Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPASamuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bold, citrusy, and piney, our double IPA isn’t just a bigger version of Rebel IPA. Instead we explored a different balance of hop character, including Bravo & Galaxy hops, and upped the ante on their flavor and expression for a brew that’s intense yet enjoyable through every sip.

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Reviews: 277 | Ratings: 1,180
Photo of Robjm1987
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The double IPA by rebel is great addition to the rebel team. The look is typical darker IPA, but the aroma is full of aroma and the tasted is not so over powering like some of the other double IPAs. The taste is on point. I recommend this beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, dense, frothy foam with very good retention. Medium high tropical orange and pine hop aromas with earthy spicy notes beneath. Medium malt and caramel malt aromas. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel and medium light carbonation. Pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the finish. Medium malt and caramel flavors. Medium high spicy hop flavors up front. Medium hop bitterness through the middle. Spicy hops continue to the end. Finished with a light boozy heat, caramel malt and light lingering pine hop bitterness. A very malty DIPA with subtle, yet pleasant hop character. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured an almost golden light brown with a decent lasting white head.

Smell – The big hop bouquet will tickle the hophead fancy but one expects a larger malt balance if you’re going to bill the ale as a DIPA.

Taste – The hop aroma comes over strongly at the taste, complex with some nice pine and bold citrus, but again the malt backbone is absent.

Mouthfeel – This is ultra-dry with mild carbonation in keeping with the style and a lingering hop finish.

Drinkability – This is a big beer and not for the faint of heart. I think it was billed wrong as it is more of a large, heavy American IPA as opposed to a double, but otherwise an unusually bold effort by Sam.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the hazy orange tinged color and off white head with this beer. Scent is of pine and sweet citrus with a citrus malt back. Taste is slight pine citrus and slight lingering bitterness. Quite a smooth and creamy feeling brew with little carbonation. Not the complex juice bomb that many double IPA's achieve but decent. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

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Photo of pro45
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking beer. Best buy date of May 2017. Gold/orange with pillowy off white head. Nose is pine, hops, citrus, sweet malts. Taste is bread, hops, citrus, and piney. Too malty for the style. Good mouthfeel. Smooth with bitterness showing up on the back end. Good beer for the price at $9.99 a six pack. I'll but again, but not the best for its style.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks golden with white thick head, good lacing. Smells like a bucket of hop sap, bold, I swear I pick up Cinnamon Toast Crunch which is weird, but good. Taste is like drinking from said bucket of hop sap-sticky resin coated mango sprinkled with, again weird, cinnamon. This is bold gold. I didn't expect much for some reason with Sam Adams rebel series, but hey they were craft before craft was hip. I like (empty stomach+8.4% makes it more enjoyable BTW)

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bright gold color with a modest-sized white head. Plenty of lace.
Piney hops and sweet malt aroma.
Mostly pin/resin taste. Hint of grapefruit. Caramel background.
Moderately hoppy.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: clear light copper
Smell: Mild pine with citrus hints
Taste: Lots of hops taste, but considering the 85IBU rating....not too bitter
Feel: smooth

Overall a great brew......I have rarely been disappointed with Sam Adam's brews.

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Photo of deebo
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A pretty unremarkable DIPA. Best quality for me was it hides the high ABV nicely. Balanced between a Big malt backbone with notes of lightly toasted barley and earthy, piney hops

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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rollin', rollin', rollin', keep those bottles rollin' right outta here! It is slow going, but progress is being made.

From the bottle: "This Double IPA is big, brewed with over 5 lbs per barrel of American and Australian hops, and packed with fruity, citrus, pine, and resin notes for a bold hop finish. Cheers!"

I was short on time, so once I had the cap Pop!ped off, I went with a heavy-handed pour to really get things started. This resulted in three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was robust with pine! Really, there was not much else to smell in it but the pine notes. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was wide-ranging, culling from different hop varieties, but it became like a litter of playful puppies, rolling around and falling all over one another. One moment it was pine, the next grapefruit, then a tropical fruitiness and on and on. Now, as a hophead, I was not complaining (too loudly), but it just seemed like an unorchestrated mélange of flavor that was also somewhat unbalanced. The malt must have been there, but it was swamped by the intensity that the label remarked on as "resin". I also saw it as kind of a waste or misuse of all of those hops. The product was just not the sum of its parts, finishing very dry, very hoppy, but it was almost to the point of saturation.

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Photo of Dukies222001
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Good head but color was a dull light brown. Something off about the taste but decent. Didn't get any great smells to speak of. ABV best thing about this beer.

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Photo of BarkingPumpkin
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So many reviews, so many who don't favor the styles they review.
I, for the record, love most DIPAs specifically, Dirt Wolf and Great Divide Hercules, and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, and this Sam Adams DIPA is a very tasty alternative. Worth putting in the rotation for a change of taste. Well-masked alcohol. It's much better than many of the reviews here suggest, trust me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reveal router pours a hazy copper color with a huge lacing head. Big malty aroma with a dank hoppy note. Taste is also big with a sweet malt back one dank hops and hints of earth. Good body and feel. Overall strong but earthy.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Nice glass presentation, with bright copper-orange color and a couple of fingers of white foam. Lacing evident.

Smell: Citrus

Taste: Not a giant malt / sweet presence upfront, but enough of one to keep my interest. The mid-finish is over the top grapefruit pith - bitterness that lingers, until the start of the next sip. Fairly decent kick to it.

Feel: A little prickly; maybe a touch syrupy.

