Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
4/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a clear golden amber with a clinging, creamy white head that recedes very, very slowly. Little streams of carbonation are clearly evident in the glass. Overall, it is a lively looking brew.
S: Aromas of biscuits, crackers, minerals, cream, and caramel are joined by strong scents of pine, juniper berry, spruce, grapefruit, herbs, lemon, lime, kumquat, and bitter orange. This smells like an IPA should in my opinion.
T: Malty notes of minerals, biscuit, crackers, and cream mingle with flavors of pine, spruce, juniper berry, fresh herbs (peppermint, lemongrass, sage, thyme, and yarrow perhaps), bitter orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and kumquats. The finish is assertive and somewhat resinous with biscuit and cracker overpowered by lemon, lime, bitter orange, pine, and juniper.
M: Medium in body and somewhat dry for the style. Carbonation is crisp, lively, and active. If it weren't for the typically bold flavors so often associated with American IPAs, it would be easy to forget that one is drinking an ale of more than 6% ABV.
O: I know that the Samuel Adams line does not get the highest reviews on this site, but I am currently under the impression that people here seem to be trying to find a reason to dislike this ale. No, it is not a one-dimensional hop bomb (I know those are en vogue right now), but it is an incredibly balanced, flavorful, complex, and authentic representation of one of the United States' premier styles. I recommended this highly regardless of what the hipsters think!
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 18:39:45 | More by mrfrancis
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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
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a white 2-finger head. Good retention Lends itself
Smell - Bright citrus character off-set by a strong malt presence. Orange and grapefruit backed by caramel.
Taste - Follows the nose, though more malt-forward than hoppy. Hits first with orange and grapefruit essence, then met by a strong, deep caramel malt which takes over as the main character. Finishes much the same, with the caramel sweetening out and a waning citrus hoppiness that leaves a faint touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with a moderate, semi-crisp bite. Really smooth and mellow. Very nice to drink.
Overall - This is a damn tasty beer, it really is, but it misses the mark both in marketing and style. This may have cut it as a West Coast 'Rebel' IPA 20 years ago, but half the W.C. APA's have bigger hop bite than this in today's market. Terrible marketing campaign; it's just a failure as a W.C. IPA. Look past the the intention, however, and you'll find a well balanced, delicious caramel-centered pale with complimentary notes of citrus. So, what to do? How to grade it? Middle of the road? B+ for the brew, and F for the failed marketing ploy.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 06:15:07 | More by TheSixthRing
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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