Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Redneckwine:
3.26/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a fresh 12 oz bottle into pint glass
Appearance - dark golden, crystal clear, 1 finger head dissipates into just a feint whisp, not much lace
Smell - grassy, earthy, piney...but muted. Bready malts are more assertive than the hops.
Mouthfeel/Taste - tingly carb, pretty smooth medium light body. Taste pretty much follows nose with slightly bitter piney, grassy hops and fairly assertive bready malt character, but not much else. Feels one dimensional. Also feels watered down and muted. Finish is trying to add a note of fruity citrus but doesn't quite get there, ghost-like. Medium bitter pine on the finish, a bit rough.
Overall - They missed what they were going for: the west coast IPA. There isn't much, if any tropical fruit, orangey citrus going on here, and I feel like the malt bill is overshadowing the simple, piney/grassy hops. That being said, this is not a bad beer but a uncomplicated, average brew that I wouldn't turn down if offered, but wouldn't buy a sixer with so many similar priced, superior choices available.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 01:39:46 | More by Redneckwine
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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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