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

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Geary's Winter AleGeary's Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

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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120
Ratings:
167
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Photo of rinhaak
2.24/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

My bottle had a very different label than the photo shown here, though it was named the same. Blue label with the name "Geary's" in big, red, bold letters at a 45° angle across the front.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black hue with a solid head. Sadly, this was all I liked with this beer. It was overly sweet, with strong vanilla flavors that did not seem natural. The vanilla overpowered both the nose and mouth and was hard to move beyond. There were some chocolate malts mixed in there somewhere as well.

I am not against a vanilla-flavored winter ale; though it's not my favorite style in general, I have had some I quite enjoy. This beer, however, was so strong in the vanilla, that it tasted like the brewer dumped a ton of imitation vanilla extract into each bottle. And for the first time ever, I could not even finish the beer in my glass.

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Photo of JayNH
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer has a decent appearance. Smells malty to me, little hop scent. The taste is where it all went wrong. The beer starts off slightly sweet, but finishes watery. mouthfeel is also thin and watery. Overall I was very disappointed with this brew. It's lacking in hoppiness and is watery tasting. It's not a "bad" beer, just dissapointing for an IPA. I would not buy it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Northyorksammy: Poured a light orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet malt and light hops is mostly boring. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt and light English hops. Body is a bout average with some average carbonation. I was quite surprise that this is being classified as an IPA and could not have guess by drinking this beer.

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Photo of erosier
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nice dark golden yellow with a tall medium bodied off-white / tan head that laces the glass some. It smells of nice tasted malts, some hoppy bitterness, and some spices. The taste is pretty good with a nice toasted malty backbone underneath some wintry spices - some nutmeg and some citrisy flavors are layered over the malt and a citrisy hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is OK. It has a smooth but dull feel that could use a little more carbonation and maybe a crisper feel. The drinkability is pretty good but it was not what I would want in an English IPA.

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

04/23/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not sure what's up here. Normally I favor 'winter' brews but this has me wondering. There's a dryness in the aftertaste that I'm attributing to an over spicyness. Just as too much cinnamon doesn't taste good without the right amount of sugar, so too, the spices here are unbridled. All that malt & spice w/no sugar creates a bitter aftertaste that's off putting.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear golden hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a thin and short wall of lacing. After each sip some spotty lacing is left behind.

The aroma is very thin, leaving hints of apple aromas, which I assume is some sort of hop aroma.

The flavor is pretty bland as well, giving only a glimpse of the malts and a tiny bit of some bittering hops. Light bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is mostly the bittering hops.

I guess the best way to describe this one is acerbic. It's overly harsh in its bitterness considering there is no flavor to back it up. Not recommended.

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Photo of illpass78
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle into a dimpled pint glass at Green Elephant, a terrific restaurant in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown-ruby with a very thin head that is gone right away. Carbonation seems heavy.

Aroma: Smells of malt, grass and earth, with a slight medicinal note also noticeable, somewhat like military-grade cough syrup.

Taste: That medicinal taste is noticeable up front. It's bitter all right, but not in a super appealing way. Almost has a paint-like flavor to it. Some maltiness and hops are present, but they're outweighed by rather unpleasant flavors.

Mouthfeel: It's also thinner than I'd prefer. Not much body.

Overall: I like a fair amount of Geary's product, but this isn't one of them. if I want a Geary's beer in the winter, I'll reach for their porter.

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Photo of yossarian14
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am utterly unimpressed. To start with, Only SN really pulls off an IPA as their winter seasonal. I don't need a winter warmer, but there is nothing wintery or seasonal about this brew. Be that as it may..it is still an unimpressive English IPA.

Pours a hazed gold with little head. Smells lemony, buttery. Reminds me of my blue moon with a lemon days (they were short lived) Tastes hoppier than it smells, but not until the end, and there is a lasting bitterness. I guess I would call the mouthfeel soapy. It feels slick and bubbly. I'm not really enjoying this.

If I drank this out of a bottle in the heat of summer and it were called a summer ale I wouldn't complain, but thats not the case, and I'm complaining

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Photo of phisig137
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange, darker amber color, with a half finger head. No retention, and no lacing.

