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Rebellion - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
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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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-17-2011 02:39:47 | More by benz08
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-08-2011 08:29:57 | More by stevecooks
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Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 13:19:16 | More by ritzkiss
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-16-2014 04:26:46 | More by sunshinethewolf
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 05:52:33 | More by vacax
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 15:54:56 | More by PDXHops
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 02:40:03 | More by MiScusi
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones

A - Hazy golden color with nice lazy.

S - Pine, Hoppiness, slight malt, minor fruit in the finish.

T - Nice hops and malt. Very light on the malty side. Very nice.

M - Medium to thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D - Goes down very easily. Very smooth hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 20:37:20 | More by DNICE555
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 17:05:07 | More by bobsy
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At bear republic

A - Pours a soft copper color, with slight head, and little lacing.

S - Grapefruit anyone? With a touch of lightly roasted malts and pineyness.

T - Grapefruit, pine, and lt roasted malts.

M - Slightly bittering, but overall good.

D - Good IPA. Gotta be a fan of the simcoe though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2008 21:32:51 | More by MisterClean
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Hamilton's Tavern in San Diego for $4.50, consumed 9/5/08, reviewed from notes, board said it was seven percent ABV, better than their Racer 5 in my opinion

A-Golden orange color that is on the cloudy side, 1/2 inch creamy white head that stands its ground, nice retention, some impressive lacing
S-Hoppiness that is mostly pine and resin but still has some citrus that is mostly grapefruit, biscuits and bread, grassy accents, and burnt aromas
T-Pine hit me right from the start and then some grapefruit shortly following, more hops in the finish and even some more citrus to go with the big grapefruit flavor, did not change much over time, pretty light for the most part and even there was a good amount of alcohol there, it remained crisp and never heavy or boozy, balanced very well, I wanted more but two beers was good enough for me that night
M-Dry, citrusy, and chewy mouthfeel, nice strong level of carbonation, light overall and body is thin to medium, taste and finish could linger longer though
D-Could drink numerous glasses of this even though the ABV is high for its style, it is well hidden and light on the tummy, refreshing and crisp as well

Could be either an American pale ale or an IPA as far as taste went but the hoppiness level leans it more towards the style it is listed under here, really wish this was around regularly, stuff was fantastic and now all we can do is sit back hope it is bottled, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 23:51:47 | More by Floydster
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 21:54:31 | More by koopa
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 00:40:10 | More by woosterbill
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-08-2013 06:45:28 | More by Beer21
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-12-2012 11:38:00 | More by yossarian14
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-10-2013 01:16:58 | More by BltByKrmn
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-04-2012 01:37:16 | More by dudecandle
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Serving type: growler

06-26-2009 22:16:45 | More by Billolick
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 02:53:09 | More by bonbini26
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 19:01:13 | More by Pecorasc
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 14:13:28 | More by jampics2
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 18:44:52 | More by gibby
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 22:20:45 | More by Halcyondays
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 21:51:21 | More by CampusCrew
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 16:57:23 | More by plaid75
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