Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.59/5 rDev +0.6%
12 ounce bottle -> snifter
A - clear medium gold, fluffy two finger white head, with incredible retention and lacing. A steady stream of minute bubbles can be observed rising from the bottom of the glass.
S - Very powerful aroma of citrus mainly oranges along with pine and grass and bread.
T - This is the weak point of this beer. It claims to be a west coast style IPA but to my palate it is born to be mild. When I took my first sip I could detect a definite metallic taste which was just off putting, but as the beer warmed the metallic note disappeared. Instead it was fairly hop forward with equal parts grapefruit and pine, but very weak compared to what I think a west coast IPA should be. Maybe it is supposed to be a west coast IPA for people that don't really like west coast IPAs. Turn up the hop intensity even 50% and this one is a winner.
M - clean and dry finish with good carbonation.
O - Easy to drink, but it is hardly a revolutionary beer. If you want a true west coast IPA, forget about this one and look elsewhere.
04-03-2014 02:58:14 | More by Mojo
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
A: Pours a clear deep golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of honey + apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy sudsy light beige head that reduces to a couple of small thick patches of medium sized bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind, citrus/grapefruit zest, and much lighter pine hops with a light to moderate aroma of sweet grainy malts.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with moderate flavors of hops - citrus/orange rind, citrus/grapefruit zest, and pine in descending order of strength. Light amounts of bitterness linger through the finish.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.
O: A decent representation of the style but the hop aromas are a little more muted than some of the other examples in this style. There is a nice balance between the hops and malts with the beer not being too bitter or too sweet.
04-02-2014 23:00:53 | More by dbrauneis
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Upfront mix of earthy, citrus, and floral hops. Hints of grass and light pine. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, mango, and pineapple. Bready backing malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty decent aroma.
Taste: Like the smell hints at, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, grass, and pine. Earthy and floral hops with notes of wet grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, and mango. Background bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Kind of laid back for a West Coast IPA but solid.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, smooth, and fairly drying.
Overall: A lighter but decent take on a IPA. Kind of tastes like a session IPA with some laid back but solid hop notes.
04-02-2014 06:55:32 | More by MattyG85
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ipa glass. The body has golden color body with a small sticky head. The aroma is of citrus. The taste is of citrus and hops, I also get a little bitterness left on the tongue. Mouthfeel is good and overall a drinkable beer. This one is good for people who like hops but dont want s strong hopped beer.
04-02-2014 02:01:48 | More by chefhatt
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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