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

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 3,696
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 41.87%
Wants: 86
Gots: 1,382 | 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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Reviews: 420 | Hads: 3,696
Photo of SaltofOH
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated Oct. 2015. Pokal glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear, slightly copper gold. 2 fingers eggshell head. Nice retention and epic lacing. Truly unreal lacing.

Aroma: Familiar citrusy, slightly resiny hoppiness. Lower on the pine/cat pee smell that I dislike in Simcoe. Less tropical, more straight citrus; grapefruit; perhaps kiwi.

Taste: Bone dry arrival with mild hoppiness. Dry, light and clean mid palate. Very lightly bitter, citrus and pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Very lightweight, but adequate carbonation fills the palate. Very clean finishing.

Overall: When I think of what a West Coast IPA is, it is this, with a buttload more hops. This is spot on for the texture, it is very light and very crisp. There is enough hoppiness here to keep it interesting, but to one who regularly drinks hoppier brews, this will feel weak. Exceptionally sessionable for 6.5%. This is a really good IPA, but not a great IPA. I could see myself coming very close to buying this again, but then getting something else at the last minute.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of bread, yeast, hops, some pine. Taste follows the nose. Hops overpower everything going on here. I would like more citrus on the front end. I've had this on tap and it was a little better than the bottle offering.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and creamy feel. Smelled of bread dough with slight lemon/citrus. Tasted too heavy, like a much higer abv brew. Not that refreshing. Won't buy again.

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Photo of Machoo
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm much more rock n roll than beer and SA seems much like Billy Joel in beer world. It aint my realm so I can't bash just for the sake of it. Seems somewhat definitive of namesake---how are things on the west coast IPA.

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Photo of gfournier
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A light orange color with about a half inch of white foam. Moderate carbonaion bubbles continue.
S: Pine needles and grapefruit
T: Pine hop bitterness
M: Light beer moderately carbonated

Overall, this is a good beer. The bitterness is not overwhelming but you can tell it is an IPA.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden/almost light amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Citrus, piney aroma. Malty taste with a strong piney hop, but it tends to be more on the bitter side. Not as smooth. Very dry and soapy. There is some citrus, but it needs to be more pronounced. This East Coast attempt at a West Coast IPA doesn't stand up. This is where the beer falls. Medium bodied with moderated carbonation.

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3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Using a Hops glass...Pours a creamy slightly off white one finger head, with good retention, and medium lacing. Body is a light copper, semi clear with no sediment. On the nose I get a decent pine waft, with slight undertones of jasmine and lemon (leaves a bit to be desired, given the notes that I do get, I had to work for). On the palate. Bursts of pine that travel to the back and sides of the palate with that hops bite, a slight lemon tartness at the end. Finishes semi dry and fairly crisp. Overall not a bad west coast style IPA, especially for Sam Adams, not quite a session IPA but close.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average IPA. Exceptional head and lacing retention, very creamy looking but it tastes flat, not a lot of explosive flavors or anything remarkable, just a simple and ordinary IPA to drink from time to time if the better offerings out there are for some reason unavailable. Sam Adams is always readily available, though.

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Photo of mozart4898
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to glass.

L - Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden in color. Nice. Leaves good lacing down the glass
S - Light citrus, perhaps a bit of malt. Seems a bit light on hops for an IPA.
T - Pleasant bitterness. Dry. Citrus and perhaps a bit of pine in the hop flavor. Taste closely mirrors the aroma - in other words hops could be heavier but pleasant. Not very sweet which is a plus in my book.
F - Medium body, nice carbonation.
O - Solid IPA but not outstanding. Easy to find. I believe many ratings would be higher if tasted blind (i.e. reviewers didn't know it was a Sam Adams product).

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams 'Rebel IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a 6pack purchased for $10
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a fine medium sized white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-mild smelling eastern American IPA , weak
T-ok tasting with a lemon dry finish
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-weak/ok beer , slightly dissapointing IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of jneiswender
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So not feeling this. Thin. From the ingredient list it seems like all the flavors just run together. I just don't get distinctive flavors that take you somewhere . Malt -hop. One dimension .

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Photo of EvoRich
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pale orange in color, with a nice fluffy white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Orange peel, a lot of lemon citrus, and hops.

Taste: Very bitter citrus flavors. Not overly bitter due to hops. Rather mild bitterness.

Feel: Medium-full bodied. Almost creamy.

Overall: A very easy to drink, refreshing IPA.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfectly clear IPA with a strong and pleasant citrus aroma. A refreshingly mild IPA that stands out as possibly the best of the Samuel Adams Rebel series.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much good to say about this one. Yes, it's a little bitter so it kind of falls into the IPA universe, but it's light-years away from offerings by Ballast Point, Victory, Founders, and many others. Don't waste your fridge space.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 100% average beer. I give it some credit for having a mouthfeel that, while sort of weak-to-medium, was consistent from sip to finish. A nice malt to the taste as well. However, it's just not all that hoppy for an IPA.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack on a whim. I have not had a Samuel Adams beer for several years. I was pleasantly surprised. Very refreshing IPA with nice malt structure, plenty of citrus and a hint of pine. Very drinkable. Definitely a do over.

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Photo of Mark66
1.08/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ended up throwing this out. Drank the first bottle and thought, that was disappointing. Looked at my brother as he took a swig and could read his dissatisfaction as well. I forced down one more, but the other three ended up staying in the fridge for...well, I think they still might be there, no, I did throw them away. Lousy IPA.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Juicy hops.

Taste: Pretty subdued bitterness, but still plenty of fruity and citric hop taste comes through. Moderately sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, well carbonated.

Overall: Pretty good. You can tell this was designed to be an accessible IPA - not too bitter, fruity hops, sweet malts. It definitely succeeds in that, and is a great choice for someone just getting into IPAs. If you are already initiated and crave the bitterness of an West Coast IPA, then this might let you down a bit.

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Photo of treeslothguy
2.26/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure why I even picked this up but I wish I hadnt. I might have just picked up some miller light and had enjoyed it possible more than this. The only way this resembles an ipa is that it says ipa on the bottle.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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;

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of crag
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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