Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,885
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,590
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
Reviews:
572
Ratings:
4,443
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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: 572 | Ratings: 4,443 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: super clear - bright orange pours with a nice finger and a half of sticky head.

S a bit lite on the hops here, and a strong malty note - also a NOTE, just a note, of ABV to the nose

T MUCH more hops to the palate than the nose - I guess they didnt bother too much with Dry hopping. still not bad at ALL! was the first thoght at the first sip...
nice hoppy aftertaste as well

M solid body and generous carbonation

D easy drinker's delight! thanks for the 6.5 buzz as well! cheers!

Apr 07, 2014
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Jcorn from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why the ratings are so low on this. Probably because Sam Adams isn't cool to beer snobs anymore, which I don't get. Anyway, to me this is just as good as mother higher rated IPAs like Green Flash or Titan.

Aug 05, 2015
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mozart4898 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to glass.

L - Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden in color. Nice. Leaves good lacing down the glass
S - Light citrus, perhaps a bit of malt. Seems a bit light on hops for an IPA.
T - Pleasant bitterness. Dry. Citrus and perhaps a bit of pine in the hop flavor. Taste closely mirrors the aroma - in other words hops could be heavier but pleasant. Not very sweet which is a plus in my book.
F - Medium body, nice carbonation.
O - Solid IPA but not outstanding. Easy to find. I believe many ratings would be higher if tasted blind (i.e. reviewers didn't know it was a Sam Adams product).

Jun 26, 2015
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First off, this is NOT a West Coast IPA. It is not very bitter, it is too low in alcohol, and the malt balance is more like an English IPA.

That said, it is still enjoyable. Grapefruit and pine hoppiness, with balanced malts. Strong fruitiness overall that is not consistent with American hops. Dry and spicy on the finish, but only low to moderate bitterness.

Mar 20, 2015
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit that I really enjoyed this IPA
I've tasted so many because I love them. Anyone can throw hops into a beer but to balance the crispness, fresh taste, that orange pine grapefruit spirit into s beer is what separates any IPA from a good one
Hats off to Samuel Adams for this one

Jan 19, 2016
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anchordrinker from California

1/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this is pretty much the worst IPA i've ever had. tons of off flavors, and overall completely bland and characterless. Overly malty, with flavors of squash, peanut butter, balsamic reduction, and sponge. Little to no head retention, and no lacing. I would not waste any more money or time on this Samuel Adams product.

Dec 25, 2013
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SensorySupernova from California

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Juicy hops.

Taste: Pretty subdued bitterness, but still plenty of fruity and citric hop taste comes through. Moderately sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, well carbonated.

Overall: Pretty good. You can tell this was designed to be an accessible IPA - not too bitter, fruity hops, sweet malts. It definitely succeeds in that, and is a great choice for someone just getting into IPAs. If you are already initiated and crave the bitterness of an West Coast IPA, then this might let you down a bit.

May 31, 2015
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RenzoD from Washington

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at all, actually. Has a very Sam Adams character to it; certainly isn't as much of a big "west coast" IPA as advertised but for what it is I think it is downright tasty. This brewery really does have their own style and taste and I really appreciate that about SA. Try it out.

Aug 12, 2015
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Macmarkg from California

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice light IPA. Great for a hot day when you are not looking for something with a lot of power and bite. A tiny bit pedestrian, but I would drink it again.

Mar 21, 2015
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

For the amount of hop varieties they used to create their interpretation of a West Coast IPA, nothing stood out. Sam Adams does one thing consistent - no matter what style of beer they produce - it all shares a similar taste profile. Maybe I'm crazy. I've yet to drink any of their offerings and be blown away. If you're an IPA enthusiast who's been around the block more than once, don't expect to get anything remotely close out of this that compares to some of your favorites. Beyond mediocre and, quite comical, given Koch's cavalier attitude towards aggressively hopped beers. Anyone can do it? I disagree. I'd drink this over BMC, but that's not really saying anything, is it?

Jan 21, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a clear medium golden with a sticky one finger white that settles very slowly leaving two broken rings of lace behind as it settles .Mild leafy and citric hops along with some sugary sweetness,both are light.A decent shot of citric hops upfront on the palate along with a caramel biscuit base underneath,the hops are much more fruity than bitter wich surprised me a little.Not bad,it's not something to go spend alot of money on but would be good as a "starter" IPA for somebody.

