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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

537 Ratings

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 13 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

montag30, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Beermaine, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

AOShabaz, Feb 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Skarod, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

shehateme, Feb 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

ejl4, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

babayaga, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Proclarush, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mobrockman, Jan 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

HarryHood, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

cliff1066, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

braican, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

sdaly3, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively dark amber with a light beige head. The head sticks around for a medium length of time. Little lacing. The aroma is rich with deep caramel malt flavor. It's doughy and sweet. Toffee, shortbread, raisins, prunes, dates, syrup. It's a rich muddling of toasted malt sugar. There's some booze in the aroma and a bit more in the taste, but once the beer hits the proper temperature, it contributes more warmth than harshness. The taste is otherwise quite sweet, but the hops are more apparent than in the aroma and, besides providing some respite from the caramel, adds in a mineral/grassy note. The mouthfeel is full and thick for a 7% abv beer. This is an interesting beer. Before it had a chance to warm up, the booze seemed to come out in excess. At cellar to room temp, the sweetness shined and the booze blended into the beer. Good stuff.

popery, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

dubdrop, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

george42, Oct 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Envelopes, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of MsNitch
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to wine glass (that happens)

A: bright ruby red with leathery tints that has a fast falling head and no lacing

S: caramel malts with a touch of floral sweetness

T: starts mild and malty then bursts into a bitter round of hops that finish in a fantastic toasted caramel sweetness. Fantastically balanced joy ride of a palate.

M: strong with alcohol cuts that linger slightly in a mid level of carbonation.

O: A mega drinkable beer that could possibly use a touch more carbonation to pitch the strength, but has all the balls of a strong ale with the balance of a female mental structure. But if that doesn't make total sense then lets just say, it goes off with a bang but cuddles your taste buds into a sweet finish.

MsNitch, Oct 21, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my moeder lambic snifter/tulip hybrid.

Translucent mahogany hue with a one finger white head; lasts for a while, nice lacing on the glass.

Nose; really mild overall. A touch of caramel, candied fruits, and some herbal hops.

Taste; a blance of plums, herbal bitterness, some caramel malt, a lingering dry pistachio note (quite interesting actually, never noted any flavor like that in a beer until now) finishing with a very earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel; pretty solid, well carbed and slightly thin, helps out with the drinkability of this "strong ale".

Overall; a unique and enjoyable beer. Quite old-school and not something I drink on a normal basis but I dig it.

pixieskid, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

durkle, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

CalebHiliadis, Sep 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

NHSTEVE, Sep 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

t0rin0, Sep 18, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popped one of these open tonight, and poured it into a pint glass. It has a beautiful reddish-brown hue, with a light fizzy head that disappeared almost immediately. Wonderful malty aroma, and plenty of malt taste, but with a decisive bitter finish. Good solid beer, but a little flat. Geary's beer always reminds me of when beer was beer, if you know what I mean. A strong old school foundation. This is a good beer, but not really my style.

GuyIncognito, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sailorastro, Sep 05, 2012
Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.