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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Our rich orange-colored “Blessing” is Rapscallion’s hop accentuated beer. Don’t be fooled though, this is no IPA. Higher in alcohol and balanced with a spicy, bread-like yeast character, Blessing takes its cues from no style category. To get its distinctive hop character we employed several additions in the boil, some more again in our custom “hop jack” and lastly, we “dry-hopped” this beer in a conditioning tank. We hope that you, like us, consider your choosing this beer a “blessing”.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2002
Superbly hoppy beer, notably noble hops. Little hints, both on aroma and taste, of blueberry (pie), rest typically pine and cedar, fading to resiny residue. Great!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Again, at the Concord Brewery Night at the 99 in West Concord. This one packs a nice wallop - and is extremely smooth. Red and sweet - nice aftertaste. If I was about to face the electric chair and I had to picka last beer it would be atossup between this and Dogfish head’s 120 minute IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: APR 27, 2003 Brewtrak 3437 : Pour is a slightly hazy medium amber, with a large light tan head, slowly diminishing to leave good lacing. Aroma is floral, grassy, earthy, herbal. Flavor starts sweet (caramel mostly), some slight sourness in the middle, and ends with tons of tasty hops. Full body, dry ending. Seemed similar to the 3434 I tried before, but poured with much more head, and seemed to be more refined in it's flavors. Brewtrack 3434 : Golden/amber color, minimal head and lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy - pine, citrus, grass, light malty sweetness in the background. Starts with a little malt (lightly caramel), then the hops come crushing through, sticking around on the palate for a long tasty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 Draught NoHO Brewery: I must say, this beer is excellent. Bottled version is very nice as well. Awesome spiciness, peppery, great yeasty twang. Citrus, grapefruit, piney, resinous. A belgian/american IPA hybrid. I love it...GET yourself a Blessing! On draft at Brew Fest in Holyoke, MA. Golden-amber-orange hue. Nice hoppy aroma. Some vinous notes. Excellant hoppiness and bitterness. Sweet, bready finsh. Raison and cookie hints. A lovely brew, worth revisiting.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2003
I have to admit i got this because of the free glass (i wanted a properly shaped beer glass to help bring out the aroma). the naked happy devil chicks on the carton were nice too. I didn't notice the higher alcohol content at all. wonderfull hoppiness to it with a light malty aftertaste. great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
First off, I really like this beer. It pours with a gargantuan fluffy white head. The aroma is mildly sweet, but faint. Amber in color, but very dense and murky, some floaties. Crisp, fruity and floral hop flavor balanced with a belgian-yeast, bready quality. This beer sort of transcends classification, but could be considered a Belgian double? Many thanks to yankeeheel (BA) for the sample. Viva La Villa Strangiato.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Color: a bright amber, leaning on red, head: fine and creamy white. Aroma: deep and fruity, I mean gobs of fruit: peach, grapefruit, citrus, melon, pineapple. An exquisite hoppiness! A whirling dervish of deliciousness in the nose and on the mouth! Huge flavor, deliriously, tasty, sunny, alive, bright, happy...my powers of description break down and lose their critical abilities, and for that I apologize. I’ll recompose...ahem... One criticism, though the balance is fine, it could be improved upon, for the hops stick out TOO sharply. And that odd appelation, "artisanal hoppy beer"...it’s as if to say, "who you callin’ an IPA?" One more thing I like, the sexy cartoon she-devil on the bottleneck band, legs crossed, leaning back, holding up a cup..."lead me INTO temptation, dear"...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Dark orange in color, sweet hoppy aroma. Starts off a little bitter and then ends sweet. The unique aftertaste stays around for quite a while. I’ll be coming back to this beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Draft. Burnt orange color with medium sized head. Aroma of burnt malt, banana and esters. Taste is banana, nice hoppiness and spices. Well rounded and hopped perfectly. The citrus blends in nicely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2005
Sampled at le Mondial de la bière 2005. Clear dark amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Subtle aroma of hops, malt and burnt caramel. Subtle and well balanced flavor of hops, malt and burnt caramel with a roasty, bitter finish. The body is light to medium, oily texture, soft carbonation. This beer does everything right and doesn’t have to be loud and powerfull to amaze, extremely well done.


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