returns but is quickly replaced by a rising bitterness, some residual biscuity malt, and a light coating of spicy hop flavor. Buttery, fruity, malty, and full-flavored with a very long finish. Satisfying!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of grain, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with some spices, but the malt character is thin. There’s a decent hops presence to provide a little bit of balance. It’s simple but nice. The after-taste maintains the breadiness and sweetness.

M: very crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, decent kick for a Kolsch, good representation of style, it’s light enough to drink a lot of, but it’s not one that I like enough to do so. However it is a decent beer overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as an extra about a month ago and have had it sitting in the fridge waiting on me ever since. I grabbed it out last night in my effort to try and clean up this back log. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/10/2008.

The pour was about what I would expect from the style. A nice even colored light amber, bordering on a golden color. A nice sized head of white foam then rose up over the top to take a hold on the glass, reaching a height of around two inches and then settled back down to leave a bare top with minimal lacing. No real side glass presence was noticed, though there was some nice carbonation.

The aroma was rather light, touches of caramel malts, light bready tones and a hint of banana were all that were readily noticeable, not bad really, would have liked a bit more of a pop in it though if I am being honest. The flavor was very nice though. Rich notes of biscuit and bready malts, layered on top of a light fruity spike of flavor. Some nice touches of grain coming through mid palate before dropping back into a smooth, and subtle feel. Crisp and clean finish left only the lightest bit of caramel flavor on the tongue before fading into the back and leaving me ready for the next sip. Nice, smooth, easy carbonation was an ease to drink, and I would have no issue with putting down multiples of this one.

In the end, not a bad little summer beer I have to say. The body is a little bit bigger then what would normally expect, given the style, but still a very capable beer here I would have no issues with having again.

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-shorty with no freshness date.

Pours a light copper brew with a creamy looking off white head that clings to the glass like a champ.

Trademark Geary's buttery aroma is a bit more prevelant in this brew, sweet malt and a touch of hop help round out the nose.

Quite malty, crisp and smooth with a full body. Thick layer of malt and diacetyl is covered with a balacing hop bitterness and a lingering herbal flavor. Butterscotch in the semi-sweet finish.

A solid beer but a Kölsch it is not, at least by today's standards. None the less this one of the most flavorful summer brews this year.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bubbly gold color; crystal clear. Impressive head (full three fingers). It leaves surprisingly little lace.

Clean and crisp smell but very mild. Very much a malty (but light) aroma.

The flavor is similar to an American amber ale--more malty than hoppy, which shows up long after the swallow. Very good body for the style.

This is an uncomplicated beer, but it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Cracking into this box of Maine-y goodness from Paul. This one pours a clear golden amber topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light toffee, and flowers. The taste is similar, though the toffee has morphed into burnt caramel and there is a strong sense of orange-peel bitterness in the background, lighting the sky so brightly the moon is no longer visible on this lovely evening. Ugh, this things hurts a bit, as the bitterness remains long after the liquid has settled down my throat. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish, lasting finish. Overall, a major disappointment, especially considering I was expecting either a kolsch (as the site lists this thing) or some sort of blonde ale or something. I got neither. The strong, strange bitterness keeps the drinkability way down, as I do not want to drink much more of this any time soon.

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Photo of billab914
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Half Acre pint glass. Poured amber in color with a white fluffy half inch head taking up the remaining space in my pint glass. The amber color surprised me a bit since I saw it listed as a Kolsch here and expected it to be a lot lighter. They make no mention of Kolsch on the bottle though so I can't knock them for that. Retention and lacing weren't bad.

The aroma has a light fruity flavor going on with some apple and a bit of grape flavors to it. Some bready malt shines through a bit as well. The fruity flavor seems to be the dominating flavor in the aroma.

The taste has a crisp, fruity flavor to it. The fruitiness really stands out as an almost apple like crisp flavor. It has a bit of earthy hop spiciness to it as well coming through in the finish. Some bready malts along with a bit of caramel come through as well. The finish has a tartness to it with more of that fruity flavor coming through. That apple fruitiness really seems to be the most present flavor to it though overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is OK, it was a decent drinking summer beer. The fruity apple like crispness was a bit much though for me. Felt a little bit heavy and tart for a an easy drinking summer beer for me.

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Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a thin, white head.

The smell is of butterscotch, some breadiness, and a touch of lemon.

The taste is buttery/butterscotch. Malty with some balancing, earthy hops. Light lemon zest mixed in, but doesn't really stand out. Crisp finish.

It has something of a body for a "summer ale". Buttery smooth - flavor hangs on enough to want more.

Well, well - It's not a Kolsch - but not all beers fit neatly into a category - To me more like an English ale...Buttery (and I think I detected Ringwood yeast?) As for a summer ale - Well, I don't know - It has more to it than a typical summer ale - a good thing though. Pretty easy drink and has a refreshing quality. But, be ready to encounter plenty of diacytel (unexpected for style/summer ale). In the end - a decent brew, but too high of an abv (and buttery) to make it a summer session.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A – Golden amber with a great off-white, frothy head. Nice retention and solid lace.

S – Full nose. Floral, sour citrus, and malt.

T – A citrus and light malt opening was promising, but the batch I bought was apparently skunked. Bitter wax and sour acidity quickly over took the lighter notes, and dominated the rest of the profile.

M – Medium-light body with flat carbonation.

