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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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,719
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,788
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 11.82%
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
618
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Samuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPASamuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 618
Photo of CTHomer
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: a quick hit of floral, then soapy;

T: floral and soapy; by the finish, it's soapy and mildly bitter;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: don't liike the soapiness;

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up earlier this week in Totowa, with the intent of having all three of the rebel beers at some point. I didn't expect a whole lot from this and this was tough to nail down as it tasted relatively generic from start to finish. While not a bad beer, there wasn't anything memorable about this and with so many more session IPA's on the shelves for the season, this one didn't even measure of to the laid-back standards of those.

The hue to this was golden and a bit cloudy as I poured it out, which was lighter in appearance than I would have guessed. Nice head to this which lead to even better lacing once I started to work my way through this. A hint of lemon zest in the nose which was also present in the taste, alone with pine, some skunky hops, and an earthy undertone. Almost like a Saison, there was a hint of spice here to liven things up but overall, this was about as unoffensive as an American IPA could get. Not a terribly strong malt base but the carbonation was strong enough to keep this lively as the hops never took center stage from start to finish.

Sure, you could drink this all day and never feel the alcohol, as the 4.50% was the perfect amount for this beer. I know that this was an IPA but it still felt like a Saison to me and it had the texture and taste of one as I had to struggle to find the hop bitterness to this. A bit more balance and bold taste would have elevated this a bit but as it was, this was a beer that delivered exactly what it promised. On a hot summer day, reaching for this wouldn't be a bad choice at all.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Excellent IPA by Samuel Adams. Great taste and feel. Nice color and good smell. Doesn't match up to the Red they make but still worth drinking on occasion.

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Photo of Kendo
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly cloudy dark yellow/golden with a half-finer whitish head on top.

S: Surprisingly grainy, with lemony citrus on top of that.

T: First impression: this is oddly devoid of flavor. There is almost no flavor on the front of the tongue. It's quite interesting, actually - as in, "how do you brew a beer to taste like just about nothing?" There's a faint taste of husky grain near the back of the palate, then a hint of lingering lemony bitterness, which does linger ever-so-modestly in the aftertaste - a word I hesitate to use, as the "taste" part of the compound word is really an exaggeration. Honestly, it reminds me more of a light pilsner given the grainy, lemony flavors than an IPA (even a Session IPA), though I do get a slight sense of fruity ale yeast underneath it.

M: Heft is light and there's a modest creaminess to the feel.

O: On the bright side, I don't get any off-flavors at all; it's clean and so light, flavor-wise, that it's easy to drink. That's worth something for a Session IPA, I suppose.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.74/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a can-shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Pale gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Somewhat soapy. Not too aromatic.

Taste
Bready backbone with notes of toasted white bread and cereal grains. Grapefruit zest, lemon zest, pine needle, and onion.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, oily, crisp, dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
It tastes exactly like what you'd expect a Sam Adam's Session IPA to taste like. Nothing special here, but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice thick white head on it. Golden amber in color. It has a hoppy smell and can taste the hops in it along with other malts. Seems like a great balance of hops in the beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Part of the Samuel Adams Summer Pack - $14.99 at Kroger in Woodstock, Georgia. Best Before Oct 2015.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw colored body with a slim, white head. Slight lacing.

Smell: A basic, simply graininess like a waterlogged saltine cracker, with a zestful citrusy, grassy quality from the hops.

Taste: Lightly malty, lightly grainy with only a meager amount of sweetness. Lemony, floral, grassy hops with a medium degree of bitterness. Finishes out dry, bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's light and easy, giving plenty of bitterness, though ultimately not very memorable.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hit with a strong pleasant citrus aroma as I poured it into the glass. It developed a thick fluffy two finger white head which reduced down to about a quarter inch and left some thick foam around the glass as I drank. The flavor started out with a strong biscuit presence as in most good west coast ipas, had a good bitterness and carbonation level. It however fell extremely flat when it came to hop flavor. None of the wonderful aroma translated into the juicy citrus that was promised. A very slight tangerine flavor detected on the finish but overall was severely under-hopped for the style. As always sam Adams delivers another decent go-to beer for parties and family gatherings, but don't buy this expecting a true west coast ipa experience.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the Rebel family and am a huge fan of the robust Rebel Rouser. It has taken me a while to finally come around to trying the Session IPA by Sam Adams. I think that the term Session IPA is a bit of an oxymoron, but hey, at least I can check this one off my list.

