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

BA SCORE
88
very good
635 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:
635
Reviews:
387
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 635 |  Reviews: 387
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of tpauer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a muddy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Lacing was fairly thick and stuck and then slid into the beer after a while.
The smell was some caramel malts, light nuts and a little bit of raisins.
The taste was mainly sweet with a slight roastiness giving way to the nuts and then the raisins come back in a sweet balance. The malty aftertaste slides into the finish nicely.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionable somewhat creamy sweet texture on my tongue.
Overall, as an English Strong ale, it works and I've always enjoyed this one this time of year. I'd have again.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with a thick beige head that lingered.

Smell: Malts mostly and some nutty notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Malt taste with a nutty aftertaste.

Overall: Not bad. I would not go out my way to have it again though.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first ESA, and although I can tell this style is not really my thing, I will try to review it fairly, because whether it is my cup of tea or not, I believe it's a quality brew. Very interesting, complex aroma, mainly of dark fruits, booze, and toasty malts. Unlike others, I find the hop presence satisfactory, and in my opinion, it's the best thing about this beer. Chocolatey malt flavor, which I may not personally like, is present and should be mentioned for people who do like that quality. I thought the body was good too; I don't think it's it's "thin" as others said, but again, that's only my opinion.
I'm curious to try this in cold weather.. I think I might appreciate it it more in that situation.

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

Photo of gonzo000
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is very alcohol forward especially for a 4 abv I did not love it, but the color is brilliant nice rusty reddish brown. Fruit and alcohol on the nose. I agree with others that it could be strawberry grape or raspberry. Wholly alcohol batman! The taste is all in your face. I have tasted less alcohol in some 10 abv beers. How does this get a 3.9 overall? Strange

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Photo of samthebeerman
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my absolute favourite beers. It's deep and complex nose is bettered only by the smooth and delicious taste. Simply superb.

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

Photo of mklisz
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Phillip13
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No more then average Strong ale. Slightly hoppy with a mild after taste and not much bite. Was very disappointed with beer was hoping for more hoppy flavor that was just not there.

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Photo of rallyr32
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper. Strong caramel aroma. Toasted malt taste, fruity, alcohol and a modest dosage of hops for bittering. Medium to full bodied. I liked it.

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Photo of searsclone
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skisavage88
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evergreen_machine
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Geary's Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
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