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

Geary's Hampshire Special AleGeary's Hampshire Special Ale
BA SCORE
3.91/5
640 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
Ranking:
#6,593
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
640
pDev:
12.79%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
61
Trade:
0
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Photo of JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ctb6582
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of direwolf00
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMV
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrontierSeldon
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
2.66/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Figjammin
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of combatbootz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dee4maine
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of harrisjohnson
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterRigger
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine ale pours a clear and bright reddish amber with a very nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and spotty clinging lacing. Nose of chocolate, raisins,caramel, cherries, light herbal hops, and subtle grain notes. Flavors exceed the nose with light chocolate and cherry notes to the front and sides with a raisin and herbal hop blast that keeps balance to the sweetness. Very balanced and VERY English with a subtle grain note to the back of the taste with a touch of warming alcohol and a bitter hop finish. Good carbonation to keep it lively. Just an all around great brew.

Cheers

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Photo of ghbuck
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 640 ratings
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