Monday, June 22, 2015

Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser Double IPA

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1380) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2015
The Samuel Adams brand pretty much pioneered craft beer when no one else was doing it (well, not as successfully and on such a large scale, that is). Their recipes have become rather pedestrian in years past, though mainstream drinkers are their target audience. That it took this long for them to release “Rebel Rouser” – a year-round double IPA is quite surprising. It’s also surprising that it doesn’t taste like every other beer in their portfolio.


I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. The best before date was notched at 8/2015 and it cost $2.25 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Fairly dark copper/light brownish hue. Slightly hazy, but clearer on the bottom than at the top with carbonation always visible. Pours to a large, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains greatly.

Smell: Surprisingly piney and floral aroma. More dank and resiny than citrusy. Malt presence is also noticeable. Seems to have a yellow lollipop scent, too.

Taste: When you think of a double IPA you don’t tend to think of the malty side that much. Though there are plenty of hops in this brew, it’s amazing how noticeably sweet it is. Right away I taste an almost cloying caramel and toffee flavor. The hops are quite potent as well with a strong piney/resiny character. Dank and sticky – in no way drying. This palette is more akin to a strong amber ale than a DIPA, though I must admit I enjoy the balance and the uniqueness of the taste. I completely disagree with the note on the label marketing the beer as a “West Coast Style” brew. This is classic East Coast through and through. It works as such.

Drinkability: I was surprised to see such a high alcohol percentage – 8.4% to be exact – on the label of a Samuel Adams brew. This is a big-bodied beer with a mouthfeel to match. It’s thick, slightly sticky, but still well-carbonated. I can taste and feel minor alcohol warmth, which is a little surprising I suppose. The hops linger and leave a resiny aftertaste. For what it’s worth, Rebel Rouser can hold its own as a solid DIPA.

Score: 8/10