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
gearybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
168
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
12.46%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of AJD1201
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Sbrunner223
3/5  rDev -13%

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 HRamz3
3/5  rDev -13%

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

Pours a clear copper with a nice white head. Smells very hoppy with some scant malt sneaking through.

Tastes like a mild IPA. Slight caramel malt up front followed by a carbonated middle which leads to a slightly bitter hoppy end. Not my idea of a traditional winter brew but it's not bad.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a light orange with a thin, foamy white head that was moderately lasting leaving only faint traces of lacing. Visible carbonation was semi-strong and vibrant.

S: some faint caramel and oranges and dry spicings.

T: The initial flavor was tart orange grinds with a dry biscuity sour malting. There was a light earthiness from the hopping before the beer finished with a sour bite leaving an upleasant aftertaste tang.

M: medium, smooth but very bland.

D: Sorry, a very bland drinking beer and would have to pass on this one. You could safely draino the remainder of the beer and not feel the least bit guilty.

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

Pour is a clear dark copper, with a smallish white head that mostly last, good lacing. Aroma is fruity, buttery, with some earthy hints in the back. Flavor is mostly butterscotch, toffee, with some sweet fruitiness as well. Medium body. Very typical ringwood stuff present here, nothing new or special, IMO.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a thin head that becomes a thin, patchy cover.

The smell is buttery with some faint tea-like leafiness and sweet, grainy malt. Mild aroma.

The taste is buttery from start to finish. Some leafiness/English hops that are just about taken over by sweet, grainy malt. A touch of raw alcohol. Finishes rather abruptly.

It's a bit thin for an IPA and a winter one at that. It does have some silky smoothness to it, but I'm thinking more from the buttery diacetyl than from anything else. Some alcohol and sweetness linger for a little while.

Not "bad", and has a certain "drinkability" to it. But, it's not far from an English Pale Ale with a touch more alcohol noticeablility. Not much of an IPA, or even more - not much of a winter ale. Rather bland and forgettable.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense hop floral finish? Not really. Actually I wasn't completely sure this was considered an IPA. Pours a darker golden color, medium-bodied and a pretty good amount of head on top. A little more malty than hoppy in the aroma. Some hops with a sweet malty taste and doesn't have an agressive hop bite I'd like in an IPA. Decent beer though

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a six pack while traveling through L-A, ME. Out of the bottle this one was a clear, orange color with a foamy white head. The retention was average, the lacing sub-standard. The aroma was slightly musty and macro-lager like with hints of caramel and toffee. The flavors were ok, but really quite bland. Standard malt, hints of spices and generic hops. Nothing offensive, but totally unimpressive. The body was medium, the mouthfeel slightly prickly and the carbonation medium to high. For a craft beer I though it was pretty crappy and a shame to have to drink six...

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An easy to find beer but I don't remember what it was like. pours a pale golden yellow color. Smells sweet, tastes, a bit citrusy, a bit of malt but tastes a lot like a full flavored lager, not an ale. Average mouthfeel. Overall quite average, like I said it tastes a bit like a lager, looks like one too, but a good one. Not sure if I would really recommend it other than tell a beer newbie to try iy.

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Photo of fastpass17
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

A: Straw like in color, carbonation is vigorous, head coats the glass nicely

S: Pine like, lite notes of bread, somewhat stale

T: Creamy, mealy, leads into a slight pine tree bitterness

M: Frothy to the tongue, stings towards the end, carbonation rolls throughout the mouth

D: Would enjoy one or two
The style classification is somewhat bewildering, seems more akin to pale not enough hop presence

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to Pamola for throwing me one of these at our EBF trade.

Pours a clear amber/golden colour, very thick white head forms, drops some lace rings, and settles to a thin layer, looks alright. Smell is okay, toasty malt, some grain and biscuit, floral, quite fruity, lightly bit of spiciness, oat, not much aroma though. Taste is similar, sweet and toasty at first, some honey, oats and biscuit, floral, light fruitiness, lightly musty, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Nothing really wrong with it, but just lacks anything flavourful or complex, pretty boring. That being said I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Thanks Kyle!

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I don't know when they changed the labels, and if mine was older, but it looked nothing like the one in the picture. It looked more like a 4th grader made it in some cheap Microsoft program. It offended me, and the beer's appearance grade suffered accordingly.

The pour was a strange orange that looked dull in some lights, and down right toxic in others.

Aromas were unremarkable, but not bad either. Taste started with some light fruits, like apples, quickly giving way to some grassy flavors and a hint of black pepper.

I don't recall it being bitter, but every sip left me with a bitter face, as if my body was anticipating something that wasn't there. I think it was the fact that the feel was not quite crisp, but not leaving much of an aftertaste either. I'm just not sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't really a problem to drink it, but I just don't see myself getting more.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a very small head. Smells of sweet malt with hoppy aromas but all aromas are very light.

Taste is spicy with syrupy malty flavors. Somewhat hoppy but not nearly as bold as I was expecting. Not much finish, just kind of fizzles out. Mouthfeel is sticky with very little aftertaste.

Not enough malt for a winter and certainly not enough hops or spice to make up for it. It's smooth and drinkable but that's about it. This is the replacement for Geary's HSA?

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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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