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 OStrungT
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light yellow color with a thick fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. The ginger is quite present. Some sweet honey aroma is also detectable. It has a slight citrus aroma. Lemon is the dominate citrus fruit.

This beer has a spicy flavor, with a little too much ginger flavor present. It is slightly overbearing. It has a fruity citrus flavor also. Sweet honey is present in the finish.

This crisp beer goes down smoth, leaving a honey like aftertaste. It is refreshing, but still a little hard to drink.

I dont think I would make this beer my session beer of choice. I cant explane it any other way than to say that I just dont like it.

Overall: As with almost everything I have had from Sam Adams, I am let down. I should probably stop spending too much for mediocre beer.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass the beer was a light-medium golden color with two fingers of pure white frothy head and a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles feeding up the side of the glass. Little lacing throughout the sample.

The nose is malty and very oddly spiced. A lot if clove aromas with subtle corriander, vanilla, ginger, and a cream soda like smell.

The beer's taste is interesting in that although it has a definative malt balance, the malty flavors are concealed considerably with spice. An artificial honey sweetness seems to come and go from sip to sip and a strong presence of clove an vanilla. An unusual aftertaste is lent from this combination of flavors.

Medium carbonation, a bit thin on the palate.

An interesting "throwback" to be sure the beer seems to be a conglomeration of flavors all thrown together, not one of which really helps to lend a pleasent taste to the beer. Overall it comes off as interestingly spiced and the combination of sweet honey and herbal ginger and vanilla flavors combined to give me an incredible headache.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow and slightly hazy, it pours with about 1/2 finger of white head and tons of carbonation.

Smell: The ginger and honey/clover take over and are followed by a subtle hint of lemon.

Taste: The sweet malty backbone mixes with the aroma making this very sweet and very good. It is aided by the intensification of the ginger.

Mouthfeel: Rather citrusy with good carbonation. Lightbodied beer as well.

Drinkability: I would drink this again, and although I like other beers (most all other beers) a lot more, I think this is tasty for what it is.

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Photo of stephendr
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy dark orange color - thin white head – bright nose , green veggies , pumpkin , cloves , detergent and ginger – taste has some skunk , ginger , lemon peel / lemon meringue pie , and sour honey quality - dry creamy sparkly body – aftertaste dry, bitter, acidic , lingering ginger , salty and citrus

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of four brews in the Brewer Patriot collection ... Pours a pleasing orange color with a thin white head and some sporadic lacing in the glassware. Nose is of ginger, honey, and sweet malts. Nice scent. Palate is also of ginger upfront. As it lingers in the mouth, the sweet malts and honey notes emerge. Mouthfeel is light-medium and has a slight "numbing" effect from the ginger. Pleasant but unusual in a beer, for sure. Finish is rather dry. Drinkability is decent, really. If you like fresh ginger, you may well love this beer. If not, it may be a one time thing for you. I really enjoyed it and think that this may be the best of the four in the collection ...worthy of a six pack realease of it's own. I'd buy it as a seasonal release. This is real ginger ALE.

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Photo of chilidog
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As part of the Brewer Patriot collection. Thisone poured a pale straw yellow with a slight haze. Carbonation was up on thisone though a average head was made with some lace but spotty.

Not being a big Ginger fan, I was alittle worried going in. The aroma sends a tease of ginger and citric.
The taste blasts away with ginger, lemon zest, a malty sweetness with a touch of honey. The lemon rounds out the taste and adds to the balance.
Drinkability, perhaps once in awhile and only one.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.96/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, best before oct 2006. Hazy yellowish, with a fluffy lasting head, and sticky lace.

Very livlely carbonation, almost as tho someone dropped an alka-seltzer in there.

Initial aroma was lemon pledge, followed by the ginger and honey.

Flavor was much the same. Soapy lemon with candied ginger and a sweet honey finish.

Tough to drink even one of these.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.06/5  rDev +27.3%
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
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Mainly clear, dark yellow or light honey in color. Small white head. Aroma was ginger, and not much else. Flavor was ginger, a little bit of lemon, and I thought I could taste the honey, but it was very faint. Mouthfeel was quite light, carbonation was big, and it was rather drying. OK, but a bit simplistic. My wife tried it, and her comment was "I could drink this", which about sums it up. Unfortunately, there is a long way between "could" and "want to".

