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Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
okay

189 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with authentic ingredients from the colonial era, such as fresh ginger puree, lemon peel and wildflower honey.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-03-2006)
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Todd

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Traditional Ginger Honey Ale. Authentic Recipe No 1. Best enjoyed before October 2006. Pours an extremely pale straw yellow beer that's touched by some haze - and sediment left behind in the bottle. Big soda-like carbonation bubbles stick to the glass and fizz into a light white lacing that eventually disappears entirely.

Big candied ginger aroma. Smells like ginger ale basically - spicy and herbal - with suggestions of cardamom and lilacs in a soft floral bouquet.

Crisp carbonation, very thin and light mouthfeel with a watery consistency. Lots of unpleasant tannins upfront and an oily coating on the palate. The ginger character that was pronounced in the aroma, is very tame in the flavor, while a lemony bitterness puckers things up just a bit, applying some some zest / rind flavors in the back. Light pale malt sweetness, while the wildflower honey used is well-attenuated leaving behind a pleasing floral note and slight remnants of raw honey. Hints of cardamom, with a lingering raw and semi-astringent pith, husky and wheat-like character in the finish.

The tannins throughout the beer, and especially the finish, didn't appeal to me and took a lot away from allowing the subtleties of the brew to shine. Interesting, but not refreshing or overly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 13:11:21 | More by Todd
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Appearance: Light body and opaque. Golden color with a mildly lasting head.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting brew. Pours cloudy gold with a fluffy white head. Smells very lemony with ginger. A little soapy, but like one of those soaps your wife would buy. Nice honey sweetness up front that moves into the ginger and malt back. Reminds me of an herbal/homeopathic tea you would drink for a cold, but with beer mixed in. Tingly carbonation.

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My favorite of the collection. This is the only one i actually enjoyed drinking. Poured nice golden color. smelled of ginger, honey and lots of lemon. tasted strong of lemon as well. this is a very drinkable brew, i wish i could say the same of the others in this collection but i can't

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3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. 12 oz bottle from Brewer Patriot 6 pack.

Pour: hazy light gold with tangerine highlights, under a finger of snow white foam that fades to a soapy skim.

Nose: very light - ginger, allspice, and lemon

Taste: Pungent ginger spice, clover honey, wintergreen and vanilla. They should make a candle out of this stuff.

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Maine

3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken from my old notes.

Pours a pale yellow, not much head.

Smells mostly of honey, with of course some ginger spice, and a little bit of lemon. Really interesting smelling beer.

The honey is most predominant with the taste, but with some herbal undertones. Fairly spicy and sweet. Tad too much carbonation but not over done to ruin it.

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01-06-2008 03:08:31 | More by deltatauhobbit
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Off notes from 10-2006. Pours a cloudy gold with a lot of large chunks of sediment floating around. Nose is strong like perfumed hand soap. No kidding. That was the first thing I thought - hand soap. Taste is very odd. Effervescent on the mouth with a tangy sweetness. Leaves a honey residue on the tongue. Mouthfeel is good, but not enough to save this one. Might be interesting to try but not to keep around.

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Texas

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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This didn't produce enough head for my taste. Given the copious amounts of yeast in this bottle, i opted to decant this. The resulting appearance is a fairly clear golden color.

The nose is interesting but unimpressive. Ginger is certainly present as is something sweeter, though i would be hard pressed to guess honey if it wasn't on the bottle.

The ginger is only slightly present in this one, at least to my taste. That suits me quite well as the sweetness overtakes the ginger in my opinion. i admit my bias however, as ginger is not my favorite. The finish isn't all that remarkable. i wish i could say how this stacks up to the style in general, but i think this may be the only one of the type i have come across. Overall this was an enjoyable glass.

This has a lively carbonation that coupled with the sweetness worked quite well in my opinion. Other than that this is pretty average on the tongue.

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3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I couldn't believe it, but a liquor store near my school carried a few boxes of the Brewer Patriot Collection. So that means... welcome everyone to the Brewer Patriot Invitational! The four samples in my box will be tasted in order by their recipe number. Recipe #1 is the Ginger Honey Ale. Ii have one Invitational note, I'll be consuming these beers at about room temperature for a more authentic experience. Lead it off well for us:

Dark cloudy yellow body with yeast floating around. The head is puffy and white, and retains pretty well. Ginger and spice in the nose. Upfront in the taste, it tastes like lemon and ginger. There's some sweetness, almost cough drop like. The feel is a little flat, though I probably shouldn't be surprised given this has a best by date for last year. The aftertaste is somewhat messy, but not astringent.

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Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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