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.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a muddy burnt brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had some roasty nuts. Light caramel to toffee malts. Somewhat roasty.
The taste was moderately sweet with a nice balance to the roasty notes. Lingering semi-dry sweet roasty aftertaste. Lightly sweet on the finish.
The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than expected for a Brown ale. Super sessionable. Slightly creamy.
Overall, not bad, probably could be "beefed" up a bit more in the feel.

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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 illpass78
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep mahogany brown with a short white head.

Aroma: Smells of earth, tea leaves, caramel, nuttiness, and some soft brown bread.

Taste: Caramel and malt are right up front, with the earth and tea leaf notes noticeable, too. Ever so slight sweetness. Nuts are there, too.

Mouthfeel: Nice depth - it's approachable and sturdy.

Overall: Very nice, simple, tasty brown ale. Great for a cool autumn evening. I had this with some vegetable soup and bread and cheese. Tasty pairing.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely seasonal, one of the better craft brown ales I have tried. Somewhere between Avery & Smuttynose, and not quite up to New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale.

Appearance: Great chestnut, bright brown color. Head fades and leaves a few dots of lace.

Smell: Brown bread as made by my German friend. Husky, nutty, deep, without being alcoholic. Inviting. Wood, wood fire, and a bit of Maine hills in the mix.

Taste: I have to admit, there's good complexity and subtlety in this. A bit of that toasted brown bread served with coffee, butter, and gravy. A bit of fig butter too. Not too sweet, a nice blend of sweet malts and hoppy/ roasty bitterness. Good finish. Good with food.

F: Nice tingly finish for a brown ale. Leaves one in a good place. Easy to drink another.

As Alstrom wrote: "pour this one hard into a big stein to really appreciate" Truly a fall-winter beer, well done.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2013.

The pour is mahogany brown with a modest head that lingers. Modest head that does not last long. Good clarity.

The aroma is mainly malty and sweet with some caramel notes. Some sugary and sweet notes.

The body tends to be lighter with some acidity.

The taste has a decent sweet malty character with mild bitterness. It was a decent enough brew.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with brown tinges. Very creamy white head holds fast at a half an inch. Lacing manifests itself in the form of thin, foamy rings.

S: Hints of toffee, wood, brown bread, cocoa powder, and a berry-like fruitiness. Earthy hops in the background.

T: Woody, brown bread, brown cocoa powder. slight cola and toffee. Fruity esters of raspberry. Strong earthy hop presence of tea leaves, tobacco, and garden herbs. Finishes on the dry side with a lingering woodiness and earthy, herbal hops.

M: Full and creamy in the mouth. Medium bodied. Moderately high level of carbonation scrubs the palate and pricks at the tongue.

O: I was in the mood for a nice English style brown ale, and this beer filled the void. It's nice enough, but certainly doesn't bear the standard for the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. Enjoying this up in OOB to start off my relaxing weekend.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with some visibility and vision of carbonation through the glass.

Smell: Some fruitiness, mocha, bready notes, caramel malts, and some roasted coffee too

Taste: everything is blended well together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, feels light and watery, creamy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: The drinkability and flavor of this beer is good. Happy to have scored this beer when I opened up the fridge here in Old Orchard, ME.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark garnet red to reddish brown in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to small patch of very thick film with a moderate amount of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of brown sugar, burnt sugar, and caramel malts. There are lighter notes of nuts and some fruity yeast.

T: Moderate flavors of bready and caramel malts along with some notes of brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and nuts. The beer starts out with a light to moderate amount of sweetness but finishes with light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable with a little more complexity than is usually found in the style.

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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 NardiByNature
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small tan head settles quickly into a collar; leaves some sudsy spotting down the glass. The brew itself is opaque and brown (duh) but with some auburn hues.

S: Nice – sort of the molassasey-fruity aroma of a Belgian dark mixed with a kick a kick of oatmeal

T: There was a hop presence in the nose that I didn’t mention but it’s more apparent in the taste – it’s a bit citric, and provides a nice crispness. There’s more coffee on the palate than in the nose

M: Smooth, creamy. A little alcohol in there that I didn’t expect. moderately carbonated

O: An excellent brown ale on the Amtrak...

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This seasonal beer pours a dark Amber color with a solid 1/2 in off-white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Aroma consists of roasted malts, grain and oats up front. Does conclude with a caramel and brown sugar finish.

T: Off the first sip, I get a caramel/toffee flavor with roasted malts and brown sugar. Grains and oats follow through the middle of the taste with a bready type texture through the aftertaste.

M: Very consisytant with a Brown ale in terms of mouth feel. But does lack that nutty flavor which is more dominated by grains. Smooth texture, somewhat creamy with no carbination to speak of.

O: Very good beer for the fall season, has all those dark, robust flavors that get you in the mood for Autumn. I have had Geary's Hampshire special before. This beer doesnt live up to the abv of that, which is what I was hoping, but does stay true to that harvest style.

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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 beyah
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, tan head, moderate lacing.

Smell - Malty, whole grain bread smell.

T - Malty without being sweet, a hint of toasted grain hops are there but not out of balance.The yeast is the distinctive Ringwood strain.

M- Perfect mouth feel not too much carbonation, and just the perfect amount of hops.

