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Rapscallion Blessing - Rapscallion

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BA SCORE
87
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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Reviews by genaro:
Photo of genaro
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rapscallion Blessing was a cloudy, dark amber color. It had a low struggling head with some streaks of lace. The aroma was pretty citrusy and spicey, There was an unexpected mellow malt taste that had not been foreshadowed by the aroma. It was a little earthy with traces of chocolate, caramel, and sweetness. The hops were still in the blend providing a nice bite and some orange peel taste. The finish was dry and citrusy. A nice beer with a bit going on.

genaro, Feb 09, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a very dark orange in color, but it’s the head that gets all the attention. It is just gorgeous. It’s big, fluffy, and stained with the orangeness from the beer.

Smell – The soft caramel malts form a nice base to this nose. The hops are very Belgian-like in nature and very aromatic. The brewer said it was dry-hopped with Goldings.

Taste – The bitter hops here come alive at the taste. They are big and earthy. The malts are light and very sweet, like caramel candy. The ale finishes with a light fruitiness.

Mouthfeel – Like their Premier, this is big for the style. It is at least medium in the body and almost singular in its fluffy mouthfeel. I also caught a tiny alcohol sting up front.

Drinkability – It’s labeled as an American Amber but this is Belgian Pale Ale at its finest.

Comments – They served this at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. Even though it is classified as an American Amber Ale it fit right in with all the Belgian beers. Excellent job by an American brewery at this very difficult style.

RoyalT, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of JMD71
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice foamy head when poured. Deep caramel, coppery color. Strong carbonation evident.

Aroma: Hops & sour apple strong in the nose. Not too much malt profile evident.

Taste: Definitely sour apple taste (almost cidery?) balance with hops. Not overly hoppy. Fruitiness the winner here. A little too sour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean & fresh tasting. Thirst quenching. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Smooth, light & easy drinking. Sourness would wear on you after a while.

Comments: This was ok, but nothing fantastic. The sour apple flavor was a twist, but it was closer to cider with hops than a traditional IPA.

JMD71, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewtrak 3448, whatever that means. The Rapscallion Blessing pours from the bottle a deep mahogany red with an inch of bubbly off white head on top. I must say I like the deep red hue. Aromas are a mix of sweet caramelly malts, dark fruits, wildflowers and a healthy helpin of piney, herbal slightly citric hops. I seem to get an interesting yeasty aroma in the background as well.

First sip brings a wall of fruity caramel flavors across the palate backed up by a nice herbal, piney hop. Hints of sourdough bread and vibrant yeast tones. Nutty and flowery. Finishes with a lingering sweetness. A tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit chewy with good active carbonation. Rolls across the tongue with ease. Quite an enjoyable, unqiue brew that I wouldn't mind having more of. Alas, this is my only botlle. Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for the chance to sample this brew.

orbitalr0x, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Doomcifer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time having a Rapscallion brew even though the brewery is about 30 minutes from my house.

Pours a red amber, pretty clear, slightly cloudy...absolutely stunning head!! Head retention is amazing as well with loads of lacing decorating my glass. Thick, whipped cream, chunky, frothy head. Beautiful!

Smells of sweet fruits, sweet maltiness, cherries, yeast, pineapples, biscuity...very complex aroma.

Taste is fruity again, with pineapples, tart green apples, white grapes, slightly peppery, bready, some yeast. The finish is dry and hoppy though. This is very complex and very strange and unique indeed.

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, medium consistency, dry finish.

This beer is very drinkable but maybe a bit too much after a couple pints. The taste is very pleasing and very unique, beckoning you to take another sip...one after another after another...but does start to get a tad cloying. I am really enjoying this beer and am pleasantly surprised. I am not sure if all these flavors mesh perfectly together but it is still very satisfying. It has red ale qualities, ipa qualities, belgian qualities. Check it out for yourself.

Doomcifer, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with BREWTRAK #3447 on the label which means nothing because their website has not been updated. New brewery location and new brewers for this sample.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation which makes the head quick to foam with some retention. Deep orangey brown clear liquid.

