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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2008

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ffejherb
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 EarlNobdy
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 JoeBloe
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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 smithflipper
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 BeerSox
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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 JohnQVegas
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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 rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 MiScusi
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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 MisterClean
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Natural510
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mcallister
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Talisker
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Mark
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Rebellion from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 94 ratings