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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
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
167
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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3
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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color with a slight haze. The smell is a strong mix of floral English hops and robust malts. There’s a fittingly musty, earthy quality to the smell as well. Very nice indeed. The taste begins with a solid malty sweetness up front, accompanied by a slight warming. Finish is exquisitely balanced with bitterness. It all comes together as a no-nonsense, solidly drinkable beer. Medium to full mouthfeel with a lot of softness. This is one good brew.

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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 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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the wonderful Gilberts chowda house in Portland (Thx Wendell) I had this with a super super freakingly amazingly tasty lobster BLT club sandwich. Mmmm. Anyways, about the beer. It's a light orange colour with a thick white head of pearl coloring. The aromas are all fresh UK golding hops and some spicy, bready, biscuity UK malts. The taste is hoppy up front, but not IPA hoppy. The hops are spicy and meld well with the biscuity British malts. Tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is creamy and the drinkability is good. This is like a pumped up UK pale with nice hopping and good malt flavors. Not what I consider a winter ale, or an IPA, but who cares. This stuff is good!

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-cask at Bukowski's Tavern (Boston, MA).

A: Very dark murky brown with 1/2-finger of oatmeal colored lace with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Musty, malty and herbal hops aromas

T: Malt dominates with caramel, dark malt, and light licorice note with herbal, spicy hops without much other personality

M: Medium-body supported by the low carbonation from the cask leaves a smooth, coating feel.

D: A subdued, tasty ale that won't win any awards but is a solid offering.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to papallo for this!

Never thought about an EIPA as a winter ale, but I dig some EIPA's so who am I to complain?

Pours a light coppery color with a nearly white head. Looks pretty decent.

Smells pretty evenly of buttery malts and bitter hops. Par for the style, but only a bit above average.

Medium bodied, but closer to a lighter feel. Nothing bad, nothing too out the ordinary though.

Pretty damn drinkable and a damn decent take on the style... nice choice of a winter ale IMO.

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Photo of tpd975
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice dark pee like yellow with a very tall fizzy white head. Almost looks like it may be infected, I hope not. The head took forever to die, and it left behind huge chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, fruit, and mild pine.

T: Not infected at all. Mild grain and sweet malts. Light pine with a touch of citrus. Mild, not bad overall.

M: On the lighter side of medium, quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Just okay, could use a bit more flavor.

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Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium golden body, clear, with a thick film of gauzey white head. Nose is fruity, with apples, bananas, pineapple (all jumbled together). Some toffee and biscuit in there as well, accented by fragrant, herbal hops. Light buttered toast bitterness up front quickly gives way to sweetish, juicy fruit. Kind of sugary. Fruit and sugar wafer are overtaken by moderately bitter hops in the finish. Floral and herbal and nice. Definitely in the English IPA style, with fruity malt forward and hops way to the back. Body is a little thin, but not bad. Solid beer.

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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 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 Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chalkboard Rorschach label...I see a devil cow with a bullring. Slightly hazy deep copper, requiring a vigorous pour to form a modest beige head with average retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is full of dates, raisins, prunes, and figs. Tons of sticky amber malts with minimal hops, yeast, and imperceptable alcohol aroma. Dripping gobs of vanilla and light honey pamper the nose. Very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth with a soft finish and despite the very malty nose, only has a medium body. Taste begins with moderate carbonation acidity, followed by herbal hops, then wierd stuff happens...the malty dates and raisins come out with no malt sweetness to back it up..there is an olfactory illusion, followed by semi-dry herbal bitterness, a wave of alcohol with mild fusels, and a kick in the pants with residual bubblegum. Toast is somewhere in the middle with a very brief caramel appearance towards the finish. Ringwood esters are barely noticeable.

Most certainly not an IPA...more of a DAA (ya know, a double amber ale). Tastes like a Dogfish product because: 1)The yeast (which certainly has less diacetyl tones than DFH), 2)It's wierd, 3)It's not quite as good as you want it to be. As it warms, it takes on flavors of bourbon.

An interesting conundrum of a beer. To make an analogy:
Butter-face="Nice body...but her face...".