Smell: Candied dark fruit, musty earthy yeast, bit of rough hops as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: It barks English Strong Ale (yet still has that psuedo-Belgian quality) with earthy malt, estery alcohol and a firm hoppiness. Tastes like the hops get in the way a bit too much … bothersome. Very fruity and a tad buttery with more earthy tones of malt and yeast in the slightly alcoholic finish.

Drinkability & Notes: I can wholeheartedly say that this beer has changed. A good brew so the change is not bad, just different.

Old review from 08-22-2002:
12 oz brown long neck bottle with a Brewtrak # on the side of the label.

Appearance: Thin off white lace, slightly bubbly and clings to the glass a little bit. Looks like a lack of carbonation. Deep reddish amber color with a bright clarity.

Smell: Strong aroma of hop oil, fresh herbs, grass and sweet grain. Faint medicinal phenols in the back as well as some fruitiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Slick medium body, with a moderate carbonation that gives the crispness a struggle to come through. Smooth and slick on the tongue to say the least. As soon as some soft earthy grain, mild medicinal phenol and a hint of sweet grain comes a run of hoppiness that does not stop. Bitterness is up there and cuts through nearly everything with its sharpness, even the flavor is strong with a tobacco taste that lingers forever. Some malt sweetness shows up middle to end as a surprising balance with hints of caramel and bread. Hops are the only thing left in the semi-dry finish.

Very interesting use of hops with the intricate mix of flavors. This is one of those brews that are best to pair with a heart meal or with a fine smoke as a night cap. I’d pair it with a game stew with roasted veggies.

Jason, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, very highly carbonated- had to open the second bottle VERY slightly and let it rest to allow the carbonation to cool down. Pours orangish amber, semi cloudy, white head, leaving some lace. Nose is citric. Grainy hops in fore front. Belgian type phenolics and yeasts flavors. Complex ale. Hoppy Belgian take on things. Interesting stuff. 4 pack comes with a nice Belgian style glass. Nice concept. I like to support something differant, and these guys seem to be into something quirky and new.

Billolick, May 16, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fluid ounces. Rapscallion Blessing Artisanal hoppy Beer. My best guess at a beertrak number is 3447.

Poured a yellowish brown with some hints of amber with a decent head. Smells very sweet and of alcohol. Taste is sweet hops and spice. Highly enjoyable and well balanced beer. I wouldn't try putting back more than one or two in a night, it's drinkability isn't that low, but it's just not my cup of tea to session.

If you have a chance to try this or any other of the Rapscallion offerings I encourage you to give them a try.

fdrich29, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of warriorsoul
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle stamped, what appears to be "3448"
Pours a deep bronze color w/ nice light caramel head.
I must admit, the smell almost reminded me of a canned beer...with a stale metallic odor. I knew it was not going to be a great relationship at this point.
The taste was quite bitter w/ a hint of hops...nothing overpowering here, Not the flavor/taste I would prefer to enjoy beyond one pint. I am hoping to try again on tap somewhere. I feel this was just a bad night for "Blessing."

warriorsoul, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, golden orange in color, clear

Smell: citrus and bread

Taste: citrus, bread, small holiday spices

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with slight bitterness, moderate carbonation

Overall: I liked this. A different take on an amber almost like a holiday version. The alcohol hits hard, but I could see myself getting another pint of this.

tigg924, Jan 11, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear garnet with a healthy, dusky, eggshell colored head. Real solid lacing and retention.

Smells a bit hoppy with a little yeast/bread background.

A very well balanced beer. Comes out just a hint sweet in it's maltiness and rides a bit of a grainy wave in the middle. Finishes with an affirmative hop crescendo, but not as hoppy as the label would have you believe.

Moutheel is quite full for an amber brew.

Very drinkable. I can't get enough of these Concorde beers. Why did I wait so long???

yankeeheel, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Gallows in Boston.

A: Served in a pint, Blessing was golden orange in color with a small head that did not last long. Thin, streaky lacing down the sides.

S: On the sweeter side, a little bit of citrus hop, candied sugar, and some orange zest.

T: Similar to the aroma in terms of the candied sugary/sweetness. Nice amount of citrus with some bready malt. Again, a good bit of zest in this one.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking and smooth.

