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

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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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grittybrews

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ruddy amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of caramel and dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a crispy, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Big malt flavors up front with caramel, bread, and some dark fruit. Some mild, spicy bitterness on the tail end.

Kind of a malt bomb but the bitter finish helps to balance. Enjoyed it more the second time.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 21:03:34 | More by grittybrews
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sendsilk

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-01-2012 11:57:00 | More by sendsilk
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WeldBeerMan


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-29-2012 01:33:54 | More by WeldBeerMan
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-27-2012 21:42:41 | More by jheezee
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GoodOmens1986

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-24-2012 22:36:04 | More by GoodOmens1986
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-22-2012 14:05:57 | More by MarvinSnyder
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No evident date.

A: A really beautiful clear mohagany color with a nice head.

S: Sweet malt, fruit esters and peppery hops. Pleasant but a touch cloying.

T: Full, sweet, bready and caramel malt with banana peeking through. Peppery hops balance and longer on the finish. Alcohol cuts through nicely Many distinct flavors balance each other well.

M: Zippy carbonation keeps it from getting too thick or sticky.

O: Nicely balanced and drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:52:08 | More by greybeardloon
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-13-2012 22:45:18 | More by notdriving
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-09-2012 01:20:06 | More by raythealeman
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FATH3RH0P5

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-08-2012 15:59:57 | More by FATH3RH0P5
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-08-2012 02:53:55 | More by thinwhiteduke
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-05-2012 02:51:16 | More by mattparsons
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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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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Special Ale pours a very rich amber that reminds me of strong Iced Tea in color. The head is thick and rick with a light tan color that is long lived and settles out slowly in about a minute leaving a nice appealing lacing down the side of the glass.

The nose is actually fairly decent as well. Malt that is subdued by the fragrant hops along with hints of coriander, nutmeg and fruit with some apples.

The beer has a very nice full mouthfeel that is rich, satisfying and filling. Not a hot day summer beer. I would prefer this one on a cool spring or fall day. But it is a rather excellent beer. The flavor is dry malt with a sharp hoppy flavor that is a very strong with a peppery undertone. The finish is bitter but pleasant and not overwhelming.

Overall this is an above average beer that is very drinkable. I would definitely buy it again were it available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:12:54 | More by AtrumAnimus
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

06-25-2012 05:43:43 | More by mbs11
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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - A rich, malty aroma of caramel and toffee with just a hint of spicy hops in the background.

T - Toasty, sugary brown malt notes up front. Some caramel, toffee, red apple, and a big load of brown sugar in the middle. Finishes with some musty hop flavor, more toffee and brown sugar and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Actually not bad. I didn't expect much after finding this one in a local bottle shop that I rarely visit, but it turned out to be a decent example of the style. The malt character is quite nice and if finishes with balanced bitterness that makes it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 02:26:42 | More by nickfl
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nate1357

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

06-06-2012 12:00:59 | More by nate1357
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Antonius08

Florida

5/5  rDev +26.6%

06-05-2012 03:03:41 | More by Antonius08
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-04-2012 17:27:33 | More by Larrydoherty
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-02-2012 23:43:39 | More by Thomas_Picton
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EricCioe

Montana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-29-2012 04:50:23 | More by EricCioe
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Chopman50

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-27-2012 02:20:03 | More by Chopman50
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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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cbyrd4088

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

05-23-2012 00:09:42 | More by cbyrd4088
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mfigueroa713

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-22-2012 22:47:32 | More by mfigueroa713
Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.