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

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 3,655
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 85
Gots: 1,331 | 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: 417 | Hads: 3,655
Photo of Machoo
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of gfournier
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (453 characters)

3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of FrothFanatic
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of mozart4898
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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). (619 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
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 . (195 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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. (220 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (234 characters)

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. (331 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of treeslothguy
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
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. (219 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (213 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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; (519 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of crag
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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 (393 characters)

Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 (633 characters)

Photo of Schimms
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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. (398 characters)

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