Rebellion | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rebellion was created by Bear Republic's brewers as a single hop pale ale to showcase the characteristics of new hop varietals and old favorites. Always brewed with the same American and English malts, the soft malt character allows the unique flavor and aroma of the hop to shine.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glass on tap at Cole's in Buffalo. This BA entry seems confusing since there are many different varieties of Rebellion all in one place.... the one I had was the all Amarillo variety.

Arrives a hazy golden yellow with whisps of head drifting around on top, light lacing down the glass. Doesn't really look like an amber this version...

Leafy, grapefruit, orange rind aroma drift up to meet my expectant nose - not much disappointment here, if anything I just wanted more of it.

A deep grapefruit bitterness, like sucking on the pulp, bit of leafiness, lemon, not over the top hopping but quite delightful. Very fresh tasting, prickly carb, easy to drink and leaves you wanting more, and with the lower-ish ABV you could easily drink a few. Superb summer IPA, would love to have this on tap close by.

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Photo of vacax
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic Rebellion is a series of beers, each is an American IPA that is hopped with a single hop varietal. Each version has the same base malts and IBUS. This version is 100% Citra. Not unlike the Mikkeller Singe Hop IPAs, each version is a distinct beer and should be listed as such.

Rebellion pours a dark golden orange with a finger of dense creamy head that left rings of thick lacing as I drank the pint down. The aroma had elements of apricots, pine, earth, and candied oranges. The taste had stone fruit, earth, pine, tingy bitterness with a rustic tropical fruit twang and a nice earthy and caramel malt finish. Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that went well with the bitterness. This full flavored IPA really gave some nice fruit and earth from the Citra hops, this was really good and it is a brew I could easily knock back a few pints of, clean and delicious.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bear Republic's brewpub. Pours a clear orange, a little bit darker than I'm preferring right now but the smell is amazing. As an all-simcoe IPA it delivers that fruity, juicy simcoe aroma. I can almost see how some people describe this as similar to "cat-pee." The taste was big in pine, fruit, juicy hops. Fairly bitter finish. Very good beer overall. I loved the sample I had of it, and then worked through a pint. While I enjoyed the pint, it was something I thought was much better in a smaller sample.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently, Bear Republic makes several variations of this single hop beer. The version I had was brewed with Chinook hops. The menu at the brewery says ''100% Chinook hopped IPA', their website says 'reddish pale ale', and BA says it's an amber ale. I'm going with the brewery and my own palate in reviewing this one- it's an IPA, and a damned good one at that.

Pours a very slightly hazy golden amber with a clumpy white head and plentiful rings of lace. Definitely a beer for the hopheads (which count me among their members). Just barely enough lightly sweet malt and husky grains to provide a small contrast to a scorching dose of resiny pine and very tart graprefruit. Dries out to a prickly, spicy, stingingly bitter finish that's almost completely devoid of sweetness.

Overall impression: Good stuff- recommended for the masochists who love a good palate wrecker. Would be interested to try the other variations if I ever get a chance.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones

A - Hazy golden color with nice lazy.

S - Pine, Hoppiness, slight malt, minor fruit in the finish.

T - Nice hops and malt. Very light on the malty side. Very nice.

M - Medium to thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D - Goes down very easily. Very smooth hops.

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Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles, and you can't really go wrong with Bear Republic. This version of Rebellion was listed as an IPA showcasing all Amarillo hops.

Golden pour with a rocky white head. Good retention and lace. Great stuff. I love Amarillo! Really fresh and leafy, but more than anything, huge grapefruit. Tastes so much like the real deal you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. Some neat pale malt and caramel back things up to provide a malty balance, but predominantly this is a juicy IPA.Medium-light body and medium carbonation is almost perfect for drinking.

This was delicious and expertly made. Just the right amount of everything and an ode to balance in an IPA.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At bear republic

A - Pours a soft copper color, with slight head, and little lacing.

