Samuel Adams Rebel IPA FamilyMarch 23, 2015
Samuel Adams Rebel Rider IPA (4.5%), Rebel IPA (6.5%) and Rebel Rouser Double IPA (8.4%)
Tasting side-by-side-by-side the new India pale ale trio from Samuel Adams is akin to turning up the volume on the radio as an excellent band starts to play, hits a stride and then brings it home.
Samuel Adams is no stranger to hops, nor IPAs, but last year’s foray into large-scale production of its “West Coast style” Rebel IPA brought attention—and big sales—to the hop-forward collection. The brewery follows up with a session IPA and a double IPA to complement the relative-straight forward initial offering.
Rebel Rider IPA has a thin mouthfeel, a caramel-like sweetness and a rustic, earthy hop nose. Staunch hopheads might say this isn’t an IPA in the modern sense, but students of history will recognize the style’s British roots in this beer.
Rebel IPA brings on some of the chewiness and familiar resin and grapefruit hop character. The malt sweetness is there too, like nougat. A slight alcohol warming and a lasting pleasing bitter finish, makes this a solid IPA for beginners and hop enthusiasts alike.
Rebel Rouser brings to the glass the flavors and sensations that most have come to expect from “West Coast style” IPAs. Here’s that dank hop profile, the sticky mouthfeel, the lightly harsh boozy bite and lasting bitter finish.
IPA is the best selling craft beer category, according to industry statistics, and these brands will—because of the trusted Samuel Adams name—likely bring new drinkers into the hop-forward fold. All are approachable in their own way and help serve as a solid foundation for India pale ales.