Rapscallion Blessing | Rapscallion

very good
87 Reviews

Brewed by:
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 95
Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip, it had a solid finger's worth of eggshell-white foam. The color was an orangish-amber with ruby highlights and NE-plus clarity. Hell, I could read stuff on the other side of the room. The nose was slightly sweet, but not enough to be off-putting. Mouthfeel was medium with a hot alcohol burn on the tongue. Yow! The finish had a mild sweetness, but I was still contemplating the evaporation rate of the alcohol. More, please, sir!

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Allora Ristourante in Marlborough a few weeks ago. I hope I can remember it as I'm looking back over my notes.

A: Clear golden orange color with light head that fades slowly.

N: Nose has some wheat and slight yeast, as well as light sweet malts and touch of Belgian malts and hints of vanilla citrus zest.

T: Starts a lot like a Belgian wit with lots of Belgian malts, wheat, citrus, some candi sugar, and some bubblegum. More vanilla and citrus build up and adds a nice tangy taste in the middle. Slightly sweet malts in the middle as well.

M: Mouth is smooth and buttery with good carbonation.

F: Slightly dry finish with some more butter and citrus. A touch of bitterness also comes through. It has a strange finish that has a sweet center but dries off quickly for what I can only call a dry sweetness.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and lightly hazy amberish color wtih a huge sized off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, caramel, dark fruits, and light yeast. Tastes of caramel, dart fruits, lightly tart cherries, and burnt brown sugar. Light alcohol in the finish.

Notes from: 9/14/07

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Photo of
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Hazy, amber/orange in color. Small, light tan head. OK lacing, no legs.

Smells of tart apple and bread dough.

Taste was bitter more than sweet. Tart apple and grapefruit - I kept coming back to this in the taste, lingered well into aftertaste as well. Biscuity middle.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

OK, but not a favorite. I enjoyed trying this, but probably wouldn't go back to it.

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Photo of brdc
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather difficult to judge this one.
Mostly golden, with a minor reddish hue, very little whitish head.
Aroma betrays the taste, and it shows too much alcohol, more than it really has. It also shows some caramel, minimal bitterness, in a very thin body.
Quite limited.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed orangish brown with a thin, lasting off-white head. Some trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of caramel, pine and lightly spiced yeast.

The taste is of pine with sweet caramel. It becomes earthy with bready yeast. Not sure if it is trying to be a Belgium - it goes in several directions. What starts as pine becomes earthy. Candy sweetness with hops that are more drying than bitter finishes it off. Interesting...

Medium bodied and dry.

Seems like a mix of styles. It has a decent taste to it, but I don't know if the hop profile, which itself is fine, goes so well here. It is something different, and interesting, but I have mixed feelings about this one.

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Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with no obvious freshness date - just an obscure code. Pours a surprisingly rich dark copper that I wasn't expecting. Floaty chunks could be seen in the bottle before opening, but not once poured. Aroma is spicy and rather nice, but not particularly hoppy. Initial taste is crisp and sparkly from carbonation, that quickly blends into a nicely rich full taste. There's a nice little bit of spiciness to the taste that is nicely balanced with the hops, along with some fruitiness. I am very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this beer. I thought that this was like an IPA, but I got something quite different and pleasing instead. I wish more were made like this.

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Photo of Kudashov
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy brown with a 1 finger head which does not stay long . Looks like dark apple cider . Hops / lemon aroma . Citrus .It is a nice brew . My first taste is hoppy , I still feel that bitter lemon too . The flavor is groovy . I will try this again . Cheers . A Blessing

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Photo of dherling
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark cherry brown, opaque, with a bubbly and foamy off white head that settled into a thin film quickly. The nose offers citrusy hops, grapefruit, and some nice spicy malt character for balance. The taste was surprisingly more malt driven, while the hops slowly developed on the palate and through the finish. You get notes of apricot, then sour apples, rotting pears, apple cider vinegar, flowery hops, and then finally some citrus and grapefruit. I find the ocmplexity interesting. Sharp bubbly mouthfeel, and overall a good, fairly well balanced beer.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.9/5  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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.6/5  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...

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Photo of eheff
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is by far one of my favorite beers ever. Pours a reddish/rust color in my Rapscallion glass with not too much of a head. It's not cloudy or overly carbonated and you can't see through it. It smells sweet and spicy, sort of fruit-ish, maybe like spiced apple cider? I think this beer tastes just perfectly delicious--it is sweet but has strong flavors--this is no wimpy-sweet beer. Mouthfeel is very good--it feels more carbonated than it looks. And for drinkability, I'm not sure that I could drink too many of these in one sitting, but I would certainly LIKE to.

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Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.06/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a four finger, cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lacing. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong hoppy nose. Starts with the hops in your face, I know there are malts lurking in there somewheres but the hops overwhelm. Only a true hophead can appreciate this brew. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Beige head that lasts awhile before forming a sudsy ring over a ruddy hazy body.

