seems like a lot of American breweries are abandoning the traditional
Brown Ale, which is a shame, because it’s a great style when done right.
Geary’s Autumn Ale is, for the most part, brewed in the traditional
English way (though I think that’s true of most of their beers). I do
detect some American character as far as hops go, which is interesting.
For a “standard” beer in more ways than one, this it as least
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful mahogany hue, transparent with spastic carbonation
visible. Pours to an average-sized, off-white, foamy head which retains
and laces well.
Smell: Sweet malty nose with significant floral component.
Taste: Brown Ales are often malt bombs, though Geary’s Autumn Ale seems
to opt for balance. There is a strong malt presence here that cannot be
ignored, that’s for sure. Light notes of toffee and a general nutty
character are noticeable right away. There’s also some flowery hops,
maybe even a bit citrusy – which isn’t a quality often found in English
brown ales. Some crisp bitterness at the apex with a hint of chocolate
on the finish. I also detect some kind of astringency and a tanginess in
the aftertaste, which seems out of place, but is easily ignored for the
most part. Regardless, it’s at the very least decent.
Drinkability: The palette to this beer may not be extremely complex and
flavorful, but getting through a glass of Geary’s Autumn Ale is at least
easy. The mouthfeel is rather thin, very crisp and well carbonated, and
goes down smooth. At 5.8% ABV it feels like a much lighter brew than it
is, though it’d probably be an ideal choice to pair with a meal so as
not to overwhelm the palate (or the drinker).