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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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 TheSSG
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, off-white head. Typical IPA coloring. Huge notes of pine in the nose. Starts with an intense citrus rind flavor; grapefruit and orange peel. Surprisingly mild on bitterness. As the hop bitterness settles down, the sweet malt can shine through. The finish is lingering citrus rind with a little bit of pine.

Honestly, this is pretty tasty. All the flavor of a WC IPA, but without the lingering, oppressive bitterness; and if I'm going to reach for a WC style IPA, that quality makes this brew high on that list.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft at a fine in movie theater. Smelled pretty good, could clearly pick out the simcoe hops with some citrus and pine. Looked decent, head was good. Tasted malty for an ipa, not particularly impressed by the hops character but it was still satisfying. Felt a little heavy on my pallette, maybe the draft/keg system at the theatre wasn't great? Baseline ipa for me.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours a medium yellow color with a slight orange tint (fairly light for an IPA) and a fairly minimal white frothy head. The scent is very citrusy with strong notes of grapefruit and orange. It is a very crisp, pleasant scent. The description on the bottle basically says it all for the flavor, it is grapefruit and orange with undertones of pine that mostly come through in the aftertaste. The malts are very mild, but there is a very slight grain flavor as well. The only reason this is even detectable is probably because for a supposed “West coast style IPA” this is really not very hoppy (only 45 ibu). The body is firmly on the light end of medium and the finish is quite crisp and semi-dry. I wouldn’t say this tastes like a West coast IPA to me and if that is what you’re looking for you shouldn’t get this. However, it is pretty refreshing and I personally actually quite like it. This is a nice, mild IPA, very good drinking on a summer day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and amber colored with the head climbing two fingers high; impressive lacing

Smell: Bright and citrusy, with a hop candy element

Taste: Bright and citrusy, bringing grapefruit and orange flavors; just a hint of cookie malt underneath; the bitterness builds but is kept in check through the finish

Mouthfeel: I was expecting to be unimpressed and while this isn't the most exciting IPA I have had recently (and, in fact, is more of an approachable IPA for a beginner) I find it to be well-brewed and very enjoyable; I could easily drink this with a pizza and be very content

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has caramel malt and some earthy hops. Taste starts malty, slightly sweet but the hops come along in the middletaste with earthy, grassy, piney notes. Medium with smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. Although it's not fresh, it's a quite good, old school style IPA.

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Photo of MACrist
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear amber/orange. 2 fingers of khaki foamy head. Most SA beers seem to have great head retention and leave a nice, thick lacing, and this beer is the same. Good amount of small bubbles rising up.
AROMA: Some sweet caramel malt, citrus...mostly grapefruit, and a bit of pine.
TASTE: Bready malt, grapefruit/citrus, and some pine.
FEEL: Very nicely carbed, dry all the way through each sip, medium body.
OVERALL: This is a nice starter IPA. Not too much of anything, malt or hops. Very clean and refreshing. Take it for what it is, and you'll most likely really enjoy it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml Bottle from Morrisons supermarket (£1.50):
A nice Samuel Adams beer, certainly a lot better than the Shepherd Neame brewed Blonde Ambition that also called itself a Samuel Adams beer. This was my first IPA from the Boston Beer Company & it a fresh, hoppy & bitter with some nice citrus & tropical fruit flavours that helped the beer go down easily. There was some nice caramel & sweet malts that came through from the middle onwards & balanced things out nicely, a solid offering & one that I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Can into a tulip with a clear deep orange to medium amber body. A really large white cap forms with a very thick creamy texture retaining really well. Lacing is plentiful with webs connecting a few thick sheets.

S- Mostly hops but for the style coming off at a medium overall strength of aroma. Juicy oranges, grapefruit and tangerine with bold zestiness lead the way to hints of stone fruit, floral and pine hops. Moderate candied sugar caramel malt sweetness suggested in the background.

