Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Caj1:
4.06/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Another offering from the Sam Adams gang is the Rebel IPA, a "West Coast Style" IPA with five different hop varieties that's refreshing and offers some good flavor, but doesn't quite take it far enough for me to consider it a top-tier beer.
The beer pours a golden-straw color with plenty of head, decent carbonation and a great deal of lacing; indeed, this is a sticky beer. The only complaint as far as appearance is concerned is that it seems a little bit too pale and watered down; it could be a touch darker and I wouldn't complain at all. It smells like hops, what can I say? The citrus notes are very front and center in the nose, while sweet, doughy malt rounds it out a bit, and grassy notes underscore it faintly.
Flavor is nice, but not particularly bold; the hops don't do enough to cut through the sweet bready flavor of the beer, but they do taste good and mellow out nicely, and I can say that by cutting back on the bitter and perfume qualities of the hops they will be able to reach a more casual beer drinker. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, though more than three of these will leave you feeling a little bit bloated, exactly what I would expect from an IPA.
So overall this is a very passable if not exactly memorable IPA from the Sam Adams guys. I prefer the Latitude 48 IPA myself, but the Rebel is perfectly serviceable. Hopefully they'll be able to bring in a few converts, because the beer is quite good; it just doesn't do enough to distinguish itself.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 04:01:43 | More by Caj1
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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)
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