Samuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPASamuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA
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IPA - American
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Ranked #48,189
3.47 | pDev: 11.82%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPASamuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

From the bottle: "Bursting with bright citrus, grapefruit, and classic piney west coast hop character, this beer has a soft lingering bitterness and a lighter body overall. Our session IPA is brewed for easygoing days, so relax and enjoy!"

I Pop!ped the cap following another long day on my feet. I did not feel like dealing with any untoward accidents, so I employed a gentle pour. I followed that up with an in-glass swirl that raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. Nose had a lemony-grapefruit citrusy bite, but I remained skeptical since these Session IPAs are all-too-often all aroma and no taste. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was muted when compared to the nose. Yes, I tasted the grapefruit, lemon-citrus & pine, but it was like it was muted to the point that I had to go searching for it. Finish was semi-dry and frankly kind of bland & boring. They should make the American Session IPA its own category because it never measures up stylistically.

Nov 30, 2016
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Rock_Glenn from New York

2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Gold beer with poor head upon pouring. A nice aroma, I guess, it just comes across as a bit stale, like the hops were frozen for two years before they were used or something weird like that. Not great tasting for an IPA, has a light body. It tastes like an average IPA with a little water added.

May 29, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2/21...pours bright gold, orange tint, light foam. Citrus nose, grapefruit, soft pine. Taste is a light chewy malt, citrus all around, soft subtle bitter hop close. Mellow but enough hop flavor to know it is there. Lemony.

Mar 12, 2016
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a abundant head that has decent retention and some solid side glass lace.
Aroma: Light citrus hops mild pine as well.
Taste: Malts are also light and balanced to the citrus piney hops.
Crisp, slightly tart, drying, refreshing and pleasant.

Feb 17, 2016
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours yellow, very clear with a very nice white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is citrusy but mild, some mineral water too. Taste is mild, medium bitterness, refreshing and easy to drink .

Jan 23, 2016
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours yellow orange with a small white head. Smells of piney and slightly citrus hops, nice aroma. Tastes of citrus and earthy notes, decent grain. Beer is nicely carbonated, light bodied, very sessionable. Overall, an above average beer.

Dec 20, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out yellow, about a solid 1" of head on it, white. Average lace/retention. Aroma was hoppy, mostly c hop variety, maybe simcoe.

Taste was better than expected for a SA hoppy beer. Actually imparted hop flavor beyond just bitterness. Good thin, dry body making it wonderfully to style.

Easily my favorite in the ipa box.

Dec 17, 2015
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sgt_187em from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If u want an IPA, don't get this. It pours out a light golden color; much lighter than the average IPA. Hop taste was very mild. I tasted more wheat and malt than Hop.

Dec 17, 2015
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a light golden color with a pure-white head. Leaves some decent lacing but the head is gone in seconds.

The aroma was just not doing it for me at all. A lot of bitter pine, and some of what I can only describe as old, soggy biscuit. A very faint amount of citrus tingled the nostrils.

The taste wasn't a lot better. More malty than hoppy, and honestly tasted more like a weak pilsener than an IPA. A bit piney, and just a tad bit citrusy. Not very pleasant.

The mouth was light and extremely oily. Some decent carbonation but a rather dry finish.

Overall, a very weak brew from Sam Adams. I'm not a huge fan of the original Rebel IPA but I do quite enjoy Rebel Rouser. However this one just does not work for me. It's more like an old pilsener that is trying oh so hard to hide its flaws with hops and not succeeding. I really struggle with calling this an IPA.

Nov 28, 2015
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whatchathink from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whatcha See? Clear light golden appearance with a decent white head that lingers for a while. Splotchy lacing. Whatcha Smell? Light toasted malts, mild citrus hops, probably half pine half grapefruit. Whatcha taste? Same as the smell. Really light toasted malts and light hops that kind of disappears on the back end. Low bitterness. Smooth, light, and carbonated mouth feel that finishes dry. No alcohol presence. Whatcha Think? It's like a light version of the rebel IPA. Definitely session-able. Not bad, not great. I would buy this again on occasion and for the right price. Good lawnmower beer. B-

Nov 19, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.49
Purchased: Nov. 5, 2015
Consumed: Nov. 5, 2015
Misc.: Enjoy before July, 2015 (Oops, I originally thought December was marked off, will rate accordingly)

Poured a yellow, golden, pale, clear color with two fingers of off-white, fizzy head. A few bubbles trickling up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal wet foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

