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

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
COLOR Bright Copper / 11 SRM
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

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass.Best by July 2017.

L- Thick soapy white colored head that stands 1 finger tall ,with good retention and sticky lacing.Light amber colored body,with good clarity.Light amount of carbonation and sediment.

S- On the nose I get grapefruit,pine,and tropical citrus hops.There are hints of sweet malt for balance,and earthy hops as well.

T- The palate follows the nose with bitter pine hops up front,some grapefruit and sweet malt in the middle,and citrus and pine hops on the back end.

F- The mouth feel is thin and a little watery,with good oxidation on . tongue.Sticky texture with dry finish.

O- This is a pretty solid IPA.Obviously not the best with all the other IPA's,but still pretty solid for a SA brew.I could see myself drinking this again,and if you like IPA's you should at least give it a shot.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost beautiful looking after walking in the heat for hours at Hollywood Studios. Hazy amber with a slight head. Malt and citrus scent and good flavor translation. Mild bitterness decently carbonated. Good. Just getting the whole Rebel reference being in the Star Wars section here at Hollywood Studios. What fun !

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Photo of KLHBB
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle at the airport, clear, cold, refreshing. Traffic light Amber, small head, good lacing. Smells of pine and grapefruit, tropical sweetness. Taste more bitter. Medium mouthfeel, overall pretty good.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from a six-pack purchased at the LCBO. Best before Jun 2017 and served slightly chilled. Apparently this brew has seen a recipe/label change within the last couple of months... but this particular sixer features labels identical to the one pictured above - and thus, I figure it's most likely old stock from before the switchover.

Pours a lightly hazy golden-blonde colour, with one finger of loose, soapy white head seated atop. Average retention; it melts down over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a full, smooth coating of sticky lace as it recedes. The only other eventual remnant is a modest-sized collar of froth - looks fine by me. The aroma is about what you'd expect from such a C-hop-heavy IPA - muddled orange, grapefruit skin and lemon pith, as well as a good dose of earthy, floral, somewhat resiny notes. Caramelized sugar is also noted, along with some generic pale malt sweetness.

The flavours follow after the nose - featuring a steady backing of bready pale malts and caramel sweetness, overlapping with plenty of West Coast-style hopping. Citrusy grapefruit and orange rind figure in quite strongly, with a pointed note of flowery/floral bitterness lasting through to the finish, which is resiny and earthy. Moderately bitter aftertaste that fades in a matter of seconds; off-dry. Medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that feel about right - smooth, but not overly soft, imparting a gentle prickling sensation with each sip. Drinkability is fair, but I am not real big on this one's floral elements.

Final Grade: 3.67, a B grade. Samuel Adams' Rebel IPA is a passable effort, but I would consider it neither unique nor particularly memorable as an IPA. Like most of this brewery's products, the scaffolding for a decent beer is both present and fairly sturdy, but beyond that? It simply leaves too much to be desired, never going "above and beyond" the expectations I have for a modern, hoppy pale ale. I would not call this a bad beer, but there's no way I'd call it a great one, either. It's decidedly middle-of-the-road, and for that reason I don't think I can give this beer anything more than a cursory, ambivalent sort of recommendation. Guess I'll have to try the new recipe at some point to see if it has improved any.

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Photo of Djdumont
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was recommended this as an "intro to IPAs," and now years later, it's still one of my favorite daily drinks. Sam is the most reliable brewer of the "macro-craft" beers, and this is another smash hit. Rebel is available year-round, nationwide, and has a great, mild-hop flavor that can consistently fill you up and put a smile on your face.

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Photo of IronLover
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured from a can with a huge, soapy foamy, bright white head with good retention. Medium light tropical citrus aromas with light pine notes and a medium malty backbone. Medium bodied with a light creamy smooth feel and medium light carbonation. Pleasant warm feel from the middle to the end. Medium spicy hop flavors up front with medium light ruoe citrus beneath. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by citrus notes to the end. Solid malty backbone. Finished semi dry with a light lingering spicy bitterness with light pine notes. Very drinkable with pleasant hop character. Not terribly complex, but a solid IPA.

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

This is a bit mellower than S.A. double rebel ipa and a little less abv. Nice light copper color...much lacing... moderate head...hoppy, yet nice notes of malt as fas as flavor goes. This is a fine ipa ......up there with all of them. Thumbs up!

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Photo of jonb5
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, poured into Ambrosius tall tulip glass.

A: Bronze, clear, tiny head which faded quickly.

S: Grapefruit, pine and resin which is what you expect from a beer based on the Cascade hop.

T: Followed the nose, hoppy bitterness drowned out the malt.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: Standard IPA, well made but didn’t stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of pro45
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a small white head. Smell is hops, bread, malts, faint citrus notes. Tastes malty with grapefruit pith. Some hops. Well carbonated and finishes dry. The beer is unbalanced and doesn't really represent a west coast IPA but it's highly drinkable. I've also had this on draft and much prefer it over the bottle or can. My review was from the bottle.

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Photo of lastmango
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a light amber with a 2 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Heavy lacing. Aroma is of very faint malt and hops. Tastes of mild malt and a bit of hops. Thinner feel than expected. Moderate carbonation. A drinkable beer but Boston Beer seems to be headed toward Budville. They need to get their act together to compete with other craft beers . . . unless they want to aspire to be Bud.

