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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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very good

536 Ratings

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 11 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that gradually died down and left a large patch of bubbles that nearly covered the entire surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are pleasant aromas of buttery malts and fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has a good amount of malty flavors along with notes of fruity yeast. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels on the high end of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol; the bitterness causes some tingling on your tongue.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink for the style and hides its alcohol well, although it’s complex enough to enjoy sipped slowly.

metter98, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bwst beer hands down for me while in Maine,pours a rich golden color with a slight red tint,not much head to it but what there was left some real nice lace.Rich is the word I use to describe this beer in color,aroma,and mostly flavor very malty and whiskyish and of dried fruit for a malt maven or whatever u wanna call it this to me is a perfect or near perfect beer,rich and warming a great winter beer.

oberon, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1.5%

smithj4, Saturday at 11:43 PM
Photo of cljohnson1001
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

cljohnson1001, Saturday at 01:26 PM
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.9%

JAHMUR, Thursday at 04:44 PM
Photo of patford100
4/5  rDev +1.5%

patford100, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Klister
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Klister, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Trashcat, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a short cream head that is gone swiftly. Not much lacing.

Aroma: This beer smells like alcoholic prune juice. The nose is dominated by booze and dark fruit.

Taste: There's a lot going on here - toasted malt, a big hop presence, raisins, prune juice, molasses, and biscuit are all there. What's really there, though, is booze - and alcohol burn.

Feel: It's not heavy; this beer has the depth of an average IPA. The alcohol burn isn't unpleasant, but it's definitely present.

Overall: This seems to me a well executed beer, but it's a little harsh in a way that isn't as appealing as truly great "big" beers are harsh. It might just not be my kind of style. I lean towards imperial stouts and IPAs when I want to go big. Fans of ESAs might dig this.

illpass78, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of DLSheidy
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

DLSheidy, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of pwdiamond
3/5  rDev -23.9%

pwdiamond, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mattycasey, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Tazeller
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Tazeller, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of mrob22278
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

mrob22278, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gatordaddy, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Glenney67
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Glenney67, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mvanaskie13, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

cjgiant, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

scalffd, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of crhensel
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

crhensel, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Wedcat, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

odomosan, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

wrightst, Jul 12, 2014
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Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.