Rebellion | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 illidurit
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glacier version on tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a brassy gold color with a nice filmy white head. Pale malty aroma, cereal grains, matzoh, cheerios. Flavor is big on the cheerios maltiness, with cornbread and honey also making appearances under the lightly herbal hop profile. Definitely not hoppy enough for a pale ale, and not even close for a single hop beer. Medium bitterness lingers through finish. Very dry and crackery on the palate. Not sure what the idea here is. Too high in alcohol to be a satisfactory session beer but completely lacking the hop aroma and flavor you'd want in a pale ale so strong.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper, cloudy, bit of an off-white head.

Nose is resiny pine, spicy hops, some faint sweet caramel underneath. This one is prickly.

Big, fat, prickly resiny hops up front with a bit of a rye-like spiciness. Pretty heavy bitterness. Fruity. Big, heavily bitter finish. The malt just doesn't show up to counterbalance the assault of Simcoe - very brutish hop character that offers a raw bitterness that's largely unrestrained by any balancing sweetness. Brutal, but not my thing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy cream colored head.

S: Not a ton going on here. A bit of granny smith apple and bready malt. A touch of hops, but that's about it.

T: Have't had tons of Bear Republic's stuff, but this is the most disappointing I've had. Very faint flavors here. Some citrus rind and maybe a bit of grapefruit rind. Bready malt flavors dominate and never really let this leave the pale ale category. Not recommended.

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Photo of JoeBloe
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up a 32oz growler @ deciccios - poured a clear amber/orange and put up a nice pillowy 2 finger head that held on and left some nice lacing on the way down - hoppy aroma smells like it's coming out of the woods - tastes resiny and the simcoe hops provide some ibu punch - an earthy and citrussy
finish - this went down fine, ok stuff.

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Photo of Mark
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pub beer list said the brewers were experimenting with some differnt hop varietals on this beer. The makers of Racer 5 and X plus their amazing Red Rocket and Hop Rod beers should not try to over do it. This beer wasn't bad but did not quite live up to Bear Republic excellence either. Color was a deep gold, head was lasting and left nice lacing. Hops were in the aroma but it was mostly grainy malt. Finish was long and crsip, hops were not citrusy like Racer 5. Can't say that I liked or disliked the hop taste, but I will say I prefer what they use in Racer 5. If you like to try different beers than I say it's worth it, if not stick with Racer 5.

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Photo of Mineo
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Bailey's. description says soft malt character, but I found the maltiness to be overwhelming the hop characteristics, which only put forth bitterness as opposed to a grapefruit-y or hop-forward taste. not my thing.

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Photo of EarlNobdy
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm kind of hot and cold when it comes to IPAs. Given my druthers, I'll often opt for a more malty brew. Stout, porter, lager, brown--those are more my speed for sitting at home with the wife watching a boxing movie. Though, as a friend to beer, I recognize that the occasional India Pale Ale needs love too, and so will place my order accordingly, if nothing else than to keep my palate up to date.

That I didn't finish the growler in one sitting is no reflection on the quality of this quaff. To be fair, this particular session got started late due to the fact that we closed on our new apartment yesterday--a process that has in essence been running our lives and doing its level best to ruin our marriage for the past two months. But at long last there we sat in the Attorneys' office filling out an endless array of various and multifarious forms. Initial this, check that, sign here, autograph there. 3 hours later and $70,000 dollars in upfront and closing fees lighter, Marilyn and I stood down on the street embracing for dear life. Done. It is done. We are now homeowners, and God have mercy on our souls.

Then came the loading in. Our actual move isn't happening until next week, but my wife thought it would be a good idea to get done what we could in advance of the Movers and their truck. And so we did. We painted (well, actually her parents--who consider themselves amateur professional contractors despite the fact that Marilyn's daddy is a frigging Internist--did all the painting and refused to let us pick up a brush or roller.) We hauled Rocco's new mattress halfway across town. We took interminable trips up and down the steps of the third-floor walkup we are soon to depart. We bagged clothes. We wrapped pictures in old blankets and quilts. We hauled dismantled Aeki shelving. It got to the point such that by around 6:30 in the evening I was beginning to wonder why we were hiring Movers in the first place. At which point Marilyn called it quits, and we dispersed into street, she headed home to relieve the sitter, and me as is my wont to do at such an advanced hour, I headed for our friendly, neighborhood beer store.

Limped more than headed. Heaved my mangled frame along the sidewalk in shambling strides is even closer to accurate. Moving is a motherscratcher, alright. And you mean we still have to do this thing for real next weekened? Alas and alackaday, but no more tonight. Tonight we celebrate. At least I do, and Marilyn can if she feels like it. Which she does. She puts in her order for a peche lambic, and off I head, limp, heave and shamble.

