mrhopsbeertalk (102) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 Besmirches the entire concept of the word rebel. Weak at best, shoud be renamed lilly session IPA or some other wimpy domestic Skete’s Wicked blah blah blah... Needs more flavor, aroma and dry hops, a higher mash temp, and grains to add body.
Chad9976 (1137) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 16oz can into the official Samuel Adams glass. It was canned on 3/12/14 and cost $2.49 ($0.16 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear golden, lager-like appearance with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Light hop notes of flowers and citrus-flavored candy.
Taste: It’s amazing that America’s biggest craft brewery took this long to introduce an IPA into its perennial offerings. True, Samuel Adams has released one-off IPAs over the years, but never have they gone this far with their marketing. Calling the beer “Rebel IPA” and packaging it in a can using a design that looks an awful lot like a BrewDog label is quite bold for them. And while the beer itself is perfectly fine, it is in no way rebellious or game-changing. Quite the opposite, actually – it’s right there in the middle of the bell curve.
Since “West Coast Style” is clearly marked on the can, this beer must then be compared to those of that region. It bears some resemblance to them, but only slightly. Instead of being citrusy and juicy, it’s more flower-like with a surprisingly sweet taste to its hoppiness. There’s definite candy taste to it, as well, especially of the sucker variety. There’s no dank character and certainly no pine or resin. In fact, it’s got only average bitterness – which is fine, though I’d prefer more. It claims to be a balanced brew, but the hops are clearly the star here. There’s a strong malt base to it than you’d get from a Stone brew, but I would not describe it as a malty IPA per se. Overall, it’s a decent IPA and it would be a good “starter IPA” considering the brewery’s audience, but it cannot really compare to a true West Coast IPA.
Drinkability: I was surprised with the ease I was able to throw back Samuel Adams Rebel IPA. The mouthfeel is rather calm, slightly thick, and has a smooth texture. It should be crisper and should crackle across the tongue. It doesn’t take full advantage of its 6.5% ABV weight, and drinks and feels more like a standard pale ale.
ellolovey (446) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at taco Mac. Clear light golden color thin white ring. Aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel. Really salty. Odd. A bit bitter. Weird mix of salty and sweet. Not a huge fan
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not great, other people saide it was grapefruit and citrus westvcoast IPA flavored but all I got was watered down macro bs. Bottle marked enjoy by Nov 2014, drank July 22nd 2014.
tnkw01 (1053) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Gold in color. Aroma is grapefruit, with hints of spruce. Taste is bitter, grapefruit.
TheBear11D (215) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Rebel IPA pours a clear golden yellow with a thin ivory head that lasts a decent while. The aroma is grapefruit and pine although it is fairly faint. The flavor is grapefruit, pine and orange. The pine bitterness rides out in the aftertaste. Overall this is a decent beer.
wihlan (227) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tapp Ölrepubliken - doftar inte så mycket. Ljus i färgen vitt skum. Tydlig beska men smaker inte så mycket.
VictorStr (1232) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ ölrepubliken. Fruktig, annanas i aromen. Fruktigheten försvinner i smaken, dock finns beskan där.
6ROW (405) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange pour with a small lacing white head. Fruity hop aroma , big C hops taste. Great IPA offering from a Macro brewery.
ffaoe (224) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
strong citrus/pine aroma. dark golden in color with good head. strong hop citrus/piney flavor but not overwhelming or smacking you in the face.
N3lson1 (145) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle at a bar. Great aromas of earthy grass and citrusy hoppy smells. I’m usually not a fan of hoppy beers and with five different types of hops, I thought this would be too much for me, but I found this one by Samuel Adams very well balanced. A great beer!