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Hidden Gems: Geary’s Pale Ale

April 27, 2010

This is the first installment of what will hopefully be an ongoing feature intended to throw the spotlight on those beers that are not particularly new or ground-breaking, but that deserve more attention for their sheer quality. These are the brews that prove that you don’t need to ratchet up the alcohol content or cram as many hops as humanly possible into a beer to make it unique and interesting. They are the “hidden gems” of craft beer.

First up is Geary’s Pale Ale, brewed in Portland, Maine by the D.L. Geary Brewing Company. From the portrait of the lobster on the label to the pleasantly briny taste of the beer itself, this is one of the few beers I’ve encountered that truly transported me, earning itself a coveted spot among my favorite beers of all time. Pale ales are notoriously versatile, and Geary’s Pale Ale has a subtle complexity that brings to mind the craggy seacoast of Maine, in the best possible way. Brewed with four different kinds of hops and imported Hampshire yeast, the brew is copper-colored, dry, and clean, with a perfect balance of bitterness and fruitiness that leaves an aftertaste reminiscent of fresh seafood (sounds gross, but trust me, it works).
Geary’s is a pale ale for the open-minded beer enthusiast: someone who values complexity and isn’t afraid of the unfamiliar. That may sound daunting to newcomers to the craft beer scene, but Geary’s Pale Ale is above all very drinkable, and absolutely worth trying for anyone interested in broadening their horizons.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew Mitchell permalink
    April 27, 2010 7:19 pm

    I’ve had their autumn seasonal and thought it was superb, but never tried the IPA. I’ll be sure to pick some up next time I stop in (tonight). Good blog props.

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