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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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BA SCORE
87
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 94
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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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 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.

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 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!!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of edchicma
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful large, long lasting head...nice amber yellow color...flowery and fruity elements in the smell..Very nice tart taste on the tongue with some alcohol elements. Medium mouthfeel with crispness that was satisfying. Tasted like it was 6.7 abv....This beer would probably be even better in the winter time..wil revisit when the snow flies. This beer was a bit different than others I have tried, so another tasting to give a better review will also be in order.

Photo of radshoesbro
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep golden color with a good head that left very little lacing. smelled very sweet on the nose with hints of malts and alcohol. the taste is basically what i expected. sweet with hints of fruits, maybe even candy. when i licked my lips i could definately taste the alcohol, but not as much as when it was actually in my mouth. sort of weird. another great beer from concord!

Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is yet another beer that I always see, but never get. Actually, this is the first Rapscallion beer I have tried, but not the first Concord beer I have tried. Anyway, it poured a nice amber color (blonde ale?) with a small head that faded away quickly. Smell was pretty malty, with lots of candied sugar and fruit. A fair amount of spice came through in the aroma as well. Taste was incredibly juicy at first, then faded into a more herbal tea esq kind of presence. Mouthfeel was medium in body. A very drinkable beer we have here. I'm a little confused by their calling it a blonde ale though, in that it tastes much more like a Belgian Strong Pale to me. It reminds me a great deal of Pranqster by North Coast Brewing (another awesome beer). I guess it doesn't matter much what it is labelled as. Just another great beer to try. Cheers

Photo of ipogios
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you flies out to rosebud for sending me this beer. Pours a beautiful amber colour topped by a rich thick head that sits quite fast leaving lace on the glass. This Ale is quite sweet with hints of honey. Very smooth and well balanced this beer is one of the finest Ales i've tried so far.

Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on 9/18 at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a visibly carbonated, translucent deep copper color with a white film of a head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is of honey, coriander, and yeast.

T: Taste starts with strong coriander and pepper flavoring and then moves in to a yeast and biscuity flavor. Lemon zest then moves in with the yeast and holds through the finish.

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, crisp feel with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, and a nice representation of style. I could have a few of these any given day.

Photo of skynxnex
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a brown bottle with an unread Brewtrack number into a Rapscallion snifter. A pretty dark golden color, with slight chill haze and some suspended protein/yeast. Fine bubbles rise to the surface. The head isn't quite what I expected--about one finger--but perhaps I didn't pour it quite strong enough. Lacing lasts throughout, but is slightly watery.

Nose is bready, touch of alcohol with some sweetness. Slight citrus fruit. Taste is similar, sweet slight hop flavor and bittness there. Surpisingly clean tasting, but still complex yeast esters come through. Very interesting, and quite drinkable, hybrid beer.

Rapscallion Premier from Rapscallion
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.