First thought on the smell was this does not smell like a West Coast IPA. Second thought this was definitely a Sam Adams beer. Got citrus, lime, pine, lemon, caramel and light, earthy, spoiled fruit. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted worse than the smell, which I will try to blame on the expiration date. Got earthy malts, pine, citrus, lime, caramel, floral and faint gritty tropical rind. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish (Feel - 3.50)

Obviously this would have been better if it was fresh, but I did give the benefit of the doubt across the board, rounding up rather than rounding down, so it mostly evened out. Will have to try it fresh and adjust accordingly, but giving it a gracious 3.50 for now. (Overall - 3.50)

3.40 | 78 | B-

Nov 06, 2015
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h4ger from Connecticut

3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Standard yellow color nothing spectacular.
The smell was a bit off for me, hoppy but something I couldn't quite place
The taste was decent, light, a bit of hops, a bit dry
The feel is crisp but a bit thin
In short, not bad. I would grab one at a picnic, but wouldn't by a six. I'll stick with the Founder's All Day IPA

Nov 05, 2015
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Samlover55 from New York

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass
L- I really like the look, has a nice golden hue, a little hazy, barely any head and no lacing
S- very hoppy i would say piney not much else
T- grapefruity, aftertaste actually feels like i just ate a grapefruit
F-has a crispness to it but also a little watery, feels light on the tongue
Overall drinkable IPA with not too much alcohol and tons of hops wouldn't mind some malts to add backbone to otherwise decent brew. giving overall 3.5 b/c of look

Oct 20, 2015
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it in a mixed 12 pack. Wheat color, slightly hazy. White head faded quickly. Smell was the best part. Nice floral, sweet, slightly fruity, hop comes through in the end. After the nice smell, taste fell a little short. The bottle shows a picture of hops, and that's what it tasted like. Didn't catch much else, but fairly close to most other session ipa's. Mouthfeel was crisp, a little dry. Not bad. Not great. I'd take it in the mixed pack.

Sep 17, 2015
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint glass. Best before July, so it's a little old, but hopefully it won't be too much of an issue. I will re-review if need be.

LOOK: Semi-clear, semi-hazy orange-gold filled with some light sediment, a nice soapy off white head.

SMELL: Stills smells decently hoppy. Distant but distinguishable notes of grapefruit, oranges, flowers, and light semi-sweet biscuity malt.

TASTE: Grapefruit and orange peel upfront, lightly sweet biscuit/cracker in the middle, with some light citrus peel and pine bitterness lingering on the finish. Drinks slightly watery, but better than I expected; actually better than a lot of session IPAs.

FEEL: Medium-light body. Crisp carbonation. Slightly watery finish, but balances out with some graininess and lip-smacking hoppiness.

OVERALL: Not too bad for a session IPA. Gets the job done. Would be better fresher. Not something I'd go out of my way too buy, but I would definitely buy it again if the situation called for it.

Sep 07, 2015
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into IPA glass. The color is a bright, golden-yellow with thin white head and lacing. For an IPA, the smell is distinctly malty with some sweet fruitiness and spice, and only faint hops. Although labelled as "West Coast Style," this one lacks the hoppy, piney bitterness, and the grapefruit is really disappointing. While the carbonation is pleasant and it is very easy drinking at 4.5 ABV, there just isn't much to this one. It's a poor man's All Day IPA and weak comparison at that.

Sep 03, 2015
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puck1225 from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bit cloudy yellow with about a half inch head. Light lacing. First taste was fruity but a bit of a bitter taste came forward as the beer was consumed. A good beer and will look for it on tap.

Aug 27, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams Rebel Rider.

Good ole Sam Adams. Either putting out a gem ( Cream Stout ) or putting out a flop ( A lot of the hop billed beers ). At $1.09 a bottle, found this latest Boston offering a bit hard to resist. Don't hope for much, so we shall see

Look - Poured a darkened shade of yellow with a big ole frothy slightly off white head that means to stick around for a longer time than your back ridden mother did. Carbonation appears medium to heavy as expected for the brew . Lacing is pretty good. 3.75.

Smell - Rotten bananas with a big ole touch of the malts and not a dime bag more going on here.3.25

Taste - Those rotten bananas make themselves well known with a big ole hit of stale and weak malts followed by a big ass tinge of malt liquor level grapeness.3 25.

