Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Geary's Pale AleGeary's Pale Ale
430 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high light beige head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of floral hops..
T: There are flavors of toasted malts in the taste along with notes of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable, especially given its low alcohol content.

 615 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that accounts well for itself in the lacing department

Smell: Toffee, apples and leafy, tea-like hops

Taste: Opens with a toffee and apples flavor that builds in malty intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the leafy hops intersect with the fruit and toffee: lots of Ringwood character along with a bit of a mineral aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Since this is so English in character, it is hard to think of this as an APA, though it may be slightly hoppier in style; decent, if you are a Ringwood fan, which I am not

 622 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a white, three-finger, pillowy head of foam. It left behind very thick patches of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, grasses and other floral notes. It had a slight burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness, citrus and a subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied brew.

D - How can you not try a beer in the Northeast that has a lobster on the label? And its a good pale ale, too.

 495 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus, a little spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a pale hops bitterness, then some flavors of caramel, tea & a little citrus follow along with a decent malt character to provide some sweetness and balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and a little bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, definitely seems to lean toward the English style of pale ales and taste very similar to their Winter Ale, I could drink this beer for a little while but I might look for something with a little more flavor and a harder kick after a few.

 873 characters

Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had heard alot about this beer and gave it a try while in Portland,mildlydissapointed.Pours a nice medium golden color with a lighter head that does leave some decent lacing,aroma is malty and slightly metallic.Taste seema little dry for me not quite enough malty-sweetness there is a hoppiness in the finish but not enough sweetness for my liking.

 348 characters

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very impressive head with a strong rocky remnant after the dissipation. Moderate lace. Clear, amber color.

Pleasant mixture of dry maltiness and mild bittering hop. Very English in the style. Somewhat earthy.

Very dry beer with a low level hops which interestingly creates a decent balance. Again, the earthiness comes through on the palate. Standard body for the style. Very dry.

 382 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker than tangerine, brighter than burnt orange. Multiple bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, then fly off to join those rushing off the bottom. The small cap, midway between ivory and ecru, deposits no more than a scalloped collar of lace. This is an acceptable looking pale ale.

I can't appreciate Cascade hops in the nose. Since the others (Mt. Hood, Tettnang and Fuggles) are more prominent, the beer smells more like an English pale, as the brewery intended, than an American one. In any case, the nose isn't strong enough or interesting enough for it to matter much.

The flavor profile is a definite improvement. The choice of malts, in addition to the choice of hops, ensures that Geary's Pale Ale isn't your ordinary, everyday pale ale. I always find it odd when a brewery decides to use chocolate malt in a beer of this style. Crystal malt is the biggest contributor on the palate, since toasted barley and caramel are the dominant non-hoppy flavors.

As far as hops, quite a few have been added. Their tea leaf-like flavor and bitterness are abundant, especially on the crisp, drying finish. Yep, English pale ale all the way. Most Brits would probably find the beer to be too bitter, but it's right up this American hophead's alley.

The mouthfeel is a shade too light and a shade too carbonated for it to be considered on par with the flavor. Drinkability isn't impacted though, as long as I pause every so often for burp breaks. I guess I'm just a nitpicker when it comes to carbonation, but dammit, it matters.

Geary's Pale Ale is anything but a typical version for brewers who ply their trade on this side of the Atlantic. It's a good one though, and would make a wonderful session ale as long as one has a high tolerance for bubbles. Thanks to Maine's own, jrdegriselles, for the bottle.

 1,824 characters

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The label on the 12 oz. short twist bottle pictures a fat Maine Lobster with a red "Geary's" banner across it. No drink before date.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy white lace.

Smell: A some what leafy and herbal hop aroma mixes with malty caramel and a bit of fruit.

Taste: Dry malt flavours of grain and a touch of caramel make this brew a bit chewy in the mouth-feel. Some salt, from hard water, helps to enhance the ample bitterness and the complex hop leaf flavours of herb and spice.

Notes: A wonderful English style pale ale with a New England twist. Gets even better when at cellar temperature.

 645 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Hmm, I wonder if this beer would go well with lobster? Oh well, I only have a burger. It'll haveta do. The beer pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises the starkly simple dichotomy of sweet caramel and flowery hops. The taste is very similar, though the flowers and caramel are now joined by a light orange, complete with bitterness from the peel. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a dry, almost grainy feel. Overall, a nice pale, nothing overtly exciting, but a very drinkable li'l brew.

 629 characters

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's been great getting into this community of beer fanatics, and since I have been here there is one beer that has been suggested by one man over and over again.Yep, it's Geary's Pale Ale, and right now everything else can wait, because this beer is my 100th review. This will be my first Maine beer, and this review is for JohnnyP and the rest of BAs from throughout New England. Appearance, well hey there's a lobster on the bottle it has to be from Maine!!! Pours a copper amber tone with an off white cream colored head. Is leaving a nice thin lace down the sides of my pint glass. The aroma is filled with sweet malt and a good amount of hop aroma, very pleasant aroma here. There is a nut flavor in the first sip that's complemented with a balanced blend of malts and hops, pretty good all around brew. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body, but this beer has such a great taste there doesn't need to be any fireworks in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable, could be a go to session brew if it was widely available down my way, but I now see why JohnnyP holds this beer in a special place in his heart. Gets this West Virginian's seal of approval, if you haven't tried a beer from Maine here's a place to start.

 1,221 characters

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.

 423 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium shade of amber, hazt, minimal head is white, not , much lacing left behind. Nose is caramel, yeast and flowery. Biscuity malts up front, balanced by soft and mellow hops. Balanced and highly drinkable pale. Fine sessioner. Another tasty creation from Geary.

 272 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear slightly lighter brown. Nose is a bit wood like with a slight caramel character. Flavor is smooth, but doesnÂ’t really carry a strong profile. There are bark tones to it and a mild mature wood sweetness to it, but it never really kicks you in the mouth. This is just one of those mature beers. Nothing showy. Not trying to be outlandish. It is what it is. Feel is smooth on the liquid with a decent carbonation. Highly drinkable. Just an overall good beer. Well made and smooth.

 492 characters

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.

 593 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a thick foamy head that immediately settles to a very thin cover, leaving spotted lacing on the glass.

The smell if of sweet grains with some mild fruitiness.

Sweet malt starts it off. An orange fruitiness comes through - not so much in a citrusy way though - more of a tropicial fruitiness mixed with an earthiness. There is a slight metallic tinge in the finish that is so slight it is almost negligible. Sweet malt stays just ahead of fruitiness.

It has something of an odd feel. (Harsh carbonation? - not sure to be honest), but something of a nothingness happens....Still - it has a medium body.

This is certainly more of an English Pale Ale, with an East Coast influence. On the mark for the taste, but the feel diminishes drinkability. Modest abv makes it a candidate for a "session", though I don't know how long it would hold my interest.

 877 characters

Photo of redfox405
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 430 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.