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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 EMV
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can.

L: Pours a clear medium gold color. Two fingers of white head.

S: Hops... herbal and piney. Slightly bready.

T/F: Bready malts forward giving way to a balanced hop profile. Mild citrus and pine. Herbal good carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Finish is clean and dry.

O: A fairly good IPA. Not outstanding but above average and easy to drink. Good for a session... but not a 'must try'.

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Photo of Roadhouse_Blues
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled Bell's pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle with best by date of May 2016 - less than a month away. Either their dates are short (good), or this 6-pack has been around a while (not so good). Disclaimer: I had this after a bottle of Bell's Two Hearted, which may have been unfair.

L - 2-finger head that subsided rather quickly leaving very persistent lacing. Crystal-clear with deep pure golden color, no orange/copper hues that I could see.

S - Subtle piney / citrusy hop aroma that definitely does not knock your socks off.

T - Somewhat hoppy, but IMO very marginal for an IPA. The label mentions Centennial but I can't detect it. There's a slightly peppery flavor and significant caramel malt flavor. Overall it's drinkable but there's no "wow" whatsoever.

F - A bit thin, but smooth and pleasant.

O - I'm a HUGE fan of Boston Beer Company and several of their offerings. Having said that, I have no clue how Rebel IPA relates to the "West Coast Style" mentioned on the label. For an IPA, there is nothing in the way of memorable flavors or distinctive character. If you're having a picnic or barbecue and want to stock up on something that will bring a touch of hop goodness yet still please a broad range of tastes, this might be just the ticket. For me, this is to IPAs what certain mass-produced Colorado-associated lagers are to beer in general.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams The Perfect Pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a slight hint of an amber hue with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface with a nice, thick, fluffy white head that's a good solid inch thick with very good retention. Pretty good lacing here. Aromas of grainy yeast and malty caramel sweetness along with some nice citrus, floral, and piney hops. Has a slightly toasted, somewhat bready, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a citrus, earth, somewhat piney hop bitterness. Not a very complex flavor profile, but spot on for the style I feel. Has a fairly crisp, somewhat smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, refreshing finish. A solid IPA here that's worth a try.


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Photo of FrostyStephen15
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having this out of a bottle with some ramen, but I've had it more than once before so I know what it looks like. It's caramel-colored and clear. Looks like an IPA!

It smells amazingly citrusy, and almost a bit sweet. Really, really nice smell.

The taste actually doesn't match the nose very well. It tastes more piney than anything else, but I'm not complaining. It's a standard IPA taste, and not a half-bad one.

I rated the mouthfeel a bit lower than everything else, because it's a bit thin and a touch too carbonated for my tastes, but still nothing to really complain about,

Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA that you can get for $8 a sixxer. Is it a mind-blowing IPA? No, not in the least. Is it a great go-to beer that you can get cheap and tastes fantastic, and available everywhere? Absolutely. With this one, don't think, just drink. It's good stuff.

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Photo of bft1
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviwed this a couple weeks ago and felt I needed to change my review. Had a few more of these since then. Stuff really grows on you. Clean, mild really easy to drink. Not a spectacular IPA but real solid. Look forward to drinking some of these boys this summer!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clean golden orange, finger white head fades slowly, some lacing. Mostly grain and yeast in the aroma. Clean grainy malt taste, muted hops, seems more like a saison to me with the yeast presence. Thin to medium oily mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, just not a great IPA.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This has got to be one of many bests for long hard hot days after work session beers. If I'm tired and don't want to stop at my local bottle shop, I know I can find this at my convenient store just around the corner from the house. This has a two finger snow white head with a slight vigorous pour. The liquid is of the pale yellow variety with lots of beading streaming to the top.
The aroma is a mere hint of hoppy goodness,but just enough to say " what's up? ". This has a clean low noted hops of the piney kind, light on the malt, alcohol is almost none existant, thou from experience with this 6.5%er it is a creeper. It just goes down so smooth, so clean with those suds in the finish makes you want more and more. This has become my afternoon workday beer and I will continue to buy this for my enjoyment and it's unwinding abilities.


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Photo of Ottoj55
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice American pale ale. Had this in 16oz can on vacation. It was my go to beer after a couple of days. Average yellow color, white head, clear. Hop aroma, slight citrus/pine notes. Balanced bitter taste with sweet malt. Medium carbonation and pleasant mouth feel. Good drinkable beer.

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Photo of Jack98
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 0z bottle poured into a glass

L: The beer is a golden amber color with medium carbonation, it is relatively clear. I poured my beer aggressively so I got about three fingers of lingering head.

S: This beer does not have a huge smell, I smell mainly citrus aromas and hops sharpness. It also has a bit of a malty and fruity sweetness too it as well.

T: The taste seems to be dominated by citrus and grapefruit tones, it is not overly bitter, with a sharp bite once you swallow it that quickly fades. It has a bit of malty sweetness to it as well. It is not what you would call, "juicy," so the flavor is a bit boring.

F: It is not very dry, and has a relatively light body. You get a pleasant burn of alcohol. It is quite refreshing.

O: This is a basic IPA, its flavor is a bit simple, and the hop bitterness is quite modest. It an easy drinker, for those that are getting into IPA's such as myself, or if you don't feel like wrecking your palate while eating nachos. Good, not awesome, but ok.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times. It's hard to believe that I've never reviewed it. Particularly good on tap, I had it from a 12 ounce bottle this time. It is a completely clear, golden brew, with a tall, thick white foam. The aroma is hoppy...fresh, with more pine and earth than citrus. Nice. The taste is balanced...hints of sweetness, balanced with a drier finish than others. Drinkable and medium in body. I enjoy this brew.

