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Geary's Hampshire Special Ale - D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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Geary's Hampshire Special AleGeary's Hampshire Special Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

581 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 29
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

Once Maine’s legendary seasonal specialty, Hampshire is now available year round. Hampshire has a huge toasted malt flavor balanced by assertive hoppiness. The finish is long and lingering with the malt and hop notes blending with alcohol warmth. Original gravity - 1070; alcohol by volume - 7%; two row English malts (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood and East Kent Golding hops.
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buannaich
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Another beer from a gifted beer of the month club (thanks Simon!). If Geary's can impress me with an English-styled porter, a strong ale should be cake. From a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A short head is formed above this light ruby brown beer. Dark orange hues are visible at parts. The beer smells like squeezed red grapes with a little note of grape nuts cereal. Wow, that is one grapey smelling beer! In fact, this flavor tried to convince me that I was drinking dubbel instead. The grape flavor is present and soft overall. There's an earthiness found. At the end is a sharp bitterness which is a dent to this beer.

Decent beer, though I had hoped for more.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BeerSnobery
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of tkelley
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a SAPP glass. Came in my final beer of the every other month shipment.

A - deep clear ruby body with a ring of white foam. Good lacing.

N - smells kind of vanilly I guess? Plus a very light hop character and good toasty malts.

T-- Tastes like old world malts and hops, Ringwood yeast too, and that's a plus. Also boozy for the abv.

M - solid mouthfeel (even though its a liquid... ha!). Kind of chest but not bad.

O -- I liked this quite a bit. Cheers!

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2.56/5  rDev -34.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oclvryder
5/5  rDev +27.6%

This is a great session beer but at 7% ABV, it needs to be respected! This has been my go to for 15+ years. Very well balanced.... "Special" indeed

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle; no date.
Beer of the month offering; a birthday gift.

A: Poured a 1/2 finger head flattening quickly; clear rich dark amber color.

S: Good malt aroma with nice hops; not to overpowering.

T: Rich lingering malt flavor with a hint of the Scottish.

M: Heavier body and good carbonation.

Overall: rich and very enjoyable beer.

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3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.