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

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA

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3,559 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,559
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 81
Gots: 1,226 | 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:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 06-19-2013

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
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Ratings: 3,559 | Reviews: 491
Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually not a bad beer . . . I'm not a Sam Adams hater by any means. That said, this is a one and done for me. Piney, mango and grapefruit go along with a strong malty presence. Rebel is drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste too mass produced. All in all, an O.K. beer. I would buy it on sale.

Photo of jancona
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A decent, though "stock" IPA. Malty backbone and floral hops.

Photo of Perazzola
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good starter IPA for sure

Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: very nice combination of tropical fruit and pine - skewed a bit toward pine;

T: tropical fruit with a slightly harsh bitterness up front; the tropical fruit stays steady and the harshness decreases as the beer moves toward the finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; slightly higher than moderate carbonation;

O: the harsh bitterness in the flavor detracts from what is otherwise a nice beer;

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $2.15 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - clear and bright copper coloured, a nice finger of white foam rests on top. Modest carbonation and good head retention leaves behind a thin layer of clinging lace to the glass.

Smell - very floral with a well rounded hop aroma that is a combination of some pine, citrus and fresh cut flowers.

Taste - similar to the nose, with caramel flavours coming to the for front with a bitter pine counterbalance.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth, creamy with good carbonation. Medium finish.

Overall - a good if not outstanding IPA, the 6.5% ABV is well hidden and a clean profile throughout. Worth a try especially for a lower intensity IPA.

Photo of Brendan_Wren
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth for an IPA. Heavy hoppy IPA flavor combines with smooth citrus notes and results in a tasty, easily drinkable beer.

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am probably in the minority here, but I like the Rebel Rider session better.. but this stuff is pretty good. Mouthfeel is softer than the Rider (which to me, is a good thing) , but I'm detecting just the slightest bit of cigar ashtray in the aftertaste, which to me is a big turnoff. However, as I stated, it is very slight, and not enough for me to pan this beer. I might like it better in colder weather, but during spring here in Maine, I'd pick the Rider first.

Photo of AlissaBenham
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best IPA I have tried

Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out with a reasonably nice head but on the thin side for an IPA. The color of the beer is a nice amber-copper and the carbonation is good. The head recedes leaving a thin layer of foam and patches of lacing. Sipping produces irregular patches and a few legs of lacing.

The aroma is mild but has a bit of citrus to it (mostly grapefruit I think).

The flavor is pretty much dominated by the moderate hop bitterness with most everything else in the background. There seem to be some grapefruit and touches of resin but nothing really stands out.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and carbonation while light continues to prickle lightly. The finish begins midway through and basically all just fades a way into light dryness.

Overall this beer is one I'd expect to find in the marketplace where Sam Adams is most likely to be found, lots of mass market taps and a few craft offerings. It would be a nice alternative to the Boston Lager, but that said I think I'd probably choose Boston Lager over the Rebel IPA most of the time.

Photo of crag
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught style. Low head, good lace Nice colour for a west coast style IPA. Smell is ok with no distinctive notes. Flavour is very mild in comparison to other smaller regional brews, but this is SA and they need a broader appeal. With all of choices out there for the fans of IPAs this offering is not a huge magnet for a lover of IPAs but would certainly help converts down the hop pathway

Photo of 50marathons
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid IPA. I was certainly glad to have it on the cruise.

Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good IPA. Some IPA's just hit you in the face with extreme hoppieness, but Sam Adams gives it to you very subtly. It is very refreshing to drink on a hot summer day. This is a good choice for people that want to start drinking IPA's.

Photo of WSchooley
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA. Perfect for those times your at a chain restaurant with a poor beer selection

Photo of MikeDL
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

IPA is what its all about

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA.

Thst's no secret. But I hadn't had any for about a month. I had been trying to lose weight. So I had a serious hankering for the world's most awesome form of liquid gold. I was in the supermarket and saw a six pack of Rebel IPA with big letters on the side. It was a beautiful sight.

When I got her home I tried a bottle. I poured it into a glass and admired her beautiful color as I took a deep deep sniff of that wonderful IPA smell. I'm going to be honest and say that I'm not sophisticated and don't know the taste of hops from barley, but I am qualified to say that this beer is delicious! !!

Thank you Mr Adams

Photo of lordofthemark
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma citrus and other notes, tastes vrry good. Not too bitter but hoppy backbone.

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Disappointed by the nose, all else is quite nice though, lighter for an A-IPA yet well balanced.

Photo of Seabass1964
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much on smell except for the hops. Too carbonated for my liking. Tastes like a lager with hops added. Looks like a macro lager.

Photo of Lookingloo2
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A baby IPA. Not like drinking liquified grass. Grapefruit notes aren't puckering. Kinda like it cause IPAs are overdone.

Photo of Jerdup
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nice light bitterness. No body. No foam. A bit soapy.

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grapefruit leaning IPA’s are my cup.

Photo of sohearn
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice refreshing easy drinking IPA.

Photo of Schimms
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into Speigelau glass producing thin, white head about 1/2 in. Clear, orange. Very good lacing.

S: Spiciness is most prevalent, but weak.

T: Good malt and hop balance - very drinkable. Dangerous at this ABV.

F: Smooth, pleasant mouthfeel with nice, light carbonation that continues work in the glass.

O: Very good east coast attempt at a west coast beer. Very pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass bb dec 2015

A- pours a clear gold with a orange tinge. Frothy head of sticky foam maintains itself.

S- aroma is floral and hoppy with a hint of pine and grass.

T- Malt sweetness up front with some caramel and honey, sweetness slowly mutates into subdued grapefruit/citrus and tropical fruit with tangerine and a hint of pineapple juice before the hops kindof stumble across the finish line. The finish is bitter but not overpowering.

M- the feel of the beer is on the lighter side of things but not watery. Carbo works well.

D- Quaffable

Overall for the hop variety represented in this brew it falls short. The beer isnt bad by any means, just slightly muted in terms of bitterness. Which is why i feel that this brew would be an exceptional introductory beer into the world or IPAs for someone newer to the craft beer scene.

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