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

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Geary's Pale AleGeary's Pale Ale
Geary's Pale AleGeary's Pale Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship. This is a classic British pale ale with a nod to the legendary beers of Burton-on-Trent. Copper-colored, dry, clean, and crisp with lots of late hop taste, in an appetizing complex with ale fruitiness from imported Hampshire yeast. Original gravity - 1047; alcohol by volume - 4.5%; two row English malt (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood, Tettnang and Fuggle Hops.

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 436
Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Clear amber. Receding frothy head which leaves a wispy layer.
Vibrant malt aroma with a touch of balancing hop which continues into the taste.
Medium carbonation and body.
A relatively straightforward bitter which replicates many from English brewers.

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Photo of Amendm
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16-oz. can required an easy pour into a 20-oz. mug to produce a two-finger sized egg shell white frothy head that shrinks to a ring with minimal lacing. Clear reddish copper color shows orange-copper in front of light.
Sweet malt and faint hops dominate the smell with a hint of banana and cloves.
Taste has sweet malt with some citrus and apple at first then switches to a drier malt flavor in the middle with a bitter hop finish. There is a bitter hop bite at the end that does not linger.
Feel is medium bodied with proportional carbonation that is balanced and maintained throughout the drink.
On the dark side and a tad sweet for the style. Overall a smooth easy drinker, good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of BJB13
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Clear and copper in the glass it sports about one finger of whitish lathery head with a bit of lacing.

The nose is fairly weak and malty. It is mildly bitter and tastes of pale malt, it isn't unbalanced but the hop character is subdued. Dry, crisp and smooth this is a decent and drinkable English.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a Beer of the Month...never had this brewer before but I like this one a lot...clean, dry and crisp with great hoppy smell and finish. Hope I can find this one again down here on Long Island!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark pale amber color with a lighter foamy head and a small lacing around the edges. It had a darker malty smell, some biscuits and herbal to earthy notes. The taste had a slight malt along with a slight sweetness, slightly mild and balanced. The palate was about a medium feel. It had a good smoothness to it. Overall, this was a good beer that I might come back to.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy copper color with a finger of bright white head. Don't get much retention here but there's lacing for days.

The aroma is full of grainy, cereal malts, caramel, and finished off by a wave of piney hops.

The taste follows the nose: Cereal grains, sweet caramel, and earthy, piney hops on the finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, as a pale ale should be.

Overall, a nice "old school" representation of a pale ale. It's nicely balanced with plenty of hops in the passenger seat. A good beer for all seasons.

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Photo of BRiddoch
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark gold with a minimal head. Hoppy smell with slightly fruity undertones. Slight bitterness but quite refreshing with a mild fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of jhavs
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this a ton in my youth. Was hitting a few breweries in Portland and saw a sign for their taproom. Didn't know they opened up the brewery for samples/tours/etc.

Got a 4 oz taster. Clear, amber, bright and shiny in the sun. Nice slightly off-white foamy head settles quickly and rings the glass.

Smells a bit malty, caramel, followed by earthy hops and some citrus zest.

Great all around easy drinking flavor. Nice level of bitterness that is backed by the clean malt bill. Subtle sweetness, hint of caramel or burnt sugar. Get some fruit flavors mixing in. Pleasant.

Reasonably full bodies for a refreshing pale ale. Spot on moderate carbonation.

A great brew from a ME craft legend. Try out the taproom.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter, this FINE pale pours a clear and luminous deep amber with a very nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick layer, very nice thick ring, and great sudsy lacing. Nose of peaches, subtle citrus, bittering hops, and caramel. Flavors surpass the nose with orchard fruits of peaches and apricots awash in sweet malts with an moderately bitter hop profile that keeps everything in check. Great mouth feel with good carbonation and a lively mouth feel with a moderately bitter hops finish. A great all around pale ale from a great brewery.


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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- It poured a copper and orange with a large bubbly and billowing off white head, a nice frothy lace retains until the end.
Smell- raw grain and caramels malts. Some fruit, perhaps dried apricot. Sweet and pleasant.
Taste. Well balanced. Caramel malt, orchard fruits and a nice assertive but smooth hops profile.
Feel- light to medium bodied, tangy mouthfeel, very pleasant.
A nice one all around.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic English Pale Ale here. Clear copper color with a decent amount of white head. Moderate carbonation. Nose is very malt forward with toffee, caramel and bready malts. The taste is very much like a Vienna lager with a malt forward character but with a significantly heavier body. The hops bitterness shines through the waves of malt backbone and provides a nice counter balance. There is a nice minerally quality to this beer as well which harkens back to the Burton upon Trent beers. It seems to be a very dry beer but I think those minerals are playing tricks on me. A beautiful brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle - no date

medium copper color, thin white head. the aroma is a bit stale, earthy. the taste is a bit similar. bready, no hop flavor at all. medium body and carbonation.

