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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

514 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 514
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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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with with good foam and some lacing. Malty smell, some fruitiness. Light bubblegum. Mellow malt with firm hop. Light lingering at the end and long finish. Some fruit at the finish too.

Kind of musty and old feeling. A little like I pulled an old bottle out of someones basement. Ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:20:47 | More by KTCamm
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey amber reddish body hosts a two finger off white head that fades to just a skim in minutes. Nose has big floral notes with phelonic spices, creamy fruits, and candied alchol notes. Flavor profile is abrubt with shrill bitter notes and citrus rind sour tones. A balance of grapefruit like hops and rocky malts round out the taste profile. Mouthfeel is a grapefriut rich bitter and a bit of a soapy tone. This is decently drinkable but a bit scattered.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:21:00 | More by SPLITGRIN
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. No freshness dating indicated. Poured a hazy copper with a half inch off-white head that evenutally settles into a fairly consistent, thin cap. Some strands and spatters of lacing present during the tasting. Nose suggests caramel and dark fruit (perhaps fig and/or prunes). Taste consistent with nose for the most part, but there is a strange, chemical aftertaste detectable at the finish, that lingers between quaffs. Also a little bit of alcohol heat comes out in the mix. Mouthfeel falls between light-and medium-bodied, but carbonation is a little prickly and there's a lingering bitterness at the finish. Interesting, but I'm not loving it. A little too much of a chemical character to be drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:46:27 | More by Jwale73
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winomark

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep copper, slightly reddish hues with a small, but persistant light tan head. Nice malty tones dominate the nose. Slighty grainy with mild hops detected. Good malty sweetness, with a dry, grainy finish. Reminds me of a red ale. Flavorful and dry mouthfeel. Not too heavy. Quite nice. Very drinkable. I wish I could make this a regular brew for me, but alas, I have only been able to get 2 bottles. Definately recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 22:57:47 | More by winomark
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klewis

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper with a bubbly 2-finger head. Great retention with a bit of thick lacing that clings just above the top of the beer.

S: Pale malt and strong floral hops.

T: Taste is malty with flavors of cereal grains, caramel, and buttery notes. Lots of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, the taste is strong, but somewhat boring.

M: Full-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

D: This is my first reviewed Eng. strong ale, and I think I prefer the American versions so far. Not a bad beer, but it just isn't very interesting to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 22:52:54 | More by klewis
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Amalak

New York

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had off the cask at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It had a dark orange color, opaque, with a nice head and lacing.
S- Very nice hoppy scent to it.
T- It's quite bitter, very hoppy. And dry, too. It's actually very dry. There is something of a sweet candy aftertaste to it. Honestly, this is too dry for my liking, even if it's a high quality beer.

Serving type: cask

09-18-2009 20:15:56 | More by Amalak
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Avryle

New York

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2001-2002 bottle from The shady bevy purchased in July 2008... it'll be interesting to see how/if this held up.

A- hazy orange-brown in color. Very small cap o' foam on vigorous pour.

S- Malt & apples. Malt is much more predominant. Fortunately it does not smell like the shady bevy. (Cigarettes & dog)

T- There's some oxidation. Very malty. Surprised to get booze presence. Tea-like qualities with tannin finish.

M- Carbonation held up well. Medium to full bodied. There's a slight sticky-sweetness on the tounge.

D- Not too bad. The oxidization takes it down a notch, but the flavors are very mellow and are improving as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 02:18:57 | More by Avryle
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby-highlighted caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, white head. Nose of apricot and mango fruit sweetness and a caramel backbone. Tangy aromas, overall. Flavors of roast initially, with a biscuit backbone, honey and fruit sweetness, and a spicy blend overlay. Light bodied, with a roasty and tangy sweet aftertaste. CLean, slightly sharp finish. Surprisingly easy to drink despite a slightly elevated ABV and heavy flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 21:12:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer is a light brown in color with a good, clingy white head.

Smell – The light, easy, English-style hops are supported by some good biscuity notes.

Taste – This is reminiscent of the English bitter style but a bit bigger. The bittering hops and biscuity malts are all understated but well done.

Mouthfeel – This is rather light for a “strong ale”, I wouldn’t even say medium-bodied, but is well balanced and has some nice, light bitterness at the end.

Drinkability – I wouldn’t put this in a taste test with Fuller’s, but it was good enough to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 23:55:09 | More by RoyalT
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juicebox

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-24-2013 02:04:07 | More by juicebox
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich barley sweetness at the start, yet quite soft and approachable. Some nice delicate spicyness, with a touch of caramel and toffee, quite a hoppy, bitter-ish finish, quite alright, this was the last of the night, perhaps it didn't benefit as much as it could have because of this very reason, still a nice tasty strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 02:03:46 | More by rastaman
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-24-2014 22:48:04 | More by Denzo
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mobrockman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-17-2013 23:58:25 | More by mobrockman
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-21-2011 19:07:34 | More by tclapper
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joshtrich

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-28-2012 00:15:42 | More by joshtrich
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Ken_P

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-11-2014 21:44:41 | More by Ken_P
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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-18-2011 16:12:30 | More by MaineMike
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-03-2014 21:50:15 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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Brewsed

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-04-2013 23:48:08 | More by Brewsed
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-09-2012 00:27:27 | More by dubdrop
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bdaggett

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-29-2014 23:17:06 | More by bdaggett
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-26-2012 15:01:17 | More by Envelopes
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber...pour-head disappears quickly.
Smells mostly of steely malt.
Taste is very sweet , malty...caramel ..biscuity and slightly metallic. Hops add a bitter citrus. Alcohol is well hidden.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Tasted good , but probably would be happy with just one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 01:54:24 | More by Hautacam
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walleye

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured deep amber with a smal off white head. aroma, sweet berries, honey, cherries, caramel, toffee, malt and hops. flavor, didn’t let me down the flavor was just like the aroma, but the honey took a back seat to the rest of the flavors and got a nice touch of alcohol. a good beer

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 21:47:03 | More by walleye
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-23-2013 01:10:58 | More by PeteRiz
Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.