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:
60
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 638 |  Reviews: 388
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a thin, creamy, lasting white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with earthy notes. Peppery spiciness warms the nose.

The taste is caramel/toffee with woody, earthy notes. Bitter hops even out the malty sweetness. Ringwood yeast and a touch of buttery diacetyl are evident, though controlled well. Nicely balanced with warming alcohol peeking through in the finish.

Medium-bodied, and smoooth, with a good drinkabilty for the abv/noticeable alcohol. Well-made, well-balanced and true to style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby-highlighted caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, white head. Nose of apricot and mango fruit sweetness and a caramel backbone. Tangy aromas, overall. Flavors of roast initially, with a biscuit backbone, honey and fruit sweetness, and a spicy blend overlay. Light bodied, with a roasty and tangy sweet aftertaste. CLean, slightly sharp finish. Surprisingly easy to drink despite a slightly elevated ABV and heavy flavor profile.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Geary's HSA pours out a clear, dark bronze color into my glass, and gives off a thick, bubbly, tan head.
Aroma is mild, soft, sweet, sensual, lightly fruity, more from malt, no hops detected at all.
Taste: bright and sharp are the first adjectives to jump to mind, followed by delicious and divine. This is a devil from the start! Juicy, thick, constant texture, considerable presence on the palate, round, full, fantastic. Rich and malty, with an increasing alcoholic presence, even at a mere 7%.
Just the sort of wickedly delightful brew that sends you into a particular bliss from which you never wish to leave! Long, tasty finish. Quite impressive. I could easily make this a favorite, if it were native to my environs. So good!

Huge thanks to marc77 and Bierman9, who both submitted samples! Prost!

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Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with a slighlty thin head. The head slowly receded to the rim of the glass along with some spotty bubbles on the surface. The aroma was sweet, but the alcohol was definitely noticable. The flavor was a great balance of sweetness, spiciness, and bitterness. Very smooth and full bodied. There is a slight malt and alcohol aftertaste. Definitely a tasty ale.

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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 beernads
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been on a strong ale kick lately and this is one of the better ales I've sampled. Retention isn't great, but the orange-ruby red coloring is gorgeous. Smell and taste are both subtle and appropriate for the style and I'm tempted to give 4.5's, but I just can't pull enough complexity out (maybe next time). Tastes of orange, apples and sweet berries with a touch of grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel and very easy drinking. No hint of alcohol, this one could be a dangerous session beer. Go try this.

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

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a wonderful hop aroma and warm finish. The taste is good as well. It has a warm malty flavor that is a bit dry and hoppy on the finish. It has a bit of yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good winter seasonal. It has excellent flavor and aroma; an awesome drinker.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Another beer from a gifted beer of the month club (thanks Simon!). If Geary's can impress me with an English-styled porter, a strong ale should be cake. From a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A short head is formed above this light ruby brown beer. Dark orange hues are visible at parts. The beer smells like squeezed red grapes with a little note of grape nuts cereal. Wow, that is one grapey smelling beer! In fact, this flavor tried to convince me that I was drinking dubbel instead. The grape flavor is present and soft overall. There's an earthiness found. At the end is a sharp bitterness which is a dent to this beer.

Decent beer, though I had hoped for more.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with a head that quickly fades to nothing. Spotty lacing. The smell is quite malty, but dry. The taste has that same dry maltiness up front, but this is followed by quite a whallop of bitter orange hops and a spicy finish. Quite tasty. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, but it suites the hop slam. Quite a nice treat, a beautiful if hoppier than usual exampleof the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 1, 2013.

The color is mahogany brown with a little gold glistening around the edge of the glass. Moderate, lingering cream colored head.

The aroma is lovely with its full roasted caramel malts, molasses notes, yeast, butterscotch, nuttiness, and finishing off with a mild earthy hop.

The body is medium to full.

The taste has an upfront roasted malt and caramel sweetness and a wonderfully lingering dry finish. Only 7% yeah, but some Strong Ales still have a boozy feel but not this one. Geary's has hit the mark on the style. It really feels like I'm drinking it at a British pub rather than at m y computer in New Hampshire USA.

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear amber copper color, it is topped by a light tan head. There is a nice dry hoppy aroma, evocative of English hops; A bit lemony, slightly grassy. Wow, I was not expecting so much hop flavor to be packed into this beer. It has a balancing malt sweetness a bit of caramel. Quite good, I am duly impressed. The hop flavor is citrusy and floral in character. The beer has a medium body, which is perfect for this beer. This is still an easy drinking beer but has enough body to balance the stellar hop flavor. I certainly wish that I had access to more of this great beer. Overall this is a very well put together beer.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

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

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is very malty and very nice. I also get a fruity nose that makes it a pleasure to sniff.

The taste has big caramel malt, dark fruit, some grain, and a surprisingly ample but not overpowering hop presence in the background that adds just the right touch to somewhat balance it out but to tell you the truth, I'm enjoying the hell out of the malt. Nice bit of bready notes here as well and the alcohol is completely hidden, asaic. Lovely drop!
It has a fairly thick mouthfeel(yeah!), the carbonation is medium light, and it finishes malty semi sweet. Again...lovely drop! Oh, and the foam hangs around like forever. I'm *really* impressed with this English Strong Ale and I'd seek it out again.

Thanks again, John!

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

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