S - Grapefruit anyone? With a touch of lightly roasted malts and pineyness.

T - Grapefruit, pine, and lt roasted malts.

M - Slightly bittering, but overall good.

D - Good IPA. Gotta be a fan of the simcoe though.

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Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Hamilton's Tavern in San Diego for $4.50, consumed 9/5/08, reviewed from notes, board said it was seven percent ABV, better than their Racer 5 in my opinion

A-Golden orange color that is on the cloudy side, 1/2 inch creamy white head that stands its ground, nice retention, some impressive lacing
S-Hoppiness that is mostly pine and resin but still has some citrus that is mostly grapefruit, biscuits and bread, grassy accents, and burnt aromas
T-Pine hit me right from the start and then some grapefruit shortly following, more hops in the finish and even some more citrus to go with the big grapefruit flavor, did not change much over time, pretty light for the most part and even there was a good amount of alcohol there, it remained crisp and never heavy or boozy, balanced very well, I wanted more but two beers was good enough for me that night
M-Dry, citrusy, and chewy mouthfeel, nice strong level of carbonation, light overall and body is thin to medium, taste and finish could linger longer though
D-Could drink numerous glasses of this even though the ABV is high for its style, it is well hidden and light on the tummy, refreshing and crisp as well

Could be either an American pale ale or an IPA as far as taste went but the hoppiness level leans it more towards the style it is listed under here, really wish this was around regularly, stuff was fantastic and now all we can do is sit back hope it is bottled, recommended

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Photo of koopa
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled it on tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with an oily sheen and 1 finger off white crown. Some retention and a decent amount of lace.

Smell: Loads of floral hops and a slightly toffe like malt.

Taste: Wow this imperial red is all hop and not much malt. Different from the other imperial reds I've had (an enjoyed). A welcome addition to the style. A "West Coast" Imperial Red for lack of a better term.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability: Sessionable to say the least.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Deep Ellum into a shaker pint.

A: Clear amber body; 1/2", off-white, dense frothy head; solid retention and light lacing. Not bad.

S: Light spicy hops at first, followed by a rich toasty malt aroma. Balanced and pleasant, if a bit understated. Damn shaker pints.

T: Sweet toasty malt shows up first, followed by spicy, floral, and slightly citrusy hops. Cleanly bitter finish. Very smooth and entirely pleasant. Great balanced IPA.

M: Round, medium body with moderate, prickly carbonation. Nice.

D: Highly sessionable. Great blend of high flavor and relatively low ABV. Awesome.

Notes: Worthy little sibling of the terrific Racer 5. I don't think I'd ever actually prefer this one, but I'd certainly love to have a six-pack during a cookout. Tasty brew.


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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler @ Deciccio's market in Ardsley, NY, pours typical nice looking amber, pretty clear, moderate, loose off white/light tan head, leaves plenty of sheeting and then blotches of lace, nose is oh so hoppy...Nice Cally style ale, plenty of grainy hopping, riding over a smooth layer of moderatly sweet malts. Fresh and tasty, with a long hoppy/dry the BR brews- hope to get out there for a visit and a swim in the Russian River someday soon....well worth a try

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Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine during hopfest. This is the simcoe version. This is not an amber/red. It is absolutely a single hop IPA.

Looks great in the pint glass. Golden, clear, with a white head that sticks around.

Simcoe silliness rules the nose. Citrus, peach, touch of pine, and cat pee mixed with a Rastafarian's smoke. Ok, so Simcoe gives that catty smell, but it's not as bad as it sounds, was actually quite nice. Very hoppy!

Taste is a touch more subdued that I would have liked, but still has a hugely bitter end. But still very nice. Malt gives caramel impressions and biscuit toastyness. Citrus, namely orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Touch of tea. Nice single hop beer!

Mouthfeel is good - nice body, just north of water. Carb is a touch too high.