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.17/5  rDev +30.7%
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 DESTRO
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

cloudy orange with a frothy head. right off the bat huge ginger is present with lemon and all sort of citrus. also fresh cut grass. flavor profile is pretty similar, lots of ginger and lemon, very medicinal. off tasting. cough drop like. ok mouthfeel. starts nice, drops off rapidly. not to hyped.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with an October 2006 best-by date. Poured a cloudy honey color. Medium white head. A few fingers of lacing. Smells dominated by ginger and honey - almost too much of the ginger. Earthy notes. Lemon climbs out upon warming. Tastes of spicy ginger - again very strong. Light, hoppy middle. A touch of the barley at the end. Light texture in the mouthfeel. Tiny bit of fizz on the tongue. Great as an after dinner or dessert drink.

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Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev +30.7%
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 lackenhauser
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, cloudy white beer in color-wit beer? Good aroma-mainly ginger though citrus notes come thru a bit. Slightly peppery. Nice crisp flavor-ginger dominates again. Sort of lemon grass flavor as well. Nice body-lite and refreshing. Quite dry in the finish. Overall a nice beer, interesting mix of flavors. I knock it down a bit drinkability wise as I dont know how many I could have in one sitting. Still a decent beer.

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

Pour was a somewhat murky golden color. A quater inch white head dissapeard quickly. A handful of rapidly rising bubbles.

The ginger was the very first note to the nose. A very floral aroma of honer helps balnce out the ginger. There is a nice balance that is more pleasing to the overall appeal then the appearance.

A nice flavor of ginger hits the tongue with a nice strength. There is a very nice balancing secon flavor of honey. A second sip had a light spice flavor of lemon. A decent balnce which would rate hgher if it was slightly stronger.

A lighlty watered down feel. Not much carbonation bursting on the tongue. Goes down easy.

A very nice offering in the "something differnt" category. Would work very nicely if paired with a vanilla dessert. Defintly one of the better reasons to pick up the Brewer Patriot.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this at the store and hed to pick up the four pack and give this unique looking beers a try. This one poured a hazy copper hue, with a mild head but good retention. Smelled of honey, ginger, spices, and lemon citrus. It tasted zingy and spicy kinda a huge gingre flavor with hints of honey and lemon citrus with a very crisp finish and biscuity malts. Not very drinkable as I would be only able to finish one of these in a night. But definatly worht a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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 cubedbee
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
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 kbnooshay
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Poured a hazy pale yellow-gold with a really foamy white head. The lacing formed in huge spotty clumps.

s: Sweet and herbal like an herbal ointment. Lots of ginger like spices and quite citrusy.

t: Gingery with a nice wheaty backbone to it. Honey flavor is slight but nice. This is dry in the hops department, too dry.

mf/d: Slight carbonation tounge tingling. Sick and coating. Moderate.
This is an interesting brew that tastes like an american wheat beer. This could use more fruitness and a cleaner taste.

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Photo of bort11
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. I am finishing out the Patriot Collection with this one. Very warm looking golden honey color. Nice head, about an inch, with good solid, sticky lacing. Actuallly quite nice to look at. Smell is ginger, honey, and a bit of hops. Taste is like a souped up ginger ale, a little spicy and herbal. Finishes with the sweetness of the honey. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, wich I'm guessing is due to the honey. A little sticky after-feel, not bad but present. Like some of the other Patriot Collection, it is very interesting. I wouldn't mind this every once in a while, but I wouldn't want a whole lot at once.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a yellow golden color, or the color of honey. There was a white head that last about a thrid of the beer. There was a little lacing, but not much. The smell was that of honey with hints of lemon and a little bit of ginger.

The taste was mainly lemon and honey with a slight hint of ginger. I was disappointed that there was not more of a ginger taste. The mounthfeel was ok, the CO2 was a little week, but there was a nice honey coating with every drink.

This beer was ok, not something that I would buy all the time, but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
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 edchicma
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy lemon with a small head and minimal lacing. Smell was mainly ginger and lemon..unspectacular. Taste was a tad biting...floral, ginger, hop finish..over the top. Mouthfeel was also unsepctacular, with a slight astringent quality. Drinkability likewise suffers due to the astringency.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
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 BeerAmbassador
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow straw color with a good bit of haze. two finger head that dissapates after a minute. Aroma is spicy-sweet with a faint bit of lemon. Taste is the same. A little too sweet for my taste but not a bad flavor over all. Carbonation is substantial and drinkability wouldnt be bad if it were less sweet. Not a great beer for Sam Adams, but I like the fact that they are trying this cool experiment and it is interesting to try some experimental beers.

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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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