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 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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Photo of donniecuffs
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, it poured copper-amber, with three fingers of white, great head retention, and great lacing. Decent visible carbonation. Smelled of pear, apple, and biscuit. The taste was very macintosh apple; trace amounts of pear, and not very dry on the finish. Less carbonation than expected, yet medium-bodied. Decent pale ale, but my expectations were pretty high going into this.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you papollo for giving me the chance to try this!

This is a bit more ruby than a traditional pale, but I've begun to like that in a pale. Nice frothy white head that dissipates into pillowy chunks floating on top of the brew.

The aroma is a pleasant malty smell with some spicy hops. Simple, yet nothing to complain about.

Taste is similar, with a nice malty base, that lingers into a bit of hop spice, that leaves behind a pleasant bitterness. Tasty in my book.

Light to medium bodied, pretty standard.

Easy drinker, and a good unique take on the style.

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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 morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle at the Rattlesnake on Boylston St. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark rust colored body. Perfect sized white head. Smell was hoppy and spicy. Taste was quite agreeable. There was a good amount of hops, but also a nice malt backbone. An excellent counterbalance to each other. Mouthfeel was smooth, but not watery, and very mild aftertaste. There was not a lot of hop flavor on the palate afterward, which is what I prefer. Drinkability was good, as the flavor, mouthfeel and low abv were all what I was looking for at the time. Paired well with an order of tacos. I would recommend this beer to people that like local APAs.

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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 feelmefoam
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Geary's Pale was super-carbonated when I popped top and poured. Don't know if this was specific to my bottle or not, but this thing overflowed my glass with head. Still, the copious head was pretty nice looking; it was cream-colored sitting on top of a caramel-colored beer. When it finally dissipated, it left some moderate lacing clinging to the insides of the glass.

The smell is pretty good, there's a definite aroma of apples and caramel malt, accompanied by some slight hoppiness and a strangely strong astringency. This makes me wonder if the beer has something a little wrong with it from age. The bottle was dusty when I picked it up, so I knew it was a few months old, but I figured I'd give it a chance. We shall see.

The flavor really isn't bad. The strange chemical astringency present in the nose is still present, but it's toned down quite a bit. As a matter of fact, it's faded to a more astringent bitterness that's present in raw tea leaves or spinach, even. It's actually not too unpleasant, mixing with some caramel maltiness and some sweet, slightly earthy fruitiness, such as organic apples? Interesting flavor, don't know if it's being thrown off from the obvious age of the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things, smooth with a nice carbonated finish that gives it a crisp aspect.

Right now, drinkability takes a hit because of that fairly strong chemical smell coming from the beer. I like the way this beer tastes as it is now, it's just a little off; I'll have to try a fresh one because I think this has some pretty nice potential. I took a risk on a dusty bottle and it doesn't seem to have paid off this time, but I'll definitely give this another try in the future because it's got promise.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper color. Medium sized beige head that leaves rings and spots of lace. Aroma is nice and subdued, a little toffeish, a little buttery, a little citrusy. Toffeeish malt base lays down the foundation. Pretty sturdy malt base. Hop attributes could use a boost. I get a little lemon citrus and some lingering bitterness, but not as much as an APA should have. Good enough beer, but not a top notch APA.

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Photo of gfreed
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiny amber in color with a big, happy head that roared to the top of the glass and narrowly missed spilling over. All that I like in an APA was evident in the aroma: emphasis on malt with a yeasty background and just a hint of citrus. Nice taste of crackers and malt up front in the taste, followed by caramel, toffee and some lemons at the finish. More complex than some other APAs, in part because the hops were quietly subdued without being suffocated. Decent body but, as with their London porter, I wanted just a tad more density. Still, I'd have another of these any time. Good score.

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Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Geary's is not for all tastes, but it is a good beer if you appreciate the English Pale malts used and the slightly dry flavors. The beer pours a clear amber color with a small slightly creamy white head, with a touch of lace. The nose is the prickly, unmistakeable English Pale malts, maybe a touch of caramel.

The beer is quite dry, a bit prickly on the mouth, some dry caramel flavors, English malts abound, there are some leafy hops to balance things out, some cracked graininess, and some toffee flavors as well. The dry, slightly bittering cream soda flavors, the saltene feel in the finish, the toffee flavors, and the rather traditional English Pale malts pretty much define this beer. The aftertaste is fairly mild. There isn't tons of carbonation to this beer either. The beer does clean the palate quite nicely. This is an all around decent pale ale.

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

I used to drink a lot of this back in the early 90's. Have not seen it in years so I was very happy to see it back in PA. A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for around $1.75. Poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a clear rich copper color with at least an inch of dense bone white head. Flavors and aromas are of grassy citrus tinged hops, lemon, toasted grain, a decent amount of caramelized malt, bready and earthy. Above aerge body with ample carbonation for a pale ale. Still quite drinkable as well.

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Photo of berley31
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured on-tap with a very small head that quickly diminished to a thin film. The beer is a dark orange color, with a clear body with some slight haziness.

S: Lightly hoppy and some citrus... pretty much exactly what you'd expect from an APA.

T: Flavor comes across as citrusy at first, but then ending with a very nice, hoppy bitterness that sticks with you for a good amount of time after swallowing. Problem is, it seems to have that astringency that all Geary's beers have.

M: Medium-bodied, with a creamy/oily texture. Nice carbonation.

D: An easy-to-drink APA with good taste and mouthfeel. Nothing overly special, but still a very decent entry and probably my favorite Geary's beer to date.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in Wells, ME on August 4, 2009.