Almost approaching greatness. This is a great Simcoe beer, and a great single hop beer. But just a touch too pungently bitter for the amount of flavor. A touch later in the boil, or a touch more dry hop, and this would be legendary.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the blind tiger 02-07-09

Pours a hazy orange color with a 2 finger head, lacing is ok, nothing special. The nose has the grapefruit, piney hops that one would expect from an IPA. Taste is pretty well balanced. I think the hops are a little more present in this one than the Racer 5. Pretty well bite from start to finish, def. a session IPA. the mouthfeel is of pine/citrus, again not overwellmening. Another good bear from bear republic

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Advertised by Bear Republic as "a single hop pale ale brewed to showcase different hop varietals. Always brewed with the same malt base and IBUs, the character of the hop really shines through." A little confusing description, considering I haven't been told what hop this is or if this is even a series, as the description led me to believe.

Served on tap into a Shaker Pint at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH on 2/25/10.

A- Presented with a creamy white head that holds a good mix of bubbles. Some haze, but not inappropriate. Straw to gold in color with tons of active carbonation streaming to the top. As consumed, lacing etches your progress on the inside of the glass.

S- A subdued fruity hop character that improves as the beer approaches room temperature. An underlying citrus bite with very little malt base. Mineral water profile gives a clean impression. Emphasis on hop character, but not unbalanced.

T- Bitter front with a malt middle of bread and carmel. Hops are mostly fruit: grape and sweet orange. Mineral character, with a nice balanced aftertaste that leans toward the bitter end. Seems like a bigger version of their American Bitter.

M- The low carbonation improves the drinkability. Finishes very dry. The low carbonation and dry finish help with drinkability, but don't really stand up to the hop bitterness, even though it is not that intense.

D- Nice drinkability. Could have a few because of the low carbonation, but even at 6%, this would build on me. Enjoyed the beer, but I expected more considering the quality of their year-round offerings.

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Photo of gibby
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones. served in a 16oz pint glass. very copper in color, similar to racer 5. nice chunky 1 finger head that goes away quickly.realy nice lacing on the glass. smells of hops, a whole lot of citrus. tastes really nice. drinks like an ipa with alot of bitterness up front but you get a nice dose of malt at the end to smooth it out. great mouthfeel with a very high drinkability. i could easily throw a few of these back in a few hours. guess it could be considered a west coast style imperial red ipa. nicely doone, as usual by bear republic. recommended for sure.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: yellow- amber with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big citrus ane pine aromas with some caramel notes from malt

taste: simple IPA like beer. very good piney hop presence

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: solid beer and my first from this brewery. Had this out of town visiting Greenville.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n' Hum, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy and peppery hops.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy hop (maybe Simcoe) and a moderate doughy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and clean hop forward IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey, called "Citra Hop IPA" So not sure if this is supposed to be the Super Rebellion, but seemed closer with my review than to the regular Rebellion.

A: Nice fluffy 2 finger head which is bubbly like a yeast cake fermenting. Semi hazy golden orange color.

N: Very nice, spicy citrus and piny hops, somewhat bitter aroma with more juicy and chewy hops. A very slight malt aroma.

T: Hops! Chewy hops, slightly bitter, with some citrus, pine, and spicy hops. A slight chewy malt base with all that. Some fruit juice, a little orange and tangerine.

M; Medium to light with decent carbonation.

F: More bitter and dry spicy hops with some chewy and fruity qualities. A little musty and earthy with a long spicy bitterness.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Transit Rd Pizza Plant. 4/24/10

I see this is supposed to be an American amber/red but I was told by the bartender it was an IPA, the staff here is very knowledgeable so I think they had it right. Especially after drinking it.

A- Nice 2 finger head, slightly hazy with a nice golden color. Nice about of active carbonation and some moderate lacing as I enjoyed this brew.

S- WOW. Amazing aroma here. Lots of citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange peel, some pine and coriander. Pick up some faint malts in there as well. Very pleasant and inviting.

