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

Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey AleBrewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale
191 Ratings
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 jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Less gingery than I thought. And not as sweet as the honey might suggest. Although it is a little on the sweet side, it still has great balance due to the gentle tartness of the lemon and the spiciness of the ginger. I'm not sure it would be very drinkable though, as I really enjoyed one but don't think I'd ever want two in a row.

Nice appearance. Hazy golden orange. Good head retention. Distinct wheat in the nose along with some lemon and just a touch of ginger. The ginger is more prominent in the flavor, and tends to linger in the finish along with a drip of honey and lemon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy yellow, with a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, spice & wheat, with a hint of lemon.

T: The taste is malty and bready. You definitely taste the honey along with yeast and a touch of the ginger. The overall taste seems like an extra-sweet Witbier.

M: Crisp & smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: This one goes down easy and is worth drinking for a while. It’s doesn’t fill you that much and the sweetness hides the alcohol.

I was all fired up to try the BPC from Sam Adams, not just for the historic novelty, but for the different flavors that I knew would be there. This is beer seams to lean toward the Sam Adams White Ale & Summer Ale with a heck of a lot more sweetness to it.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light slight hazed lemon yello with a tight sticky 1/2 finger white head,wow I have to say I like the aromas going on lemon and cadied ginger really show thru with a menthol-medicinal like quality as well.Pretty sweet on the palate the candied ginger flavors really show thru along with the honey but it doesnt really get cloying because of a lemony menthol flavor that comes thru late into the finish.Hey I think its quaffable and not overly sweet and gingery like alot of other BA's do its pretty good.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ginger Honey Ale is dark golden with a high level of carbonation. Head is medium height and thick-bodied. Retention is decent. Aroma is (in order of strength) a mix of honey, lemon, and ginger. Smell reminds me a little bit of sweet tea. Flavor is more of the same, honey dominates and is joined by tart lemon and the zest of ginger. Ginger and lemon flavors are thinner that I'd like, leaving a little too much honey sweetness. Still, the honey flavor is well-done and doesn't cloy like many honey beers. Drinkability is good, with a notable thirst quinching property.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden and cloudy, nice head, slight lace.

Too much lemon in the initial smell--reminds me of household cleaners. I do like the follow up of ginger and honey. It's not sweet, more spicy.

The taste is sweet from the honey. The ginger is in the background, which is nice since it could really overpower. Easy to drink. Nice body and carbonation. Interesting.

This isn't really my style although I like the change of pace. A rather refreshing ale and far superior to the usual lawn-mower offerings.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw to golden with a faint haze, some efferevesnce & a 1" white head. Some lacing & head retention

Smell: Ginger & more ginger, luckily I like this smell, plus just a whiff of lemon.

Taste; ginger & honey malt sweetness. This so reminds me of a ginger alt I made wayback when. Finishes sweet & dry, with some orange/lemon notes& maybe a hint of cinamon

MF: Medium with good carbonation

Drinks okay, would tire of the ginger after a while, bet this would go great with sushi or thai food. I could've lived large on this back in the day

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy marigold with a hint of orange. Intermittent bubbles find their way up to a splendid looking cap of lemon-tinted marshmallow that began life at three fingers and is hanging in there quite nicely. Ragged, buckshot rings of lace are a nice surprise. This one has some character, I'll give it that.

What should a beer brewed with ginger, lemon and honey smell like? Ginger, lemon and honey you say? Exactly right. Lemon and ginger lead the way and are present in perfect proportions. Honey brings up the rear and is the only one of the three that I might not have been able to identify if blinded. There's absolutely nothing wrong with 'authentic recipe #1' yet.

Not quite so wonderful on the palate, but still decent beer. I would have liked a snappily lemonish, zestily gingerish, hoppy beer more than this sweet, honeyish one. I can't fault the idea or the execution, it's just that it doesn't hit my taste buds quite right and I feel like blaming the wildflower honey.

Comparisons can, of course, be made with a honey-lemon cough drop. A higher ABV that resulted in a medicinal flavor would have made that analogy more valid than it already is. I'm happy with the amount of sweet lemon zest and the corresponding amount of ground ginger, just as I was in the nose. My stomach, however, is not happy with the amount of sugar and I'll need to slow down a bit. I'm finding it slower going as the ounces pass.

If the body/mouthfeel hadn't been just right, this beer wouldn't have worked as well as it does. It's solidly medium with a velvety, creamy smoothness due to all the residual sugar. Even the carbonation is to my liking, neither too fizzy nor too laid back. Well done.

Traditional Ginger Honey Ale, despite its jackrabbit start (appearance, aroma), slows down once it hits the mouth and becomes yet another adventurous herbed/spiced beer that doesn't hang together as well as its combination of added flavors suggests that it will. I'm still looking forward to seeing what the boys from Boston have come up with for authentic recipes #2-4.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best Enjoyed Before October 2006" freshness date on the label.

A- Hazed yellowish orange color, decent head retention and some active carbonation.

S- Freshly sliced ginger with a nutty and earthy back with lemony edges.

T&M- Wow! Fresh ginger all over, spicy and warming. The lemon cuts it a little but compliments it more. Nice snappish crispness from the carbonation. The medium body shows off its beery character with a biscuity malt flavor. Finishes with a pucker of lemon peel and a long lingering ginger.

