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

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before 5/2014.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence all around.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger white foam head with minimal retention on a clear bright golden body. Some lacing.

S: pale malts, wheat, some biscuit, and grapefruit, pineapple for citrus which is mild. Where are the west coast hop aromas?

T: the sweetness is very muted as is the citrus. You can tell there is som candy citrus mosty tangerine here but it's understated. Firm pale malt base but hops are mild more as an in between from APA to IPA.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Very creamy

Overall: very drinkable with nothing off putting but it seems overly simple and plain. Not a bad beer by any means I just wanted more from a hyped beer such as this. The hops are weak for a west coast ipa for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

underwhelmed by this, deceivingly named, as this isnt revolutionary at all, not distinct or memorable in any way, and certainly not likely to elicit social change. i hate to say that i bought this based on the tag line "brewed for the revolution", but i did, mistake. not a bad ipa, but very generic, far from the best possible use of these hop varietals. super light in color and immaculately clear with a short lived inch or so of white bubbly head. it smells like diluted west coast ipa, hoppy but without any characteristic juice or fruity or sticky resinous anything. the hops are so plain, which surprises me for these heavy hitting varieties. it tastes like a beer ive had a million times before, not bad at all, its actually quite good, with a sturdy abv but a light drinking mouthfeel, but there is nothing revolutionary about it, and i am frustrated by its blandness, especially knowing sam adams can make such wonderful beer, hoppy beer too, but this just underwhelms. refreshing enough, super light in malt profile and in hops too really, clean finishing. decent spring ipa all the way, i dont dislike it, but i expected so much more out of this.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a mixture of flavors from the variety of hops used including orange and grapefruit citrus along with hints of pine resin. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very hop-forward and I didn't detect any malty flavors in the taste. It is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the teeth-churning, palate stripping, enamel ripping properties that West Coast breweries achieve, the Sam Adams brand gets into the game, backed with its East Coast traditions of introducing a slew of drinkers to better crafted brands. But as many of those underwhelm the connoisseurs of craft, how does Rebel IPA fare?

Bright and copper in its pour, ribbons of gold, straw and amber pierce through the beer's large clarity. Its slight haze is a testament to the beer's high hop influence. Its frothy foam structures build a honeycomb structure of foam and then recedes to a delicate creme late. All the while broken lace clings to the glass.

Hop forward aromatics lead with white grapefruit, barely ripened orange, and a grassy sense that is vibrantly earthy and citrusy. Its moderate underpinning of nutty, grainy, and caramelly scents support the hops and almost strikes a balance to the hops.

Yet to taste, the beer's early biscotti sweetness borrows caramels, honey and confection before its turn to citrus in the middle. But its the roundness of taste on the palate that delivers those grapefruit, orange and verbena-type taste that offers a charged lemon and lime character. Leafy, stemmy and grassy late, the beer's hop dominance is short.

Its malty-dry mouthfeel starts out creamy yet racy. Its that abundance of carbonation that carries off the beer's sweetness and ensures a crisply bitter finish with grass-type astringency, minerally bite, and acute resinous dryness.

I rather like Rebel IPA a lot, but it does little to stand out among the ranks of bolder and more complex beers of its style. But pairing well with great company, pizza, cheeseburgers and savory appetizers gives this ale a welcome home.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and amber colored with the head climbing two fingers high; impressive lacing

Smell: Bright and citrusy, with a hop candy element

Taste: Bright and citrusy, bringing grapefruit and orange flavors; just a hint of cookie malt underneath; the bitterness builds but is kept in check through the finish

Mouthfeel: I was expecting to be unimpressed and while this isn't the most exciting IPA I have had recently (and, in fact, is more of an approachable IPA for a beginner) I find it to be well-brewed and very enjoyable; I could easily drink this with a pizza and be very content

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrusy and bitter hops is dominant. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with subtle notes of grapefruit and quite a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure I would say this is a west coast type IPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, a single, 'cause that's how rebels roll, doncha know?

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty, dank piney hops straight off, a bit of orange and white grapefruit pith, wet crackery pale malt, ethereal caramel notes, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is bready, grainy, and slightly doughy pale malt, lemon floor polish, slightly resinous pine needles, a bit of white chalk, and further earthy, weedy and floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly equitable in its meted out frothiness, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, in the way of that IPA whose hops have better things to do. It finishes off-dry, the yeast starting to really stick, as the piney, citrusy hops lag, and the malt keeps on keepin' on.

