Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.49/5 rDev +25.4%
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?
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 20:13:30 | More by woodychandler
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4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Out of the bottle, this beer pours golden yellow, white head lingers for only a short time
S- i cannot detect much in the way of aroma, more hop pine than malt
T- Nice bitter start and solid bitter finish, definite hits of tart grapefruit seem to dominate. I also get a tang (lactose) of sorts at the front
M- Carbonation helps with a peppery bite
O- Drinkable beer, I haven't had many West-Coast-Style beers, so perhaps I need more practice.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 20:12:51 | More by SSS
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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