D- I could not have more than one of these, tasty none the less. I bet this would work wonders for an upset stomach. Perhaps the best out of this bunch.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -37%
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 GClarkage
2.28/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

0709/06- Purchased as part of a SE Patriot 4-pk at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, best by date on the package and the bottle. Poured into my Sebastopol Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy and a bit cloudy peach in color. About a 1/4 inch head, which fades fairly quickly. Leaves behind a touch of watery looking lace.

Smell- Damn, this is macro-esque. Corny, a bit sweet plus a few spices maybe.

Taste- Short and to the point. Not good. Tastes like Bud with touches of ginger and honey added. Also tastes a bit tea-like.

Mouthfeel- Feels OK, good carbonation level, just bad taste and the aftertaste isn't much better.

Drinkability- One of my few drain pours. Made it about half the way through until I discovered it was just like drinking BMC.

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Photo of Gavage
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that falls pretty quickly. No lacing develops. Low carbonation levels.

Smell: general sweetness and ginger are quite prominent.

Taste: very light malt qualities, with loads of ginger, honey, and citrus tones. No real bitterenss here. Extremely dry too.

Mouthfeel: crisp and very dry from start to finish. The aftertaste is brief on the ginger tones, but your tongue felt very dry. Light in body.

Drinkability: for the novelty purpose of exploring Patriot beer styles its not bad. Overall I did not enjoy this too much and wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper hue with a thin lacing of lce on top.

The smell featured a a strong ginger ale type spiciness with a pleasant honey sweetness.

The taste was upfront spicy ginger with a delayed wildflower honey sweetness. There was a mild lemon zest at the finish. Solid spicy rye like grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was a medium fullness with a mouth-coating sweetness.

Overall an interesting brew. Unique to say the least. Not incredibly drinkable, but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Not bad for how long it's been sitting on the shelf. I hope the same can be said when the other beers get their chance. George Washington Porter will be next in the invite.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by date October 2006, Sampled June 2006
Pours with a hazy straw gold color and a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale, cream colored head. The aroma has a spicy kick of ginger up front, and in fact it is the dominant note in the aroma, always noticeable, but not overpowering. A light citrus note compliments the ginger and a toasty grain note rounds out the finish. The ginger note has both that bright, spicy note characteristic of ginger as well as a bit of a root-like note.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, in fact the lack of bitterness in this beer accentuates the naturally occurring, light malt sweetness. This beer is quite light on the palate, and when combined with the spicy notes, makes for quite the refreshing beer. I am a sucker for micro brew style Ginger-Ale of the non-alcoholic variety, and this beer reminds me strongly of that. Spicy ginger notes, nectar like honey notes and a light citrus component all combine to create a beer created for lazy, hot summer days. This almost seems too much like a non-alcoholic Ginger-Ale, but I suppose that is partially the point. Simplistic, and refreshing, I am definitely enjoying it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.46/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle a hazy light gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving about a 1/4" layer for the entire session.

The smell has a pungent nose to it along with some earthiness.

The taste has a honey sweet flavour mixed with a ginger tartness that is *definitely* different...for me, it's a bit *too* different from what I expect in a beer. I'm not going to slam Sam Adams for coming out with this traditional brew, I'll just say that in this case, it's not for me.

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Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RBorsato
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy light almost wit-like gold in color with lots of floating sediment, a decent off-white head, and good carbonation. Ginger dominates the aroma with some lemony citrus to follow. Flavors pretty much run the same way with a bit of sweetness. Light bodied with a citrusy and lightly sweet finish.

Ugh. Glad this beer is history !

Per Label: "Authentic Recipe #1" & "Ale with Ginger, Lemon Peel, and Honey" & "Unfiltered" & "Wildflower Honey"

Enjoy Before: Oct '06
Tasted: 04/01/07

($8.99 / 4-pack "Brewer Patriot Collection")

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Photo of jdhilt
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color with yeast suspended. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Honey/ginger nose. Flavor is sweet honey with some ginger, not an early Spring beer, better for hot weather. $9.99 - 4-pak, 12oz bottle from Shaw's Supermarket Concord, NH.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy honey/gold color, with a small white head. The main smell I pick up is ginger, with some lemon and grain/yeast in there too. The smell kinda reminds me of lemon dishwashing detergent. It tastes like ginger and lemon, and a little bit of honey. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, but overall this is pretty easy to drink. Overall it's an average beer, nothing special. This is the first in the Brewer Patriot collection I've tried, hopefully the other 3 will be better.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a golden yellow body with a faint hazy and a thick soapy head that fades pretty quickly. There is a good carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The spicy smell of ginger bread has some notes of fresh lemon rind and a pale malt hint in the background. There is a faint honeycomb smell in the finish.

T- The taste of dry bitey lemon rind and ginger spice fades into a pine floor cleaner quality. There is a cooked corn flavor to the malt that finishes with a sweet honey note that hangs on the palate after each sip.

D- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol notes.

M- The flavors are big and bold which masks the malt flavors. It does have a bit of floor cleaner quality but it is a very fresh natural floor cleaner and not chemical tasting. I can see these flavors really masking the taste of infection or off-flavors in historic brews but I had a hard time getting the whole glass down.

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Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 191 ratings
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