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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
129 Reviews
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 187
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.

 505 characters

Photo of flanmedic51
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into frosted glass at local restaurant.

Approx 2cm head noted, dissapeared after about a minute. Dark brown color noted, whiffs of roasted nuts, coffee.

Mouth feel is light w moderate carbonation. Overall easy drinking. Taste of roasted nuts, w coffee/chocolate notes, brown bread. Aftertaste has mild bitterness, some malt, a little bit of pear maybe.

Pretty much my impression of this beer was a decent brown's deep flavor & dark hue reminded me of more of a winter seasonal, not a fall seasonal. But I'd drink it again, like I said, a decent brown ale. I expected more complexity in ingredients/spice notes for it to be a fall ale.

 667 characters

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.

 609 characters

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.

 1,708 characters

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.

 1,412 characters

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, short twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
Appearance: Deep-maroon, dark-brown hue with a lofty head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Deep malt notes with hints of vanilla...
Taste: Very tasty, flavorful, well-bodied brown ale, really liked the chocolate essence at the end of the tongue... Nice malt-backbone with a creamy feel...
Overall, a well-done brown ale...
Good stuff...

 476 characters

Photo of pabstsmear
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently went on an autumn beer quest and this
brew is right at the top of my list. It pours a dark brown with a head that lingered through out the drink. The aroma of toasted malt and spices do not cover up the hoppiness on the finish. A perfect blend that should be available all year, but for now I'll settle for a few by the fire pit on cool fall night.

 359 characters

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.

 487 characters

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.

 778 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with a fair tan head that disappeared quick.

Smells of toasted grain and some hop leaf.

Tastes of toasted grain, brown bread, some coffee grounds, some burnt sugar and toffee/butter in there, but not alot of sweetness. Has a coarseness that is not unpleasant though. Hops fight thru for some bitterness and leaf qualities, but the leafiness gets hidden by the grain and bread.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not alot of carbonation. Has a "dirty" finish, meaning that bottom of the cup, weak coffee ground element. Not a smooth beer, but then again, not a negative here.

The toasted flavors with bitter and bread make this a nice style that might take some getting used to. You get saturated by caramel flavored nut browns on the market, and this kinda takes you by surprise. A good surprise. Decent, and worth a try. And you can have a few. Not for everyone.

 879 characters

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.

 290 characters

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.

 560 characters

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

Thanks cookin420 for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip, the reddish brown body produces a relatively small tan head that shows good retention and lacing.
Nice aroma, nutty with some caramel layers, malted with some spices, but a bit delicate, you really need to put your nose into the glass.
A little thinner than I would like, it shows mostly malts, caramel and nuts, along with a peppery spiciness that adds to the overall flavor.
Very nice brown ale.

 472 characters

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

Appearance- Pours with no head and it leaves very little tracing. Beer is a transparent amber color.

Smell- Sweet smelling in the nose, fruity notes and just a hint of malt.

Taste- One of the sweeter beers Ive had in awhile, tastes a lot like fairly ripe fruit. Some hints of sugary malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Fills palate out fairly well.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, one of my favorite autumn seasonals.

 425 characters

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.

 578 characters

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.

 527 characters

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.

 475 characters

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.95/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

 775 characters

Photo of billybob
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

 309 characters

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.

 565 characters

Photo of Stimack
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

 764 characters

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

 1,009 characters

Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

 259 characters

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

 389 characters

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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?!?!?!?

 380 characters

Geary's Autumn Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!