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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 winomark
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

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 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 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 twelvsies
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great Belgian style brew. Poured into a snifter at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, this one looks like a treat. Puffy head with lots of swiss-cheesy holes in it. Smells almost like milk or English tea, with a dash of dirt, in a good way. It tastes very creamy and sweet, but I can still taste that musty dirty flavor, very complex. Smooth and sweet going down the hatch, very drinkable. It's a keeper.

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 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 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 pezoids
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant treat of a beer. Pale and hazy golden orange in color. A beautiful and large creamy white head topped this beer off. There was a snotty looking floater hovering just under the head - I hope it's yeast!

The aroma is very appealing. Fruity, soft sweet like nectar, with oranges, apples, apricots and even some grape juice. The taste is equally appealing. Very much tangy and has a bitter fruitiness. There's an apple cider tartness in the finish. Overall, I think this is a beautifully crafted beer. Light to medium in body, with a sharp fruit tang in the finish. An awesome beer.

Thanks to Paceyourself and BIF4 for this treat!

Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rapscallion Premier was served into a goblet out of a 12 oz brown bottle. The brewtrack # is 1632 (I think, its smudged).

The appearance is golden orange with a striking head and beautiful lacing.

This brew smells sweet. Mix of fruit and citrus.

The taste is syrupy and sweet. Serious carbonation is present in every sip. This beer is complex with juicy flavors and a crisp finish.

This brew has Belgian origins all over it. Another winner from the Rapscallion series at the Concord brewery in Concord, MA.

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 ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a 4-pack (with glass) from Yankee Spirits, MA. Brewtrack code is possibly 624.

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed a fluffly 1"+ beige head above the dark amber/light copper brew. Nose consists of Belgian pale malts and slight fruit essences. Taste is upfront with the pale malts, and then expands voluminously in the mouth with the fruits portended by the aroma. Another great Rapscallion. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is good as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plain label stating Artisanal Golden Beer on Lees with an illegible Bretrak number. WTF! Plain bottle cap.
Golden cloudy apricot orange hues under a tight spumescent cloudy antique white one finger head. Suspended scrod chunkies floating in this brew. Lattice lace slicks down the glass.

Apricots and citrusy lemony scents pervade the nose.

Huge carbonated foamy sizzle coats me tongue. Yeasty apricots and bready body are the prevalent characteristics in the taste. Complex flavors dominate the intriguing adventure. Clean crisp fruitiness and easy sweet hops create a totally unique flavor. After a bit of warming, the awl-kee-hawl scents pervade, eventually even some phenolics pop out. Jeese, gimmie another minute and it might develop into wine! Ooops…all gone. Can I have another?

Last swigs: This would be an excellent cellar ager, I imagine. Me like. Almost a Belgian due to the quality of yeast, carbonation and hops. What a great beer! One of the best I’ve enjoyed in a long time. Received through a BA trade. Reminds me of when my Grandma makes an orange cake with actual orange peel pieces in the cake. I can’t help but mention CHIMAY in comparison. I will definitely seek this beer again.

Beer (on lees) is good. Happy beering.

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 AllThingsNinja
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed tasting this brew on cask at NERAX. The appearance was impressive, as the golden orange brew grabbed the dim light from the VFW hall and shimmered. The hop nose was interesting, but not the beer's strongest point. I enjoyed the melange of flavors. It was buttery, nutty and had subtle fruit flavors as a backbone. This full-bodied ale had a crisp, dry finish and a bit of an alcohol flavor. It's a wee bit strong for a blonde, but I'm not going to take off points there.

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden coppery-orange with a gorgeous puffy three finger white head. Little traces of yeast fizz awat their destiny. Looking up through the bottom og th chalice I can see the beer reflected in the bubbles. Just heavenly looking.

Smells nicely sweet with a little ester edge.

This is what a great balanced beer should taste like. Lots of big malty sweetness up front. Caramel, toffee, and a hint of butterscotch. Then the flavor turns a little nutty. Then after a long malt kick you get a rush of hop bitterness to finish it off. Well done.

Mouthfeel is moderate and this is easily drinkable to many. Not just a beer for beer geeks.

This is fairly stellar stuff IMHO.

Photo of genaro
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of chaduvel
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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 OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 ManekiNeko
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 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 gueuzeonhigh
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
2.6/5  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?

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