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

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Geary's Winter AleGeary's Winter Ale

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Geary’s new Winter Ale is a well balanced and more aggressive bitter, both in alcohol and hop character, without being overpowering. It is dark gold and coppery in color with moderate carbonation. Malt flavors are toasty and fruity, resulting in a tasty blend with firm body balanced by English hops.

Added by JohnnyP on 11-09-2003

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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light sparkling golden amber colored ale with a fair white head and nominal lacing. The aroma is a pleasantly spicey wheat and clove. The flavor suggests tangy citrus hops and allspice, apple. There's a warm maltiness noted as you go but overall it's fairly dry and tingly. Good drinkability. Very likeable and worth a try. A winter brew that is lively but not heavily alcoholed.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Geary's Winter Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a copper orange with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Little spots of lacings cling to the glassware.

Whiffs of floral hops and candy sugars.

Sweet and toasted grain flavors. The finish blends a floral and fruity hop quality. A touch of buttery caramel smoothness rounds out the sip.

A sessionable IPA with a solid drinkability level.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy copper body, with an off-white color head, minimal lacing

S: malts, winter/Christmas spices (nutmeg, allspice, clove), light chocolate underneath, really super faint hops that are barely there

T: sweet between the previously mentioned flavors with the hops coming out very slightly to balance it a bit

M: light to medium, smooth, crisp bitter finish, dull watery aftertaste

O: this is an interesting take on an English IPA, but I like it for the most part, probably come back to it

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer w/o freshness dating. Pours bland almond , light tan head, minor lacing. Nose is just some musty malt. Medium bodied brew, nothing too exciting going on here, just a decent, middle of the road British style ale. Wonder why they call this a "winter ale". Notes of caramel, bready malts and some moderate piney hops late. Enjoyable and drinkable. Decent sessioner.

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Photo of Oktoberfest
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle on clearance at the local emporium. As others have said this is an IPA rather than what I would traditionally think of as a Winter Ale. Very smooth and drinkable with muted citrus and pine taste characteristic of an IPA. Finish is sweet. Not something I'd reach for when looking for an IPA but a very good beer in its own right. I will look for other Geary's styles the next time I'm out.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a beer mug. The mug fills with a brown liquid with a good amount of visible carbonation. An egg shell colored head is made up of cascading bubbles of various sizes. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

A pleasant malty aroma has notes of chocolate and vanilla. It's warm and sweet, but not too strong.

Well balanced malts make up the flavor. There is some chocolate, candi sugar and a slight nuttiness. It's not a spicy winter ale, but a tasty warming one.

Medium body and carbonation. A wet, slick coat is left behind. It isn't too thick. It retains a good amount of flavor.

I can drink a lot of this beer. It's tasty, not too strong, and readily available this time of year.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I'm buying an IPA as a winter offering. Oh yeah, Sierra Celebration. Nevermind.

Clear orangey gold with a large white head. Good retention and lace. Leafy, grassy hop aroma with tons o' butter--it smells fine, just not that strong. Taste is a buttery, biscuity Ringwood paradise. Peppery hop with grassy undertones for good balance. Fairly crisp.

Not much of an IPA (even by English standards) but a big, buttery balanced pale in it's own right. This beer will only go as far one's love for Ringwood.

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Photo of Vancer
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another SB 2007 payoff from jrdegriselles, heh and thanks!

Nice brew, poured a clear amber, sticky white laces were appealing. Good sniff of nice malts and winter spices, although subtle. Solid quaff of a winter warmer – crisp hops and the ginger and coriander were nicely available throughout the bottle. Dry and snappy, I suspected 5.5%, I now see its 6% - so I would say to make this a session brew in anyone’s book.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not significant head,golden colour, a good floral and spice aroma and spicy aftertaste. The golding and fuggle hops are understated. Appropriate carbonation. Cross style to a winter warmer. mouthfeel on the thin side.I am surprised this was on clearance at Belmont Part Goods in Dayton, maybe it was last year's, but it was good value.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a reddish amber with a finger of brownish head and some nice lacing left of the glass.

The smell is butterscotch with some malty aroma coming out with a small hop aroma. Some slight toffee aroma within the strong butterscotch.