Aroma is lightly malty, with a slight diacetyl note. No real hops to speak of, and not a very interesting nose.

Flavor is slightly malty up front, with a bitter finish that doesn't particularly taste of hops. Not a whole lot of flavor, and what is there isn't all that great. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thin. Drinkability is decent.

Lackluster beer from a brewery that is definitely hit or miss. This one is a definite miss. Not very good at all. Even though I know this bottle to be quite fresh, this just tastes stale and slightly oxidized. Every bottle in the six pack tastes this way, and a friend of mine with a seperate six pack from a different case confirms the flavor. I'm sorry that I bought a whole six pack of this one. Not interesting at all, and not recommended. It may be relatively cheap, but it isn't worth it.

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Photo of joedon
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a mixed six-pack at Charles St. Liquors in Boston. So far, only the Hampshire Special was any good. This is another lame beer like their Pale Ale.
Dull gold color and a weak white head. No aroma worth noting. Taste is fuller and hoppier than the pale but still pretty tame for an IPA. Probably comes up to just below my idea of a pale ale. I know the category is English IPA but it just doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of berley31
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Body is a dark yellow color, and completely clear.

S: There's a slight maltiness to the aroma, but overall it's kind of skunky and unimpressive.

T: Some malt in the flavor, balanced with a bit of bitterness, but overall it's quite harsh. There's something unpleasant that I can't identify, but it's what I remember there being in the Geary's Summer Ale, which is supposed to be a completely different style of beer.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: This beer isn't that good... I wouldn't buy one again. Aside from the Pale Ale, I've never really had a good Geary's experience.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short, fat, stout, 12 oz bottle copped singly from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.49...
Pours a light, golden-colored hue with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left a negligent amount of lacing...
For an IPA, the hop aroma was almost non-existent and certainly nothing to write home about... perhaps a faint suggestion of hops with a slight level of carbonation evident and a tinge of vanilla, but that's all...
Less than spectacular taste, nothing to brag about at all... Geary's Hampshire Special Ale was great, but this one was a let-down...
Bland, flat, watered-down taste with not much going on at all...
Light, weak, pale mouthfeel, but drinkability was decent due to the relatively modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Not recommended...

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a near-white head. Smells of spice and fruit of some sort (citrus/fig?) First sip has a strong spicy punch to it with a bite toward the end and strong yeasty taste to it, imbuing the brew with a breadlike flavor, reminds me of a lager quite a bit. The aftertaste is somewhat medicinal in character, a bit like mouthwash I'm afraid.

Overall this isn't a bad brew and certainly has it's good point but even what it does well still suffers from a lack of balance, and there are some subtle flavor shades that just aren't working for me.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with a fair head to start. A little lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted malt, some fruit.

Malt and alcohol dominate here, with some sweet, fermented stone fruit notes and a touch of butter. The hops are present but not exceptional. Touch of brown sugar/caramel. Lots of pieces, but all from different puzzles. Just alright, but off.

Medium body, alcohol warmth, and kinda a burnt finish.

Gave it a shot, but not the best. I wouldn't refuse if offered, and not the worst example, but I won't go out of my way for this.

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Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never would have guessed this as an IPA...boy the ringwood butterscotch notes overwhelm anything from the hops...tastes a lot like Geary Ale (which I like) but with an additional very mild floral hop aroma and flavor.

It's fine and different but nothing I would buy again.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, an IPA as a winter ale??? Well, Geary's is definitely different.

This was a deep yellow, clear ale with a half finger head. The head did not last too long, dying down to a thin film of foam.

The aroma was lightly fruity, but too faint to really identify amidst the other scents. There was a little bit of caramel, and a definite floral scent.

Taste was of caramel and toffee initially, with some hop bitterness without any resinous character. Quite interesting... but not what I expected in an IPA.

Mouthfeel was OK... just plain average. Nothing stood out.

Drinkability... a little below average. I wouldn't get this one again if I wanted an IPA, either American or English. It just didn't seem to fit the style that well.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Free, thanks to HLS Student Government. It is true what they say, things are better when they're free....at least i think that's what people say.

