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 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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Ratings: 1,267 |  Reviews: 302
Reviews by onedogtwodog:
Photo of onedogtwodog
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad... Not overwhelming though. Seems kind of heavy and sweeter than it should to me, but I am a hophead. Pours clear gold from bottle, lacing OK. Pretty decent for an SA offering, it wouldn't be my first go to, but I would drink it if it were on tap at a restaurant like Longhorn, OUTBACK, TRH etc....

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though the Boston Beer Company has gained the ire of the staunch craft beer fans, proclaiming that their mainstay beers are tepid in their adherence to their respective style, Rebel Rouser lights a fire under the imperial IPA category and comes to the delight of hop-heads near and far.

Its deep golden pour is honey-like while a light and cottony head floats atop. As those creamy bubbles explode, they do so with zesty oranges, grapefruit, lemon and grape. Its tangy, fruity and sweet taste is like pulling fresh citrus and tropical fruit straight from the branch.

Over the middle its honey, caramel and fructose sweetness relaxes and gives way to the bitterness that pierces the waning malt to ensure a resinous finish of citrus pith, freshly shaven spruce and a peppery gin-like notion. Underneath it all, a dry graham cracker nuance is supportive of all that hop bite.

Despite its powerful strength, the beer manages a well-balanced IPA taste with just enough residual sweetness to temper both the alcohol and the strong resinous bitterness that commands the finish. An afterglow of citrus, peppery alcohol and pine trek on in a medium-length linger.

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Photo of Mikus
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I reach for a Sam Adams (like some other bigger breweries) when I am looking for a reasonably-priced, well-made example of a style. I thought Rebel IPA was pretty decent. I think that this is better. Poured a deep amber into the Spiegelau, settled to a solid finger of off-white head fairly quickly, with a bit of residual lacing. Bright and hoppy nose. Huge bitterness on the nose as well (notes of the Maharaja?)... ran the gamut of hop aromas and most noticable were the resin and pine notes. BIG hit of resinous hop on the front of the tongue. One aspect that might make this better for me would be a bit of a more pronounced malt presence. Maybe it was the freshness and hop forward aspect? This is not necessarily a bad problem to have. I guess it would just add a bit to the balance. Mouthfeel was a bit slick/oily... prefer a bit of a crisper finish in the hop-heavy brewski. That being said, this is a SOLID DIPA, especially for the $8.99 price tag for a sixer. I like to branch out and try lots of IPA and DIPA beers, however for the quality/money, this one could become an occasional member of my lineup for sure.

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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 leantom
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can honestly say that SA did a good job with this one. Here goes:

A: Clear orange with a massive head. However, the head dissipates readily and the lacing leaves something to be desired. Carbonation is also underwhelming.

S: Mixture of herbs, grass and pine. Pretty intricate as far as IPA's go. Some cat pee, but nothing too overt.

T: Cat pee more apparent, but doesn't debilitate the beer that much. Otherwise follows the nose which a much greater malt/honey presence. Good.

F: Little undercarbonated, but I'm not complaining.

O: Good offering by SA. Would have again.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

Sam Adams just doesn't get it. Not sure how they failed at this considering the hop bill. It came off as boozy, sticky and with an odd body. Smell and look was promising... But that's as good as it got.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, sample from the brewery.

L: Nearly clear bright golden color, noteworthy head and lacing.

S: Aggressive citrus and pine, noticeable alcohol, fruity with some traces of malt in the nose as well.

T: Intense bitterness, ripe fruit, chalky citrus flavor, warming alcohol, faint caramel, peppery, more bitterness

F: Sturdy medium body, smooth crispness.

Not half bad, would have no problem revisiting this one especially for the price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams "Rebel Rouser Double IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, notched "ENJOY BEFORE ... JUL 2015"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Despite the fact that Jim Koch doesn't really like IPAs, I do, and having enjoyed Samuel Adams Rebel IPA I thought I'd give the Rebel Rouser a go...

