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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 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 budgood1
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a cloudy, darkish golden colour. nice big head. nice rings of lace. lemony aroma, a bit of ginger and a maltiness. the taste is interesting...lightly malty with a spicy ginger addition. subtle lemons and an apparent honey touch make for a unique and somewhat tasty brew. a touch of hops for bitterness rounds out the flavour profile. the body of this beer is lightish and refreshing, while the mouthfeel is velvety smooth. it goes down quickly as i keep sipping. drinkability is good. even though i have only one bottle, it's my opinion that i don't think i could drink a whole sixer without getting bored.

a nice concoction and period beer. glad i tried it.

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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 bjohnson
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with amber hues at the top. Nice one finger frothy white head--good retention.
S: Slight ginger aromas with a bready malt in there also. Emma says, Ginger People candies--I dunno.
T & M: Huge ginger blast up front with a nice follow up of honey. Bready maltyness comes through in the end and dances with the lingering honey notes. Also slightly dry in the end. Refresing and suprisingly slick through the mouth.
D: I actually found this to be quite a drinkable beer, which I didn't expect to happen. The best so far out of the "Patriot Brewer collection."

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Photo of medic25
2.13/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, this was the first beer I sampled from the Sam Adams Patriot Collection. The appearance was the best thing the beer had going for it; a hazy golden yellow. Aroma was as titled, ginger and honey. The taste unfortunately can best be described as cough medicine. The honey and ginger combined to make something more akin to Robitussin than a drink intended to enjoy. I commend BBC for branching out and experimenting, but this one blew up in their face.

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

A - this beer pours a straw/golden yellow color with a pure white head, a macro-ish looking pour aside from the haze, light carbonation

S - according to the bottle this is brewed with ginger, lemon peel, and honey; i can smell the lemon, and maybe a hint of the ginger, but the lemon is overwhelming

T - better than i had expected, the lemon is blanaced nicely against the ginger and honey which appear only in the flavor and not the aroma, the lemon is a non-acidic, sweet lemony flavor

M - smooth from the honey, results in an above-average mouthfeel

D - very refreshing, higher than i expected, a good brew, would make a good summer beer

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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 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 phishgator
2.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This pours into a pint glass with a light golden/yellow hue. The head is not large and leaves just after being poured. The aroma is honey and slight lemon zest. The taste is a mix of spices and slight honey and a little of the lemon; the ginger is present. There is a lot there, but nothing that impresses. The body and coating of the mouth is decent. The brew is certainly unique and I would say that it will go back to the vault.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle with best before date of October 2006. Pours a hazy medium gold with a nice 2 finger head, good longevity and lace. Ginger is very evident in the aroma mixed with lemon and honey. Ginger is predominate in the flavor. I personally do not like it. It has the massive ginger flavor mixed with lemon and honey. Not much in the way of hoppiness. It sort of tastes like a honey lemon Hall's cough drop without the medicine flavor. Ginger lingers in the aftertaste. The flavors are good and it is rather refreshing, I just personally do not care for ginger in these quantities, especially in beer. Chineese food OK, but not beer. Try one for yourself

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

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this beer, but I found it to be very refreshing. This ginger honey ale pours a cloudy straw yellow color in the glass with a frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a creamy ring around the surface leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace. A sweet aroma of ginger, honey and lemon floats above the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with a soft fizz on the tongue. The flavor is mainly a sweet combination of ginger and honey, with some lemon zest and toasted malt mixed in. Once gone the ginger and honey linger for a while on the palate.

I thought this beer would be a good cross over for those who don't normally drink craft beer. It's sweet and I didn't think the ginger was well balanced and didn't overpower the flavor.

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Photo of mattpetti
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 Dewey0603
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very yellow color with a large foamy head. The lacing is good,but the looks like a large macro pilsner. The smell has ginger, lemon, and honey ,but without a doubt ginger is the most pronounced aroma. The taste has a large ginger presence with lemon and honey. The taste is actually more mellow than the smell. This really doesn't taste like any beer I've ever had and you really have to kkep in mind that this is a period beer. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. Kudos for Sam for trying something different ,although I don't think I could have more than 2 of these.

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Photo of jetfan1977
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass a pale yellow color with very little head.
Smell: Very faint smell of honey sweetness with a very prominent ginger note.
Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very intersting beer, that I'm not very fond of. It has a very spicy finish due to the ginger, but the honey is hidden by the ginger. It is not among the easiest of Spiced/Herbed beers to drink though the flavor of the beer dissipates within a minute or so of drinking it. If I were looking for a ginger spiced beer to drink, I know that I would prefer a Morocco Ale over this any day. This beer does not balance the flavor of the ginger with anything, making it very difficult to finish just one never mind a few of them.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright honeyish gold. Huge aroma, very pungent, of -- you guessed it -- honey and freshly peeled ginger, along with a hint of citrus sourness. Taking a sip, there's a short burst of honey sweetness that is then engulfed by very sharp with ginger. The finish has a pronounced toasted malt quality.

This is something of a Frankenstein's monster. The various parts of this beer do not mesh into anything notable. It's interesting to try, but I wouldn't search it out.

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