T- Once again the Cascade and Centennial are the most expressive ingredients with grapefruit, candied orange peel and clementine citrus leading the way. Becomes more floral in the taste as slight hints of stone fruit, pine and herbal hops linger beyond that. Again a caramel malt tone that doesn't do much to enhance the experience with mild sweetness. Cereal and toast also come to mind as well as yeast bread.

MF- Puffy and creamy texture to a medium thick body. High end carbonation comes down as smooth and crisp on the palate and it all signs off with an herbal citrus bitterness coating the taste buds.

A solid attempt at a marketable IPA but one can tell this is not Sam Adams bread and butter. The caramelized grains add a bit too much sweetness and malt flavor which throws off what is actually a great hop profile.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronzy gold beer with modest white head. Nose pleasant but subdued, more fruity hops than anything else. Taste is likewise rather modest. Balanced, but generally just a mild ale with some mild IPA-style hops. Mouthfeel rather creamy and sudsy, ending cleanly. Nothing unpleasant, but overall an unassuming, even mousy, beer, especially for something named "Rebel."

Bottle drink by date was July 2016, and I had this on 14 May 2016.

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Photo of InfernoOrangeSS
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really like what SA's have done with this series. This was my first of their west coast style IPAs. Is it as good as some of the top line west coast IPAs? No, but it's fairly close in taste to me, and it is readily available almost anywhere. I salute SA for making this and always going for craft beer tastes that are available all over. This is almost always in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One notch above a large brewery IPA.Drank from 12 oz bottle into a large glass. Perhaps not quite cold enough.
Not as explosive as a Goose Island IPA. But still has lots of American hop flavor.
Color: Not quite orange tinted. A few bubbles, white head dissipates quickly.
Smell: Hops and oats.
Taste: Citrus malt and bitterness.
Feel: Perhaps a bit over carbonated. Easy to drink.
Overall a nice simple IPA.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, it was better than I expected. I've tried this beer fresh, and past due. The older version had a big apple flavor sneak in past the orange, pineapple flavor.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have picked up this twelver on numerous occasions. I couldn't believe it when I saw I had never officially reviewed it but I guess that's what happens when you take three years off between reviews. Pours copper bronze with a big, fluffy beige head with good staying power and lace. Nose is caramel malt and mild floral and grassy hops. Basic pine and citrus but pretty muted.

The taste to me is balanced, with earthy, medium hops and plenty of bread or biscuit notes from the malt. Balanced and fairly tasty. Thick, substantial texture that betrays none of the 6.5 abv.

Not a crazy hop bomb and nothing rebellious about it but something I rely on as a solid pick at $11.99 for a twelve pack on sale every month or so.

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Photo of Stevestikihut
1.81/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle
Clear, decent head
Very little citrus or pine
No hop flavor before or after, a very average pale ale.
I would suggest that who ever wrote the copy for this bottle, has never tasted a California IPA

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Photo of Squire123
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light clear yellow with fluffy white cap.

Aroma: Earthy, spicy hops with slight vegetal hint. No malt apparent, at least not to me.

Taste: Hops, hops and more hops. Earthy hops, spicy hops, hops on hops. Slightly bitter dry finish with lingering touch of bitter hops.

Texture: Solid middle to full texture, rather pleasant.

Overall: Heavy handed hops cancel out the malt. The brewer says this beer is made with malt but it could've included corn for all I could tell. Limited range like a piano that can only play in one octave. Competently made beer for the hop fan. I would've rated it higher had it been better balanced.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam; not bad at all!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a bit of a floral, earthy hop character. Nice, but rather on the light side.

Taste: toasty malt with that same earthy and floral character. The result is a little soapy, which I kind of like. That said, this hardly seems "west coast style".

