Geary's IPA
D.L. Geary Brewing Company

Geary's IPAGeary's IPA
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IPA - English
Ranked #347
Ranked #48,276
3.34 | pDev: 19.76%
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Geary's IPAGeary's IPA
Notes: 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. Original gravity ~ 1060; Alcohol by volume -- 6%.
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Burnthedevice from Maine

3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow. Very disappointed in this, surprisingly. Aroma was promising, with more citrus character present than I'd expect from an East Coast IPA. I was excited, but then I took a sip. First thing I noticed was that it was way too malt-forward, and toasted malt flavored at that, which I did not expect, or appreciate, in an IPA. Hop presence was weak.. something I didn't expect from Geary's, a brewery whose Summer Ale is even rugged. Very disappointing. The mouthfeel: thin, and had a strange quality that the flavor of the beer somehow wasn't incorporated into the actual LIQUID of the beer.. As if they stood apart somehow. I don't know if that makes any sense, but whether it does or not, this is an experience I'll not be repeating.

Jun 12, 2016
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Twist off.

It pours a clear copperish amber with a soapy, foamy slightly off white head that leaves speckled lacing.

The smell is not as citrus or hoppy as you would want.

The flavor is mild fruity, and more malt than I'd LIke .

Overall, OK. but not out there with the best IPAs.

Sep 12, 2015
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kfoss99 from Maine

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12-ounce, stubby, brown bottle poured into a 16-ounce shaker glass. The label of a barrel looks like it should be on a root beer bottle. I think D.L. Geary is paying homage to the fact that IPAs were originally shipped across sea.

Appearance - copper and clear with a rocky, egg-shell white head;

Smell - Hoppy and yeasty;

Taste - very mild hops for what IPAs have become. This may be a more classic English-style IPA. It doesn't have the assault of hops that many American IPAs have. It's bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel - Dry and a very slight astringency. This IPA is well carbonated, but not fizzy.

Overall - Closer to an American Pale Ale than an American IPA, but this makes the drinking easier.

I enjoy this more than the more dry Geary's Pale Ale and I don't mind having it in regular rotation in my refrigerator.

Jul 29, 2014
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Circles413 from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up spontaneously due to a pretty good price at my local bottle shop. I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised.

P - Copper/dark brown with a reddish/orange tint. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A creamy off white one finger head which fell off pretty quickly.

A - Some citrus notes, a little earthy & not very hoppy for an IPA.

T - Not as much citrus in the taste. More molasses & a sweet syrupy taste than a citrus. Some orange notes but no grapefruit or hops at all.

M - light to medium in body. Nothing too amazing but this beer finishes very dry & it isn't bitter at all.

O - For the price I paid ($2.99) this isn't bad. I wouldn't ever pay more than $8.99 for a 6 pack.

Jul 24, 2014
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MistahBeah from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a finger's worth of creamy off-white head. Some carbonation and lace

Smells a bit like a hefeweizen. Banana and some toffee. Then the floral hops make themselves known. Grassy

Tastes a bit hoppier than the nose originally suggests. Definitely grassy and perfumey floral notes. Subtle grapefruit and bananas. Tastes juicy. The malts are in the background and are bready and slightly sweet. Finish is somewhat spicy. Bit of a metallic copper aftertaste. Not unpleasant but nothing fabulous

Feels clean and crisp. Lingering hop bitterness is slightly drying

Overall a nice example of the style. Moderately complex. Enough going on for me to enjoy but nothing mindblowing

Aug 02, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Well rough start so far. Sediment floaties in my glass, very little head, and no bottling date to speak of. Ow and did I miss the fact this was a twist off? Never a good sign for a IPA. Color is a relatively clear dark amber brow.
S - Pine and citrus hops, somewhat muted, with an English tea like malt base.
T - Well it's hoppy but not dish soapy with a harsh edge it does have some balance. Malts seem to be a sort of toffee like sweetness parrying to the hops heck even lingers on the palate. Very impressive for such an average beer.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, not as dry as I expected.

Overall I guess with a bottling date and a non-twist off cap these guys could make this IPA much better. Slightly above average IPA.

Mar 24, 2013
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tacoME from Maine

5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a true IPA in every sense of the word. Pours a medium-medium copper with a 1 finger head. Slight lacing on the glass.

Smells piney with some citrus notes. Not overpowering for an IPA at all.

Slightly malty, but only if you concentrate on it. The hops really take center stage, but aren't overpowering if you're a fan of IPAs. Dry back-end, but not more so than any other IPA.

I don't know why I've been avoiding this (probably because I still harbor some resentment towards Mr. Geary after my last encounter with HSA), but this is the Eddie Murray of IPAs. It does everything very well, but not enough to draw attention to it. I'm here to change that. If you like IPAs, BUY THIS TODAY. I promise you won't regret it.

Jan 29, 2013
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at7000 from Florida

4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit skeptical regarding how this beer would taste, based on the fact it's brewed in Maine, bottle label is not too impressive, and it was on the cheaper side price-wise. I was indeed wrong. It's a fine English style IPA, tastes good, and goes down smoothly/easy.