O: Solid beer, not out of this world, but its not trying to be. Was a good beer to have with dinner.

mdaschaf, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking frothy orange tinted cream colored head. Big sheety lace and the retention keep it rather attractive. The ruby red color is nicely highlighted when held up to the light. So it turns out both smell and taste are intrestingly crazy. Nose is creamy, very very floral and natural smelling with leaves/earth, sweet with brown sugar and honey, and fruity all over the place. Soft bready malt aroma attempts to round it out. Taste is softly toasted, flowery and fruity (to the extreme) with a suggestion of spice, phenolic, and has the added bonus of a sourish-bitter, mildly dry finish. Mouthfeel has a very nice texture. The effervescent carbonation keeps it dancing around in your mouth. Drinkability is no problem but for me, after one or two is the time to move on to something different.

Very interesting and certainly enjoyable for all that it is.

tastybeer, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewtrak 3440 (I think).
Bronzed apricot, gloomed by the yeast. The head is a yellowed cream. Large, Lasting and sturdy.
Phenols and hops clash in the nostrils. At once, lemon rinds and wet-picked herbs, and plastic oranges and waxy red apples.
Begins with a tepid caramel malt base. This is the template. And a tasty one at that, though not showy in itself. It lasts throughout as a variety of things are splashed all over it. Fruitiness next, as those red apples appear. Crisp and juicy. Lightly tart and acidic. There's a vaporous tangerine fuzziness too. Brown sugar develops as it warms. Yeast hues follow. Touches of clove and ginger. Traces of solvents (especially on the burps). Hops forcefully conclude things. Lemon grass....and lime grass, and orange grass. Bitterly herbal with woody pine branches, but brightened (and further bittered) with citrus.
The airy quailty of the body belies its firm structure. There is some real heft underneath.
Nice and unique. Think of an Orvalian IPA. Then think some more.
If the plastic airplane glue hues, minor as they are, were removed, this would be a mind-bending (and geographic boundary-bending) quaffer. It's still quite enjoyable regardless.

Courtesy of yankeeheel

cokes, May 05, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy, citrus(orange and tangerine), coriander, cloves and refreshing. Balanced malt and bitter, with dry bitter and citrus on aftertaste. Floral aroma. Spritzy carbonation. Some yeast texture-medium mouthfeel. Unique and worthwhile to try.Thanks Clarkvv.

Sammy, May 08, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! What an odd and beguiling beer! This is surely one that you'll either love or hate. My first thought was "IPA", but that quickly turned to "Belgian". A Belgian IPA? Perhaps, perhaps not...
It pours with the appearance of cherry juice - lightly hazy orangeish, but with a reddish cast. A full head of creamy light tan foam holds exceptionally well. It eventually drops to a creamy collar and lacy surface covering, but it continues to leave some really nice lace throughout the goblet. The nose delivers a combination of fresh, resinous hops that are grassy, mildly piney, herbal and a touch floral. There's a really nice fruitiness and some limited indication of the yeasty character to come, but overall the aroma is about hops! The body is medium; and it's silky smooth across the palate with a very fine natural carbonation that massages the tongue as it goes. Very nice! The flavor leaps into the mouth, loaded with hops, fruit, and funky phenols! It's initially a touch sweet with soft grain and fruit, but a tart character quicky develops and accentuates the fruitiness (cherry, red grape, plum, prune, raisin, sweet cranberry). It levels out for just a millisecond with some softly sweet malt character, but phenols (plastic, medicinal) and hop flavor (leafy, gently mint-like, sweet pipe tobacco) immediately coat-tail it with a rising, solid bitterness. There's a touch of a peppery character that's probably due to the high level of alcohol, but otherwise it's very well-cloaked. It finishes dry with some lingering phenolics, leafy/herbal hops, and chalky bitterness. With the exception of the intense phenolics (possibly from oak aging?), this is an astounding beer. It's certainly worth trying, and I expect that it will improve throughout subsequent batches.

NeroFiddled, Jun 02, 2003
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4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive foamy khaki colored head s l o w l y settling out atop lightly hazed deep bronze liquid. Fresh leafy and flowery hops dominate the nose along with sharp yeasty notes and a firm maltiness. The taste is quite complex, sweet initially then some Belgian yeast flavors. Later hops, flowery and bitter...not overdone though balances out the malt and fruit flavors. Finishes flowery with a little alcoholic warmth felt. One beaut of a beer...reminiscent of Orval, one of my all-time faves.

