Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.06/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
03-13-2014 04:01:43 | More by Caj1
4.98/5 rDev +39.5%
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!!!
03-13-2014 03:45:50 | More by TexasRedskinFan
3.61/5 rDev +1.1%
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)
12oz brown bottle poured into a etched pint glass. freshest taste date is marked as a notch. although i prefer a printed date.
pours a nice pale amber color. a shade darker than gold.a two finger head that stayed around a while and left way to decent lacing. may be a little over carbonated.
the aroma is great, very hoppy. i can smell a sweet cascade of hops, simcoe, chinook, and centennial. very inviting smell.
the taste is good, a hoppy citrus almost grape fruit taste. slightly sweet at first but not too sweet. slightly bitter finish yet not too bitter. complex yet balanced.
mouth feel is actually very light for a 6.5% abv IPA. i was expecting a medium to heavy body in this brew. however i have no complaints.
overall i was actually impressed this Boston beer brew. i do feel it is overpriced by about a dollar, there are better IPA's for cheaper. commodore Perry to name just one. i wasn't disappointed with this brew however, i don't think i will be picking up anymore anytime soon. not at that price point, when better is available.
03-13-2014 02:23:09 | More by Ohiolager
3.39/5 rDev -5%
Single purchased from Wegman's and poured into a standard pint
A-looks great, clear/golden, 1-2 finger head, plenty of carbonation bubbles, ton of lacing.
S-honestly a little disappointing. The bottle lists all the hops used but I don't really get a ton in the smell. some typical grapefruit notes.
T-clean and crisp, more malty then I expected, but less hop bitterness then I expected
M-light and smooth, refreshing taste, right amount of carbonation
O-not bad. I'm not a huge Sam Adams guy so I didn't have high expectations like some others have. It doesn't stand up to some of the better IPAs like Lagunitas, but It would be fine putting a few back while enjoying pizza and wings.
03-13-2014 02:07:41 | More by Zetcha7x
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
I am not a Boston Beer fan yet except for ALE and WINTER ALE which are great.
This is ok
A: Great head, color, lacing, pale, energetic. Color is a bit bland.
S: Enticing and different. Boston's idea of west coast seems a parody though. Perfumy, flowery, citrus oil with out the bite. But for mass producer there's plenty of aroma
T: Meh. A cereal base feels mass produced, and then it follows the funny floral aroma. Not alot of bitterness or bite. A slightly odd, metallic aftertaste.
MF: Medium to thin body without much body weight or thrill, not a lot in the finish.
Finishes a bit soapy when warm.
I found this average and would only purchase in a bodega if there was no Captain Laurence.
03-12-2014 21:35:09 | More by Act25
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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