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

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80
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167 Ratings
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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:
167
Reviews:
120
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
12.46%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with 1/2 inch of head

S: Get a solid maltiness with some sweetness and nice English hops that are lightly fruity and grassy

T: Starts off with the malts, which is full of caramel notes and sweetness. Goes into a nice fruitiness and has the signature Ringwood yeast butter flavor, but it is pleasant and nicely developed

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Prickly

O: I'm really enjoying this. It has a nice kick for a winter time English IPA, and drinks very easily. At $7.99 for a 6-pack, this is a solid deal too. Another option for those who don't enjoy the spiced winter warmers and want something different

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense and creamy beige head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of toasted malts and toffee in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of toasted malts and toffee along with notes of caramel and hints of spices. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is evident.
O: This beer tastes very malty, even when considering it is an English IPA and not an American IPA, but this lends some more body to the mouthfeel making it a nice IPA for the winter.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle, into the pint glass. Considered drinking from skull of recently deceased enemy before remembering that I'd had Fruit Loops out of said skull that morning and had promptly discarded it.

A: Poured with half an inch of light brown head. Clear and deep copper colored, little bubbles are visible rising to the top. Ring of lacing around the rim, and a thin film of foam on top remains. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A mix of toffee, caramel and plum. There's an odd hint of cough syrup as it warms.

T: Caramel and sweet sugar plum with a biscuity finish. Light sweetness on aftertaste.

M: Medium and creamy. Carbonation is a crisp and a little soda-like. Dry finish.

O: This is an IPA? I normally don't read reviews before posting my own, but I checked a few others this time because it felt like something must have gone wrong. Not only did I not get any hop flavors out of this, but I'd be surprised if there was even a hop in the room where this was brewed. I'm not against that; in fact, I bought this and only later remembered hearing that it was an IPA, only to be pleasantly surprised that it wasn't IPA-ish at all.

Nothing to separate this from the pack of other winter brews out there, but enjoy it if someone offers you one.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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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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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice look amber color. The head was an off white color with a decent retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some sweet malt aromas in there too. The taste of the beer was sweet up front with some basic caramel flavors that were followed up by a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and had a nice crisp bite to it. Overall it's more of just a regular IPA than a Winter Ale in my opinion but still not a bad brew.

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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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