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

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3,551 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,551
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,219 | 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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Photo of Nmelione
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not very good. Too sweet for me.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of gnumber9
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of GregFromRI
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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...

Photo of tillmac62
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of sjones5045
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Photo of DaveBar
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.


Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of ravisingh
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of SoulFroosh
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The thing with Sam Adams is you always (with every beer) get that Sam Adams malt/yeast backbone.

This happens to be a damn good IPA. Anyone that says it isn't "hoppy enough" isn't talking sense. It's just very well complimented by the Sam malts. There's plenty of hoppiness here.

If you like malty, hoppy IPA's, then this will be right up your street.
Readily available and well priced. You can't get a better IPA for your buck.

Don't listen to negative (anti-mainstream) reviews.

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of cvallance
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good big brewery ipa

Photo of Macmarkg
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of aahjay
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poor effort from a good brewery

Photo of rmup18
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all around IPA. A nice offering from Boston Brewing Co.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of carney710
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA, different. Readily available around me so its one of my go-to choices at bars

Photo of Wasatch
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 3,551 ratings.