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Photo of Buck89
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass. A clear golden yellow with a one-finger white head. Great lacing in the glass. Not much aroma-some faint citrus and pine notes. The taste was a bit muddled with predominant bitter grapefruit with some piney notes. A bready malt presence and a clean dry finish. Medium bodied and carbed nicely.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Didn't expect much I will say, however it has a nice amber glow and a good foamy head. Smell dept is lacking a bit, it's balanced malty breadyness and hops, as per description several varieties. Taste is well balanced. Not any hop stands out, does have a bit of a burnt metal/candle wick character that is interesting. Overall it's a decent well balanced beer. Not outstanding but good.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold/pale amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, off-white, shortlived, head that leaves webs, streaks & motes of lace. Aroma is thin but made up of caramel malt, floral, grapefruit & pine hop notes. Taste is floral, citrus (orange & tangerine) & pineapple, caramel malt sweetness heaviest mid-sip through the finish but transitions to a bitter finish & an increasingly bitter aftertaste. Taste is nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation smooth but average. If the Boston Beer Co. was attempting to produce something with West Coast IPA character I think they succeeded but it is pushing it to say that it is a good example.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was the first mainstream IPA that tasted like an IPA. It's good. Until recently, it had been so long since I had consumed a Samuel Adams product that I forgot how good their beers were.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a crystal clear bright golden color with a short white head that settles quickly leaving almost no lacing down the glass.

The nose is a mild fructose and pine and barely present. a bit disappointing.

The taste is a solid mid-level hopped IPA that has good malty balance. Not a lot of complexity here and it has a bit of a dirty finish. Not too bad, but not great either.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery for the style not as rich as I would like.

Overall a drinkable IPA that could be drinkable if there aren't better choices.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw gold colored glass shows excellent clarity but struggles to hold a thin white head of foam that gives up little lacing. Looks a little thin.

Aroma: Grapefruit citric west coast hops seem on target, heavy enough to cover most of the malt base but a little sweetness comes through. Firm but not quite full nose.

Taste: Little more sweetness comes out that bring the hop levels down to somewhat pedestrian levels. What is there is good, but there's not enough here in base or hops to get me excited. Mild soapy note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Bit oily, small prickly of carbonation comes across as fairly low, body is medium light.

Overall: About 65% of what I want this beer to be. Needs to turn up the volume across the board, kind of comes across as a full American Pale Ale, a little light for an IPA.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can with an enjoy by date of Dec 2016.

A: Pours an almost translucent golden color. Two-inch, foamy, tannish-white head with good retention. Thick white lacing throughout.

S: Mild notes of citrus, grapefruit, and piney hops. Not much of a nose on this one.

T: Citrus notes consisting of mostly grapefruit accompanied by piney and resiny hops.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, an okay IPA. Grapefruity and easy drinking. I was expecting less, but it was surprisingly not bad. Not something I'd ever search out, but it's drinkable if there's nothing else available.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at TGI Fridays. Pours a straw-colored, amber hue with minimal frothing. Subtle nuances of pine and citrus on both the nose and tongue. Slight hints of pine, although barely noticeable. Grapefruit thrown into the mix as well.

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Photo of avalon07
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was half inch of foamy head that lasted a short amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: An average aroma of light hops, fruit, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops, a hint of citrus (grapefruit) that's most apparent in the finish, pine notes, sweet malt, and previously mentioned grainy quality. A decent enough flavor, but it isn't pushed far enough. The hops content, which is most obvious in the bitter aftertaste, isn't as balanced with the citrus and pine as it should be.

F: A fair shot of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: Rebel IPA is certainly not the worst IPA I've ever tried, but it definitely doesn't distinguish itself. Drinkable, if there's nothing else around.

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Photo of maximum12
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So with all the potentially great IPAs in the house I pull out a Sam Adams. What’s wrong with me? Not enough room here. 12 oz. can.

The pour makes clear this comes from the other coast tradition: lots of bubbles, pale orange, clear. Not matter how much air I process, I can get nothing via the nose. Seriously. That must be some kind of record.

Rebel IPA makes me think Sam has something going here. Intense bitterness is the highlight here - none of this fruit-laden, Garden of Eden, East Coast nonsense for the Rebel. 93 MPH of bitterness is barely restrained by slivers of citrus, pine, grapefruit rind, & sweet, bready malts. Pine sticks around as it warms. Jagged & drinkable.

Put this in an Alchemist shaker & I bet the score would go up a half point. Good, solid IPA.

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Photo of SlappyMcGee
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried in a pint glass at a Buffalo Wild Wings. Small but very frothy head, with mild hop flavor and a clear golden color. My favorite IPA so far, but I haven't tasted many. Sadly, I can't find it anywhere here except Buffalo Wild Wings, or I'd drink it more often. (I only go to BWW for special occasions)

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An ok IPA that has a West Coast feel to it, just designed to appeal to the greater public. The aroma has very subtle hints of citrus and pine, but it's very muted. Taste is the same. A little citrus, a little pine, but very restrained. If these were in a beer bucket at a party, I might grab one, but I don't think i would seek it out.

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Photo of ThomasOConnell
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light flavor for an IPA, but still filling. Subtle citrus with light aromas and low bitterness. Good head and lingers, very familiar for Sam Adams family.

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Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden ale. Thin but long lasting head.
Mild aroma of citrus hops and pine.
Taste reflects the aroma. Quite tannic and astringent. A little malt comes through.
Medium bodied.
Pleased to find this in Morrisons.

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Photo of JRed
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Transparent golden with white head that stays. Aroma of weak lemon skins, citrus, pine. Tastes of citrus, rind, lemon, pine, grass, caramel malts. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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