Gearys Summer Ale

Gearys Summer Ale

Rated 3.037 by BeerPals

Brewed by Geary D.L. Brewing Company

Portland, ME, United States

Style:  Kölsch

6% Alcohol by Volume

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The style of our summer ale is traditionally European, similar to a German kolsch: full bodied with a spicy hop tang and a rich, crystal clear golden color. Alcohol content is approximately 6% by volume. Availability: April - September Original gravity: 1060 Alcohol by volume: 6% Ingredients: Two row English malt (clarity, wheat and caramalt); Magnum, Tettnang and Saaz hops.

ID: 3655 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank40961
Overall Percentile23.4
Style Rank280 of 423
Style Percentile33.8
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.044
Weighted Score3.037
Standard Deviation0.444

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  • CHOPZ 7234 reviews
    rated 3.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Purchased in their mixed pack on a trip to Maine. Pours a clean amber colour with a frothy warm cap, good retention and creamy lacing. Hoppy nose with some cereal malts and even banana. Floral hop taste at first with some nice grain malts in the finish. Fruity hints lingers. A nice, refreshing but heavier ale.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Gold body with a copper tint, lasting but thin white head and a few spots of lacing. Doesn’t dress to impress. Straw and peppery aroma, mild and lightly malty. Hearty body, thicker than I was anticipating. A very nice bitter bite snaps back at the palate. Flavor consists of straw with dry, pale malts. A light nuttiness followed by a neutral hop bitterness. Fairly bitter for the style. Noble English influences are evident. Not a big fan at first but the last few bottles have grown on me.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This was a strange beer. Not strange in that it presented any unusual flavors, but in its bottle-to-bottle chameleon quality. The first bottle I had was sweet and full of light fruity characteristics, the second bottle was much hoppier and the fruitiness seemed to be all but gone. The few bottles that I had after that seemed to be somewhere in the middle of those two. I liked every one of them, but it was really hard to pin down.

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 2.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This bottle courtesy of John jjpm74, thanks and appreciation go his way! Shorter brown 12 oz bottle with a twist off cap. At first I thought the aroma was rater dishwatery but it cleared immediately to a unique sweetish candy aroma typical of many strong ales. I’m almost afraid to taste it for fear of an alky impact. This brew is a little darker than the typical pale yellow american lager, nearly the color of yuengling’s traditional, almost but not quite orange. Tho the aroma is strong, the taste of this is laid back for a 6% brew. The alky does not hit immediately but begins to build with each taste on the sides of the tongue. No head on this stuff, just a thin girdle around the inside of the glass. For 6%, this stuff is friendly and well behaved, the alky content is tasted but it’s certainly not in yer face. Medium low carbonation. This brew is more enjoyable than other kolsch I’ve had such as Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale, Schell Zommerfest and Rock Bottom Hoochie Koochie Kolsch. The fruit background hints in this brew make the bitterness much more acceptable. This stuff is on par with the best kolsch I’ve tasted, John Havard’s Monroeville Kolsch. Not one to enjoy bitterness, real kolsch does not appeal to me but this one is probably one of the more palatable. Finish is a medium bit of malty bitterness that hangs for a few moments after the last swig. It is then that you feel some alky on the palate.

  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 2.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Down the line this was pretty average. The golden coloring was nice enough, but nothing out of this world....lots of bubble action. The aroma was rather faint-a bit of a hoppy aroma. I thought the taste was more bitter than most summer ales, and this made it less enjoyable, in my opinion.

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 2.6 17 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This is not what I would call a summer ale. I found it to be more of a pale ale. The color was a medium amber with white head the aroma and taste were a mix of malt and hops, Decent mouth feel. I found this quite heavy for a summer ale. I would rate it higher as a pale ale.

  • TJHAEFNER 84 reviews
    rated 3.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Not best Koelsch example, but still a good summer beer. Nice head, clarity, retention, and aroma. Slight sweetness and balanced hoppiness. OK, been training for a marathon and havent been able to imbibe in awhile, so this was especially "liberating." Would have it again.

  • RMUSSMAN 489 reviews
    rated 2.8 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Sampled on vacation in Maine. Little disappointing compared to other Maine craft beers. Overall it was just average but the flavor was nice but it did go down a little hard.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 2.5 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    A summer ale at 6%? Did know that before drinking when the alcohol showed up relative to what I was anticipating. Anyway, the aroma was lemony more than anything else. Flavor was again lemony, alcohol notes, and a touch of caramel and herbs. A koelsch? You've gotta be kidding me, not even close imo. My least favorite of the 3 Gearys I did tonite.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a pale amber with a low white head. Rather non descript from there. It looks like beer, it tastes like beer, but nothing terribly distinctive or remarakable to bring it home.

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