Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.56/5 rDev -0.3%
Hmmm, I've heard a lot of good things about this beer, but it has a lower rating than I expected. Well only one way to find out. Best before June 2014 so nice and fresh.
Pours a mild fizzy 1/2 finger fizzy bubbled head that seems to stick around despite the larger bubbles, but leaves a decent lacing on the sides as well, over a crystal clear golden honey tan colored beer.
Nose is quite fruity, not really a tropical fruit but more like generic fruit, little apricot like stone fruit, little melon, mild rind bitterness, but a big dank resinous aroma too with a little pine but also a touch of guava and tangerine at least. That faintest hint of malt under that.
Taste is a bit sweeter and maltier than i expected, with a little candy sweetness, mild caramel, and some grainy toasty blond malts. Then the fruity hops, again not really tropical in nature, more generic fruit, hint stone fruit nectarine like, little rind citrus and pithy notes, little melon and hint fruity bubblegum, then back into the hop oils and dank resin, a little straight up hop oil n the palate, and dank resinous with touch of pine sap. Also mild citrus orange rind marmalade like. Finish is a bit sweet and more mild blond malts little grainy, then a little hop bitterness but very little, mid orange rind and resin lingering a bit.
Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.
Overall a bit of a let down from the hype I heard, this is not very bitter, more malt forward than i expected, hops are not really what I thought they would be for a so called West Coast style IPA. Just not really doing it for me, maybe this varies bottle to bottle, but that's not a typical Sam Adams thing.
03-02-2014 00:26:42 | More by jlindros
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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
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)
81 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.