Geary's Imperial IPA | D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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Geary's Imperial IPAGeary's Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States
gearybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ale has its origins in the traditional English style, with a generous helping of American exuberance. Bright copper in color, it has an assertive hop bitterness balanced with a subtle malt foundation. Dry hopping at two sates of the brewing process provides floral and fruity hop flavors adding to the complexity of the brew. Alcohol by volume of 8.2%. Original gravity ~ 1082; Malts ~ Two row English malt (pale, crystal and black); Hops ~ Cascade, Mt. Hood and Golding.

Added by Todd on 04-18-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
12.68%
 
 
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy/copper color with a small, tan head that had lots of bubbles. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and bubblegum. There was a sharp roasted malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted of very spicy hops with a piney flavor. There was a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a pretty good DIPA.

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Photo of mothman
2.21/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

EDIT: Just noticed this was my 911th review... ha

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip

Pours 1 and 1/2 finger of a light peach hued white head. Fades down leaving a bit of sticky lace. Color is a very dark burnt peach hued bronze/brown.

Aroma: At first this smells like a peach wine cooler or something of the sort. Very fruity with the slightest tone of hops showing. Some mangoes show in the fruit blend. It is surprisingly pleasant, but not what I would look for in an iipa.

Taste: A big malty body on this one. Some alcohol showing. Really can't tell this is an iipa. Some hops show, maybe of the floral type, but nothing over the top. It has bitterness to it it, but the hops just don't show too much. More fruity notes and malts here. Mangoes and peaches with a hint at grapefruit citrus?

Mouthfeel: Bitter and crisp with a touch of smoothness to it. Medium to full bodied for the style with an higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky with an awkward aftertaste.

Overall, this iipa just wasn't for me. Not a lot of good flavors here. I had a hard time even telling it was an iipa. Good to get to try a new beer, but I may have struggles finishing this, if I even can.

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

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

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma caramelized malts, grassy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus up front. Then a strong hops bitterness follows but it’s a bit subdued for the style. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, tamer than most but still a good representation of style, although there are better 2IPA’s out there this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge head, recedes in a foamy way, leaving some spotty, large-bubbled lace. The color is dark gold and nearly clear.

The smell is closer to the British versions of IPA's: Lots of sweet caramel. Surprisingly mild hop aroma. It's closer to amber in terms of the nose.

Crystal malt is predominant taste up front. Bittering hop takes over in a non-descript way. The swallow features mild alcohol warmth indicating the higher ABV. The mouthfeel is as expected.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a golden bronzed copper sort of color with a slim cap of a little white foamy head that quickly fell off. Not much lace. The aroma had some sweet orange marmalade playing with some caramel/toffee backbone and a little bit of bubblegum and sweet dried wood. Grassy to earthy hop bitterness. The flavor wrote the prior mentioned aromas into the taste sweetly and guided fairly nice into the aftertaste and then on into the finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a structured carbonation that felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Overall, good for a DIPA by a brewery that I tend to take for granted sometimes.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light grapefruit hops nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light sweet grapefruit hops. Not enough beef for an imperial IPA - needs more malt and hops. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of hops, caramel, malt and booze.

T: Tasted of hops, some light citrus, caramel malt, and a distinct alcohol presence. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but somewhat unfocused.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Slightly acidic. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an OK beer, though I think of a few DIPAs I would choose first.

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

This beer was a cherry amber color with a thin tan head and a very little bit of lacing. It had a pronounced floral aroma. The taste was mostly piney hops, but not too hoppy. I didn't get much malt presence, and thought it was a bit on the unbalanced side. I really like Geary's, but I think this could have been a better DIPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-nice deep amber color with a great hazy attribute, small white head leaving very little lace

S-strong bready malt, hint caramel and citrus

T-lighter flavors for an imperial IPA, bready malt up front, some caramel, followed by a taste of pine resign and slight bitter finish

M-very syrupy and crisp going down, pretty smooth and does bring a fair amount of carbonation

D-i don't care for it too much, it has a decent mouthfeel but the taste isn't doing it for me

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Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a dark but translucent brown in color with a radiant white head that looks even brighter in comparison to the ale.

Smell - This is nicely balanced with a soft hop aroma and a mild, almost brownish type of malt.

Taste - There's a big grainy malt character that springs up at the taste. The hops are not overpowering but not wimpy, either. This beer is nice but there's an off, kind of tangy brown note that throws off the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a mild bitterness just at the end.

Drinkability - This is very drinkable for a DIPA. It is on the lighter side of the style so goes down well.

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Photo of gford217
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of connecticutpoet poured into a tulip.

Pours very dark for a DIPA, a deep clear amber with a big creamy white head that shows great retention and lacing. It's a very appetizing looking brew.

The aroma is almost that of a balanced DIPA. It's got plenty of citrus hops including oranges and grapefruits but the caramel malt sweetness is also a major player in the nose. Doesn't quite smell like a DIPA.

The taste is even sweeter than the aroma suggests with the sweet caramel malts really dominating the taste. There is some earthy hops that show throughout as well with a slight bitterness in the finish. In addition, there is a sweet vanilla type sweetness that shows up in the finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and not nearly as (hop) bitter as I was expecting. There is another toasty bitterness that comes through that doesn't seem to be hop-related.

