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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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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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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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

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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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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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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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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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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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2.61/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good but tastes like cardboard and old malt.

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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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