I have a feeling this bottle might be quite old, but no way to know.

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Photo of tkelley
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle from beer of the every other month shipment poured into a tulip glass.

A - very clear brownish copper body with a very thin head. Not good lacing but might be more to do with choice of used glass.

N - toffee and baked bread with a little fruity or spicy hops. Buttery yeast as well.

T - no surprises following the smell. Not overly bitter. More malt than hops but with an interesting flavor profile. Sweet and grassy and a little fruity. Ring wood buttery yeast flavor. Not bad here.

M -bubbly and a little hot? Not watery but not heavy at all.

O - pretty good English style. Cheers!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler: color is a dark copper, transparent, fine bubbled efferevesence; head is off white, presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates quickly to a ring and some fine froth.

Smell is very pleasant, begins with a lightly sweet malt presence, coming through as toffee and caramel, but no over sweet; hop earthiness follows, light grass.

Taste is also very good: sweet malt presents first, fairly crisp and clean flavors, maltiness is toffee and caramel, though light, some subtle fruitiness from the ale fermentation provides a sweeter character; hops are crisp, nicely bitter with a flavor of grass and earth.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing: very appropriate levels of carbonation and nice lingering malt sweetness and hop drying qualities.

Overall, this is a a great english style pale ale, very crisp, great aroma and flavor and mouth presence.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured a brilliantly clear copper with amber highlights. One finger loose large bubbled head resembling a soda head dissipated quickly,

S - grassy hop notes with ample spicyness, followed by s wall of malt aroma, lots of toffee and bread.

T - hop flavor low with slight grassy earth, the taste is mostly malt with subtle notes of caramel, toffee, and a low amount of buttery diacetyl. Very smooth, ends crisp and dry with ample hop bitterness.

M - very light and highly carbonated. Finishes very dry, surprisingly refreshing for how malt forward this is vs a more hoppy brew.

O - I never by this only because I assumed it would be blah, it's actually very good, strikes a balance between ESB and something more refreshing and crisp. Not a bad shelf beer to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of illpass78
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on tap at Forest Gardens in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a rusty gold with a half-inch white head that hangs around a but. It's clear and lacing is moderate to low.

Aroma: Aromas are faint but there's caramel, grassiness, toast, biscuit, malt and oats. Also a little grapefruit tartness.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. Pretty nice, complex flavor. More complexity than the average pale ale. Really good, refreshing beer with nice flavor and hop profiles.

Mouthfeel: It's somewhat light of body but appealing.

Overall: I'm a sucker for a good traditional pale ale, and this is one. Would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper color with a thin head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of an English Ale, notes of caramels, earthy hops and a light tangy citrusy.
I was expecting a more boring flavor, but its hop profile surprised me. Notes of earthy hops, biscuit malts with some roasted edges, caramels, fruity yeast and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with a persistent bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Good interesting take on an English Ale with hops tuned up to the American way, almost an English IPA. If you dig the style, definitely it is worth trying. Great option for American ex-expats of the old world.

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Photo of Rpritham
4.51/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into glass but I would say:
Forms a 2cm foam head, which dissipates in <30 seconds

A:Amber and clear-like water that has too much iron in it, but looks inviting.

S: dull smoky oak aroma- pleasing and not overpowering

T: if bitter could taste delicious and pleasant this would be it- the aftertaste is similar to the smell.

M: carbonated, which first feels like a rush to the taste buds and spreads across the palette without too much intensity.

Overall I thoroughly enjoy it. Definitely one of my new favorite pale ale's

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Photo of Owl-Head
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good at of a bottle but far better out of a snifter glass, in fact remarkably better. All qualities out of the bottle slightly chilled are too sweet and too powerful. The glass seems to free the ale of it's hyper sweet aroma and taste and makes the beer rather enjoyable. I suggest serving it in the mid 40s (F) and eating peanuts or pretzels with the drink

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. It's actually pretty uniform in texture - thick, too. Retention is pretty solid and lacing is minor.

