In this beer blog, we are going to get into a new brew from Samuel Adams. It is part of their Rebel IPA series. It is their Rebel Rider Session IPA. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers from Boston Beer Company, you know the history of this east coast craft brewery. If you have not read them, please, read them to get to know this craft beer legend. Let us get into this session IPA.
It has a clear golden color without a head on this session IPA. The aroma has a slight floral notes. The taste has a citrus to slight grapefruit notes that makes this a light and refreshing brew. The aftertaste has a dry bitter finish. It is drinkable of course.
Here is a description from the beer bottle and their website (www.samueladams.com):
Bursting with bright citrus, grapefruit, and classic piney west coast hop character. This beer has a soft lingering bitterness and a lighter body overall our session IPA is brewed for easygoing days, so relax and enjoy!
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, I do not know why they are doing line extension on this beer. Their normal Rebel IPA is not really good. They have a really good IPA in their Latitude 42 IPA. I do not know why I picked up a bottle of their Double Rebel and Rider IPA. This is the new trend in beer world to make session IPA’s. Founders All Day IPA was the first to start this new beer style. It is not really a new beer style because they are really pale ales. This is a marketing thing. I believe this is about the worse session IPA that I ever had. It is not very good. I just feel this beer is missing the punch like other session IPA. I just feel the other session IPA’s have that punch of the hops. I was not really impressed with this brew. I guess television ad budget helps push the most average brews in the world just like Miller Lite, Coors Light, etc. This is what Samuel Adams has become. Don’t go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser