Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.11/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Poured chilled in tall ale glass.
A: good carbonation, clear amber color, decent head with bubbles of mixed size
S: stinks! Wow, there's a bready smell, but on top of it is a diaper poo smell. Maybe I got the wrong batch or something.
T: complex IPA; well balanced, smooth; emphasis on bittering hops, which tend to the tenor and bass notes of the hop chorus; malt profile reminds me of Sam Adams lager
M: rich, silky
If it weren't for the smell, I would have rated this higher.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 04:32:37 | More by Arithmeticus
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into standard pint glass. Is a very clear, amber/orange color. Very little head retention despite "aggressive" pouring. Almost zero head retention after only 45 seconds or so.
A little disappointing, given the advertised West Coast IPA label. Kind of piney but cannot really smell the citrus, grapefruit hops of, again, the proclaimed WCIPA. Despite being a totally different style/brew, you can still faintly smell that "Sam Adams Scent" (if that makes sense). The bottle states it's brewed with 5 hop varities: Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo. Wish they were a little more up front with smell.
Mild hops but definitely a little more malty than WCIPA is supposed to be. A faint crispness from the hops all throughout from front end to back end. The bottle states it's brewed with 5 hop varities: Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo. Wish they were a little more KA-POW with this. Give me more bitter!
Crisp but not sharp. Could use a little more fluff to it. Not overly malty/bready though
Totally not a West Coast IPA in my opinion. They should've just marketed it as a regular IPA with some other type of "rebel" catch/marketing ploy. With that being said, it does make for a fantastic session beer. I'm very excited to offer this to my beer drinking friends with terrible test ( e.g. Budweiser guys) to try and get them to branch out and broaden their horizons. Although Sam Adams failed in their style attempt for the most part, they did nail a solid IPA (almost American Pale Ale with kick). It'll be interesting to see if this brew is able to stick around. Hopefully it does because it is totally drinkable (hate that phrase) and at 6.5%, several will help put a smile on your face.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 22:32:03 | More by muddypuddin2
3.64/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
First Sam beer I've bought in years.
A: Fairly aggressive pour lead to only about a finger of head. Beer is a dull copper. Almost transparent. Carbonation is moderate. Retention is moderate. Lacing is moderate. Everything is moderate!
S: Big bready like malt aroma. Slightly sweet. Hops are subdued. Grapefruit, citrus, some pine. This one still strikes me as malt dominant.
T: Sweetness is less present in the taste. Malt takes on more of a graininess. Hops strike about halfway through, throwing up moderate amounts of bitterness. Flavors are citric (mainly tangerine, with a big of grapefruit) with a splash of pine. Bitterness does carry through to the finish. Drying, borderline resinous finish.
M: Light in the mouth for the amount of malt perceived. Relatively low abv contributes to this, I'm sure. Carbonation is definitely present on the tongue, but isn't overpowering in any way.
O: Decent, but dumbed down, version of the style. IPA's are known for aggression, and this one falls flat in that regard. I'm going to presume that Sam is once again trying to reach the widest possible audience with this beer instead of focusing on a stylistically accurate representation. This, combined with the "Revolution" marketing, comes off as obnoxious and ungenuine. The west coast revolution happened in the mid 90's, Sam. Catch up.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 09:02:00 | More by McStagger
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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