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

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Geary's Autumn AleGeary's Autumn Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Geary's Autumn Ale is a faithful interpretation of the classic brown ales of Great Britain. With a deep auburn color and a subtle nut-like flavor, Geary's Autumn Ale is the perfect choice as the seasons change. Original gravity - 1058; alcohol by volume – 5.8%; two row English malts (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Golding and Fuggle hops.

Added by purplehops on 08-15-2003

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.11/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Gettin' into the swing of autumn with an appropriately-named brew. Right on. This stuff pours a clear garnet-sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. Actually, this stuff is quite lovely. The nose comprises brown sugar, maple syrup, light buttery biscuit, and a kiss of earthy hops. Not bad. The taste, though, sets everything on sacrificial fire, with notes of burnt brown sugar, rancid wheat, and a harsh, stinging, spicy bitterness that pervades the finish and malingers for far too long.

Lemme see if I can't illustrate this somehow: You see an incredibly good-looking woman off in the distance. As you approach each other, she's not growing any less attractive, so you ask her out, and she accepts. During your first couple of dates, things are kept low-key and kinda superficial, and everything seems to be going fine. Then, you two decide to take the relationship deeper. All of a sudden, she's moody, abusive; her tastes in things have swung 180 degrees; she's snorting coke off her "buddy's" dick and swearing it's all in clean fun, despite the increasing signs of various venereal diseases popping up on her person. Shit, sh even pulls a knife on you during a particularly heated argument. At this point, you dump her, taking the opportunity to land a job in a city the next state over (say, taking a job in Milwaukee when you're living in Chicago...that kind of distance). You think you're moving on, but she keeps calling, unattractively sexting, threatening to find you. This goes on for a few months before she finally fades into the nuthouse ether. You don't know why she's finally gone, and you don't care. At long last, it's over. You thank every possible deity and try to move on with your life, knowing and fearing potential baggage from the whole ordeal may surface at a later date. Just keep focusing on the future, and all will be fine, you tell yourself...

Yeah. It's exactly like that, and possibly even worse. I refuse to go back and find out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, no matter how good this stuff looks, it can't compensate for the horrendousness of the taste. It's just too much suck to even think of ignoring it. This is some evil shit right here, my friends...

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark red with a very thick beige head.

Smell: Almost nothing, very light malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Light malts and hops.

Overall: Not too bad, but I probably will not buy again.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful dark mahogany colored beer with a finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly to a partial ring. Nothing left on the sides.

S - A lot of caramel, sugar, brown malt. Touches of dark fruit, a little surpring for the sytle. A lot of potent aroma for something of this ABV.

T - Some caramel, brown sugar, a little dark fruit. Most dominant smell here for me is unfortunately something much akin to ginseng. If I felt like tea I would drink this, don't like it that much.

M - Smooth, creamy, lower carbonation.

O - Most of the characteristics of this beer are fine, other than the taste which is a big downer for me. Will pass in the future.

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Photo of bigone4
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright amber brown chestnut hue. Tanish of white head that dissipated very quickly. No real lacing present and the head was gone after my second sip. Really neat label on the bottle with no best by date. Really nice color of this beer. I was a bit disappointed with the head but the taste made up for much of its appearance. Smells malty and sweet with some caramel hints. Nice floral hop aroma mixed in with the malt. Taste is malted sweetness with a nice clean hop finish. Light caramel flavors with a mild floralness from the hops. It is rather thin and watery like. It seems like it is missing something from the body. It needs some perkiness is that aspect. Not my favorite fall offering this year.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights. Smallish head. Aroma of sweet malts and the characteristic Maine beer smell of Ringwood yeast.

Flavor starts out okay, but the residual aftertaste makes this beer seem that it was scorched. Gross burnt flavor. It's a sweet, malty brown ale with good potential, but the aftertaste ruins everything for me. Buttery ringwood yeast flavor is present. Mouthfeel is kind of watery.

Geary's has been going downhill for the past couple of years. Though their Pale Ale and London Porter are still solid beers, the seasonal offerings are underwhelming.

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Photo of jvajda
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brown body and minimal head.
Smell: More like a cheap lager than an ale. Kind of musty smelling.
Taste: Again, a let down. It has a simple malty tone and not much else. Sits a little heavy in the stomach as well.
Mouthfeel: A decent feel in the mouth.
Drinkability: A pretty boring beer indeed. I wont be trying this again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geary's- Autumn Ale

Appearance- Ruby reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Quick dissipation.
Smell- Caramel/ brown sugar malt.
Taste- Sweet brown sugar with a caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but becoming acidic in the end.