O- A nice offering from Geary's not too sweet, and a nice balance of flavors. Definitely will have again next year.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, crisp, vibrant looking, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with a short-stacked head that quickly vanishes, leaving only the slightest film covering behind. The aromas are rich, and darkly sweet, with chocolate, caramel, and molasses aromas. There is a smokey tone throughout the nose, also. Flavors are extremely crisp, with a good, slightly sweet, nutty background, and some heavier sweet caramel and smokey overtones. A steady roast quality, with some dry, pepper hopping at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a roast coffee character, and some dark chocolate flavors, as well as a slightly charred flavor. The finish is clean and slick, with a slight sweetness left behind. Good flavor profile and blending overall, making a tasty beer. Great for a cool night around a campfire.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is quite malty and has aromas of brown sugar and nuts with hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready malts, caramel, maple syrup, molasses and nuts. Notes of sweetness are present in the initial taste; the finish has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer goes down rather easy and has a rather complex taste compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of drafts of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. A good beer but I'm not sure about the English Brown designation.

Appearance was a light brown to dark amber. Quite clear with lots of fizz.

Smell of dark malts. Not so much fruity as roasty. Chocolate, spices, etc.

Flavor was somewhat mild but also had the characteristics of chocolate, exotic nuts and spices.

Overall a pretty good beer. Definitely one you can drink a lot of. Not my favorite though.

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Photo of mnrider
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Pry-off. no Freshness date.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice head, but little retention. Carbonation is plenty as it clings to the glass in clumps. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Toasted malts and a funky artificial flavor.

T/M: Not unlike the smell. Malts are solid and not too sweet. The chocolate and coffee taste are not overbearing and go well with the slight hop bitterness. The finish is on the malty side.

O: Very good Brown Ale. Stay's true to the style with great taste, and easy drinkability. Worth a try if you can find it.


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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass. Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good retention. Color is brown.

Aroma: English malt base with caramel and maple syrup. Very malty and sweet. Some chocolate.

Taste: Matches the nose spot on, but with a bit of a grassy kick. It shows some pale malts as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Has an odd aftertaste however.

Overall, a decent brown. Very unexpected. Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear dark brown with a finger of biege head. It settles with some soapy lace.

Nutmeg and clove in the aroma with some nice dark malts coming through. A little bit of hazelnut in the background. Good big malt character with hints of cocoa. Spicy cloves and allspice on the pallet with a slight bitter hop finish; just enough to notice.

Medium bodied with sufficiant carbonation. Overall this one is a nice seasonal offering from one of the local guys.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hard from a stubby 12-ounce twist-ff into an over-sized new-wave Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Deep, chestnut brown color with a huge, rocky head of tan carbonation that settles out quickly, leaving behind a trace of slick, foamy resin.

S: Nice, hearth baked malt aroma with a little nutiness and dried, leafy hop cone aromas. Roasted sweetness with a little floral essence.

T: Slick, sweet coating roasted caramel and toffee malts float across the palate and leave a sticky resin. This is broken up a bit by a dose of dry, nutty and bitter hops before washing back with a chalky and slightly buttery malt flavor.

M: Full-bodied, sticky sweet with a nice warming, nutty and earthy malt resin.

O: A nice change of pace from Oktoberfest biers and pumpkin ales that dominate the shelves during autumn. A well-done English brown ale that plays up the malt flavors in a big way with satisfying nutty and earthy flavors to match those falling leaves. Looks a bit flat and viscous, but take the Bros advice and give a hard pour in a big glass to achieve a head worthy of this well-crafted fall brew.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a small head that lasts for less than a minute

S: Some nice roasty malts and subtle earthy hops. Not much behind that, but these are strong enough to give a fairly nice aroma

T: Same as the smell, definitely some caramel and chocolate malts and earthy hops to give a nice autumny taste. Some nutty flavor as well in the aftertaste

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not sticky or sweet like some beers with this robust of a malt profile

O: This is a nice example of an English brown, nothing really jumps out at you, but it still has solid flavor and suits the season well

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, autumnal brown that reminds me of maple syrup beneath the foamy tan head that leaves a very dense, sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

An interesting aroma offers equal parts sweet maple and fall spices such as nutmeg and earthy hops as well. As it warms the maple, spices, and faint nuttiness take charge.

The flavor is a bit less sweet, with fainter hints of maple, and more focus on the nuttiness and autumnal spices. The earthy hops from the aroma are a bit fainter as well, though still present.

For a brown ale, this is a bit thinner in the body than I would expect and higher in carbonation. The flavors and aromas are nice, but the body is a touch miss-leading.

I really enjoyed the aromas and flavors offered by this fine fall seasonal. Categorically, the mouthfeel may have been a bit off as mentioned previously. This is certainly a beer worth a try though.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark amber with high fizzy foam. Foam sticks but pulls away. Strong toffee/caramel notes in the nose. Malt too. Big malt taste with sneaky hop finish. Sweet throughout. Some cola taste. Light carbonation makes it a touch syruppy. Good though.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: brown body with a decent sized foamy off-white head, gave some nice clingy lacing

S: nutty, caramel, malts, subdued hops

T: mainly sweet, some balance as it warms

M: light to medium, sessionable, dry and bitter aftertaste and finish

O: every Autumn since I've lived in Maine, I always get this, my go to Autumn brown ale, maybe not a standout, but can be found anywhere in Maine

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