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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ism
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange with lots of free-floating sediment, topped with a frothy 1-finger head. Subsides and leaves patchy lacing. Sweet ginger in the nose, a bit of clean citrus zest. Slick and medium-bodied, sweet honey balancing the ginger, with lemon peel apparent. Goes down smooth and finishes honey sticky sweet. Like a heavily-sweetened ginger tea, and quite refreshing for a summer day, but too sweet and too oddball to consume regularly. Great effort in recreating it and best enjoyed as a historical artifact.

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Photo of rowew
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, old style label to match the rest of the batch. Best by date of Oct 2006, obviously I am well after that, but it has been refrigerated since I bought it.

Appearance: Hazy yellow orange color with some chunks - medium head fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Citrus dominates - slightly sweet lemon with some candied ginger aroma.

Taste: Interesting .. definitely strange, but still enjoyable. Tastes a bit medicial, but I think that is the combination of ginger, lemon, and honey. All flavors taste very authentic and not at all cloying.

Overall impression: Well, I certainly couldn't drink many of these - but it is quite enjoyable. Lots of different and interesting flavors.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Semi hazy honey-hued brew with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Spotty suds, but no real lace at all.

S - Candy sugar and honey for sure. Ginger is there, but only in a sweet candy sort of way.

T - Herbal funk with some ginger, molasses, licorice, lemon, and mint flavors. Much like Lipton's Brisk Iced Tea. Herbal, minty, and much too lemony . For some reason this "herbal tea" taste worked in the root beer brew, but it seems weird here.

M - Refreshing, but awkward. Again, very tea-like, Gritty and old, like a mediocre beer thats been in the back of your fridge for years.

D - Poor. This is a very bizarre brew was the root beer brew, but this just isn't doing it for me like that one did. I appreciate what they are trying to do with the rustic feel and all, but damn...this is pretty nasty.

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Photo of alexgash
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beachy peachy golden body with small clumps of something (yeast) floating around. I was careful with the pour too! Small cushion of off-white, fuzzy head. Ambrosia, honey, flowers, and chamomille aromas with hints of ginger and Vapo-rub. Interesting and not too gingery (as I was afraid). Oh, and weird. Light honey sweetness up front, followed by light biscuit, yeast, and honey wheat bread. Spicy finish with moderate ginger zing. Thankfully, not too gingery! Moderate body with a bottle-conditioned feel. Not as scary as I thought it would be, in fact, not too bad at all (other than the clumps).

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Photo of July2Nov
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

6-months past borne on date.

Poured a cloudy brownish-yellow with just a tad bit of head on it. Smelled on earthy components with a sweet touch to it. The taste was a bit underwhelming. The Ginger was fighting w/ the honey for a place in the glass. Maybe it's because it was older, but I felt I would like this more that the others. Not really all that bad, but not great either.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
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%
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 jaxon53
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a pretty clear golden copper color, wth about an inch of foamy white head. Head dissipated quickly and left almost no lace except for a small ring around the glass. Smelled strongly of ginger, cloves and maybe a small hint of honey. Taste: Started out like a ginger ale , but, quickly moved to an overwhelming ginger taste with a smooth honey finish. Potent ginger aftertaste. Had a medium bodied mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. Wasn't very drinkable in my opinion because of the heavy ginger flavor. No alcohol present. A shot of Jack Daniels would make a great highball. Worth a try though.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
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 dauss
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a small white head that rests on top. Poor retention, and low lacing.

Smell: You definitely get an upfront ginger aroma, with a faint hint of lemon peel. The honey aroma is very faint and overpowered from the ginger and lemon.

Taste: Actually, I'm liking it. Good malt body, sweetened by the honey, lightly spicy ginger flavor, slight tang and flavor from the lemon.

Notes: Medium body, very drinkable, crisp, refreshing. Good and interesting flavor combination of the lemon, ginger, and honey.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.01/5  rDev +25.7%
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 auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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 scorched
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in the patriot collection...

It pours an orange color, almost looks like blue moon, but not nearly as cloudy (not a wheat beer). The head pours thick at first, but then dissipates quickly.

The smell is most decidedly overpowered with ginger. Very different.

