asheft (2925) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet brown sugar aroma with earthy hops and nutty accents. Faint citrus and litchi fruit notes. Clear mahogany under a persistent beige blanket. Sweet nutty brown sugar malt flavour up front, then a medium bitterness, along with walnuts, and then a lightly toasty, dry finish. Medium light body, medium carbonation, almost crisp.
trapped (2120) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Clear reddish brown with small beige spongy head, nuts aroma, sweetish nutty taste,thin body, low carbonation, abrupt finish with an astringent aftertaste. Not my favorite beer.
ChadPolenz (1655) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It seems like a lot of American breweries are abandoning the traditional Brown Ale, which is a shame, because it’s a great style when done right. Geary’s Autumn Ale is, for the most part, brewed in the traditional English way (though I think that’s true of most of their beers). I do detect some American character as far as hops go, which is interesting. For a “standard” beer in more ways than one, this it as least satisfying.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful mahogany hue, transparent with spastic carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Sweet malty nose with significant floral component.
Taste: Brown Ales are often malt bombs, though Geary’s Autumn Ale seems to opt for balance. There is a strong malt presence here that cannot be ignored, that’s for sure. Light notes of toffee and a general nutty character are noticeable right away. There’s also some flowery hops, maybe even a bit citrusy – which isn’t a quality often found in English brown ales. Some crisp bitterness at the apex with a hint of chocolate on the finish. I also detect some kind of astringency and a tanginess in the aftertaste, which seems out of place, but is easily ignored for the most part. Regardless, it’s at the very least decent.
Drinkability: The palette to this beer may not be extremely complex and flavorful, but getting through a glass of Geary’s Autumn Ale is at least easy. The mouthfeel is rather thin, very crisp and well carbonated, and goes down smooth. At 5.8% ABV it feels like a much lighter brew than it is, though it’d probably be an ideal choice to pair with a meal so as not to overwhelm the palate (or the drinker).
mansquito (5113) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle ($1.75): Pours mahogany with a light beige head. Aroma is carmel, some fruit, nuts. Taste is sweet. Quite malty. Not overly sweet or heavy though. Not bad for a brown ale. Minimal bitterness, some earth.
Bulk_Carrier (3555) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes. She pours a nice brown colored body with a decent sized foamy off-white head that gave some nice clingy lacing. The aroma has a nice nutty caramel maltiness with a decent balance of subdued hops. The taste is mainly sweet with some balance as it warms. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, comes across fairly sessionable, dry and bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, hmmm...when I lived in Maine, I would have this every Autumn as this is my go-to Autumn brown ale, maybe not a standout, but can be found anywhere in Maine. Hats off to Geary’s for a memory.
malrubius (2519) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Peaks Island wedding. Brown with lasting tan head and lace. Caramel nutty toasty aroma with hints of fruit. Toasted caramel chocolate nuts hints of tart fruit and cherry jam and some earthy woody hops. Nice smooth medium body and carbo. Nothing really wrong with it. Does anybody actually drink brown ales by choice?
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium brown with a small tan head. Light fruit, toast, and some coffe in the aroma. The flavor is light roast, chocolate, earthy hops, and a nice clean finish. Some dark fruit also shows. Decent
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, malt sweetness, and molasses. Light body with some caramel notes.
Holdwine (1159) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great looking pour, chestnut brown with a decent head. Pretty average after that. Some nutty notes to an otherwise unspectacular malting. Slightly clogging finish.
Frank (3957) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Kind of an over sweet brown with a bit of a buttery character. Looks real nice though with a decent creamy texture.