Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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88
very good

83 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 94
Photo of LPorter33
2.03/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

4 pack from Martignetti's.

Ugh..this one didn't do it for me. It's ridiculously sweet with a bubble gum like flavoring, but it's the dominant flavor of cloves that cuts through which turned me off. You really need to be a fan of the clove spice or this beer will be difficult to take down. (292 characters)

Photo of winomark
2.23/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice golden hue with a miniscule, bone white head and lots of streaming bubbles. Sweet, grainy nose. Some sourness also noticable. Very strange palate. Some esters, slightly vegetal, and sour. Lots of stuff going on. Flavorful mouthfeel. Dry, sour finish. I did not enjoy this one. Tastes like a soured Belgian pale ale. Too different for me. (350 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice semi-deep golden yellow color, slow carbonation bubbles within, head tall and fluffy thats a light yellowy white hue, very unique colored head, reminds me off the yellows seen around Easter time. Resides on top for a good while, finally crumbling down to a thick skim always present and lace in thickly sticking strings. Aroma has a pretty strong phenolic smell of band-aid plastic; whole lotta yeast, some citrusy notions come through as well as some grassy hops but the yeast is a bit hard to get past. Taste is super mild with some light notions of citrus, plastic-like yeast thats harsh and unpleasant, bland and way to much yeast for me. Not much going on in this bottle besides a yeast fest of plastic, some metallic notes and grassy hops find there way through the brigade of yeast with some candied citrus, but as this warmed it became nastier then at first. This was a bit disappointing. The feel seems to be medium bodied, but it was hard to tell with my taste buds nearly going wacko. An unfortunate bad bottle perhaps, and an unfortunately a hard drinker. No sir, I didn't like it. But hey, it looked damn good. Oh well? (1,137 characters)

Photo of Freshie
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden colour with very little head that recedes to the sides of the glass very quickly.

The smell is very sweet

The taste is also sweet with nice carbonation and malt flavour. An oily texture stays with you in your mouth and is a little much. There is some natural citrus and floral tastes in there as well, subtle but there.

Very smooth and goes down easily, but the aftertaste, as I said, can be a bit much. (435 characters)

Photo of Kudashov
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewtrak ...1689 ? This is a guess folks due the numerals being blurry / faded . Poured into my Rapscallion snifter aggressively which led to a nice head and a abundance of aromas coming up from the table . Smells of honey bread . There is some lacing on the glass and the head has reduced to nothing . The beer is not bad it is just a bit watery . It tastes good and would like to try it on tap too . Granted this is my first american blonde ale so I have nothing to compare it with for this style . I am not regretting purchasing this Rapscallion product . Just like Creation , it is good .

Have a safe Labor Day weekend ... (628 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

brewtrak #1637

pours a rich, light amber with 1-finger head in the accompanying rapscallion goblet. vibrant rising of carbonation, appealing to look at. lacing is very loose and the smell is yeasty with sweet fruits. red berry sticks out like a sore thumb. american blonde or belgian pale? alcohol is the first thing i taste.. that mellows into a buttery silky malt smoothness mimicking vanilla. berries are still present in aftertaste but not predominant. this beer is mostly grain- a good belgian style but not pronounced by a particular flavor. drinkable except for the booziness and an overall enjoyable local brew. ill give two of my 4 bottles 6 months to see where it goes. (682 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, not a very impressive Rapscallion brew. The aroma is a bit yeasty with tones of musk and hints of brown bread. The initial flavor is of old strawberries and stewed carrots with a sharp malt sweetness and a sharp bitterness. The musky yeast flavors are what really rule the show here. Just as raw as I found teh Creation to be. (333 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sunset Grill. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderately-hazy light golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it makes its way down the glass. Thin cap nearly throughout. The nose brings forward some light banana, a bit of yeast, and a light grainy presence. Nothing too complex, but everything fits together quite well. The flavor falls along the same lines. The banana was light and carried the rear, while the more forward flavors were a bit of other yeastiness as well as a pervasive presence of grain. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent. (583 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very cloudy rust color with light highlights. Big cream colored fluffy head. Excellent retention with wonderful lace. I like what I've seen so far from this offering.
S: Bold. Champagane like notes with big fruity hop notes of orange, lemon, and melons. Very sweet in the nose with juicy fruit. Slight beligan notes also.
T/M: Not as bold on the palate as I thought it was going to be. Semi dry in mouth and extra champagne like in the finish. Too fizzy and a bit light. Fruity hop notes are present but not overpowering. Slightly bitter finish with a toasted grain aftertaste.
D: Worth a shot if you like the rapscallion line. All tasty brews, but this one just wasn't as good as the other two. (710 characters)

Photo of adowney523
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized pint glass from the tap at the Brewery Exchange in Lowell, MA. Color is amber and clear. There is little head but decent lacing.

