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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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Photo of gfreed
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed last in a short string of surprisingly bad beers at the normally well-informed Cambridge Common, this saved the evening in terms of beer drinking. Built along the lines of Duvel but a tad thinner and fluffier, there's an adequate supply of nutmeg and bananas and yeastiness, none overpowering the other but instead playing nicely in the tulip. Dry finish; actually quite dry all around yet still presents malty qualities that give it a good sturdy base. Not as rich as the Belgian ales on which it is modeled, but a good beer to have in the neighborhood.

gfreed, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of danadeny
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston. Served in a huge rapscallion brand snifter. I was disturbed that of the huge snifter only 1/4 was filled with beer, 3/4 head. I let it settle, to about 1/2 and 1/2, but still for the price I expected a little more beer. The body was a clear medium brown, I could see though to the other side of the glass. It smells very floral and spring like, very refreshing. The flavor is of sweet malt blended with floral hops. Nothing bitter here. The mouth feel is watery which leads to a high drinkablility. Overall a very smooth sweet malt and floral hops blended perfectly together, each of equal power.

danadeny, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a medium head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Aromas of corriander and spices and some citrus. Nice. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Lots of spices and corriander and some citrus make it very nice. Well made brew here. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of lawrence76
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After staying away from the Rapscallion brews for a few years, I decided to try one last night @ Atwood's

Poured into a beautiful Rapscallion oversized snifter, the bar tender actually swirled the first few seconds of the pour really aggressively to develop the head...which is awesome...

A gorgeous orange/honey coloured brew with a dense, creamy, nearly white head. Aromas bursting through of sweet malts, yeasty character, and earthy, almost sour fermentation notes

Taste is wonderful, complex balance of slight malt sweetness, hint of hops, and smooth, yet slightly tart finish. Paper-dry body, and some warmer sugar flavour noticable, like the lightest caramel you could imagine. Delicate is a word that comes to mind.

Fantastic brew....so glad I decided to try this one again!

lawrence76, May 04, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear shiny golden amber body, bursting with carbonation, topped by a hefty heap of foam, which at first resembles melted marshmallow. Mellows into a thick sea of bubbles of all sizes. Excellent lacing.

Excellent fruity nose. Apricots and peaches abound. It's sticks to the roof of your nose, so to speak.

A light malty start, enveloped by some earthy hoppiness, and a tingly fruity finish, which continues into the aftertaste.

Smooth, light mouthfeel. Drinkability seems equal to half of the actual abv..

A nice experince. Would be a good "break in the middle of a summer day" beer.

RonfromJersey, May 31, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Rapscallion Premier pours from the devilish bottle a vibrant amber goldenrod color with a airy bubbly white head on top. Active carbonation rises up in the glass. Aromas of fresh fruity pale malts along with a decadent spice featuring cloves, white pepper and anise. Earthy, bready yeast profile. Enjoyable.

First sip brings a mix of pale malts and green apple skins. Raisin bread, punchy cloves, pepper, coriander and allspice. Quite fruity with hints of peach and pear as well. Crisp with a fresh, earthy, spicy yeast that imparts an interesting overall flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly slick and creamy. Nice active carbonation rushes over the palate. I find this brew to be quite enjoyable. Seems like a spicy tripel to me. I could definetly have a few of these without a problem. Thanks to MuddyFeet for the opportunity.

orbitalr0x, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at Bukowski's in Boston and served in a Rapscallion glass.

Huge head. I checked out the beer bottles and tap offerings while I waited for the head to shrink. Can't hold that against a beer, it usually is well worth the wait.

Smells very sweet and malty. I only managed two sniffs before I had to take a sip.

Taste was super sweet with a bit of hops thrown in. The sweetness didn't push me away, but I could see how it could for some people.

The drinkability for this baby would greatly vary depending on my mood, as much as a full point in either direction.

fdrich29, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer sampled - and enjoyed - at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

This was a nice amber ale with a good foamy head. Looked quite good.

The aroma was of medium malts, with a light sweetness. Not a lot of hop aroma.

Light hops came through in the taste, however, along with the maltiness. It was a very smooth, easy drinking brew. Good mouthfeel. I liked it a lot.

connecticutpoet, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in the lovely Rapscallion glass. A golden amber with a big head. Sweet like honey. A bit fruity and peppery. A touch of the 6.7% comes through as well. Hops try their best to balance the big malt profile. In the end though, the sweetness wins. A bit too sweet for me to drink more than one.






