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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
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
42
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
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Photo of dickroop
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geary's new offering of an Imperial IPA is intriguing. I know Geary's pale ale and summer ale as brews that are solid stand-bys for enjoying with lobster and Maine's summer times. I wasn't tempted to buy the Imperial IPA when I saw it for sale, but sure was glad to have a chance to try it when a bottle came my way. I developed a much better opinion of it, and bought some to carry home, hopefully to share with folks after vacation.

The ale poured into a tumbler a clear and dark coppery bronze with minimal head. It's aroma was sweet malt, a little fruity (with pear notes?), also an earthy smell I'd call creekwater (it's a good thing, don't worry).

The taste was sweet to start but overtaken quickly with bitterness that finished fairly clean for such strong beer. There's a little sour tang around the edges and a strong alcohol presence. Hops are mildly floral, but mostly there's just plenty of bitter/sweet balance, with enough bitter to make it pair well with strong food flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost a little syrupy.

Drinkability is good for a DIPA. This is a nice solid offering, and if you like Geary's other brews, this one will be familiar... and stronger.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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 lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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 gford217
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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 far333
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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 bignick
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline 4/20/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a pretty good take on the DIPA style. While it is not overwhelming, it doesn't disapoint, either. What strikes me most about this beer is the lack of a hop punch. Sure, while the hops are obviously present, they are pretty well-balanced and seem to surround the inside of the mouth rather than kick it. There is a nice sweetness, without being sticky. It is a bit bready, but also extremely drinakble for its style and abv. I like this offering, and I am glad I tried it.

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