Geary's Hampshire Special Ale - D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.91/5 rDev -1%
This beer pours a copper to light brown, with visible carbonation sustaining areas on the surface, including the edges, with head. The nose is caramel malt, some English toffee and hops bittering, but clean and far from overpowering.
The taste is heavier on the malts than I expected, caramel, honey, biscuit mainly, but a strange taste of apple butter hits me as well. The (presumably Cascade) american hops hit next, drying and turning the taste a bit woodsy. The final taste is the of what I often describe as copper-tasting English style bitter, but it plays in well with the other flavors. The beer is smooth; the carbonation is on point.
An enjoyable beer that seems to add the right amount of American hops to what I would assume would be a solid ESB or English-style IPA, styles that I can appreciate but rarely wow me.
08-03-2014 16:09:13 | More by cjgiant
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a rich amber with no head at all. Aroma is of bread and caramel with a light hint of fruit. Medium bodied on the tongue it's very upfront with the caramel sweetness of the malt but finished with a nice hop bite. The alcohol dies linger for a while but is very satisfying.
07-29-2014 22:54:27 | More by crhensel
4.59/5 rDev +16.2%
A - Poured a clear medium amber with ruby in the center and orange around the fringe. Head was a good two fingers of thick foam but dissipated quickly to a large bubbled froth. As always with Geary's and other similar breweries out of Portland I get no lacing, no remaining head, and a dead looking ale after a while. It ends up looking like I'm drinking iced tea. I would have to say the body/color puts it above "okay" but the liveliness or lack thereof really affects it and makes it dull.
S - Deep nutty aroma, with toffee and caramel malt notes, lots of fruity-ness as well as diacetyl, butter, biscuit, slight metallic character, and slight warming alcohol. No discernible hops, smells on par with the style and very approachable.
T - Taste is a complex deep nutty toffee malt character, loads of toasty bread and biscuit. Lots of buttery/diacetyl/ringwood yeast flavor dominates the finish, however is balanced well with the malt character and compliments it instead of overpower it. Good bite of bitter hops with lingering butter and toffee notes finish it off. To me the taste is perfect for the style.
M - Thick with low carb, a little hot at the end, slightly rough. This to me is a slow sipper, one to savor the nuances of the malt character that is deep and delicious.
O - Very English and very Portland. No matter how many newer more inventive breweries pop up in this state, the old school open fermented "Yorkshire" inspired ales with ringwood yeast in my opinion are sort of the foundation of Maine brewing, and Gear's HSA to me is some sort of the Pièce de résistance. A decadent deluge of English inspired flavor done in the old world style.
05-23-2014 20:44:02 | More by MaineBrewing
Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.