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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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BA SCORE
81
good

2,738 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,738
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 592 | 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:
COLOR Bright Copper / 11 SRM
ALC BY VOL/WT 6.5%ABV - 5.1%ABW
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
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS N/A

(Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 06-19-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before 5/2014.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence all around.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

zestar, May 03, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

nmann08, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a mixture of flavors from the variety of hops used including orange and grapefruit citrus along with hints of pine resin. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very hop-forward and I didn't detect any malty flavors in the taste. It is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

metter98, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Texasfan549, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the teeth-churning, palate stripping, enamel ripping properties that West Coast breweries achieve, the Sam Adams brand gets into the game, backed with its East Coast traditions of introducing a slew of drinkers to better crafted brands. But as many of those underwhelm the connoisseurs of craft, how does Rebel IPA fare?

Bright and copper in its pour, ribbons of gold, straw and amber pierce through the beer's large clarity. Its slight haze is a testament to the beer's high hop influence. Its frothy foam structures build a honeycomb structure of foam and then recedes to a delicate creme late. All the while broken lace clings to the glass.

Hop forward aromatics lead with white grapefruit, barely ripened orange, and a grassy sense that is vibrantly earthy and citrusy. Its moderate underpinning of nutty, grainy, and caramelly scents support the hops and almost strikes a balance to the hops.

Yet to taste, the beer's early biscotti sweetness borrows caramels, honey and confection before its turn to citrus in the middle. But its the roundness of taste on the palate that delivers those grapefruit, orange and verbena-type taste that offers a charged lemon and lime character. Leafy, stemmy and grassy late, the beer's hop dominance is short.

Its malty-dry mouthfeel starts out creamy yet racy. Its that abundance of carbonation that carries off the beer's sweetness and ensures a crisply bitter finish with grass-type astringency, minerally bite, and acute resinous dryness.

I rather like Rebel IPA a lot, but it does little to stand out among the ranks of bolder and more complex beers of its style. But pairing well with great company, pizza, cheeseburgers and savory appetizers gives this ale a welcome home.

BEERchitect, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kjkinsey, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ygtbsm94, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

jaydoc, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger white foam head with minimal retention on a clear bright golden body. Some lacing.

S: pale malts, wheat, some biscuit, and grapefruit, pineapple for citrus which is mild. Where are the west coast hop aromas?

T: the sweetness is very muted as is the citrus. You can tell there is som candy citrus mosty tangerine here but it's understated. Firm pale malt base but hops are mild more as an in between from APA to IPA.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Very creamy

Overall: very drinkable with nothing off putting but it seems overly simple and plain. Not a bad beer by any means I just wanted more from a hyped beer such as this. The hops are weak for a west coast ipa for sure.

kylehay2004, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Knapp85, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

oberon, Jan 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

largadeer, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint glass at Chasers - Lake Zurich.

I wanted to try something new on tap while visiting Chasers for the first time, and this was the only one I hadn't yet had before. Done. It pours a clear sunrise brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild grass, very mild pine, and a soft breeze of caramel in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, the flowers and grass a touch brighter, but not very much at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay IPA at best, overtly mild and approaching boring.

TMoney2591, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, a single, 'cause that's how rebels roll, doncha know?

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty, dank piney hops straight off, a bit of orange and white grapefruit pith, wet crackery pale malt, ethereal caramel notes, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is bready, grainy, and slightly doughy pale malt, lemon floor polish, slightly resinous pine needles, a bit of white chalk, and further earthy, weedy and floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly equitable in its meted out frothiness, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, in the way of that IPA whose hops have better things to do. It finishes off-dry, the yeast starting to really stick, as the piney, citrusy hops lag, and the malt keeps on keepin' on.

Not a bad rendition of a west coast ideal from that totally opposite coast, as it were. It picks up on the trendy dank and floral notes to a tee, and keeps everything else quiet and on the down-low. Yup, Sam Adams all the way.

biboergosum, Wednesday at 03:26 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

zeff80, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

underwhelmed by this, deceivingly named, as this isnt revolutionary at all, not distinct or memorable in any way, and certainly not likely to elicit social change. i hate to say that i bought this based on the tag line "brewed for the revolution", but i did, mistake. not a bad ipa, but very generic, far from the best possible use of these hop varietals. super light in color and immaculately clear with a short lived inch or so of white bubbly head. it smells like diluted west coast ipa, hoppy but without any characteristic juice or fruity or sticky resinous anything. the hops are so plain, which surprises me for these heavy hitting varieties. it tastes like a beer ive had a million times before, not bad at all, its actually quite good, with a sturdy abv but a light drinking mouthfeel, but there is nothing revolutionary about it, and i am frustrated by its blandness, especially knowing sam adams can make such wonderful beer, hoppy beer too, but this just underwhelms. refreshing enough, super light in malt profile and in hops too really, clean finishing. decent spring ipa all the way, i dont dislike it, but i expected so much more out of this.

StonedTrippin, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +11.7%

nickfl, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Jason, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not to filling, decent kick, excellent West Coast representation of style, this is definitely one of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 21, 2013
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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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