T- Very similar to the nose here. Citrus is the dominant flavor. I get a powerful white grapefruit flavor, bitter but not unpleasant. Some nice orange accent in there as well. Great hop character here. The aftertaste is a bit tart but once again not in an unpleasant way.

M- Somewhat low on the carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. The finish is on the dry side but it only leaves you craving your next sip.

D- Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Love being pleasantly surprised by a new beer. Very drinkable. This is a beer I would love to try again but I have a feeling this will be the last I see of this release. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Light slightly hazy marigold color; slightly tan head with good retention and curtains of lacing; really nice

S - Juicy citrus and pine hop aromas; very light maltiness; faint fruit sweetness toward the end

T - Hope are not as aggressive on the palate as suggested in the aroma; still pretty damn hoppy though; cedary hop flavors at first with a mineral finish; minimal maltiness

M - Medium to thinner MF; tiny bubbles for carbonation

D - Easy drinking here even though it's really hop forward, even for a West Coast IPA, it's pretty well balanced

Overall, a really nice brew and definitely a hop fix.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, Citra has been the "it" hop of late, so I'm excited to try it in a beer that uses it exclusively,

A: Pours a dark amber/orange with a rocky white head, leaving really nice lace.

S: Tangerine, light grapefruit, very citrusy.

T: Dry pine and cedar immediately with peppermint which surprised me quite a bit. Later a lot of sweet orange and pineapple notes came out which I really like. Malt is very light, hops are at the forefront.

M: Resiny, medium-bodied, long aftertaste, very dry.

D: Quite an interesting IPA from Bear Republic. Very good flavours, this experiment worked for sure. This much hop character in a 6% beer is a nice surprise.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bear Republic Brewpub.

Pours on the dark side of pale orange with a 1-2 finger white head...quite fluffy with good lacing and retention.

Smell is hop dominant, a bit floral and sweet...maybe even a little bit of citrus...but also a lot of just bitter.

Taste is pretty much what you would expect. Malt base is pretty basic and grainy with maybe a touch of sweetness. Hops were quite in your face, very bitter...almost to the point that the hop character gets drowned out a bit.

Feel was thin-ish but lots of carbonation. Nice wet finish...this would be a gluggable beer if not for the carbonation, but even with that it goes down pretty quick.

Overall, I gotta say that I loved this beer. I wasn't expecting the hops to be as in-your-face as they were...but they really hit hard from start to finish. I think some people might even find it unpleasant, but it was great for me. Didn't seem to be overly strong from an alcohol standpoint, I think I could easily had another or two of these. Very solid brew.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

perfectly regular looking IPA, rich deep gold in color with a sticky head that laces famously.

smells fruity, nectarine and sweet but subdued caramel and floral hops

taste is dry and crisp. like a pilsner or a helles. honestly I was expecting something more like racer 5 but this is a distinct departure. very nice. I'm told that the hops are Chinook.

mouthfeel sets in quickly like licking carpet. Dry. If you've ever eaten a hop; it's like that.

Drinkability is high on a mid-summers night like tonight. Every sip leaves you wanting another.

Overall this is a beer I would have again and I'm thinking now would be a good time for it.

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Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orangish copper, with a fluffy head that laced the glass all the way to the bottom

S- Fresh spruce, and sweet baking bread

T- Hop Attack! An herbal, resinous hop flavor with some sweetness from the crackery malt, but the finish is pure hop oil

M- Medium, but clean without a overly oily or thick

D- Despite the unbalance nature of the this beer, which would probably be better described as an AIPA, it was very tasty and I would definitely enjoy another if I ever see it again.

I don't know what hop variety I had since it was not stated on the beer menu or tap list.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

Clear, slightly hazy amber hue. One finger off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Rings of lacing. Lots of floral and citrusy hops. The grains give a light caramel aroma. The grains are toasty in the flavor, along with plenty of grapefruit in the flavor. Full bodied, thick, average carbonation (at a good level).

A very enjoyable IPA. Recommended.

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