Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Jay_Ulreich:
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
I gotta say I am really disappointed in this one. It tastes ALOT like Goose Island IPA. Not that thats a bad thing... If the recent go-between from Lagunitas and Sam Adams has any truth to it, Lagunitas you have NOTHING to worry about. Anyway...
A- Golden color, was expecting it to be darker. Looks more like a Pilsner or a Pale than an IPA. Not much lacing, small white head.
S- The smells the best part of this beer. Nice floraly piney citrus hops. Smells like its gonna be a winner!
T- But then you taste it! Citrus, pine, some flowers. Tastes sort of what it smells like. I dont taste any malt at all, and thats fuckin weird for a Sam Adams. No balance at all. Maybe its the yeast used or something but its got a weird after taste. The bitterness really lingers, its got an almost metallic taste towards the back end. It really reminds me of Goose Island IPA... if you were to hand me a glass of this stuff and tell me thats what it was, Id beleive you. I really wish they had a 6 pack, but all they had was a 12 pack. Shoulda got Torpedo, it was the same price.
M- really disappointing, its like water.... What are you guys doing?
Overall.... I will not be buying this one again. Severely lacking. "Brewed for the revolution" What does that mean? If youre gonna get an IPA by Sam, get the Latitude 48, its way better IMO. Better yet, get an IPA by a brewery who doesnt dislike hops. Put Scotch Ale back in 6 packs and Ill buy that one alll day long, but I really just dont dig anything theyve been putting out lately. I hate to sound like a hater, but stop making IPAs, malt is your thing, do that. Cheers
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 23:52:50 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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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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