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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

567 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | 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 +1.8%
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 +14.5%
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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Nichols33, Sunday at 10:33 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

xacidx, Sunday at 03:44 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

lillitnn92, Nov 19, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Kcarone, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of oclvryder
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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

oclvryder, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of QuadriderMX
4/5  rDev +1.8%

QuadriderMX, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Kopps
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Kopps, Nov 16, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%

kkazemi, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

TequilaTom, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ariceclemson, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DrStiffington, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Cheld
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheld, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

eawolff99, Nov 09, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

wsr602, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Reds76, Nov 09, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

dreis, Nov 08, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

stomioka, Nov 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

trickynicky, Nov 03, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

scolomb, Nov 02, 2014
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2.84/5  rDev -27.7%

Wardnemisis, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of c-man
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

Honestly, I'm not huge on the English Strongs, but this one just seemed way too sweet to me.

c-man, Oct 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ryanflc, Oct 30, 2014
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Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.