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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

3,248 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,248
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 64
Gots: 943 | 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: 3,248 | Reviews: 398 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Caj1:
Photo of Caj1
4.07/5  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.

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.

Photo of mojohawk21
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 3,248 ratings.