Look-It pours a mildly cloudy, but sort of clear golden yellow with a thin head and foamy lacing.

Smell-I smell piney hops and subtle aromas that you might expect from a West Coast style IPA. This one is sort of like the cube root of an IPA, but is worth the time.

Taste-The taste is pretty standard with the typical mango, piney floral hops, but not very intense. I sort of have to take a big gulp to pick up on those flavors. It is pleasant, but subtle. The alcohol is almost imperceptible, because it comes in at a meager 4.5% ABV, again it is a session after all.

Mouthfeel-It has a medium tickle from the carbonation and a smooth syrupiness to it, but not too sweet. The alcohol plays with the carbonation in a fanciful way.

Overall-I’d say that it is a refreshing beer for certain days in the summer when the sun is relentless and you want to cool down without getting a headache or getting drunk. It isn’t impressive, but it is nice.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear yellow color with a medium sized white head. It has a nice hop filled aroma and the flavor is a nice blend of pine and hops. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color, white head.

Mild smell of chemical sweetness with a bit of cork taint.

Tastes like the square root of an IPA. Nothing terribly off, but not much goodness either. Slightest hint of hoppy bitterness.

Light mouthfeel. Carbonation feels about right.

This is better than Budweiser, Coors, etc. but not by a wide margin.

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Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Much better than expected, up there in second row just behind Founders, Carton, Firestone's session IPAs.

A: Like Alstrom, I rate this beer great looking. Ample head that lasts, hazy golden straw body, excellent lacing & retention.

S: Abounding citrus zest, cracker malt, hay, flowers. Classic session IPA, with more malt sweetness.

T: Follows the smell. Herbal, bright citrus, pepper, & pine on top of a solid malt core.

F: Finishes crisp with a light body, dry and refreshing. Fine body.

O: I wish it in cans and I'd buy it all the time. Plenty of great session IPAs around.

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Photo of Nyg
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprising light tasting IPA, golden in color nice grapefruit taste. the west coast version is a bit weaker but a very drinkable perfectly hopped and not to bitter session IPA

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Photo of jkoravos
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice session IPA. For $23/cs 'round here it's a great deal, too.

L: Typical light IPA look, light golden with some haziness.

S: Nice floral, piney hop aroma. I would prefer more late hops here. This is the only real knock I have on this beer. It's certainly passable for an IPA, but could be better.

T: Firm bitterness with a light malt backbone. The hop bitterness is the primary flavor (as should be expected). Could maybe use some more hop flavor.

F: The most impressive aspect of this beer, to me, is the mouthfeel. Outstanding mouthfeel for such a light-bodied beer.

The combination of firm bitterness and full mouthfeel really makes this a nice, refreshing drinking experience for me.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. Over time the head starts to fade, leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall, consisting of some bready smells as well as a little bit of hop. The hop is mostly of a pine nature, but contain s some hints of grapefruit and earth as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly bready flavor with only the tracest hint of a citrus hop. Right upfront there is a little bit of caramel as well which seems to fade some form the tongue later on. All the while some other hop flavors begin working their way to the tongue with both an herbal and piney flavor developing. In the end, with the hop now strongest of a herbal taste, one is left with a rather light and crisp more dankly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thin with a carbonation level that is high. For the light abv and crisp and dank hop taste of the brew the feel is quite nice.

