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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
89
very good

513 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 27
Gots: 6 | 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.

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Hollybee

Washington

1/5  rDev -74.7%

12-28-2011 00:04:29 | More by Hollybee
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pjf2106

New York

1/5  rDev -74.7%

08-02-2012 22:10:40 | More by pjf2106
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CheckMate

New Hampshire

1.55/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz brown bottle obtained at Hannaford's Supermarket Derry, NH. pours a crystal clear copper liquid with barely any head, maybe a centimeter and that's pushing it. smells of woodsy-ness, hops, and raisins definitely invades the senses. definitely taste the raisins and the earthy quality of the hops. doesn't give a nice after taste, reminds me of my nail polish remover. moderate carbonation. the drink ability of this beer isn't very good.... unless you like to drink nail polish. I get the impression that the bottle of beer i purchased wasn't very fresh, so hopefully I will obtain a fresh brew of this kind and be able to give this a better score,

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:59:12 | More by CheckMate
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BGsWo22

New York

2.25/5  rDev -43%

03-23-2013 18:29:53 | More by BGsWo22
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-19-2012 03:37:46 | More by jfcaa193
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trep

West Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to jjpm74

A burnt orange with hardly any head, even after a fierce pour. Tiny bubbles on top of the liquid are few and far between.

Sweet malt and caramel with some apple notes.

Super sweet malt with some spiciness that finishes rather quickly. Some bitter hops but this is all about the malt. I dunno this isn't really my kind of beer.

A bit sticky, like watered down maple syrup.

Shew, had trouble finishing this one, in fact I gave the rest to my girlfriend who apparently loves it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 02:41:34 | More by trep
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well carbonated copper-amber body topped with a one finger creamy tan head.
The aroma is quite unique, very strong, the closest thing that comes to mind is sweaty gym socks hanging from a pine tree.
Toffee, pomegranate, honey and orange in the taste, cognac like high alcohols.
Medium body, seems much higher in ABV than it really is. This just didn't appeal to me at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 22:51:55 | More by mschofield
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Krovtar

New York

2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A reluctant purchase @ just under $11 a six pack I can think of many others I would rather have at that price at $6 I might drink this more often but come to think of it it reminds me to much of brown ale, not that there's anything wrong with brown ale just I've had my fill.
Deep copper in color minimal head around the edge and a small island in the center no lace to speak of.
Smell- well may nose is a bit dry but I caught the malt and something citrusy
Taste- Felt the bubbles up front which reminds me of grapefruit then the malt ok but colder on this one I'm guessing would be better.
Mouthfeel- about the right consistancy bubbles tingle the front of the tongue
Drinkabliity- I'm not thinking of going back here again anytime soon it wasn't awful just not for me anymore.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 05:16:15 | More by Krovtar
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jp312

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

06-01-2013 20:55:21 | More by jp312
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olbubba

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

05-24-2012 22:05:08 | More by olbubba
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cbutova

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours light red-brown with a small off-white head that has low retention. A small cloud and ring leave just a single spot of lace.

S- Very buttery caramel malt, butterscotch. Very slight earthy hops.

T- Big caramel and nutty malt. Some dark fruit and yeast bread notes. Something spicy in the finish throws me off with a stinging medicinal/fruit/herbal note. Alcohol very noticeable.

MF- Moderately thick body that is somewhat creamy. Carbonation comes in heaps before a slightly warm finish. Fairly bitter as well.

DB- I like the malt and yeast flavors but the bitter alcohol finish throws the balance off for me. Interesting but wears me down with a beastly finish. Certainly a "stronger" 7% beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:06:50 | More by cbutova
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, fruit and spice, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a burst of sweetness from flavors of honey, citrus, dark fruits and caramel. Then some hops bitterness and the sting of alcohol (surprising for a beer at only 7.00% ABV) come in. The malt character is on the thin side but there really doesn’t seem to be a much balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style. I really wasn’t all that impressed with this beer and it’s not one that I’d want to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 04:33:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark gold, copper with a low tan head and decent carbonation. Piney, sprucey hop aroma -- the best character of this brew. HUge malty flavor with a warming alcohol sensation. Funky fruity, yeasty flavor ... maybe that's the Ringwood yeast. Medium bodied with an unpleasant finish.

Per Maine Brewer's Guild site: Original gravity - 1070; two row English malts (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood and East Kent Golding hops.

Glad I only bought a single bottle.

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 21:24:28 | More by RBorsato
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this bottle into a Pint glass and noted about a 2 finger thick head that was beige in color. The head did last a long time as I enjoyed the brew.

Color was deep copper and the beer was very clear.

The aroma was a little musty and I began to wonder if I encountered an older bottle.

A nice roasted malt flavor up front that faded to almost a metallic finish.

Yes, I think this bottle was not in great condition.

I consider this an average beer. I hope a fresher (perhaps non-skunked) bottle would be more enjoyable.

When finished I was excited to try a different brand.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 11:42:53 | More by Reagan1984
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brokentee

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-10-2011 23:27:11 | More by brokentee
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.1%

02-09-2014 23:03:02 | More by bostonryan
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prisoner1572

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-09-2012 17:37:29 | More by prisoner1572
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ejl4

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-26-2013 12:42:04 | More by ejl4
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -24.1%

03-02-2012 21:30:04 | More by jk3
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -24.1%

09-24-2012 21:57:28 | More by NHSTEVE
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braican

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-06-2012 02:47:14 | More by braican
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-24-2013 08:31:11 | More by beernads
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firesrage

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-04-2013 01:13:49 | More by firesrage
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured Golden-Orange with 1/8 inch head from a 12oz twist-off bottle purchased at Peabody’s in Boone, NC.

Very fruity with a crisp after taste, mild hop smell, light lacing and light carbonation. The 7% alcohol is hidden well. A fair beer that could use a tad more hops. Fruitier than my taste, still not bad but I won’t be making any special trips to Maine for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 03:44:07 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was decent, nothing too exciting though. The taste of the beer had a good amount of malts and grain flavors with a dry bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. The carbonation wasn't bad either. Overall this was an average beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 23:23:42 | More by Knapp85
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Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.