The taste is pretty nice. Ginger throughout (duh) followed by the sweetness of the honey, Tastes like alcoholic Ginger Ale.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, which lowers its drinkability a bit, but that's OK. Its something that would most likely be enjoyed on a summer's evening, instead of in the dead of winter.

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Photo of bigone4
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a light slightly clouded yellowish color. Light white head that dissipated rather quickly. Not very impressive looking. Smell is sweet with lots of ginger and spice in the nose. Some mild citrus tones not a real malt presence. This beer is just not for me. Too sweet and way to much ginger and honey. Although, it was neat to try a brew made to the style of our fore fathers. Very carbonated and bubbly no real lacing in the glass. Ginger flavor up front followed by the subtle lemon tones and the sweetness of the honey. Leaves a rather different aftertaste mostly of honey sweetness. Some beers are more appealing than others unfortunately this one falls short for my taste.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy dark yellow with a light tan head that carries a yellow tint. About 1 finger high. Lasts for a while and leaves a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Hints of ginger and lemon along with husky malts.

Has sort of a honey-mustard flavor to it. It's also very thin and acidic. The ginger lingers in the finish.

Probably does well back in its day, but it just seems like a copy, rather than an original. It's about what I expected, but it's just not what I want in a beer.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
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 objectivemonkey
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
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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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuzzy appricot colored body with a quick fading spongey off white head. Nose is very laced with ginger spicey notes. Earthy and slmost like an aroma therepy. Smells like something I would have during a cold. Very sweet as it first enters the mouth, ginger is mouth dominating. Pungent and almost cologne like in its presence. Back of palate is soft with honey notes. Actually mellows out a bit as it has warmed. At about 50 degrees it is at its best. Sweet spicey mouthfeel. More drinkable than you might expect.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to pint glass. The liquid is light yellow with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers light and rocky it leaves some lace.

The smell is sweet and gingery.

The taste follows lots of ginger, some citrus and honey to balance.

Mouthfeel is a thinner then medium body and the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is I would not buy more but it was enjoyable, Prosit MK

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Photo of RedHaze
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from notes 25Nov2006.

Pours a pale gold, reminiscent of honey (ha,ha), with a very thin head that fades quickly to almost nothing. There's only scattered bits of lacing.

Smell; lots of ginger, which is to be expected, but I'm also getting a little lemon. The honey is there, it's just a little hard to pick out with the ginger being so strong.

Taste; the ginger isn't quite as strong as it was in the aroma, and I'm glad. I don't think i could drink this if it was. The honey ands a nice sweetness, and the lemon adds just enough sour to offset that. This isn't a beer that I would ever purposely buy, but it wasn't a drain pour either.

Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side, and the lack of carbonation just adds to that feeling. The drinkability is OK, but the ginger would make it hard to drink more than this one bottle.

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Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
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 gmcfarre
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampled during a home tasting of the Brewer Patriot Collection.

A - Cloudy yellow with a minimal yet expected head.

S - Honey mostly, little malt or hops and not terribly potent.

T - Like a honey eucalyptus cough drop. Ginger is apparent on the back of the tongue.

M - Syrupy yet highly carbonated.

D - Eh, not so much. I will avoid in the future.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Mitchster
2.44/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Of course, part of the Patriot 4-pack, 5.5% ABV, 12 oz bottle. Authentic recipe No.1. Brewed with lemon peel, ginger and honey. Pours to a cloudy golden peach, forming a soapy white head with poor-average head retention and sparse to absent lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is at first crisp with lots of fresh ginger, akin to a strong ginger ale, then some ruddy ale characteristics with a touch of fusels pops in akin to a crappy yeast. Initially sweet with a brisk ginger bite, then followed by a wet cardboard mouthfeel in the middle...medium light body and crisp beginnings but goes south quickly with some musty, oxidized character. Odd wisp of smoke in the tail end with an chemical saccharin sweetness in the aftertaste. Moderate metallic qualities in the aftertaste. A little pucker of lemon flavor in the finish as well.

Hrmm, starts off nice, then just goes downhill. I'd rather have a beer or a ginger ale, but this in-between kinda thing makes me a little nauseous. 1/2 bottle is plenty.

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Brewer Patriot Collection - Traditional Ginger Honey Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.19 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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