It pours a hazy, copper colour. The nose is not huge, but I do get plenty of pine resins. The thing I like best about it, is the hop/malt balance. They did not go overboard and turn it into a sweet, hoppy, syrupy mess, as many of the current, overpowering, trendy IPAs do. Actually, those 'out of balance beers', could learn a lot from this "little engine that could" IPA.

Dec 21, 2012
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3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know it's written English only. But I do that since years, and it's like poetry. So here it goes, if you don't like it you can delete it. You'll miss dozens of others I will post on this site because it look nice and I just discovered it.

Donc :
Robe ambrée pâle, tirant vers le rouge
Première gorgée je pensais que c'était du Ginger Ale ou une autre boisson gazeuse
bon j'exagère,
Pour un amateur de boisson gazeuses
c'est juste que j'en bois pas
c'est beaucoup moins sucré, et un peu amer
Donc l'amertume se développe au fil de la découverte
mais elle est très pétillante en bouche
pour aller ce pour une IPA
Et puis j'ai soif j'ai déjà bu la moitié
Elle est pas mauvaise, juste que y en a des plus amères
mais je dois dire qu'ils ont de bons malts au USA!
Ce malt est grillé, on le sent, on le goûte, presque un côté fumé ou un goût qu'on ne retrouve qu'au sud de la frontière
blah blah blah
une belle acidité pas dérangeante
et une bière bon pas mon premier choix et un peu lourd donc pas désaltérant
un bon choix en fût je gage
pour aller cruiser du flétan
sur les plages du Vieux Verger
ou de Parlee Beach
Et puis la bouteille est consignée 10 cents là-bas
si quelqu'un veut la ramener je la garde

Oct 13, 2012
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SouljaSaia17 from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not surprised that Geary's would make an IPA, but what is surprising is that their label looks that of a brown ale. I guees looks are decieving, so this should be good.

A: This beer pours a bright, hazy orange, with a solid 2 in, bright white head.

S: Very powerful citrus aroma up front with an underlyning of pine and apricot. Residual scent consists of some honey and a dash of grapefruit.

T: The flavor starts out with some floral hops and grassy notes. Blended very well with an underlyning of citrus and pine, that finishes sweet with honey sicle and dry yeast.

M: A slight bitter hop bite and tang, but mostly tame and creamy. Does have some slight carbonation and is drinkable as a six pack.

O: Very good IPA by Geary's, not the most bitter in terms of hops, but very well balanced between the citrus and complimentary spices. gearys has a tendancy to make strong beers despite the ABV, and the flavors of this beer make it a drink 1, drink 6!

Sep 18, 2012
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a deep copper color with a frothy white head that holds decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are earthy, bready, malty caramel, citric, piny. Tastes are nice an malty up-front with bready malt and caramel, toasted grain, earthiness, pine, faint grassy hop, somewhat spicy hop finish. Nice balance with a good malty dose I'd expect from the style. Mouth-feel is medium with good carbonation. Overall, this one grew on me the more I drank. Great for a session, exceptional balance, very well executed.

Sep 11, 2012
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Kendo from New York

3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured - moderately aggressively - from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear amber with a small (half-finger) khaki-colored head. No lacing.

S: Nice - citrusy (grapefruit) and toasted grain. Kind of a cross between an English IPA and an American version.

T: Toasted malt and cereal grains provide the malt tastes, while citrusy hops provide hoppy bitterness and balance. Reminds me of an ESB, really - though the hops are just a wee bit too "juicy" to make this a perfect version of an ESB. Call it an American ESB and you have the idea. I like. Touch of spice/heat at the finish, slight lingering (lemony) bitterness.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is modest, but there.

O: Good stuff. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

Aug 19, 2012
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curasowa from New York

2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, darker gold color with one finger of head that fades quickly with little lacing.

Aroma: a lot of caramel malt, especially for an IPA. Just a hint of of resinous hops and a bit boozy/ medicinal.

Taste: A nice, medium bodied malt base with a lot of caramel malt sweetness, followed by some non- descript bitterness towards the back end. Finish is pretty clean with some phenolic notes.

The Rest: Not the best IPA I've had, but if you had told me this was an APA, I would have said it was pretty good. It's lacking in the hops department, but is quite drinkable

Aug 15, 2012
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and a little citrus that are quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. The mal character is hearty. 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, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid EIPA to drink for a while.

Jun 03, 2012
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

True to form, Gear'y English IPA is exactly what it says it is. The beer pours a nice clear copper with virtually no head or lacing. The smell is malt and bittering hops. The taste is bitter with notes of sour. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body and even carbonation. Overall it is drinkable, but there are just some many other beers out there.

May 20, 2012
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crossovert from Illinois

2.12/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Twist off.

It pours a clear copperish amber with a soapy, foamy slightly off white head that leaves speckled lacing.

