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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,056 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,056
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 49
Gots: 744 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to October 2014.

Aroma is heavily scented citrus. Pours bright orange body with a great big thick white head. Laces to bottom of glass. Taste is citrus with a bit of bite at the back of the palate. A good overall and refreshing brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden orange body with two finger head that is foamy and slowly dies and leaves patches on glass. Typical IPA smell as I am hit with citric notes aplenty along with touches of caramel and dry malt. Smooth, easy to drink, crisp finisher, not a bad IPA at all, just an IPA that has a good chunk of hoppy citric flavors that are dry and there just isn't too much going on in this beer.

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16 oz can bought from a Circle K convenience store in S.Salem OR. $1.99 Pours a clear golden colour with a large thick almost pure white head. OK hop aromas lemon zest, pink grapefruit, slightly floral but not over the top. Flavour is less distinctive..mainly citrus hops but is balanced by the bready malts. Mouthfeel is fine..carbonation medium. Pretty lack luster "West Coast Style" IPA..but its drinkable enough

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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.

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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)

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 3,056 ratings.