When I first started getting into beer, I always used Sam Adams beers as my go-to for exploration of a new style. I was always surprised when they didn’t have an IPA (as I’ve said on some of my reviews for their other IPAs). When I heard that they put out a West Coast style IPA, I have to say, I was pretty excited. West Coast IPAs are one of my favorite styles and I’m always interested to see a different take on it, especially from a brewery as accessible as Sam Adams.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Introducing Rebel IPA, the first West Coast style IPA from the same brewers that started a craft beer revolution in 1984.”
Random: “Carnivale” is still not making a whole lot of sense, but since I’m insanely stubborn, I’m still watching it.
This beer poured with a huge, three finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a clear yellow color with lots of active carbonation visible. The nose had pine resin and grapefruit pith. The taste had a certain mineral quality to it and then had some grapefruit and pith to it as well. It reminded me of a pale ale more than an IPA. The body was on the thin side and a bit under carbonated. The finish was rather long with some grapefruit. To me, this beer would be a great introductory IPA for someone who doesn’t want the intensity of a typical West Coast IPA. It wasn’t all that strong and was easily accessible. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again, but it was decent.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0