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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

518 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 518
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.

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

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sort of a medium brown with a red-orange flair through it, there's a thickness that seems attributable only to the darkness of color and is completely clear otherwise. Soft bubbling activity eases up the sides of the glass and continues to steady a thick, creamy and dense tan head that doesn't settle to less than one finger to begin with but, more surprisingly, at any point during the entire session. Patching remains in clumpy manner well down the glass.
Must, toast, earth, and some gently spiced dark fruits make up a particular but very nice aroma. It seems quite rustic though very much like baked sweetbreads, perhaps more of a thick dark dough. Lots of fig, currant and apple, along with honey and toffee, are balanced by all the earthiness in the hops presence off a malt lead.
More gentle bitterness comes out on the tongue than I get from the nose. The earthiness is certainly present in it, along with lots of dry leaf. Spiciness takes a stronger position as well, sweetness easing out and things generally switching order and strength from aroma to flavor. It's lightly buttery and still gently sweet, but I wouldn't have expected from smelling this beer that hops would take control like this in the taste.
Crisp with a surprising heft on the front of the tongue, this beer is nevertheless barely medium-bodied but well within range and with a nice smoothness along with the good, clean, crisp bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 15:30:23 | More by Brenden
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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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meehandennis

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-21-2014 23:58:41 | More by meehandennis
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.1%

02-09-2014 23:03:02 | More by bostonryan
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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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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-24-2014 10:23:52 | More by jmsedgwick
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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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Shoeguy17

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-29-2013 18:14:38 | More by Shoeguy17
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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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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-19-2013 02:24:50 | More by BillRoth
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rorjets

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-17-2013 02:47:48 | More by rorjets
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firesrage

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-04-2013 01:13:49 | More by firesrage
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-01-2013 00:40:04 | More by scotorum
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color with decent clarity. The head is a two finger pale orange shade. The retention is quite solid, and the texture is quite creamy. Solid lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: DAT RAISINY NOSE. This starts off strongly with dark fruits, before a slight whiff of hop bitterness comes out after warming up. Caramel notes are nicely restrained but not nonexistent.

T: It starts off with a light hop bitterness redolent of tobacco. Maltiness takes over after the hops fade on the palate, with some unsweetened toffee. The finish is mildly fruity, but not as strong as the nose indicated. Sometimes I even get some wisps of chocolate. While I don't enjoy all of the flavors (COUGH CRYSTAL MALT COUGH), it's clear this is a high-quality example of the style, without a hint of alcohol anywhere.

M: This style is usually plagued by intrusive malts and a heavy lingering finish. This one is superbly clean, crisp, and there's only a slight sweetness on the back end. The carbonation is fairly mild, and yet it's still quite drinkable.

O: Normally, I'm not a fan of this style, but these guys damn near nailed this. It's super clean, drinkable, yet nicely complex and savorable. I would definitely buy this again - this is one of those 'hidden gems' that few people know about but is actually really damn good.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 22:30:38 | More by ThisWangsChung
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MGodduclan5

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-18-2013 16:11:20 | More by MGodduclan5
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epoole3

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-15-2013 23:36:47 | More by epoole3
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 1, 2013.

The color is mahogany brown with a little gold glistening around the edge of the glass. Moderate, lingering cream colored head.

The aroma is lovely with its full roasted caramel malts, molasses notes, yeast, butterscotch, nuttiness, and finishing off with a mild earthy hop.

The body is medium to full.

The taste has an upfront roasted malt and caramel sweetness and a wonderfully lingering dry finish. Only 7% yeah, but some Strong Ales still have a boozy feel but not this one. Geary's has hit the mark on the style. It really feels like I'm drinking it at a British pub rather than at m y computer in New Hampshire USA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 21:21:43 | More by puboflyons
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-04-2013 01:43:52 | More by jwps214
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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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PalatePilot

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-10-2013 23:30:50 | More by PalatePilot
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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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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 01:30:50 | More by ExtraStout
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-02-2013 00:19:50 | More by PEIhop
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WheelsPSU

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-30-2013 17:28:38 | More by WheelsPSU
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ramonesfan

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-26-2013 23:50:25 | More by ramonesfan
Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.