Overall- Not bad but the finish/ aftertaste is slighty metallic. Clean this up just a bit.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really nice dark amber color.It almost looks like a jar of honey,but the head was a little smallish.A very deep spiced aroma,cinamon,nutmeg,and even a little pumpkin.The taste is OK,nutty and hoppy,but this is a little lighter and watery compared to other seasonals.This wasn't as good as I had hoped.To me,this ale is too light tasting to match against other seasonal ales.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep amber brown, rather unassuming, topped with a thin broken mist. Large carbonation bubbles rise slowly. The head dies to a thin ring around the glass about halfway through.
Swirling the beer to generate maximum scent, my olfactory glands detect a sweet toasty malt aroma, with moderate caramel and a suggestion of chocolate malt. Some dark, ripe fruit lingers beneath, with hints of plum and fig. Pretty smooth, with only a light huskiness that adds to the appeal. A faint grassy, herbal hopping is apparent.
The flavor starts out rather thin, with very little up front. It kicks in somewhat into the middle, with a light toasty malt flavor, coupled with some burnt toffee and dark roasted coffee flavor. A bit of fruitiness comes through as it warms to room temperature, mostly a muddy apple/plum sort of thing. The finish contains some faint hops, with a grassy, herbal flavor I don't particularly like. Fuggles, maybe? The hops are mostly flavor, with very little bitterness. Light bodied, with moderate, even carbonation.
Not a bad brown ale, but I could certainly find better. Weak up front with a grassy hop flavor I don't care for. Not bad, but could use some work in my opinion. I must have had a bad sixer, because my review doesn't seem to jive with anyone else's.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light translucent brown with ruby red highlights. A creamy ecru head, about a finger thick rest atop and leaves a bit of a sticky lace behind.

Nose is full of malts and light on the hops. Notably present are caramel and toasted malt.

Flavor provides a nice delicate balance between sweeter caramel malts with a nice light hop bitterness. A bit of an earthy hop note, but its rather subdued.

Moutfeel provides a hearty medium body with a nice crisp finish.

Overall, this is a nice brown ale to be enjoyed this time of year. However, nothing about it really sticks out.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy 2 finger head lay atop a reddish brown translucent beer. Not a bubble of carbonation within the beer. The retention was pretty nice and the head slowly faded back into the beer.

Aroma as mostly of grains and a touch of alcohol. This beer is not too cold. So I'm a little disappointed in this aspect of the beer.

Light toasty malt flavor. Initial burnt/roasted malt bitterness then some sweetness. Ends a little dry in the flavor area.... But not crisp either. Some real nutty notes here. Some mineral flavors towards the end

The mouthfeel is a little light for this. Seems thin in feel and flavor.
Drinkability is o.k., but it doesn't make you want to come back for more.

Just good. Not very good. Not close to great.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent looking murky brown colour with hints of ruby throughout. Head is essentially non-existent save for a thin lacing.

The aroma is of dark berries, caramel malt, a bit of wood and perhaps a touch of chocolate as well.

Flavour is more rugged than the aroma would lead on. Chocolate comes through much more here along with an earthy malt flavour. Sweetness from caramel is in the back at best and berry flavours are muted and at the finish of each sip.

This was an okay brown ale. Nothing special about it yet nothing terribly wrong with it either. Eh.

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Photo of albern
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The labelling on the beer has changed, probably for the better. The beer pours a nice nutty brown with a bit of head and retention around the rim. The aroma is quite complex: I'm detecting ample caramel malts, ringwood yeastiness, some nutmeg, perhaps a bit of butterscotch or toffee flavors.

I was less impressed with the taste. The beer is not much carbonated, and is heavily skewed towards the sweet malts, particularly the caramel. The ringwood yeast is apparent, as is the roasted flavors, the nutmeg spiciness, and some residual tea like hops. This is one brown ale that I can skip. I think there might be some diaceytl in there as well, but the flat maltiness mixed in with some spices in the allspice family, is just too much for my palate. I'm giving this one a miss.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a creamy crystal and roasted malt scent along with a bit of Ringwood yeast fruitiness. The taste is average. It has a very bitter taste that screams of roasted malts and hops. It has a faint crystal malt sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average brown ale. It's too bitter for my liking. The malt bill doesn't impress me either.

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Photo of humanjoe
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A good pour into a glass generated about an 1/8 to 1/4 inch creamy tan head that disappeared VERY quickly. A little bit of head remained around the edge for a slightly longer time.

The color was a deep reddish brown and the beer is quite clear.

The smell is a toasted, nutty, and malty. Behind that I get a very subtle floral hoppy character. Not over-powering and seems to match the malt characteristics well.

The taste is slightly sweet in the beginning that transitions after a second or two too a nice bitterness at the back of the tongue. This bitterness lingers for a good 10 to 15 second count.

The mouthfeel is nothing to write home about at all. This beer had a very watery feel to it and to me there was something missing in it.

Overall, aside from the mouthfeel, the drinkability and enjoyability of this beer is still good. I'm looking forward to finishing the 6pack over the next couple of weeks..

