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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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Rapscallion Premier
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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 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 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 adowney523
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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 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 Shovelbum
3.8/5  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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of snilsen13
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing fairly clear, golden orange with a two finger white head atop. A few bits of sediment are evident. Very nice color and some spotty lace. A white ring remains after the fine bubbly head fades. Smells of sugary fruits, bubble gum, with mild sweet soft malts. Refreshingly spicey and floral. Taste is soft and sweet as well. Cloves, fruit, herbal and floral hops, honey, toasted bread, and bubble gum. Great smooth carbonation gives way to the variety of (very well balanced) flavors. There is a very mild sense of spicey alcohol that occasionally makes a welcome appearance. Mouthfeel is smooth and delicate. Very drinkable in my book. What food to have with this remains a mystery for me. My boyfriend made some popcorn and though I had to hide from the smell to review this, the addition of butter seemed to compliment the candy-like fruits, honey, and toasty malts.

Certainly worth the while.

Photo of Freshie
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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 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 JasonCoop
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into the rapscallion snifter. a very nice hazy gold color. nice head too. good looking.

smell - very buttery, little caramel and honey. ginger. some hops but the smell is predominantly buttery

the taste is extremely smooth. very very laid back, and a lot like it smells. very buttery and i swear, some ginger. hops round it out but don't bite, just very smooth.

mouthfeel is creamy and light, very nice. couldn't ask for something smoother. drinkability is ok. i don't usually drink too many of a beer that is so creamy.

overall very good. a nice sweet ale with good hops. i definitely prefer the rapscallion blessing brew, but this on is pretty good. probably just a preference in style.

Photo of pentathlete
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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 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 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 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 Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of LPorter33
1.93/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a chalice. Poured a pale amber in color. Decent carbonation that gave the beer a thin head. It congealed to form a dense circle in the meddle of the glass. No lace. The taste was sweet from the malts. Caramel apples. Cloves. But the hops balanced out nicely. The aroma came through as mildly bitter hops, and that also very noticeable in the beer's finish. The mouthfeel was quite happily crisp. Very good overall (definitely one of my new favorites) and would definitely pick up another beer.

Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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