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

Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale
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45.5%
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3.61 w/ 279 ratings
Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,636
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
279
Liked:
127
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
14.13%
Alströms:
4.11
 
 
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17
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Photo of auxiliary
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Poured a golden color, with a thun white head that faded out.

smell - Grains, spices, and some hops.

taste - Nice sweet taste, some hops at the end. Somewhat balanced.

mouthfeel - Medium- light body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, I have had better Kolsch beers then this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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 DavidSeanNJ
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 12 oz. bottle consumed at Andys Corner Bar...

A- Huge fluffy white head, bright golden color, amber hues, no lace.

S- Caramel malt and citrus scents, clean and blanced.

T- Taste was crisp and biscuity-bready. Some spices and lemon. Small hop flavor, not enough to satisfy the hop heads.

M- Dry and light, easy drinking feel.

D- Not a big fan of summer ales, this one is decent.

Worth a try if you like summer ales.

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Photo of Midland
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been a Geary's fan for a long time, but this is the first time I've tried the Summer Ale. I know I can't believe it either. I've been more of a Harpoon Summer person, until now. This is not a knock on Harpoon, but an endorsement of Geary's offering. IMHO, Summer beer should be straight forward. It should be what you reach for when your sitting on the deck or at a BBQ. Enough of that..what about the beer? One word, balance. Geary's Summer Ale '08 has it.

Purchase 5/16/08 from Julio's and enjoyed the same day!

-Appearance:
It's a nice lite Amber to dark Golden. I'd say between 9-10 L? After a vigorous pour, decent off-white foam settles back and head retention is minimal, carbonation is on the medium to low side(2v?) and the beer is very clear.

-Smell:
This beer is all about balance. There are both hop tones and malt aroma in the nose. There is a slight hop spice but not an over-bearing one. There is a sweet malty toffee tone, but it is in the back. The yeast smell is very neutral to none.

-Taste:
This is where Geary's hits a long ball. The balance in taste is exactly what I'm looking for in a Summer Ale. All things in equal harmony. The hop profile seems like an Americanized tilt of a Euro classic. Like an American cousin of European Royalty, the genes are there but the manners are a bit off. This is a good thing for me.

Purchase a six of Geary's Summer Ale and you will not be disappointed. Purchase a keg and you'll thank me later ;)

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Photo of Matty1918
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A short bottle with a yellow label and a red lobster.

Poured a nice gold color with a nice white head that left some good lacing through the whole beer.

Good aroma....slight malt with a hint of hops.

A pretty good tasting beer. A slight hop bitterness with a sweet malt mixture. I think it is very well balanced.

I'd buy this again and in fact this might be my new summer brew for cooking on the grill or just chilling by the pool.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of Geary's summer ale. The bottle label is yellow with a big red lobster on it. Nice. The color is clear with a straw golden color. About an inch of nice looking foam. The aroma is pale malt. Crisp, clean and refreshing on the palate. Flavor is light malt with some buttery accents. A good solid refreshing summer ale, very drinkable, and the lobster on the bottle makes it worth while.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every year Geary's awards a scholarship to a Maine College of Art student whose design they choose for their summer ale packaging. Obviously the winning design has to embody something very Maine-y and I'd say that this year's winner does just that...check out that lobster getting sunburned!

Pours a clean, light golden color with a thick head.

Smells like light malt, slightly yeasty and very faint hoppiness.

Taste is crisp and slightly dry in the finish. There is some malt sweetness with some hop bitterness at the end. This is the light-bodied beer you want in the fridge when you've got yard work to do or you're having a barbecue and don't know what your friends like to drink. This is certainly the type of beer that everyone can agree on during a nice warm, sunny day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 williamherbert
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gives off a dark golden color. Mostly clear, but some haze. There is a good amount of slow-rising carbonation. Minimal but long-lasting head. The light comes through, but not before being stopped by much of the haze. Looks quite good.

Smell is of a light ale with some sweet but bitter malt. Resembles a typical Kolsch. Some bitter hop scent, but not American-style hops, I don't think. Some yeast aroma.

Taste of some beechwood hops, but they are secondary to the bitter malt. More bitter malt than the summer ale I expected. The malt is German and bitter.

Feel has a slightly thick, creamy feel; like a thicker version of a normal Kolsch. It is light enough to drink a few but substantial enough not to feel guilty about it. Not a bad beer at all. It's not wheaty or sweet; more bitter and thick.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper amber color with minimal if any head. Aroma was very summery. Citrusy, heavy on lemon, but also reminded me of beach. Flavor was hoppy, with tings of lemon. Despite no visible carbonation, felt like was heavily carbonated in the mouth. Pleasant to drink, would have been nice during the heat of the summer.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with little head and a very light brown color, light carbonation apparent.

Smell- Slightly fruity in the nose, not a heavy odor, but distinct.

Taste- Crisp flavor of fruity hops and light floral. Clean distinct flavor.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the palate with a pleasant lingering taste.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, light enough to have a few and quite enjoyable, refreshing taste.

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Photo of techdiver
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep copper with modest head that dissipates quickly. Doesn't really look like a kolsch.

Sweet malt and hops to the nose.

Well balanced malt and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, but despite the active carbonation, feels much fuller than your normal kolsch.

Despite it's shortcomings, a pleasant summer ale and quite drinkable.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, deep copper with a tight head. Head disappears quickly. So far, this isn't looking too kolsch-like.

S: The first thing I noticed was the strong tea like hop aromas. The malt lingers in the background and smells sweet and bready. Actually, reminds me of sweet iced tea.

T: The aroma is a great indicator of the taste. An assertive tea like hop bitterness is balanced quite nicely by a malty, bready backbone. Lots of toasty malt flavors going on. A bit of buttery diacetyl is present, as well. Finishes sweet.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Not nearly as light as most summer beers. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

D: At 6% this isn't really a kolsch, but it's damn tasty nonetheless. This may be my favorite summer brew. A sure bet.

