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Geary’s “Hampshire Special Ale”

January 18, 2011 11:54 am

Bad planning on my part – two Special Bitter Ale’s at the same time.  I wrote a bit more about the Gritty’s Halloween but the dilemma remains the same – lots of similar, but good, beer (both have “B+” ratings on BA).  There’s only one solution to this problem.

Update: this took a surprising amount of time to kick, and was the 2nd longest keg (behind the Gritty’s it was paired with).  I’d probably lower my rating of it to a “B-” but would certainly try it again in the future.

Tapped 1/16/11

Kicked 4/26/11

Geary’s “Autumn Ale”

October 13, 2010 6:41 pm

I drank this in Maine earlier this fall and was into it – it’s a nice beer that isn’t overly spiced like some of the pumpkin beers.  It’s pretty similar in body to the Smuttynose “Old Brown Dog” that’s on tap with it (both medium-bodied) but should be a nice alternative.  Similar to “OBD”, Geary’s is labeled as an “English Brown Ale” on BA (with a “B+” rating).  The only apparent difference is its ABV, which is slightly lighter at 5.8% ABV, vs. Smutty’s 6.7%.

Geary’s writes;

“Geary’s Autumn Ale is a faithful interpretation of the classic brown ales of Great Britain. With a deep auburn color and a subtle nut-like flavor, Geary’s Autumn Ale is the perfect choice as the seasons change.

Availability: August – November

Original gravity: 1058

Ingredients: Two row English malt (clarity, crystal, chocolate and wheat); Cascade, Golding & Fuggle hops.”