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

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Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey AleBrewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by Todd on 06-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.87/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I wanted to try this because it seems like a unique brew that is worth a try.

Appearance: Ridiculous head and pretty nice retention.

Smell: GInger honey and lemon. Malts come through in a nice balance. This beer is complex on the nose. It's heaven

Taste: Oh man. So complex with honey ginger, lemon peel, and the perfect amount of hops to balance. It was like an orgasm in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp and clings to the mouth well. Leaves an aftertaste, but it's ridiculously pleasant.

Drinkability: A sessionable beer. WOW

I can't believe this beer is rated so low. It's on of the best beers I've ever had. Complex, yet balanced. You guys are crazy, this beer is one of the best beers I've tried. PICK YOURSELF UP SOME BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!

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Photo of thebarracuda
4.42/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy yellow, almost like applejuice, apon smelling it, I'd
think I was smelling lemonjuice, then sweet sweet honey. The first taste makes me think of some lemony tea. at 5.5% alcohol, It certainly dosnt taste like it, and the bottle remonds you again on the back "contains alcohol" without that, I'd have never known.
damn tasty.

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Photo of mclanem
4.4/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks like a nice unfiltered belgian white but has a little more yellow to it. Nice white head.
Smell: HAs an awesome clean smell. Lemon and Fresh Hops love it
Taste: easily the second best beer in the set so far. has a nice lemon taste to it I would almost call it a belgian white.
Mouthfeel: good carb nice feel could be thicker I suppose but really good regardless
Drinkability: I could have a few but is't a regular brew for me

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Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Huffs
4.23/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer in April of 2006:

Appearance: Light body and opaque. Golden color with a mildly lasting head.

Taste: Excellent balance of sweet and spice. Ginger overtones are perfect. Slightly hoppy taste.

Comments: Super refreshing beer, grear semmertime beer..

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.18/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy yellow and screamed summer. No noticeable aroma. I didn't know what to think; a ploy? but I pushed on.

THe taste was a burst of ginger acidity/tartness, meaty wheat adn honey, with an overlatment of lemon. This was good, and it never got worse; it was truly one of the best Sam products I have had; the carbonation was spot on; not too much, a nice gravity.

Perhaps it won't win awards, but I might drink more Sams if it was all like this.

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Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a part of the Sam Adams Brewer Patriot Collection from Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a cloudy amber with a fairly large, white, fizzy head. The head retained quite well and left some creeping lacing along the glass.

The smell was sweet, spicy and fragrant. Copious amounts of ginger, grapefruit, lemon zest, honey and some mild spices made the aroma quite pleasant.

Taste was sweet and perfume-like. Ginger and citrus flavors were noticeable on the front of the palate with spices and a general maltiness detectable on the rear. A touch of florally hops was apparent in the finish. Very little alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. The beer started out very fizzy but eventually settled nicely.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.17/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the bottle, this is billed as a Colonial daily brew for the whole family. I can see why and maybe we should bring back the gool ol' days. If kids grew up on this, they'd never drink macro crap later in life. The light white head that dissappeared immediately in spite of pouring in the middle of the class was the only dissappointment for this beer. The smell is very herbal, spicy, with fruity esters--mostly lemon. Mostly spice in the nose, and the ginger is understated until it hits the front of the tongue and explodes with carbonated ginger. But then the mead like sweetness kicks in a half a step behind to mellow it out to the very dry finish. Very refreshing burnt orange beer. Overall this tastes like a very incredible ginger ale with a tremendous mouthfeel compared to soda. The ginger is much stronger than a soda, but the lemon/honey/malt balance is a nice blend with just enough bite. Didn't think I'd ever be interested in this style of beer, but find myself thinking about how to research the homebrew or find a six pack.

