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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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3,263 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,263
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 63
Gots: 952 | 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 woodychandler:
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last major CANned holdouts was Samuel Adams in Boston, but then Jim Koch saw the light and has been CANverted! Thanks for listening to me, Jim. It brightens my day when a new CANned beer comes to market so that I CAN drink it, review it and share it with you.

From the CAN: " West Coast Style [-] Brewed for the Revolution"; "Everything we love about West Coast-style IPAs. Big citrus & grapefruit flavors with subtle pine notes for a flavorful, refreshing brew."; "Freshness matters. Enjoy before date on bottom."

Oh man, a tallboy of an AIPA! Be still, my beating heart. The Crack! was tremendous and I could barely restrain myself from an inverted Glug. In fact, I could not and following the pseudo-cascade, I had two puffy, billowy fingers of dense, bone-white head atop the beer. It looked like the clouds that Jim Weber and I remarked on yesterday on our way to Harrisburg. Gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, Sam. Adams is apparently a big believer in filtration and the result was a button-bright golden-yellow beer (SRM = >7, < 9). Naturally, this was the signal for my three drinking pals, Croesus, Mammon and Midas to show up and begin squabbling amongst themselves. I paid them no never mind and leaned in for a sniff. It was more subdued than what came in a bottle in that pine was the big leader and that was accompanied by an earthiness that made it very outdoorsy. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very pleasant and quite different from what I got in the bottled version. Now, it was more muted, more balanced, still quite hoppy, but with some malt in the mix to keep it from being too rebellious. Great lacing formed as I drank through this one. Finish was semi-dry, very drinkable, with a cool, minty lingering flavor. I would definitely put this in the cooler!

Time for a CANQuest (TM) update! My original, bottle review dtd 15 Feb 2014, scores 4.25, 4.75, 4.5, 4, and 4.5 follows:

I am a big fan of AIPAs, I usually like what comes from the Boston Beer Company, and I am watching Olympic hockey right now (Slovenia vs. Slovakia), so this should all add up to a big win for yours truly. I scored this at The Friendly Greek, our local up-and-coming bottle shop.

From the bottle: "Rebel IPA is brewed with 5 varieties of West Coast hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook & Amarillo. It's everything we love about West Coast-style IPAs. Big citrus & grapefruit flavors with subtle pine notes for a flavorful, refreshing brew."; "West Coast Style [-] Brewed for the Revolution".

My aggro pour produced a solid finger of dense, tawny, rocky head with great retention that began to form great lacing as it fell. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and lo and behold! my pals, Croesus, Mammon and Midas were lined up for a taste. Nose was subtle like a sledgehammer to the back of the head! It was a riot of grapefruit and pine and made me wonder who they thought they were zoomin' with that verbiage. All beers should smell like this. It was like an icebreaker cutting through my sinus cavity. Mouthfeel was medium, even kind of soft, with flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit and pine. This was a hophead's dream! Finish was dry, sure, but not gaspingly so. I really liked the way that they had shown restraint in getting these flavors without imparting a saturated-like mouthfeel. Would I drink this again? Is Sochi, Russia located on the Black Sea? Is it too much to ask them to put it in a CAN?

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of weiserr
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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?

Photo of anchordrinker
1/5  rDev -72.1%
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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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