Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,705
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,995
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
Reviews:
566
Ratings:
4,424
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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA
Notes: COLOR Bright Copper / 11 SRM
ALC BY VOL/WT 6.5%ABV - 5.1%ABW
IBUs 45
YEAST STRAIN Samuel Adams Ale Yeast
MALT VARIETIES Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60
HOP VARIETIES American Cascade, Simcoe®, Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo
CAL/SERVING 198 per 12oz serving
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS N/A
Reviews: 566 | Ratings: 4,424 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brewerburgundy from California

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can, pint glass, best by June 2020.

Crystal clear goldenrod with a whopper of a head! Two plus fingers of cratering new parchment foam rise and linger, dissipating slowly, becoming more craggy as time advances.

Clean, biting grapefruit rind, a trace of pineapple, some caramel peeking through as this nears it's drink by date, and Cascade floral-ness.

I get a dose of biscuity caramel that's quickly doused by a hit of grapefruit and bitterness. Pine and mango develop and pass into a medium bitter finish that's mostly clean, but sports a little soapy pith. It's really quite a hoppy one.

Medium bodied, though with more viscosity than normal for the style. The carbonation is medium-high and stands up to it.

I come away almost embarrassed that I've always discounted this beer, so much so that I hadn't tried it until this monstrous deal of a case of 16oz cans for $12 landed in my lap. I have my vacation pool beer now. I appreciate Sam's homage to the classic American, almost West Coast, IPA. Even when almost six months old the hops are very present.

May 12, 2020
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DrOfGolf from Florida

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this one locally at Lucky's Supermarket as they are now having their going out of business sale. Not bad, not great but very drinkable. I wish I could have found this earlier.

Feb 18, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. It poured a honey color with a 3/4” head and had a subtle hoppy aroma. Taste was very good with typical bitter-hoppy we expect from a mass marketed beer. This beer is very drinkable and would purchase again.

Dec 29, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, enjoy by DEC 2019; purchased single off shelf... poured into Spiegelau IPA glass)

L: brilliantly-clear, medium-amber colored liquid... fortunate pour brings tight, crystalline, rocky foam from midway up the bowl of the glass to the lip... chunky, messy head holds like a champ till the bottom; several thick streaks of lace

S: potent hop aromas immediately upon crown removal; in glass: pineapple, grapefruit, maybe a touch of mango... moderately bold, lasting intensity

T: toasty crystal malt and bready pale base jumps out immediately in its foundation, relatively dry, while peppery, spicy-citrusy hops cut over the top... aftertaste has a bit of pine and herbal-grassy bitterness, moderate peppery spice humming along... crystal malt builds in aftertaste as it goes, but the hop static continues to weigh it down

F: clean-cut, dry; delicate residual resinous and boozy streaks left across palate, slow flame builds a little warmth

O: never tried this; have only found old, out-of-code bottles in my hunt for it as of late (discontinued?), so surprised to find one in-code and with some life left in it... it's a classic WC IPA, as billed, with a relatively crackin' execution, if not particularly distinctive in taste... would very much enjoy having one again if it was my best option (1570)

Oct 11, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a effervescent, clear, copper-orange color with a slight off white head. SRM of 13. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of passionfruit, peach, pineapple, and sweet grapefruit. Slight pine. I get a lot of honey malt behind that. Slight caramel and toffee. Juicier and lighter malt flavors than I expected based on other reviews. (3.75)

Flavor: More grapefruit on the tongue. It's sweeter. I get sweet grapefruit and pineapple. A little more pine. Some depe grape sweetness. Finishes airy and slightly bitter above a light honey malt. Not getting the caramel malt that was described here. Mildly bitter, but present within the lighter body. Allows it to finish relatively dry. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Bitterness is mild but shows itself well with the lighter body. Some bitter astringency lingering. Rather crisp. (3.50)

Overall: I sort of understand the conflicting reviews on this beer. It's fairly balanced so one could appreciate the juicy grapefruit, pineapple, and peach flavors, but it also has a light enough body to allow bitter grapefruit to finish. Has elements of east and west coast. However, I appreciate much lighter malts and body than others. I get a lot light and honey malts with only a touch of caramel. I incorrectly mislabeled it in a blind taste test. Cheers. (Final Rating: 3.73)

Aug 24, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear, light amber, with a thin white head that stays for a little while, somewhat lacy; has a mild beer smell, not IPAish; moderate carbonation; the taste mild for an IPA, just a suggestion of hops.