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Photo of evanackerman
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

beer pours a nice brown color with a substantial tan head.

aroma is reminiscent of prune juice, with a bit of malt character.

taste is sweet, overly sweet with a background of raw graiin, bitterness from hops in the finish.

mouthfeel is thin and a bit astringent

overall, beer is not terrible but not very good either, not much in the flavor department, seems unbalanced, mouthfeel too thin in my opinion. there are too many other outstanding autumn brews for me to buy this again.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. New at Bottle King in Hillsdale, I'm excited that this is an English Brown Ale instead of an Octoberfest/Marzen, which is what I'd expected it to be.

Appearance- This pours a glowing, luminescent caramel red... silky and rich looking, it supports a three finger soapy light beige crown that reduces to a thick mat. Minimal lacing, but the color is so nice. Russet raisin.

Smell- Resembling burnt sugar, molasses, and a toffee-like sweetness, it's a dessert for the nose. There is a toasted malt profile that is buried behind the wall of sugars, and a clean, English hop aroma blends in nicely.

Taste- Immediately, the style is revealed with its unmistakable choice of malts and hops... the cutting, sharp character and subsequent finishing bitterness is all English, exhibiting an almost metallic dryness after the swallow. I would have loved to experience more malt, it would round out the hop presence and do this beer justice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Aside from the initial few seconds where the beer tears into the front of the tongue, the texture then becomes superfoam and couldn't be a better canvas for showcasing its flavors. Unfortunately, this beer feels one-dimensional with regard to the major hopping and almost non-existent malt... I'd stick to Geary's better offerings before ever choosing this particular brew in the future.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" beige head with average life. The body is dark as coffee but held to the light it's a deep burnt umber brown. It smells mildly of roasted malt but really not much else. The taste is mildly malty and has a slightly burnt aftertaste. It's OK, just not really a standout to me.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

Medium brown, reddish when held to light and very clear. Modest head with some retention and lacing. Smell was on the faint side, but pleasant. Grainy, malty, and a hint of something spicy. Taste was grainy and malty, but not as malty or sweet as style would suggest, and it had a bitterness that came in through the middle and lingered. This bitterness was unexpected for the style, and out of balance. Carbonation was good, but the feel was benign and thin. Drinkability only hampered by the out of character bitterness.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and decent lacing.

S: A slightly nutty, malty aroma here.

T: Tasted of malt, nuts and a little coffee up front and nothing in the finish. A somewhat thin and uninteresting taste. That being said, brown ales aren't the most complex of styles to begin with.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: This is one of those beers that has some good characteristics, but fails in the taste category. Not undrinkable, but there are better choices.

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Photo of changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. Pours a brown color, medium-bodied, with a small off-white head. Not a strong aroma but a nice amount of spices, malt and a sweetness in the flavor. Some finishing hops to balance it out. A solid beer for the fall season, which is a nice time of the year in the northeast.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beer pours a beautiful deep amber/copper when held up to the light. When just sitting there its a nice brown, pretty dark. Off white head on pour subsides to a light coating.

S: I have to really stick my nose in the glass and really inhale hard to get much. Lightly floral/hop aroma's. A little yeast smell.

T: A well balanced brown ale. Malt with some seasonal spice. Nothing particular sticks out (i.e. nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc) but autumnal in character. Light hop bitterness on the finish with just a hint of sugar.

M: A little too carbonated I feel. Too soda like in the mouthfeel. Its not way off, just a bit too much.

D: Could easily put down a few but imagine after the 2nd or so wouldnt even notice taste anymore.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent looking maroon slanted dark brown color with a fluffy white head that has about three good minutes before capping. Some caramel and coffee notes highlight the nose, with hints of nuts and even a touch of dark fruits.

Nice, tidy caramel malt up front with nutty and fruit notes is unfortunately highjacked by a metallic taste in the back of the mouth. The finish is pretty satisfying but the texture is a little thin, despite being overcarbonated for an ale, in my opinion.

Initially strong, this falls apart and isn't really what I was looking for. Drinkable but mostly disappointing. Pass.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Deep redish amber, plenty of activity, nice 1/8" tall head with a thin but constant covering after it dissipates.

Nose: Nutty, wheaty, mild malted sweetness.

Taste: Pretty much a classic English brown ale with a nutty and wheaty malted flavor. The subtle hop finish balances it out well.

MF: Lively and bold but not thin, rather substantial feeling...medium body.

DA: Not hard to drink.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep brown with an off white head. you can smell slight caramel and almost an spice kind of like a winter warmer. the taste is slight caramel, fairly balanced but it reminds me more of an autumn pale ale than an english brown ale. all in all decent but lacking distinct flavor. would grab again if nothing else was available.

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Geary's Autumn Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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