A: Copper looking color with an average sticky head.
S: Malts + earthy hops. Notes of caramel but very faint. As for the hops, it is not strong.
T: Malts + caramel in the after-taste. Dry on the finish.
M: Thin.
D: Good to very good.

Nice session beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, light orange-brown, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: earth and malt..not the strongest smelling beer I have had

Taste: malt, caramel, and leafy hops. There is some spice in there, but I cannot place it.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-high carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: slightly above average pale. I could have two or three. This strikes me as being very similar in character to Abita's Restoration Pale Ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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

Deep rich copper with a decent, two finger head. Aroma is full of sweet malt and a touch of yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is somewhat lacking, just not a whole lot there. There is some dry bitterness from the hops, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. A bit watered-down tasting. Malts are biscuit- and caramel-like. Definitely some yeast presence thanks to the Ringwood element. Carbonation was good, and mouthfeel was surprisingly slippery and soft. Nevertheless, highly drinkable and light at 4.5 percent.

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Photo of thartman
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture perfect pour from 12oz bottle...two-finger white,sticky, head, deep golden amber,..with a floaty or two! Sticky lacing on the glass after each sip. Classic smell of cascade hops. Crisp clean taste, not too overpowering, hint of citrus and hops mixed with, sweet malt and grain,... and a sweet tea aftertaste. Reminds me more of an English Ale with extra carbonation, than a Pale Ale. Slick mouthfeel going down, with a dry finish,....very easy to drink.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug as a cloudy copper color with just over a finger of creamy head, which evaporated after about a minute or so. Scent is faintly of fresh hops and malts, reminded me somewhat of fresh cut grass. Taste is more malty than hoppy, though you can taste a bit of hops if you search for it. Dry finish with no bitterness or long lasting aftertaste. Very good and drinkable overall.

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

Pours a golden/copper/orange color with a decent sized head, minimal lacing.

Smell is predominately malty with an earthy hop presence.

Taste is crisp and refreshing, rather balanced because of the malt presence but there is some piney hops, but certainly not an overwhelming pale ale.

One of Maine's first craft beer movements and is still quite popular today. While now and days it'll probably be considered "unoffensive", when it first came out it was probably quite daring for the area.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle into the center of my Geary's pint glass. This pale ale has slightly darker copper color and a white head the just touches the rim of my 12 ounce glass. Over the first minute, the head has settled to about half-inch in size, with a few traces of lace around the glass, but nothing impressive. I like the grassy hop smell of this beer. There is also grain-like maltiness to the aroma. The taste also has a maltiness to it, but I think it's more roasted than grainy. I can also taste a mild hop bitterness. It ends with a touch of sweetness that fades and leaves nothing but the slightly bitter taste. There carbonation is good and the body of the beer is of medium intensity. It leaves a hint of a coating, but nothing syrupy. It is slightly buttery.

After a few minutes of tasting, the head has reduced to a dusting of foam on the top of the beer, with a slight bulge of bubbles in the center of the glass. The sides have lace all around, with a definite line marking the level of the the beer left after each sip.

This is a pretty good pale ale; it's a beer I've had many times. It is my default beer to order when I'm out at a bar in Portland and don't see anything too interesting on the draft list, as almost every bar it town serves Geary's pale. I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain any, but if someone brings some to a party, bum a bottle from them. I will also mention that is probably a good beer to give to your non-craft beer drinking friends who are weary of micros.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- amber brown, great carbonation on the sides of the glass and a 1/2 inch head that is slowly dissapearing.

S- A slight bit of fruitiness, hoppiness. maybe a hint of decomposing leaves or earth.

T- fantastic. a little kick in the mouth at first that gets taken over by a sweetness that rests on the tounge. The earthy smell is carried over into the taste of this beer.

M- very easy to drink. smooth going down and tends to slide down the throat maybe a little with too much ease at times.

D- Get a twelve-pack now to save the trip back to the store if you only got six.

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Photo of spointon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= Poured a very clear orange-copper color with a 1/2" white head that quickly settled to a thin cap and left only minor lace spotting in its wake.

S= Very English smelling ale here. The malts pushed a rich caramelly sweetness through the aroma and the hops gave this a very woodsy, earthy, leafy sort of scent. Smells like toffee cooking on a clean fall day.

T= Somewhat of a disappointment after that pleasant aroma. The flavor is drier than I expected considering the caramel sweet smell (though some caramel malt does appear in the flavor profile too). I think this bottle has some age on it... The hops were tea-like and leafy. Finished dry.

MF= Way to the thin side of medium bodied, with a moderately crisp carbonation feel.

D= A solid and interesting English pale ale. I could easily session this one, especially if it was a bit fresher.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - pint glass, cool
A - Sharp hops with some maltiness in the background.
A - quarter inch of head (typical of how this place pours, not necessarily on the beer), tea colored, light haziness.
M - medium body and carbonation.
T - Hops are forward but not overpowering. Malt supports well but does not figure much in the flavor. Nice bright hopiness lingers in the mouth.
D - I can always have a pint of this, but it is not necessarily a session beer because the hoppiness does build on itself after a while.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, dark copper color. Sticky lace and foam island retention. Smells of pale malt and mild, leafy, hop spice.

High, spritzy carbonation buoys pale malt with mild caramel and hop spice. Peppery, drying aftertaste. Nothing remarkable or suprising but pleasant and highly drinkable. Very New Englandish.

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Geary's Pale Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 417 ratings.
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