Sm: Hoppy citrus yeast. Nose-grabbing and sharp.

Ta/Mf: Starts (and finishes) very bitter. Toast and marmelade.. can't place the brew in front of me with other American Ambers... seems much more like a Belgian style.. which isn't a bad thing by any means. ;-)

Finishes clean despite the massive rush of flavor at the end.

Da: I'm thinking that this would be a kick-a__ aperitif.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewtrak #3448 which isn't even on their website yet....interesting. Poured into the Rapscallion tulip glass that came with the 4 pack.

A: Pours a dark amber color almost red with a half finger head that dissipates and leaves no lace.

S: Aromas of fruit, especially pears. hops are noticeable. very fresh smelling. Also got a hint of a champagne smell...weird.

T: Fruity taste-definately pearish. almost tastes like a belgian. Hops are noticeable, but not overpowering.

M & D: Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a brisk feeling as it goes down. Not very carbonated and the hops are refreshing not dominant. Drinkability is high. I would definately have a bunch of these and I wished they came in 6 packs instead of 4 packs.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with warriorsoul. Thank you.

Light brick red with an off white foamy head. After a few minutes only an island remains, mildly sticky lace. Cherry and wood odors (oak?) with a touch of alcohol. Taste is oddly subdued at the beginning and then a rush of sweetness topped by an astringent grassy hop flavor. Not unpleasant, but unexpected and not as enjoyable as I would hope. The sweetness is fine, but the hops are just a tad overbalanced. Mouthfeel is medium, pretty fine for a hoppy beer with a medium finish that is dominated by those grassy, green flavors. I suspect that I would get used to this beer and develop a taste for it, but alas, I only have one bottle. It is worth a taste. I'd love to try this again.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a honey/amber color with a tint of dark red. nice head that forms a nice ring. looks very good. also, the little snifter-like glass that came with the 4 pack is kind of cool.

smells very sweet. hops come through, mostly a sweet and a light fruit smell

taste is quite earthy with strong hops. a dash of sweetness and a dash of hop bite. very nice and i can already tell i could drink these all night

the mouthfeel is just perfect for me. a nice balance and a nice hop bite that really fits my taste. as i said extremely drinkable, very tasty.

overall this is one of my new favorites. i'm glad to find things like this at the local breweries. i didn't know beers in this style could taste this hoppy. this is probably my favorite so far in the style.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With the words "artisanal hoppy beer" on the label, I admit I was expecting a hoppier beer. But I'm glad that's not what I got. It does have a hop note to it, but it pours golden yellow with a thick head and goes down real smooth with a super-rich finish. This beer is a "blessing", I just wish it came in more than a four-pack, now I gotta go back and get more.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heaven's to Betsy! Simplistic label with halo adorned celestial bound hop cone floating. Brewtrak: 3447. A gift bottle 12 oz'er flows into a Duvel tulip with a clear amber mahogany hue topped of with a settled wafer thin antique white foamy head collar. Abscence of lattice lace as this one clean streaks back down with each tiny sip. A teenie tiny few yeasty scrod chunkers left in the glass.

Piquant spicy scents of yeast and some coriander. Loads of hops and malts balance that flows to the nose like a hard candy and slightly floral bouquet.

First swigs: Soft caramel and vanilla ice cream dairy linger. Well balanced. Dry vinous ephemeral aftertaste of awl-kee-hawl esters. Some light fruit of pear
and scant hint of root beer and dry flour raw bread dough essence and gin.

Cushy soft tight restrained carbonation composes a gentle medium body. Softer than soda with an oh-so slightly chalky feel. Flavors and feel heat up towards the end. Seems higher than 7.2% ABV. More like 8 - 9%

Last swigs: Rummy dry flour Belgian. Is this Blessing going to deliver you to Abraham's Bosom? It will get you on a cloud close enough that you can jump the rest of the way to the welkin house not built by hands. The label promulgates "Artisanal Hoppy Beer" and this is a Blessing in disguise. Not hoppy, per se, but dry flavor from the hops is there. Not really an American Red. This is a Belgian style ale all the way. Edible, not regrettable and unforgettable. Sort of like a Dubel with a hoppy edge. Special t'anks to fellow BA SkinnyElvis for brokering this deal on a trip to Boston.

Beer is good. Happy free from a friend beering.

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Photo of twilight
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the very beautiful but very delicate Rapscallion snifter included in the four pack. I mostly picked it up for the glass and was very careful transporting it back from Falmouth, MA. Pours a dark red with a really nice head that lingers while the beer is being drunk. Aroma is hops and caramel malts. Taste is quite spectacular. Very hoppy, fruity and caramelly. Perhaps a little overhopped, but the imbalance keeps it brash and quite exceptional. Is that diacetyl in there? I can totally see this beer improving with souring, but as it is now, it is quite exceptional. A yummy offering.

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