S: It's mainly toasted malts on the forefront, with a fruity undercurrent (think stone fruit). Slight hints of diacetyl are also present. As it sits in the glass, it shows off more fruit notes. Not bad, not bad at all.

T: Again, toasted is a decent word to describe the flavor profile. Some nondescript fruit esters congeal at the middle of the palate before an upsurge of (malt) bitterness finishes this off. The aforementioned fruit notes pop up more strongly on certain sips. It's certainly well made and balanced well - it's just not my style at all.

M: I could use a bit more crisp dryness to help counteract the malty linger on the palate. The carbonation here is quite zesty, but it's not quite enough. Having said that, it's not undrinkable by any stretch - it seems to become drier as I drink more of this, in fact.

O: Biases against crystal malt and English-style pale ales aside, this one does the job well. It's richer than its low ABV would suggest, too. The old adage "it's not you, it's me" is appropriate for this one. Still, I can imagine this one being rock-solid on cask.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for this.

Pours a malty amber-light caramel in color. There’s a subdued hop, almost like a stronger “stale-beer” aroma mixed with an off-putting dank/skunky note lingering around. The flavor has a light bitterness that tapers into a harsh, flat taste. It leaves an aftertaste that is not welcome. I liken this flavor to what happens when you overcook and slightly burn something but end up making a dish with it all the same—it’s not quite enough to make you not want it but its not something you’re going to want to have again either. Oh well.

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Photo of scotorum
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist Shaker pint.

a: Rich deep amber boasting a finger thick off white head which receded to even surface foam and heavy lacing.

s: Medium malt.

t: Mainly ale malt with some hop balance. Slightly more fruity than many pale ales, but more traditional and less hoppy than many of the craft-era ones or even the famous English "Bitter." For me, really tasty and wonderful.

m; Medium and quite rich.

o: Excellent traditional British-style pale ale which I will definitely be looking for again. Great to see this made in my region. Similar to and perhaps better than New Hampshire's Shipyard Chamberlain, another good malty real ale style brew.

UPDATE 8/26/14: Hadn't gotten around to re-reviewing this before now. So much good beer, so little digestive capacity. Bought another single though and had it tonight with dinner. Not nearly as crazy about it as I was. It's good and still fruitier than most Pales and still far less hoppy than many American ones, but I did not find it especially distinguished as "tasty and wonderful" or as "rich" as before. Thus downgrading my very high previous rating from 4.55 overall to 3.75. . I'll probably buy more and re-review again since the difference between first and second tastings was so inexplicably enormous.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber. Honey-colored. Creamy head with a little bit of lacing. Tiny carbonation

Smells toasty with some grassy hops

Tastes malty. Grainy with hints of toffee. Some diacetyl. Bread. Faint fruit sweetness before floral hops show up in the background. The finish is dry and slightly metallic

Feels clean, a little creamy. Medium-bodied. Dry

Overall pretty good. Good for what it is but nothing particularly noteworthy

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, honey-copper coloring with a thin ring of white head on the surface. Aromas of rich, tangy sweetness, with toffee, honey, and nut making up the bulk of the nose. Hints of roast in there, as well. Flavors are rich and malty, with a roasted overtone. Biscuit backbone, with toffee overlays and a hops bitterness at the end of the palate. Light and smooth in mouth, with a semisweet and bitter aftertaste. Clean finish, with a subtle tangy sweet linger. Very easy to drink, and not overpowering despite some heavier flavor profiles.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber-orange color with darker reddish hues. a creamy looking off-white head never slips below two fingers. Clumpy patches of lacing show some good stickage.

S: Toasted grain, toffee, caramel, buttery. Hops are floral and grassy with a hint of tobacco. Slight lemony zing.

T: Caramel, molasses, shortbread, toasted grain, slightly woody. Big buttery smack. Touch of marmalade fruitiness. Salty minerality. Hops build toward the back end with an herbal/tobacco taste and ample bitterness. Long finish of toasted malts, butter, and some oily hops.

M: Hefty medium body. Full, creamy, slightly slick. Tingling carbonation caresses the tongue.

O: It's a very well-made English style pale ale; put it on your short list if you're into the style. It tends to get overlooked in these parts, and I'm not sure why given the success of similar beers like Whale's Tale. Maybe the brand just needs a little more visibility? Then again, Geary's does seem to be a pretty polarizing brewery as a whole.

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Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 436 ratings