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Photo of bullgill
1/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up a can for $1.59 plus tax, what a waste of money! I would rather drink Natty Daddy.

It tastes like a bitter citronella candle, I'm cringing while writing this. Please somebody give me a Pabst! This stuff reminds me of Smirnoff with hops.

$1.59 wasted, this went down the drain.

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

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a relatively clear golden-copper body, two finger white head, nice retention, plenty of lacing, thick collar. There seem to be numerous small suspended particles within the body, which is curious. It's not cloudy by any means, if anything it's otherwise quite clear. Smells of sweet caramel, fair amount of astringent resin, pine, a bit of lemon and grapefruit. It's fairly resinous in smell. Flavour is moderately bitter resin, fair amount of pine on the backend, reasonably bitter, mild fruity flavour but not a whole lot of grapefruit/lemon. It's not bad, a reasonably approachable IPA with a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, nice and drinkable with a fair amount of bitterness on the backend. It's a fairly generic IPA but it's balanced and reasonably well-constructed for an IPA. It won't ever win awards, and in some ways it's kind of boring, but it's a good starter IPA for people who think they want to try something new and are receptive to the bitterness of IPAs.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, hazy with a very nice white foam head, good retention. Aroma is citric and fruity, very hoppy and appealing. Taste is bitter but mild, I expected more hops. Not bad, but mild, not "rebel" at all.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft revisted, Bachi Burger, Henderson NV) Didn't rate this beer the first time I had it but this time around it came off much better than I recall. Thought this was overall pretty balanced, a bit bitter and earthy, and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of Bunman3
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've put off trying this, for whatever reason, but I'm glad I finally did. It's quite light in terms of appearance, smell, and overall impact on the tastebuds. I enjoyed this with homemade pizza tonight. I have nothing more to add to the previous reviews, aside from my opinion that this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour, some haze, white head, 1/2" , aroma was better than most SA hoppy offerings, plethora of five different hop varieties brings a good aroma, grapefruit heavy.

Taste, lighter malt bill than most SA ipas, got the caramel off the heavy mode. Good ipa, reliable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden blonde color with a 2 finger, fluffy white head.

Smells of citrus and pine, some biscuit malts.

Taste is refreshing, citrus peels dominating; slight pine, and then the biscuit notes come in. Finish is more citrus rind and white malts.

Feel is crisp and easy, goes down simple and smooth. Light bodied, crisp finish.

Rebel IPA is a simple, easy drinking summer IPA with not a ton of flavor, but not a ton of strength either. I'd buy it for cookouts, summer get togethers, and just whatever. It's easy peasy, no sipping needed, no analyzing necessary. Buy it for fun, not for intensity.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the pour from a 12 oz. can was a gold color with a slightly off white rocky head.

Smell that hit me was pine, pine and more pine.

The taste was a punch of piny hops with a somewhat sticky lacing all along my throat, lips and glass.

This was a beer that has a nice hops kick with a clean crisp finish that makes me coming back for more. For a guy that is not a hop head that says something. I like the pine notes on the Rebel and would probably be willing to go back for more.

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Photo of jack921
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was kind of hesitant to try this one since I've had some really good craft IPA's this week, and I thought I might be disappointed. This was actually pretty good. The color was a little bit on the dark side for an IPA. I'm not a great judge of smell but it's pretty balanced, not overpowering in any way. A little bit of fruitiness stands out. Taste and feel were good, balanced. Again the fruit flavors stand out a little bit and there's a slightly sweet finish.

As others have said, it's very drinkable. I'll probably come back to this one when I'm not looking for a home-run, just a solid beer that I know I can enjoy. Seems to be a recurring theme with Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of kcjones
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm an IPA snob so I was hesitant to try this beer. My girlfriend bought it for me, and I have enjoyed it. There is a serious clove taste that goes well with the bitterness and slight peppery taste. It's not nearly as strong or bitter as it should be for a west coast IPA (i.e. Green Flash West Coast IPA or Palette Wrecker). Sam Adams did a respectable job.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 6.50% This IPA pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice thick white head. This brew has the look of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Rebel IPA is rich with hops, grains and malts. There is a lot of earthiness to the smell of this brew. Now for the taste bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hops in this brew, then a nice smoothness of grains and malts at the end of the taste. There is a lot going on in Rebel IPA , it has a nice balance to it. Nothing really overpowerin about this brew. Not even the hops in this brew. This has to be one of the more smoother IPA's on the market today. The mouthfeel of Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, is Bold, rich, smooth and refreshing. You really can't pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew. Overall I'm giving Samuel Adams Rebel IPA a 4.25 out of 5. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly drinkable.
Not overly sweet, not overly hopped. Somewhere in the middle and is a good session beer or something worthy of drinking at a shitty bar which deems this a high end beer.

Good, not great.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light amber colour with a thin off white head and a little lacing. Smells of typical IPA though with a good hint of citrus. Tastes very good, not overly hoppy like a lot of IPA's. Goes down smooth, maybe too smooth because I just finished it way too fast.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12pk of (well constructed) cans with the BB date stamped clearly on the bottom. Good start!

This is an underrated, solid offering. Beer snobs can laugh, their loss.
A very good IPA, available nationwide, fantastic price!

Sure, Boston Brewing is not the cool, "mad scientist" of breweries.... but they can't all be.
As a frequent traveler, I like knowing I can find it pretty much everywhere.

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.
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