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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,167 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,167
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 56
Gots: 859 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 06-19-2013

COLOR Bright Copper / 11 SRM
ALC BY VOL/WT 6.5%ABV - 5.1%ABW
IBUs 45
YEAST STRAIN Samuel Adams Ale Yeast
MALT VARIETIES Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60
HOP VARIETIES American Cascade, Simcoe®, Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo
CAL/SERVING 198 per 12oz serving
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS N/A
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Ratings: 3,167 | Reviews: 369 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a clear medium golden with a sticky one finger white that settles very slowly leaving two broken rings of lace behind as it settles .Mild leafy and citric hops along with some sugary sweetness,both are light.A decent shot of citric hops upfront on the palate along with a caramel biscuit base underneath,the hops are much more fruity than bitter wich surprised me a little.Not bad,it's not something to go spend alot of money on but would be good as a "starter" IPA for somebody.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rocky head from the off white head forming thick, large bodied copper hue going on. Aroma has citric notes, big fruity hop notes, lemon, lime, and alpha acids come through each sniff. Flavor includes big fruitiness, caramelized malts, bitterness rolling through with hints of tropical fruits, dank resinous hops make their presence known but the actual beer doesn't do the style justice. Mouthfeel has a resinous hop oil slickness even carbonation not much going on other than the breadiness that finishes with most Sam Adams beers. Overall I can't wait to try more Sam Adams IPAs this happens to be their first shot at a West Coast style IPA it's getting closer.

Photo of weiserr
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

For the amount of hop varieties they used to create their interpretation of a West Coast IPA, nothing stood out. Sam Adams does one thing consistent - no matter what style of beer they produce - it all shares a similar taste profile. Maybe I'm crazy. I've yet to drink any of their offerings and be blown away. If you're an IPA enthusiast who's been around the block more than once, don't expect to get anything remotely close out of this that compares to some of your favorites. Beyond mediocre and, quite comical, given Koch's cavalier attitude towards aggressively hopped beers. Anyone can do it? I disagree. I'd drink this over BMC, but that's not really saying anything, is it?

Photo of anchordrinker
1/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this is pretty much the worst IPA i've ever had. tons of off flavors, and overall completely bland and characterless. Overly malty, with flavors of squash, peanut butter, balsamic reduction, and sponge. Little to no head retention, and no lacing. I would not waste any more money or time on this Samuel Adams product.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was served on tap at Fridays restaurant.

Appearance: Rebel IPA had slight chill hazed body with a light golden color. The head was bright white, tall and soapy. It quickly settled down to a denser thin cap which hung on well and made some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a good dose of citrusy and floral hops as well as some lighter pine like hops in the background.

Taste / Palate: It has plenty of hop flavor and bitterness thought out. Its hop character is mostly citrusy and floral. The malt is light and somewhat bready and cracker like. It really just sets up the hops to shine. I would say that it has a firm medium body and the finish has a nice slow hop bitter fade.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,167 ratings.