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 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 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 oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this interestingly enough at Sebago's brew pub in Portland,pours a lighter brown color with a somewhat creamy off white head.Aroma is sweet and and candyish some burnt sugar aromas stick out to me with some light nutty tones.Flavor is nice and nutty and lightly sweet with hints of cocoa.A solid malty brown from Gearys had a couple of them and was impressed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large tan head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, maple, roasted malts, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready and mildly sweet with flavors of roasted malts, caramel, maple and nuts up front. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but there's a still a decent balance created. There's also a hint of spices in the background. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation but a bit high for the style, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are some others in the style that I would chose first.

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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 smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan and clear, provides a very good head that dies quickly.

Crystal malt is the main aroma, but there is a very present hop bouquet providing an excellent balance. The flavor is very rich. The hop is not shy! This could pass as a dark bitter. The body is also rich, but the carbonation is above average preventing a malted thickness. The aftertaste is largely hop based.

This is a fascinating brew: rich, flavorful and hoppier than expected--worthy of multiple samplings. ;-)

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

Big thanks goes out again to the kind New England trader that sent me an awesome collection of fall seasonals. I decided to pull this one out last night while I was grilling dinner. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/23/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color, with a nice maple brown color to it. Nice clarity allowed me to see straight through to a nice carbonation stream that kept coming up through the glass throughout the session. Nice head of white foam capped the top and reached a height of around two inches before finally settling down to a thin veil of lace across the top.

The aroma was a touch light, but nonetheless, very well defined. Nice touches of caramel, brown sugar, spiced apples and maple were all prominent from the very beginning. A wonderful touch of light English hops rounded out the aroma. The flavor was even deeper in its uniqueness. Nice light and earthy hops came across the front of the profile on the first initial sip, lightly puckering before being overall by a very sweet malt flavor. Hints of maple and molasses, light caramel and the nicest little touch of spice all playing very well off of each other. Smooth creamy feel was very well received with good carbonation that prickled the tongue a bit at times. Easy and smooth to drink, I had no issue at all with having this one go down while I was cooking, though not something I would throw down quickly as the flavor lended itself more to being enjoyed.

Overall this was a very solid beer with a very solid and very sweet flavor. I would have no issue at all with having this again, and it was one of the better seasonal I had this week.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz short twist off brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Nice blanket of froth that hold a bit of retention. The deep chestnut brown colour is quite alluring.

Smell: Deeply toasted malt husk, hints of chocolate and coffee grinds come to mind. Malty with a smidge of diacetyl in the mix. Brown bread?

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wavering flavours of chocolate and coffee hit to palate randomly, hops lay low but cover the field and keep it balanced. Modest yet a solid malt back bone, not too sweet with the highly toasted and slim amount of roasted malt flavours. Faint fruitiness with a combo of yeast and diacetyl linger with the maltiness in the finish.

Notes: A very solid brown ale, pour this one hard into a big glass to really appreciate it for what it is. This is one style I have missed for a while and I will be visiting it more often through the fall via Geary’s Autumn Ale.

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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 jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a patch.

The smell is of caramel and with a spiciness in the back.

The taste is of carmelized malt with some floral, spicy, earthy bitterness balancing it out. A touch of buttery diacetyl mixes in. Sweetness turns dry in the finish.

Lighter side of medium-bodied with a lingering spiciness appropriate for the autumn season.

A standard brown ale with a touch of warming spice. Worth checking out for the season.

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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 Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark copper color with a 1" head. There is some spotty lacing that develops.

Smell: caramel and some fruit sweetness is very light and tough to pull out of the glass.

Taste: caramel, mild roasted malts, and a hint of earthiness make up a simple but enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth towards the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is short and is mostly caramel laden.

Drinkability: nice autumn beer when the weather gets a bit cooler. Definite session ale as several were quaffed after this review while doing some yardwork.

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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 plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light brown hue with streaks of ruby and a one inch pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft roasted grain aroma with hints of caramel and mild floral hop.

The taste was equally soft. A very nice smooth grain bill with soft malts and a hint of chocolate and caramel.