I had this be a few years ago. I wasn't particularly enjoying it. My host said "Here. Taste this." And handed me her glass of Dogfishhead 90 Minute IPA. Wow! What a difference. It's been my favorite IPA ever since. Rebel is okay.

Jul 23, 2019
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Danieljm from Missouri

3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into ipa glass. Nice golden amber color. Nice white head which disapated rather quickly but lacing remains.
Aroma is of good but also of malts with some grassy notes. Not strong citrus but some orange/lemon notes
Taste has some hops - with some nice malt balance, finished dry slight bitters. Good solid beer. This is a solid middle of road beer of NE style. Those liking a malty ipa this would work

Jul 06, 2019
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QMobs from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty average beer. Hoppy, bitter, and citric, with a dry malty finish.

I enjoy much of what's under the Samuel Adams name, but I was slightly underwhelmed with this one. However that's not to say it's a bad beer, it's certainly not. Very easy drinking and tasteful, I'd recommend it, just don't go in with high aspirations.

I'm sure I'd buy another 6-Pack if given the chance, though it's not the best thing Samuel Adams has put out.

May 19, 2019
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NHBeerSnob from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Rebel Rouser is what the hop heads are looking for.
This is a mellow, laid back selection with a good balance in terms of flavor and feel
Sessionable for 6.5.
4 out of 5 for what it is.

Feb 28, 2019
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Maestro0708 from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper in color with a small white head that has average retention, reducing to a thin film and circle around the edge of the glass. There is some pleasant lacing on the sides of the glass.

American hops are at the front of the aroma, featuring grapefruit citrus accompanied by some floral, grassy notes and just a touch of pine. Also in the aroma is a balancing touch of malt, bready followed by some caramel.

The flavor features that same healthy balance of hop and malt character. Fruity citrus, floral, grassy, and pine character is met with a bready, biscuity malt backbone with just enough caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not light but still drinkable.

Solid IPA, especially if you like IPAs with some malt balance.

Feb 07, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. 1/29/19

A slight haze within the Amber and gold color of the Rebel. A pillowy off-white foam cap is dense but also bubbly.

A sweet, bready and caramel aroma from the Amber malt spectrum collides with the high-toned, high alpha style hops. The hops have a sweet fruit and grassy smell. Herbal and spicy aroma in a subtle way.

A crispy medium bodied feel is vibrant until the malty slick effect takes ahold.
The hops give off an abundance of dry, grassy and earthy taste right off. Very herbal with a long. Malty profile that had herbal bready and caramel stylings. A West coast vibe to this IPA, along with the major players: Cascade, Chinook and friends.

Seems a bit mundane and passe, compared to the New(school)England style IPA's of the moment. Not a bad representation of the classic West Coast IPA.

Jan 29, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Again, it's been a few years since I last had this one. As I had little experience with IPA'S at that point, it was a different taste experience. The second time I had it a few months later, I liked it alot better. Do not know why I didn't start getting more into the craft scene at that time, guess I was happy drinking what I was drinking and thought this was a nice change of pace.

Jan 22, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear honey gold with a large white head that slowly fades away leaving good lacing. Aroma is faint. Flavor is sweet up front, a tad citrusy, some corn, light hop bitterness in the finish. Feel is light and crisp, well carbonated. Overall an okay beer with not a lot of punch for a 6.5% IPA. Leans towards a pale ale IMO.

Jan 08, 2019
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Hitchman from Michigan

2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

For the American lager drinker who wants to experiment with an IPA, this Rebel IPA is worth a try. But for hop heads, this is rather bland and unsatisfying. Maybe they use too little hops in the recipe, or it's just a bland experimental hops variety.

Nov 09, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle at Dagger John's at Fordham University; best by May 2018.
A: Pours a crystal clear, amber color (orange highlights) with a half inch, white head, limited retention, but a reasonable amount of lacing.
S: Really strong aroma of grapefruit/orange citrus initially, as well as pine. I can imagine caramel, maybe.
T: Flavors basically follow the nose, but caramel base much more appreciable. Lightly bitter.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Smooth; slight bitterness on the back end.
O: Solid East Coast IPA.

