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 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 thespaceman
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany in color, nice size head emerges and stays with this one, leaving behind some nice amounts of lacing around the glass. Good retention with lots of bubbles streaming up the glass.

Smell: Up front I get some nice malt spice that really warms up the nostrils, a touch of molasses and some light chocolate aromas. A nice baked cookie aroma comes out here as well, weird. I also get a tiny bit of some dark fruit which is well hidden behind the dose of malt spice here.

Taste: Again, from the aroma the malt is really well rounded, giving off a nice spicy flavor yet smokey as well. I get some nice toasted malt here, very "right in your face" for a brown ale, a bit of vanilla and some nutmeg. The flavors mesh well, as a bit of dark fruit and some light chocolate flavors kick in. Finish consists of some more kick from the spices here and more of that nice smoke flavor which is seemingly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This one is medium bodied, sits on the tongue nicely without getting wet. Carbonation is spot on, and the thickness rolls around the mouth pefectly.

Drinkability: One of my new go-to Autumn beers that I've had, this one has all of the characteristics to make a beer perfect for it's season. The toasted malt profile is nicely balanced against the spice in here and that slight smokey flavor really puts this beer over the top. At 5.8%, it's an easier drinker and a good one to have around on a cold autumn night!

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: on tap into a mixer glass.

First impression is a dark amber color almost brown. Hints of redness when held up to the light. The head would not fall. It was a great pour by the bartender. Only criticism is that it was served WAY too cold. Had to warm it up a little to get some of the aromas out. Aromas came through like a typical English Brown: toasty, roasty, biscuity, and hints of caramel. After some encouraging it definitely came out with a nice aroma.

Taste was a little more subdued than the aroma. The aroma notes were still there but became a little more jumbled together. Good balance though. Just enough bitterness to make it not too cloying but not so much that it showed through. Great body but they didn't need to do too much thanks to the specialty malts, yeast and alcohol. Would have like a little bit more for the style. Somewhat drinkable as well. Don't think i could buy a six and drink it in a night.

Overall a tasty beer that doesn't blow you away. Definitely one to order at the bar but then move on from.

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

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. A nice head (colored egg shell white) rests atop a dark brown liquid. holding it up to the light, I can tell that this is a clear beer with a few tiny bubbles rising up. There is a brown sugar/molasses aroma to this beer. I think I can smell some crystal malt as well. There isn't any of the spices one would expect to find in an autumnal seasonal.

This is a tasty dark beer. It is malt based, but there is some bite to it. It isn't smokey, but I feel that the malts have some crispy toasted edges that provide a nice taste. Maybe it's charcoal? There isn't much sweetness, but what is there remind me of brown sugar.

The beer is a bit above medium bodied; it feels slightly thick. There isn't too much carbonation. What is there does give my tongue a tingle. I find this seasonal to be quite drinkable. I've found myself having a number of bottles in an evening. It's a tad too strong to be truly sessionable, but the alcohol isn't very strong (either in flavor or potency), which allows one to consume most of a six pack before you realize what you've done (that's why I recommend going straight for the 12 pack).

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Photo of tbart428
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Living in Maine this beer is a good standby beer that always gets me with the label. Who can resist the autumn feel to this label.

A>Anyway the appearance is fantastic for the style and very fitting for the season (deep mahogany coloration with light brown head).

S> The smell is ringwood yeast.

T> The taste is malt forward with earthy undertones. The ringwood (which I do not mind reminds me that I am home) really works well with this beer. The beer has hints of caramel with almond flavor.

M> The mouth on this beer is thin with high carbonation.

D> This beer is highly drinkable and in my opinion a session beer.

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Photo of dball
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine brown ale. If you like browns give it a try. The Autumn is a nice deep brown color with a small head and very little lace in the glass. The smell brings a hint of sweetness and it comes out in the beer as a subtle caramel flavor. That being said the Autumn is not too sweet by any stretch. For me it isn't my favorite but my wife loves browns and she really thought this was a great beer.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice deep brown, ruby in light, with a 1 finger creamy head.

