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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: 3,771
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 41.44%
Wants: 90
Gots: 1,439 | 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: 3,771
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 +9.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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;

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, on tap, at Brady's Backyard Grill, Safety Harbor, FL

Appearance: Bright gold to light amber. Nice persistent 1/4" dense white head with plenty of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: To my surprise, not a lot of aroma. Just a hint of something floral.

Taste: Quite bitter with lots of hops. Malt in the middle is just enough to counter the hops, but barely so. Cracker-like malt, not very sweet. Citrus rind bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, but very sticky on the teeth with lots of hop oils.

Overall / Drinkability: Okay. I've had better IPAs, and I'll grant that it is very much in the style of a west coast IPA, just not a "wow" IPA in flavor and weak in aroma. Went well with food though (BBQ sandwich and black eyed peas)

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Filtered golden body with a rapidly settling thin white cap. Visible tiny carbonation bubbles. Aromas are very mild and faint. Slightly vegetal hops, and sweet cracker malts. Tastes are similar with some pineapple on the swallow. I generally like my IPAs to be far more of a punch in the face, but if I was looking for a session beer, this one would fit the bill nicely. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of gnumber9
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tries to be a rich and full bodied malty, piney, grassy, citrusy, hoppy beer. they should have called it swiss army knife. but it is a good beverage and if a more tooled out IPA is what the palette desires, then it more than delivers. i'm tempted to cook with it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Despite its name, Rebel IPA looks pretty ordinary. The deep golden colour comes standard with most examples of the style. The clarity and tiny bubbles are also par for the IPA course. Its head, however, most impressively leaves the glass looking like someone threw a bucket of white paint at it.

Rebel IPA doesn't blow up the nose with hops. Not every IPA has to but the ones that do tend to be my favourite, personally. This bouquet is fairly pungent, however, and does offer a reasonable amount of leafiness, pine, and citrus pith. It's a little light though for something brewed with Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook and Amarillo.

You wouldn't instinctively know this recipe was an ode to West Coast IPAs. The prominence of toasty, bready malts, seemingly hard water and a more herbal, astringent bitterness (in lieu of an overtly citric, tropical hoppiness) positions this as more of an Americanized English IPA. Or so it tastes to me.

The brewery insists that Rebel IPA is "everything (they) love about West coast style IPAs" but the New England-based Boston Beer Co. must not have realized how broad the 'West Coast' is. The distance between San Diego and Seattle is over 1200 miles and would take 19 hours to drive. These are two very different places that produce characteristically different ales.

The mistake Samuel Adams has made, in my opinion, is trying to capture both the colourful, citrusy hoppiness of sunny southern California as well as the weedy, herbal, piny elements of a rainy Pacific Northwest. That's not to say a beer can't have both - but this one doesn't have enough of either.

Typical of Sam Adams offerings, this one tries to have a foot in both worlds - something characterful enough for micro drinkers but nothing *too* characterful that'll intimidate macro ones. This "half-in" approach has done them very well financially and made for consistently serviceable beers, but with few exceptions has it produced great beer. Rebel IPA is another in this 'good, not great' saga.

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Photo of GregFromRI
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The only reason I rated this beer a little low is because I don't typically enjoy IPA's. I tried this one randomly, my friend didn't like it and poured it out. I proceeded to drink the rest of the 12 pack by myself because beer is beer and beer is good! Now I know that this is just what IPA's taste like so I can't say it was horrible, it was actually one of the better tasting IPA's I've had, but I wouldn't buy it again. I drank the whole 12 pack so that says something.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: April 5, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: second beer rating of Easter--another IPA... APPEARANCE: fresh, thick and foamy white head sits top a rather translucent body; head settles uniformly, leaving an attractive, even lacing... AROMA: grapefruit, yes--and the Simcoe provides unique flexing of hop muscle; the five hops work in unison to create an alluring swirl of pine and citrus smells... PALATE: a palpable, reasonable IPA with appropriate medium body and resinous aftertaste; thick and lively... TASTE: a smooth, mellow mix of hops mesh well with bready malts that suggest a metallic presence; still maintains the East Coast malt base that makes Sam Adams a bit different in the pale ale space...OVERALL: the floral/citric intensity makes this beer a treat; each sip provides a crunch, a bouquet, a blast of competing hops unlike any previous Sam Adams offering...

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Photo of tillmac62
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 5/15. Pours a clear almost medium amber. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Weak nose of citrus and biscuit.

Light medium body with hints of creaminess. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a prickly finish. Perfect carbonation.

The flavor profile is reasonably intense, non-complex and balanced. It's tasty and begins with a blend of hops (citrus, pine) over a light biscuit. The middle brings a mild bitterness and a hint of caramel. The finish is almost dry and leaves a mild rind like bitterness. A good starter IPA, but hardly what I would classify as West Coast Style.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Home 4/5/15

Not a fan of Sam Adams so not much expectations here. The smell was good when first opened but faded quick. Not much smell at all. The taste is mild but not bad. Good feel and finish. Overall not bad. Kind of plain and for the amount of hops they advertise it didn't come through. But would drink again.

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