Overall – An easy drinking session style IPA with a bit more dankness then citrus. I would call it another good one in the rebel line by Sam.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes like Boston Beer Co. mixed equal parts IPA and water, bottled it, and sold it. It's pretty watery, and the flavors are all muted. Malt never takes center stage with IPAs, but it's virtually undetectable here. If you dig deep, you can detect it, but the (lack of) flavor is pretty much entirely dominated by the muted hops, which are equal parts piney and floral, with some additional citrus. The flavor of the hops comes through stronger in the aftertaste. Honestly, the aftertaste leaves more of an impression, and is more powerful here, than how it tastes while you're drinking it.

This beer doesn't taste bad, and it's certainly sessionable, but it almost leaves me asking "what's the point"? It's a west coast IPA that's been neutered in order to be sessionable. If I wanted to drink a west coast IPA, I would drink a west coast IPA. If I wanted to drink a beer that I can session, I would drink something else entirely.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams has long been the "gateway" beer if you will, into the realm of craft beers. This IPA is an excellent "gateway" into the IPA style beers, which are my favorite. It is an average brew, nothing special, but isn't as underwhelming as their Rebel IPA with higher abv. The taste initially is underwhelming though, but as you gradually drink the flavor gradually gets better. It has a creamy mouth feel, and a beautiful color. Not a bad effort from Samuel Adams I must say.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. There is some citrus to the aroma with some piney resin, but it is not very aromatic. Malty taste to a strong piney hop. A little stale at the end. Somewhat watery. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. I will give this beer a little benefit of the doubt because I know it is past its recommended consumption date, but it probably still wouldn't be anywhere close to the top of my list.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer was pretty light in color. The smell was lightly hoppy. The taste was thin and a bit bitter. Overall not bad but I doubt I would ever buy it. nb

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a small creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, some malt notes. The taste is slightly hoppy, a slight malt note. Medium body, the finish is bitter. Overall not bad, but would not buy again. I would take a Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale at 4% ABV over this brew any day in the week. Again, why even make these session IPAs?

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before Sept '15 on the label. Pours a very yellow color with a decent head. The aroma is basically not there any more, smells like tepid water. The taste is very gentle, some cracker sweet malts and a light hop note on the back end, some weird grain bill coming through like a typical sam adams. I had Rebel about 2 months ago so I was expecting a lighter version of that. Wasn't expecting this wimpy beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a medium sized white colored head that doesn't last.

Smells hoppy with with a strong scent of willow tree so it smells a bit like cat pee. Scents of grapefruit and pine wood.

Starts out tasting of pine board. Quite dry this tastes like pine wood with a little cedar chest added in.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a very average IPA. I can get better even in Utah.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Actually this one isn't bad for a session IPA. Floral hop notes, and a little more malt to give it more body and balance. Not just metallic hop water like many others I've tried. Its worth while if you like the session IPA style.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - golden yellow body clouded with sediment under two fingers of white foam, moderate amount of rising carbonation

S - citrus, touch of pine, floral; not spectacular

T - citrus, pine, pepper, bread; somewhat bland

M - light/medium body, high carbonation

O - Rebel is a very good West Coast-style IPA. Rebel Rider is similar, but muted--lighter in body and with a lot less aroma and flavor. I only tried Rider because it came in a variety pack, which is also the only reason I would ever buy it again (if even then).

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Photo of illpass78
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured partially into a clear plastic party cup. The rest taken straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw with a very slight haze. Almost no head and it's gone fast. Pretty heavy carbonation.

Aroma: A little grapefruit, a little orange peel. Not as bold as the ad copy would have you believe, but decent.

Taste: Follows the nose along with some pine and maybe a little zest. Grapefruit is most prominent. Also some lemon. Kind of standard IPA flavor profile, but slightly muted.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but I think that was the idea.

Overall: Putting aside that the term "session IPA" is kind of dodgy, this is OK. It's basically a "summery" take on a standard IPA, and it's a pleasant picnic/hot day/grilling type beer.

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