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

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Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPASamuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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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
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. 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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Photo of Tone
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus, piney hops, pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is very sharp, crisp, and high carbonation level. Tastes of medicinal citrus, hint of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, piney hops, and slight spicy hops. Overall, the medicinal flavor is disappointing, too sharp, but decent appearance.

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Photo of matjack85
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. The bottle says enjoy before Nov. of '16 and this is already Feb. of '17 so it's a little past it's prime and may account for the small head and lack of lacing.

The beer poured a slightly hazed light golden color with a 1-finger white head that dissipated to a thin ring in under a minute. Not much lacing.

Smells like mild grapefruit.

Nothing mild about the grapefruit flavor of this one. They added both grapefruit juice and grapefruit peel to give this a heavy grapefruit punch, There is some malty sweetness to it underneath but it's mostly just grapefruit and citrus (they say mosaic) hops. If you let it sit a bit. some of the grapefruit bitterness will fade away with the carbonation, but if you like grapefruit bitterness then drink it while it's very cold and spritzy.

Light to medium bodied with high carbonation when first opened.

Not my favorite IPA, but grapefruit lovers will like it.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a medium head that lingers for quite some time into a centimeter or two throughout drinking. Light copper look with serious lacing and continuous bubbles. But the carbonation is just right. Not a giant fan of fruity beers, but I like this one. Plus most of them are weak and this has a nice ABV of 6.3%. The grapefruit flavor is subtle and I almost did not buy the Rebel IPA variety 12 pack that included this. I am sure glad I did because it was 13.99...pretty good deal for high quality Sam Adams is to me over 90% of the time.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear, pale amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor follows tart citrusy grapefruit, with light bitter after taste. In $9.99 6-pak Shaw's Supermarket Concord, NH. Best by Jan 2017.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12 pack variety rebels and this was my fav. Looks pale orange, mod haze, decent head. Not much retention or lacing. Smell is pure grapefruit. Sweet. Taste is very juicy, very. Smooth feel, pleasant hop bite and overall my fav in rebel series. I got it expecting very little. It was $13 for a 12 pack and I was looking for an every night drinker now that the wife realized how much I spend a week on 1-3 great beers..this is a good option. Naysayers: phbbt to you, its good.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear gold color with a small white head that faded quickly.
Big grapefruit aroma.
Grapefruit and grapefruit rind taste.
Nicely bitter,
Nice beer, but I wouldn't want to drink a lot of these.

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

The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is at least enabling me to do a horizontal of the Samuel Adams beers. It makes for an interesting project.

From the bottle: "Brewed with real grapefruit for a punch of citrusy goodness that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes from the hops and delivers a refreshing finish. - Cheers!"

I had my S.A. Perfect Pour glass at the ready so once the cap was Pop!ped, it was full speed ahead. I wound up with three fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, promoting a visit from the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon. Nose was totally grapefruit! Label mentions "... with Grapefruit Peel and Grapefruit Juice and Natural Flavor Added". I believe it. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not creamy, but solid on the tongue and big for an AIPA. I kind of got the "tropical fruit" flavor that the label mentioned, but the star here was the bitterness of the grapefruit, undoubtedly enhanced by the hops. I am a self-avowed hophead + I really like grapefruit juice so this was a real winner for me. Finish was dry, mostly grapefruity and bitter until the extreme finish when the tropical fruitiness lingered to cut some of the bitterness. I will be honest, though, just like when I drink sours, I had some water along with this one.

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Photo of joe12pk
1.93/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

West Coast IPA's already have hints of grapefruit in them. I don't want more of that taste. I want beer. It's my fault.
It was on sale. And I'm a Rebel, dammit. I thought there might be a hint of grapefruit peel added. But no; they actually added grapefruit juice *!^@#! Why, Mr. Adams, why? When one adds juice flavored soda to a beer, it is now a Shandy. Please relabel this as an iPA Shandy. Cheers!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit IPA pours a copper color with a long lasting and lacing head. Citrus aromas; noticeable grapefruit. Flavor is a little weaker, lots of juicy grapefruit. Good body and feel. Overall, its small on the IPA side, big on the fruit.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Bottle says enjoy by nov 2016. Today is 10.15.16 so probably a little old. Nose is bitter piney hops with grapefruit. Taste is a ton of grapefruit, like, actual grapefruit, not grapefruity hops. Malty / honey backbone.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Watching the debate. Hopefully this beer lifts my spirits.

Look : Hazy lemon gummy bear color, with a 3 finger head, with glorious lace. 90% opaque.

Aroma : Cat piss.

Flavor : Thankfully a little better, but only marginally. Bready grapefruit notes, mostly peels and pith, very little flesh. Orange seeds. Some toffee malts somewhere in there. Ends with some fresh bread, enveloped by honey-pine and ugliness.

Feel : Slightly parchy, not really resiny like it should be. Some aggressive carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall : I'm gonna dump this one. Worst of the Rebel series by far. Just disgusting, no real essence or redeeming value.

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

I had some Magic Hat grapefruit IPA last weekend at the Rock Hall and I thought I was buying that. Duh. Well this ain't bad, but it's not that either.

It's yellow and has great head. The aroma is a great fresh hops and grapefruit smell.

The taste is the nice sour and bitter taste you get from these, with more emphasis on the grapefruit than others. The finish is also a bit grapefruity, and very refreshing.

