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

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Herb and Spice Beer
3.26 | pDev: 19.02%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey AleBrewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale
Notes: Brewed with authentic ingredients from the colonial era, such as fresh ginger puree, lemon peel and wildflower honey.
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Reviews by seedee17:
Photo of seedee17
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it is slightly hazy with a fine white head that leaves a little lace on the glass. Smells exactly like what the label indicates, very sweet honey aroma, with an herbaceous ginger scent. The flavor is really sweet as well, and the ginger flavor kind of reminds me of the pink pickled ginger you get with sushi. (This beer would probably be good with sushi, come to think of it.) There is also a hint of citrus in the mix. The mouthfeel is ok, almost feels like there is a residue from the sweetness. Drinkability takes a hit from the cloying sweetness of the brew. Overall, I feel like the sum of the parts don't add up to a greater whole. All the flavors are there, but they never seem to come together to form a satisfying flavor. Cheers to the adventursome brewing, though.

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Photo of SteveO1231
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. brown bottle, best before Oct, 2006 printed on the label. Pours a hazy golden yellow, White foamy head with some nice lacing. Tons of carbonation. Aroma of pale pilsner malts, fresh ginger, and a slight hint of hops. Light bodied, the carbonation fizzes on the tongue. Initially a light honey sweetness, a little lemon citrus, and a bit of pepper. Ginger is the main flavor but it is not overwhelming but actually quite pleasant. All of these flavors are in the beginning and middle but the finish is rather disappointing. I'm not sure what could make it better but something was missing, I was left with fresh ginger aftertaste. This beer was nice, but I can't imagine having more than one at time. This might actually pair well with sushi.


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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely hazy gold with white head and spiderwebbing lacing all over. Aroma is obviously full of ginger and honey, though honey is the much weaker of the two, also a zesty lemon citrus and some sweet malt backing perhaps. Actually, surprisingly good.

Taste is a little more awkward, not quite as attractive a mixture as the nose. That said, it still is good, the honey and lemon and ginger more balanced here, with a light and springy mouthfeel with decent body. I was actually kind of dreading this one, didn't sound that great, and the other three were questionable. But, as my politics follows Jefferson, apparently so does my taste, this ones a good beer.

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Photo of Freshie
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color, with light bubbly head. Lots of carbonation.

Smells of ginger and a lemon tang. Very aromatic and sweet smelling.

Tastes of lemon, with ginger tastes coming afterwards. Sweet, but a bit watery.

Goes down easy, with a ginger spice lingering in the back of your mouth.

Interesting. A nice summer brew. Light and sweet. A bit too sweet for a hophead like me, but still quality made.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of four brews in the Brewer Patriot collection ... Pours a pleasing orange color with a thin white head and some sporadic lacing in the glassware. Nose is of ginger, honey, and sweet malts. Nice scent. Palate is also of ginger upfront. As it lingers in the mouth, the sweet malts and honey notes emerge. Mouthfeel is light-medium and has a slight "numbing" effect from the ginger. Pleasant but unusual in a beer, for sure. Finish is rather dry. Drinkability is decent, really. If you like fresh ginger, you may well love this beer. If not, it may be a one time thing for you. I really enjoyed it and think that this may be the best of the four in the collection ...worthy of a six pack realease of it's own. I'd buy it as a seasonal release. This is real ginger ALE.

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Photo of ReDave
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last of the Patriot Pack.

Different light amber [more yellow] cloudy. Light white head, kinda big bubbles. Some lacing.

Very unique aroma. Fruity, vanilla, spicy, lemony.

Taste, more unusual uniqueness... spicy up front, honey in the back. Kinda lemony. Nice sweet like after-taste.

I would drink this again. Much more like a soft drink, in fact I've had some spicy ginger drinks that were very hot, this just has a nice glow. [although it does seem to be getting hotter as i drink]

Some floaties drifting, but that's OK -- [I'm a home brewer ha]

I approve of this historical investigations in brewing!

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Photo of rabsten
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, lemon-amber with thick head. Some lacing but not much.

Light malt, floral (but not certain it’s from hops), lemon, ginger. Interesting.

Crisp, sweet. Lemon, ginger, and alcohol.

Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel at times.

Oddly drinkable, given its peculiar-ness. I suppose it shouldn’t be any kind of surprise since Monticello went through 15 gal every two weeks.

First of four. Looking forward to the others, even the Root Beer.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow and slightly hazy, it pours with about 1/2 finger of white head and tons of carbonation.

Smell: The ginger and honey/clover take over and are followed by a subtle hint of lemon.

