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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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2,708 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,708
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 581 | 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
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

(Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 06-19-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

JJChrist, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Devin_Curtis
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into a snifter thinking it would be amazing for the aroma, has a light orange color very white average looking head.

S: What a let down... after having other Sam Adams IPA's in a sampler pack I was expecting this to be a knock out, it was boring kind of lame not very "west coast" no pine at all.

T: Not too bad, pretty good malt character, obviously not enough hops, very little bitter.

M: Its like a Budweiser

O: I had high hopes for this beer, it seems like it was rushed or something, like they just wanted to get another IPA out there. I feel let down.

Devin_Curtis, Jun 12, 2014
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of tarik-the-magnificent
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I was a little skeptical when I saw Rebel IPA. Sam Adams pedigree is firmly rooted within its east coast and euro styles. Seeing an offering explicitly emulating the west-coast style, and perhaps the style that might have done some of the most work in creating the craft beer renaissance that Sam Adams seems to enjoy taking credit for, was a little bit of a surprise.

Overall, I'm fairly pleased with the brew. Moderate hop level for the style, and attempts to find a greater balance between hops and malt than most in the style. Not a great IPA, but a good introduction for a wider audience and for a mainstream brewer that has little experience in the style.

Pours straw colored, respectable head. Smells of general west-coast hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and sparsely carbonated when cold, although it takes on a slightly thicker character once warm. Hops dominate the taste, as one might expect, and leave the drinker with a lingering bitterness. While the label specifies its hop varieties and characteristics, first drinking leaves me with the impression of a general and indiscernible west-coast hoppiness. The specific pine notes do, however, come through once warmed. Not a hop-bomb by any measure, but enough to get the message across. Malts seemed relatively subtle when cold, but emerged in relatively greater force once warm, offering a biscuity body that, while less conventional for the style, was tasty.

Rebel IPA doesn't quite succeed in capturing all that is great about west coast IPAs, but it doesn't miss the mark by all that much either. Offering a high degree of drink-ability, Rebel IPA is a perfectly solid choice in absence of the exemplars of the style or for the beginner who has yet to fully delve into the wonderful world of hops.

(Notes - comes with best by date, poured into tulip glass)

tarik-the-magnificent, Jun 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Andkr3w, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

vishneda, Jun 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Rick778, Jun 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Vogt52, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Kegatron, Jun 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

KC9LDB, Jun 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

jamesgaither, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

shelby415, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Bpierso1, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

zero_signal, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

rfightmaster, Jun 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

mpalestino, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

TastyIsBeer, Jun 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

KeyWestGator, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear amber color with a three finger white head that receded to a one finger white head leaving little lacing. A nice looking IPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple, with very faint orange and citrus aromas and malt sweetness. Extremely sweet and fruity for a West Coast style IPA, with none of the pine or even grapefruit that the style usually has in abundance. The aroma notes that do hit the style are nice though. Taste begins with a moderate level of hop bitterness, with notes of bitter citrus pith and a strong, fruity, semi-sweet citrus character, moving into some piney and slightly earthy hop flavors alongside a nice malt backbone. The finish is earthy, floral and slight piney hops. Aftertaste is earthy, floral and faintly pine hops with moderate levels of bitterness. Not the most bitter IPA, but it has a decent character that is fairly on point for a West Coast style IPA, though not the best example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a juicy feel and slight smoothness and a low level of carbonation. Easy to drink and smooth, a good mouthfeel that fits the style and keeps it refreshing. Overall this is a fairly good attempt at a West Coast style IPA from a brewery that usually just does East Coast stlye. However it lacks the full character of examples of the style from the West Coast. Not a bad IPA by any means, but it falls just a bit short.

Auraan, Jun 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

wisegreensoul, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

GiantMidget, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

robertjskelton, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

erialbill, Jun 09, 2014
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 2,708 ratings.