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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 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 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 CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hyper clear brass with a gold tint. Small but tightly bubbled off-white head that leaves no lace.
Aroma of floral hops some grassiness and a bit of caramel of top of some buttery diacetyl notes.
Flavor has some really fruity yeasty esters and relatively small amount of hay and grassy hop notes.
Mouthfeel was medium to light with a smoothness and a dry quick finish.
Drinkability is a little above average. Don't get this an Enlgish IPA or any IPA for that matter but it's not unpleasant just sort of muted and not very memorable.

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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 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 bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, coppery in hue with a brassy shine as well, the color is lovely. The head was white in color; at the apex the foam reached one finger in height before quickly dissipating to a fizzy cap. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing. There isn’t much noteworthy about the appearance of this beer. The nose is pleasant, earthy from an English hop influence. Must be Golding and Fuggles. Light citrus notes. The malt construction is equally English. Caramel. Bread. Yeast must be Ringwood. Fruity. Buttery. I found an occasional whiff of alcohol. The potency is modest but the nose is plenty articulate; it helps I like what it is saying. The bouquet is organized just right; I’m impressed. Inviting. The palate follows the path the nose setout. Honesty is the best policy, right? I hate beers that lie. This one didn’t, so I’ll be honest too. The palate isn’t as good as the nose, mainly because I don’t understand what is going on. It’s a bit of a mess. Fruity and spicy at times, there is heat that comes from the alcohol and, it would seem, the yeast. It’s like a candy heat; this clashes with the caramel/toffee malt. Hops offer grassy, earthy flavors that do work with the malt and with the buttery, fruity, dirty yeast to a lesser degree. Vague notes of citrus. A suggestion of leaves. Dry at the finish. Woody and sweet. Odd. Overall the palate is okay, it lacks richness… what is there to sink my teeth into? Not much. Also, on what planet is this an IPA? I reviewed this bottle without this knowledge and my numbers are based on what I tasted. If I reviewed this as an IPA I would have “ripped” this beer. My point is this, there is nothing bad about the taste and there are good points too but there isn’t anything special about it. Of course not every winter seasonal needs to be a high alcohol/spice/hopped beer; that is not what I’m suggesting. This beer is okay. Just okay. Around medium in body, the carbonation is on the low side but the mouthfeel is still decent. It works. Sure, this beer is drinkable. I’d have little problem drinking a six-pack of this. If this were a local beer I’d buy it yearly. It’s a simple but lovely quaff. Thanks ppoitras for the bottle, it was a welcomed addition to the 2004 Secret Santa!

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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 morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the January craft bottle of the month at West on Centre in WR. Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice orange color, slightly opaque. Decent sized head. Not as dark as I was expecting for a winter ale. Definite hop aroma. Nice warming hop flavor with a good mouthfeel. A bit hoppier than I would have expected again for a winter ale. This beer was a nice IPA, but just not what I was hoping for when I ordered it.

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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 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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 12 oz bottle>Pint glass

AP: Pours a clear golden amber color with plenty of streaming bubbles that create a 1/8" white head, leaves some sparse lacing behind.

Nose: This is a wheaty, bready, and malted scent with an herbal and mildly spiced hop scent underneath.

Taste: The Wheaty and bready malted effect is dominant in the taste along with some oats. The Herbal and spiced tasting hops becomes leafy in the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. The hops is underwhelming but subtle with a decent malted backbone.

MF: Crisp, clean and lvely feeling medium body. Good bite on the tongue and rather substantial going down.

DA: Not bad for the style, I enjoyed the subtle herbed/leafy hop flavor...not every IPA, especially an English IPA has to be a hop bomb to be enjoyed.

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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 IntriqKen
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellowish golden orange with a full finger white head that melts to very sticky lacing.

Aroma is a combination of the sweet malt and some fruity hops.

Taste is much more about the hops. Nice dry bitterness in the mouth but not really a fresh or green taste at all. Definitely much more a British styled IPA than an American style IPA.

A decent drinker but nothing really special here.

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