Smells very estery with light floral scents and hints of plums and peach.

Light malt up front is bready. There are medicinal phenols in the middle with other yeast flavors and light alcohol burn in the finish.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. I think this beer has a lot of good flavors going on, but I don't think they combine in a great way. I think the recipe needs some minor tweaking to make it a great beer. (585 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This translucent amber libation poured with a vociferous torrent that hissed and bubbled as the head took form. The head materialized as a fluffy cream white bubbly layer atop the beer. Slight lacing on my glass, but gravity was the master here..

The nose produced a mild pleasant citrus-yeast combination with an underlying fruitiness along with a note of bitter hops.

Flavor was a tart bitter hops foundation supporting sprites of yeast. I couldn't detect much else, thus aside from the yeast the over all flavor profile was rather "monochromatic" and one-dimensional.

The finish was a tireless sustained bitter hops promenade that seemed to endure on my palate to the start of the next sip.

Mouthfell was a pleasant lively effervescent experience. Seemed to cleanse my tastebuds for the next sample.

While not a complex flavored beer, nor a particularly volatile brew emitting an olfactory presence like a bouquet of spring flowers, I do consider this beer an enjoyable 'beer-time' interlude during a busy day. (1,030 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Smeared brewtrak #.
Appears a deep, cloudy, glowing gold with a tiny, fizzy white head. Tiny speckles of lacing that don't seem to stick.
Smell is of light, sweet tripical fruit with a touch of bubblegum.
Taste is reminescent of light bodied fruit cocktail.
Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, and peppery hitting the tongue in the middle of the tongue and releasing a bit of alcohol and sourness before the swallow.
Drinkability is ok. This is a slightly bland version of something that could be good.

It's ok, dog. (553 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Had a slightly cloudy peach color, vigorous carbonation and a foamy vanilla colored head. No lace.
The nose had a very floral and fruity sweetness to it. Also quite a bit of spiciness in the form of clove, coriander and white pepper notes. Very light wafting of alcohol fumes. Almost tripel-ish.
A few pulls and I kept getting the very sweet tastes of soft cotton candy and peaches. Almost syrupy at times, it strove to balance things out with a solid punch of coriander and clove spiciness. Malt profile is kept under wraps at all times; mildly dusty, yeasty tone.
Premier had a fuller feel than anticipated..a bit cloying at times.
All in all, this is an interesting take on the style. Fairly drinkable although I wouldn't really go for a lot of this one. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the surprise addition in our trade! (887 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium head and carbonation that goes fairly quickly. Nice golden color, smooth with some sweetness from the malt - imported from France and Germany. Finish is balanced between the malts and hops. (198 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orangish-gold in color with a fine off-white head. It leaves a collar and some nice lacing.
Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Orange peel & lemon zest with a bit of spice.
Light fruity taste with a bitter bite and a metallic tinge. There's a mild coriander note too. Finishes slightly astringent.
Mouthfeel could be called creamy if the carbonation was just a touch lower.
This one disappointed me a bit, but it's still a solid brew. (436 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rattlesnake on Boylston St. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark reddish color with orange and brown highlights. Large white head. Smell was very fruity. Flavor was sugary and had notes of strawberry, cherry and coriander. I did like the taste, but the mouthfeel was another story. This beer was way too sweet and malty. It left a sticky feeling on my palate after every sip. I enjoyed drinking this beer, but I could only drink one at the time then I moved on. (476 characters)

Photo of genaro
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I believe I had this in the Bukowski's near the Prudential Center. Anyway, Rapscallion Premier was a cloudy dark amber color. It had a big creamy head that lasted forever. The aroma was floral and spicey. This beer was sweeter and mellower than it appeared.The taste was fairly good, a bit spicey and caramelly. Mouthfeel was a little bready with a decent hop bite. The finish was bittersweet, dry and slightly astringent. (422 characters)

Photo of EtOHMD
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, poured into a pint glass.

