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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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. Two row English malts (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood and East Kent Golding hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This is a pretty good English strong ale. Toasted malt,hoppy, and slightly bitter flavor. Finishes clean and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
This hazy, deep amber/pale copper colored ale pours with a thin off-white head. The beer leaves a mild lacing on the glass as you drink it. The aroma is sweet, with a touch of spice. The taste is impressive, with sweet malt, orange, honey, and spice all wrapped up in one. It is very complex, with a lot going on in every sip. The hops are present in the taste, but are not the first flavor one notices. The mouthfeel is solid, with a nice bitterness on the finish. Fine carbonation is noticable on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Hmmmm... never had an english strong ale before. Smells sorta like a belgian. Tastes sorta like a belgian. Yeasty. Spicy. Not a big fan of yeaty and spicy. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2003
2002-2003 bottle - Nice amber color with a yeasty, spicy aroma that continued into the flavor. nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Nice winter beer that I am still enjoying in july.Smells of nutty/creamy/toffe chocolate/alcohol.Looks like a deep amber to me w/ a decent head that rolls out quick.Nice hop/spice bite that brings this beer together quite well & keeps well too.Thank you cascade hops once again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
2000 Millenium bottle. Hoppy nose, citrus and caramel aromas too. Orange/amber, pours a big vanilla custard head. Caramel, treacle flavour, well balanced, quite warming. A very good example. Thanks Lyle Ostrow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2005 2000-2001 bottle. Deep Ruby with some orange and brown tinges. Smells of strong malt and alcohol. Medium amount of soft off white head that leaves quickly. Begins sweet with some earthy/root liqueur notes. The body has some sweet malty notes, and tastes like a small pancake breakfast with maple syrup and bacon. Hops definitely come out and there lingers a dry hopped flavor towards the end that is not dominant, but adds some balance. Some grainy notes detectable and alcohol may not need to be this high to achieve the flavor. 2003-2004 bottle. Butterscotch/english toffee aroma, medium strong. Goldings hops, caramel. Pretty nice altogether. Clear, however with a small head, but a nice ruby/mahogany color. Holy crap, it certainly wasnt this hoppy last time. Cascades hops, ultra bitterness on the end. Very dry, only moderate sweetness at the beginning. Moderately acidic hops finish, with some very dry butter-toffee. The 01 was more balanced. 2005 bottle Now a year-round production, and in part, I can’t blame them for wanting to cash in on a good product, but IMO, upping the production on this has hurt the already sagging quality of this once glorious beer. Boring, uneventful maltiness, is sweet, lightly sticky but more filtered. Hops are more straightforward bitter and light pine-like, with a short finish overall, and just something really missing. Though I havent kept my scores from the different vintages, my overall is a mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2003
why don't american beers have abv on the bottle? i figured this was stronger. pretty flat, poured red into linc's glass but amber into mine. not too sweet, atually quite dry. found a swig left over in the morning and it tasted of dried dog food

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2003
Rich barley sweetness at the start, yet quite soft and approachable. Some nice delicate spicyness, with a touch of caramel and toffee, quite a hoppy, bitter-ish finish, quite alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2003
02'-03'bottle: Light brown. Small but lasting head. Big toasty/grainy,malt aroma with underlying hops(cascades and earthy hops). Creamy,fizzy mouthfeel. Malts dominate the flavor til' the finish which is loaded with hops and toffee.As it warms malts become sticky and linger. Much more than I was expecting,and quite good.

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