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

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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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Photo of mainlyale
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this at small rural store in Washington County Maine. I paired it with a spicy chili. It is now my favorite beer to drink with spicy food. It had a great smooth head that stayed for a while. The color was medium amber - good for this type. Excellent hop character. It was really good. I will keep some on hand from now on.

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Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice, very English ale both in terms of balance and eespecially in the character, flavours, etc.

Copper, it has a medium, dense, light tan head that is fairly long lasting and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is malty, with bread, caramel hint, fruit, hay, a lot of leaves and tea, a hint of citrus.

The taset is leafy and earthy with fruit, hints of citrus and pine, light sweetness with spicey-bitter finish and some toast.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nectar of the gods as far as I'm concerned. Perfect off white head, clear light amber color, sweet malty caramel aroma with hint of fruit. This is all a pale ale can be: crisp refreshing attack, almost lemony, followed by bittersweet malt middle, closing to a hoppy, but well balanced finish. Eat your heart out, Bass. A lower score on drinkability because the first sip usually tastes the best. Nicely salty, VERY New England, a true seaside beer, goes great with seafood (hint: take a look at the label). I love malts and this has plenty -- PLUS an incredible hop element to twist it to just the right dynamic. Bliss.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O.K. so this is the beer I usually drink on an almost daily basis. You can find it in my fridge almost 7 days a week. With that disclaimer, here goes the review.
Darker than the average "pale" ale, very clear copper-amber. A good pour will produce light beige head that usually doesn't stay, but will leave some lace.
Nicely hopped aroma with some sweet malt lingering in the background. I love the balance of this beer's aroma.
Nice malty flavor with a rather full mouthfeel, balances out with a nice hopped finish with some light citrus undertones.
Drinkability on this one for me is exceptional. On tap it is a bit better, and the cask conditioned is awesome if you can find it.
Here in Portland, Maine where Geary's is made I have a hard time finding a better beer for the price (now $10.99 a twelve) unless it's the Geary's Hampshire Special Ale when available.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this earlier this summer and was wondering if it was just a fluke that I liked it so much on that particular night but upon picking up a sixer and trying it from the bottle this is just a world class beer, and I'm baffled once again that it gets average reviews. It may be slightly better on tap, but it's no slouch from the bottle either. I just love the hopping of this brew. It's perfect. Nice dusty, spicy, herbal boquet of hops on top of a nice pale malt profile. Excellent dry mouthfeel and this beer is so nice to drink. I've sort of become addicted to it. Everytime I got into the store I end up debating whether to get the Geary's or something I haven't had recently, and this beer usually wins it out. And that's strange because I never usually drink a lot of the same beer over and over. I definately urge people to go out and try this again with an open mind, because I think it's one of the best examples of a well made beer that I've come across.

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Photo of Rpritham
4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
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 ChugsMugs
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- amber brown, great carbonation on the sides of the glass and a 1/2 inch head that is slowly dissapearing.

S- A slight bit of fruitiness, hoppiness. maybe a hint of decomposing leaves or earth.

T- fantastic. a little kick in the mouth at first that gets taken over by a sweetness that rests on the tounge. The earthy smell is carried over into the taste of this beer.

M- very easy to drink. smooth going down and tends to slide down the throat maybe a little with too much ease at times.

D- Get a twelve-pack now to save the trip back to the store if you only got six.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Geary's flagship product, lets see how it turns out. Pours a perfect amber color and an impressive half inch white head: a very good looking beer. Nose was of doughy biscuits, light fruit and a marvelous floral bouquet to top it off. The taste was rather dry, with the biscuit flavors accompanied by a nice hoppiness and some slight juice tastes pulling through at the end. Mouthfeel was damn near perfect in its medium body. This is also a beer that is very easy to drink...It seems like an ideal candidate for even some beer drinkers not accustomed to heavier hop loads and new tastes. I really enjoyed this Pale Ale. With the alcohol being relatively low and the quality of the taste being so high, I have to say that this is one of the better, if not best Pale Ales that I have sampled in months past.