Taste: The sweet malty backbone mixes with the aroma making this very sweet and very good. It is aided by the intensification of the ginger.

Mouthfeel: Rather citrusy with good carbonation. Lightbodied beer as well.

Drinkability: I would drink this again, and although I like other beers (most all other beers) a lot more, I think this is tasty for what it is.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy, some head and lacing.

Smell - Hops and ginger can be smelled.

Taste - Ginger, lemon, honey, and hops taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, good carbination, well balanced.

Drinkability - Good, strong beer, might be hard to find now. Available in 4 Patriot pack.

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Photo of cmmprez
2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Apperance: Unflitered look similar to apple cider. Poured with little white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Honey sweetness. Maybe a hint of ginger but not much. (No hops are used in this brew.)

Taste: The ginger smacked me in mouth. It was really strong and surprised me. If you are not a fan of ginger you will not like this beer. The taste transitions over a few seconds from fresh ginger to a driness in the back of the throat. It made me cough the first sip I had. Definitely not a smooth finish. The honey blends well with the ginger but doesn't do enough to take off the sharp edge. The bottle suggests "lemon zest" in the flavor but if its there it is completely overpowered by the ginger.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and somewhat refreshing when your palate adjusts for the ginger taste. I could see drinking this on a hot day if its all I had back in colonial America.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers you try so you can say, "Wow, that's interesting, but nothing I would want to drink more of." I think there is potential for this beer if hops were added or the ginger pulled back and balanced, but this is Sam Adam's TRADITIONAL Brew. This is what they drank in the colonies so it is what it is.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of MSchae1017
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a hazy golden with a thin fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. The smell is of lemon, honey and ginger root. The taste is quite similar but it comes across in a very spicy way. The mouthfeel has a nice body and the carbonation is a little over the top. Overall, an interesting beer but not too drinkable.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.06/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dull and golden with loads of playfull bubbles. Head is pretty much snow white, tight to medium sized bubbles an inch tall. Not going anywhere either.

S: Ginger and lemon zest dominate the aroma. Thats really about it, seriously.

T: Not as aggresive as the smell would lead you to believe. First impression is some semi sweet honey mixed with non obtrusive ginger. Light bittering which could be from hops but could easilly as well be from the ginger or perhaps lemon peel. Finishes with delicate sweet lemon and lingering gentle ginger. Aftertaste is bit grainy at first but the mouth grows accustomed.

M: Thin but very smooth

D: I gotta say....I really like this beer. These flavors unchecked can run rampant and dominate the beer any which way. This beer was balanced and quite enjoyable....and went down very quick.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my final beer review from the Brewer Patriot series.

Pours into the glass a hazed honey-orange color. Head is a fizzy white foam that falls quickly. Lacing was minimal.

Smell is somewhat sweet with spicy ginger, citrusy lemon, somewhat floral with a light malty sweetness.

Taste is somewhat sweet, spicy ginger, lemons, honey and a lingering tartness.

Carbonation is fairly light, considering the head after the pour. Crisp mouthfeel.

I found this one to be interesting from a historical perspective. Not something I would consume with any regularity.

Looking back on the Patriot series, I would probably buy more of the George Washington Porter and the James Madison Dark Wheat Ale if it was available in 4 or 6 packs.
As for the other two they were fun to try, but did not have what I would call very good drinkability.

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Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.
Poured hazy gold (not really cloudy as I would expect from an unfiltered - just a bit hazy) gold with a thin wisp of a bubbly lace.
Lemon dominated the ginger and honey, though the honey was a bit noticeable. It reminded me a bit of scented dish detergent - like Palmolive.
The honey became overwhelming in the taste. The lemon and some of the ginger were noticeable, but they were not well-balanced (despite what it says on the label). I suppose that they were going for a mixture of the three - but there was no real "beer" taste. The three main ingredients mingled in an awkward way and became overwhelming, producing a less-than-ideal taste.
A medicinal flavor remained as well as a cloying sweet stickiness from the honey.
I REALLY forced myself to finish this. I was a trooper for doing so...This is not good beer. I'm not a beer basher and try to rate beers for what they are, but I have to say that this was one of the worst beers I've ever had. It's a shame that such a good brewery would put something so awful out on the market. While the concept was good in theory, it simply didn't work in practice.

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Photo of
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Mainly clear, dark yellow or light honey in color. Small white head. Aroma was ginger, and not much else. Flavor was ginger, a little bit of lemon, and I thought I could taste the honey, but it was very faint. Mouthfeel was quite light, carbonation was big, and it was rather drying. OK, but a bit simplistic. My wife tried it, and her comment was "I could drink this", which about sums it up. Unfortunately, there is a long way between "could" and "want to".

