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

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88
very good
638 Ratings
Geary's Hampshire Special AleGeary's Hampshire Special Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States
gearybrewing.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
638
Reviews:
388
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.72%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
61
For Trade:
0
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Photo of TTripp725
1.75/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So many times I've had this beer and so many times I've had in various drinking vessels.
Here's what I have to say about this fabulous beer:

The appearance was a murky dark amber to brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off pretty slow. Nicely speckled lace.
The aroma had a wealthy blend of dark fruits, caramel/toffee malts, clean earthiness and a little bit of dark bread.
The flavor was moderately malty sweet scanning through the dark fruits and dark bread gently flowing into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable to sipping sort of quality about it. Carbonation rode fairly low. ABV felt good.
Overall, an English Strong ale by an American brewer, damn right it is and always a worthy offering of coming back to.

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Photo of williahd
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany color malt hop aroma. 7% abv was well incorporated was warming but not too boozy. It had an obvious hop taste but not excessively bitter and was well balanced with malt. A very enjoyable beer that I would get again if I could find it

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Photo of wekoontz
4.96/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense mahogany with a fair head.
Smell is malty fruits with a bit of nut.
Taste is toasted malt and mild fruits.
Not too boozy and fairly smooth.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of direwolf00
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picking the the dozen or so Maine beers I've tasted in last 2 weeks, Geary Hampshire Special & Allagash Monmouth Red were the best.

Very pleasantly surprised at the uniqueness of this beer. Next time I'll buy a 6 pack.

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMV
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a semi-opaque mahogany color. 1 finger of off-white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Caramel and molasses.

T/F: Bready malts up front... dark sugars and caramel... but not quite sweet. Nicely balanced by the hops giving it a bitter finish. Sticky and thick on the mouthfeel. Good carbonation. A bit on the boozy side.

O: A nice take on the English strong ale. Boozy and malty but also with some solid hop presence. Almost like it's not quite sure which way to go, and that mostly works for this brew. Definitely a sipper and the flavor becomes richer as it warms.

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Photo of rclangk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrontierSeldon
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
2.66/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 638 ratings.
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