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Rebellion - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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48 Reviews
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 92
Reviews by Pdiddey3d:
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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler @ Deciccio's market in Ardsley, NY, pours typical nice looking amber, pretty clear, moderate, loose off white/light tan head, leaves plenty of sheeting and then blotches of lace, nose is oh so hoppy...Nice Cally style ale, plenty of grainy hopping, riding over a smooth layer of moderatly sweet malts. Fresh and tasty, with a long hoppy/dry finish...love the BR brews- hope to get out there for a visit and a swim in the Russian River someday soon....well worth a try

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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 Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MiScusi
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bear Republic's brewpub. Pours a clear orange, a little bit darker than I'm preferring right now but the smell is amazing. As an all-simcoe IPA it delivers that fruity, juicy simcoe aroma. I can almost see how some people describe this as similar to "cat-pee." The taste was big in pine, fruit, juicy hops. Fairly bitter finish. Very good beer overall. I loved the sample I had of it, and then worked through a pint. While I enjoyed the pint, it was something I thought was much better in a smaller sample.

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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the blind tiger 02-07-09

Pours a hazy orange color with a 2 finger head, lacing is ok, nothing special. The nose has the grapefruit, piney hops that one would expect from an IPA. Taste is pretty well balanced. I think the hops are a little more present in this one than the Racer 5. Pretty well bite from start to finish, def. a session IPA. the mouthfeel is of pine/citrus, again not overwellmening. Another good bear from bear republic

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

On-tap into pint glass.

Clear, slightly hazy amber hue. One finger off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Rings of lacing. Lots of floral and citrusy hops. The grains give a light caramel aroma. The grains are toasty in the flavor, along with plenty of grapefruit in the flavor. Full bodied, thick, average carbonation (at a good level).

A very enjoyable IPA. Recommended.

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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 Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. White rocky head. Good retention and lace.

Floral and pine resin seem to dominate the nose. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit.

Good malt base. Lots of pine resin. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus. A bit floal at the end.

Good body, and appropriate carbonation. Not overly bitter, but aggressive. Very nice.

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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 WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JoeBloe
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up a 32oz growler @ deciccios - poured a clear amber/orange and put up a nice pillowy 2 finger head that held on and left some nice lacing on the way down - hoppy aroma smells like it's coming out of the woods - tastes resiny and the simcoe hops provide some ibu punch - an earthy and citrussy
finish - this went down fine, ok stuff.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n' Hum, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy and peppery hops.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy hop (maybe Simcoe) and a moderate doughy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and clean hop forward 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 oline73
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 david18
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at the Amsterdam Ale house as a part of New York City Craft Beer week. Great copper color, good bitterness, great carbonation and good mouthfeel and drinkabiltiy. It was great to see all these beers on the east coast and I will definitely be going back for another today.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 yossarian14
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Rebellion from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.