The taste is all butterscotch and malty maple syrup flavor. This is a beer that makes me want to eat pancakes or French toast. A slight sugary flavor comes in with some slight toffee and at the very end a bitterness hits just slightly toward the end to hit all the corners. There is a great buttery flavor that seems to mingle with the toffee flavor at about mid sip and them mixes together on the way down.

The feel of the beer is light but medium in body and goes down easy enough with a nice light aftertaste. This beer would be interesting pair with some some with maple syrup or a well buttered pancake.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly recent edition, three years or so now. Hampshire Special Ale was Geary's winter brew, but it's now year-round, and this is the winter offering. It was amber in color with a thick white head and some nice lacing. It had a sweet caramel odor, and was sweet, spicy in taste, with a little bit of hops. Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable. I know it's listed as an English style IPA, but it seems more of a winter warmer to me.

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Photo of Casey10
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this in the past and I had heard they changed the receipe this year so I decided to give it a review.

This was a darker style beer. Upon tasting the beer had a lot of toffe/ maple syrup notes to it. A previous reviewer mentioned it tasted like waffles with syrup I could definately see that, and it is not a bad thing either.

This is a nice winter warmer the changes that have been made are subtle but worth it.

This is a nice beer for the style and a worth a try at least.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pure amber with a quarter inch head. Sort of a pale malty aroma. Certainly a robust taste, I feel a grainy spiciness. I like the finish most, as it transforms from a sweet malty flavor into a dry leafy ending. It's not bad, but not incredibly original and not something I would search out to buy.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was obtained in a trade with a guy in New Hampshire but I can't remember who...damn it if you are he then send me a beermail so I can edit this and give you credit.

Appearance is a dark straw yellow to orange color. There is no and I mean no head or lacing on this one. I can't even manage to get a little head.

The smell is actually a little offensive. It smells like corn and or rice might be in this one. Rice belongs in sake and corn belongs on the cobb folks!

Okay I'm now a little shocked! The appearance and smell weren't that great but the flavor is actually really good. There is a tart hop flavor in the finish that recedes to a sweet malty goodness. I'm surprised it tastes this good. Very refreshing!

The Mouthfeel is very light and more in line with my tastes. It is a bit light for the style but I won't dock any points.

I could drink a couple more of these and to me that's a good sign. I would put this beer on par with some of the macro-euro lagers as far as most characterics are concerned. I would still reach for this over a heine any day but that's just not saying much.

Overall I'd say not bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice, a little citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a pale and bitter hops burst, then some light spice & citrus sweetness, and all backed up by a hearty toasted malt character. The after-taste is bitter and a little bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, it’s on the light side for a “Winter Ale” and I can’t think of any other winter seasonals that delve into the EIPA style, so in that, I suppose this beer is somewhat unique. However, keeping that in mind, it is a good representation of the style and a decent beer overall, but nothing spectacular. I thought I’d try it since it was on sale for $2.99 for a sixer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged dull gold. Nose is sweet malts. Slight leafy thing. Flavor is nutty and leafy. It's sweet a bit, but there's a bitter and acrid edge I don't like. Feel is sticky and thick on the liquid and the carbonation. This is decent. Nothing overly interesting. But this might be interesting on cask

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Photo of crwills
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much from this, but it turned out to be the star of the night for me. Although, to be honest, I didn't recognize it as an English IPA... thought it was more of a barrel-aged (?) American amber. Oh well.

Poured a cloudy, dusky gold with amber highlights. Good sized bubbly white head sticks around surprisingly long, although it didn't leave much lacing at all.

Aroma is strong floral hops, with some additional kitchen spices. As it warms up, it gets more grassy with some mild sour citrus notes coming through, and weedy field flowers.

Taste is very different from the aroma. Angel food cake and raw yeast, primarily, with lots of unexpected malt power. Strong vanilla and oak notes toward the finish, with those spicy floral hops holding up the middle.

Very silky mouthfeel, although slightly overcarbonated. An oaky, tangy aftertaste that I didn't like that much, especially since that's when the unwelcome alcohol presence appeared (strange in a 6% beer).

