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

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPASamuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA
BA SCORE
3.69/5
768 Ratings
Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPASamuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-19-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,424
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
768
pDev:
11.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
262
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 768 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of lovindahops
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +9.5%
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 VeganUndead
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mr. Koch. Please stop. An extract riddled grapefruit zest unbalanced fruit bomb that was a drain pour

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Photo of lochef81
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
2.37/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 jbehlar
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 DanGeo
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Golfontap
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Tiernan
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcall384
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gsteiny
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmmochowski
2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmartin75
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -5.1%
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 ryancl
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 768 ratings
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