Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Caj1:
4.06/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
03-13-2014 04:01:43 | More by Caj1
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-22-2014 23:50:44 | More by oberon
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-18-2014 08:33:09 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
06-04-2014 07:56:46 | More by generallee
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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