Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.56/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 00:26:42 | More by jlindros
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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)
81 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.