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Photo of StevieW
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark copper color, much darker than I expected. Head was tan/beige, full of rich hop bubbles. Nice floral/hoppy aromas, no sourness noticed. Taste was balanced and better than I expected. Nice sweet malty presence, lots of florals, citrus and hop goodness. Thirst quenching goodness, crisp dry finish. A very good Pale Ale. Better than Bass and lots of others. Cool label too. I had this with a lobster dinner in Maine and it was perfect !

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Photo of thartman
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture perfect pour from 12oz bottle...two-finger white,sticky, head, deep golden amber,..with a floaty or two! Sticky lacing on the glass after each sip. Classic smell of cascade hops. Crisp clean taste, not too overpowering, hint of citrus and hops mixed with, sweet malt and grain,... and a sweet tea aftertaste. Reminds me more of an English Ale with extra carbonation, than a Pale Ale. Slick mouthfeel going down, with a dry finish,....very easy to drink.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice clear copper color with small head. dissipates quickly but leaves lace.

smells very lemony. somewhat flowery. nice and fruity, hoppy.

taste - nice brew. nice dry malty brew with crisp earthy hops on the finish. nicely balanced ale. i'm impressed.

mouthfeel is medium but nice and crisp. drinkability is ok. nice malty pale ale.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first micro beers I tried, thank you 'beer of the month club' circa 1990...

I recently found this beer again at a beer place close to where I work.

Pours a nice brown/amber color with a good amount of head and very nice lace.

It smells the way an APA should, sweet and malty.

Whoa!... this is a really good beer and the price won't kill you. It cost the same as a six of Saranac Pale Ale and it's slightly better tasting.

It's good beer, sweet, malty, and then a hint of hop bites my tongue.

I could "pound" these all night... I'm a bad boy!

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Photo of adowney523
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Appearance is crystal-clear, bright amber with a white head thats retains well from moderate carbonation.

Smell gives sweet bubble gum and some buttery diacetyl.

Tastes of nice roasted/toasty notes in the finish with some diacetyl and slight sulphur. Mild hop bitterness.

Very smooth with a pleasant dry finish. I think this is a great example of a pale ale with the yeast flavors coming through in a good way.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

translucent orange color... hoppy aroma... bitterness up-front but balancing malts aren't far behind... smooth.

a long time favorite that you will find in my fridge as often as any other beer. pretty close to the ultimate maine beer experience if you ask me.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a nice orange colour with a strong head that dissolves fairly quickly yet never completely dissapears. caramel is apparent in smell and taste and is underscored by fruit flavouring and hints of saltiness. a bit different for a pale ale but it's one of my favourite new england brews and i make sure i always grab some when i can.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this beer for a while, ever since I saw it (and it's giant lobster on the label in a beer book by Michael Jackson. I found it for 99 cents at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, Ohio where I was visiting a friend, and jumped right on it. It seems Portland, Maine is a pretty good brewing town, guess I'll have to get up there soon.
This pale ale pours a burnt orange color with an unexpected but very welcome inch thick head that lingers on fairly impressively. The head is thick and foamy, which I prefer to the extra wet or bubbly heads. Nose is pleasant with medium hops and sweet dark malt which is a solid combination but also has a hint of spice, perhaps cinammon. Overall, quite promising.
Although the hops are certainly up front it's still a fairly mellow taste for an American pale, and more complex than most examples of the style I've tried. The hops give way to a malty but bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is understated but complimentary to the taste. A nice basic texture for the hops to play their role.
Overall, quite impressive for my first Geary's. I'd consider a six pack of this time well spent.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber brown coloring. Small head that vanished quickly.

Nice rich aroma, smells of caramel malts and hops. Very plesant smell.

Nice sweet taste, the caramel malts come through with the hops lingering. Very smoothe and easy to drink. Has a small bite to it, but not harsh at all. Overall a very good, yet different Pale Ale.

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Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale copper color with a nice head that never sinks completely. Smell is earthy/fruity hops and slight malt. The flavor starts off with some subtle hopping that grows into a nice full flavored hop profile. You can just slightly taste the cascades behind the lighter english style hopping. There is a nice malt balance to this beer, but not so much that it takes away from the hops. Clean and smooth in the mouth and nicely drinkable. This is a fine example of an english tyle pale ale with a touch of american influence. Great session brew or for a few while working the grill.

