Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
3.69/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, Enjoy before Aug 2014
A - Deep golden yellow, Rebel IPA is crystal clear with plenty of carbonation streaming from the glass' nucleation point, keeping the white head alive. Plenty of lace leaves welcome graffiti on the pint as the head subsides.
S - Rebel IPA brings a slap to the face of raw hops - the kind of aroma you get from your hands after harvesting hops straight from the bine or crushing pellets between your fingers. The nose is rich with resiny pine sap, lemon oil, and suggestions of potpourri with traces of allspice hiding in the background.
T - The label touts "5 variets of west coast hops", all which are well respected in their own right but when brought together, the conglomerate of citrus lacks real definition, eventually falling to sticky pine resin like chewing on hop cones. The malt base provides exceptional balance of toasted bread and caramel, evening out the hop smack on the tongue.
M - With an inviting aroma that shouts hops, a flavor that might actually be a little bit too hoppy, and a label that keeps saying "West Coast Style", I expected a good helping of bitterness to conclude the feel of this otherwise smooth IPA. Sadly, it seems they've exchanged their rebellious look for a beer that they'd rather have be drinkable; departing the "style", rather than go against the grain of what Samuel Adams customers are used to.
O - Despite the obvious appearance Samuel Adams' Rebel IPA has for starting something new; going crazy, this beer is far too reserved and cautious to me. I get that Samuel Adams is a brewing giant, therefor they've got to appeal to the masses and make drinkable beer but, what I don't get is why they're putting on a facade with this particular brand. Rebel IPA is a great IPA but it's not a west coast, revolution-starting IPA. Sure its a hoppy beer but it lacks the true bitterness, the big kick to hang with any of the real west coast IPAs; it's been dumbed-down for the masses - masses already completely familiar with a market over-saturated with IPAs.
So while I think Rebel IPA is a really good beer; an introductory IPA, contradictory to what their marketing suggests, I'm against the weak 45 IBUs but more so against what I might consider as false marketing. Either go big to hang with what you're tying to emulate or bill the beer as what it is; a really solid, drinkable IPA.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 00:36:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Serving type: bottle poured into a tulip
A: golden with a bright white head. Decent lacing.
S: Pine, slight citrus. But resinous and piney, big time. Smells fantastic. Surprised at how fantastic this smells.
T: Close to the nose, with a bit more citrus present. Resinous and pineyand delicious. Typical West coast hops. Crisp, but noticeable maltiness. Very balanced.
M: Medium carbonation. Light on the tongue, guess I'd say medium mouthfeel.
O: Very impressed. Very sold IPA, and for the price, I can't beat it around here. Sure there are better, but for a year round, cheap IPA, it's definitely something I could drink a lot of.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 03:58:38 | More by BarRoomHero88
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 2,056 ratings.