Review: Rebel IPA, Samuel Adams

Rebel IPA
Samuel Adams — Boston, MA

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  45 IBU
  • ABV:  6.5%
  • Malts:  Samuel Adams 2-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60
  • Hops:  American Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo
  • Calories:  198 per 12 oz. serving
    • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

    Description:  Introducing Rebel IPA, the first West Coast style IPA from the same brewers that started a craft beer revolution in 1984. — Samuel Adams

    Random thoughts:  Sam Adams makes a handful of IPAs, which include Latitude 48 IPA, Whitewater IPA, and even a winter seasonal Juniper IPA. Rebel IPA is their new West Coast style IPA. There are a few notable omissions from this beer. First, the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops, a staple of most Sam Adams' brews are gone and have been replaced with a quintet of hops that abound with citrus, piney, and tropical flavors. Second, the image of Sam Adams himself has been purged from the label.

    The tasting:  Golden orange in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, and pine. Taste starts with juicy grapefruit, pine, and a bit of tangerine. In the middle, bready and caramel malt flavors provide a solid backbone. Hop bitterness is moderate and alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor. Rebel IPA is medium bodied, has a slightly resinous mouth feel, and finishes with lingering notes of pine. 

    4 star.  Really Good.  I want this again!  I enjoyed this east coast take on West Coast IPA. It has lots of juicy citrus and pine flavors, is nicely balanced by the malts, but the overall level of hop bitterness is lower than the typical West Coast version. If you like bright hop flavor, but don't want a high level of bitterness, you should give Rebel IPA a try.  

    Have you tasted Sam Adams' Rebel IPA?  What do you think of it?

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