jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear, light copper color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of butterscotch. Light malt flavor
with not nearly enough hops to call this an IPA. Buttery aftertaste takes a lot away from this beer.
ads135 (2340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A strangely flavored, surprisingly light beer. Dark colored, some raisin in the flavor, also some caramel, not much bitterness.
hockeybeerguy (249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Not one of Geary’s finest brews. When you have HSA as a winter stalwart why did you go and brew this?
TATE (241) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Chad9976 (1018) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
beerfest5 (835) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a moderate amber-brown color with an off-white head and some light lacing. The nose carries some caramel and a bit of toffee. Some bready malt in the background. Light vanilla. Not sure this was much of an EIPA. Either way, I appreciated the light malt character throughout. Almost like a barleywine-light. Maybe a faded bottle already? Either way, fairly enjoyable. Caramel and bread through the flavor. Medium body with a pleasant chewiness. Not fantastic or out of the ordinary, but a well-made brew.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, as part of a flight of beers, on January 30, 2012
Clear dark copper color, off-white head. Sweet, nutty, hair product, brown sirup taste. Nutty aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium dry bitterness. Sweet, nutty scent.
bigguns22 (527) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Would have never guest IPA.Pours dark brown with amber tones small tan head.Aromas of caramel and malts.Starts out sweet and malty and finishes a little bitter with a light hop note.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. It pours a nice clear amber with a fast fading white head. The aroma is an even mix of doughy malt and floral hops. Flavor has sweet caramel and fresh bread coming through in the malt. A good herbal quality that lasts throughout. Along with grapefruity, light tea-like and lemony sour bitterness. Not very winter brewish.