Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPASamuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,959
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,157
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.1%
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
811
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Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPASamuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA
Notes: Brewed with real grapefruit for an added punch of citrusy goodness that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes from the hops. A hint of juiciness rounds out the bitterness and brings a refreshing finish to this bold, bright, thirst-quenching IPA.
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Photo of maddogruss
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

(draft)
A: pours cloudy, golden body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, grapefruit smelling beer with some subtle hop notes
T: strong, grapefruit juice taste; grapefruit, slightly dry aftertaste
M: light bodied and pretty crips
D: too much grapefruit on the taste; needs to be balanced. Not overly impressed, but look and feel were pretty good

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Photo of BWED
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into Willibecher.

A- Slightly hazed body, with a golden honey hue. Head is minimal with no lacing.

S- Grapefruit, pithy, with some sweet juicy aromas. Very slight malt biscuit background.

T- Sweet citrus up front, with that classic bitter grapefruit coming in behind. Malt biscuit sneaks in as well.

M- Body quite full. A bit syrupy. Carbonation a little low. Finish is bittersweet and grapefruity.

O- Overall, nice. Body a bit off-putting, but flavors and aroma are spot on for the label of Grapefruit IPA.

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Photo of ccrespoPR
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass
Date notched consume before April 2018

Almost amber color slightly hazy with a half to 1 finger head that dwindles down but stays present.
Pretty decent lacing that also lasts throughout.
Definitely smells of grapefruit which dominates the nose. Also some orange and tropical fruits
Not too hoppy. Tastes very juicy and is very refreshing. Decent taste but it's sweeter than how I like my IPA's. Definitely added grapefruit juice and I may say a little too much for my liking but then again it is called Grapefruit Rebel IPA so it's expected. Also get some pineapple aftertaste. The body is ok. Again I think the grapefruit juice thins the body feel.
Overall a pretty ok IPA. May purchase again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of MittenBreezeMD
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Eager to try the grapefruit addition, and I was surprised by the not-so-clean citrus flavor. It poured well and looked great, but the smell was that of warm concentrated orange and grapefruit juice. The flavor did not complement it well and provided the general bitterness of making a citrus juice from pulverizing the whole fruit, peel and rind included. I could get a hint of the hops but the bitterness of the grapefruit rind completely overwhelmed the beer. Wish I could recommend but I can't.

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

I got 3 cans of this in the Sam Adams IPA variety 12-pack ($14.99). The grapefruit taste is like a punch in the face. Tons of citrus that gives it a very bitter flavor.

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Photo of Fartnite
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells fine but tastes strongly of iron/metal. Not sure if I got a bad batch? Carbonation was fine...but it tasted more like grapefruit seeds than that of an actual grapefruit. Very unsatisfactory 6-pack.

Try with ⚠caution⚠

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like pink grapefruit and lemon zest, with some bready malt.
T: It tasted like pink grapefruit and lemon zest, with some bready malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice IPA with simple but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing super amazing, but really great to drink without putting thought into it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I guess if you're gonna adjunct up an ipa, it doesn't hurt so much to do it with the fruit that the hops already are kicking down similar flavors comparatively. Golden in color, some haze to it that is uncommon for Sam Adams, they usually make really good looking beers. I guess making a grapefruit shandy will do that. Aroma, smells like grapefruit.

Taste is a little better, but it still smacks of unsweetened shandy. Grapefruit as an adjunct in an ipa is just weird from my point of view. Anyways, the body of the beer, pale toasted malts, nothing out of the ordinary there. As usual, Sam Adams doesn't really deliver on their hoppy beers, they always seem to cheap out and go high alpha acid in minimal quantity instead of delivering something with more flavor from the hops.

No off flavors, just too much grapefruit.

