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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Fresh 12 oz bottle - Gold, creamy white head. Soft earthy floral nose with lighter notes of toasted caramel and grains. Dry floral bitterness rests on a soft bed of nutty earth and toasted swet malt. Decent balance. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, semi-bitter finish. Not sure if prior rates had bad batches, but this one was not nearly as bad as the score indicates. Going way against the grain here, but I thought it was a nicely crafted sessionable IPA...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2010
THOUGHTS: I was a little scared that this would be skunked because the bottle was very dusty, but it wasn’t. It might have been a little old, but not by much. Not as good as Sierra Nevada’s hoppy holiday offering, but still nice, It didn’t really taste like a winter beer, but there was a slight warming effect. Some dark sediment made me want to try a fresher bottle next year. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a murky, light to medium orange with a large to huge, rocky, somewhat meringue looking, ever so slightly off-white head that slowly, but mostly diminished and left good to fair lacing. It also had medium sized particles in the body of a thin density. The aroma was light toasted malt and cracker; moderate to heavy floral and perfumy hops; light yeast; apricot and peach. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, acidic and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, rather bitter and acidic with a long duration. There was slight honey-like malt, cracker, oranges, peaches, floral hops, yeast, apricot and wine. The light to medium body was fairly dry with fizzy carbonation and a lightly metallic, chalky, ever so slightly astringent and very dry finish.

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.

3.6
   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

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2388) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2003
The label is a mystery. The color is pure amber and it pours with a three fingered, white head that leaves a good lace. No nose, well maybe faint hops. Very smooth. Starts with a good malty/hoppy mix and finishes with just a hint of hoppy aftertaste. This is no IPA - hops that would be ripping your face off are not there.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Clear copper. Fruity, nutty, ringwood nose. Lasting off white head. Caramel first, rather sweet, perhaps some dried fruit. Light to medium bodied, finishing with great yeastiness and faint herbal hop bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mostlyhomebrew (9) - USA - JUL 21, 2004 does not count
Decent maltiness and with a small hop tang. Wasn’t aware that it was an IPA until I came here. I found the malted barley I paid for. Not a hop monster but flavorful. Pretty good - when’s the last time you had a brew from Maine? Bottle\d

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Very clear, golden, no head... well little head. Smells floral and herby. Taste... well, starts out very think and light, middle is deep full-flavored maltiness (but not malty like some IPAs), and finished peppery. Doesn’t seem like an IPA to me at all... unless I read the description here, I would not have guessed it’s style as an IPA. Anyway, a decent brew, but not spectacular.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2006
From a twist cap stubby 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Poured a hazy orangey copper with foamy white head, minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of fruity esters, floral hops and whiffs of alcohol with the sweet malts at the edges. Good carbonation and crisp, smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of spicy, a tad earthy, citrusy hops, a sharp bitterness at first then a rolling softness, buttery, a subtle green grape fruitiness, a balancing sweet malts at the back end, a slight alcohol warming in the palate and a hoppy, fruity finish. A very quaffable IPA from Geary’s, easy drinkability, well worth trying. Acquired in a trade with northyorksammy, thanks!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Pours orange/copper with a nice white head. Smells of citrus, dry malt, resiny, spicy. Tastes citrussy and earthy with a nice, dry finish.


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