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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 Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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 feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 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 jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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 PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 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?

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 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 Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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 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 donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 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 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 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 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 doremite
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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