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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

522 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 369
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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jackndan

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Hampshire Special Ale: from a stubby brown bottle. Pours a reddish brown, perfectly clear. Nice head, off white, that leaves a little covering but not much lace. The aroma is malty, but with an unmistakable whiff of alcohol as well. The taste is very nice, malty and with definite tastes of dried fruits including raisins, prunes. Sweet long lasting aftertaste, with cidery flavors. Fairly highly carbonated. Interesting brew, but the alcohol taste is notable, and would have earned this beer another half star without it.

06-13-2004 04:47:10 | More by jackndan
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Light tan head had good retention. Light amber colored brew.
Aroma is earthy and woody. Caramel malt with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste shows a caramel and toffee malt backbone. A bit earthy and woody. Solid hop balance although the malt gets the final say in this one. Hint of butterscotch.

Good body and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid beer. Thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!

04-22-2004 23:32:13 | More by PhantomVodoo
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a light copper and has good carbonation The head is a beige 1 finger tall and but very rich, thick and creamy. Some light lace.

The smell is lightly sweet with lots of caramel and fruity notes

The taste follows mostly but the fruity flavor tries to over whelm, could be vanilla notes as well.

The mouth feel is medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, I just can't decide if I really like the unusual sweet fruity taste . MK

11-29-2006 01:29:30 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours brownish amber with foamy almost tan head. Some visible carbonation. Not much retention or lacing. Somewhat hazy

Smells rich and buttery. A little sweet. Spicy/herbal

Taste follows the nose. Rich butter and bready malts. Crisp white apples and some caramel sweetness. The finish has some spicy hop bitterness with a lingering floral aftertaste. Somewhere in the middle there is a trace of alcohol that actually pairs quite nicely with the spicy finish

Feels warming and smooth. Tastes more light-bodied than you would expect

I enjoyed this beer. I would get from time to time. Well-balanced with a nice flavor profile

08-02-2013 02:53:55 | More by MistahBeah
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a rich copper with some brownish-red hues and a small white head that dissipated fairly quick. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of sweet malt, butter, a little caramel.

A rich beer, has that dried stone fruit element, with caramel, some buttery notes, and some hop bitterness.

This one has fair carbonation, and you notice the alcohol (not super strong, but it there on your palate).

A tasty one for sure -- I think I pulled this one in the wrong season. Hard to knock back more than one in the summertime, but I'm sure once the cooler fall weather hits I'll be stocking this a bit more. Grabbed this as a single and glad I did.

08-25-2008 12:00:00 | More by OtherShoe2
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Had this on cask at the Great Lost Bear. Pour was slightly cloudy dark copper. The 1/2 inch head lasted till the end of the pint! I found the aroma to be of husky grain. The taste was well-rounded, and the alcohol was easily detected in this one. Very smooth and balanced: not a hop monster. I also noted a slightly nutty aftertaste. Very good, but could get you in trouble if you decided to keep knocking them back. pat

12-05-2003 13:56:26 | More by PatandDavid
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Dark copper in color with foamy off white head. Moderate retention with good lacing.

S - Toasted malts with a hint of some caramel sweetness. Also a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet malts and alcohol. Little bit of a caramel taste to it.

M/D - Medium bodied but a little thin on the feel. Good carbonation. A very sippable brew.

06-16-2008 17:04:37 | More by ckeegan04
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marc77

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

2002 - 2003 edition. Garnet hue with a light chill haze. Almond white, thin, but well retained head leaves loose lace. Mellow, strawberry like esters with a tinge of fig along with smooth, medium lovibond caramel and sweet biscuit. Damply floral, lightly perfumed hop nose. Trace butterscotch and bubblegum esters arise with a swirl. Deeply toasty, borderline tannic, amber - like malt sweetness is perceived at first in flavor, then is ensued by notes of burnt caramel and dry, roasted, sugared pecans. Subdued fruitiness of a berryish, red licorice nature emerges mid palate along with mild diacetyl, lending an odd, yet agreeable buttered and candied fruit impression. A touch shy in residual dextrins and / or over attenuated. Passably smooth in mouthfeel, but no more. Earthy, humus like hop flavor. Finishes with a lingering, cleanly bittersweet toffee and hop bitterness combination. A flavorful, well rounded strong ale, with a pronounced biscuit presence. The slight astringent note upfront prevents Hampshire S.A. from reaching its full potential. Tasty, but not outstanding. The relative high strength goes nearly unnoticed, and aids in the brew's fine dinrkability. Thanks to Mainebeerman for the sample.

