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
Ratings:
4,192
Reviews:
515
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
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95
Gots:
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Ratings: 4,192 |  Reviews: 515
Photo of jellibeen
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Vetbidder
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Kraig
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakley
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyCastle
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucular
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffreyhill021
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dotASC
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdFed
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slhuggy
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of megamick
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MilaMila
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Macamah
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KLHBB
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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 DaPan
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +28.6%
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 +4.9%
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 Nolster
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 thoglund
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mxsluis
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 4,192 ratings.
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