Feel - Full modied with a large amount of carbonation. Creaminess is present, but those grapes jump into the mix a bit heavy. 3.

Overall - WITH A REBEL YELL I CRIED NO NO MORE. Too much blah. Tastes old even though it isn't. But hey, at . $1.09 a bottle I guess it ain't the worst of the worst. 3.25.

Aug 25, 2015
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Savan from Minnesota

2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw in colour, like most Sams had a great head to it however. I did not note anything much for smell, For a session IPA (APA rather) it does have flavour, just nothing great. Not over all impressed (but then it was free for me) also not disappointed. Sam makes some decent beer, and occasionally a spectacular brew... this would be less than all that, but better than others I have tried.

Aug 25, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching perfect pint glass. The brew appears a clear golden copper color with a white cap that fades leaving patchy lace.

The aroma is grassy, herbal and zesty with some biscuit malt and sulfur notes mingled in.

The taste is herbal and grassy with plenty of leafy hop flavor mild and bitterness contrasted by biscuit-like malt freshness/sweetness with sulfur suggestions throughout the finish.

This is a crisp, light bodied brew with a moderate anount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and worth checking out if you dig the session ipa thing. Glad to have tried it but I likely would not buy it again unless it was forced upon me in their sometimes delicious variety cases.

Aug 13, 2015
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OldSchoolBrewer from California

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this one from a bottle. Clean tasting & balanced but a little watery. Almost 0 mouth feel. My two current favorite session IPAs, Stone "To Go" and Founders "All Day" bite the tongue with the first sip. Sam Adams played it safe & as a result this brew lacks character.

Aug 12, 2015
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FrostyStephen15 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another single bottle from the local liquor store.

Drank this straight from the bottle, so I'm judging color based on what I could pull up on the internet. It looks to be a dark golden color, so pretty appropriate for the style.

Smells very citrusy, almost like a grapefruit juice. Not getting much in the way of malt, but there is a slight pine smell also.

The taste follows the nose almost to the letter. It's citrus upfront, with just a little bit of pine-y bite. Good for me, since I'm not a fan of really pine-y IPA's. I much prefer the citrus. This one has both, but leans towards the citrusy end.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe on the thin side of medium. It's not watery by any means, but it ain't a stout.

Overall, this is a pretty solid go-to IPA for me. I'm not a fan of double or triple IPA's, and much prefer the more laid-back side of the style. This fits very well within that category, and if you're in a pinch and need an IPA, this will do you just fine.

Aug 09, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from a random grocery store foray whilst in Sandpoint, Idaho. I like how BBC is re-using the 'rebel' concept for its attempts at smaller and bigger IPAs. Oh, and happy IPA day, ladies and germs!

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly disappears.

It smells of dank pine resin, dead flowers, grainy pale malt, stale lemon juice, artisanal soap (y'all know what I mean), and further leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is grainy, lightly bready pale malt, pine-Sol, estery florals, lemon and underripe white grapefruit rind, subtle untethered yeast, and a lessened leafy weediness.

The bubbles are decent enough in their supportive and more lackadaisical frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and not particularly smooth, the hops apparently of the locally aggressive sort. It finishes trending dry, the malt kind of having given up the ghost, while the varied hop bitters continue to run amok, as if untended and/or unescorted.

Yeah, the makers of Sam Adams have really swung for the Green Monster with this one - hoppy as hell, especially for this stupid sub-style. Too bad those hops are so disjointed-seeming, then, even if the overall bitterness doesn't suffer (like I did at times here). Anyway, not a bad brew, but hardly something I'd want to drink if the point was sessionability.

Aug 06, 2015
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I understand the idea of session IPAs, it's hot so you want something that isn't heavy and quenches thirst. This one I think tries too much to be something it isn't. It has the hop bitterness with the citrus flavor, but doesn't have any bit to it. I get the acidity of a regular IPA but none of the body to back it up. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Aug 06, 2015
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before" date "August 2015".

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, straw color with lots of smaller bits floating about, one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained.

SMELL: flowers, bread, grapefruit.

TASTE: initially sweet then a mild, somewhat metallic hop bite and the taste of grapefruit.

PALATE: light body, medium carbonation, somewhat oily.

OVERALL: this is a good beer and with 4.5% ABV you can have more than one, with that said there are better beers to be had, Founder's All Day IPA comes to mind, so I would probably not buy this one again.

Aug 06, 2015
Samuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 618 ratings