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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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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 hmk22
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great dry hops flavor and pale ale personality, esp. if you're looking for one in the lower-ABV range which I sometimes am. Taste is not as complex as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (which is an APA, not English) and the aroma is not as rich, but a great American beer nonetheless. Great pic. of a lobster on the label and a great regional beer, the likes of which seem to be dwindling every year.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is reddish brown. Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Nice head of about a couple of inches.
Odor is pretty slight. Maybe a little citrus and some floral.
Taste is pretty good. It is nice and smooth for a pale ale. Only a small amount of hops aftertaste.
Feel is a little above average. Not all that outstanding. Light on the tongue and carbonated.
Overall a nice beer. Good taste and pretty well balanced.

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Photo of avalon07
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A slight amount of hops, with some malt and grain as well.

T: Tasted of light hops, bready malts, and a little bit of grain. This is a pretty good imitation of an English Pale Ale. It's a solid, but very subtle flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp and clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

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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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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a solid 2 fingers worth of head that fades fairly quickly into a tiny cap

S: Some malts, backing hops, and the typical smell associated with ringwood yeast

T: A very nice crackery malt at first, followed by some balancing earthy and spicy hops and the ringwood yeast. Not too complex, but very well balanced

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is a very solid English pale ale that is extremely enjoyable any time of the year. Easy to drink, too, which makes this a solid brew all around

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Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly darker amber (than the Hampshire) with lighter foam, lacing around the edges. Darker malty smell. All malt in the nose and in the taste. Some sweetness. Classic English pale taste, very mild and balanced. Smooth too.

Good beer, simple and tasty.

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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 BLove
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Rupununi in downtown Bar Harbor, ME.

A - Nice 1 finger width off-white head which lingers nearly to finish leaving a very nice lacing on the glass. Beer is a deep orange to copper hue.
S - Light malt, biscuit, mild herbal hop aromas; the most disappointing aspect for me.
T - Malt up front, then bitterness in the finish. Overall well balanced
M - Medium mouthfeel, very smooth, hops linger pleasantly
D - Overall, very easy to kick back with a few of these with friends.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet, as i like less then 5 minutes from the brewery.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Allagash tulip.
A classic amber color with a very nice sticky head. The head stays and laces very well. the head stays with a good cover to the end.

The aroma is pleasant, English pale, malt up front, biscuit and slight almost citrus earthy hops in the end.

The taste starts with malt

The mouth is smooth but quickly the carbonation builds. The malt makes a smooth film on the tongue as the carbonation subsides. A slight bitter and clean finish.

This is one of my go to pales but don't expect an American pale

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Photo of mnrider
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short 12 oz Brown bottle---->Pint Glass. No Freshness date.

A: Pours a semi clear copper color. With a nice sticky off white head. Retention is good with some nice lacing.

S: A really complex aroma of herbal hops and thick malts.

T/M: Malt flavors are balanced well with the herbal hops. Bitterness is a little dominant, but doesn't really hurt the overall taste to much. Goes down smooth with a pretty clean aftertaste, especially as the brew warms slightly.

O: An above average APA. I'm very happy with my first Geary's brew. I see this one in my future drinking.


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Photo of Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Gritty's pint glass.

The color is a clear gold/amber with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is malty with some earthy aroma that is sweet but piney as well. The hops seem to tease just a bit here.

The taste is has an interesting bread flavor. Some nice caramel malt flavor comes out as well. There is a nice creamy flavor that seems to come out just a moment toward the end and makes a little smooth and a little buttery.

The feel of this beer is lighter then expected and has a nice drinkable feel. It goes down well and have a good aftertaste that does not linger.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours an orange-hued amber with a light beige fluffy head, with some trailing and spotty lace. An earthy aroma, with caramel malt, slight fruitiness, resinous hops. Edgy bitterness, slightly fruity with some caramel sweetness. As in the aroma, the hops have a resinous bite. Medium to light bodied with spritely effervescence. Fairly good impression of an English Pale ale!

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Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours copper color, with huge, thick, foamy, white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma of bready malt with some earthy hops in the background. Medium, tangy body, slightly sweet. Taste is bready malt and grape fruit nicely balanced by earthy hops. Long balanced finish. It would not be my first choice of Pale, but still nice brew.

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear orange/amber with a light beige cap, good head retention, a bit of spotty lace. Earthy aroma, caramel and malt, slightly fruity, light citrus and grassy hops, quite English in character. Solid bitterness, a bit juicy up front, fruity with some caramel sweetness. Slight herbal hop flavour. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture. I really liked the flavours in this, more bitterness than an English pale ale but with a lot of the character.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light brown with a one finger off-white head. The cap is creamy and has decent retention, it is made of fine bubbles. A creamy ring leaves some fine lace.

S- A bit like a Brown Ale/English PA to me. Slightly nutty, toasty malt with dark fruit overtones. Slight adjunct feel to it.

T- Bready notes, caramel malt, nutty and dark fruit hints up front. Hops lend floral/herbal, citrus and some pine.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth carbonation. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

DB- The flavors come together pretty well and make this one more like an English Pale Ale, darker (fruit, malt) than I expected. Refreshing and goes down smooth.

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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 king75
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- gold, with a reddish hue about an inch of quickly receding head.

S- Light citrus and hop aromas but nothing to distinct.

T- light hop taste, a little citrus, taste a little too BMC for my liking.

M- crisp and refreshing, light bodied very good feel to it.

D- could easily throw a few of these back, but there is nothing distinct enough about this beer to separate it from the rest of the run of the mills APA's. It is definitely better than the crap that the major brewing companies produce, but nothing to brag home about.

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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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3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this one during my very first ''Homegrown Mount Hood Single Hop Ale'' 's boil.

12oz bottle from girlfriend's trip to Maine. Into wine glass...

A- Something between a dark gold and a light amber. Clear with a nice very light beige head. Okay retention.

S-Honey. Some metallic malt (a bit like ''Griffon Rousse''). Some floral hop hiding somewhere in the bottom.

T- Oh. Better than expected. Woody bitterness reminding me of a few others like Brasseurs Illimités' ''Cascade Simple Malt'' Crisp and bitter are the main things going on here. Very little sweetness.

M- Medium to full. The carbonation is very nice. Very crisp and foamy. Dry finish.

D- Very good. So crisp and light, it goes right down yet it's far from being watery or seltzer-like. Only the woody bitterness can stop you.

I would probably buy one or two if I visited Maine. Don't really like the taste but the great mouthfeel makes it all good.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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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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Photo of jhammel01
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance, very clear. White soapy head that stays around for a surprisingly long time. Plenty of sticky lacing down the glass. Very pleasing to look at.

Smells of fresh hops, citrus and lemon zest, some malt grain..

hearty Grainy taste with fresh hop oiliness, bready background, well balanced. Finishes very dry. Seems like something is slightly missing..not sure what it is...Comes across a little watery.

Light mouthfeel, lots of carbonation on the tongue.

A damn good APA. Its nothing ground breaking but whats wrong with that!?

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Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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