Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
02-01-2014 06:55:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.74/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-15-2014 03:05:38 | More by metter98
3.51/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-22-2014 08:27:26 | More by BEERchitect
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-19-2013 01:14:42 | More by kylehay2004
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-22-2014 23:50:44 | More by oberon
3.29/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
04-20-2014 18:49:25 | More by TMoney2591
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a clear amber. Flavor is somewhat spicy from hops with an earthy overall tone. Kind of a caramel edge on it too. Just a touch of grass as well. Kind of a soil taste left in the back of my mouth. Nothing overly interesting going on here. I wouldn't mind more punch and less soil and earth tones.
02-16-2014 19:25:59 | More by RblWthACoz
4.44/5 rDev +24.4%
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.
11-21-2013 16:52:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-18-2014 08:33:09 | More by WVbeergeek
3.54/5 rDev -0.8%
Bought a single of this, BBD of June 14
Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Nice lacing, good head retention
S: Pine, oranges & lemons. All fade over time
T: Follows the nose, some grassiness, caramel & grapefruit up front. Orange peel, more grassiness as this warms & little bit of grapefruit peel. Finishes dry, with a touch of pear, grapefruit & woody hops & a bit of biscuitty malt
Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty good balance
A decent AIPA at best, hops aren't really working for me. Better than most Sam Adams beers I've had lately, but that's not really saying much...
01-19-2014 04:37:54 | More by russpowell
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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