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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Geary's Hampshire Special AleGeary's Hampshire Special Ale

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

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

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

After many trips to Maine and an increasing appreciation for Allagash, Marshall Wharf, Maine Beer Co, and Rising Tide, I had kinda written off the old school Maine breweries as perfunctory and average. But after a few trivia nights at a bar where the HSA was the beer most to my liking, I have decided that I should not generalize quite so much.

It looks good, as if that matters. Clear, active, medium amber, decent head, some retention, and thickish lacing.

Malts and hops battle to something like a standoff. Malty sweet richness is there and noticeable, but citrusy and even a bit piny hops are stronger. Booze is noticeable too. It all works well together. Not amazing, but definitely good.

Much like the nose, some sweet malty richness is pushing and pushing, trying to be noticed and having some success. But the hoppy profile, more citrus and pine than floral, has more girth. The blend of these elements and some booze balances nicely with the medium level of hoppy bitterness..

Wel carbonated, medium bodied, and modestly bitter in the finish. It isn't dry or thick. It drinks easy.

For lack of other options in the particular environment, I drank quite a few of these and they grew on me. Probably not a trade bait type beer, but certainly a moderately complex and very well balanced one. Despite being decent sized at 7%, it drinks whacked easy. I like that there is some significant malt quality to it, and more hops than a lot of IPA's. I'll have it again.

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

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

Poures a deep reddish-copper color with magnificient white puffy head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is dark fruity and malty. Taste presents itself with a strong malty, fruity taste that is nicely balanced with a pronounced hoppiness. Finished nice a dry and beckoned for another taste. Nice drinkability for a strong ale.

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

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tannish head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly spicy, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, some spicness, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a tasty ESA, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin white head on a clear amber/copper body.
S- Pretty big citrus hops with tons of grapefruit and a good malt balance too.
T- Big grapefruit hop with just a hint of pine in there too. Malt helps to kind of balance it out but hops come out ahead.
M- Medium body with medium to low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. I think it is a solid brew but not sure if I would get another any time soon just since I would prefer to try other new beers. If I found it around here though I might buy some.

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

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

I enjoyed this more than I expected that I would. I also want to say that I've steadily enjoyed every Geary's brew that I've had very much.

Pours a dark amber color with a small head. Aroma carmelish and slightly citrusy.

Taste is slightly spicy, a bit nutty and breadish. Strangely enough it almost reminds of a sweetly spiced french bread with honey. A bit of a hoppy citrus and pine taste on the finish but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall very good! I look forward to having another. I would really like to try this on tap.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

A lovely copper colored ale with a nice but not thick head. An even malty sweet aroma greets you with the first sip and stays throughout the whole glass. The taste is excellently balanced between a gentle maltyness and a smooth hop finish. I'm glad to hear that this is now available year round.

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

This poured, a clear amber, sudsy head that left broken lace all the way through.
aroma wasrich fruits, cherries,slight floral whiff.
taste was bold , rich fruits, well balanced hops and malt, slight floral taste.
mouthfeel was slightly chewy, and fairly creamy, smooth finish.
drinkability is fine, very nice brew, that I would drink again, no complaints here.

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

I really enjoyed this one. Pours out to a bright and clear copper color in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that of a light citrus. Taste is excellent and different than I expected. There are times you think you have a pale ale and times think think you have a barleywine. Notes of caramel and pine in the taste with such a fabulous balance that it makes this very drinkable.

It appears some Maine beers are making there way to Michigan and that is fine by me. A very good beer and one I will grab again throughout the winter.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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