Clear, pale orange with a thin head. Underwhelming.

Smell is fruity, mainly banana.

Following from the smell, taste is of banana bread. Hints of apricot. Taste dissipated with continued drinking.

Feel was bit too watery for my liking.

Easily drinkable. Just saw the ABV -- didn't notice in the bar -- and definitely very drinkable for 7%. (379 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the CTRiver Brewers Festival.

The beer is a darker golden color. There was a ton of head to the beer (were we in a TV ad?). Somewhat sweet, malty aroma. Possibly fruit in the aroma. The taste was slightly sweet, with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Decent, but not special at all. (311 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Interesting ale... Poursout to a golden mustard color with a small head of white foam that bubbled off rather quickly. Medium level of carbonation, no lace. Inital scent reminded me of a latex surgical glove; when agitated, the real aromas come out. Some sweet malts, maybe some herbal notes. Taste was good; a lighter maltiness over sweet grains, some sweet corn flavors. Nice. Mouthfeel was medium light bodied, kind of bland. Not a lot going on the in the "experience" dept. Average drinkability; I could take or leave this one. Probably best on a hot summer day. Worth a try. Special thanks to conneticutpoet for the specimen. (633 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden orange with a white head. floral sweet aromas pervade with and underlying acidic near tomato juice smell that softens as the temperature rises. the tomoto juice qualities are thankfully not found in the taste. this beer has a real pleasant sweetness, floral peaches and pear mostly with a light herbal hop bitterness that adds a nice crispness. a light clove spiced flavor in there too. the light meduim well carbonated body, suits this beer well. good drinkability despite the sort weird smell, since it does taste pretty good, and may have just been a little off or something. in any case the smell isn't enough to make me dislike it. (643 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish peach with a 1/4 inch foam topping that falls to a stubborn table. Mild nose with minor hop notes and a suggestion of fruit that I can't place yet. There it is in the taste...is this a fruit beer? Strong presence of apricots and candied orange peel. Nice hop bitterness over the top of a carbonic tongue lashing. Mouthfeel is barely medium, but doesn't take away from the experience. Refreshing beer that is almost too strong for its own good.

Thanks to warriorsoul for including this one in a trade. (518 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewtrak 1633.
Translucent goldenized apricot. The head is dirty ivory, and full of rise and stick.
Nose is mostly yeasty. Like unrisen bread made with smidgens of peach preserves. Solvent notes arrise, especially as it warms.
Pale maltiness upfront. Crusty- but not toasty- breads. Grainy peaches, then plain graininess. Fruitiness is elusive, only glimmers here and there. Sweetness appears mostly in honey form. Touches of spice provide contrast. Coriander primarily. Everything remains soft. Herbal-laced floral hop closing adds trickling bitterness. Rubber cement burps, however infrequent, are a bit of a mood-killer.
A medium bodied brew that is heavily cushioned by its tiny, active carbonation.
This is modestly flavored. It suggests a diluted tripel.
Drinkability is a strong point here. 12ozs were gone in a flash.
This is a better-than-decent, alternatively-styled quaffer.
I enjoyed it, yankeeheel. Thanks. (931 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At Finz, Salem MA

True gold with a short white head. Fair retention and lace. Smells of potpourri, clover honey and a whiff of light grain as it warms up. Tastes like it smells, with floral honey being the main theme. Mouthfeel has a zippy carbonation with a little drying in back. A more than sufficient beer to wash down a burger. (333 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy white head over a copper hued body. Head recedes leaving a wisps of lace. Aromas of tart citric fruit and perhaps a hint of coriander. Flavor is similar although slightly sweeter and not nearly as tart as my nose led me to believe it would be. In fact the malt is fairly substantial and its sweetness comes through in the finish as the tartness fades. Still the tart and citric notes are major players in the flavor profile and lend a moderate bitter crispness. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.

A little less attenuated than I expected, but the extra malt backbone helps balance out the initial tartness-- still it seems a little off kilter to me. Nitpicking aside, this is a tasty Belgian inspired golden ale… or whatever is. (744 characters)

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