Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
81
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3,467 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,467
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 75
Gots: 1,140 | 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: 3,467 | Reviews: 463
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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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 bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First off, this is NOT a West Coast IPA. It is not very bitter, it is too low in alcohol, and the malt balance is more like an English IPA.

That said, it is still enjoyable. Grapefruit and pine hoppiness, with balanced malts. Strong fruitiness overall that is not consistent with American hops. Dry and spicy on the finish, but only low to moderate bitterness.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Macmarkg
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice light IPA. Great for a hot day when you are not looking for something with a lot of power and bite. A tiny bit pedestrian, but I would drink it again.

Photo of weiserr
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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 cvallance
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good big brewery ipa

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 DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with thick, tight white foam. Smells like centennial hops with lemon notes. Green grass and grapefruit plus lemon zest. Medium lite mouthfeel. Resinous hoppy tongue coating. West coast, but not hop overpowering. Nice.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottle.

3.25 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: This wasn't what I was expecting. It's surprisingly bready with a cracker component to it. When I think of "west coast IPA" I think more clean malt profile. Hops are a hodgepodge of herbal, grapefruity citrus, and grassy. There's hints of some musky cat aroma in there as well.

3.25 T: Taste is pretty similar to nose. Mild bitterness. Musty feline flavors with a hefty herbal component. Grassy and citrusy hops underneath. The taste is more cracker and less bready than the nose though.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and super smooth.

3.25 D: It's not a bad beer, but it's not what I was expecting. If I went in thinking this was a pale ale instead of a "west coast IPA" I probably would have been more satisfied. Either way, it drinks easy.

Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Swinging Chicken Saloon.

Pours a clear amber, left a half inch white head that dissipated slowly, left moderate lacing on the glass.

Piney, sweet hops take the start, a nice toasted malt barley takes the finish.
Not bad at all.

Medium-light bodied, light carbonation, crisp finish.

Photo of SoulFroosh
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The thing with Sam Adams is you always (with every beer) get that Sam Adams malt/yeast backbone.

This happens to be a damn good IPA. Anyone that says it isn't "hoppy enough" isn't talking sense. It's just very well complimented by the Sam malts. There's plenty of hoppiness here.

If you like malty, hoppy IPA's, then this will be right up your street.
Readily available and well priced. You can't get a better IPA for your buck.

Don't listen to negative (anti-mainstream) reviews.
Cheers.

Photo of rmup18
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all around IPA. A nice offering from Boston Brewing Co.

Photo of Wasatch
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: Jul 2015

Poured into a pint glass a basically clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonatino, with a nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy with some malt notes, very slight citrus. The taste is mostly malty, but with a very close maltyness, very slight citrus. Medium body. dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, but probably will not buy again.

Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Slightly hazy Light Amber colour with an off white 2 finger head that has pretty good retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Bready malt and Citrus(grapefruit).

T-Nice malt that gives way to refreshing citrus but slightly sweeter than the citrus on the aroma. Almost orange/tangerine. Nice hop bite on the finish.

M- Low to Medium Carbonation and a very smooth body.

O- Thankfully Samuel Adam's Rebel IPA finally became available in New Brunswick and I have to say that this is easily to best Samuel Adam's beer I've had to date. It simply has all of the characteristics you would want in an IPA. Nice malt and citrus flavours with an adequate hop bite. To Whomever is responsible for bringing this beer to New Brunswick: Thank you.

Photo of carney710
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA, different. Readily available around me so its one of my go-to choices at bars

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not impressed. Was hoping for better from a great Brewery. Not really a West Coast IPA... Not enough hop taste and too much malt. Ok if you're looking for a mediocre IPA. I guess. You taste buds have been spoiled by Knee Deep Brewery and El Segundo

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.44/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Starts out OK, but finishes distasteful, like a Bud Light. If I didn't know what it was I wouldn't have guessed it was an IPA.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with enjoy before dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pours near clear, with bubble rising, fine off white head, leaves tiny bubble, film, frothy collar and ample fields of lacing.

Moderate grapefruit and biscuity malts upon the sniff.

Respectable take on the vaunted and highly appreciated "west coast" style IPA.

More grapefruit, more assorted citrus notes, some bready malt notes in the far rear, with resinous hops all over the finish.

Respectable but not awesome, worth a try, reasonably priced and widely available, gotta give SA props for giving it a try and hitting the mark, but not blowing anybody away

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Pour Farm, New Bedford

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops

Taste: piney hops, light citrus and sugar, touch of caramel

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A slightly above average but solid IPA. A nice and piney taste. This is one that I would not rush out to get, but not one I would turn down if offered to me either.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden colored and crystal clear. An inch thick of off white head and Brussels lacing are present. The nose is a blend of tropical and piney hops with the former in the lead. The mouth initially provides a crisp coppery bitterness. The back of the palate is more of a tropical bitterness with notes of pineapple. The mouth provides a light stickiness.

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Upfront mix of earthy, citrus, and floral hops. Hints of grass and light pine. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, mango, and pineapple. Bready backing malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, grass, and pine. Earthy and floral hops with notes of wet grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, and mango. Background bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Kind of laid back for a West Coast IPA but solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A lighter but decent take on a IPA. Kind of tastes like a session IPA with some laid back but solid hop notes.

Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If im at a bar with the standard run of the mill selections, ill pick this over magic hat or goose anytime. Its a solid beer, not exciting, over the top, or amazing. But a good drink non the less.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip; crystal clear golden-yellow/orange with a fluffy chunky white head that fades after a few moments into a half-finger cap of lumpy foam.
Smells of pine and citrus, relatively generic west-coast IPA.
Taste is the same...piney/citrus rind bitterness, clear malt.
Mouthfeel is crisp and thin, clean.
Overall, a generic but well-made west-coast IPA.

Photo of Auraan
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear amber color with a three finger white head that receded to a one finger white head leaving little lacing. A nice looking IPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple, with very faint orange and citrus aromas and malt sweetness. Extremely sweet and fruity for a West Coast style IPA, with none of the pine or even grapefruit that the style usually has in abundance. The aroma notes that do hit the style are nice though. Taste begins with a moderate level of hop bitterness, with notes of bitter citrus pith and a strong, fruity, semi-sweet citrus character, moving into some piney and slightly earthy hop flavors alongside a nice malt backbone. The finish is earthy, floral and slight piney hops. Aftertaste is earthy, floral and faintly pine hops with moderate levels of bitterness. Not the most bitter IPA, but it has a decent character that is fairly on point for a West Coast style IPA, though not the best example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a juicy feel and slight smoothness and a low level of carbonation. Easy to drink and smooth, a good mouthfeel that fits the style and keeps it refreshing. Overall this is a fairly good attempt at a West Coast style IPA from a brewery that usually just does East Coast stlye. However it lacks the full character of examples of the style from the West Coast. Not a bad IPA by any means, but it falls just a bit short.

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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