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87
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 12
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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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 83
Photo of OatmattStout
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big head and a thick merange lace on the glass. It has a pronounced sour nose of sour apple and unripe fruits. Taste of honey and yeast but has a unique sour and slightly tart after taste that lingers for a while. Mouth feel is light and you can feel the warming of the alchohol in your belly. Good beer.

Photo of taez555
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tracking number on this particular beer was 1622. I poured it straight into the glass that came with it, trying to get as much head as possible. I'd already had another one in the 4 pack and found this to be a beer that no matter how many ways you try to pour it, it just can't get a decent head. This time was no exception, it had a small head that quickly cleared with just a few bubbles. Looking at it with it's amber/orange color, it reminded me a lot of apple juice. The nose on the other hand, even without the help of a head, was very inviting. Malty, very fruity. Hints of apples or pears possibly.
The initial taste was not as note worthy as the nose. Very light, with a taste of sour fruit. Not heavily carbonated. Very lightly hopped.
I'm torn with this beer. I really like the company a lot. The whole brewtrack system is very cool. Check out the website to learn all about it. But the beer feels like a belgian trippel that just falls a little in a few areas. Seeing as how this is the first attempt by the former Northeast Brewing Company brewmaster, it's really hard to say something bad about it though. I'm really looking forward to see how this beer is going to be down the line with a few tweeks.
And plus.. it's worth trying just for the glass.

Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First bier I tried at the Summit. Premier was a golden-orange color, clear, with an extremely small head. A tiny bit of lace was left. The aromas were spicy and yeasty, yet quite mild. Relatively smooth on the tongue, but body was perhaps a tad thin. Pleasing flavor: yeasty notes, some peppery spiciness....reminded me of a mellow Tripel. I would like to sample a whole bottle of this to re-affirm my thoughts on this.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

150

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rapscallion, eh? Somehow I get the feeling that if the brewers of Duvel imitators continue to spin upon that devilish name, the field of available satan-derived monikers will be so reduced that we'll see an artisanal golden ale called Li'l Stinker.
Thoroughly golden color, bubbly, short white head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, and fruity, with citrus and peach upfront. Huge hops on the palate, backed up with appropriate malt, and full, sweet fruitiness that continues through the long and lovely finish. Strength is ungiven, and is unfelt. Smooth, tasty, very drinkable,though the citrus becomes more dominant at the end. Great tasting ale, but a bit light for it's style.
Big up to UncleJimbo.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served lightly chilled in a Rapscallion goblet.

Appearance: Hazy burnished golden orange topped by a healthy off-white and bubbly head. Dissipates to a film and ring in good time and leaves small splotches of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very yeasty. Peppers, orange, apricots, and lemons. Floral hops round out the nose.

Taste: Vaguely sour and acidic initially. Sweet malts with a lot of peppery and fruity aftertastes. Again, very yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshings. Very palate cleansing.

Drinkability: Reminiscent of Delirium Tremens, but more sour and tart. Hurt a bit by the acidity. Food is definitely necessary with this. Might I suggest moule frites? Not bad at all, though. Not in the least.

Thanks to Uncle Jimbo and BIF 4.0.

Photo of EPICAC
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rapscllion Premier pours a clear copper-amber. It's topped by a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. There are notes of caramel, citrus, juicy fruit, a mild resinous hop character, and hints of graininess.

This beer is sweet overall. Toasty malts upfront move into bready and caramel malts with hints of citrus and fruit. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hop flavor. This beer is light bodied with prickly carbonation.

This is a nice easy drinking beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/28/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is gives some spice up front along with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The malt character provides substance but is light enough to make it drinkable. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer with some strength to it that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of chaduvel
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a gigantic merengue head that turns to a mass of spiderweb lacing around a mushroom cloud. Citrus and orange colored fruits dominate the nose, dried apricots, pineapple etc.. Hint of sour. Some yeast and a mellow malts. Taste is similar to the smell, quite tasty, and more flavorful than the smell. Definitely has a Belgian kick to it.

Photo of snilsen13
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

going out of stock at my local, so I indulged.
from bottle, slightly cool to room temp, in a glass chalice.

A -initially lots of white froth, but before long, gone-o. slightly cloudy, browny orange. nice color and opacity.

S - fresh bread with apricot and light apple

T/M - sweet on lips and toasty on tounge. smooth swalow with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. solid but not complex.

D - good to the last drop

Photo of number1bum
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this brew.

Pours a light orange hazy golden color with about one finger of creamy ivory head. Head retention is pretty solid, keeps a nice lace and leaves some stick.

Smells fruity, with peaches, apricot, and some citrus in there. Some yeast too which gives it an almost Belgian character. Also a sweet, bready malt note.

Taste is bready with a lightly toasted graininess, also some honey-like sweetness and then lots of fruit. Apricot and peach, some citrus just like the smell, also some apple and who knows what else. It's quite complex, with some yeast and herbal hop bitterness in there for good measure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite creamy and appropriately carbonated. There's a good amount of sweetness but it becomes dry through the finish which makes it very palatable.

Pretty tasty brew and a nice change of pace. Very fruity, complex and interesting and definitely worth a try.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a tulip glass.
It pours an amber-hued golden color, with a fluffy, off-white head.
A mild dry grainy smell is upfront. A light blend of sweet candy, fruit cup, with a dose of citrus and resins roam around. A whiff of white rum fades in and out.
This Golden is a bit sweet for the style, yet it’s a pleasing sweetness. Bready, grassy and caramel malts carry hints of citrus and fruit cup, along with some warming alcohol. A faint taste of ripe banana and spices peek through.
The body is a little full for the style and lacks any dryness.
It’s a good beer to pair with a wide variety of cheeses and salamis, or vanilla-based desserts.

Photo of NEhophead
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Hazy straw with a light peach in color; noticeable sediment and active carbonation. Frothy, light foam with impressive retention. Delicate patches of condensed lacing.

Belgian-candied sweetness with an earthen mustiness. Peach, pear fruity esters. Diacetyl-laced toasted malts. Mild peppercorn and corriander spices.

Shawrply acidic, fruity tartness: lemon, orange, raspberry, cranberry, green apple. The creamy, Belgian-candied sugar gives a nice smoothness to the tart flavors. Undertones of corriander throughout the sip.

A light, medium in body; light and crisp, but intensely carbonated.

A flavorful pale Belgian-style offering. Don't be confused by the 'Blonde Ale' moniker, this one tastes nothing like it. Quite pleasant.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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).

Photo of jeffboo
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of gueuzegeek
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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!!

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