Full Review

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Rebel Rouser IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8.4%
96 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative

Samuel Adams
Rebel Rouser IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8.4%
Old gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of herb muffin, citrus scone, mango chutney, and pine blossom with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish displaying notes of peppered yams and greens and mint cream on fruit cake finish. A remarkably balanced, robust, and drinkable Imperial IPA that sets a benchmark for the category.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy, Hoppy & Bold & Bitter
Aroma Aroma: herb muffin, citrus scone, mango chutney, and pine blossom
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peppered yams and greens and mint cream on fruit cake
Bitterness Bitterness: Extreme
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peach Cobbler, Pear Charlotte, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A remarkably balanced, robust, and drinkable Imperial IPA that sets a benchmark for the category.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Imperial IPA

Beer Glass Snifter Amber.jpg
Serve in a Snifter
Imperial IPAs, or double IPAs, are deep gold to deep amber in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are distinguished by prominent American hop aromas, flavors and an abrasive, lingering hop bitterness. These intense hop characteristics should be balanced by a rich malt backbone. Depending on the varieties of hops used, a wide range of flavors including tart citrus peel, pepper and earthy, pine-like flavors and aromas may be encountered. These ales represent a challenge to brewers in terms of balance and drinkability, and have exploded in popularity in recent years with many craft breweries producing a version of the style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Rouge IP2A Imperial India Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and The Alchemist Heady Topper.