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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: 3,758
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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Photo of whatchathink
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whatcha See? Looks like apple juice with a decent head that sticks around. Whatcha Smell? Toasted sweet malts and citrusy hops, more grapefruit than pine. Whatcha Taste? Sweet toasted caramel malts, grapefruit, and slight pine. Mouth feel is smooth, light, highly drinkable, and finishes dry. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Whatcha think? This is a very well done IPA that isn't offensive and to me it is extremely well rounded with the malty sweetness, and finishing with the grapefruit hops. I will buy this again. A-

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L- looks like a bud light
S- I could smell the bitterness, not much else
T- decent... as with smell, there wasn't much taste besides bitter
F- very light and drinkable feel for an IPA... very carbonated though

Overall, it's not terrible, but definitely not memorable. I'd drink it again, but not at bar prices.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into six ounce glass from 12 oz bottle
L- a dark yellow color closer to gold, thin white head left lacing
S- first sniff was total grapefruit also some toasty malts
T- taste was well balanced decent malt taste with overtones of pine and citrus from the hops with little sweetness too
F- was crisp but not so carbonated, a little creamy
O- was a great IPA well balanced malt and hops leaving a nice bitter aftertaste for quite some time after the beer was done

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber gold pour. Smells of pine and grapefruit citrus. Strong grapefruit flavors with intense bitterness. One of the more hoppy, bitter and aggressive IPA's. Not very well balanced. It feels highly carbonated with a light-medium body. Really bitter, grapefruit, pine hoppy flavor. As it warms though the flavors mellow out and the malt begins to shine a little. Overall, not a bad one.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear (filtered) with medium head and some lacing. Nose is a little weak for an IPA, but does have nice c-hop notes, edging towards piney. Taste is clean with reasonable bitterness and balance. Overall, a good back up IPA when nothing better is available.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden with some reasonable lacing.

Smells of pine and some fruit - melon perhaps.

Taste is pine again, with some bready notes and a bit of sweetness.

Decent carbonation, not too strong in the aftertaste.

Harmless but fun enough for what it is. Like all Sam Adams, it'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of slader
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, approachable IPA with nice balance of bold and smooth. Also its no small feat that the beer tasted exceptionally fresh even though this pub's tap is hundreds of miles from the brewery.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light Amber. Has minimal aroma of pine. Flavor is citrus peel a touch of sweetness but pretty light overall. Leaves a decent aftertaste of pine / citrus. Not bad, just a drinkable beer

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh. I like Sam Adams but I think this beer is overrated. It's a crisp IPA with some pine hop flavors, but it's really not very well balanced. I think the bitterness needs a little more malt to offset it. I normally love the flavors that linger after Boston Beer Co's brews, but this one finishes kinda weird. I've tried this beer a few times hoping I would change my mind but no dice. This one will be the last.

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Photo of MHurley
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear orange with finger amount of head into sniffer with thick lacing. Smells of pine and citrus and alot of malt. Not much flavor to this IPA other then some light bittness. Nothing bad bit nothing great about this beer, to me its just another Samuel Adams brew

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Photo of hdf561
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I do not like IPA's period, but this is actually drinkable...darker look poured into an English style pub glass...smelled awful but the taste was surprisingly drinkable not as bitter as most IPA's...still not a fan of the style but this is drinkable for me

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Photo of Alexc11
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid strong beer. A bit harsh on the tongue but goes down nicely with a hint of bitterness. Has an 'October' color - golden, orange, yellow.

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Photo of tzieser
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Best by December 2015.

L: light amber in color, slightly hazy with a fluffy white head that lingers for a very long time. a very nice looking beer.

S: a nice hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus and pine. a bit of sweet bready malt in the back. nothing groundbreaking, yet slightly above average.

T: hops all over the place, with a bit of orange peel and finishing with pine bitterness. malts are fairly well balanced throughout, adding a bit of sweet bread and honey notes. not a very clean finish. overall, good IPA flavor yet not enough to differentiate itself from the 1000s of others being brewed these days.

F: surprisingly strong malt balance leads to a fuller body than most west-coast style IPAs. finish isn't as dry nor as clean as it should be.

O: a pretty average west-coast style IPA. not quite as good as lagunitas (c'mon, we all know that's what this beer is striving for) but is still good enough on it's own. worth it when on sale ($13/12 pack).

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Photo of Urk1127
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Smell of grapefruit and adjunct maltyness. Golden orange color. Very smooth, creamy. Taste is up front citrus peel, grapefruit, not but bitterness but its there. Aftertaste is the Sam Adams malt profile. Solid. If sold cheaper, would buy often. Its good but there is better for the $11 IPAs

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden, decent fingernail length head, sudsy lace. Raw grain aroma, oily hops, faint citrus and a sweet malt and honey towards the end. Malt forward with a sweet finish. However, the oily and mildly piny hops are definetely there. Not a hop bomb but a good amount for balance. At 6.5% ABV this one is very drinkable and even feels like a fuller bodied session ipa. I love the oily and slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue.
I've had this in the past and was not immediately mores see until now. I really like it for what it is; a really tasty and milder IPA that is accessible. This wouldn't be a bad IPA to introduce to the uninitiated.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear deep gold, without a lot of head but a thin layer seems to stay. swirl the glass and you get some lacing staying on the sides. lots of carbonation. Edit - (after pouring a second glass i got a 2 finger foamy white head, sometimes i guess its in the pour lol)

Aroma - on the forfront of the nose I get pine resin hops maybe a slight floral smell and some grapefruityness in the back. I can also smell very slight amounts of malt. overall the nose is not super strong but the hops predominate.