Jan 22, 2014
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Machoo from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm much more rock n roll than beer and SA seems much like Billy Joel in beer world. It aint my realm so I can't bash just for the sake of it. Seems somewhat definitive of namesake---how are things on the west coast IPA.

Jul 11, 2015
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cvallance from Maine

4.56/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good big brewery ipa

Mar 21, 2015
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Mark66 from Texas

1.08/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ended up throwing this out. Drank the first bottle and thought, that was disappointing. Looked at my brother as he took a swig and could read his dissatisfaction as well. I forced down one more, but the other three ended up staying in the fridge for...well, I think they still might be there, no, I did throw them away. Lousy IPA.

Jun 01, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Swinging Chicken Saloon.

Pours a clear amber, left a half inch white head that dissipated slowly, left moderate lacing on the glass.

Piney, sweet hops take the start, a nice toasted malt barley takes the finish.
Not bad at all.

Medium-light bodied, light carbonation, crisp finish.

Mar 23, 2015
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a notched best before date of March 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A nice and clear dark orange copper colour with an almost two finger white head with good retention while leaving lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and biscuit malt with hints of grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Very malty caramel and biscuit, with light pine and grapefruit and some lasting bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish.

Overall: Not bad, but too malty an IPA for my liking. Apparently the new version of the Rebel IPA they made in 2017 is more tropical fruity and I feel that may be more my thing.

Jun 08, 2017
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treeslothguy from Iowa

2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure why I even picked this up but I wish I hadnt. I might have just picked up some miller light and had enjoyed it possible more than this. The only way this resembles an ipa is that it says ipa on the bottle.

May 30, 2015
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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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MonicaAJC from Pennsylvania

1.92/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

I can't find any complexity or interesting flavors in this beer. I want to like it because, well--because it's Sam adams. For years--during the dark ages when I was young--the only tasty beer on tap at most places. But now--not so much. I can think of 100 better IPAs by 100 brewers that aren't Sam Adams.

May 06, 2017
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Rivcabeerlover from California

3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not impressed. Was hoping for better from a great Brewery. Not really a West Coast IPA... Not enough hop taste and too much malt. Ok if you're looking for a mediocre IPA. I guess. You taste buds have been spoiled by Knee Deep Brewery and El Segundo

Mar 28, 2015
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Average IPA Color. Pours a nice golden-amberish. Mid-sized head, pours pretty hefty then begins to disappear a bit.
Smell: Very mellow, citrusy and floral with a hoppy finish.
Taste: Again a very citrusy and floral taste with a bitterness from the hops. The taste is again pretty mellow but noticeable.
Feel: Fairly light.
Overall: Very solid IPA. It's extremely mellow for an IPA, which makes this beer easy to drink. The flavor and aroma is notched down a bit. It doesn't have an extreme flavor(but I mean that in a good way). So, overall a very solid IPA. I would buy it again.

Jul 27, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Slightly hazy Light Amber colour with an off white 2 finger head that has pretty good retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Bready malt and Citrus(grapefruit).

T-Nice malt that gives way to refreshing citrus but slightly sweeter than the citrus on the aroma. Almost orange/tangerine. Nice hop bite on the finish.

M- Low to Medium Carbonation and a very smooth body.

O- Thankfully Samuel Adam's Rebel IPA finally became available in New Brunswick and I have to say that this is easily to best Samuel Adam's beer I've had to date. It simply has all of the characteristics you would want in an IPA. Nice malt and citrus flavours with an adequate hop bite. To Whomever is responsible for bringing this beer to New Brunswick: Thank you.

Mar 13, 2015
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rocky head from the off white head forming thick, large bodied copper hue going on. Aroma has citric notes, big fruity hop notes, lemon, lime, and alpha acids come through each sniff. Flavor includes big fruitiness, caramelized malts, bitterness rolling through with hints of tropical fruits, dank resinous hops make their presence known but the actual beer doesn't do the style justice. Mouthfeel has a resinous hop oil slickness even carbonation not much going on other than the breadiness that finishes with most Sam Adams beers. Overall I can't wait to try more Sam Adams IPAs this happens to be their first shot at a West Coast style IPA it's getting closer.

Jan 18, 2014
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with thick, tight white foam. Smells like centennial hops with lemon notes. Green grass and grapefruit plus lemon zest. Medium lite mouthfeel. Resinous hoppy tongue coating. West coast, but not hop overpowering. Nice.

Mar 31, 2015
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rmup18

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all around IPA. A nice offering from Boston Brewing Co.

Mar 20, 2015
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 4443 ratings