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Photo of searsclone
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a pint glass

clear copper color with an off white head. good lacing

smell is hops, earthy and a touch of fruit

taste is jumps between bitter and sweet. hops and malt with a bit of lingering caramel

mouth feel is crisp and creamy

overall very drinkable and a very balanced flavor

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is clear light amber with a tight bubbled, tannish head about two fingers high. Smells of light bread grain, biscuity, with a nice citrusy hop cleansing in the back, faint malt as well. Taste is super strange but damn good, has a orangey citrus, very crisp and clean with a twinge of hop that drys nicely and has just the right amount of malt backing to balance it out. Feel is light to medium bodied with a tart and sweet tingle on the tongue then dries from hops.
This is a good pale ale and would drink this any Ol' time.

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Photo of JoKo
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into standard Wolaver's Oatmeal stout pint glass, this beer is a copper brown color with a caramel colored off-white head.

Smell: Fresh bread up front, with some hints of caramel.

Taste: Bread maltiness up front with some nice crisp piney, citrus flavored hops in the background quickly coming up front after each sip. There is a very nice balance between hops and malts with this beer.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is very smooth and medium bodied with some moderate carbonation.

Drink ability: This beer is very drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew and would buy it again when available.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce undated stubby with a twist off. Purchased at Cost Plus in Westland and poured into a pint glass.

Clear reddish brown under an inch of white. Good amount of carbonation that gives the head nice retention. Surprisingly thick lines of lace for such a relatively small beer.

The nose has a nice balance of caramel from the malts paired with citric to floral hops. Not too shabby.

Caramel and biscuits upfront flowing into leafy hops and a clean dry finish that has lingering hop leaf in the after taste.

Moderate to full mouth with no residuals. A solid session beer for sure.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright crystal clear amber with some fine carbonation streams, topped by a hearty foamy slighty off-white head. Nose is biscuits and floral and herbal hops and a little bite of apple. Taste is lead by a nice caramelly body, with an accompaniment of Euro-hops across the top. Finishes dry with a little lingering hop tang. Smooth drinking, with enough carbonation to be refreshing. A very easy drinking, very enjoyable pale ale, bridging both American and British styles. An old timer that should not be neglected.

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Photo of paceyourself
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me an aroma adds so much to a brew and Geary's Pale Ale is a perfect example of that. A big citrus cascade nose upfront with a sweet nutty malt aroma backing it up delivers enjoyment before you even taste it. The enjoyment continues with this clear bronze brew when the flavors of sweet bread and date fade to a light bitterness. Maine proves again they can brew great beer with this fantastic pale ale.

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Photo of Liquids
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly caramelly hued distinctly yellow color; the color looks thick and dense in the tall glass with effervescent carbonation holding a two finger billowy and bubbled head, from a rousing pour. The head is off-white and holds - really good appearance for a pale ale here. The head held to the end leaving a dollop at the bottom of the glass and that always ups the well merited high appearance points here. Aroma is much like some of my favorite pils - hoppy with a noble spicy note and a pale sweet malt aroma (not caramel) with some American hop kick detectable as well, though far more subtle than the other aromas. Taste - this is a toasty malt beer up front, then turns hoppy, spicy, and a tad caramelly.

This is not ultra sweet up front but fairly balanced, and the hops do kick but it remains toasty and malty in character and not water. Any more hops here would be bad to me and hide the malt depth and character, and the toasted flavor makes it far rounder and more interesting than most straight pales which are soo booring to me, malt-wise. This is also very clean. Taste is more American in hop style but it's not overhopped, and the subtle spicy nobles help, which show up more in the aroma, while the citrusy/piney hopes showed more in the flavor.

I love the toasted flavor! my favorite "American Pale Ale" yet. Mouthfeel is ultra thick and fully, and I've tried most of the Geary's line in the last month, and surprisingly full mouth feel (on par with and as here, at times in defiance of style) is a characteristic of their brews. Outstanding - the brewer is truly a 'master.' More carbonation that I'd like, but this is right on for style, not flat. Drinkability wise, this, like the other Geary's beers I've tasted, are all around winners. Drinkable! This is outstanding - finally a true pale ale with some real character (other than hops). And so far Geary's has helped me reconsider my previous aversion for both pale and strong ales, making versions of both that I enjoy.

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