mstrcrwly (244) - New York, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into a tumbler..golden orange with white head..malty,citrus,hoppy aroma..taste of grapefruit, pine..decent bitterness..underwhelming.
seymour (1406) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, thanks John! Golden amber colour with white foam. A decent true-to-style American IPA. Somewhat malty, hint of caramel, grapefruit, pint resin. Predictable, available almost everywhere, tasty enough but not memorable.
Patrik (232) - - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
På fat. Ljus IPA med milda dofter. Smakar krämigt mjukt lättsamt IPA. Lagom efterbeska. Ovanligt somrig ljus IPA . Bra klass .
deaconmike (367) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear gold with a white foamy head. Grapefruit, pine and some caramel in the aroma. Similar taste. Medium body, soft carbonation. Mellow, smooth drinking IPA.
rxeight (1234) - Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Says best before July 2014. So not sure it’s exactly in its prime. But it’s kinda crap. Not much flavor.
EithCubes (4756) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle by Nov 2014. Nose big on Simcoe’s paper with lots of pine and grapefruit, some woolier and woodier C-hops. Pale clear orange with avg carb and a soapy off-white head. Crisp and fresh medium-full body, somewhat dry and woody with medium bitterness, shock of wood and some citrus, bigger caramel and some toffee in with the earth. A little Amarillo-orange, a bit of herbal character but not too floral, mild resin and not much oil. Clean, straightforward, and as befits the strategy, suitable for volume drinking, if a little dull at times. Cheers!
ndfreak77 (92) - USA - JUL 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought a six pack at a local pizza place. Aroma is piney. The flavor sweet and citrusy with a piney finish.
Lubiere (9790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A golden IPA with a thin white head. In aroma, nice biscuit malt with grassy hops, rather British. In mouth, a nice biscuit malt with grassy British hops, well done. On tap at Bacon and beer Classic.
Chad9976 (1140) - 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 (447) - 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.