Rebellion | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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0
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4
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 nathanmiller
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 finish...love 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 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.

Cheers!

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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 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 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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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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Rebellion from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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