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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Traditional Ginger Honey Ale is an authentic brew that can be traced back to the ginger brews of the late 1700s. In fact, records show that Thomas Jefferson and his wife brewed 15 gallons of ginger beer with fresh lemons and honey every two weeks for daily consumption. Following that tradition, Samuel Adams Traditional Ginger Honey Ale is a highly effervescent beer that is brewed with authentic ingredients from the colonial era, such as fresh ginger puree, lemon peel and wildflower honey. Pale golden in color, the brew has a subtle maltiness with a floral, sweet honey finish. The sweetness of the Traditional Ginger Honey Ale is the perfect partner for sweet and spicy foods alike. We recommend pairing it with a glazed honey ham, Chinese spareribs, or baklava.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4 pack was given to me as a gift...sam adams has done a nice job with this brew. It pours a luminescent gold color with a small white head. I find it to be a really refreshing beer. There is an excellent balance of all flavors very subtley hinting the brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smellyshoes (11) - USA - JAN 12, 2007
A little bottled taste of heaven. Strong ginger and honey flavors followed by lemon (true to the label). Very smooth. Gingery aftertaste. I put this up there with New Glarus’ Uff-da Bock in my all time favorite beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1828) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2006
This stuff dances on the palate. Lovely bright orange glow - like a good hefe. Cloudy appearance. Nice and refreshing flavor and finish! Love Ginger, Love Life! Hey Jim Koch, send me this recipie! (Or sell in 6-packs!) You are my beer hero!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Golden honey colored with a nice white head. Very little aroma, slightly musty I’d guess. A fresh sweet, gingery fruitiness with a slight tart syrupy finish. This beer disappears into the corners of your mouth without ever getting to your throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Based on an old colonial recipe that Thomas Jefferson had used, this beer is available in the Sam Adams Brewer Patriot 4 pack. Yards Brewing of Philadelphia did a version of this beer a few years ago that I like much better, but this is a good effort from the BBC. This beer pours to a hazy, golden color, with a thick, white head, and some good carbonation. The nose on this beer is very nice, with lots of good citrus/lemon aromas, paired with spicy ginger, and honey sweetness. The palate is firm, with good pale malt, paired with spicy ginger flavor, and hints of honey sweetness. This beer finishes with more ginger and honey up front, then ends with some ginger spice and citrus flavors that linger. Well done, very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours a golden blonde foggy and beautiful. The smell is ginger, lemon, citrus hops, full aroma somewhat medicinal in nature. The taste starts like rosemary, herbs of all sorts, very medicinal but smooth and delicious. That honey and ginger are in the forefront of this ale, balanced by a generous helping of hop bitterness and you can taste the "old world" brewing in every sip. Cheers to Sam Adams and staying true to the ingredients.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Dark yellow with a small, bright white head. Aroma was actually very striking - an even mix of lemon peel, clover honey, and ginger - one not dominating any other. Ginger seemed to win in the flavor category, with lemon peel a close second. Finish was sweet lemondrop candy. Mildly carbonated. Very tasty, my favorite of the pack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sandman2222 (42) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Ginger, honey, and lemon, a real nice tasting brew. Really well balanced, especially for being nearly 2 years out of date. Unfortunately out of production as it was a limited edition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Pours a golden haze w/ full spritzy froth. Aromas of fresh hay, ginger spice, lemon rind w/ a slight biscuit. Medium nectar w/ ample effers. Flavors are bright and fruity w/ citrus rind and a plethora of spices and honey. Ginger zing and biscuits on the finish. Very tasty. complex, well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured a hazy pale straw color wuith a thin lasting head. Aroma is a merry blend of ginger, honey, lemon, and spices. The ginger is apparent but not at all overpowering. The lemon stand out and could be toned down, though it gives the beer an effervescence, and lighter refreshing feel. The use of honey has a gentle sweetness with it, that seems as though it was added post-fermentation. Very well done, Sam Adams should consider selling this one on a larger scale.

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