*** A fresh sample on clean lines at the new Bukowski's on 4-26

On this day with this keg I could drink it all night.

scottum, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goodbyeohio.

It pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a finger of head that stays around rather well. I like the color. The nose is a lot more complex than I had expected. I get some citrusy coriander over a rather weak malt base. The flavor is much the same. A light coriander spiceyness and citrus play over a pretty neutral malt base. It works well. The feel is a light moderate witha light carbonation. Definately a drinkable brew. It has a lot more flavor than expected and really quenches after a long brew day.

kmpitz2, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ppoitras for this excellent offering.

poured into a duvel glass, 1.5 finger white head and a semi clear honey color. tons of citrus in the aromas, oranges lemons tangerines mixed in with a sweet sugary center while some dry hops linger in the distance. soft sparkling co2 fizzes throughout the mouth with a farily average body coats the mouth with a sugary glaze and then a lingering dry finish. this beer will definetly clean your palate. very drinkable.

shippos, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of jeffboo
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in it's specially made glass it's really attractive. A pretty peachy color with a fluffy white foam top, it has a floral hop with sugary malt nose. It has a really nice creamy texture that starts out sweet with a little banana and finishes toasty and honeyish. A pretty interesting beer overall easy to want a couple glasses of this on a cool evening. Would be great with food as well.

jeffboo, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured, it's a surprisingly clear golden-orange although some particles of sediment are clearly noticeable nestled down in the base of the goblet. A tall head of creamy white foam rests lazily above, slowly fading in height but at the same time being fortified by the tiny effervescent bubbles rising from below. Some very nice lacing is left throughout the entire glass and adds greatly to the appearance. The nose delivers a pleasing combination of yeasty fruitiness (dried apricot), light malt, mild spice and a delicate floral hoppiness. It's lightly creamy, soft, and very smooth in the mouth due to an exceptionally fine natural carbonation and medium/light body. In the flavor, a candyish sweetness hits the tip of the tongue before its delicate fruitiness develops and a mild clove note comes into play. There's a light note of gentle tartness, and then it finishes dry with a light wash of clove and some gentle, spicy hop character. Intriguing! Very well-balanced with an underlying bitterness that never really makes an appearance, but certainly puts out some effort to balance things. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of gueuzegeek
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a nice fluffy textured creamy head that lasted rather well. The color was a light copper and just a bit of a haze to it. The fragrance was really quite remarkable and seemed almost like a smell a nice desert (yes, food) would have. It was most than just a floral hops aroma. At first, I was surprised by the taste, since it really seemed to be rather different from the scent, however, in time, I noticed a certain earthy taste reminiscent of buckwheat, yet I know not whether there was any in this brew. The mouthfeel was almost dry, but not to the point of anything distracting. As it warmed a bit, the yeasty earthiness became more pronounced. I really did like this beer quite a bit more by the time I finished it!!

gueuzegeek, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of kaszeta
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

A rather nice blonde ale, with a nice light amber body and a thick frothy head. It sports a nice hops aroma, a bit of floral character, and the thin maltiness you expect in a blonde. The taste was rather sweet with a slight fruity character, plenty of yeast, and a hint of hops. It has a nice mouthfeel, dancing over the tongue, and a bit of a dry finish. Quite drinkable, in fact fairly enjoyable (and I don't usually care for blonde ales).

kaszeta, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

having enjoyed dann's beers at notheast brewing co while living in boston, i was excited to pick up some rapscallion on a return trip last weekend.

premier pours a slightly hazy gold/orange with a strong head that never fully dissolves. after having seen reviews boasting flavours of bubble gum, i was half expecting liquid bazooka, but was happier with what i got, which was more of a juicy fruit gum smell/flavour. additional fruit flavours and sweetness were also detected but i couldn't pinpoint anything else specific, save for a bit of a taste of honey.

this was not nearly as sweet as i expected and i thoroughly enjoyed every sip (which i also expected). i just wish my dumb ass would have grabbed the blessing and creation 4 packs while i was in boston.

by the way, i was sipping batch 1624.

SixpointJMH, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Squealing Pig in Boston, MA.

Beautiful presentaion in a snifter with a huge head and a great aroma pouring out of it. Almost like bubble gum in a way, kind of fruity, kind of spicy. The taste was completely composed of cinnamon and nutmeg. This beer should be a winter brew. The spices are similar to what you would put in egg nog. Anyhow, a great brew that is more suited for a cold, winter night by the fire than an upbeat, summer night out on the town.

