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Rebellion - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2008

Rebellion was created by Bear Republic's brewers as a single hop pale ale to showcase the characteristics of new hop varietals and old favorites. Always brewed with the same American and English malts, the soft malt character allows the unique flavor and aroma of the hop to shine.
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Photo of Mineo
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Bailey's. description says soft malt character, but I found the maltiness to be overwhelming the hop characteristics, which only put forth bitterness as opposed to a grapefruit-y or hop-forward taste. not my thing.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution. I believe this is the amarillo version. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, orange, some light floral notes, and sugar cookie. The taste has a light initial sweetness with grapefruit, orange, sugar cookie, and some floral notes. The finish has a decent bitterness and some lingering orange. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Finish is dry. Solid beer. I enjoyed this more than I do Racer 5. It's a bit drier.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy cream colored head.

S: Not a ton going on here. A bit of granny smith apple and bready malt. A touch of hops, but that's about it.

T: Have't had tons of Bear Republic's stuff, but this is the most disappointing I've had. Very faint flavors here. Some citrus rind and maybe a bit of grapefruit rind. Bready malt flavors dominate and never really let this leave the pale ale category. Not recommended.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic pint glass. The brew glowed a bright orange and sported a half finger tall head of white bubbles. This showed lower retention, leaving patterned lacing around the glass. There was a muddy haze to the clarity, but no sediment. Carbonation appeared low. The aroma opened with pale malts and light caramel. Mixing in was a bright citric hop note, and a slightly bittering rind. Melon and raspberry sweetness helped lighten things up. Our first impression was that the citric hop bite was nice. Upon sipping, pale malts, sour barley, flashes of wheat, and a quick mix of bittering hops characterized the front. It was nicely balanced and the flavors well blended. The middle peaked with soap, and a clean, but biting, lemon freshness. Rind mixed in with mineral, pulling us, with the pale malts again, to the finish. Seeing the last of the flavoring were soft cotton candy esters, milky cream, strawberry, huge notes of pear, and citric flesh. These laid on a bed of sweaty wheat, and some more of those great bittering citric and grassy hops, and a big fusel booze character. The aftertaste was with more bittering citrus, souring pale grain, light tin, and a cutting honey sugariness. The body was medium, but a little thin around the edges, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left with an astringent, tannin, tea-like bite, coating the tongue and down the back of the throat. The hops lent a resiny slickness, with surprisingly little creaminess to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fruitiness in the nose, and following through at the finish of the taste. The hops, too, were nicely robust, with their own fruity qualities. Otherwise they showed great depth, with citrus, soap, and grass throughout. This was a great IPA, but it felt a bit thin at times, and overly boozy through the finish.

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Photo of illidurit
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glacier version on tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a brassy gold color with a nice filmy white head. Pale malty aroma, cereal grains, matzoh, cheerios. Flavor is big on the cheerios maltiness, with cornbread and honey also making appearances under the lightly herbal hop profile. Definitely not hoppy enough for a pale ale, and not even close for a single hop beer. Medium bitterness lingers through finish. Very dry and crackery on the palate. Not sure what the idea here is. Too high in alcohol to be a satisfactory session beer but completely lacking the hop aroma and flavor you'd want in a pale ale so strong.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ, into a pint glass it poured a transparent amber, with one finger of white, with average retention and good lacing. Little visible carbonation. Smelled of apple, pear, and bitter citrus peel; very little herbal presence. The taste initially revealed big plum and apple, and then finished on a very bitter orange peel note. Good flavors individually, but a nice blend progression wasn't there. Medium-bodied, and no carbonation; non-offensive enough to session. Decent ipa, though I'd prefer a stronger and better blended midpalate to match the pronounced finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich. This is the Citra version.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden color with a big white head that clings to the glass.

S: Excellent citrus aromas along with a nice resinous pine note to it. A fair amount of bready malts for a Bear Republic IPA.

