The Boston Beer Company has never really jumped head first into the American IPA pool like the vast majority of American craft brewers. Sure, they had Latitude 48 (which also spawned the Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack, which was one of the coolest and most informative beer releases that I have ever come across), but given the breadth of their portfolio, IPA constitutes a smaller percentage of their offerings than the American average.
Things are about to change with their new Rebel IPA, however, as it seems like they intend to make this a widely available beer. Rebel IPA weighs in at 6.5% Alcohol By Volume, and will be available year round. I first had a few Rebel IPAs on tap about a month ago, but tonight will be my first look at a bottled product.
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA is a crystal clear amber colored beer, inactive internally, with a small but durable white head floating atop. Lacing is thick and sticky.
Lots of aromatic hop additions dominate the nose, with grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus and floral varieties standing out.
A highly attenuated pale malt body starts off the taste, neutral yeast, with the hops again taking center stage. Starting floral, moving through citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, with a touch of resinous pine winding things out. The mouth is a touch lighter than medium bodied and sharply carbonated.
There might be a touch of a bitter hop addition, but Rebel IPA is focused on a late addition hop schedule, resulting in a very bright and juicy hop presentation.
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA isn’t going to contend for the best IPA in the world, but if it gets widely distributed like Boston Lager, it could quickly become one of the most purchased IPAs around. Nice and drinkable, with a very bright array of hops, Rebel IPA will likely become one of my go-to beers in restaurants that don’t have a craft selection. Very tasty brew, and one of the best beers from Boston Beer Company that I have had for a while.
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA : A-
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA Specs
Malts: 2-row, Caramel 60
Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz