Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA

Sam Adams has been coming out with a line of IPAs, I assume because everyone is going crazy for them. The only one that I’ve had from the series to date was their Rebel IPA. Let’s see how this one fared.


ABV: 6.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is the newest addition to the Rebel family of IPAs, which are brewed to showcase a wide range of hop intensities and characteristics. Rebel Grapefruit is brewed with real grapefruit for a big punch of citrus that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes of one of the Sam Adams brewers’ favorite West Coast hops, Mosaic.”

Random: I think this beer is trying to compete with a certain Ballast Point IPA.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a crown. The body was a hazy orange with soda-like carbonation. The nose had big notes of grapefruit rind. It also had a slight pine note. There was no malt to speak of. The taste was stale. It had an old citrus rind note that was not pleasant. Lemon came through too, but there was no malt with it. I also didn’t pick up any of the tropical fruit notes that I thought I would get. I think this bottle was on the older side, because it really should have been brighter. The body was on the thicker side with medium carbonation. The finish was instant with old grapefruit rind. This beer set me back $1.67 a bottle ($.14 per ounce). I didn’t like this beer at all. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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