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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.6
Bork (455) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Big but well-balanced flavors of fruit, flowers and a little roasted malt. Dry, tart bitterness from end and out. Alcohol is noticeable but not tasted.

3.1
Onslow (1481) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Crystal clear tawny brown ale with off white head. Aroma is nutty malts, a little fruit and ethanol. Taste is modest malt sweetness up front, some crisp fruit in the middle and a boozy finish. A little unrefined and a little too much ethanol taste for a 7% abv (i.e. - not very strong) brew, but still enjoyable.

3.6
ttutony (918) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Medium brown with an off-white head. Malty aroma, with biscuit, bread, and toast. Hops come in late on the finish. Slight alcohol warmth.

3.2
Jrwhitney6 (490) - - OCT 19, 2014
Beer of month club. Pours a clear reddish brown with minimal head. Strong nose of sweet malts. It has a syrupy texture, with some caramel, bread, and a pretty strong alcohol finish. Ok - too much heat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
Metalchopz (3364) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
Purchased in a mixed pack on my trip to Maine. Pours a clean copper colour with a light beige head and some decent lacing. Sweet malt nose with rye grain notes. The taste has rye as well, but is overly sweet. Hard to go down and heavy as well. Not one I would have again.

3.4
GIJOE (1196) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours dark reddish brown with a thin, white head that lingers a while. Nose is malty. Taste is mildly bitter with a long finish. Medium body and lively carbonation. Decent brew.

3.5
crhensel (145) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours a rich amber with no head at all. Aroma is of bread and caramel with a light hint of fruit. Medium bodied on the tongue it's very upfront with the caramel sweetness of the malt but finished with a nice hop bite. The alcohol dies linger for a while but is very satisfying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
hman43 (1541) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2014
It has a pleasant aroma of a bit of caramel, bread, and what smells like honey. It is dark amber in color with a light tan head that clings well to the side. The taste is of caramel, bread, and alcohol almost like scotch.

2.9
berkshirejohn (6451) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
12oz bottle from a Hannaford Supermarket in Kennebunk, ME. Amber with a thin cream head; rich fruity aroma; strong alcoholic taste with a solid carmael malt body; and some biscuit and dry leafy hops to finish. Sadly the alcohol dominates.

3.9
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color with decent clarity. The head is a two finger pale orange shade. The retention is quite solid, and the texture is quite creamy. Solid lacing is left behind on the glass. S: DAT RAISINY NOSE. This starts off strongly with dark fruits, before a slight whiff of hop bitterness comes out after warming up. Caramel notes are nicely restrained but not nonexistent. T: It starts off with a light hop bitterness redolent of tobacco. Maltiness takes over after the hops fade on the palate, with some unsweetened toffee. The finish is mildly fruity, but not as strong as the nose indicated. Sometimes I even get some wisps of chocolate. While I don’t enjoy all of the flavors (COUGH CRYSTAL MALT COUGH), it’s clear this is a high-quality example of the style, without a hint of alcohol anywhere. M: This style is usually plagued by intrusive malts and a heavy lingering finish. This one is superbly clean, crisp, and there’s only a slight sweetness on the back end. The carbonation is fairly mild, and yet it’s still quite drinkable. O: Normally, I’m not a fan of this style, but these guys damn near nailed this. It’s super clean, drinkable, yet nicely complex and savorable. I would definitely buy this again - this is one of those ’hidden gems’ that few people know about but is actually really damn good.


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