Brew Review: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

by Kelli H. on January 29, 2014

Beer: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
Date: 1-12-14
Type: IPA
Location: Boston, MA
Availability: Year round 
Alcohol: 6.5%
IBU: 45

Aroma: Citrus, light pine, good amount of hops

Appearance: Clear, tons of small bubbles rising to the top, off white head, good head retention, perfectly golden

Body & Texture: Crisp, light to medium bodied, smooth

Aftertaste: A very light bitterness

“Rebel IPA is brewed with 5 varieties of West Coast hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, & Amarillo. It’s everything we love about West Coast style IPAs. Big citrus & grapefruit flavors with subtle pine notes for a flavorful, refreshing brew.”

Overall Impression:
This is a light bodied IPA, but not light on flavor. I like it because it reminds me of an IPA I can drink on a hot day and not feel it too much. It’s just an easy drinking IPA. It feels like a beginners IPA. I like the color and how clear it is in appearance. The head retention really stuck around too which I like. I think that Samuel Adams really got the West Coast style aroma going on, and the flavor is really good too. I’d most likely buy a six pack of this beer myself, but I’ve yet to see it at our local store. This beer was brought to us by our friend Kyle who left us a couple to try outside our door one night. I found it outside when I got home from work, and had no idea where it came from. It was pretty funny because I wouldn’t taste it until I knew who gave it to us. David and I both agree that we’d buy it for ourselves, which is pretty surprising since we’re not usually Samuel Adams fans. I really think anyone who enjoys IPAs would like this one. Give it a try if you see it around! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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David Wells January 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I really liked this beer! Thanks to Kyle for hooking it up! Also, GREAT pictures! Wow, these look fantastic. 🙂 Makes me want to go pour a beer right now!


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