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Photo of PuffySAJ
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve always been a Samuel Adam’s fan. They kind of kicked off the whole micro brewery movement. Their rebel grapefruit offering is crisp, sweet, and satisfying. Not a bad go to if you cannot find a place to buy craft beer. Smooth, as most of their beer are, with a pleasing bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, notched "...ENJOY BEFORE... DEC 2017"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I thought I'd tasted all of the Rebel beers but it seems like there's more. Apparently, after this one, there are still 4 more I haven't tried! How many of these are they going to put out? Anyway, this is brewed with grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, and "natural flavor". I'd think that might be a recipe for disaster - tart and bitter - but we'll see. It's a little hazy, not too bad, and amber in color. The large frothy off-white head has dwindled while I've written this but it's left some very nice lacing behind. I get some grapefruit in the nose, clear grapefruit, like grapefruit juice, but it's not bold. I wouldn't even call it bright. How old is this beer? I don't know, but it's still got three months before its "enjoy before" date. Let me try it again... I get some grainy malt in there as well, but nothing else. I'm not finding the citrusy hops unless they're just giving me grapefruit. OK. Flavor... distinctly grapefruity again, with the bitterness, but only a little tartness. In fact it's barely tart. The grapefruity bitterness is there, and thus it seems they've kept the IBUs light at 52. Overall it seems like more, and it lingers for some time in the aftertaste. Of course you'd expect that from a grapefruit, right, so why should this be any different. And it is an IPA. In general I'd say it's nicely balanced. I don't know, it's not doing much for me. It's an interesting twist, and it's decent, but it doesn't inspire me. I am finding some additional orange in the flavor, I guess that's from the hops. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. Dry, refreshing finish. Might be good on a hot day by the beach with that tropical twist. Probably worth trying just to see if it's your thing.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and clear with a dense white head @ 1/2"...head rests at 1/4" and leaves sticky lace behind.
Citrus, grapefruit, rind...bright with a light malt undertone.
Flavor follows the aroma with bright fruit, bitter peel and medium hop bitterness.
Feel is medium to full with a mild lingering bitterness.
Really easy to drink, my favorite of the SA Rebel IPA family.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass. This is one beer purchased along with the Samuel Adams Rebel IPA series mixed 12-pack with three other Rebel variants. Upon first whiff, the grapefruit stands out immediately on the nose. The taste is your standard IPA with that extra grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. Overall, I think this beer nails what it is trying to do pretty well. A decent IPA with a good amount of grapefruit notes and flavor. I enjoyed the one can, but this is not something that I would want to drink more than one can of in a single sitting.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack from Don Quiojte $7.77
Smell of grapefruit
Medium-light mouthfeel
Slightly hazy golden color, a little bit amber
Medium carbonation
Fairly smooth, easy drinking. Some sweetness from the grapefruit, not tart like I had expected. Only a slight bitterness.
Overall a good beer. Nothing outstanding, but a good balanced beer that makes you want to keep drinking it. I would buy again.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Part of a Summer IPA sampler pack. 3 cans of 4 different IPAs. Poured in to a ;pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold color with a foamy white hewad.

Smell is a balanced malt and ctrus scent.

Taset is about what you would expect. A fair malt presence up front with a bitter citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is remarkably dry for the style.

Overall a good IPA. The grapefruit thing, if there is any real grapefruit in the brew would be a gimmick in my book.

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rebel grapefruit IPA de Samuel Adams. 6,3% Abv, IBUs 52. Aroma frutal y pino, astringente, zumo de cascara citrica, Naranja, bastante ligera. No fallan las India pale ales.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden amber color with a white creamy head, good amount of lacing and head retention, slightly hazy.

A: Grapefruit peel, citrus and slight tropical notes like guava and peach skin, no alcohol nor malts on the nose.

T: Mostly grapefruit on the taste, taste more like grapefruit juice than grapefruit peel, low/moderate amount of bitterness, slight tropical notes, finish has more grapefruit juice like notes.

M: Light/medium bodied with a dry finish and a good amount of carbonation.

O: Grapefruit dominates the beer's other notes, I think this should have had a greater citra hop note presence with a touch of grapefruit. I picked up more juice than peel notes, otherwise, it's drinkable and I probably would not seek it out again but would not reject if offered.