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Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light hazey amber with a full white headskie. Certainly tastes of honey and ginger as advertised. Quite sweet with enough balance to make it very easy to drink. I've had better from this old school style, but not outside of a brewpub. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.06/5  rDev +26.1%
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 rabsten
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
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 LPorter33
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

MUCH better than the root beer ale, I really enjoyed the taste of this one and it reminded me of the honey ginger my uncle brewed at DejaBrew. My one complaint is it's a tad bit too sweet. Doesn't ruin the brew like it did with the rootbeer but knock it down a miniscule amount in the honey department and this would be perfect tasting. So far my favorite of this special package and I'd certainly buy a 6 pack if they made it a regular. If you like ginger ale and beer, give this one a shot. It's better than a lot of other spiced beers in my opinion.

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Photo of mcallister
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A vivid yellowish with hints of apricot orangish color. Very few carbonation bubbles live within. A small white head dissapeared very quickly and left behind some spotty lacing.

Lovely clean aromas of the obvious ginger and honey, with some other spicey, flower components, as well as a little bit of malt aroma. Reminiscent of a halls cough drop. Some menthol aromas.

Not a bad beer at all, big on the ginger with a clover honey finish, toasted, wheaty bread lingers also. The finish is long and pleasant, at least 50 seconds. Great beer as a palate cleanser. Clean, crisp refreshing mouthfeel, with nice tingly carbonation. Very suprising actually. And a good easy to drink beer. Although only a few.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy lemon yellow with some light chunks of sediment. White soapy lace starts big and melts down to a thin cover. Thick lacing all over.

Aroma - mostly ginger aroma, I think I'm picking up some of the lemon, but it's hard to tell.

Taste - cool mix of ginger and lemon. This has a Belgian wit sweetness to it. The Hitachino ginger is a more serious flavor, far less sugar. This one by contrast puts more floral emphasis on the spicy ginger via the lemon. The aftertaste is just a touch sour, not the greatest complement but it's okay. The finish is a bitter, hop-influenced dryness.

Mouthfeel - light body, even texture, fairly well-carbonated.

Drinkability - I can't fault TJ for making this his daily brew. It's a little pricy for me but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.01/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the fascinating Colonial recipe collection, this will be served just over fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Before we even pour, I have to mention the chunks of what seem to be lemon peel resting at the bottom of the bottle... this should be quite an exciting ride...

...well, maybe not. Resembling diet cream soda, the pale gold liquid screams with a crackly, thin rim of bubbles that disappear completely within ten seconds. Looking like yesterday's beer that I left out on the counter to die, it contains some tiny floaties that hover weightlessly within. A painfully flat and lackluster appearance.

Smell- Ginger... and lots of it. I love this herb and all that it stands for... longevity, its properties regarding the immune system, and its unique flavor. There is a trace of honey in the nose, but it's all about the former ingredient.

Taste- A delicious and satisfying treat that incorporates two bold, distinct characters and somehow manages to present them in harmony and total balance. The finishing pour, swirling in all sediment and particles, gives this beer a parting sweetness that wasn't there before. Delicious, refreshing, daring, an enigma that I hope to sample again.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Excellent slickness, keeping the overall texture light and pleasing. A good *whish* sends this beer bobsledding across the mouth, exhibiting a masterful intergration of flavor that must have taken long hours to perfect. For the style, a terrific palate pleaser that I hope resurfaces again for all to try.

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden blonde foggy and beautiful. The smell is ginger, lemon, citrus hops, full aroma somewhat medicinal in nature. The taste starts like rosemary, herbs of all sorts, very medicinal but smooth and delicious. That honey and ginger are in the forefront of this ale, balanced by a generous helping of hop bitterness and you can taste the "old world" brewing in every sip. Cheers to Sam Adams and staying true to the ingredients.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot color with rapidly disappearing white foamy head. Modest lacing.
Smell is an intriquing combination of ginger, honey amd lemon.
Taste also combines the flavors nicely, with ginger being in the background, slight sweet honey taste, and a nice balancing lemon aspect.
Finished suprisingly dry, but very thirst quenching.
Nice drinkability. I could see this beer being great for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy but lovely golden color with a bubbly head that reduces to wisps of foam. There's plenty of unfermented solids mixed in. No filtering for this historic brew, and that's fine by me.

