Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.4 IBU: 85
Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Rebel Rouser
What the brewers say
“Bold, citrusy, and piney, this isn’t just a bigger version of Rebel IPA. Instead we explored a different balance of hops character, including Bravo and Galaxy hops, and upped the ante on their flavor and expression.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Nice orange notes. Slightly minty with hints of phenols that lean slightly medicinal. Earthy hops, moderate esters, and a light malt.”
Flavor: “Good blend of malt sweetness with some nice grapefruit, orange, and pine notes. The sweetness underpins both the hops and the malt and helps balance the bitterness. Mint from the nose is subdued a bit on the palate, but it’s still a bit of a train wreck of flavors—raw malt sweetness and caramel, cardboard oxidation, strong fruity esters, and an out-of-place light tartness.”
Overall: “A good IPA with a strong PNW hops profile—the dance between malt and hops worked well in this beer for me. Doesn’t dry out like most DIPAs, and the bitterness is a touch overdone. A bit muddled in the flavor presenta- tion—if I had bought this, I’d be a bit disappointed.”
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