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!
Cletus (6355) - 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. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
I would have thought a lot of guys would like this brew. Granted, it's not an IPA in my opinion, but it's pretty malty AND it's got plenty of hop bite, all at the same time. I see no evidence of the bizarre aromas Oakes experienced, so perhaps Geary has regained control of their yeast. What'd make this an even more enjoyable brew is if Geary would add some spice or herbs to fully round out the flavor. As a side note, I found the label to be a bit drab - Geary is the oldest microbrewery East of the Rockies, and could certainly afford a little more color (even if it is Winter). jsquire (4490) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
copper color out of the bottle with an off white head that went away too quickly. Carmel malt nose. Carmel and refined sugar sweetness with some orange rind bitterness which grows in the finish. As others have said, I would not have been able to pick this as an IPA, or a winter seasonal frankly. Its an okay ale. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Light amber in color with a small white head.Tart/sour malt aroma.Malty,spicy hop character and a tang.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours a bright golden orange with a very small head. Smells of sweet malt with hoppy aromas but all aromas are very light.
Taste is spicy with syrupy malty flavors. Somewhat hoppy but not nearly as bold as I was expecting. Not much finish, just kind of fizzles out. Mouthfeel is sticky with very little aftertaste.
Not enough malt for a winter and certainly not enough hops or spice to make up for it. It’s smooth and drinkable but that’s about it. This is the replacement for Geary’s HSA?
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 25, 2005
(Bottle) Light amber body, very clear. Soft off-white head. Aroma of hops. Sloppy lacing. Tastes pleasantly hoppy, faintly doughy, mildly bitter from start to finish and after. Smooth and drinkable, well-rounded. Nice IPA thornecb (5914) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours gold into a shaker. Head quickly recedes to nothing. Cracker and malt aromas. Dry with heavy malts. Very limited hops in the finish. I like the dryness of the Gearys ales but I would not call this an IPA. Maybe a pale ale. obguthr (6357) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Toffee nose with traces of cinnamon. Clear golden, thin white head. The flavor is bready, spicy, and dry. Nutmeg is everywhere from beginning to end, a clever interplay of British hops. Wanting in sweetness, perfumey, and tinny at times. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, 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.