Not a bad rendition of a west coast ideal from that totally opposite coast, as it were. It picks up on the trendy dank and floral notes to a tee, and keeps everything else quiet and on the down-low. Yup, Sam Adams all the way.

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

Slightly off white medium sized head quickly falls to a quarter inch or less of froth layering across top of a bright golden colored beer that seems to have a copper tint to it.

Initial pine and light citrus hops aroma seem to lessen as I drink a glass of this IPA.

Initial first two or three drinks seemed to have a nice piney and citrus hops coming through, but as this beer disappears and sits a bit the hoppiness seems to lessen.

Light dry aftertaste without much of the hops characteristics sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

The initial whiff and taste of this beer were pretty darn inviting but that seems to lessen as i drink a 12 ounce serving of this beer. It still has a hops taste as I finished this off but it didn't contain those nice citrus and pine style hops notes I enjoy so much.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, I've heard a lot of good things about this beer, but it has a lower rating than I expected. Well only one way to find out. Best before June 2014 so nice and fresh.

Pours a mild fizzy 1/2 finger fizzy bubbled head that seems to stick around despite the larger bubbles, but leaves a decent lacing on the sides as well, over a crystal clear golden honey tan colored beer.

Nose is quite fruity, not really a tropical fruit but more like generic fruit, little apricot like stone fruit, little melon, mild rind bitterness, but a big dank resinous aroma too with a little pine but also a touch of guava and tangerine at least. That faintest hint of malt under that.

Taste is a bit sweeter and maltier than i expected, with a little candy sweetness, mild caramel, and some grainy toasty blond malts. Then the fruity hops, again not really tropical in nature, more generic fruit, hint stone fruit nectarine like, little rind citrus and pithy notes, little melon and hint fruity bubblegum, then back into the hop oils and dank resin, a little straight up hop oil n the palate, and dank resinous with touch of pine sap. Also mild citrus orange rind marmalade like. Finish is a bit sweet and more mild blond malts little grainy, then a little hop bitterness but very little, mid orange rind and resin lingering a bit.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

Overall a bit of a let down from the hype I heard, this is not very bitter, more malt forward than i expected, hops are not really what I thought they would be for a so called West Coast style IPA. Just not really doing it for me, maybe this varies bottle to bottle, but that's not a typical Sam Adams thing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a softly hazed, rustic orange body with a half-inch-high, snow white, foam head.

Smell: A mixture of toasted bread and barley grains paired with a zip of citrus-scented hops.

Taste: Lightly toasted crustless bread, lightly toasted grains given a sip of water and housing a light sweetness. Citric edged lemon, tangerine and even some finely shredded herbs. Medium bitterness. Fairly drying finish, with a sustained taste of the citrus and herbs into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: None its feature are overly pronounced, but, still, it's a decent, if a bit basic IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
on tap at City Fire/Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL on 12/26/2014

Appearance: Slightly hazy with some particulate in suspension (most likely from dry hopping). Deep gold body. Creamy white head. Very good head retention and even better lacing.

Aroma: Bright hops but not overdone, they combine nicely with the gently sweet malt. Softly citrusy with a blend of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit - and there are some sweetish red berries as well! Some mild pine or spruce backs it up, reminiscent of damp forest floor of pine needles. Really nice. I appreciate the restraint, and the skill used to create such a polished blend.

Flavor: As is quite often the case, the flavor very closely mirrors the aroma. It's fuller, but it's not much different. Of course there's more malt to it, which is a touch like the softly-toasted crust of a fluffy and doughy Italian loaf. And the fruitiness is wider, including a bit of apricot. There's bitterness as well, which is of course not found in the aroma, and it's restrained but still balances everything perfectly, essentially acting as a center point for the hops and malt that surround it. Once again it shows focus and skill in formulating an 'entire beer' whereas many IPAs seem to rely on their designation as an excuse to go hog-wild with hop flavors and aromas (often to their detriment as they spin out of balance).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp with a bit of a dextrinous edge.

Overall: To a certain extent I guess you can't take the east coast out of the east coast brewer; it's just not the 'wild' west and a certain amount of balance needs to be maintained! (On the other hand, west coast brewers used to be less heavy-handed). In this case, at least, the balance is pristine. It might not be the strongest IPA, and it's certainly not the hoppiest, but it delivers everything that's asked of it in one beautifully wrapped up bundle. Quite enjoyable and remarkably drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not to filling, decent kick, excellent West Coast representation of style, this is definitely one of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest/rind, lemon zest, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop and moderate malt flavors; with almost balanced malt/bitterness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good IPA. Good complexity of hop flavors with moderately balanced malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed chilled from a mug.

