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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Geary's Winter Ale is a hearty India Pale Ale; it has a dry maltiness with an intense floral hop finish.
Ingredients: Two row English malt (clarity, crystal and wheat); Mt. Hood, Golding & Fuggle hops.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - FEB 5, 2014
Drought. Dark amber-brown with spongy beige head, caramrl aroma, slightly flat molasses taste, medium carbonation, medium unremarkable finish. Leaves a bit of a metallic taste on your palate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mep3222 (403) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Aroma of spices, malt and maybe even some dark fruit. Taste is malty with some spice but a bit watery on the palate and an odd finish. Descent but not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Sweet bread crust aroma with brown sugar and red fruit. Clear chestnut appearance under white wisps. Flavor is sweet brown sugar with some faint brown sugar, dried fruit, red fruit, and moderate bitterness that is in balance with the moderate flavour. Lacklustre. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbopslt (343) - New York, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Clear amber pour. Thin creamy head. Spiced nose. Very sweet malty taste. Full bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
A strangely flavored, surprisingly light beer. Dark colored, some raisin in the flavor, also some caramel, not much bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (1507) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 24, 2013
It poured a nice one inch light colored head on top of a hazeless copper colored body. The smell has some malts, light winter spices such as nutmeg, allspice and clove and has some really subtle light chocolates tones underneath. The hops are mostly non-existent in the smell. The taste is sweet between the previously mentioned flavors with the hops coming out very slightly to balance it a bit. The palate is smooth and clean with a light to medium sort of feel. It has a crisp bittter finish. Overall, this is an interesting take on an English IPA, but I like it for the most part.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Imaena (1794) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Not one of Geary’s finest brews. When you have HSA as a winter stalwart why did you go and brew this?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TATE (285) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby color with a thin tan head. Molasses aroma with that taste coming through as well. A bit of raisin flavor too. The hops do not come through until late which is odd as this is listed as an IPA. Its a bit heavy and syrupy but I do like it as well as most other Geary’s offerings.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
I tend to associate "winter ales" with the winter warmer style or any Christmas beer full of spices, but why not use a traditional style for a change? Several brewers release India Pale Ales in the winter, but few call them actual "winter ales," except for Geary’s Winter Ale. It’s quite unique for what it is: an English style IPA with a touch of Christmas spice thrown in. Not just interesting, but good.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown/ruby red appearance. Dark, but translucent. Forms a small, white, soapy head which mostly evaporates but does leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet nose with notes of caramel and ginger plus some floral hops.

Taste: It’s hard to find a traditional English-style IPA in America, let alone a good one, but Geary’s Winter Ale is both. It’s too hoppy and too dark to be just a pale ale, but doesn’t have the over hoppiness of most American brews of the style. Instead of a sharp citrusy or piney hop bite, there’s a consistent, slightly dry bitterness from start to finish.

Much like the aroma, there’s a prominent sweetness to the palate here. Caramel, toffee, shortbread and a touch of ginger and/or cinnamon all seem detectable. They make for a good flavor combination as the spices and hops complement each other quite well, while the malty sweetness keeps it balanced. I think I even get a touch of berry in there somewhere. For what would appear to be just another generic winter ale sitting on the store shelf, this one really should stand out more than it does.

Drinkability: While not exactly a beer you’d chug, Geary’s Winter Ale is no challenge at all to drink. The body is quite full with plenty of flavor throughout. The mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but in no way thin (not thick either). There is a slightly bitter, dry aftertaste, but something akin to eating a Christmas cookie. At 6% it’s right where it should be in terms of all-around weight. It would work well with a meal or cheese, or a standalone as a dessert.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerfest5 (1128) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 19, 2012
Definitely an English style ipa, solid malt foundation with enough hop aroma and flavor to balance it, but not the hopbomb that we have come to expect from an ipa.


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