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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Rating: 4.0

Surprisingly this one is only my third beer from the Boston Beer Company given the  fact that the last Samuel Adams beer I reviewed here, their Blonde Ambition, that was actually an English brewed offering from Shepherd Neame so I won’t count that one. This one follows on from the brewery’s Noble Pils that I reviewed just over three years ago now and their flagship offering, the famous Boston Lager that I sampled way back in March 2012. This one is a beer that I’d spotted in a Morrions supermarket a couple of weeks ago and would probably have avoided had I not noticed it was a 355ml bottle that indicated it was an American brewed offering from the brewery rather than another disappointing collaboration with an English brewery that would likely have come in a lager, 500ml bottle. Originally released back in 2013, this one is part of a series of ‘Rebel’ beers from the brewery that also includes a Cascade, Grapefruit, Raw Double IPA, Ride and finally a rouser version of the beer; basically they’ve got pretty much ever variety of American IPA covered. Attracting a few okay reviews online, I don’t expect this one to be an absolute classic American IPA but it is one that I’m quite looking forward to trying and it was reasonably priced for an American import so I’m not going to complain too much if it fails to impress.

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a light but slightly caramel tinged amber colour, this one is quite a clear beer and has a few bubbles rising to the surface as well. Topped with a thin, quarter centimetre tall head that covers the surface well initially before turning very slightly patchy in the corners. It’s not a bad-looking beer and I’m definitely looking forward to trying it now; so far, so good.
Aroma (8/10): Quite fruity and fresh on nose with a nice citrus burst initially and some good pine to open things up. It was a juicy aroma that kicked the aroma off with some floral touches and a few herbal esters too. There’s some orange coming through along with touches of pineapple and the odd tropical fruit; it’s definitely a nice smelling beer and come through with more punch and resinous pine to it than I’d been expecting, good stuff again here.
Taste (8/10): Starting quite fresh again with plenty of citrus and pine hops to open things up in a very similar fashion to the nose, there’s some mango, orange and pineapple in there with a nice tropical fruit backing too that has plenty of grapefruit too. Following this, a few sweet malts and caramel flavours come through to help balance things out a little as well. It wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary taste wise when compared to other American IPA’s but it was a nice tasting beer with good bitterness and a very fresh flavour to it throughout.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and fresh on the way down, this one was quite a bitter beer that came through with a light-medium body that was sightly thinner than I was expected but only just. There was a slight tang coming through from the citrus as well and despite the bitterness, it wasn’t a particularly dry beer thanks to the juicy fruits that featured from the start; light, enjoyable and definitely an easy one to drink.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice beer from Samuel Adams, certainly a lot better than the Shepherd Neame brewed Blonde Ambition that was the last beer under the name that I tried and a good one for the first IPA that I’ve had from the Boston Beer Company. It was fresh, hoppy and bitter with some nice citrus and tropical fruit flavours from the start that helped the beer go down easy. There was some nice caramel and sweet malts that came through from the middle onwards and balanced things out nicely, a solid offering from the brewery and one that I’d be happy to have again.

Brewed In: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Brewery: Boston Beer Company
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Morrisons (Glasgow)
Price: £1.50

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