Overall: I've never been an enormous SA fan--outside of a couple in the Holiday pack--but this isn't a bad attempt at a DIPA. Perhaps a bit of a balance issue in terms of the tidal wave of citrus at the midpoint/end--it doesn't have the refinement/balance of DFH 90 Minute--but I could/wouldn't mind drinking one of these from time-to-time.

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Photo of Holderness
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L -- Out of the bottle
S -- Strong citric hops
T -- Hoppy bitterness dominates, with mild residual sweetness and notes of pine. Very west coast-y.
F -- Bold and crisp; took me about an hour to make my way through one

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Photo of HardTarget
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle tells of "West coast style", 8.4% abv, and notch indicating Oct 2016 as an enjoy before date (reviewed Oct 14, 2016.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber glass holds a white cover of foam that laces the glass.

Aroma: Heavy pine and a light citric zest with a sweet base coming through. There's an underattenuated note in the sweetness, and a light skunky note.

Taste: Heavy hop notes are pine and somewhat earthy. There's a fairly heavy base that brings some balance but the hop oils turn pretty bitter and go toward a tea or grassy flavor I don't care for. Soapy note as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily texture, gritty, low carbonation.

Overall: Love me some West coast IPAs, but this isn't one of them. Too much bitter, not enough citric, comes across as gimmicky rather than authentic. Ends up being a heavy East Coast IPA. Stay in your lane Sam.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So I accidentally got stuck with a 12 pack of Sam Adams Rebels. As it turns out, this is not a bad thing.

This one is yellow and foamy. It smells dark and malty. Nice.

The taste is pretty thick and bitter with a bitter aftertaste that lingers. All that covers up a strong booziness that is way down in the profile.

This is not my favorite of the Rebels, but it is pretty good. As with the others, what a value. Recommended due to this amazing value. This is an outstanding ale at a popular price.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pours a deep, brass color with a frothy, two finger, off white head.

Aroma: I'm getting a huge malt profile. Blueberry pie, lemon, pine resin, sticky, bitter grapefruit and succulent guava.

Unfortunately, the flavor is even less impressive than the aroma, however I suspect that's because I'm drinking an older bottle.

Taste: Surprising sweet. Malt forward with flavors of blueberry, cotton candy, orange and mild caramel. Bitter pine flavor sets in only on the finish with a moderate sensation of heat from the 8.4% alcohol. Metallic at times.

Feel: Overtly sweet and sugary, not well balanced. Not very thirst quenching. Mid-heavy body, low carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable.

Overall Comments: I know this beer is old, even though it's still two months within it's "best by" date as printed on the bottle. Such a shame, this probably was good when it was bottled (three months ago) but unfortunately Sam Adams thinks they'll sell more beer by extending the beers shelf life instead of being honest with the customer.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Spiegleau IPA glass. Pours a light Amber with a tall and stable head that fills the glass and leaves decent, moderate lacing. Smell is a bit weak, but definitely reminiscent of a classic West Coast DIPA. Piney and resinous a bit, but a lot of fruity hops, and a bit sweet on the nose. Taste is pretty well hoppy with a fairly well developed west coast hop profile, fruity. Finish is a combo of both sweet and piney, a little too sweet for my liking, but not bad. The bitterness is sorta weirdly harsh too. I usually love some bitter dankness, but this is just a tad off putting, but overall still good in regards to taste. Feel is medium to fill in body. Overall, this is much better than expected from Sam Adams, and I'd recommend trying it, but maybe not worth any fuss.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Clear, light, 1FH.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, pine, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, carbonation, lingering, light.

VALUE - $6 for 12-oz bottle. OK for a Manhattan bar.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Light and drinkable.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence- darker than the west-coast varity, decent head.
Aroma- slight hop,citrus notes, nothing like the So.Cal originators of the style.
Taste- decent, better than expected with the less than stellar aroma.
Mouthfeel- nice carbonation, crisp finish.
Overall- not bad for an "east coast" DIPA and coming from the largest craft brewer, the price and availabilty is right.

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Photo of matcris
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear rich amber with a two finger, soapy, lingering head that leaves some thick lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, and bready, caramel malt. It's a bit catty from the Simcoe. Nice bitterness up front in the flavor, and again, bready, caramel malt, citrus, and minor pine. The feel is medium full and sticky, drying on the finish. Average carbonation. The bitterness builds over the course of the beer but is not out of hand. Decent beer, especially considering the price, but nothing that really stands out. Glad i tried it, though.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark clear orange beer with a white head and moderate sticky lacing. The aroma is malty sweet with over ripe oranges and pine. Quite a sweet beer with citrus and pine and a nice bitter finish. A decent beer.

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Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange with two fingers of cream colored head that lasts more than ten minutes. Good amount of lace.
Smell is hop oil resins and a good amount of bread crust malt.
Taste is pine floral orange zest and a good amount of bready malt.
Mouthfeel is medium plus with good carbonation. Finish is long dry and bitter.
Overall a very tasty beer and thankfully no pineapple! Well worth a try.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The final specimen from the Sam's mixed IPA twelve pack. Reddish amber head with orange highlights and a big cream colored head get this off to a nice start. Caramel, citrus, and pine resin inhabit the nose.

Pine is the major player in the taste, but is more balanced and not as I hoppy as I had expected. For the IBUs and abv this is very reserved and mild with a clean finish. Texture is properly thick and on point. Not spectacular but neat and tidy and worth a try.

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Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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