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Photo of mattpetti
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a watery straw yellow, with very little head.
S: Everythiong on the label. Sharp ginger up front, backed by sweet honey, and finishes with a lemony zest. Interesting to say the least.
T: Ginger hits first, then a fast assortment of lemon peel, honey, some mint, and finishes with a zesty biscuity flavor.
MF/D: Very light bodied and drinkable for the style. The ginger lingers too long to make this a 6 pack beer, but it could go well with some foods. Maybe chinese or japanese.

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Photo of hanco005
2.61/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before Oct 06 on the label, poured this 12 ox bottle into a pint glass

A—cloudy sunshine yellow with a ½ inch pillow top bone white head, fades down to a thin sheet after a few minutes, laces in spots

S—just like the bottle says: lemon and ginger and lots of it, the honey sweetness is hidden underneath and is almost drowned out by the lemon aroma

T—like a ginger snap cookie. Very sweet and the ginger dominates from start to finish

M—a bit slippery, light bodied, good carbonation

D—interesting, but didn’t hold my attention very long…became too cookie like at the end. I would not try this again.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This interesting brew poured cloudy yellow, with little head and no lacing. The aroma was of powdered ginger and spice, hardly any maltiness. Slightly sweet honey taste gives way to an overpowering ginger base and a slight biscuit malt. This brew would gain alot if the ginger were toned down, a more assertive malt were added to balance the honey and some hops to round out the flavor. As it is it is too sweet and spicy with ginger, though its easy carbonation does succeed in making it refreshing.

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Photo of bigman147
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale cloudy golden color. Head is fast and quickly disappates.

Aroma: The aroma is light with a slight sweet lemon character. Slightly sulphidic yeasty note with some euro hop notes. Ginger aroma is hardly perceivable.

Taste: Taste is slightly sweet with some mild hop bitterness. A grainy character is present. The ginger and lemon added some acidic and spicyiness that lingered.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Good carbonation and light body. If not for the lemon/ginger aftertaste this would be a perfectly acceptable hefeweizen. Its like a Koogen without the clove taste.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
1.91/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Here we go, my first review. I am very skeptical of this going in, but it was a part of my Brewer Patriot pack so I'll give it the college try.

Poured into a chalice out of a bottle stating it is best by Oct. 2006. The appearance is a nice golden yellow with hues of orange.

The smell is interesting. Definitely can smell the honey and lemon. Actually it has sort of a cough drop smell to it. Smells like something i would use to eliviate a chest cold. Not neccesarily a bad smell but not expected from a beer either.

Yep, just as it smells it tastes like a throat drop. Sort of a menthol lemon taste with notes of ginger. Not so good. Honestly, I would much rather drink a Natty Light. If this is what they were drinking in the colonial days as the bottle states, I probably would have been a pirate and drank rum instead. If you buy the brewer patriot pack, save this for when you have a cold.

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Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Ginger with honey backing it up are very noticeable in the aroma, this is definitely quite aromatic. Very active carbonation, lemon and ginger hit the tastebuds quickly followed by wheat and a lingering bit of the ginger. Honey gives this a nice smoothness. Very interesting, not something I'd want to drink everyday, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of hgrong
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks like a pilsner in the glass. Golden, light straw in color. Good head, little lacing. The nose is dominated by ginger. There are a few hints of light malts, but for the most part this is a one dimensional nose. The palate is significantly more subtle than the nose. There are hints of ginger, malts, rose petals and a nice honey sweetness. This is interesting stuff, but I couldn't drink very much of it simply because of the sweetness.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow and cloudy. A big head with great retention and lots of lace. A few little particles floating around the glass too.

S - Ginger really stands out with a hint of lemon and grain.

T/M - My third from this collection and my favorite so far. I get ginger in the aroma but more lemon in the taste. The ginger is more in the aftertaste, with a conservative hop presence, and the medium body of this beer works very well with the mild ginger finish.

D - Not bad. No complexity here but in a pinch this would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale straw color with a nice white head. Very little lacing.

Aroma is strong on lemon and ginger. The smell reminds me a strong cough drop in a way.

The flavor isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Lemon, ginger and wheat, but still somewhat medicinal. Sweet honey taste is mixed in there, too. Very different.

Slightly astringent feel to it. Aftertaste of the ginger lingers for a while. Another bold adventure for SA that's better than the Root Beer. One bad thing about this Brewer Patriot 4-pack is that I just noticed that I am missing the porter...I have 2 dark wheat ales instead.

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Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 191 ratings