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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of marc77
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light bronze hue with a slight murk. Thin, frothy, pitted head manages sparse foam trails. The aroma is a soft melange of floral hops with a citrusy tinge along with mild, bready pale malt and light lovibond caramel sweetness. Faint ripe pear esters add a green, fruity presence. Balanced, understated aroma. Ashen caramel malt initially in flavor is offset by a crisp, cleansing hop bitterness which develops into a woody, lightly earthy hop flavor. Subdued diacetyl emerges mid palate and complements the balmy, toffeeish malt backbone. Light in overall body, but pleasantly dextrinous and lightly viscous in mouthfeel. Finishes with an agreeable surge of savory, cracked grain laden salted biscuit, which leaves the palate parched and ready for more. A no frills, well rounded, superbly drinkable brew that treads the wide boundary between American and English pales. Geary's Pale would be a staple brew in the fridge for easy quaffing... if I lived in Maine. Thanks to Bennybrew for reuniting me with the first Maine brew I ever had. That was 5 years ago in Limestone, ME.

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Photo of edchicma
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy coppery look, very little head with some slight lacing. Decent hoppy aroma that held up in the taste which had a pleasant bitterness to it. Mouthfeel wasn't that balanced, though and aftertaste was not that great. Average drinkability. Not as good as their Hampshire Ale.

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Photo of yosh
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Stockpot, Portsmouth, NH.

This beer had a nice copper color to it with no head and little lace. It was pretty balanced, but leaning a bit to the bitter side. Hops were evident in the smell and in the taste. It went down pretty well, but to me was an average pale ale. Not a bad thing though, I liked this beer and would have it again.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Darkale
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronze-orange body with a medium-sized cream-colored head. Aroma is strongly malty, a deep brown-sugar smell that I really liked.

Taste is also sweet and malty, thick, but with a dry aftertaste and less of the citrus tone that one expects from a pale ale. Crisp and slightly chewy.

I liked it, and would buy more; however, I don't feel that I would have more than one of these per night, hence my relatively low drinkability rating.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less than average appearance when poured.A clear amber in color.Medium bodied with a fairly thick malt texture.Crisp mouthfeel that wasnt overly carbonated.Lingering bitterness and more body than the pale ale im used too.It might be just a Maine thing with the malty beers.Overall average,but well balanced with a fairly good drinkability rate.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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 avylover
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I would have probably never tried if not for BA. It's pretty hard to find in my area. Pours a very clear copper color with a small bubbly head. It's got a very american like hoppy scent, on the citrousy side. The taste is very grainy with a slight citrousy aftertaste. Very smooth mouthfeel, not as crisp & hoppy in taste as the aroma suggests, but a good pale ale. This seems to be what a pale ale should taste like, with Sierra Nevada being more on the IPA side of things. Glad I tried this one...I imagine on tap it would be great!

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Photo of ecoboy
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My standard pale. My baseline mentally (with Tuckerman's), since true British pales are rare in my neck of the woods, and Northwestern and often California pales drop into my IPA region.

Definitive amber color with fairly long-lasting big bubbled head on draft. High marks for drinkability the result of wonderful hops/malt balance. Neither overtake each other. Nothing is out of place. Very late hoppy dryness with momentary acidity results in mouthfeel and flavor finish that (don't laugh, I think this is a good thing) holds me off on brushing my teeth. The aftertaste is that good.

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

The pour a unclouded amber color, the head is modest in size, bubbly in structure, and a very light tan in color with the lace a thin sheet upon the glass. Malt dominated is the nose, citrus crisp and fresh, the start is malt laden, slightly sweet, the top slender in its feel to the palate. Finish has a persistent acidic bite, the hops moderate in their presence and spiciness, quite dry aftertaste and a good beer to have on hand for the hot summer days just around the corner.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This pale ale poured a nice, clear, amber color with creamy, white foam, and some nice small bubbling from the bottom of the glass. The smell was modest but good: citrus, malt, bisuity, and a bit of floral hops. The taste was first hops (floral and bitter) and then malt and a bit of citrus. The flavors were nicely balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth, crisp, and clean, with a bit of lingering hop flavors. The body was medium, and the carbonation was modest. The was a very nice and drinkable ale. Very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above average Pale Ale. Pours a nice hazy amber colour with a nice head to it. Smells like hops and malts in perfect unity. Tastes very maine-like in flavor and has a wonderful drinkability and mouthfeel. A VERY good beer for the price.
Cheers to all the Maine BA's!,

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Photo of proc
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heeeeerrrrrrreeeeee's Johnny!!!!

I am very happy I have finally tried Geary's Pale Ale. Pours out to a nice amber-brown in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is that of biscuit and a light floral smell. Taste is that of a very light grapefruit, mixed with malt and caramel. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be (although my companions at the bar thought it was, but they are new to hops), but it is extremely (forgive me) "smooth". A session pale if there ever was one.

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Photo of paceyourself
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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 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.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all not a bad beer. Poured copper with a minimal head. There was some sediment in mine, which I'm not sure if it was supposed to be there. No date on the bottle, so I'm not sure if it's past date. Floral, hoppy aroma with a touch of peach. Taste is pretty much the same. Hoppy, but not too hoppy, with peach notes. Seems to be a dry malt base. Light bodied. I'd definitely drink this one again, but I don't know that I'd seek it out as a permanent fixture in my fridge.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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 bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
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 DarthMalt
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper-colored with a soapy, fluffy white head. Serious phenolic nose with a peach-skin aroma.

Sudsy bite on the tongue. Suds bite the whole way through, actually. Peach notes return in the midtaste with peach-pit bitterness in tow. Finish is fairly non-descript, save for the--you guessed it--peaches.

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Photo of yen157
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Expected citrus hop aroma from this amber beer. Caramel malt flavor that is almost a bit nutty. Medium body and appropriate carbonation. Slight metallic and mineral flavors compliment bitterness instead of distract you. Easy enjoyable drinking, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.57/5  rDev +28.7%
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 StevieW
4.33/5  rDev +22%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color, with a decent head that dies pretty quick. On the nose there is a slight fruitiness, herbs, and herb aromas. The same is found on the palate, slight fruitiness, herbs, slightly sweet, light malt, and a nice bitterness. Finish is bitter and slightly sour. Overall, a good Pale ale...

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Photo of Viking
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear copper colored brew. Good initial head that fades quickly to a thin, clinging lace. Smell full of caramel malt and floral hops, yet fairly mellow. Smooth malty flavor, with hops balancing the sweetness and adding a bit of spice. Also a slight metallic taste that fades just before the finish. A fairly mellow, well-balanced flavor. Carbonation provides a bit of zest on the tongue. Overall, smooth and easy drinking.

[Note: Thanks to my Dad for bringing back this brew from a trip to Maine!]

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