S- Sweets. Strong presence of caramel, almost candy shop like. Mollases, even some fruit.. strangely an apple/watermelon mix comes to mind. Also reminds me of those cowstail candies.

T- Has some roasted malt in the swallow, but up front hits you with sweets. I might be crazy but I swear there is a very subtle lingering of watermelon or some other melon fruit.

M- Not too thin, mildly carbonated. Leaves the smokey flavor behind.

D- I'm a huge fan of Geary's Pale, and this is another fine specimen of their brewery. I would gladly buy another.

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

A- Body is a transparent cedar color. Pours with a 1 finger or so foamy cream colored head. Head faces to a thick collar and has good retention from there. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is mild and has a balance of slightly nutty and earthy characters.

T-Flavor is moderate in strength. Nuttiness and a caramel malt backbone are the highlights upfront then a lot of earthy tones kick in for the finish. What lingers is a slight sweetness as well as a slight bitterness.

M-Well done. Smooth and silky all the way through with a nice medium weight body and light to medium carbonation.

D- This has been in my fridge for awhile and I was pleasantly surprised by this. A decent to good Autumn English Brown overall.

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

I poured this delicious beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice mahogany color and poured a wonderful fat head. The lacing was really good also. The beer was spicy smelling and had a really good hazelnut flavor. I really liked. This is a great beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, murky amber color with lighter nut brown highlights. Pushed up about a finger of thin, bubbly head that dissipated fairly quickly without much trace of a head.

Really fragrant nose. Caramelized malts hit first, with a light fruitiness dominated by some spicy hops on the tail end.

On the tongue, this beer presents its caramel character first and foremost, balanced out by an earthy and spicy hop profile. The caramel presents a little burnt, toasty aspect as it fades, which is kind of nice. There is some sweetness that transforms into a slightly alcoholic, carbonated finish.

The mouthfeel was slightly disappointing for me; I wanted a little bit thicker mouthfeel with the malty and earthy flavors coming through, but it's actually pretty thin and carbonated. Not bad, just not what I had in mind.

Overall, a solid beer from a brewery I've never sampled before. A flavorful brown ale that doesn't sacrifice drinkability for pretty big flavor.

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Photo of berley31
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a very small, light brown head. Body is brown, but actually looks more like a deep ruby color when held to the light. Completely clear.

S: Nice aroma of mostly sweet malt; the caramel seems to be quite heavy. Maybe a little bit of chocolate coming through as well.

T: Flavor is lightly sweet (again with the caramel), but it finishes slightly bitter. First few sips seemed almost harsh to me, but as it warmed up a bit it really smoothed out, and started to grow on me. Long duration for the flavor; this is a beer that stays with you.

M: Light-bodied with a slightly oily texture, and average carbonation.

D: By the end of the beer I decided I had enjoyed it... little skeptical at first, but as I said, it grows on you.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It's a deep brown, like a dark cherry/oak or mahogany color. There is a dense white creamy looking head with very small bubbles to it that sticks around about 3/4ths of the session. There is a massive sheet of lace that makes it's way back down to the liquid after a few seconds. The smell isn't very strong at first. It's pretty heavy on the malt with some hints of chocolate and followed by some pine hops. The taste is a step up from the smell. Like the smell it's heavy on the malt accompanied by chocolate and molasses, with a slight hop finish. It starts off sweet and finishes off a little bitter. The mouthfeel is good, it's well balanced but full bodied, and the drinkablilty is good as well.

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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 TheycallmeTim
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A--Deep, deep ruby red combined with chestnut shells. Purty. Head is cream colored, one finger--dies quickly and doesn't lace.

S--Scotch ale? Definitely a round, syrupy sweetness, nearly cloying. In back there are some toffee and caramel notes. Smells deep and sweet, with hints of thick brandied cherry preserves. Rich nose.

