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

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 3,759
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 41.44%
Wants: 88
Gots: 1,430 | 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: 433 | Hads: 3,759
Photo of GregHarold
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a good entry-level IPA that I can enjoy while sharing with friends more accustomed to cheap yellow domestics. There are very slight notes of citrus hops and very little bitterness...standard IPA aroma and flavor with none of the punch. It's light and fizzy on the tongue. Something to fill the cooler with at a picnic. Overall, Rebel is a pretty weak IPA, but I won't turn my nose up to it. I've seen it turn more than a few uninitiated swillers into burgeoning hop heads.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why the ratings are so low on this. Probably because Sam Adams isn't cool to beer snobs anymore, which I don't get. Anyway, to me this is just as good as mother higher rated IPAs like Green Flash or Titan.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I never had this before and I wanted to review all three of the Sam Rebels. I expected this to be a typical take on a West Coast IPA and sure enough, that's what this turned out to be. I think that there were too many hops used in this beer and even though it was a textbook example of how to brew one of these, nothing in particular stood out to me.

The pour to this was nice as the beer had an amber hue that was nearly clear, a frothy head that quickly settled, and sufficient lacing along the back side of my pint glass. Lots of pine in the nose along with an earthy hop presence and a bit of weed that one would find in a dank West Coast IPA. A bit of resin, caramel, and more earthiness in the taste as the beer had a good mouthfeel that wasn't too thin or too slick. A fair amount of carbonation kept this light and this finished relatively dry as well. A bit of herbal tea could be found in the aftertaste, which meshed nicely with the hop oils that stuck around for the duration.

While not a session beer, it wouldn't be that hard to quaff a few of these in one sitting. As I always say on here, IPA's are a dime a dozen and this one didn't stand out from the pack at all. With that being said, it was nice to see Sam Adams up their game with this and move away from the novelty beers that dominate the endcaps in liquor stores around here. A great example of this style that goes down easily while saying true to form and proof that Sam Adams is making an effort to stay relevant, even if their recent efforts have been less than outstanding. An easily enjoyable beer that fittingly ended up being my 1,000th review on here.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Veiled golden color with powerful activity. Frothy beige half a finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of citrus orange and butterscotch. Flavors of fruity orange, lemon, tropical fruits, roasted grains, a little corny, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Bready, grassy, and slightly biscuity. Well balanced sweetness and sharpness.

Creamy smooth medium body with perfect zesty carbonation. Medium intensity finish of short length, ending with a zesty citrus feel, some herbal spices, and a little roasted malts.

Overall a decent craft offering nice flavors and great freshness. Good balance but slightly off with the corn flavor. More accessible than most IPAs being a little faint for the AVB.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber, a little hazy, 2" head than diminishes to a film, light lacing.

Smells like a good IPA. Pine, citrus, hops.

Nice taste. Typical IPA sort of thing. Finishes dry.

Feels really light for a good IPA. This is where I thought it was lacking.

I love IPAs, and this is a decent to good one. I would certainly drink it again, but it would not be one of my top IPA choices.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant gold under a fluffy and clingy 2” white foam collar.
S: malt, faint grass, citrus, pine, mint, floral.
T: Biscuit malt with an array of hop flavors – citrus, fruit, melon – with a dry finish. Big hop flavors but well balanced.
F: Very creamywith a medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A big, flavorful, well balanced IPA.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Average IPA Color. Pours a nice golden-amberish. Mid-sized head, pours pretty hefty then begins to disappear a bit.
Smell: Very mellow, citrusy and floral with a hoppy finish.
Taste: Again a very citrusy and floral taste with a bitterness from the hops. The taste is again pretty mellow but noticeable.
Feel: Fairly light.
Overall: Very solid IPA. It's extremely mellow for an IPA, which makes this beer easy to drink. The flavor and aroma is notched down a bit. It doesn't have an extreme flavor(but I mean that in a good way). So, overall a very solid IPA. I would buy it again.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. on draft at Ruby Tuesday in Westbrook, Maine. Poured into a mini-tankard type thing that appears to have been chilled in some way.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy straw with a thing white head. Some white sheets of lacing on the way down. Lace dissipates fairly swiftly.

Aroma: Some fruity hops along with grassy aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit is the main flavor here. Also some grassy bite and a touch of maybe pineapple. Some tasty hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light of body. Very drinkable at 6.5.

Overall: Tasty, mild-ish IPA. If you say you dig "session IPAs" and claim this beer is subpar, I call balls on you. Perfectly solid IPA.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny color, a little muted to the nose, reasonable in the mouth. Typical SA maltiness, not terribly hop forward. A good solid "back up" IPA and the price and availability are definitely right. I've had this one on tap with dinner at 2 of the larger chain eateries and I think its fuller flavored on tap.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I first had this beer a few years back I thought it was disgusting. Swore to never buy it. However, my buddy brought it over while we were building a file cabinet smoker, and it was actually pretty good. Not sure if it wa because of my palate changing, their recipe changing or because I was dying for a beer. Medium to subtle body and hop profile made it a pretty good cold brew.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours transparent golden with a nice big head on it. Smell is of hops (of course) but more subtle than other west coast ipa's that I've tried.

The taste is good, but again, slightly less hop forward than other west coast style ipa's. Its a good beer, just not an amazing one.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Generally not a fan of SA, but was surprised to really enjoy one on tap, so I picked up a six of bottles, enjoy before date of 10-15, so it's getting past its prime.

But this is good and even special in some ways, especially how nicely its individual traits come together into a whole while not leaving the beer without character. It's a great summer ipa, and though it is imitative of the Stones and Sierras you probably won't mistake it for one. And it is close to the pa side of ipas as others have said.

It's not spectacular--except for the lacing, which belongs in the Louvre--but its subtle excellence will please many hopheads as well as those who only occasionally drink ipas.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden blonde to copper gold, pours with slight white head and lacing is incredible, slight haze to it.
S-A somewhat muted and mellow citrus and floral aroma.
T- A mild IPA with orange, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors and somewhat floral. Exhibits some sweetness. Not much for malt body and the hop character does not remain for the long haul, instead it makes a rather hasty exit. A clean and pleasant finish.
M- Moderate amount of carbonation and a bit thin on the malt side.
O-While this may be an attempt at a West Coast IPA, it fill role of a slightly hopped pale ale. A middle of the road IPA and certainly there are many others that qualify as a hopped pale ale.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -4.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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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 .

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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.

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.