T: The citrus is not quite as potent as the nose leads you to believe. However, the oily pine and bitterness is strong and provides the bulk of the hop character. There is still a very noticeable toasted malt flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation. Pretty much as you would expect.

D: Not my favorite from Bear Republic, but fairly easy to drink and nothing really wrong with it.

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Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine during hopfest. This is the simcoe version. This is not an amber/red. It is absolutely a single hop IPA.

Looks great in the pint glass. Golden, clear, with a white head that sticks around.

Simcoe silliness rules the nose. Citrus, peach, touch of pine, and cat pee mixed with a Rastafarian's smoke. Ok, so Simcoe gives that catty smell, but it's not as bad as it sounds, was actually quite nice. Very hoppy!

Taste is a touch more subdued that I would have liked, but still has a hugely bitter end. But still very nice. Malt gives caramel impressions and biscuit toastyness. Citrus, namely orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Touch of tea. Nice single hop beer!

Mouthfeel is good - nice body, just north of water. Carb is a touch too high.

Almost approaching greatness. This is a great Simcoe beer, and a great single hop beer. But just a touch too pungently bitter for the amount of flavor. A touch later in the boil, or a touch more dry hop, and this would be legendary.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: yellow- amber with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big citrus ane pine aromas with some caramel notes from malt

taste: simple IPA like beer. very good piney hop presence

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: solid beer and my first from this brewery. Had this out of town visiting Greenville.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Transit Rd Pizza Plant. 4/24/10

I see this is supposed to be an American amber/red but I was told by the bartender it was an IPA, the staff here is very knowledgeable so I think they had it right. Especially after drinking it.

A- Nice 2 finger head, slightly hazy with a nice golden color. Nice about of active carbonation and some moderate lacing as I enjoyed this brew.

S- WOW. Amazing aroma here. Lots of citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange peel, some pine and coriander. Pick up some faint malts in there as well. Very pleasant and inviting.

T- Very similar to the nose here. Citrus is the dominant flavor. I get a powerful white grapefruit flavor, bitter but not unpleasant. Some nice orange accent in there as well. Great hop character here. The aftertaste is a bit tart but once again not in an unpleasant way.

M- Somewhat low on the carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. The finish is on the dry side but it only leaves you craving your next sip.

D- Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Love being pleasantly surprised by a new beer. Very drinkable. This is a beer I would love to try again but I have a feeling this will be the last I see of this release. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, Citra has been the "it" hop of late, so I'm excited to try it in a beer that uses it exclusively,

A: Pours a dark amber/orange with a rocky white head, leaving really nice lace.

S: Tangerine, light grapefruit, very citrusy.

T: Dry pine and cedar immediately with peppermint which surprised me quite a bit. Later a lot of sweet orange and pineapple notes came out which I really like. Malt is very light, hops are at the forefront.

M: Resiny, medium-bodied, long aftertaste, very dry.

D: Quite an interesting IPA from Bear Republic. Very good flavours, this experiment worked for sure. This much hop character in a 6% beer is a nice surprise.

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Photo of vacax
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic Rebellion is a series of beers, each is an American IPA that is hopped with a single hop varietal. Each version has the same base malts and IBUS. This version is 100% Citra. Not unlike the Mikkeller Singe Hop IPAs, each version is a distinct beer and should be listed as such.

Rebellion pours a dark golden orange with a finger of dense creamy head that left rings of thick lacing as I drank the pint down. The aroma had elements of apricots, pine, earth, and candied oranges. The taste had stone fruit, earth, pine, tingy bitterness with a rustic tropical fruit twang and a nice earthy and caramel malt finish. Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that went well with the bitterness. This full flavored IPA really gave some nice fruit and earth from the Citra hops, this was really good and it is a brew I could easily knock back a few pints of, clean and delicious.

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Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles, and you can't really go wrong with Bear Republic. This version of Rebellion was listed as an IPA showcasing all Amarillo hops.

