Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Brad007:
3.39/5 rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a nice golden hue with a huge white head into my glass. I find it interesting that this is SA's idea of what a West Coast IPA should be.
Citrus and pine come out in the nose. Room temperature brings out a touch of mango and grapefruit to expand upon the citrus point.
Taste is a mixed bag of flavors. It starts off with mango/grapefruit and progresses to a piney finish with buttery malt somewhere in the middle.
Overall mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a buttery touch toward the end.
Rebel IPA strikes a good balance between the (perceived) East and West Coast IPA characteristics. A true West Coast IPA would have a stronger hop bite and would be slightly higher in ABV. Definitely worth a try otherwise.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 00:20:45 | More by Brad007
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3.89/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle
For brewery-fresh taste, drink before month notched SEP 2014
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend James for bringing this to our apartment.
Solid appearance. The beer poured a nearly crystal-clear, medium amber color and was topped by a two finger tall, tight, fluffy, off-white crown. Nice head retention. Thick streaks and odd shaped patches of lacing coated the glass.
The aroma was hoppy and quite pleasant but not very intense. It seemed that the hops were nearly overshadowed by a sweet, caramel malt base. Decent amount of citrus. Orange peel was most noticeable. Some peach and apricot notes came through as well. A touch tropical.
The flavor profile was crisper and drier than the nose and also noticeably punchier. Fruity hops led things off. Crisp and zesty. Citrus notes dominated. Orange peel was apparent. Lots of grapefruit as well. Touch of peach. Subtle, biscuity malt notes kept the hops on check. Grapefruit pith appeared in the bitter, bone dry finish. Some pininess and oily hop notes came through as well.
On the palate, the beer seemed quite thin and fizzy initially. With time, the carbonation settled and the liquid turned slicker and creamier.
This beer caused a lot of controversy simply by its name, and I can understand why. Although it is a tasty and easily quaffable IPA, it is hardly a rebellious, West Coast-style version of the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 19:56:29 | More by Damian
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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