Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,891
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,728
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
Reviews:
573
Ratings:
4,445
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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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: 573 | Ratings: 4,445 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is way more balanced than your typical IPA. The first note was more malt than hops, which was interesting. Bread and toasted malt. Then the hops. Floral, slightly earthy, a bitnof pine. Balance is the big word here. Super drinkable. A go-to beer for sure.

Apr 15, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a couple of brown 12 oz. bottles into a singular clear glass liter mug for observation. It's a light bright copper color, with emphasis on light. Rather translucent more than colorful, maybe the head and lacing will compensate. No, there's little of either there. The lacing outperforms, but not by much. It's not aromatic, neither. OK, now for the taste, the big category. Unfortunately, nothing to rave about here. It's pretty good; well balanced between a noticeable malt backbone, which is more earthy than sweet (good) and a hoppy finish. The body is a little thin and the hops aren't bitter enough, but they're there. If ever there was an IPA intended to be mass produced to offend the least number of drinkers, this is it. Not at all rebellious, it conforms to the basic norms of a mainstream beer with a hint of a style above the standard American lager. Likely the best choice at national chain restaurants.

Feb 24, 2021
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/11/14:
Appearance: clear, bright golden hue, long-lasting, bone white head, looking good.

Aroma: Fresh and lively hop aromatics, screaming with citrus and tropical fruits, bristling with pine and grass. Green as it gets.

Taste: Brisk hop bite at the front, soft and mellow from there on out. Light bodied, but with a long, bitter hop finish. Exquisite drinkability, but for hop-heads only. Bitter hop resins lay long on the palate, providing more than sufficient refreshment for those of us who crave the alpha acids.

A very nice rendition of this popular style, but it's not just not landing on the top tier, I'm afraid. A few steps short.

Wait. I just noticed something. The box reads: "Enjoy before Dec. 2014." No specific date given. This was purchased in early December 2014. I always see a lot of these cases at the store I bought it at, I'm guessing it's not that popular, for whatever reason. Maybe if I'd bought it earlier, it would taste fresher, and I'd see higher up on that tier…maybe...

What's the paper on the bottle say? "Rebel IPA is brewed with 5 varieties of West Coast hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook & Amarillo, It's everything we love about West Coast-style IPAs, Big citrus & grapefruit flavors with subtle pine notes for a flavorful, refreshing brew."

Feb 04, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with A 3/4 inch white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is grassy, piney, fruity, cedar.

Tastes of pine, grapefruit, earth, resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Lower carbonation than I expect from an IPA. Bottled 12/19. May be past its prime. still a good beer.

Oct 28, 2020
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Beer-Tanker from Taiwan

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow!
Starting with the look is good with abit of flatness. Smells great! Hoppy and truly aromatic like an IPA should be. Taste is amazing with abit of bitterness kick towards the end. Too say its fruity, it is definitely not, sweetness is very well balanced with bitterness. It will definitely play tricks on your taste buds. Definitely worth a try

Oct 22, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up a six pack of bottles at Long Ridge Wine & Spirits for about ten dollars. Have had many brew from these guys before. This is decent, very malty. More of an English IPA.

Oct 12, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a very pale golden color with a bitchin foamy white head. The smell isn't overly hoppy, but they are there. Small hint of pine notes with maybe a little flower to it. The taste is very clean & this beer goes down easy, decent amount of hoppy bite to it. I would consider it a session IPA. It's more flat than it is carbonated, very light on the palate. This isn't a world class IPA, nor should it be, I think this is a very approachable IPA & one that could definitely be crushed while grillin or chillin. Anyone looking to get into the world of IPA's could start with this brew!

Jun 19, 2020
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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 North Dakota

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

Updated review 3/29/21:
Appearance: Pours a effervescent, clear, copper-orange color with a slight off white head. SRM of 13. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of mandarin orange, resinous tropical passionfruit, peach, pineapple, and sweetened grapefruit. Slight pine. I get some cherry with a lot of caramel malt behind that. Slight caramel and toffee. Mostly mandarin orange and caramel here. . (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)

Compared to Breckenridge Brewery's Hop Peak IPA 3/29/21: pours a darker, but clearer color. More mandarin orange, resinous, berry, and caramel malt flavors. Less orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Sweeter and maltier.

Overall: I sort of understand the conflicting reviews on this beer. It's a strong and malty IPA. It has mandarin orange and resinous tropical fruit upfront that dissolves into a traditional Sam Adams cherry/caramel malt profile that I've detected in Boston Lager before. Leans malty, resinous, and sweet. Not was I was expecting for 6.5%, but this one is a malty bomb. . (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
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 4445 ratings