Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.64/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
First Sam beer I've bought in years.
A: Fairly aggressive pour lead to only about a finger of head. Beer is a dull copper. Almost transparent. Carbonation is moderate. Retention is moderate. Lacing is moderate. Everything is moderate!
S: Big bready like malt aroma. Slightly sweet. Hops are subdued. Grapefruit, citrus, some pine. This one still strikes me as malt dominant.
T: Sweetness is less present in the taste. Malt takes on more of a graininess. Hops strike about halfway through, throwing up moderate amounts of bitterness. Flavors are citric (mainly tangerine, with a big of grapefruit) with a splash of pine. Bitterness does carry through to the finish. Drying, borderline resinous finish.
M: Light in the mouth for the amount of malt perceived. Relatively low abv contributes to this, I'm sure. Carbonation is definitely present on the tongue, but isn't overpowering in any way.
O: Decent, but dumbed down, version of the style. IPA's are known for aggression, and this one falls flat in that regard. I'm going to presume that Sam is once again trying to reach the widest possible audience with this beer instead of focusing on a stylistically accurate representation. This, combined with the "Revolution" marketing, comes off as obnoxious and ungenuine. The west coast revolution happened in the mid 90's, Sam. Catch up.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 09:02:00 | More by McStagger
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a white 2-finger head. Good retention Lends itself
Smell - Bright citrus character off-set by a strong malt presence. Orange and grapefruit backed by caramel.
Taste - Follows the nose, though more malt-forward than hoppy. Hits first with orange and grapefruit essence, then met by a strong, deep caramel malt which takes over as the main character. Finishes much the same, with the caramel sweetening out and a waning citrus hoppiness that leaves a faint touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with a moderate, semi-crisp bite. Really smooth and mellow. Very nice to drink.
Overall - This is a damn tasty beer, it really is, but it misses the mark both in marketing and style. This may have cut it as a West Coast 'Rebel' IPA 20 years ago, but half the W.C. APA's have bigger hop bite than this in today's market. Terrible marketing campaign; it's just a failure as a W.C. IPA. Look past the the intention, however, and you'll find a well balanced, delicious caramel-centered pale with complimentary notes of citrus. So, what to do? How to grade it? Middle of the road? B+ for the brew, and F for the failed marketing ploy.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 06:15:07 | More by TheSixthRing
3.56/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a pint glass. Drink by June 2014.
A- Pours a very light caramel/amber with a high white head and a very high degree of clarity. Maybe the lightest, clearest IPA I've seen.
S- Searching for the hops, some light floral notes but mostly I'm getting the malt smell of Boston Lager. Some light notes of pine.
T- It has a nice degree of sweetness, more hops in the taste than in the aroma, still light though. Getting light pine and floral, plus some citrus that wasn't in the aroma. Finishes with a decent amount of malt and some hop presence.
M- This beer is very easy to drink. If is were more around 4 or 5% I'd call it a pretty good sessionable version of an IPA.
O- I'm trying to think about who this beer is marketed to. Maybe it will a stepping stone for some into more hop forward beers but for those who already like hops I think this will be a disappointment. Too much malt and not enough hops really but I did enjoy it's drinkability and it has a pretty decent aftertaste. I've had Sam Adams' Hallertau Imperial Pilsner, so I know the can do big hops if they want to in outstanding fashion, so I was expecting a bit more out of this one. If this beer is my only choice at a chain restaurant I would get it again. Or it's on sale for 7 bucks a 6er like Sam Adams sometimes it I would pick it up. But not when I can get 2 Hearted or Centennial for only a dollar more.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 01:23:00 | More by PaulyB83
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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