The mouthfeel was full and clean.

Overall a nice drinkable brown ale. Very sessionable as well.

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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 jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five-fingered off-white head that fades quickly but does leave some bubbly lace. Nice carbonation. Deep ruby color. Nose has hints of cooked molasses. Starts malty/hoppy and finishes with a crisp bitterness. Sweet taste is closer to some porters than a brown. Medium bodied.

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

A: Pours a deep, dark marzen color with a thin light tan head with some reddish hues.

S: creamy caramel, noble hop aroma and some earthy woody notes.

T: The palate is dry with some burnt woodiness, some leaves and some light burnt caramel for flavor. The aftertaste is a grainy with a dry malt grind left on the tongue. A little rough and unpolished. A gritty and grainy textured beer for the fall season.

M: Mouthful is gritty and grainy, leaving a granular malty fade along with some dry citrus grind.

D: A big drinking brown fall fest beer. moderate.

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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 ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My last 12ozer from a 6 pack that I picked up in October at Tully's, Wells, ME, been fridged the entire time. Nice understated artwork with seasonal colors.

Pours a nice deep brown, not unlike the bottle color, and quickly forms a good, resilient head that holds on for quite some time. Laces nicely as the beers magically disappears. Initially to me, it seems bit on the hoppy side, but that seems to settle down into an appropriate level. For it's color I'd expect a bit more maltiness, but another enjoyable seasonal nonetheless from the people up at Geary's.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish chestnut colour, quite dark, with a short cap of beige bubbles. A bit of lacing, decent head retention. Caramel malt aroma, sweet with brown sugar and apple, a bit bready with faint hops and a hint of cocoa. Nice flavour as well, bitterness was restrained and let the malts dominate. Not overly sweet though, more of a caramel meets chocolate and dried fruit character. Light, lingering bitterness with a bit of leafy hops. The texture was a little slick, medium bodied with carbonation that was slightly coarse. Not a fan of the mouthfeel on this. Overall it was pretty tasty though. I liked the malts and thought the flavours held together well.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep russet tone to this beer. A small light brown head recedes to a thin film quickly. Lace is quite sporadic. Thick and full nose on this bad boy. Very nice aroma for a brown ale. It's chock full of chocolate, darkened malts, cracked barley and hearty roasted malt tones. The body on this beer is about medium-full. Pushing full. Big and bold, yet a smooth mouthfeel. The flavors are nice and hearty. Deep malt tones of chocolate and roast. Dry cocoa powder and java tones accentuate slightly. Some hop notes are detected in the lingering bitter aftertaste. Quite enjoyable and quaffable.

JohnnyP. You are the man. Nice selection. Many thanks my friend.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must be getting old. I don't remember previous versions of this beer tasting so good. It was a medium brown color with a decent white head. A caramel aroma with some spiciness. Taste wasn't too sweet, and I thought I tasted some pumpkin and clove. It had a nice little bite. Good mouthfeel, fairly assertive. I'd like to see this year round.

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Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherrywood color...minimal lace....nose is soft..butterscotch...toffee...body is on the lighter side of medium bordering on light...seems OK though....flavors are muddled...a little chocolate...the butterscotch...some nice noble hop characteristics....finishes rather bitter for a brown ale....

A good beer to try but not one of my favorite brown ales...I like sweet, chocolatey brown ales....this is solid ....well worth the try though...thanks to Johnny P for the goods...

As this is warming it is getting better and I have adjusted my scores slightly...a nice flavor to this...much better as it warms..still not a bold, sweet, chocolate brown ale...much more hopped up than most..

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

Dark brown, foggy. Small but retentive white head.

Smells nutty, lightly fruity. Much more like a brown then a bock malt, not very much like a Marzen, or anything else that I'd look for in an autumn ale. Still, solid.

Taste smooth, nutty and fruity up front, medium hops and earthen brown ale malt in the back, with a pleasantly rusty sweetness lingering the back. The hop presence is surprising, but things are still a bit too tame for my taste.

Not bad in the least, but not all the much going on.

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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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