In case you didn’t know, today is IPA Day around the country and people are celebrating it with their favorite IPA selections. The craft beer industry is bursting with life and there are some excellent IPAs out there, but if you’re looking for something new, allow me to introduce you to a few brews from Samuel Adams.

The brewery has created a variety of different beers and sub-groups have risen up as a result. One of the most prominent in the Sam Adams portfolio has to be the Rebel Series, a group of ales that was first started with the delicious Rebel IPA.

The West Coast-Style IPA was the first beer created from the nanobrewery Sam Adams setup a few years back. Its flavor is summarized by pleasant tones of citrus and floral notes, and other elements like orange and grapefruit help contribute to its portfolio of character.

Rebel IPA checks in with a 45 IBU level, so folks who are interested in trying the beer, but don’t want to be blown away by bitterness, will be glad to know it’s a friendly option. It’s 6.5% alcohol by volume helps deliver a medium body to go along with its copper shade.

As Samuel Adams writes, “This brew was created to honor rebellious Americans such as our namesake patriot Samuel Adams and our founder and brewer, Jim Koch. Jim was a rebel in the craft beer movement, opting to brew full-flavored, high-quality beers when few did. We wanted to create a beer that went against the grain and wasn’t all about bitterness, but instead paid homage to the aromatics and flavors of these West Coast hop varieties.”

I highly recommend Rebel IPA if you’re a beer drinker who is ready to venture into the world of hops with more intent or if you are a hop head already. The IPA has high drinkability and won’t chase you away, in need of a reprieve, after one beer.

Two beers from Sam Adams' Rebel Series (Courtesy of Samuel Adams).
Two beers from Sam Adams’ Rebel Series (Courtesy of Samuel Adams).

Switching gears to the Rebel Grapefruit IPA, this is a fruitier take on the IPA approach from Sam Adams. Beer drinkers will find a more citrusy palate with the Rebel Grapefruit IPA, though the West Coast hops still give it some character that refined palates might connect with the normal Rebel IPA.

I discovered the Rebel Grapefruit IPA to have a nice balance to its fruit flavors, as some beers out there can really come across as heavy-handed. This beer didn’t hit me over the head with grapefruit notes, as there was still a civilized delivery to that note, something which I was surprised by.

With the Grapefruit IPA, I would certainly recommend it more as an appetizer or dessert sort of beer, with the Rebel being more of a main course beer. Rebel Grapefruit contains a fair level of drinkability, though I do believe the regular Rebel IPA possesses a slightly higher level than its counterpart.

Mosaic hops is just one of a handful of types Sam Adams used in the Rebel Grapefruit IPA, and apparently, that type of hops is the new kid on the block. “They are relatively new to the brewing scene and when they were released in 2012 as HBC369, the Sam Adams brewers fell in love with their flavor profile and first experimented with them in Latitude 48 IPA.”

Rebel Grapefruit IPA actually has a 52 IBU reading, which is a bit higher than the Rebel IPA. However, in the scheme of IPAs, this one is still very drinkable and won’t be chasing beer drinkers away because of its bitterness.

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is available now across the nation and folks can pick it up via six-packs and in 16oz cans. The beer can also be found in cans as part of Samuel Adams Pack of Rebels Variety Pack, but you’ll have to check with your local liquor store for confirmation that they have the beer in stock.

Hoppy IPA Day everyone!

About Steve Ruygrok

Gaming, Spirits, and Craft Beer enthusiast. If you say you don't like beer, then you just haven't had the right type yet. Great spirits keep away the bad ones. Video games are kind of amazing, just do it...or something like that.