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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 48 Drink: Geary’s Pale Ale

Before opening his brewery, David Geary did stints as an apprentice at a half dozen small Scottish and British commercial brewhouses and returned home to work with his wife Karen on the business plan for D.L. Geary Brewing Co. The first ale rolled out of the Portland, Maine, brewery in December 1986.

Among the beers Geary’s makes are a London Porter, Imperial IPA, Wee Heavy Scottish Ale and Hampshire Special Ale. Geary's Pale Ale is one of the brews I profiled for the upcoming book "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die."

Geary’s Pale Ale is brewed with pale, crystal and chocolate malts, Cascade, Mount Hood, Tettnang and Fuggle hops, and uses Hampshire yeast. In a blind tasting it would be difficult to separate the ale from those of Burton-on-Trent.

Geary's Pale Ale pours a classic pale ale copper-amber glow with a rich creamy off-white head. Slight hop aroma and the beer opens with a touch of fruitiness before the hops take control. Nice level of hop bitterness throughout with hints of roasted malt around the edges.

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