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Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich gold. Thin white head,with some retention,and a decent lace. Lots of bubbles. Aroma is Bready, but with a citrus,earthy,spicey edge.Body is light to mediun,and carbionated. Taste is malty,but with a spicey hoppy balance.Nice little burn in the finish. Differant for a "summer beer", but good.

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Photo of Franchise
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This summer offering from Geary's pours a golden caramel color leaving a thin off white head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is grass, citrus hops, earthy, hay, lemon and a slight acidic nose. The taste mirrors the nose, very dry and crisp. Lemon tartness feel on the palate clean and refreshing with a nice dose of hops for a nice balancing bitterness. Overall a solid offering from Geary's

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geary's- Summer Ale

Appearance- Light yellow with a thick frothy head.
Smell- Big doughy bread malt with a spicey/ peppery touch.
Taste- Light peppery spice with a big floury/ doughy bread malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with a hint of alc in the end.

Overall- A refreshing and easy beer to through back. I enjoyed a few of these sitting on a dock on Badger Island, ME.

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Photo of phisig137
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber color, with a one finger head. Poor retention, and no lace or foam.

Aroma is grainy, with some hints of caramel and DMS. Nothing great here.

Flavor is a bit better. Mild malt contributions, very light sweetness. Fruity yeast ferment, leads me to believe this was fermented just a bit warm. Odd cinnamon flavor comes through on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. Drinkability is decent.

Overall, a pretty lack-luster beer from a brewery that rarely wows me. This is a half decent summer ale, but not worth seeking out. A bit boring overall, and also a rather boring Kolsch. Not bad really.... just not very good.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit fuller and more alcoholic than I would expect out of a summer brew, but it’s not unwelcomed. There’s plenty of bready malt sweetness and some nice caramel, but the hop spice is a bit too mellow to provide enough balance.

I liked this one and my only real complaints are that there isn’t enough balance and it’s a bit full and rich for a Kolsch (which, frankly, probably has more to do with the poor balance than the low hop bitterness). But, like I said, it’s pretty tasty and props to Geary’s for making a summer beer that isn’t a wheat ale.

Recommended…

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Photo of ericj551
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Geary's Summer pours a clear copper with a thin head. Aroma is a bit of diacetyl and almost metallic hops. Taste is crisp, more ringwood yeasty flavor with a nice rounded hop bitterness. I toured Geary's last summer and was assured they used only the Ringwood yeast, so I don't really know if this is a Kölsh, but cheers to Geary's for making their summer beer something other than a light wheat beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2007 offering.

AP: A tornado of bubbles literally twisting their way to the top to create a 1/4' deep foamy and tight head with a few bubbles that covers a totally clear pale amber color. The look is very good, but not exactly good for the style of kolsch.

Nose: A bready, semi-sweet malt with a peppery and herbalized hop effect with subtle wheat and spices. once again, the nose is very unique for it's style.

flavor: This brew has a clean honey-wheat-bread malted flavor off the top with some brown sugar and a dazzling spicey and peppery hop effect that is very unique but VERY NOT kolsch like. The hop charecter is very complex and turns into a very hearty, herbal and green hop flavor at the end. This is a very bold flavored "summer ale" with only a slight hint of citrus lemmon with a peppery and mellow but tasty malt that is much bolder than any other "kolsch" i've ever had. this brew has a mighty fine flavor that i persoally enjoy, but can't figure out how this supposed to be a kolcsh.

Feel: Medium bodied feel, crispy and clean with a decent bite.

DA: This could be a summer favorite.

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Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Liquids
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber, no, orange, no, yellow...with a one finger bubbled head, effervescent carbonation - very kolsch and pils like yes, and does leave some lacing. Great looking artwork on the bottle.

Aroma is very typically of German style beers, the hops are American in type to my nose, with a bit of bite, but this is mostly a sweet malt aroma, bock like with some sweet wheat aromas present. Taste is sweet, malty, complex, spicy in the hops, not overbearing in any way, almost shy as it doesnt mask the sweetness of the malt, just follows it at the end with a spicy tang to maintain the right balance for style...that spicy tang in the finish keeps it from being too syrupy sweet.

A good flavor here, not the average summer brew. Mouthfeel is totally full bodied! The carbonation is abundant which is probably right for style, but otherwise man this has some good mouthfeel qualities on-par with a "big-beer." Overall this is not one I'll return to for a sixer but it is truly a fine beer--just not my style I suppose. I actually don't enjoy most summer brews, but this breaks the mold as it is not weak, flavorless, booring, macro-like, or a bad wheat beer, as I find is typical. It's exactly the opposite -- flavorful, interesting... All the Geary's beer I try really give me the sensation that the recipe was painstakingly and carefully hand crafted for all the right elements measured above. Try this!

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Photo of jslot38
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A staple for me over the summer living up in ME. Before I hit the golf course I always grabbed a 6'er of this.

Appearance: A tawny orange with slight amber hues. A solid white laced head sits on top.

Smell: Citrus notes come to the top with a nice presence of doughy biscuits.

Taste: Buttery on the tongue. Hops hit first, but this is only a slight blow to the taste buds. Orange rinds, a but of lemon zest and some spiced notes. Rounds out with biscuit, a bit of nuts, and just a solid aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: As said, starts out with that classic buttery touch on the tongue, then the carbonation hits hard on the tongue. Flavours linger nicely.

Drinkability: This was my summer beer, and boasts a nice drinkability for a 6.0% ABV beer. One of those reason why I'll always make a call back to Maine.

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Geary's Summer Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 45.5% out of 100 with 279 ratings
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