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

Geary's Autumn AleGeary's Autumn Ale
BA SCORE
51.6%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 190 ratings
Geary's Autumn AleGeary's Autumn Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,133
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
190
Liked:
98
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
11.86%
Alströms:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
15
Trade:
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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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 -12.9%
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 jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BeerLover48Fan
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a six pack of this brew and was pleasantly surprised. The brew poured to a dark brown color with amber highlights. It had a good sized tan head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. Malt comes across with an excellent roasted scent mixed with a slight sweetness that highlights caramel, toffee and maybe a bit of cocoa. The taste is amazingly smooth; the flavors highlight the malt that was identified earlier. The caramel and what I think is chocolate really go well together. Some hop at the end but for me the malt flavors really set this beer off. I do not do justice to it with my description but I really like the flavors. The brew is extremely easy drinking and I wish that this would be available year around, I know I would get it if it were.

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Photo of billybob
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium brown color with a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to just a ring on the glass with some lacing. light aromas of fruit and spice and caramel. taste, fresh coffee, caramel, with hints of fruit. mouthfeel light with a slight after taste. a nicely balanced brown ale. would buy again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Stimack
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a six pack of this brew and was pleasantly surprised. The brew poured to a dark brown color with amber highlights. It had a good sized tan head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. Malt comes across with an excellent roasted scent mixed with a slight sweetness that highlights caramel, toffee and maybe a bit of cocoa. The taste is amazingly smooth; the flavors highlight the malt that was identified earlier. The caramel and what I think is chocolate really go well together. Some hop at the end but for me the malt flavors really set this beer off. I do not do justice to it with my description but I really like the flavors. The brew is extremely easy drinking and I wish that this would be available year around, I know I would get it.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent garnet hue topped by nearly two fingers of small-bubbled head.

S: The malt sweetness comes across with an assertive and tempting aroma, while there is also a considerable caramel tinge to this. Hops are somewhat minimal in the nose.

T: That sweet malt base with caramel flows smoothly over the palate, and just as it passes the middle of the tongue, a bittering hop presence slips in quite unnoticed. This exemplifies an easy transition, and it works well. Finish is a bit of waning caramel and the bitterness from the hops clinging shortly and fading. A slight toasted malt character comes through as the beer warms.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, the texture is smooth and complements the rolling and fluid segues of flavor.

D: This is an ale that retains a unique flavor profile and composition amongst the typical fall seasonals. Not only that, but it's quite sessionable as these transitions are key, and it's beautifully balanced. Smooth texture which fits the character of the flavor.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown,with a thin tan head. Some retention,and a good lacing.Smell is of carmel malts,with a roasted edge.Body is medium,with carbionation. Taste is of brown sugar,and spice,with a sweet fizzy finish.Not your typical Autumn Ale,but not bad.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with moderate tannish head. Modest retention and slight lacing.
Smell is significant for roasted malt, caramel and toffee.
Taste is strong for roasted malt anf caramel. Some dark fruit notes are also present.
A light nhop bitterness prrsents itself at the finish, and balances the malt nicely.
A very-easy to drink beer. It was finished before the review.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A style that you dont find too often. Pours a very deep brown, very appropriatley labeled bottle, in fact, all Autumn ales should be as such. Virtually no head, very little carbonation. As the name suggests, it's Autunm-ie, brown, with deep reddish hues. At 5.8%, a great session beer. Goes down easily. Seasonals are so good. Is it bad to wish they were available all year?!?!?!?

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint glass

Poured smooth & clean with a faint and constant sizzle. Nicely hopped nose, citric with orange and lite grapefruit, distant sweetness with brown sugar, and I swear the aroma of cool evening air drifting thru pine. As it warms it grows softer but retains all the aforementioned qualities in milder form, perhaps a bit sweeter with some fruit. Head was almost 2 fingers of very tight, compact, subtly sculpted latte colored foam with great retention, only settling to a finger's worth with nice lacing in rings. What can best be described as a rhubarb inspired, ruddy port hue resides beneath it with a stead parade of aquarium-esque bubbles rising haphazardly thru it. It is a very pretty beer.

Crisp, clean, nicely hopped but not overly so, it has a very nice bittersweet, burnt caramel quality. Smooth on the tongue, its not very dry, which helps to accentuate the sweet malts and lets the subtle hops shine. I'm enjoying the way the bittering hops keep the malted sweetness grounded and act as a counterweight.

Growing drier & sharper on the palate, the hops continue to peak & shine as the overall mouthfeel, while peaking, grows very even & balanced as if all coming together at a common convergence. An added benefit is the faint warming of the mouth from the IBUs, even if they are low. The finish is still noticeably hopped, clean, leaving a faint bittersweet film of an aftertaste, slightly chalked but altogether nice.