Jacobob10, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured from the tap a light orange in color with a good, soft white head. The carbonation was easily visible through the clear liquid.

Smell – The malts here are light and very smooth. The orangish hop aroma is mixed with some good refined sugars and some sharp, darkish spices.

Taste – The pale malt flavor is very good here. The hoppy orangeness takes a small step back at the taste as do the spices. Overall, a very balanced flavor profile and quite bold for the style.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is very sweet and will have you smacking your lips dry. The light, herbal hop bitterness goes a long way.

Drinkability – This one is very tasty and went down well enough. It’s easy on the palate and was very refreshing.

Comments – I almost grew roots at the Rapscallion booth at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. The brewery rep was very knowledgeable about the beer (he may have even been the brewmaster for all I know) and their beers rock.

RoyalT, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even sweeter on tap than in the bottle, served in the appropriate snifter. Good clarity with a bubbly lace that slowly drops down after each sip.

The aroma was very expressive of bubble gum, cotton candy, juicy fruit and some hop as well as a light wafting alcohol. Malt is there and shows off the sweetness.

Very smooth thought the carbonation was not as crisp as I expected it to be, I am sure this will vary and especially bar to bar. Sweet and malty, nearly a mirror image of the aroma with a cotton candy, juicy fruit and malt flavour. Hops are oily with a laid back bitterness.

I felt a bit extravagant drinking this brew out of the snifter at Bukowksi’s Tavern until I saw nine other blousers quaffing the stuff down. Nice to see good local beer being consumed on tap.

Jason, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange and yellow with a 2 finger white head. Very well carbonated and lots of chunky lace is left on the glass.
Aroma of very pale malt (blonde). Certain roundness and light bready component to the nose. Little bit of citrus and lgith spices in the background.
Flavor of pale malt flavor and citurs are the predominant notes. Little of light coriander and yeast as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start but well cut by some spicy and light herbal tea notes on the finish.
Drinkability is high. Was lucky to receive a few of the Rapscallion line in some trades and very impressed. Fairly light beer but really starts to shine as it warms.

Drinkability – This one is very tasty and went down well enough. It’s easy on the palate and was very refreshing.

CRJMellor, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large Concord Rapscallion “pokal”, their custom (snifter) glass... nice.

Dark gold to amber color with a low off-white head. Belgian yeasty, malty, and nutty aroma and flavor. Some earthy spicy hop character thrown in for balance. Medium-full bodied with a bold spicy dry finish.

Surprised to not see this in the Belgian Pale Ale or Strong Pale Ale category...

Per Label: Concord Brewers, Concord, MA.

Per Concord website: A blend of two beers and three fermentations (the last of which is in the bottle or keg).
Barley- from the Gatinais region of France and Germany
Hops- grown in the Czech Republic and Slovenia
Alcohol- this beer is approximately 6.7% alcohol

Brewtrak #: Smeared :-(
Tasted: 09/30/05

($6.50 / 11.3 oz. bottle at the Parish Cafe in Boston, MA)

RBorsato, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My beer review snuck up on me a little. I did not really like the beer as much as my review states I did. The beer scored high for me on most categories, although it may not be to my liking. Basically, I can say that this is an interesting fusion beer of two different styles. I, personally, am not blown away by it, but it is a very good beer for its category, or lack of category...

BDIMike, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.8%

PEIhop, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's rather unique. I'll say that much. Golden amber in color with little head. Leaves a good amount of lace, however. Smells somewhat fruity, with definite honey. Taste is fairly good and mildly sweet. Apples were an obvious flavor (although I could be wrong). Others have mentioned a bubble gum flavor, although I couldn't detect it. This sort of reminds me of a less tart Hennepin's for some reason. According to the beer track code the batch that my bottle came from was not a particularly good one, e.g. the carbonation was not right on. I'd be interested in trying this on tap. I'd try this again, but I'd like to sample the other Rapscallions first.

Admiraldinty, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of MattBrooks
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although listed as a golden beer, while the Blessing is supposed to be an amber ale; I found this brew to have more color and depth than the Blessing. It pours clean with fruit notes on the nose and a powerful, rich body and finish. I am very impressed with all of the Rapscallions and am surprised that the alc % is not higher, because that's what they feel like.

MattBrooks, Sep 21, 2005
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