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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 B967ierhunter177
1.23/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a huge tan head and lasting lace. The aroma is fruity with hints of caramel. The flavor if of malt sweetness followed by a bold, hop bitterness that lasts through the bitter aftertaste. It's got a medium mouthfeel. Gearys Pale Ale is barely drinkable, the hops just overpower it. Not recommended.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
1.88/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Geary's Pale Ale

Appearance- light orange/ copper with a soapy white head. Heavily carbonated.
Smell- skunky malt. Sweet like a sugar/corn mash concoction.
Taste- metallic with a slight skunky maltiness.
Mouthfeel very watery at first then becoming bitter with metallic aftertaste. bleech.

Overall- I am hoping that this is a skunked bottle. It is undrinkable. down the drain you go. Tastes like a Meister Brau in a can!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.06/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured with a massive head almost more of the laundry soap variety. Hazy brown color. Fairly average across the spectrum of smell, taste, mouthfeel. It had a bitter after taste which to me tasted more like cheap hops than by deliberate design. Drinkable but to me this is still just cheap beer.

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2.12/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz stubby twist off bottle to pint glass. Sampled 8/31/11. No date or ABV listed on the packaging.

A: Two fingers of a fluffy cream-colored head billows just over the rim of the glass. The medium-light copper colored body is magnificently clear. Semi long lasting fading into a sudsy film and collar. Spare lacing.

S: The malt character brings about notes of grainy bread and caramel with a little toffee that firmly identifies this brew as an English-style Pale Ale.

T: Very little hop presence provides requisite bitterness but not much else. Caramel, toffee, light plum and perhaps a cola-like sweetness and feel.

M: Medium body with a texture approaching creamy but low[er] levels of carbonation add a syruppy quality.

O: Not my style but a nice change of pace. Happily purchased while vacationing in Maine. Drinks around 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottled poured into a Duvel tulip.

See-thru orange/amber body with a finger of off-white. This reduces to a thin island and a collar of foam in fairly short order. A bit of wet lacing here and there.

Tame nose with some floral notes the only indication of hops. Bready sweetness with something akin to orange sherbet lingering.

Shockingly astringent as it hits the tongue. Plenty of bitterness, but without any real hop flavor other than a touch of leafiness. A hint of nuttiness in the finish. Dry as hell, with not much in the way of sweetness. Some noticeable oxidation. Really an odd beer, not a lot to recommend here.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a four-fingered cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Strong hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy, bitter aftertaste - typical pale. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of scottum
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to be a nice light amber color with a huge white head. Tastes of both malts and hops, but not good malts or good hops. The flavor profile has good balance, but it isn't balancing anything good so that point is moot. I can not quite pinpoint why I'm not into this brew, but I am certainly not into this brew and I will not recommend it to anyone. Maine beer is overrated as a rule anyway. Not worth your time.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer can be summed up in one word: "uneventful". Even on tap, it had no real hops or malts that jumped out. It did not even have that "pale" taste that I look for in this style. It was just there, bland. It went down easy, due to the fact it had no taste. This should be called "Geary's Ultra"

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Photo of klewis
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours amber with a small head and a steady flow of brisk carbonation. Little lacing.

S: A faint vegetal aroma, but not much smell at all.

T: See above, and replace aroma/smell, with taste/flavor.

M: Light-bodied and fizzy with a clean finish.

D: Nothing offensive, but there's nothing here that suggests that this is a beer that I should drink again.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled: 7.29.05

A small head rests on a copper colored liquid. The foam goes quickly.

The smell is metallic and gluey. But that's masking the bitterness that sort of peers through on a good inhalation.

The flavor is bitter then metallic, in that order. There's a slight sweetness to it, and an almost fruity berry flavor. Very average. But this is another Maine beer that's better than the big beer co. offerings sitting next to it in the cooler when you're in the middle of nowhere. Lightly carbed.

Drinkability is that this is drinkable. Pretty mediocre beer, but as mentioned above, you go with what you got. And in the wilderness, local micros will always prevail in my selection versus the mass alternative.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
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 spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is some very faint lacing. The head stuck around for a few minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - metallic, slight skunkiness, hops, and roasted malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fair amount of carbonation, and the first noticeable flavour is a smokiness and/or roasted/burnt nuts. Lots of malts and light hops and a little bit of a metallic taste. I couldn't track down a freshness date on this bottle, so I have no idea if I'm tasting a good sample.. but there is something slightly off-putting about this beer. It finishes with an odd skunky/bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Once again, I may be drinking and old batch.. but I didn't care for this beer and wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of sleazo
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a brownish orange colour with two finger spoay head. The head dissipates quickly to a half inch of white soap. Lacing is minimal

S-biscuits and pine needles. This smells somewhat unique.

T-Very bisquity with a piney/soapy hop aftertaste. The sweetness is mellowed and the finish is somewhat dry and citric. There is a somewhat vague cabbage like underlying quality here. Wierd. The aftertaste is somewhat artificial tasting. Neither the hops nor the malt stand out in any particular way.

M-Not too thin on the body, there is a medium high level of small bubbled carbonation.