A very interesting Autumn Ale and one of the hoppier English Browns I can remember trying. This isn't to say this is a Brown IPA but this style doesn't usually have hops this noticeable. Its a nice change, and this would be a Brown that should appeal to hopheads and a nice change-up for maltheads. Can see this going great with aged cheddar, beef, root veggies, any sandwich on good bread with cheese. Anyone looking for a change of pace or just a nice, easy to drink beer that should appeal to hop & malt lovers alike should definitely seek this out before the winds of November blow it away for another year.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle a deep brownish/mahogony color with a nice, tight, white head. Aromas are lacking but mostly consist of slight spices and nutty malts. Nutty in the flavor as well. Think walnuts mixed with some pumpkin pie spice. A nice beer overall. Certianly plenty drinkable in the autumn months. Not sure I will seek this out again but I was pleases with the results.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
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 taez555
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark reddish amber body with a small white head.

Smell is of dark bread, some caramel, mild hints of dark chocolate or coffee.

Medium bodied and smooth. Dark brown bread, molasses, dark chocolate, lots of dark caramel, dark roasted malts with a mild sweetness. Hop bitterness is nicely balanced in the background with only a mild hint of a anise and earth hop flavor.

Simple yet full of flavor. A really nice brown autumn ale. Another fantastic session beer from geary's

Re-reviewed from notes, tasted 12/05/07

This beer poured a clear brown body with touches of ruby-brown and a small white head.

Nose was a mix of caramel, sweet breads, white sugar, strawberries, ripe fruits and candy. A very sweet octoberfest type smell and with earth and touches of granite. Very nice.

Taste was medium bodied, dark brown bread and a caramel mix. Dark toasted malt yet very clean. A big overall bitterness. Very earthy and has a strong stone/granite taste and bitterness. Very doughy.

An excellent, maybe even one of the best examples of an American "autumn", or american ale style octoberfest. It almost borders on a brown ale. A great beer.

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Photo of humanjoe
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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 bigone4
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
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 plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Freshie
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep and dark amber colour. Hold it to the light and you'll see some nice crimson hues. Frothy head dissapates to the sides after time.

The smell is a bready, toasted malt. Some sweetness. Coffee?

The taste is tanic and malty sweet, with hop bitterness coming after. finishes pretty dry. Smooth and tea-like.

I like it. Easily downed or easily savored.

Cheers!

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Photo of sraimondi
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spent 3 glorious nights in Portland on biz this past week (one of the best beer towns in the World and the eye-candy is 1st rate too). Had this one on draught at Bull Feeney's, J's Oyster (really good seafood & what a view from the outdoor tables!) and $3 Dewey's in the Old Port. WOW!! Better than I imagined, as I have loved this one from the bottle for a long time, and this year's draught version appears to be the best I have had. Carbonation is much softer with the flavor being much better than the bottle. In addition, the 3 places I went to, served it at a nice temperature. Nirvana for sure. Can't wait to go back to Portland next September.

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Photo of gestyr
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a nice amber, clear. Small head, didn't last long but left nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, coffee, hint of chocolate

Taste: Starts slightly malty-sweet, hints of all the smells, slight bitterness. Finished clean with a slight taste of alcohol

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I would expect for a brown.

Drinkability: Very nice brown. I would buy again and will on my next trip p to Maine.

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Photo of littlebibs
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a highly drinkable ale, carbonated somewhat but this
autumn ale has some slight spice going on but done very lightly.
although its a darker colored beer it drinks like a much lighter ale, bearly any lacing, it all disapears moments
after you pour but it can't take away just how smooth and balanced
this geary's autumn ale is. Some fruits and hop find there way down
this is a gentle autumn breeze in a bottle and not to be missed,
tasty stuff.

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Photo of phisig137
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby brown color, with a thin head. No lacing, and a ring of foam around the top of the glass. Looks nice

Aroma is grainy, with a distinct aroma of crystal malts, and hints of caramel. I also smell a little bit of corn sweetness from some adjuncts, but it seems to fit well here.

Slightly sweet, and finishes with dry roasted grains, this beer is fairly well balanced, and enjoyable. I definitely feel this improves as it warms up, as it had a heavy adjunct flavor when right out of the fridge. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good.

I was REALLY expecting not to like this beer at all, judging by my previous experiances with Geary's brews. Now, I'm glad that I gave it another chance. This is a solid brown ale, and decidedly british tasting.

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Geary's Autumn Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 51.6% out of 100 with 190 ratings
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