The color is golden amber like honey with good clarity and visible carbonation with 2 fingers of white head with average sized bead and streamers of lace cling. The smell is light with floral hop and pine scents with mild citrus in the background with gentle malt accent. The feel is decent with medium carbonation and mild to moderately bitter with gentle sweetness and low astringency with semi-dry finish and low alcohol influence.

The taste has a light peppery quality with more herbal notes from the hop up front followed by a light citrus tanginess and more sweetness from the malt as it warms. The tase seems more dry than sweet as it finishes with hardly any alcohol in the taste. This IPA is mild almost lager like in its smooth body , not bad reallly drinkable but not bold in any sense. Pretty tame for a west coast IPA considering hop taste and Aroma.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint glass at Chasers - Lake Zurich.

I wanted to try something new on tap while visiting Chasers for the first time, and this was the only one I hadn't yet had before. Done. It pours a clear sunrise brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild grass, very mild pine, and a soft breeze of caramel in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, the flowers and grass a touch brighter, but not very much at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay IPA at best, overtly mild and approaching boring.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single of this, BBD of June 14

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Nice lacing, good head retention

S: Pine, oranges & lemons. All fade over time

T: Follows the nose, some grassiness, caramel & grapefruit up front. Orange peel, more grassiness as this warms & little bit of grapefruit peel. Finishes dry, with a touch of pear, grapefruit & woody hops & a bit of biscuitty malt

Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty good balance

A decent AIPA at best, hops aren't really working for me. Better than most Sam Adams beers I've had lately, but that's not really saying much...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of honey + apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy sudsy light beige head that reduces to a couple of small thick patches of medium sized bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind, citrus/grapefruit zest, and much lighter pine hops with a light to moderate aroma of sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with moderate flavors of hops - citrus/orange rind, citrus/grapefruit zest, and pine in descending order of strength. Light amounts of bitterness linger through the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: A decent representation of the style but the hop aromas are a little more muted than some of the other examples in this style. There is a nice balance between the hops and malts with the beer not being too bitter or too sweet.

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

Modest head but it sticks around, leaving a combination of blanket and ring lace. The liquid is light gold and clear.

Neutral, but good, IPA peppery hop aroma. A touch of citrus.

Mild pale malt start. This is punched out by a spicy black pepper hop kick. Stronger in the swallow but without much complexity. Long aftertaste. The body and carbonation is as one expects from the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Flavor is somewhat spicy from hops with an earthy overall tone. Kind of a caramel edge on it too. Just a touch of grass as well. Kind of a soil taste left in the back of my mouth. Nothing overly interesting going on here. I wouldn't mind more punch and less soil and earth tones.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in my Samuel Adams curvy hold in the aroma shaped glass.

The beer is clear and light golden with ample effervescence and an inch of white head. Aromas of that distinctive Sam Adams malt, followed by light pine and some biscuit / grain character. Decent flavor, albeit not particularly hop forward. Definitely a "balanced" ale moreso than what is generally considered great IPAs these days. A bit harsh and dry on the palate, finishing bitter. Eh...

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

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. The brew appears a clear golden yellow to copper color with a rich white froth that fades leaving a full wall of lace on the glass.

The aroma is herbal and piney with some grass and tropical accent overtop a biscuit-like grain sweetness. The nose isnt bright perse but what emits from the glass is enjoyable.

The taste is resinous with herbal and grassy hops. Some pine and a bit dusty to biscuit grain finish. It has some nice hop flavoring but the grain inclusion while mild is a bit distracting in the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is nice and easy drinking. A pleasant step off the beaten path for the Boston Beer company but not something that I think can really compete with the other offerings out there.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Freshness date of June notched on label:

Pours golden with a creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus/pine.

The taste is of grapefruit, orange, some pine - bitter upfront with honey-like malty sweetness coming in to give it support and balance. Leafy, peppery, piney, citric bitterness comes back forward in the finish.

On-target for the style and an enjoyable brew that showcases American hops with a firm malt backing. Nice blend of hops and malts. A very nice American IPA!

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