The man behind the growler counter recommends the Rebellion as a classic example of the style. Hoppy, chewy, the bite that refreshes. And so it is. Just what the doctor ordered to scour my tongue clean of the bad taste three hours spent in a close room with a group of people who took our lives and drew a big black box around them entitled "Owe" has left there. Just the ticket for the aches and pains of an initial load in. Spicy and sweet with hints of forest floor and well, just read the common adjectives applied to IPAs and you can guess that part of the review.

In closing, I will only add that I miss my moustache. It used to collect the foam from that first sip so finely and I would wipe away the bubbles with my lower lip and tongue, sucking at the lace...and well, now this is getting kind of personal, so I'll just present you the image of an old-timey beer drinker wearing sleeve garters in a batwing saloon tipping back a frothing mug of sheer Rebellion, and leave it at that.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic pint glass. The brew glowed a bright orange and sported a half finger tall head of white bubbles. This showed lower retention, leaving patterned lacing around the glass. There was a muddy haze to the clarity, but no sediment. Carbonation appeared low. The aroma opened with pale malts and light caramel. Mixing in was a bright citric hop note, and a slightly bittering rind. Melon and raspberry sweetness helped lighten things up. Our first impression was that the citric hop bite was nice. Upon sipping, pale malts, sour barley, flashes of wheat, and a quick mix of bittering hops characterized the front. It was nicely balanced and the flavors well blended. The middle peaked with soap, and a clean, but biting, lemon freshness. Rind mixed in with mineral, pulling us, with the pale malts again, to the finish. Seeing the last of the flavoring were soft cotton candy esters, milky cream, strawberry, huge notes of pear, and citric flesh. These laid on a bed of sweaty wheat, and some more of those great bittering citric and grassy hops, and a big fusel booze character. The aftertaste was with more bittering citrus, souring pale grain, light tin, and a cutting honey sugariness. The body was medium, but a little thin around the edges, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left with an astringent, tannin, tea-like bite, coating the tongue and down the back of the throat. The hops lent a resiny slickness, with surprisingly little creaminess to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fruitiness in the nose, and following through at the finish of the taste. The hops, too, were nicely robust, with their own fruity qualities. Otherwise they showed great depth, with citrus, soap, and grass throughout. This was a great IPA, but it felt a bit thin at times, and overly boozy through the finish.

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Photo of Natural510
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton OH.

Pours a dark copper color with a good amount of head & lacing.
Smells strongly of floral hops with a slight malt backing.
Flavor is decidedly bitter, typical of the style. Along with the fresh, piney hops is a maltiness which isn't quite big enough to balance out the hops. I detected an orange note underneath the bitter, but that was about it.
It did stay lively in the glass; cabonation mixing with the hops to deliver a biting mouthful with each sip.
A fairly standard West Coast bitter, not much to differentiate itself from the rest, but would offer a good hop fix for those in need.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ, into a pint glass it poured a transparent amber, with one finger of white, with average retention and good lacing. Little visible carbonation. Smelled of apple, pear, and bitter citrus peel; very little herbal presence. The taste initially revealed big plum and apple, and then finished on a very bitter orange peel note. Good flavors individually, but a nice blend progression wasn't there. Medium-bodied, and no carbonation; non-offensive enough to session. Decent ipa, though I'd prefer a stronger and better blended midpalate to match the pronounced finish.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is for the Amarillo version(yes, there are three different ones) that I had a pint of at Capone's on 11/28/09.

Pours a dark golden orange color with light golden hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger off white head that quickly settle into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Citrus floral hop aroma balanced by some sweet caramel malt and hints of graham cracker. and biscuit. Subtle grapefruit citrus and dry pine.

Medium body and very hop forward with a lot of dry earthy pine flavor and some nice citrus notes. Balanced by a sweet caramel/biscuit malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, mango and orange peel. The dry bitter hops linger throughout and still shine even though there is a stronger malt presence than I tend to prefer. Slight alcohol presence toward the end of the swallow lingering into a dry finish.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-draft at the Armsby Abbey - the chalkboard stated that this offering was brewed with 100% amarillo hops. Poured a hazy, burnt-orange with a half inch white head that settled into a broken slick with a band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass and thick sheets of lacing. Nose was muted, not much there, perhaps some grapefruit seeds. Taste revealed bitter hops and some grapefruit - bitterness hits upfront and continues through the middle before ending with some residual sweetness. Mouthfeel was light/medium, a little oily, with a consistent background effervescence. A little on the bitter side, but pretty enjoyable and flavorful. Well worth trying if the opportunity presents.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution. I believe this is the amarillo version. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, orange, some light floral notes, and sugar cookie. The taste has a light initial sweetness with grapefruit, orange, sugar cookie, and some floral notes. The finish has a decent bitterness and some lingering orange. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Finish is dry. Solid beer. I enjoyed this more than I do Racer 5. It's a bit drier.

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Photo of Talisker
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub. An all Simcoe hop IPA from the ever-reliable Bear Republic, described on the menu as an "experiment." Lower ABV than Racer 5, but I suspect higher IBUs. Not as well-rounded as its famous cousin.

