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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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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 191
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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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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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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3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
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 Stimack
2.67/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured to a somewhat cloudy pale yellow color with no real head and what was there dissipated very quickly. The aroma is of ginger but I am not sure if the sweet scent is from honey? It is somewhat reminiscent of a pumpkin brew with the aroma. The taste is odd, heavy ginger flavor that seems to be there from the start to the finish. Do notice some lemon like zest that seems to pop through. Over all I would say that this was my second least favorite in the 4 pack series. Would not get this one again.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.38/5  rDev +6%
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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3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazey pale yellow beer. Has a big foamy white head, with just a tiny hint of lace. The aroma starts with a quick burst of ginger. Followed by a snap of lemon with a hint of honey in the background. In the flavor the lemon and honey overpower the ginger. With the effect of making it taste like a honey lemon cough drop/candy.

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3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy nectarine color of orangish-yellow. Small head of white foam. Lots of sediment. Little bit of lacing in the glass.

S: Strong notes of lemon and sweet citrus. Some notion of gingersnaps and malt.

T: Not bad. Rather refreshing. Ginger and lemon battle for control over a light honey malty character. Ginger root finishes strong, leaving the palate slightly tainted.

M: Light, airey. Goes down well. Slight bubbliness on the palate.

D: Good. This would be a decent summer brew. Not bad at all.

Notes: Didn't think i'd like this one, but it's rather quaffable and would make for an ideal beer to serve with lemon ice or sherbert.

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3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
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 UnionMade
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with suspended yeast chunklets. Big, puffy, craggy white head forms on the pour, settling into an even, creamy topping. Good lacing and head retention. Far better than average, actually. The yeast chunklets turn me off, but the presentation is great aside from that. Pronounced gingery aroma. Pale malt, doughy yeast, with a bit of "Bit O' Honey", I guess. The ginger really dominates, preventing much else from showing through. Good if you like heavy servings of ginger. The flavor shows thatthe ginger is somewhat restrained, thankfully. Wheaty, soft pale malt with a delicate honeyed presence. Not so much a honey flavor as a dash of sugary sweetness. Ginger all the way through, though not as potent (thankfully) as I was half expecting. A nice little prickle of gingery spiciness zests up the smooth, powdery finish. Plenty of yeast character, coming across as a doughy, sort of whole grain bread kind of feel with the malt. Definitely wheat or rye, adding a softening, dryish sensibility. Nicely balanced, with an understated gingery kick you might call elegant. Lightish bodied, with a powdered, fluffy texture. Zipy carbonation keeps things moving at a decent clip that's easy enough to follow.
A commendable effort on the part of Sammy Adams. Ginger is one of those "spices" I don't necessarily care to see in a beer, as it seems to become the bull in the china shop, but this one manages to avert disaster. Nothing I can imagine craving, but it's fun to try at least once. If this were very popular in colonial times, I might not be a big beer drinker. Enjoyable in the same anachronistic way a day at Olde Sturbridge Village is.

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4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
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 Drew966
3.7/5  rDev +16%
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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3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy, almost milky, orange-amber color. Immediately notable is the honey and ginger aroma, which is certainly strong. The smell literally leaps from the glass. Also in the smell, but much quieter, is a slight spice and pepper aroma, a little yeast, and some citrus. The taste is extremely sweet, loaded with honey. The ginger is present as well, but followed the honey. As you drink the beer, the honey becomes too sweet, almost cloying. The finish clings to your taste buds, and has a little peppery-ginger flavor as well. Very slight hops, and no real malt flavor. It’s a fun beer, but nothing that I could drink on a regular basis.

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2.79/5  rDev -12.5%
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 ReDave
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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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4.87/5  rDev +52.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured a hazy orange body with a small white head.

Nose is floral with loads of fresh root ginger. Rather medicinal with mild notes of honey. Reminds me sort of a belgian golden ale with an overload of ginger.

Light to medium bodied with a very floral, ginger quality that attacks at first, then mellows out, but ends with a long lingering ginger taste. A decent malt base, with an even bitterness that balances well. Some floral and lemon zest notes appear. There's a nice honey slickness taste that compliments the ginger well. Overall though the ginger is very overpowering and doesn't balance well.

Ginger honey ale. Yup, that about sums it up. Unlike a soda ginger ale, or even the mixed dark and stormy drink, this is pure Ginger. It's almost like you're chewing on a raw root of ginger. It's actually rather nasty tasting. It's definitely not false advertising, but it just feels like a n ale focusing on ginger could have been more, drinkable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden ale with a large creamy white head, nice carbonation. Very lemon aroma but once past that the ginger can be detected. Nice taste very ginger ale like, but with bite and a nice undertow of lemon sourness keeps it in line. The base is a semi-sweet malt, honeyish tastes come to the fore in the later stages of the mouthful.And some ginger again innthe after taste. Very nice and refreshing on the palate. I liked this beer ..nice summer type ale. Of all this series i would hope they would put this one in 6 packs next summer..with a good bit more ginger hotness.

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3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A cloudy golden color, with an eighth of an inch head, white in color; that dissolves slowly away. The aroma is surprisingly pleasant with a honey, lemon scent, much like a Luden's lemon gough drop in aroma. The taste is light in the amount ginger, the honey and the lemon are the most prevalent, very sweet. Light in the mouth, watery, yet smooth. The honey flavor makes this a little less drinkable overtime, it gets almost to sweer. But, it is still fairly drinkable, a good session beer perhaps, or to use to get someone totry a beer, who really doesn't like beer. This is my favorite of the Patriot Collection.

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
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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3.72/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an enjoy by Oct. 06 bottle into a pint glass after being refrigerated overnight.

Appearance – Cloudy yellow and unfiltered with a very small amount of head that disappeared within a minute or two.

Smell - Pleasant lemony ginger aroma with a hint of clove.

Taste - Starts off with the kick of ginger and sweet malt, followed by lemon zest and ends with an even sweeter honey finish.

Mouthfeel - A lightbodied beer with a nice warming honey aftertaste.

Drinkability – I could see this beer being a good summertime seasonal offering, but only in a mix case with other brews.

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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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