Golden pour with a rocky white head. Good retention and lace. Great stuff. I love Amarillo! Really fresh and leafy, but more than anything, huge grapefruit. Tastes so much like the real deal you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. Some neat pale malt and caramel back things up to provide a malty balance, but predominantly this is a juicy IPA.Medium-light body and medium carbonation is almost perfect for drinking.

This was delicious and expertly made. Just the right amount of everything and an ode to balance in an IPA.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glass on tap at Cole's in Buffalo. This BA entry seems confusing since there are many different varieties of Rebellion all in one place.... the one I had was the all Amarillo variety.

Arrives a hazy golden yellow with whisps of head drifting around on top, light lacing down the glass. Doesn't really look like an amber this version...

Leafy, grapefruit, orange rind aroma drift up to meet my expectant nose - not much disappointment here, if anything I just wanted more of it.

A deep grapefruit bitterness, like sucking on the pulp, bit of leafiness, lemon, not over the top hopping but quite delightful. Very fresh tasting, prickly carb, easy to drink and leaves you wanting more, and with the lower-ish ABV you could easily drink a few. Superb summer IPA, would love to have this on tap close by.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey, called "Citra Hop IPA" So not sure if this is supposed to be the Super Rebellion, but seemed closer with my review than to the regular Rebellion.

A: Nice fluffy 2 finger head which is bubbly like a yeast cake fermenting. Semi hazy golden orange color.

N: Very nice, spicy citrus and piny hops, somewhat bitter aroma with more juicy and chewy hops. A very slight malt aroma.

T: Hops! Chewy hops, slightly bitter, with some citrus, pine, and spicy hops. A slight chewy malt base with all that. Some fruit juice, a little orange and tangerine.

M; Medium to light with decent carbonation.

F: More bitter and dry spicy hops with some chewy and fruity qualities. A little musty and earthy with a long spicy bitterness.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Advertised by Bear Republic as "a single hop pale ale brewed to showcase different hop varietals. Always brewed with the same malt base and IBUs, the character of the hop really shines through." A little confusing description, considering I haven't been told what hop this is or if this is even a series, as the description led me to believe.

Served on tap into a Shaker Pint at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH on 2/25/10.

A- Presented with a creamy white head that holds a good mix of bubbles. Some haze, but not inappropriate. Straw to gold in color with tons of active carbonation streaming to the top. As consumed, lacing etches your progress on the inside of the glass.

S- A subdued fruity hop character that improves as the beer approaches room temperature. An underlying citrus bite with very little malt base. Mineral water profile gives a clean impression. Emphasis on hop character, but not unbalanced.

T- Bitter front with a malt middle of bread and carmel. Hops are mostly fruit: grape and sweet orange. Mineral character, with a nice balanced aftertaste that leans toward the bitter end. Seems like a bigger version of their American Bitter.

M- The low carbonation improves the drinkability. Finishes very dry. The low carbonation and dry finish help with drinkability, but don't really stand up to the hop bitterness, even though it is not that intense.

D- Nice drinkability. Could have a few because of the low carbonation, but even at 6%, this would build on me. Enjoyed the beer, but I expected more considering the quality of their year-round offerings.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Deep Ellum into a shaker pint.

A: Clear amber body; 1/2", off-white, dense frothy head; solid retention and light lacing. Not bad.

S: Light spicy hops at first, followed by a rich toasty malt aroma. Balanced and pleasant, if a bit understated. Damn shaker pints.

T: Sweet toasty malt shows up first, followed by spicy, floral, and slightly citrusy hops. Cleanly bitter finish. Very smooth and entirely pleasant. Great balanced IPA.

M: Round, medium body with moderate, prickly carbonation. Nice.

D: Highly sessionable. Great blend of high flavor and relatively low ABV. Awesome.

Notes: Worthy little sibling of the terrific Racer 5. I don't think I'd ever actually prefer this one, but I'd certainly love to have a six-pack during a cookout. Tasty brew.