T--The nose comes through up front to give one layer of the flavor profile. But the beer proves to have at least two more. Behind this initial rich porridge and maple syrup first wave is a distinct brown ale profile: nutty, a little chocolate bitterness. Really really nice backbone shows this is a solid brown. Last wave is of hop bitterness combined with subtle earth and a bit of pepper spice, which comes in clean and smooth at the finish. Expertly structured.

M--Could be a better, as it's a tad watery. D--Hell yeah. Such a fireplace beer. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the take on the style tweaks it to be season-specific. Innovative while still tasting traditional.

A fine, fine fall beer. Recommended.

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Photo of batty
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark, dark-chocolatey brown with dark ruby red showing at the sides when held to the light. seems a bit cloudy, but hard to tell with the darkness. off-white tan head, thick and dense with a few bigger soapy-like bubbles. dies down to a lace, not quite sticky enough for my liking.

S: touch of dark fruits and roast malt, maybe some earthy hop. a bit weak

T: I would compare this to a scotch ale, in fact. chocolate malt definitely comes through the strongest, with relatively clean yeast, finishing with a reasonable amount of balancing bitterness and earthy hop flavor. medium long finish, inviting another sip.

M: thinner than i would like, but good.. smooth and just chewy enough. carbonation isn't high, but does give a touch of spritz.

D: chocolatey-roast malt hop finish is a bit long for a strong session beer, but alcohol is well hidden and very tasty in general. nice earthy autumn ale.. with the leaves were falling and I had a porch to sit on sipping down this one..

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice tasting ale from Geary's
Produced a nice vibrant head at first but it dissolved quickly almost vanishing from whence it came.
The look is a hearty reddish-amber.
Flavor meet my expectations of an ale. Hoppy, but not overwhelming bitterness. The overall taste sensation was thin- a foundation of hops but dissipating very quickly, making me wish the flavor had a more "muscular" stance.
Finish like the flavor ended quickly.
Mouthfeel is quite cordial- none of this beer's characteristics were so strong that they tired my tastebuds.
Drinkability is such that I could devour several bottles worth in a sitting. The ABV is just right without being so high that one bottle has me welded to my chair.

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

After having other great brews by Geary's, this solidy lived up to expectations.

This turned out to be an Oktoberfest of sorts, along with Geary's traditional hopiness. Everything was well in balance though. A beautiful red amber color with a fairly meek complimentary carbonation/head.

The pour yielded notes of citrus hops as well as an afterthought of crisp, dry, caramel malts in the back of the palate--perfect for a cool night.

This was a deliscious beverage all-together.

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Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Beautiful garnet hue with 1-finger beige head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace.

S: Delicious aromas of chocolate and dark malts with soft herbal, earthy hops

T: Malt is king with a Scotch ale flair. A full-flavored malt-beast with chocolate and coffee notes coupled with an earthy dark and caramel malt backbone. A bit of spicy, earthy hops top it off. Ringwood yeastiness makes a token appearance.

M: Active carbonation is a surprising and nice touch to a very good brew. Aftertaste is spicy and malty.

D: Geary's has been a bit hit or miss in the past but this one is a big hit. Rounded maltiness with spicy hops and active carbonation compose a strong brew that can be enjoyed anytime.

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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 caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep chestnut red brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Very attractive brew.

S-Sweet nutty malts and toffee

T-Roasted malts, coffee and a slight, not unpleasant sour note in the background. Minor hop zing in the finish to round it all out. Interesting and enjoyable.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-This is a very drinkable offering. Not terribly complex, but what brown is? Almost seems more of a warmer type than a fall offering. I'll have another any time.

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

Serving notes: Hefe glass, cellar temp
Aroma: Carmel and light earthy hops.
Appearance: Nice inch thick head upon pour, solid quarter-inch remains for the remainder. Dark amber-brown. Clear. Some nice lacing.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium-heavy body.
Taste: Light roast and chocolate notes compliment carmel malts and earthy hops in the flavor. Light roasted bitterness remains for a second before disappearing with the rest of the dry finish.
Drinkability: Very good beer. Could easy drink 2-3.

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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 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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Geary's Autumn Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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