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

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPASamuel Adams Rebel IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by kylehay2004 on 06-19-2013

BEER STATS
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#40,161
Reviews:
541
Ratings:
4,306
pDev:
13.93%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 4,306 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Knapp85
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just doesn't taste right. Everything else is ok.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 superspak
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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 LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 4,306 ratings