For the first time ever, the brewers at Sam Adams have reformulated one of its popular flagship beers, Rebel IPA.
After months of experimenting with trial batches, and taking advantage of newly cultivated hops and those that were not readily available when Rebel was first introduced in 2014, Rebel IPA now has a more intense juicy, tropical and citrus flavor supported by a leaner body and a crisp, clean finish.
The original Rebel IPA was brewed with Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Chinook hops – for the 2017 release, our brewers added Mosaic hops together with HBC 566, a new hop proprietary to Sam Adams, and HBC 682, a new, experimental bittering hop. The caramel malt has also been removed, resulting in a cleaner, brighter IPA with more tropical, citrus and pine-forward notes.
And if the reformulation of Rebel IPA wasn’t enough, Rebel Juiced IPA, which was introduced in October on draft, is now available in cans and bottles. A West Coast IPA infused with mango, Rebel Juiced is a medium-bodied beer with a slightly veiled golden color that brings a big tropical aroma of guava, passion fruit and mango. The tropical hop aroma gives way to a juicy, fruity flavor with a hint of sweetness, followed up by a clean, citrusy finish.
Rebel IPA: Sam Adams
Aroma: Low malt profile backed by a sweet hop character.
Flavor: A blend of hops that impart bitterness and a slight dryness to balance out the malt presence. No noticeable unique hop character.
Hops: Slight pine.
Malt: Fair amount of malt to make it full bodied.
Mouthfeel: Balanced with nothing notable standing out.
Carbonation: Perfect carbonation.
Head/Lacing: Thin head with light scattered circular lacing.
Rebel Juiced IPA: Sam Adams
Aroma: Strong sense of citrus with a bit of sweetness lingering through the hops.
Flavor: Fairly subdued fruit character which works well. More citrus than mango, but both are noticeable. Hoppy, but not nearly as dry or bitter as other brews go. Fairly balanced overall with enough malt to bring the bitterness down.
Hops: Fruity and bitter.
Malt: Just the very slighted bit of roasted character hiding beneath the bitterness.
Body: Medium bodied.
Head/Lacing: Foamy rich head with scattered lacing.
Mouthfeel: Easy drinking with a small bite to it.
Carbonation: Perfectly carbonated.
Review by Kieran Jerome Matthew