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

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 3,759
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 41.44%
Wants: 88
Gots: 1,430 | 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
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
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Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a one finger white head. Actually pretty decent head retention and lacing. I am pleasantly surprised.

Aroma is very nice. Tons of tropical citrus along with just the slightest bit of pine. There is almost a minty-ness about it. Not much malt at all.

The flavor provides a big shot of orange and grapefruit along with the mint that was present in the aroma. Also some earth but it is a bit muted. Bitterness is quite high and the flavor is still lacking the malt balance that I am looking for. Mouthfeel is fairly hefty but a bit on the sticky side.

Overall, for a Sam Adams beer I am very impressed. This one exceeded expectations and is really a well-made IPA. Something I will definitely have to pick up again.

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Photo of mozart4898
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to glass.

L - Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden in color. Nice. Leaves good lacing down the glass
S - Light citrus, perhaps a bit of malt. Seems a bit light on hops for an IPA.
T - Pleasant bitterness. Dry. Citrus and perhaps a bit of pine in the hop flavor. Taste closely mirrors the aroma - in other words hops could be heavier but pleasant. Not very sweet which is a plus in my book.
F - Medium body, nice carbonation.
O - Solid IPA but not outstanding. Easy to find. I believe many ratings would be higher if tasted blind (i.e. reviewers didn't know it was a Sam Adams product).

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why the ratings are so low on this. Probably because Sam Adams isn't cool to beer snobs anymore, which I don't get. Anyway, to me this is just as good as mother higher rated IPAs like Green Flash or Titan.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Macmarkg
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at all, actually. Has a very Sam Adams character to it; certainly isn't as much of a big "west coast" IPA as advertised but for what it is I think it is downright tasty. This brewery really does have their own style and taste and I really appreciate that about SA. Try it out.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
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?

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Photo of cvallance
4.56/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good big brewery ipa

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Photo of anchordrinker
1/5  rDev -72.4%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of treeslothguy
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure why I even picked this up but I wish I hadnt. I might have just picked up some miller light and had enjoyed it possible more than this. The only way this resembles an ipa is that it says ipa on the bottle.

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Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Machoo
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm much more rock n roll than beer and SA seems much like Billy Joel in beer world. It aint my realm so I can't bash just for the sake of it. Seems somewhat definitive of namesake---how are things on the west coast IPA.

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Photo of rmup18
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Juicy hops.

Taste: Pretty subdued bitterness, but still plenty of fruity and citric hop taste comes through. Moderately sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, well carbonated.

Overall: Pretty good. You can tell this was designed to be an accessible IPA - not too bitter, fruity hops, sweet malts. It definitely succeeds in that, and is a great choice for someone just getting into IPAs. If you are already initiated and crave the bitterness of an West Coast IPA, then this might let you down a bit.

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Photo of carney710
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Average IPA Color. Pours a nice golden-amberish. Mid-sized head, pours pretty hefty then begins to disappear a bit.
Smell: Very mellow, citrusy and floral with a hoppy finish.
Taste: Again a very citrusy and floral taste with a bitterness from the hops. The taste is again pretty mellow but noticeable.
Feel: Fairly light.
Overall: Very solid IPA. It's extremely mellow for an IPA, which makes this beer easy to drink. The flavor and aroma is notched down a bit. It doesn't have an extreme flavor(but I mean that in a good way). So, overall a very solid IPA. I would buy it again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Veiled golden color with powerful activity. Frothy beige half a finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of citrus orange and butterscotch. Flavors of fruity orange, lemon, tropical fruits, roasted grains, a little corny, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Bready, grassy, and slightly biscuity. Well balanced sweetness and sharpness.

Creamy smooth medium body with perfect zesty carbonation. Medium intensity finish of short length, ending with a zesty citrus feel, some herbal spices, and a little roasted malts.

Overall a decent craft offering nice flavors and great freshness. Good balance but slightly off with the corn flavor. More accessible than most IPAs being a little faint for the AVB.

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Photo of Rivcabeerlover
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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