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

Geary's Winter AleGeary's Winter Ale
169 Ratings
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 erosier
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
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 ElGrecoVerde
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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 DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Foxman
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very clear and lazily carbonated Goldfinger gold. Almost two fingers of soft off-white head sinks to frothy frost. Serious sheets of lacing slather the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a light lisp of caramel malt tip-toes sweetly about a mild spicy hop note and a mist of yeasty dough. I'd love to say there's more, but I can't.

Upon tasting, pale malt berry sweetness duets with an earthier caramel touch. Hops are more present here with some black pepper and a vague intimation at citrus. A little lash of residual grain sweetness is trod upon as the hops assert more with a crisp bitterness that drives a clean finish. The flavor is fuller than the aroma, but it still could stand to deliver a lot more.

Between light and medium bodied, a slinky flow is complemented by a pleasant, crisp glow.

There's not one single bad thing here. Unfortunately, there's nowhere near enough of what's good either. Flesh it out and it would likely be a fuller and interesting twist on a winter seasonal. Instead, it comes off as an unremarkable, if decently drinkable, session soldier. Maybe I'm overstating it a bit, but it seems there's just no there, there.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.51/5  rDev -27%
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 NJpadreFan
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Bassetdawg
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, served in a shaker glass

Appearance: light golden color, a thin white head, with little retention

Aroma: a bit of hops with biscuit malt and a hint of apple

Taste and Mouth feel: tends toward sweet malt, with not enough hops to balance. A light, smooth mouth feel.

Drinkability: This IPA is certainly different than most winter seasonals. It is fairly drinkable, but really lacking in hops to be a good IPA.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is mostly malts, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, spicy, lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry and a nice little bitter bite to it. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice English IPA, glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Mark.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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 IntriqKen
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of 86sportster883
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geary's Winter Ale pours brilliantly clear, and golden amber, with a white head that quickly diminishes to a ring of tight bubbles and a thin top. It has a fresh hop aroma that is predominantly green apple and sweet fruit on top of an underlying caramel malt base. Moderate, to moderately light body and carbonation combine to give it a slightly thin mouth feel. Yet, it has pleasant hop flavors and lingering bitterness to assure you that you're drinking an English IPA. I would have liked a little more malt counterbalance, but overall, Geary's Winter Ale is a decent IPA with a big dose of English hops. It's just not big on complexity.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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 crwills
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber with golden and orange highlights. The finger-thick creamy white head holds well and leaves some decent lace behind.
Smell: Hoppy: floral and grassy over a just lightly sweet, grainy malt. Diacetyl is surprisingly not present at any noticeable level.
Taste: Malty and hoppy upfront (floral, grassy, gently spicy, mildly mineralish). Solidly bitter. Grainy, cereal-like maltiness. Straightforward. Well-rounded. Well-balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bordering on medium/full. Moderate, creamy carbonation.
Drinkability: Geary's Winter Ale is a very nicely done, hoppy, well-rounded and drinkable ale. It's just a bit bigger than a pale ale, not particularly caramelish at all, and not as bitter as what most think of when they think IPA. However, Geary's Winter is an authentic representation of an English style IPA, or what they used to be until just recently when some of the younger breweries started bumping up their hop charges. A solid brew across the board!

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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 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 Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Vancer
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
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 plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this ale pours a wounderful deep copper color with a thin off white that that quickly vanishes.
the aroma is malty with hint of carmelized malty and hopsack.
the flavor is very malty, a little grainy, hop spice, grassy, a little sweetness, finishing with a firm bitterness.
this is a pretty good beer, but not what i would call a winter seasonal, it would need more malt.

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Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, golden color. Modest, mainly white head. Easily stirred up after receding. Not much lacing or legs.

Aroma was mainly malt, breadlike with a hint of caramel and/or honey. Pepper, cinnamon & clove. Grass towards finish. Bit of medicinal smell.

Taste was almost all about the malt. Biscuity/grainy dominant flavor, some grass and spices in there. Tiny hint of sweet in there. Hoppy finish, grassy & herbal.

Medium in body, medium + in carbonation. Drying.

Malty, but I like it. Not too sweet or spiced, with a nice low-key bitter finish. My note to self (before I knew the style) was a hoppy ESB, so basically well balanced with just a bit of a nod to the hops.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange gold with a small white head that fell to a few islands and a ring. Nose is slightly floral with a dusty flour hit. The taste starts with an easygoing crispiness that is almost lager like, but then the hop presence comes forward which makes the finish both mildly astringent and dry. Alcohol is not noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish, easily the most satisfying part of the experience. Decent drinkability. Worth a try.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber, completely clear. Small head; nearly no lace--spotty.

Mild aroma of strawberries and raspberries. Very little hop smell, particularly for the style

This is a dry beer where the malt is the strongest flavor. while the hop is present, it is far less pronounced than expected. I think this closer to a Bitter than an IPA. The full body is notably good (read: full) with a lower than average carbonation level.

Overall, this is another very good bitter. I like the dry character that is enhanced by the creaminess of the liquid. While the hop bitterness is understated, it is a very well balanced beer.

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Photo of joedon
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Geary's Winter Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 169 ratings
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