Nov 03, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

2.11/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

[Original rating 2015-09-27] Pours clear dark gold with a small tan head. Aroma is faint, flowers, a little bready. Taste is bitter, a little citrus and flowers. Not a good IPA. With all the great IPAs out there, Sam Adams should stick to something they do well (not sure what they do well these days).

Oct 24, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep gold, clear, tall, fluffy head. Full body, silky texture, very flavorful, rich, well carbonated and nicely warm mouthfeel, long and flavorful finish. Assertively bittersweet, well balanced by a touch of acidity and sweetness. Hoppy resin a flavor bomb. Delicious, easy drinking, worth seeking.

Oct 17, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass. It's important to buy these kind of beers within 2-3 months of bottling.
Look - mostly clear light amber colored, inch foam head relatively slow to fade and some lacing on glass
Smell - Lot of hop aroma: grapefruit and pine as is typical. Also getting orange peel, honeydew melon, and fresh cut grass
Taste - Very similar to the aroma. Get the hops with a strong taste up front of pine, bitter citrus, and sweet grass and then the caramel malt backbone evens it out. Tasty but not overly bitter IPA. Not egregiously filling but still medium-heavy body. Carbonation is medium.

If you like your IPA's with bitter flavors of grapefruit and pine this is a good one. Strong bitter flavors without being too bitter overall. I enjoy this beer and i think they make good IPA's in general. Give this beer an A-

Sep 03, 2018
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BklynBryan from New York

1.72/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not sure what's going on with all these inflated reviews here. This beer taste horrible. Idk The BB date was May 2018 and I'm drinking it in beginning of August 2018. So its about 90 days passed BB. Have to try again in fresher form. It tasted like Bud Light. Absolutely no flavor at all. Wouldn't know that it was an iPA if not labeled so. Comparable to Merman IPA, but Merman is waaay better than this. I hope the latest Sam Adams NE ipa is decent. I will search for a fresher version and Update this review (if necessary).

Aug 10, 2018
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PuffySAJ from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great offering from Samuel Adams. One of the original microbreweries, Samuel Adams captured the perfect blend of bitterness and citrus in this refreshing IPA.

Jun 07, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tall glass. best before May 2018, so a few weeks late on this one.

Classic ipa look on the pour. Almost clear mid yellow body with decent foamy white head initially leaving nice lacing before dissipating to a thick ring & faint covering.

Gentle hop and malt aromas.

On tasting, this is a nicely balanced IPA. Solid malt background holding up a decent hop bite.

Medium on the mouth, faintly bitter on the finish.

Overall, a good, solid, sessionable mild ipa. Could slam these all afternoon on a warm summers day.

May 29, 2018
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Jared40 from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA love the smell and not too overly hoppy. Pours a nice copper color with good head to the beer. Very easy to drink and a great beer for the summer time. I haven't had a Rebel IPA in years and I really do love Samuel Adams beers this is one of their best offerings. By the way the packaging Samuel Adams does for this beer is great.

May 20, 2018
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flaskman from New York

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

I just purchased an outdated 12 pack for 7.99 to help take the pressure off the expensive stuff. I was leary as I am not much of a Sam Adams fan but was surprised at how good it was. It poured goldenish with a decent head. It smells like a decent IPA and tastes like a decent IPA. Floral, hoppy, and well balanced. I would not go out of my way to seek it out but at a good price I found it to be quite enjoyable. I can best describe it as a decent thirst quenching crushable IPA. Not a stand out but I have nothing bad to say about it. I liked it.

May 15, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad IPA from a company not usually associated with craft beers. Nice darker amber color with mild head, not much lingering lacing. Smells faintly of floral and citrus hops. Tastes of mild floral and citrus hops and malt. Some mild bitterness throughout but actually quite pleasant and not overwhelming at all. Fairly light mouthfeel, some medium carbonation throughout though it faded somewhat as the beer warmed. All it all, a fairly decent IPA that I would drink again in a pinch.

Apr 29, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into Willibecher.

A- Golden with nice clarity. Off white head. Bubbly, but doesn't retain well, and does leave much lacing.

S- Bitter citrus, pithy, pine, and a bit of sweet orange. All hop.

T- Fairly clean in flavor, though a dull citrus sweetness, and some mild pine.

M- Medium body. Carbonation is smooth. Finish is mostly clean with a faintly bitter linger.

O- Nice single IPA. Some good hop character without being over the top.

Apr 04, 2018
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