The smell is initially dank hops but is overtaken by an overload of butter. I mean the yeast just shit out diacetyl into this one.

The flavor is lightly fruity, not as bad with the diacetyl that was in the aroma. It is still there though with some butterscotch and light hop notes. It has a pleasant bitterness.

A trainwreck of a beer.

Apr 23, 2012
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BeerKangaroo from Alaska

3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: light copper colored body with a head lasting less than a second, lacing was very minimal

S: malts, caramel and hops

T: sweet yet bitter in a good English IPA sort of way

M: light to medium, sweet bitter aftertaste and finish

O: this is a good beer for its style and good for me.

Dec 18, 2011
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Robinsond from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was delivered to me by my friend's father. This will also be my first review.

Appearance: This beer pours a nice light copper color into a traditional pint glass. Very foamy head which dissipated slowly, and a thick lacing remained on the top throughout the beer.

Smell: This beer had a hoppy smell, and what seemed to be some sort of spice, just can't put my finger on it. (my pallet is still developing)

Taste: This beer had a nice hoppy flavor, with strong undertones of bourbon or some type of hard alcohol maybe. Citrus too on the finish. Nice bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a bit gritty going down, and leaves the back of my tongue a little sticky.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Very little malt flavor in it, which I am not used to. A good beer that I probably won't be able to find again.

Nov 28, 2011
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StevenBilodeau from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, micro label.

pours a nice straw, foamy head. Decent retention.

Smells earthy, hoppy, somewhat floral...

The flavors are earthy in the start, grassy... floral finish and hoppy linger.

Overall I liked this brew, it is a really good regional brew... and good for what it is. Tasty, and worth the purchase.

Oct 21, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of cjbmcdon, 12oz bottle into a tulip - no identifiable best before/bottled on date. Thanks Chris.

Pours a reddish orange, with a finger or so of bubbly white head. Doesn't last for long an fades to a thin film and a light collar. Nose holds a ton of malt, sweet caramel and breads, some light rye or graininess too. Lightly earthy. Some orange-y hops as well, a touch floral with a bit of grapefruit. Flavour is bready, , some lightly earthy malts as per the nose with an offputting sharp graininess, some adjuncts in here? More hop flavours as per the nose that come across as slightly faded; a touch of clementine. Lengthy but modest bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with a relatively high carbonation that fizzles away lightly. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Drinkable, but not all that desirable.

Oct 18, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice simple off white head of three fingers uniform and soapy looking. Crystal clear real nice amber looking body, this is one good looking beer here. No lacing or stickiness.

Bouquet is a great simple citrus, but also a very sweet over ripe grapefruit sense of hops. Kind of mushy.

Taste is missing in the mid palate but all seems to come together at the end. Mild grapefruit bitterness and a good balance on the malt with a slight bready finish even though it is small. Finish is a good simple grapefruit also but does bring some of the mushy quality to it. Seems a little light bodied as well.

Overall not bad, I would have this over many other beer choices out there, but probably not over many other American IPAs. This tastes more American than English style.

Aug 04, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leave some streaks and some spotty rings. Deep orange-amber color with a mild chill haze.

Smell: Light earthiness from the malt. Pleasant floral hop aroma that does not overwhelm. Well balanced.

This is a dry IPA. It is closer to the American IPA version than the British one. There's a touch of caramel without any of the sweetness. Plenty of hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste--peppery. Rich body with a touch of undercarbonation. Very smooth.

Jul 02, 2011
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangy-amber with a cream colored head. Some spotty lace.

Some light hop and caramel malt, some buttery notes.

The ringwood works against this one. Butterscotch funk and some hops and caramel. Sweeter than expected, with more malt than hops. Blind taste would have yielded a big ?

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

No sure how I feel about this. Non-traditional based on Geary recipe for brew. Nothing I'd want again.

May 21, 2011
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gford217 from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ben for this 12oz bottle.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a short-lived off-white head that recedes to a thick collar.

Aroma is sweeter than most IPAs but certainly right in line with a typical English IPA. Lots of caramel malts, almost buttery smelling. The hops are present but subtle with mostly grassy floral hops but with some citrus as well.

The taste is more of the same with the butter and caramel from the malts taking the prominent role. The hops are earthy and more present in the finish where there is a bitterness as well as an alochol burn which I wouldn't expect from a normal IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and comes across as very lively on the palate, especially with the alcohol and hops leaving the tongue stinging after each sip.

The buttery character of the malts weren't really my thing but the other aspects of the beer line up well for the style. A little crisper and cleaner taste and feel would have made this better for me.

Apr 25, 2011
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good color for the style. Honest.

Grassy hops mesh with buttery malt to satisfy part of the style's hallmarks.

Grassy hops greet the mouth with a wave of buttery malt following it through. The hopping is just right. Never overwhelms.

Lingering sweet, buttery malt with grassy hops. Finishes warm.

Decent example of the style. English Pale Ales are known for being lower in hopping rates with a push towards balance.

Apr 10, 2011
Geary's IPA from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 99 ratings