My pint was a medium yellow with orange highlights, next to no head. Nose a very deep yet edgy hop, little malt. Some piney bitterness, but relatively little citrus. Taste is certainly exciting - not over the top syrupy or bitter like a DIPA - essentially just a Simcoe showcase. Fewer complementary malt or alternate flavors than Bear Republic's great Racer 5, Racer X, or Hop Rod Rye - but just robust enough to be an IPA. Not prickly like the extreme hop DIPAs favored in this part of the country - accessible enough to accommodate a few pints.

An excellent beer, but not as multi-dimensional as the better-known Bear Republic offerings. Worth a try at the brewpub, but no regrets if you can't track it down.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at the Amsterdam Ale house as a part of New York City Craft Beer week. Great copper color, good bitterness, great carbonation and good mouthfeel and drinkabiltiy. It was great to see all these beers on the east coast and I will definitely be going back for another today.

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Photo of mcallister
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking IPA. Cloudy amber color with good carbonation. Creamy white head leaves tremendous lace behind.

Tropical fruit esters. Full of mango and passion fruit, than things turn more stone fruit wth a peach aroma. Some malt hints in the background and slightly floral.

Very floral in the mouth with a lessened fruit quality. Nice bitterness on the finish. Malt backing is resiny and oily and shows peach in the middle. A lack of depth scues this beer however and keeps this from the excellency of it's brother IPA Bear Republic is known for.

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Photo of smithflipper
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Rattle n Hum.

Poured a lovely golden colour, good head retention.

Loads of piney/ citrus west coast hops on the nose, some passionfruit even. then a sweet breaad with a faint touch of caramel.

pretty drinkable, a nice beer.

no racer 5, but still another great offering from bear republic.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Horse Brass Pub in Portland:

Pours with a decent head fading to a good lace, nice copper hue. Great nose with tons of hops, yeast, pine, and some damp forest floor notes (you know what I'm taking about right!) Very interesting but not one that I would consider overly amazing.

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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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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. White rocky head. Good retention and lace.

Floral and pine resin seem to dominate the nose. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit.

Good malt base. Lots of pine resin. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus. A bit floal at the end.

Good body, and appropriate carbonation. Not overly bitter, but aggressive. Very nice.

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

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston MA. Simcoe version.

Dark, orangey gold with a large white head. Lace and retention aplenty. Ah, the magic of simcoe. Citrus, piney hop aroma. Very fragrant but not fragrant enough to cover aroma of a smelly guy that sat next to me halfway through this beer. Dry, but goes well with the Simcoe though.

Good stuff.

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

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich. This is the Citra version.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden color with a big white head that clings to the glass.

S: Excellent citrus aromas along with a nice resinous pine note to it. A fair amount of bready malts for a Bear Republic IPA.

T: The citrus is not quite as potent as the nose leads you to believe. However, the oily pine and bitterness is strong and provides the bulk of the hop character. There is still a very noticeable toasted malt flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation. Pretty much as you would expect.

D: Not my favorite from Bear Republic, but fairly easy to drink and nothing really wrong with it.

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

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours a bright copper color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a considerable amount of pepper and hoppy citrus, which is replicated almost exactly on the palate. The beer is nicely balanced with some light sweet malt to counter the significant bitterness. In any event, this is clearly a West Coast all the way IPA, with the tell tale dry, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with plenty of flavor, and drinkability is very good. There is a really nice hoppy bite in the finish, which is something I really like. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, which enhances drinkability in this beer.

A nice enough beer, even if I don't entirely understand the point of yet another IPA from the makers of Racer 5, Apex and Racer X.

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

On tap at Bear Republic on 7/17/09. Described as a "100% Centennial hopped IPA" on the beer menu.

A - Slightly hazy golden/amber body with a slim off-white head that settled into a patch of bubbly retention but left a thick coat of intricate, web-like lace around the glass. Very sparsely carbonated.

S - Bright floral and citrusy hops dominate the aroma of this IPA. There is a slight cat box character, but it doesn't detract from the hop profile. Boasts a pungent and spicy nose overall, with some sweet caramel malt and toasted grains in the mix.

T - Rebellion features a pretty varied hop character for only utilizing a single hop variety. Flavor is spicy and citrusy with a hint of pine and biting resin in the background. Packs a heavy hop punch overall, yet retains a nice flavor. Caramel malt bonds everything together. Finishes with an assertive piney, herbal hop bite with a slight medicinal character accompanied by a toasted grainy malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of slick, oily hop residue on the palate. Carbonation is moderate, which in turn bolsters the crispness of the body. Alcohol warmth is moderate as well. Aggressive bitter finish lingers for a while on the back of the tongue.

D - Bold IPA with tons of fresh hop flavor. This is one seriously aggressive IPA that straddles the line between IPA and DIPA. Good stuff!

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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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