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

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 3,697
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 41.87%
Wants: 87
Gots: 1,384 | FT: 1
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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: 3,697
Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
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 +23.1%
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 +17.6%
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 -11.3%
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 -1.1%
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 -16%
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 +0.8%
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%
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 -9.1%
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 +13.5%
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%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear,amber appearance. Looks like Boston Lager, honestly. About a finger of white creamy head. Lacing was great. Just a real good looking beer.

S: A bit of citrus. Some hoppiness. A slight sweet maltiness. A faint touch of caramel.

T: Perfect balance. A bit of citrus, maybe some floral notes; there's also an underlying spiciness as it warms. Fairly dry, but there is a bit of caramel in the finish. Malt is balanced perfectly with hops. A bit laid back for an IPA (or at least what we have come to know as IPA).

F: Dry. Medium body. Good carbonation. It could be pretty easy to down a few.

O: This could be the Boston Lager of IPAs: it's highly drinkable, a great intro to IPAs, and still pretty good if you are a steady IPA drinker. Recommend to the experienced IPA drinker, and highly recommend to someone who's looking to get into IPAs. It's a good time!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $13.00 for a 6pk. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" white head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Good hops here. Rather metallic.

T- Decent hops but bland. Has a touch too much sugar. Solid malt base keeps this beer from scoring lower.

M- Meh

O- Ok but not great. Wish I could have only gotten 1 but had to buy 6 so I might as well go through them and never buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok IPA went well with.... Crab salad with a raspberry vinaigrette.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrusy and bitter hops is dominant. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with subtle notes of grapefruit and quite a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure I would say this is a west coast type IPA.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: An inch of head that was sudsy and tooth white formed leaving a an eighth to a quarter inch afterwards. Nice lacing also. The color is about a 4-5 on the SRM and very clear.

S: The hops and esters hit me first with a grapefruit and plum like aroma. Not much in the way of toastiness for the malt maybe a hint. There is a slight sweetness to the aroma.

T: There is a definite rich breadiness and an obvious citrus presence I would say grapefruit. There is also a grassy presence on the hops end with the overall hops flavor being medium high. I also noticed some peppery and pine wood like characteristics. Very nice.

F: The mouthfeel is creamy and has a medium high body. There's a fizziness to the carbonation and it has an overall dry finish.

O: This is a good beer. Sam Adams usually does their work and this beer is no exception. I'd recommend this IPA!

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

Deep gold with thick, tight white foam. Smells like centennial hops with lemon notes. Green grass and grapefruit plus lemon zest. Medium lite mouthfeel. Resinous hoppy tongue coating. West coast, but not hop overpowering. Nice.

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Photo of Rivcabeerlover
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not impressed. Was hoping for better from a great Brewery. Not really a West Coast IPA... Not enough hop taste and too much malt. Ok if you're looking for a mediocre IPA. I guess. You taste buds have been spoiled by Knee Deep Brewery and El Segundo

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Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Swinging Chicken Saloon.

Pours a clear amber, left a half inch white head that dissipated slowly, left moderate lacing on the glass.

Piney, sweet hops take the start, a nice toasted malt barley takes the finish.
Not bad at all.

Medium-light bodied, light carbonation, crisp finish.

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Photo of Macmarkg
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice light IPA. Great for a hot day when you are not looking for something with a lot of power and bite. A tiny bit pedestrian, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First off, this is NOT a West Coast IPA. It is not very bitter, it is too low in alcohol, and the malt balance is more like an English IPA.

That said, it is still enjoyable. Grapefruit and pine hoppiness, with balanced malts. Strong fruitiness overall that is not consistent with American hops. Dry and spicy on the finish, but only low to moderate bitterness.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: Jul 2015

Poured into a pint glass a basically clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonatino, with a nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy with some malt notes, very slight citrus. The taste is mostly malty, but with a very close maltyness, very slight citrus. Medium body. dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, but probably will not buy again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottle.

3.25 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: This wasn't what I was expecting. It's surprisingly bready with a cracker component to it. When I think of "west coast IPA" I think more clean malt profile. Hops are a hodgepodge of herbal, grapefruity citrus, and grassy. There's hints of some musky cat aroma in there as well.

3.25 T: Taste is pretty similar to nose. Mild bitterness. Musty feline flavors with a hefty herbal component. Grassy and citrusy hops underneath. The taste is more cracker and less bready than the nose though.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and super smooth.

3.25 D: It's not a bad beer, but it's not what I was expecting. If I went in thinking this was a pale ale instead of a "west coast IPA" I probably would have been more satisfied. Either way, it drinks easy.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Slightly hazy Light Amber colour with an off white 2 finger head that has pretty good retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Bready malt and Citrus(grapefruit).

T-Nice malt that gives way to refreshing citrus but slightly sweeter than the citrus on the aroma. Almost orange/tangerine. Nice hop bite on the finish.

M- Low to Medium Carbonation and a very smooth body.

O- Thankfully Samuel Adam's Rebel IPA finally became available in New Brunswick and I have to say that this is easily to best Samuel Adam's beer I've had to date. It simply has all of the characteristics you would want in an IPA. Nice malt and citrus flavours with an adequate hop bite. To Whomever is responsible for bringing this beer to New Brunswick: Thank you.

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Photo of hophead723
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking a lot of the Double IPA version of this called Rebel Rouser, and it is definitely one of my favorite beers. I finally decided to give this one a try and I hope it doesn't disappoint. I poured it into a claret glass from a bottle best enjoyed before June of this year.

Look: A hazy/cloudy light amber with a rich slightly off-white head. I'm guessing it's cloudy from bottle conditioning. Looking at it through the light gives it the appearance of orange blossom honey.

Smell: The aroma is very bready with a kiss of peach and a fruity smell from the yeast. It actually smells like Fat Tire to me, but with a flourish of hops. This is the only beer other than Fat Tire that I would describe as smelling "beery", which is something I don't often do but when I do it is a compliment.

Taste: The taste is very pleasant and mild, with upfront malt giving way to subtle peachy tones and then a fruity taste from the yeast alone. It is not bitter at all, which is something I foresaw with an IBU rating of only 45. However, I like how the flavor components all play well together.

Feel: This beer is quite smooth and has a satisfying body that starts round and ends zesty with just a kiss of carbonation.

Overall: This is a very approachable IPA that if I tried blindfolded I would think it was Fat Tire. This is because I am a master of hops and I drink 85 IBU DIPAs like they were cream soda. However, everything about this beer is pleasant other than the cloudy appearance, but from the tap this wouldn't be an issue. If you are in the mood for Fat Tire but would like a buzz then I would highly recommend giving this one a try.

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.