This is a nice, drinkable DIPA but the hop profile is probably not quite as significant as I would like, even for a balanced DIPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a small puffy head. It is an amber copper color with some haziness to it and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: I am picking up citrus notes in there that is mostly grapefruit. It also has some bready and caramel notes to it too. Maltiness balances out the scent really well.

Taste: The maltiness of the beer hides the hop flavors. They are there, put the hops are in the rear of the sip. Still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: I would others over this, but this beer is still a good one whether bottle or draft. Four packs in Maine are reasonable priced for this solid beer too.

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Photo of deereless
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Copper to reddish brown, thick frothy head - 3.25, S: An imperial IPA? Aromas are quite muted though there are faint signs of caramel malts and the slightest sign of citrus, likely Cascade hops - 2.50, T: The flavor profile provides stronger signs of an Imperial IPA than the nose though it is still on the side of meek, some pine and grapefruit, slightly resiny with an okay hop bite - 2.75, M: Medium bodied, slightly malty and creamy - 3.50, D: A little too timid for what an Imperial IPA should be, drinkable but not a standout of the style - 2.75

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper with a light skim of a white head. Some spotty lacing.

Rich pine hop aroma, some good toasted malt and fruit sweetness, almost juice-like ---and then something off, so much so that I put the pint down a number of times to clear my senses and find it again. Something sour, stale, and not right there. Really worried the first time that I had an infected bottle, but I didn't. Just an odd whiff in there -- so you have to hunt for it.

Good strong well-hopped brew with some decent sweet toasted malt and light fruit. Good balance and pleasant finish. Can't find the 8.2% in the flavor.

Medium-chewy and a little mouth coating effect. I'd expect a bit more out of a DIPA, but this was adequate and pleasant.

Overall, I was impressed with how easy this went down. Not your typical DIPA. A bit on the light side for that category, but still a very good brew from these guys. Purists and West-coast DIPA drinkers will trash this one in comparison to others, but I think this stands up pretty decently. Some flaws, but you'll still drink all that you buy - gladly.

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Photo of portia99
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an nice deep pure amber color, crystal clear with only a thing collar of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing at all around the edges as the level of the liquid falls.

S - Hmm, not really that much there...aroma levels are very low, uncharacteristically so. I get a yeast induced fruitiness with a touch of chlorine sanitizer, some light caramel and only the slightest of floral hop aroma. Not at all what I was expecting from a DIPA that came with a good recommendation.

T - Fruity, soapy, buttery diacetyl, a bit of bubblegum, sweet caramelly malt. A bitterness that does not remotely approach that of an imperial IPA. British styling all the way...and only of normal IPA character - if that. Where...are...the...hops!?!?!?!

M - Mouthfeel is thin and almost approaching the watery character. Lots of fruity flavors expand to fill every crevice in the mouth. No bitterness at all.

D - Is the brewer really classifying this as an American Imperial IPA?!? Not at all like any DIPA I've ever had. I can't even say this is an East Coast interpretation....there is little to no hop character or bitterness. Fermentation induced fruitiness and higher fusel alcohols. Really not what I was expecting. Definitely not a DIPA, probably not a strong ale (at least not one of the better ones)...more like an English style Pale Ale or maybe IPA (stretching it). I find this beer rather enjoyable, but not as a DIPA. I just don't see it. If the label said English pale ale...I think I'd be pretty happy with it. Pretty good beer, but definitely not as advertised - not a imperial IPA in my opinion...don't care what the label says.

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Photo of Amalak
4.48/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- Copper orange color, basically opaque, with some head and lacing, though that likely had more to do with the way the bartender poured it.
S- Excellent spicy scent to it.
T- I loved this hoppy beer, even though it doesn't appear to have gotten the best reviews from others. It''s a bitter IPA with a fruity undertone to it, perhaps appleish. I don't really know. Very refreshing.

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Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this beer is no longer retired. It's listed on the Geary's web site as year-round. Just picked some up at Liquor Depot in Simsbury, CT.

Pours a clear burnished copper with a swarm of fine bubbles rising upwards to a tightly bubbled half inch head of orangey-beige.

Low aroma of doughey malt and subtle floral hop.

Flavors of caramel malt, marshmallow and toffee, ABV warmth, some non-descript hop bitterness offsetting the strong malt sweetness.

Smooth mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. Tasty and drinkable beer, but seems more like a strong ale.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark amber color with a decent sized semi-tan head, the head fades fast though and leaves no lacing.

Smell is mostly caramel malt for a DIPA, there is some hoppiness to it but it doesn't have that raw hop aroma or strong citrus aroma that most DIPA's have.

Taste is definitely way too malty and lacking a strong hop bite but for a DIPA it is rather easy to drink, just not an extreme version of the style.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Mar 2010. Received in trade with mutterfudder, thanks!

Poured in an Abita shaker pint. Small but thick light tan head. Beer is clear deep amber red in color. Minimal carbonation, almost flat. Strong aroma of English toffee and resin. Starts quite bitter and buttery. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes but quickly transitions to dryer and more bitter hop notes. Bitterness seems a bit light for an IIPA. Ethanol becomes fairly pronounced towards the end.

Overall decent, I disliked the the butteriness but A enjoyed it.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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