Taste - taste is the exact same as the nose, the pine resin is the strongest taste. and theres a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Its not the worst IPA ive tasted and its not the best. If your choices consisted of bud or this take this.

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Photo of bigzack420
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.75

Very floral and citrusey with a slight bitterness at the end don't have much experience with ipas so don't have too much else to say but definitely not a bad beer

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The IPA style has been a challenge for Boston Beer Company, my favorite craft brewer thanks to Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Winter lager, Christmastime and others. Ultimately, Samuel Adams is one of my favorite brewers because they were one of the founders of the craft beer revolution with their excellent lagers. It hasn't been much of an ale house.

Rebel IPA is good though. It's a sneaky IPA. It really grows on you. I didn't get it at first. Popping out the cap, Rebel upped the ante on even the piney aroma of a Torpedo, thanks to much dry-hopping. In mid-glass, even, a hint of cattiness seemed to creep in. How did this get past Koch was my question.

Now, I get it. Like a newly opened bottle of wine, fresh from the brewery Rebel needs to breathe for a few minutes. Decant Rebel into a good beer glass and leave it for a minute or two. You'll be glad you did. With the extra care, Rebel's excess of pine dissipates. The IPA opens up into citrus, predominantly grapefruit, with only a hint of pine. After a few weeks in the cupboard, the excess of pine is gone right out of the bottle.

With the aroma tamed, the taste is in proportion. It's very good. The aroma stays full, never fading to the bottom of the glass.

The look is excellent. It's similar to established IPAs - amber with a touch of orange. The distinction is in the head and lacing. The head foams up abundantly, and lacing is pronounced to the bottom of the glass.

The smell, once decanted, is a high 4 or a 5. This score is just the result of the extra effort required to access the good nose. It's a classic IPA citrus aroma, with a hint of pine. Nice.

The taste is very good. It is a citrus taste initially, with a hint of excellent malt body and flavor behind it. The malt feel of richness is not really enough compared to Lagunistas, which results in an initial feeling that the taste is a little more like grapefruit on a thin cracker than a feast of grapefruit and cake. However, it's sneaky. As the performance of the head and the lacing suggest, the malt is extremely high quality. As a result, it sticks with you and really tastes excellent, with a trademark suggestion of honey and paradise.

I actually drank Lagunistas after Rebel and mistook the lingering excellence for Lagunistas. Nope. It's Rebel and the Samuel Adams spare-no-expense quality. So the flavor is just excellent, as it builds.

The feel is a little thin compared to Lagunistas or Total Domination. That's where this solid effort can be improved.

The body of the malt is not shooting the lights out at all in Rebel. It's not watery, but it's not distinctively good. If you've had Octoberfest you know how thick Sam Adams can brew. Drinking a Lagunistas is an experience - citrus and grapefruit aroma, initial grapefruit and citrus taste followed by notable malt body. I suggest drinking a Rebel first to get the awesome Rebel flavor combined with Lagunistas' thicker malt feeling. Lagunistas alone has a mainstream malt flavor, but some body. Rebel has the flavor but is too thin. Rebel isn't hitting the ball out of the park, but it's close.

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4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not bad for a mass production ipa.
Very drinkable. Good ipa to choose if no micro brews are available.
Floral pine Citrus ..
Good color and feel.
Like i said good choice when all others are not available.
Not my first choice. .but would pick if i had to choose among the regular beer selection.

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Photo of puck1225
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft in 22 oz. mug. Clear golden yellow with a small head. Hoppy but not over powering. Not really very floral or citrusy. Not a bad beer to have when the tap list is limited.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks amazing. High carbonation, thick frothy white heard, foamy lacing all the way down. Nice. Smells of light grass and pale star, slightly juicy and watery. Taste is more floral with notes of pollen and green grass and fresh thyme. Slight tart lemon finishes with a mild dry bittering. Feel is a little on the weak side and little to no aftertaste except for a slight west bread sweetness and some more grassy notes. Overall, I'm really impressed this came from Sam Adams. This is a very modern feeling light refreshing ipa. Would drink again. Would recommend.

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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 Doug_Kozisek
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight out of the bottle. My last experience with Samuel Adams was at their brewpub in the TWA terminal in St. Louis, so you know how long ago that was. Wasn't impressed at the time cuz we were killing time between flights and all they had at that time was Boston Lager. Their double IPA can stand on its own and I may have to try some of their other brews.

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Photo of mjurney
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color, chill haze. Good amount of carbonation rising. Bright white head.

Citrus, floral, sweet bready malts.

Hop bitterness up front, mostly citrus-floral, a little herbal. Malt background, bready, sugary, caramel. Finish is bitter, crisp and semi-dry. Body is medium, refreshing, crisp, easy drinking.

It's a very good American IPA.

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Photo of Nyg
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta say this is just an ok beer and leave it at that. Way too much hop mixing. I had to force this one down. The west coast session is 100x better. This beer is my least favorite Sam's I've had to date

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.