O – Would need to try this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice blend of crisp sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is an odd blend of sweet fruits and slightly bitter hops, good bready quality and a touch of yeast as well. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is a somewhat decent beer, just not something I see myself trying again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, vibrant, golden-orange coloring with a filmy white surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains and biscuits, with a slight floral highlight. The beer tastes slightly sour, with a citrus tart and bitter characteristic. Tangy, with some light floral and spice overtones. The beer has a smooth, mid-bodied feel that ends crisply and cleanly. Tangy and roasted aftertaste that has a slight linger after you drink. Crisp and refreshing enough, but there are better Summer offerings out there.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a kolsch? Whatever, it was a nice, lighter ringwood beer. Where was a sweet, light caramel malt, covered in ringwood fruit and cream, almost like a fruit dip, and finished with a hint of grassy hops. Not your average summer ale, but a somewhat average ringwood beer. Still, quite drinkable and a nice brew on a summer's eve.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Summer Ale poured nicely, a light copper color with a nice head that disappeared to the rim of the glass rather quickly. Not as light and refreshing as expected in a Summer Ale, it is full of flavor and a very slight citrus flavor emerges on the tongue after swallowing. This would be very drinkable on a spring or fall day in the sun or during a poker game, but this would not land in the top 5 of my summer ale list in battling the heat and looking for a great thirst quencher. That is why I marked drinkability at a 3.5.

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Photo of WesWes
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a darker golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awfully plain. There seems to be some pale malts and a mysterious fruity scent. The taste is good. It is crisp and refreshing with a bit of lemony flavor. It is a different taste, but it's not bad. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is a decent drinker. I've had better Summer ales though.

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice biscuity grain with a mild hint of anise.

The taste was smooth and doughy with a spicy licorice element. Slight medicinal flavor. Decent biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was a bit astringent with a mild medicinal element.

Overall not all that impressive. Not a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is slightly bready but mostly hops, lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-dux. 5-17-11.

A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange with a bright clarity. An eggshell colored head of a monstrous proportion rises 3 fingers leaving an ice-berg like structure centered in the glass. Faint and lazy carbonation rises while the head slides cleanly down the glass walls leaving no visual evidence behind.

S: Dried orange grinds and moist fresh grains along with some grassy hops of moderate strength are to be had on the nose. Average experience.

T: The flavor didn’t fair to much more enthusiasm then the aroma. Pale grains, dried orange grinds mixes with some grass and floral hops. Nice level of hoppiness, but the body is weak and watery adding little support. The whole thing finishes off with a strong grassy flower bitterness which is still not even for saving grace here, overall boring and mundane.

M: creamy, medium-bodied with no carbonation presence. Things turn washy on longer holds leaving but a grassy and flowery fade, again lackluster.

D: Mindless and casual summer drink that may be worth putting back a few in a backyard gathering but wouldn’t care to seek out or ask what I was drinking. Unlikely repurchase, and overall not a good summer time drink in terms of refreshing quality, flavor or light bodied nature. A average drink that hardly raises an eyebrow for the summer time craft fan looking for something to quench the thirst on a hot day. Pass. a kolsch this is not.

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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Could this be a summer of kolsch?

Pours a dark golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style. Could be slightly lighter but good enough.

Light hint of malt and grassy hops in the nose. Not too much in the way of aroma.

Crisp with grassy hops and sweet, lightly-buttered malt. The hops are more prevalent than they need to be.

Lingering grassiness from the hops. Little or no flavor from the malt.

I was expecting something more aromatic and flavorful. It's not a bad choice but I've had better for the style. It still beats using a blonde ale or light lager as your summer seasonal.

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Photo of Gusler
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003:
The pours a cloudless burnished copper color, the head pythonic in size, creamy in consistency, the color a winsome light tan and as it evanesces, the lace formed a satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Sweet malt dominates the fresh, crisp and quite sniffable nose, start is malt sweet, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a tolerable acidity, the hops perky in their spiciness, dry lingering aftertaste, another great summer session beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Geary's offerings are my everyday beers. Slightly above average, good, serviceable beers. This year's summer offering has a striking green label (part of Geary's art contest) with a green cap. It poured a clear orange with a medium head that quickly dissipated. It had a pleasant floral/citrus odor, and a citrusy taste that was nicely hopped. I think it's a little more assertive than most summer brews, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn’t looking for much in this brew, but it turned out to be a real find. It pours a clear, golden-amber color. The head is white, although fairly thin. It’s got a nice, malt-centered aroma. Bread, caramel, and the impression sweetness are in the smell, with a little hops. The taste is solid, with a nice caramel sweetness. There’s a little butter and an almost honey-like quality in the flavors. Finish is pretty hoppy, and after a few sips, a floral and almost musty hop characteristic comes forth. Medium body. All in all, this is a very drinkable, extremely enjoyable brew. It’s not what I’d call a kolsch, but it sure it tasty.

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Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12-ounce bottle, cold into my pint glass, this poured a clear maple color with a modest white head and decent lacing. The aroma is a bubblegum sweetness with some wheat toast and lemon. The taste brings out peppery rose petal sweetness and some solid wheat. There's a little popcorn malt going on, lightly citrus hopped. Pretty drinkable with fine carbonation. About half way through I sense that there is a decent balance as a summer beer, refreshing, relatively light but with some interesting flavor. Not a favorite but a drinkable and passable brew.

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