The smell reminds me of Belgian brews, thanks to the strong ginger aroma. It's quite nice.

I was going to ding the taste because it wasn't nearly so strong with ginger notes as the aroma until I remembered the bottle's label that described this as an everyday beer. SA hasn't made this to be a monster brew. Instead, they've created a more balanced beer that while having ginger flavors, doesn't beat you over the head with them. This is a light, fizzy, but good refreshing beer. I don't really notice the dry flavors I would expect from a beer brewed with honey. Hmm.

The body is light and fizzy, but what did you expect?

Overall this is a fine beer for quenching your thirst. It's almost like a shandy because the ginger hides much of the malt character. I don't usually drink beers like this -- I'm more of a hophead -- but this is a welcome diversion. This is the second of the Brewer Patriot Collection I've had and it's also a winner.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a creamy white head that reduces to a heavy, erratic lace. An interesting ginger character dominates the appatizing aroma with some grassy notes in the background. The slightly sweet palate features a really nice peppery spice and a distinct lemony touch. The ginger comes through as well but it’s more subdued than in the nose. The finish is mildly grainy with some more of those citrusy notes.

Very nice, would make a perfect summer beer. The lightness in flavor makes it pretty drinkable while the spices, slightly sweet malt character, and overall tangy flavor make it worthwhile. Recommended.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.91/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimple mug.

A: Small, dense white head, which stays nicely. Lots of bubbles. Nice light amber color, like honey, but opaque. Great lacing sits on top after the head fades, as well as good lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Mostly ginger and citrus, also some maltyness.

T: Citrus and ginger up front. Nice malt aftertaste, which works with the citrus. Low bitterness, and honey way after the fact. Really refreshing.

M: Quite smooth and full, slight dry finish which seems to build.

D: Nice and refreshing, but the flavor might get old after awhile.

Unique and tasty, definitely glad I tried this.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the last of the 4 beers of the patriot brewers collection

A - hazy gold with nice white head and some sticky lacing

S- very nice some honey and stong lemon in the nose

T- good strong lemon taste, but not tons of complexity finish was dryer than I like would have been nice if it was a clean finish

M- balanced some carbination

D- good but could have been better if the finish was not so dry, this is an ok beer for the summer but there are better choices

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Photo of cubedbee
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle best by October 2006, pours a nice hazy gold with a thin cap of head that doesn't stick around long, lot's of carbonation bubbles though. Nose is a big bold spicey ginger with a dollop of honey, very nice and appealing. Taste is once again strong ginger, mingled with a nice zesty lemon, some sweetness coming through from the honey, and then a long lingering ginger aftertaste. Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation and a crisp finish. Very solid, very reminiscent of a soda. Drinkability is decent, unlike the root beer I can throroughly enjoy a whole bottle, although multiple in a sitting might be a bit much.

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Photo of rokoch27
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First in line from a four-pack of special edition beers from Sam Adams (best enjoyed by October 2006), this is a beer I know will take me back to the days of the American Revolution and the real stuff made by brewer-patriots. I had high hopes for these older styles and I was not disappointed! I had this beer before it was really able to get very cold in my fridge, but I think that was a good thing, since that is more along the temperature that this kind of beer was enjoyed back in the day.

The ale looks simple enough, but ginger and honey clearly come out in the nose. This follows through in the flavor, which is not abrasive like I was initially thinking. I imagine that most people associate ginger ale with being sick and I certainly don’t have a positive image of the ginger beers I have tried, but this is has potential as a session beer and is something I would see a colonial man enjoying out of a solid mug or stein with friends. I enjoy period piece movies and this thinking carries over to this great beer. I just wish I could get a full sixer!

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