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Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orangish copper, with a fluffy head that laced the glass all the way to the bottom

S- Fresh spruce, and sweet baking bread

T- Hop Attack! An herbal, resinous hop flavor with some sweetness from the crackery malt, but the finish is pure hop oil

M- Medium, but clean without a overly oily or thick

D- Despite the unbalance nature of the this beer, which would probably be better described as an AIPA, it was very tasty and I would definitely enjoy another if I ever see it again.

I don't know what hop variety I had since it was not stated on the beer menu or tap list.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston MA. Simcoe version.

Dark, orangey gold with a large white head. Lace and retention aplenty. Ah, the magic of simcoe. Citrus, piney hop aroma. Very fragrant but not fragrant enough to cover aroma of a smelly guy that sat next to me halfway through this beer. Dry, but goes well with the Simcoe though.

Good stuff.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Horse Brass Pub in Portland:

Pours with a decent head fading to a good lace, nice copper hue. Great nose with tons of hops, yeast, pine, and some damp forest floor notes (you know what I'm taking about right!) Very interesting but not one that I would consider overly amazing.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is for the Amarillo version(yes, there are three different ones) that I had a pint of at Capone's on 11/28/09.

Pours a dark golden orange color with light golden hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger off white head that quickly settle into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Citrus floral hop aroma balanced by some sweet caramel malt and hints of graham cracker. and biscuit. Subtle grapefruit citrus and dry pine.

Medium body and very hop forward with a lot of dry earthy pine flavor and some nice citrus notes. Balanced by a sweet caramel/biscuit malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, mango and orange peel. The dry bitter hops linger throughout and still shine even though there is a stronger malt presence than I tend to prefer. Slight alcohol presence toward the end of the swallow lingering into a dry finish.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently, Bear Republic makes several variations of this single hop beer. The version I had was brewed with Chinook hops. The menu at the brewery says ''100% Chinook hopped IPA', their website says 'reddish pale ale', and BA says it's an amber ale. I'm going with the brewery and my own palate in reviewing this one- it's an IPA, and a damned good one at that.

Pours a very slightly hazy golden amber with a clumpy white head and plentiful rings of lace. Definitely a beer for the hopheads (which count me among their members). Just barely enough lightly sweet malt and husky grains to provide a small contrast to a scorching dose of resiny pine and very tart graprefruit. Dries out to a prickly, spicy, stingingly bitter finish that's almost completely devoid of sweetness.

Overall impression: Good stuff- recommended for the masochists who love a good palate wrecker. Would be interested to try the other variations if I ever get a chance.

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Photo of gibby
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones. served in a 16oz pint glass. very copper in color, similar to racer 5. nice chunky 1 finger head that goes away quickly.realy nice lacing on the glass. smells of hops, a whole lot of citrus. tastes really nice. drinks like an ipa with alot of bitterness up front but you get a nice dose of malt at the end to smooth it out. great mouthfeel with a very high drinkability. i could easily throw a few of these back in a few hours. guess it could be considered a west coast style imperial red ipa. nicely doone, as usual by bear republic. recommended for sure.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours a bright copper color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a considerable amount of pepper and hoppy citrus, which is replicated almost exactly on the palate. The beer is nicely balanced with some light sweet malt to counter the significant bitterness. In any event, this is clearly a West Coast all the way IPA, with the tell tale dry, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with plenty of flavor, and drinkability is very good. There is a really nice hoppy bite in the finish, which is something I really like. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, which enhances drinkability in this beer.

A nice enough beer, even if I don't entirely understand the point of yet another IPA from the makers of Racer 5, Apex and Racer X.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled it on tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with an oily sheen and 1 finger off white crown. Some retention and a decent amount of lace.

Smell: Loads of floral hops and a slightly toffe like malt.

Taste: Wow this imperial red is all hop and not much malt. Different from the other imperial reds I've had (an enjoyed). A welcome addition to the style. A "West Coast" Imperial Red for lack of a better term.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability: Sessionable to say the least.

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