Thanks to Tom@Heavyweight for the bottle!

beerluvr, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of Hobbz
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling this offered quite a range of stylistic possibilities...
The color was reddish-amber with medium "lightness" in my snifter (a larger one). Very bold, hoppy nose with a tinge of piney spiciness. But it was the taste that was all at once both enjoyable, bold and complex -- up-front and lingering... A very hoppy beer indeed, yet Belgian-esque with its fruity -- I mean fruity as in the stuffs of Mother Nature -- yeast and carbonation components. I will have to find out more about this one (is it oak-aged?) as I find more bottles, and perhaps an on-tap offering next time I'm in Boston.

Hobbz, Oct 12, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

beerman999999, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove.

Average craft beer. Not a huge fan of this style but definatley care taken in making it. Poured with virtually no head, almost looked to be flat as the last of the carbonation was escaping. Very earthy beer, veggies and malt.

Overall a decent beer. Would be great as a fall beer. Worth a try.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 07, 2005
Photo of mydeadguy
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a semi opaque ruby brown, with a small fluffy white head and yeasties in suspension. Shimmering, small bubbles in the glass. Scent is sweet figs, alcoholic esters, hop leaf and oils, herbal notes, earthy, really very complex.
Taste is fruity and malty to start, a bit of herbal and earthy notes, mildly medicinal alcohol, with plenty of strong hops to cut through in the finish. Body is medium, smooth, very smooth and oily, almost scotch qualities. Light carbonation fluffs up the body.
This is a wonderful nightcap, rich, earthy, and strong. Very interesting brew, unlike any I've ever had, very much a style breaker. Brilliant brewing.

mydeadguy, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with hints of gold. Enormous bright white head with octagonal carbonation bubbles on the pour leaves a full coating of lace on the tulip glass.
Aroma of bread, pale malts, yeast and some coriander. Hop notes are a bit on the grassy and hay side.
Flavors of pale malt, hint of caramel, white bread and some coriander with a real hard grassy bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is lush and alive. Dry malt to start with small amount of sweetness. Moves to a bread crust middle and finishes with an almost tart like bitterness.
Drinkability is high. Nicely crafted beer to style. Seems to me its misclassified on the site. Only thing missing is a little more citrus note to make more memorable.

CRJMellor, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of charlesw
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small but very dense ecru head. Here it's 10 minutes later and the top of the beer is still not visible - very lasting!
Smells light and fruity!
The first sip was a huge slap in the face of bitter hops! Wow! As I drink my way through it I get over that and I can see all kinds of different flavors working here... A bit of malty sweetness, hints of grapefruit, a touch of butter - all the while remaining good and bitter. The aftertaste is all citrus (you know - makes-the-mouth-water citrus?).
It's plenty fine - I just won't go out of my way to find another (too much citrus for me).

ps: I'm a real boy now!

charlesw, Jul 10, 2003
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep, dark reddish amber with a soapy off-white head that holds as a bubbly cap. Fresh, sweetened sour fruity hop aroma with some coriander (?), phenols, brown sugar, and bready spice - definite alcohol presence at first adds some warmth to the smell. Whoa...crazy, wacky flavor. Tart citrus fruit, earthy, sweet, oily hops...the more I drink it, the more I'm liking it. Medium mouthfeel...slick and easy going. Very interesting...

wedge, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this into my rapscallion logo brandy snifter and immediately noticed a strong sweet smell. a general candy-esque smell dominated w/hints of caramel and bananas. this brew looked nice, pouring a clody reddish/copper colour with a decent, slightly tan head that dissolves into a lace rather quickly. the taste is quite complex and quite good. starts out with a nice sweetness to it, followed by a bit of earthy, vegetable type taste, and it ends with a nice jolt of hops. there are traces of alcohol throughout the flavouring as well. mouthfeel is quite nice. this is a smooth, low carbonation brew that almost has a syrup (though not as thick)quality to it at times...sort of like uncarbonated soda. solid all around. recommended.

this bottle was branded w/brewtrak # 3439.

SixpointJMH, Aug 21, 2003
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Rapscallion Blessing from Rapscallion
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