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

Geary's Hampshire Special AleGeary's Hampshire Special Ale
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From:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #6
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,837
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
Ratings:
649
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 23, 2021
Added:
Sep 30, 2001
Wants:
  42
Gots:
  65
SCORE
87
Very Good
Geary's Hampshire Special AleGeary's Hampshire Special Ale
Notes: 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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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

This is an old school amber ale with a toasted malt start and a balancing hop finish. It is delicious, and I am glad that it is now offered year round. It paired perfectly with a bowl of oyster stew!

Sep 23, 2021
 
3.43 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
 
3.64 by Arg914 from New York on Jul 21, 2019
 
3.64 by O-Meg from New York on Jul 21, 2019
 
2.27 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 04, 2019
 
4.05 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Jan 08, 2019
 
4.18 by Mfreese33 from Maine on Dec 29, 2018
 
3.73 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Nov 07, 2018
 
4 by brewnme from Maine on Jun 12, 2018
 
3.79 by mltobin from Connecticut on Oct 14, 2017
 
3.4 by pprichar from Massachusetts on Oct 09, 2017
 
1.75 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 15, 2017
 
4.02 by williahd from Maine on May 28, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

May 21, 2017
 
4.96 by wekoontz from Maine on Apr 30, 2017
 
3.97 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Apr 22, 2017
 
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Apr 21, 2017
Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DrMullet from Florida

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.

Jan 15, 2017
 
3.25 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Nov 01, 2016
 
4.25 by ckollias from Maryland on Oct 07, 2016
 
3.68 by Ctb6582 from Maryland on Oct 02, 2016
 
3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by direwolf00 from Rhode Island

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.

Sep 16, 2016
 
3.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 04, 2016
 
4 by grahuba from Connecticut on Jul 29, 2016
 
3.25 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Jul 21, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 21, 2016
 
4 by rclangk from West Virginia on Jul 16, 2016
 
4 by FrontierSeldon from Maine on Jun 24, 2016
 
2.66 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2016
 
4 by Mack from Canada (QC) on Jun 18, 2016
 
4.13 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on May 31, 2016
 
2.99 by KarmicSkrambl8 from California on May 30, 2016
 
3.98 by Figjammin from Michigan on May 29, 2016
 
3.58 by Donkster46 from Washington on May 27, 2016
 
3.71 by zotzot from Vermont on May 27, 2016
 
4 by combatbootz from Massachusetts on Apr 09, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dee4maine from Maine

very under-rated English strong ale from Maine. strong malt flavors and balanced hop bitterness. does feel boozier than 7%. loved when it warmed up and the sweet caramel notes came through.

Feb 22, 2016
 
3.84 by harrisjohnson from Maryland on Jan 14, 2016
Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 649 ratings