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: maybe not totally as-advertised, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden bodied with decent white head that though recedes always keeps the surface covered
Aroma is grapefruit and orange zest
Flavour is grapefruit candy white chocolate and cider
Mouthfeel okay but slightly too fizzy
Has IPA had it's day

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Photo of Shippy
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Yellow-gold with a big, fluffy head. Pine aroma is most prevalent with some grapefruit as well. Flavor starts malty with some bread and sweetness, some juicy citrus in the middle, and a bitter finish. Bitterness is present throughout, but starts light and picks up towards the end. Feel is medium - a little heavier than I'd like. Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA, but given the flavor profile, I'd like it more with a lighter mouth feel and a lower ABV.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a Rebel IPA at dinner the other night and I really enjoyed it. It had a nice head and great hoppy aroma. The taste was very well balanced and perfect for my taste.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true west coast style IPA out of the good folks in Boston. The color is a perfect golden, just slightly darker than a lager and there is a nice white head that hangs around and laces the glass nicely. The smell is the pure pine and citrus scents of the hops (Cascade?). The taste is a pretty predictable west coast IPA with maybe just slightly more hops (overcompensating?). Anyway, too strong for me to drink all night, I like it and would definitely order again.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can.

L: Pours a clear medium gold color. Two fingers of white head.

S: Hops... herbal and piney. Slightly bready.

T/F: Bready malts forward giving way to a balanced hop profile. Mild citrus and pine. Herbal good carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Finish is clean and dry.

O: A fairly good IPA. Not outstanding but above average and easy to drink. Good for a session... but not a 'must try'.

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Photo of Roadhouse_Blues
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled Bell's pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle with best by date of May 2016 - less than a month away. Either their dates are short (good), or this 6-pack has been around a while (not so good). Disclaimer: I had this after a bottle of Bell's Two Hearted, which may have been unfair.

L - 2-finger head that subsided rather quickly leaving very persistent lacing. Crystal-clear with deep pure golden color, no orange/copper hues that I could see.

S - Subtle piney / citrusy hop aroma that definitely does not knock your socks off.

T - Somewhat hoppy, but IMO very marginal for an IPA. The label mentions Centennial but I can't detect it. There's a slightly peppery flavor and significant caramel malt flavor. Overall it's drinkable but there's no "wow" whatsoever.

F - A bit thin, but smooth and pleasant.

O - I'm a HUGE fan of Boston Beer Company and several of their offerings. Having said that, I have no clue how Rebel IPA relates to the "West Coast Style" mentioned on the label. For an IPA, there is nothing in the way of memorable flavors or distinctive character. If you're having a picnic or barbecue and want to stock up on something that will bring a touch of hop goodness yet still please a broad range of tastes, this might be just the ticket. For me, this is to IPAs what certain mass-produced Colorado-associated lagers are to beer in general.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams The Perfect Pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a slight hint of an amber hue with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface with a nice, thick, fluffy white head that's a good solid inch thick with very good retention. Pretty good lacing here. Aromas of grainy yeast and malty caramel sweetness along with some nice citrus, floral, and piney hops. Has a slightly toasted, somewhat bready, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a citrus, earth, somewhat piney hop bitterness. Not a very complex flavor profile, but spot on for the style I feel. Has a fairly crisp, somewhat smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, refreshing finish. A solid IPA here that's worth a try.


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Photo of FrostyStephen15
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having this out of a bottle with some ramen, but I've had it more than once before so I know what it looks like. It's caramel-colored and clear. Looks like an IPA!

It smells amazingly citrusy, and almost a bit sweet. Really, really nice smell.

The taste actually doesn't match the nose very well. It tastes more piney than anything else, but I'm not complaining. It's a standard IPA taste, and not a half-bad one.

I rated the mouthfeel a bit lower than everything else, because it's a bit thin and a touch too carbonated for my tastes, but still nothing to really complain about,

Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA that you can get for $8 a sixxer. Is it a mind-blowing IPA? No, not in the least. Is it a great go-to beer that you can get cheap and tastes fantastic, and available everywhere? Absolutely. With this one, don't think, just drink. It's good stuff.

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Photo of bft1
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviwed this a couple weeks ago and felt I needed to change my review. Had a few more of these since then. Stuff really grows on you. Clean, mild really easy to drink. Not a spectacular IPA but real solid. Look forward to drinking some of these boys this summer!

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.