05-30-2003 11:43:46 | More by marc77
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beerbutcher

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

pours a deep copper with a finger off whitish head.

there's a clean malt aroma as well as english hops and some yeast character to the aroma.

on the palate, the beer is broad and slightly sweet. there's a bit of english hop flavor though, not a ton of bitterness. the malt is really standing out, more than i remember. I will say, the alcohol is quite discreet making for a bit of a guzzling session.

mouthfeel is quite nice. nothing stands out, the carbonation is great, the hops are there enough and the alc factor is in check. the only problem is that nothing stands out... except for its drinkability...
.. which is insane. i can see how so many people get hurt drinking this stuff. makes a fantastic session beer, and the palate doesn't tire of it. gulp, gulp, grin.

02-05-2008 04:26:37 | More by beerbutcher
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thryn

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

This pours a very clear amber with about a finger of creamy head that settles to a couple millimeters of creamy foam atop the ale.

Smell is biscuity malt and a noticeable floral hops presence. Some alcohol, a bit of fruit -- plum, maybe, and the vaguest hint of banana? I want to dive right in.

I take a sip -- oh, hey, this has some alcohol in it! There's also that bready character, and the hops offer a bittering finish that's nice, but there's less going on here on the palate than in the nose. The alcohol is bit too dominant against flavors that are actually fairly subtle. As it warms, this improves, with the biscuity and fruity flavors emerging a bit more.

Mouthfeel is clean but not too light, with a low carbonation but not flat.

Drinkability improves, with taste, as it warms.

I expected more of this beer and while I am not usually turned off by a strong alcohol presence, it's somehow a bit too much in this beer. If I was freezing my tuchus off in Maine, I might have a different opinion ...

10-19-2008 06:00:14 | More by thryn
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doerickson

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

This is the 2002-2003 offering. Deep amber coloring with a frothy off-white head. Malty, toasty, fruity aromas. Medium body, medium carbonation. Sweet flavors are the main storyline, with caramel and ripe dark fruit evident. There's an earthy hop presence that lends some balance, but this is a malty brew, and a big, warming one at that. Bit of a metallic twang in the finish. Nice for sipping on a cold night.

11-23-2002 17:58:41 | More by doerickson
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Dillonius


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-23-2014 15:43:11 | More by Dillonius
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-28-2013 00:47:32 | More by Roguer
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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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MACO

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-27-2014 11:28:04 | More by MACO
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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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Listers

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-16-2012 02:45:17 | More by Listers
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jkd03c

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-22-2013 00:58:52 | More by jkd03c
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-03-2013 04:13:47 | More by LambicPentameter
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-25-2012 00:29:04 | More by ChrisPratz
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Popkas

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Deep copper color with nearly a finger of off white head. Leaves a touch of lacing behind as the head recedes.

S: Bready smell with a bit of spice to it.

T: Sweet caramel malts balanced a bit of a suprisingly hoppy back of the tongue. Interesting as I did not see that coming.

M: Mouthfeel typically does not "catch my eye", but this was different. First feels as though it is too fizzy filling the mouth too quickly, but it quickly turns into a pleasant much less "full" feel.

D: Enjoyed this one fairly well.

02-07-2010 01:10:32 | More by Popkas
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-01-2014 02:23:44 | More by goldenM13
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mikeys01

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Served from a 12oz bottle. The HSA pours into my glass crystal clear deep amber color, with a light swirling white head of nice tight bubbles. Aroma is very sweet and malty, and also quite fruity, reminiscent of apples and pears fallen from the tree in autumn. Very little hops in the nose. Taste is initially sweet and carmely, with the fruit coming in towards the middle. Finish is surprisingly hoppy and bitter, amazing how well the hops were hidden at first tast. This is a different beer, fairly well balanced but just tipping to the malty side of the scale. Body is on the high side of medium to almost full, this is a good beer for a cold night, but not quite as bold as I expected.

02-01-2004 01:58:07 | More by mikeys01
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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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PriorDoubleDark

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-20-2013 21:02:18 | More by PriorDoubleDark
Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.