Regardless of its flaws, I really enjoyed this and might even seek it out again. Thanks northyorksammy for the trade!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden with a light white head that fell quickly to the edges of the surface but lasted well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly fruity with some English hops (fuggle?), some caramel and some diacetyl.

The flavor was decidedly bitter with some caramel and diacetyl. The bitterness was pleasant and well balanced while hop flavor was nearly nonexistent.

The finish was dry with a lingering slickness from diacetyl. The body was medium. Nothing screamed diacetyl in the beer and the diacetyl really did not detract from it either. Nicely drinkable, but may fall better into the ESB style.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from TheManiacalOne as part of BC2. Thanks!
This one poured a clear, bright orange with a thin off-white cap that fell quickly to a ring. There was a bit of fine, sticky lacing. The aroma was fruity, herbal, grassy, and a little toasty. Medium bitterness with some fruit and malt up front. It finished a little spicy, nearly peppery, with lingering herbal/grassy notes and slight warmth. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation, a little on the dry side. Fairly well balanced with the hops coming on a little strong for an English IPA. Pretty drinkable stuff.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a clear, bright golden orange, topped by a fist full of tight, smooth, just-off-white foam.

Good fresh light citrus aroma, nothing overpowering, but certainly inviting.

Taste has a soft, light malt start, a footprint but not a deep impression in the snow. Bit of caramel carrys thru. A nice hop wash arrives, tasty but not biting, a smooth lightly tingly sensation. A bit earthy, not citrus nor pine. The hops roll thru the aftertaste, pleasantly fading away. Nothing earth-moving, much less shattering, but enjoyable.

Good mouthfeel, extremely creamy, and solid but not syrupy.

Very easy drinkability, a fine winter session ale.

A nice everyday beer for the winter, a simple, easy break from the spices and the Big Beers which abound. No Hampshire Special Ale by any means, however. As to style, while BA and the brewer's site list this as an IPA, a British Bitter might have been closer to the mark. Overall, not bad, but I'd rather have HSA back as their winter seasonal.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Geary's- Winter Ale

A- Light yellowish/ orange with a frothy head. No lacing.
S- Hints of clove, bubblegum, tangerine, straw, toffee.
T- Light clove and orange with a light creamy malt base. Earthy straw/ hay finish.
M- Sweet and creamy. A very mild dry finish.

Overall- Tasty and enjoyable but won't be that memorable. Try it if you see it but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious gold with a handsome 3-finger head.

Not getting a lot of aroma, and I'm definitely not getting IPA from this. Smells more malty than anything, with a hint of woody English hops.

I drank this for years without realizing it was considered an IPA. To me, it's a bit sweet/woody with some bitterness in the finish. As a winter warmer, I like it a lot. As an IPA? Not as much.

Medium-to-big bodied, with a light carbonation that makes this beer feel smooth and quaffable. Definitely not Geary's best, but a solid enough beer that I've bought the Winter variety 12-pack twice this year.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber-brown color with an off-white head and some light lacing. The nose carries some caramel and a bit of toffee. Some bready malt in the background. Light vanilla. Not sure this was much of an EIPA. Either way, I appreciated the light malt character throughout. Almost like a barleywine-light. Maybe a faded bottle already? Either way, fairly enjoyable. Caramel and bread through the flavor. Medium body with a pleasant chewiness. Not fantastic or out of the ordinary, but a well-made brew.

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Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours much lighter than expected, pure gold with a one finger head. Lemony nose with way more wheat grass than expected as well.

Adequate mouthfeel with very little flavor in the initial hit on the tongue. Turns bitter, but in a stale kind of way. Finishes better than it starts as the hops finally kick in. The finish combines the IPA kick with a winter warmer glow, a strange combination indeed.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a winter warmer, I really liked this beer. Had some spice, some honey and ginger bits, was warming but very easy drinking. Nothing really that special to look at, but taste and smell were nice enough.
As an English IPA, I was left a little disappointed. I realized that EIPA's are less hoppy than Americans, but this just didn't really do it. I would drink more of these, as I like the beer, but reviewing to style, it's a bit off.


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