D-This is kind of blah. There are some off flavours though it isnt a terrible beer by any means. there are so many better pale ales out there that there isn't enough reason for me to buy this one again. I can see how some people may like this one but it really doesnt do it for me.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-thick, off white head. Orange-brown body.

S-floral and some citrus hop smell.

T-citrus, sweet malt with some roast.


D-an okay and drinkable brew but not fantastic. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear dark amber color,but the head is smallish,one finger.This has a slight spice aroma,but not much.This tastes a little light.For a pale ale this isn't very hoppy.Geary's has made a pale ale thats dry,but with not much flavor.I don't think I would buy this again,it's OK,but there are so many betterpale ales on the market.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a medium amber color that is fairly clear and well carbonated; lots of bubbles. The head is thick, white in color; about 2 fingers high. There are thick wisps of lace left around the glass.

The aroma is similar to wet straw and grassy. There is not much in the way of hoppiness. The taste is mildly hoppy and has a very carbonated taste. There is a dry flavor with slight bitterness and some citrus. This one is a weak attempt at a pale ale, imo.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber color with a massive foamy tan head.

S: Smell of toasted malt and straw and an astringency that is hard to get past. Hops are spicy and herbally.

T: Roasty at first with caramel and apple flavors and some straw graininess. Astringency comes in too hard and stings the tongue. Hops give some peppery spice too but add balance to the beer. Not a lot of complexity but it holds it own as an APA.

M: Medium body and bubbly carbonation. Bit too much in fact.

D: I have had this when it was fresher and it is a good Pale Ale however I let this sit too long and it was past it's prime.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, amber hue, a thin head, no lacing noted. Some malty and a touch of orange peel on the nose. Up front, malts and some caramel flavors, delicate citrus noted throughout the body, hops tough to detect. Medium bodied, creamy and light toasty finish. Minimal IBUs leave me wondering where are the hops?

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Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In general, I’ve been satisfied with Geary’s brews. This one didn’t quite stand up to the expectation.
Pours a golden-amber (I’m tempted to say orange-ish) color. The head is white an brilliant, but of average quality and duration. The aroma is a extremely citrusy…like sticking grapefruit slices up your nostrils. There’s a little malt and ester play going on behind the scenes, but the smell is all about the hops. The taste has a slight caramel bent to it, and is notably dry and abrupt. Medium fullness of body, but the dryness and citric quality don’t seem to match the hops. It just doesn’t come together very well. Finish is hoppy and dry. Certainly, this is an American style pale ale, but unfortunately, it’s an average one.

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Photo of ybnorml
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean amber ale with not much of an off white head that disappears quickly. The aroma had a light malty sweetness about it but not much else. The taste started out with a easy sweet maltyness and finished with a smooth hop finish. Not a bad ale for having more than one.

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Photo of sstackho
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (thanks Dad). Pours a miedium gold. Not much aroma. Flavour is a bit weak throughout. I think this is what brewers refer to as "crisp". The beer gets slightly better as it warms, but it remains unexciting. Disappointing, even as an English pale ale.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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 number1bum
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twistoff bottle pours a clear copper color with a one finger off-white head which diminishes pretty quickly and leaves minimal lace or stick. Smell is grain and toasted malt, little bit of caramel and some buttery diacetyl. Just like Shipyard with that ringwood yeast. Hmmm...is this a pale ale? Where are the hops? I don't smell much of any...little floral aroma in the nose, that's about it.

Taste is really the same as the smell. The toasted grain and caramel malt characters are nice but I find this severely underhopped. No grassy, floral, piney or citrus hop characteristics stand out here. Not bad, but very boring. Also, a la Shipyard, their ringwood yeast gives off a diacetyl aroma and flavor that I don't care for (although it's not as bad as some of Shipyard's). My favorite brewery, Middle Ages, uses ringwood but I love their brews...what am I missing here?

I'm underwhelmed by this one. Mostly I'm disappointed by the lack of any hop profile whatsoever. There are much better Pale Ale's out there.

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Photo of joedon
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of disappointing pale ale. I've had other Geary beers and was favorably impressed. This one is not a good effort.

Slightly dull gold color with white sticky head. Almost no aroma, not hoppy at all.

Taste is kind of blah; fairly strong bitterness and some sour hop flavor but almost no malts evident. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery. It's drinkable but without much enthusiasm. There are lots of better pale ales available.

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Photo of Risser09
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · fridge temp · 2011

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color with a 2" tall, cream colored head. Great retention, some spotty lace resides.

Smell: Very malty, lots of caramel malts, shifter more towards an amber or brown ale than a pale ale. I guess it's considered an English Pale Ale though. Faint biscuits underneath and some earthy hops too.

Taste: A crisp beer. Nice balance between malt and hops, all of which are obviously English in derivation. Spicy, earthy hops flavors and crispy, malty, bready, caramelly flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, amply dry, and palate cleansing (clean). The booze is apparent, which is odd for a 4.5% beer.

Overall: I like this one, but not enough to snag it off a shelf if I ever saw it. English Pale Ales aren't necessarily my favorite, though this one stays true to the style.

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