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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

578 Ratings

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 30
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of goz
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002-2003 bottle:
Pours a dark amber, closer to copper in color, medium white head, slowly receeds to leave medium lace. Aroma is strong on the malts, some biscuit, lots of butterscotch, and some caramel. Flavor is strong on the butterscotch, slight hints of alcohol towards the end as it warms, and finishes with a slight hoppiness that balances everything out quite well. Very thick and strong body.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A brew with a deep gold/red color and a decent off white (tan) head. The head last and give way to a sticky lace that races to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is spice and caramel. Hints of honey and a small hint of alcohol are present.
Taste is fantastic, there is malt, and caramel, spices, honey, fruit and that hint of alcohol are all going across the tongue. It is well balanced with all the flavors going on and a well done brew. I could enjoy this beer all the time. If you see this one on the self, don’t pass it buy it is well worth the try.

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Cheld
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarryV
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Redbones. Poured with 1/2 inch frothy head. Deep reddish amber in color. Enticing aroma with hints of caramel. Pleasant mouth feel. Strong caramel/toffee flavors are most apparent, the hops take a back seat in this brew. Slightly sweet, but not cloyingly so. Not bad, but I think there are many more flavorful barleywines to be had. The alchohol was notably present in the taste.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden amber color.
There's a small head that dissipates promptly.
Small nose.

The flavor was quite surprising given the precursors. It's more like many IPAs I've enjoyed rather than a mere "ale".

Lots 'O' Hops. Clean bitter start that lingers until the next sip. It could use a bit more to the flavor-- it's mostly all "bitter hops". Not necessarily a detraction, but the bitter is the most prominent flavor attribute.

This beer has a nice cordial mouthfeel-- while a robust flavor it's not tiring and therefore enjoyable.

Drinkability is heightended because of the comparatively below 10% alcohol ABV factor.

This is a nice pleasant IPA ..errr Ale.

Photo of batt6343
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of moulefrite
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer! From the deep amber color to the inviting, deep, toasty and mildly fruity aroma, and the complex flavor profile that includes banana, hazelnut, toasted coconut, mocha, and dark chocolate. This is a great cold weather beverage. I like to think of it as a winter session beer as I'm ready for another and am feeling nice and toasty!

Photo of travolta
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Wonderful head. Rocky, thick, sticky....just right. It is not white, but not tan, right in the middle. Copper and gold in color. The lacing is also great. The lacing just slaps itself right up against the glass.

Nose: Sweet, carmel, fruity, little bit of hops. This beer smells nice, but I cannot quite get my hands on the smell. it smells sweet, fruity and a bit of caramel, but I cannot think of anything to relate it to.

Taste: Great texture, nice mouthfeel. A bit syrupy and sweet. lightly hoppy at the end with it's slight bitter aftertaste.Syrup, sweet, carmel.

Notes: The head and lacing were both something to admire. The thing that made me really enjoy this beer was it's structure. It is very balanced. Not boring, balanced.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Presented with a mild copper colored body and a finger of head that just lasted all night.

Smell- A fairly hoppy smell with some sweeter undertones.

Taste- Initially spicy with lots of hoppiness but with a definitive sweet malty under character.

Mouthfeel- Coats the entire mouth and fills the entire palate.

Drinkability-Exceptional definitely a must have!

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rkhaze
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a medium sized creamy off white head.

Smells malty and fruity with a citrus hop presense.

Nice rich, sweet malty flavor. Some biscuit, toffee, fruit and a pepper spiciness. Good balance with mild citrus hops in the finish.

Full bodied with a thick, rich mouthfeel and great carbonation.

Good beer. Rich and flavorful. Started out so-so and really came on.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no date into a Chimay Chalice.

A-Beautiful copper color with filtered clarity. Eggshell head that settles fairly rapidly. If this could sustain a head it would be one of the most attractive beers I have sampled lately.

S-This smells nearly Belgian. Dark fruits, yeast and caramel malt, a heady aroma indeed, and it still is pretty cold from the fridge.

T-Sweet figs, plums, raisins, brown sugar and malts start the palate, which is a slightly buttery full bodied flavor with detectable alcohol present. Hops kick in mid palate, and finish with a bitter end note that lasts forever. This is an amazingly complex beer and reminds me a bit of Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA. What a brew.

M-Ample carbonation rounds out a perfect, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D-I'd say this is a pretty drinkable beer, it tastes "bigger" than the stated ABV, and that makes it much more managable. Gee, I'm done, and I'm really wanting another.

This, hands down, is the best beer I have tried from Geary's. It reminds me of a Chimay Red combined with a Sierra Nevada wet hop ale. Just super, and a bargain to boot, for what it is.

Photo of 99bottles
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Stunning shade of ruby, an ample head of 1.5 inches rises and falls as it clumps and hangs to the insides of a Burgundy balloon. After 5 minutes, a lace of a few millimeters covers the surface. Carbonation is so active that it makes one wonder what this beer has in store. The label makes me miss all the beauty of New Hampshire.

Smell: Nose burning, jaw-dropping amount of malted barley lends so much sweetness and richness that the nose is almost overwhelming. You can smell the malts from 5 feet away, no lie. Carmel and maple syrup. Carmelized sugars and carbs that haven't quite turned so far as to become rum, but that have the alcoholic nature to force them past simple sugars. And the lightest tickle of hops. This is COMPLEX.

Taste: Everything the smell flaunts, to a lesser extent. This has very even malt; light tastes of brown sugar and carmel meld well with a very tame dose of hops that lends the smallest amount of bitterness, but much in the way of leafy flavor. A nice balance of sweet and sharp, but surprisingly light. This smells like it could kick the piss out of Old Horizontal (at 11%) and it whimpers in with 7%. It's as if someone made the most evil barleywine on earth, and split it with water like you would whiskey.

Mouthfeel: So much lighter than the nose suggests. This is so smooth and light, so much so that it detracts from the otherwise myriad character of this beer.

Drinkability: Easy. Light and mind blowing complex. I'd be surprised to see how many of these I could have in an evening before the weight (flavorwise, not ABV-wise) got to me. I guess I could have 2 or 3. But, damn. Try it for yourself. It's something which hasn't ever not been not nothing.

Photo of ryanflc
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of palma
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange copper body with a light tan head.
Smell is chocolate malt, raisins, coffee, somewhat like a stout but with fruity notes.
Toasted malt flavor with a big fruity backbone. Well hopped for an engish ale I'd say, though I think its the stong alcohol taste that kinda helps the hops stand out a bit.
Finish is pretty dry and bitter but leaves a cool refreshing aftertaste that surprised me.

Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Photo of Darkale
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark copper clear body with a thick, bone-colored head that is rocky and resilient. Very good lacing.

Yeasty and sweet mix in the aroma. Faint but pleasant.

Taste is smooth, maple syrupy, with a slight, almost English-ale-like sourness at the end. Chewy and sweet in the mouth. Delicious.

This is a very sweet, full, rich, and ungodly drinkable beer. I put away four of these on a Sunday afternoon before I knew what I was doing. A special ale, certainly, and a new favorite for me.

Photo of dreis
3.92/5  rDev 0%

Photo of trebbates
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of winomark
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of prisoner1572
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of techdiver
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep reddish copper with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Toasted malt and toffee to the nose.

Wonderful malt taste with a balanced hop bite.

Very smooth, medium bodied, clean and crisp.

Great drinkability, just a pleasure to drink. My first look at this style, and it's fairly impressive.

Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.