Unfortunately I found it uninspiring. As a standard IPA I think the flavor profile would be fine, but as a Double IPA I found it lackluster. The grainy and caramelish malt is lightly sweet but not rich enough to hold it's own against the piney, herbal and citrusy hops. There are clearly two sides to it (malt and hops), yet they work very much as one overall, leaving it one-sided. Beyond that I don't find any yeasty fruitiness. What it does offer is alcohol (which shouldn't be so pronounced at just 8.4% abv), and a fairly raspy, stiff bitterness (at least in combination with the piney side of the hop component). It finishes dry, peppery, and piney with just a few drops of its citrusy fruitiness carrying over.

I understand it's supposed to be "West Coast" in style, which explains the depth of the malt and the lack of yeasty fruitiness, but it also lacks the massive hop slap that makes that OK because that's the trade-off. There is no trade-off here. You don't get that wallop, and it feels empty; and in the end I felt as if I could have taken almost any standard IPA and added a drop or so of vodka for strength and bite to achieve the same effect. How this one missed the mark I don't know, especially given the balance and focus of the Rebel.

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Photo of hophugger
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful shiny gold color with average head and awesome lacing all over the glass. Aroma is full of hop goodness, grapefruit rind and other assorted citrus and orange. Taste hits right up front with the 85 IBUs and is chock full of orange juice and grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Nice hop bitterness, yet the citrus balances well and makes this beer very refreshing and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is nice with plenty of carbonation and citrus bitterness that hits the top of the tongue and the roof of your mouth. Can't even detect the over 8% abv. Very nice beer !

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't care for SA, but I enjoyed this beer. Would gladly drink it again, and I hope they keep it in their rotation. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of Chris585
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why the somewhat low reviews on this beer. Smell is spot on mango orange pine and bitter hops. Not as strong as I expected. Taste is excellent. I prefer more pine than fruit notes in my ipa. The super dry, dank finish without the onion taste that I get in the nose is great. Overall I give this beer a sold A rating if we rated that easily. Go get you some.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

This beer pours a brilliant copper color with bright orange highlights. It is topped with three inches of beige head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is earthy and piney. There is also plenty of caramel and biscuit from the malt to even out the aroma.

It starts out with some caramel flavor, but the bitterness slaps that taste out of my mouth very quickly. It becomes a resiny, bitter tasting beer with some lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium, almost syrupy mouthfeel

It is a west coast hop bomb.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Meh. Better than the regular Rebel IPA, but certainly not worth getting again in a crowded field of high-quality double IPAs. Smells great, tastes fine, but has a kind of weird aftertaste as described in other reviews and a thin feel. As Sam Adams' beers are about the same price as other craft brewers where I live, I could have done better and actually saved a buck or two on a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. For a truly awesome and easy to find DIPA, try Ballast Point Dorado or Lagunitas Maximus.

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Photo of sachie23
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Maybe it was an older bottle but no hops whatsoever

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of orange + copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit juice, and pine hops over the top of slightly sweet grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger tan moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit juice, pine, and herbal hops which imparts a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Upfront this one is a little slick with a sticky finish.

O: Enjoyable but not one of the greatest examples of the style, maybe a touch too little sweetness. Overall, pretty well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. Pretty easy to drink and one I would probably grab again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, crystal clear honey golden tan slight auburn color.

Nose brings sweet candied citrus ands tree fruit, a sweet candy malt base with touch toffee caramel, goes with the big hops, a mild fruity citrus and apricot like fruit, with some earthy resin and slight pine tree, a mild fruity ester and touch of fusel booze.

Taste starts sweet as well, more candy malts, toffee caramel amber malts, with candied fruits again. Lots of earthy pine and resin, dank sticky piney resin with earthy forest floor. Leafy and spicy hops too, as well as some mild fusel alcohol warmth. Dank sticky resin lingers with mild orange peel, long bitter spicy leafy earthy piney oily dank resinous hops lingering. Kinda icky on the finish.

Mouth is med bod with mild warming booze, nice carb.

