Rebellion - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 48
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-draft at the Armsby Abbey - the chalkboard stated that this offering was brewed with 100% amarillo hops. Poured a hazy, burnt-orange with a half inch white head that settled into a broken slick with a band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass and thick sheets of lacing. Nose was muted, not much there, perhaps some grapefruit seeds. Taste revealed bitter hops and some grapefruit - bitterness hits upfront and continues through the middle before ending with some residual sweetness. Mouthfeel was light/medium, a little oily, with a consistent background effervescence. A little on the bitter side, but pretty enjoyable and flavorful. Well worth trying if the opportunity presents.

Photo of illidurit
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bear Republic on 7/17/09. Described as a "100% Centennial hopped IPA" on the beer menu.

A - Slightly hazy golden/amber body with a slim off-white head that settled into a patch of bubbly retention but left a thick coat of intricate, web-like lace around the glass. Very sparsely carbonated.

S - Bright floral and citrusy hops dominate the aroma of this IPA. There is a slight cat box character, but it doesn't detract from the hop profile. Boasts a pungent and spicy nose overall, with some sweet caramel malt and toasted grains in the mix.

T - Rebellion features a pretty varied hop character for only utilizing a single hop variety. Flavor is spicy and citrusy with a hint of pine and biting resin in the background. Packs a heavy hop punch overall, yet retains a nice flavor. Caramel malt bonds everything together. Finishes with an assertive piney, herbal hop bite with a slight medicinal character accompanied by a toasted grainy malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of slick, oily hop residue on the palate. Carbonation is moderate, which in turn bolsters the crispness of the body. Alcohol warmth is moderate as well. Aggressive bitter finish lingers for a while on the back of the tongue.

D - Bold IPA with tons of fresh hop flavor. This is one seriously aggressive IPA that straddles the line between IPA and DIPA. Good stuff!

Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of mcallister
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking IPA. Cloudy amber color with good carbonation. Creamy white head leaves tremendous lace behind.

Tropical fruit esters. Full of mango and passion fruit, than things turn more stone fruit wth a peach aroma. Some malt hints in the background and slightly floral.

Very floral in the mouth with a lessened fruit quality. Nice bitterness on the finish. Malt backing is resiny and oily and shows peach in the middle. A lack of depth scues this beer however and keeps this from the excellency of it's brother IPA Bear Republic is known for.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper, cloudy, bit of an off-white head.

Nose is resiny pine, spicy hops, some faint sweet caramel underneath. This one is prickly.

Big, fat, prickly resiny hops up front with a bit of a rye-like spiciness. Pretty heavy bitterness. Fruity. Big, heavily bitter finish. The malt just doesn't show up to counterbalance the assault of Simcoe - very brutish hop character that offers a raw bitterness that's largely unrestrained by any balancing sweetness. Brutal, but not my thing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly aggressive carbonation.

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Rebellion from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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