This is a well made brew and different enough from the other Rebels and other people's grapefruit IPAs to be unique. The canning probably helps make this work - it tastes very fresh, as this style should. It is a great value (on sale $16 for 12). Recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can from the quad pack. Two good, one TBD…& this.

The pour looks like grapefruit, smells like grapefruit, but isn’t a grapefruit. Smells like real, sharp grapefruit, not the kind that shows up wishy-washy in your base northeast IPA. Aggressive.

Rebel Grapefruit IPA tastes too much like grapefruit. I don’t like grapefruit. I also don’t like coffee, bourbon, cranberries, or lots of other things I enjoy in my beer, so I suppose this is an outlier, or the example that disproves the rule. Whatever. Tastes like straight-up grapefruit rind, marred by hop bitterness & sweetness that may be malts. Sharp, lingering. One can, sufficient.

Good thing this wasn’t on board during the Boston Tea Party, or we might still be speaking English. Strictly decent.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured can into a narrower pint glass: color is copper, head is off white to lighter tan with dense bubbles and mixture of bubble sizes from fine to medium, some head lacing on the glass.

Smell is very enticing: nice hop bitterness with citrus rind that is quickly overtaken by a more prominent grapefruit zest/rind/juice; malt is noticeable but not prominent, light pale malt and hint of crystal.

Taste is also very pleasant: nice hop bitterness that quickly is overtaken by the citrus, but the level of grapefruit zing is almost too much, reaching level of sharpness or tasting like eating the actual grapefruit rind. The hop flavors don't seem to come back in force and the malt sweetness is a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel is crisp but as the beer warms the grapefruit zestiness starts to pull at the tongue, especially on the sides and back, much like a tart lemon.

Overall a nice looking and pleasantly smelling beer - taking the grapefruit zing back just a touch with a bit more citrusy hops could be a good compromise.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, pours hazy gold color with a 2-3 finger foamy whipped off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating slowly and leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells like grapefruit juice, yeast and biscuit up front with some lemon zest, coriander, orange peel and spices which are both peppery and funky.

Tastes has ample grapefruit and bitterness with biscuit, graham cracker and a nice sturdy malt backbone. Citrus hops are zesty with lemon, orange peel, tangerine and coriander which then shifts to floral hops and peppery spices. Hides the ABV well.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In general, I don't go crazy for fruit beers. Hops can do the work. This offering from Samuel Adams, however, seamlessly blends the grapefruit and the Mosaic hops into a unified, distinctively grapefruit flavor. Thumb's up.

The appearance is distinctively grapefruit-influenced. It's an amber but with a grapefruit tint. The use of rinds as well as fruit seems to be positively impacting the appearance. The head is off-white, with substantial lacing down the glass.

The aroma is familiar to anyone who enjoys Mosaic hops. In a few beers that I've sampled, the brewers have gone mad for the new Mosaic variety and created a strange brew, but this beer is beautifully balanced. The fruit scents of the hops and grapefruit unify to create a distinctly citrus and unmistakably grapefruit aroma.

The grapefruit flavor of this beer is very pronounced. It's delicious. The beer is dry, not sweet like an actual fruit. The grapefruit influence and Mosaic hops are backed by a solid malt backbone. Balance is achieved. The interaction of the malt and the hops in this beer remind me of the under-rated Stone IPA. Here, the malt can handle the hops and the grapefruit rinds without buckling. The hops don't overwhelm the malt and result in an unpleasant after-note. The finish is bitter, as one would expect with this IBU, and completely in synch with the citrus flavor. Yet, the flavor stops on a dime, leaving a pleasant, delicious and malt-influenced note. The ending is again reminiscent of Stone IPA.

The mouth feel is another strong point. This IPA is 6+%. The heightened alcohol content compared to a pale ale or a lager, together with the quality malt backbone, gives a substantial mouth feel. It's neither heavy nor watery.

Overall, this is a successful innovation from Samuel Adams. As great as has been their original Boston Lager (for 30+ years) some offerings from this brewer, like Winter Lager, drastically underwhelm. Recent personnel additions, and the newly regimented experimental anarchy, seem to be paying off, at least in this one.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly pinkish golden orange color with a nice head that slips away gradually. Aromas and flavors are citrusy grapefruit, tropical fruits, floral and slightly resinous, with a malty sweet backbone that balances nicely. I was surprised how good this beer is; it's superior to most grapefruit added beers I've tried, and it's literally half the price of Grapefruit Sculpin.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated Aug 2016 at 55 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – citrus, kind of like grapefruit
Head – average (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishes to irregular five to nine mm ring and broken layer
Lacing - none
Body – medium yellow, clear
Flavor – grapefruit peel, definitely bitter; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation

Not a pleasant experience and I love grapefruit. This is just bitter rind with no redeeming features.

Aroma 4, Appearance 3.75, Flavor 3, Palate 3.75, Overall 3

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Photo of matcris
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A hazy tangerine with a good finger of foamy head that settles down to a ring; spotty lacing down the glass. The aroma is grapefruit rind and sweet tropical fruits. Nice amount of said fruit in the flavor, nice easy going building bitterness that blends well with the malt. Above average carbonation and a medium, dry feel. Cheap and good, I'd have it again.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was prepared to not like this "fruit" beer, thinking it would be the runt of the "Pack of Rebels" I picked up on a whim. Not having had anything from Sam Adams since back in the days when Sam was a microbrew, I was pleasantly surprised. This grapefruit IPA is perfect for a summer lunch, light and hoppy, with a definite grapefruit flavor. Your girlfriend may even like it!

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