Pours a light copper with a small amount of head and little lacing. good head retention throughout the session. doesn't smell like an IPA - has the hops, but is more sweet than citrusy. taste is similar. candied sugar and a little bit of a buttery sensation. light body. not so highly drinkable. just kinda has a weird flavor that i wouldnt really want more than 1 of.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clean orange/amber colored beer. Has a good off white head. A light sweet aroma with hints of fruit. The flavor is light also. With a bit of malt sweetness at the start, some fruity esters in the middle and smooth mild hop bitterness on the finish. Not exactly what one would expect from a winter beer.

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Photo of proc
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an IPA that is all over the map for me. It has the nuttiness of an ESB, the bitterness level that is more of a pale than an IPA and a nicely bitter finish that stays with you. This pours out to a very nice copper color in the glass with lively carbonation and a moderate head. The aroma is light and the taste shows forth essences of pine and nuts with an interesting hop bitterness.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap - served at Mug's Ale house in (where else?) Brooklyn, NY.

My first impression? What a nice color. Poured a deep amber color but the head dissipated quickly.

The smell? Unfortunately, I picked up a very strong scent of diacytel in the nose...

Perhaps it was not evident in the taste? Nope. Definitely a strong sense of butterscotch. It's too bad, otherwise, the beer is quite nice.

It starts out full-bodied, malty, and sweet, but ends with a decent hop bitterness. Unfortunately, I am concentrating on the diacytel the entire time.

Perhaps I had a bad pint. I will give this beer a try again in the future.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow gold with a moderate off-white head, lots of suspended particles, and decent carbonation. Balanced malt, diacetyl, and hop aroma and flavor. More English style in flavor with the diacetyl being a bit too standoutish in my opinion. Light-medium bodied with a decent balanced finish on the bitter side.

Very average Winter Ale and English IPA at best... nothing special. This should be a year-rounder; not a seasonal in my book.

'4249' lasered on bottom ('04' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 05/27/05

Per Geary's website: Geary's Winter Ale is a hearty India Pale Ale; it has a dry maltiness with an intense floral hop finish.
Availability: November - February
Original gravity: 1060
Alcohol by volume: 6%
Ingredients: Two row English malt (clarity, crystal and wheat); Mt. Hood, Golding & Fuggle hops.

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Photo of Lonborgski
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at restaurant. Pint glass.
Deep dark brown. Minimal head.
Smell and taste of lightly buttered toast.
Smooth feel in the mouth. Medium body.
Overall, unremarkable.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear light rusty orange with just a layer of fine bubbles

S - slight grain aroma along with some nice hops

T - strong wheat taste but a bit metallic, seems like this might be an old bottle

M/D - decent mouthfeel and carbonation but not much flavor to speak of. I'll have to try this again to make sure it wasn't just a bad bottle.

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Photo of Ego
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance:
golden to amber, very nice head

nose:
sweet fruits and hop floral... and maybe some toffee, mostly the sweet fruitiness overwhelms the smell

taste/mouthfeel:
nice slight bitter signature.. appraent spice or syrupy flavors, very light (too light) in body, tasty but this bottle seems mislabled as a winter seasonal...

drinkability:
quite drinkable, smooth, crisp, pleasant beer, if anything it is subdued with some nice hints of intrigue

verdict:
a good drinking brew but it doesnt seem like a winter beer. I would have no problem having this chilled on a nice spring or summer day. it doesnt speak to the season in any category.. it is a pretty good beer, just with a misnomer.

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Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with now freshness date.

Appearance: Dim copper colour, good lacing with minimal stickage. The clarity is fine too.

Smell: Big buttery fruity mess in the aroma. Hops and malt get thrown to the side but some alcohol comes forth, fresh aroma but quite sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Faded yet rough hop, sweet malt is everywhere. Bitterness struggles to wade of the waves of buttery and fruity flavours.

Notes: I don’t buy it at all that this is an IPA, a good ale to be had but nothing really that special for a winter seasonal … especially replacing H.S.A. as their winter seasonal I expected a bit more.

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