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Photo of Caleb_the
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The pour came out without much head when chilled. Not knowing what the bottle had, I swirled the last inch of the bottle, thinking it had spices or particles in it, and that's just what I got from the packaging. However, that's unnecessary, being beer and not a shandy. First flavor was good, it wasn't much for grapefruit.. but then the sort of sour and bitter flavor arrived and it was gross. Actually I won't be buying this again but it was nice to try.. the color looks really good and at first even the feel was really nice it's just that the taste overall made me not like the beer as much as its peers.

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Photo of jkblr
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can BB July 2017 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 6.3% 52 IBU. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with white head that recedes to a film and ring around the glass. There is some sparse lacing. The aroma is grapefruit and general fruitiness and is pleasant but subtle. The taste is slight caramel malt first then transitions to grapefruit with a balancing bitter finish. Mouthfeel is semisoft with strong carbonation and an somewhat oily finish. The finish is not unpleasant and reminds me of much more hop forward IPAs. Overall really good and drinkable. The packaging, price and format of this beer make it a winner for me. Sometimes you want a 12 pack for $13 instead of a 6 pack.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the White Citra version in this series, but I didn't care very much for the Juiced iteration, so I was curious to see how this version hit my palate. Very well, it turns out.

It has that "grapefruit added to an IPA" look a slightly brighter golden color, the slightest bit of hop haze, and a slightly off-white head.

The grapefruit is present on the nose, and really comes forward on the taste, blending very nice with the hops in the base beer. This would be a great "next beer after the lawnmower beer" in the summer, IMHO.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. Smells of grapefruit and light hops. Tastes like grapefruit, mild hops, with some mild bitterness. Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall a tasty fruit IPA. It's better than expected but still not too incredible.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, part of a mixed 'Rebel IPA' pack to recently arrive in Alberta. Glad to see some new stuff from this brewery!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky eggshell white head, which leaves some sparsely strewn sudsy island group lace around the glass as it evenly melts away.

It smells of fresh-squeezed red Texas grapefruit juice, peel, and pith, some gritty and grainy pale malt, and perhaps a touch of hard water flintiness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a muddled tropical fruitiness, more complex grapefruit notes, wet stone paths after a rainstorm, and some weak earthy, leafy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-lifting and separating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess battling a few testy citrus interlopers. It finishes off-dry, the base malt and sweeter side of the fruit doing well to linger on.

Overall, this is a pretty solid grapefruit-flavoured IPA, nice and full feeling, and rather easy to put back, especially as it combines two of my favourite liquids. If you like the citrusy side of IPAs, definitely check this one out to have your tastebuds vetted.

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Photo of ordybill
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a hazy gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is grapefruit and citrus hops. An excellent summertime brew.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle ,into a pint glass.Best by June 2017.

L- Thick creamy white colored head that stands a half a finger tall,with moderate retention and sticky lacing.Hazy amber colored body with medium clarity.Low amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I really don't get much,but there are trace notes of grapefruit and citrus fruit hops.

T- On the palate I get tons of juicy grapefruit up front,some bitter pine and sweet bready malts in the middle,and citrus and topical fruit on the back end.There is a nice aftertaste of bitter pine and grapefruit,mixed with citrus and tropical fruits.Nice blend of bitterness and tang.

F- The mouth feel is medium thin with a sticky texture in the begging,and chalky texture at the end.Low amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a smooth finish.

O- This is a pretty good IPA.Not at the top of my list but could be a good fallback IPA,when low on cash.I would drink this again if offered to me,and recommend hop heads at least try one.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is very good as is lacing. More of a grapefruit aroma with a slight resinous hop. It has a just a tad grainy hops. Grainy malt is heavier on the taste with a grapefruit backing, following by a good amount of resinous bitter hops. Slightly astringent on the aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

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

Solid IPA with plenty of grapefruit flavor. Nothing spectacular but it's tasty with no off flavors. Pretty much exactly what I expected from a grapefruit IPA from SA.

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