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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

2,085 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 19
Gots: 314 | 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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DrBirdman1995

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%

03-15-2014 00:37:19 | More by DrBirdman1995
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callmeoz

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12%

03-14-2014 23:52:27 | More by callmeoz
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SnifterLifter

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2014 18:31:49 | More by SnifterLifter
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2014 17:34:31 | More by JohnK17
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 16:48:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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Spikester

Oregon

3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First of all Pliny the Elder is a DIPA not and IPA so don't compare this to PTE.
Appearance is very good clean amber with plenty of dense off white head and better than average lacing.
Smell is very good plentiful hop aromas some pine some fruity.
Taste is remarkable. Perfectly balanced on the hop side with piney resins and grapefruit hops. The only drawback is that it ends up with sort of a leathery earthy melding of the two. Malts are just about right for the IPA style.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is enough to leave a light prickle on the back of the tongue. Finish is dry and medium bitter.
Overall a tasty and interesting IPA. I think the pine resin aspect wins in the end but just barely. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:10:34 | More by Spikester
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Beerismygod

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2014 04:53:43 | More by Beerismygod
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5%

03-14-2014 04:52:58 | More by elkinbrown
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bobbygrace

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

03-14-2014 03:39:42 | More by bobbygrace
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carlmoberg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2014 01:47:08 | More by carlmoberg
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a bright, clear golden in color with a medium, 2 finger head. Retention is ok on this one, but the lacing is pretty darn good. Body of the beer is completely clear.

S- Somewhat fruity and citrusy hops bitterness, but not too overpowering. Definitely can tell this is a "west coast" style IPA, but not as strong and bitter as a Pliny or similar beer. Just a touch of balancing malt backbone is detectable.

T- Starts off with a bit of hops bitterness, but not so much that it is overpowering. Frankly, this level of hops bitterness is almost balanced by a light malt backbone. Light and slightly grainy flavor underlies the hops character throughout. On a scale of 1-10 of hops bitterness, I would say this is a 5 when most "west coast" style IPA's are more like a 7-9.

M- Pretty easy drinking with not too much alcohol presence or hops bitterness. Alcohol is undetectable. Lighter malts in the body keep the drinking easy too. Smooth enough for the style.

Overall, this beer is kind of a disappointment when compared to other "west coast" IPA's. I wasn't expecting a competitor to Pliny from Sam Adams, but this beer has a flavor more like a session IPA than a west coast hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:37:12 | More by boilermakerbrew
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BrewBros

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2014 01:22:14 | More by BrewBros
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paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2014 01:14:41 | More by paulish
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dougfur

New York

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a VERY clear, straw color with modest, bubbly head. Smell is mostly yeast, with a very subtle hint of citrus hops. The taste is very crisp and not overly bitter, but the hops just aren't there. I would imagine that many people who aren't into IPA's could drink this and enjoy it, especially on a hot day. It's not bad, but it has no business being called a "west coast style ipa." That implies a strong, hop forward smell and taste that this does not have. At all.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:27:31 | More by dougfur
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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-13-2014 23:09:38 | More by RyanTheLion13
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frankflores

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-13-2014 20:36:15 | More by frankflores
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-13-2014 19:17:21 | More by Eaglefan344
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

03-13-2014 19:11:48 | More by CreekyJarls
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16%

03-13-2014 18:05:53 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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jakea

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-13-2014 17:25:45 | More by jakea
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JPlo

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-13-2014 17:24:06 | More by JPlo
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jesus808

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

03-13-2014 06:12:53 | More by jesus808
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oso

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16%

03-13-2014 05:13:18 | More by oso
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Caj1

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another offering from the Sam Adams gang is the Rebel IPA, a "West Coast Style" IPA with five different hop varieties that's refreshing and offers some good flavor, but doesn't quite take it far enough for me to consider it a top-tier beer.

The beer pours a golden-straw color with plenty of head, decent carbonation and a great deal of lacing; indeed, this is a sticky beer. The only complaint as far as appearance is concerned is that it seems a little bit too pale and watered down; it could be a touch darker and I wouldn't complain at all. It smells like hops, what can I say? The citrus notes are very front and center in the nose, while sweet, doughy malt rounds it out a bit, and grassy notes underscore it faintly.

Flavor is nice, but not particularly bold; the hops don't do enough to cut through the sweet bready flavor of the beer, but they do taste good and mellow out nicely, and I can say that by cutting back on the bitter and perfume qualities of the hops they will be able to reach a more casual beer drinker. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, though more than three of these will leave you feeling a little bit bloated, exactly what I would expect from an IPA.

So overall this is a very passable if not exactly memorable IPA from the Sam Adams guys. I prefer the Latitude 48 IPA myself, but the Rebel is perfectly serviceable. Hopefully they'll be able to bring in a few converts, because the beer is quite good; it just doesn't do enough to distinguish itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:01:43 | More by Caj1
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TexasRedskinFan

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Adams is not one of my favourite brewers by any means. I have enjoyed their White Ale and Cherry in the past, but this beer caught my eye at a Chevron gas station in the Magnolia/Plantersville Texas forest area last week. This was an unusual gas station as it was in the middle of nowhere and had an incredible selection of beer.
I usually go thru all the points of review and make note but I drank this straight from the bottle because I was at my parent's house and my dad would have a heart attack if I poured a beer into a glass. LOL

This beer is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. It's been a long time since I had an IPA that was truely refreshing. This beer is flavourful and balanced. It has every single solid great taste that IPAs should have. The hops are right out there in front. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, wood, malt.... It's so solid but somehow they managed to make it dry. Okay I know most of you can not stand the thought of a DRY BEER. But this is what dry beer was meant to be. You can take a sip or a chug and then the aftertaste fades into nothing. Your not gonna walk around with ashtray mouth after drinking this beer.

I'm not the most fluent beer snob. But this beer is amazing. In fact I just picked up another 6 pack today. And I have to say at 6.6 ABV, this beer will sneak up on you if your not careful.

Go buy some. Try it for yourself. I promise you that you won't hate it. You might not fall in love like I have. But you won't be sorry...

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:45:50 | More by TexasRedskinFan
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.