Overall ok, started ok but didn't really do what I expected, kinda icky on the finish, hops were so hard to get past, big sweet malts made this hard to drink.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Very big head of foam which is slow to fade away. Golden colored and some nice lacing on glass
Smell - Strong aroma of hops, lots of the typical ipa - grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits like mango, orange, lemon, sugarcane grass. I'll say it smells fresh even though it was bottled a few months ago.
Taste - I love beers like this because there are several layers of flavor to go through. Starts out with biscuit bread, then the fruity tropical hops kick in then the malt comes in and just dominates the palate. Tremendous profile on this, heavy body for sure but not as bitter as it could be for the IBU's. It does have a good balance of sweetness to the hop bitterness but that being said it certainly is sweet. This beer has character and i appreciate that in an IPA, and the alcohol is hardly picked up even though it's 8.4%

Overall, i think this beer is outstanding, it tastes great, not too much carbonation. One of the best, if not the best Sam Adams beer in my opinion. Give it a try if you like hops and strong beer...I give this beer a solid grade of A

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Photo of kratsmit
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly good, wasn't expecting this after its siblings taste.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This reminds me a bit of the flying dog double dog i right?
I got my oil changed,bought a few books at the thrift store (the complete kafka,steven king's gunslinger,gunter grass's the tin drum,hemingway's 'a moveable feast" & a nice copy of crime & punishment i was needing),went to library & fought downtown traffic for a half an hour until i decided that the 4 pbr's in my fridge were just not gonna do it today...needed strong drink for low we go!!! -been wanting to try this since it came out earlier this year...a bit of a disappointment...definitely gives me a nice buzz but i like good taste in a double ipa as well & this is sorta like the fyling dog double ipa but not quite as nice an after taste...oh well..drinkable at least...not sure if i will buy again..not sure if $8.99 is a good price to pay either...

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark orange yellow. Pours clear. Copper white head that dissipates to thin ring.
Smells floral. Lilies, perhaps.
Tastes very bitter. Love it. Potent. Pine and citrus. Some spicy beginnings, with a sweet, melon-like middle. A little lime zest and raw grass at the end.
The feel is thick and meaty. Very carbonated. Even chewy.
Overall, pretty good. Probably in my top five double IPAs

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Photo of Matty123
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm impressed by this beer. Don't buy, drink or especially rate this beer if it's now fresh!!

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Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Another good looker from Sam Adams, with the clear golden liquid supporting a three-fingered head; nice retention and some decent lacing

Smell: Resiny pine and onions; slightly herbal

Taste: Some beguiling tropical fruit and citrus, at first, but the beer shifts to resiny pine and then, herbal and onion tones in the finish; there is some caramel malt underneath throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The finish really puts me off this beer; one of my least favorite examples of the style

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Photo of HJayS
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sam Adams gets a bad rap from quite a few reviewers here on BA. Can't understand why, unless these folks just weren't around during the "dark ages" of beer drinking. You cannot underestimate the contributions of the Boston Beer Company to what we all enjoy today. With that out of the way; Rebel Rouser is a very, very good beer and about close to perfect for an IPA. My only complaint is the high alcohol content, but I understand that you need to support the malt base. The color is outstanding and it is really an all-around enjoyable concoction. I guess my real prejudice is the label, but we can't judge a beer on that, can we. Congrats to Sam Adams on another fine beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A - Golden orange with red highlights, halfway between clear and cloudy. Two inch fluffy white head (due to the glass mainly)

S - Tropical fruit, some resinous hops, orange.

T - Follows the nose, with a dose of mid swig caramel malts and back end bitterness. A touch of heat creeps in on the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, decent heft. A touch sticky as it warms.

O - Very drinkable, goes down pretty fast. While nothing makes it stand out (hard to do in today's IIPA land), it is well made and worth a try.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.4% abv

Appearance- Amber with a slightly deep hue and relatively clear. Thick frothy head that hangs around.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt over-rules with fresh citrus taking up the background with hints of orange. Spicies like coriander and clove as well.

Taste- The rich sweet malt of the smell comes first into the taste but goes very quickly into a citrus/pine blast. Grapefruit notes blend into the pine-like flavor. Very bitter kick fitting of the 2x ipa. Lingering dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A very decent IPA that should be widely available to all. A bit malt forward, as is the regular Rebel IPA but well hopped. For the price to abv ratio, a good pick as well. Quality double and good, just not in the world class zone.

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Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,267 ratings