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Rebellion - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

jethrodium, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of yossarian14
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

tbeq00, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

notchucknorris, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of dudecandle
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

dudecandle, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

TheBrewo, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

smutty33, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

alalvarez75, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

spamages, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

stevecooks, Dec 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jenray, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

benz08, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of illidurit
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

illidurit, Aug 01, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

donniecuffs, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

jampics2, May 02, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

CampusCrew, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Pdiddey3d, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Halcyondays, Apr 16, 2010
Rebellion from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.